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Skandicrush, the Scandinavian subscription box!

There are a million different monthly subscription boxes out there—ones for dogs, for people with curly hair, for cosmetics junkies, for craft project lovers, and so on. I have never subscribed to one, though. I tend to be slightly (not slightly) picky about what I buy, and surprises (even gifts—I’m horrible) make me nervous. A box full of carefully-chosen Scandinavian stuff, though? Well, it’s tough to go wrong when that task is put in the right hands. Enter Skandicrush, the Scandinavian subscription box!

Ana Denmark (her real name, I swear—and yes, that was the first question I asked her), the founder of Skandicrush, contacted me a while back asking if I’d be interested in reviewing the debut box for the blog. It took me all of 2 minutes spent checking out the sample boxes before replying to Ana with a resounding YES! How could I say no?!

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And then I waited. Oh, the anticipation! I was so excited when the October box arrived at my office last week—I totally get the whole subscription box thing now. It felt like my birthday! I had to force myself to wait until I got home to open it up so I’d be able to take photos in a setting that didn’t involve fluorescent lights and industrial carpeting.

So, what was inside this magical box of fika-themed Scandinavian goodness? All sorts of good things!

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Wheee!!! SO MUCH PRETTY. The total retail value of everything together is about $90, so the Skandicrush box price—$50/month with an ongoing subscription, $60/month for individual orders*—is quite a good deal. Yes, you’re putting faith in Ana’s ability to assemble a collection of items every month that you’ll love, but judging by this first box and the samples on the site, she really knows what she’s doing. I’ve already signed up for an ongoing subscription, and I’m really excited for my next box!

Ana kindly created a discount code for Door Sixteen readers, if you’re interested in subscribing or ordering a box. Between now and October 31, you’ll get $15 off your first box when you enter the code D16-OCT at checkout.

NOTE: Apparently some folks are getting a DNS or “server not found” error when they try to place an order on the Skandicrush website. If this is happening to you, please contact Skandicrush directly at hello@skandicrush.com so that Ana and her team can get your order taken care of. Sorry for the trouble!

*By the way, Ana just let me know that she’s added an option to order just 2 or 3 boxes at a time, a perfect gift option for a lucky Scandinavian design lover in your life.

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I haven’t decided what I’ll use the wood-lidded airtight Sagaform storage container for yet, but it’s definitely going in the kitchen. I’m thinking it might be perfect for teabags. The oak tongs look so nice with the container, and they’re just right for yanking bread out of the toaster without burning your fingers or electrocuting yourself. Safety first!

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Eek! So cute. I love love love this little Diamond Box from Areaware. The lid is held in place with two strong magnets, making it a perfect place to hide real diamonds (not that I have any of those—but I have a good imagination) or favorite cookie fortunes.

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You already know I love these Geometry cups from Ferm Livingobviously. I’ve written about Ferm’s Geometry collection several times, and I’m excited to finally own a couple of pieces! I’m in a bit of a state of mug overload right now, so one of these sweet cups will be used for holding makeup brushes in the bathroom, and the other will probably get to just sit around looking pretty.

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Thanks so much for giving me the chance to review the first Skandicrush box, Ana! I couldn’t be happier, and I am really looking forward to seeing what’s in the November box. I’m sure it will be beautiful!

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41 Comments

  • Reply Maria October 14, 2014 at 2:49 am

    It’s a little hard to see the dimensions of the Sagaform container, but I think it’s meant for butter. I’m Danish and my mother had containers like this one. You unwrapped the butter, put it in the container and then in the refrigerator.
    I love your blog – always excited to read your posts 🙂

    • Reply Anna @ D16 October 14, 2014 at 8:01 am

      I’m sure it’s for butter, yes! As a non-eater of butter, though, I’ll have to come up with an alternative use. 🙂

      (And thank you!)

  • Reply Michelle October 14, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Wow I’ve never heard of subscription boxes before. What a great idea! I look forward to when they start shipping to Australia 🙂

    • Reply lesley October 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Me too! When I asked, they said they were hoping to start shipping internationally in the next few months. Fingers crossed!

  • Reply Noor October 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I am signing up now wow this is just perfect.

  • Reply ombia October 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I do hove cosmetic subscriptions but this one is to die for. They have to offer this in Europe!!!!!
    Respect that you were able to wait with opening of the box. I could never do that. I adore Sagaform. This container is usually for butter.
    Thank you Anna for this review!

  • Reply Anne October 14, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I LOVE this! Every month having it feel like your birthday – sign me up! 🙂 I’ve tried the Discount Code a few times but it seems to not be working…just wanted to let you know. Thanks!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 October 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Anne, I’m SO sorry about the discount code! I will email Ana right away to let her know, but please do send an email as well in case your order went through without it.

    • Reply Anne October 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Meant to reply here 🙂 I have not sent an email to Ana. Looking forward to the November box — so exciting! Thanks so much, Anna.

      • Reply Anna @ D16 October 14, 2014 at 11:52 am

        Anne, the code should be working properly now! Sorry for the trouble. 🙂

  • Reply Anne October 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Thanks Anna! Sounds good!

  • Reply Katie October 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

    This is the coolest sounding subscription box! I used to get Birchbox, but stop after about 6 of them. I found I would rather spend that $10 a month towards beauty products I really wanted. Not some random lipgloss in a color I would never wear. But this! Oh man! I’m so signing up! Thanks, Anna!

  • Reply Hanniz October 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Very interesting subscription. In Malaysia, the subscription trends has not hit yet (except for magazines and newspapers)

  • Reply Chris October 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Anyone else getting a “server not found” message when clicking on the Skandicrush link?

    • Reply Anna @ D16 October 14, 2014 at 11:50 am

      It’s working fine for me, Chris, maybe try again in a minute or two? Let me know if you’re still having trouble. 🙂

    • Reply Chris October 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Yep, still not working for me. I tried both Firefox and Chrome.

      • Reply Anna @ D16 October 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

        Chris, you should contact Skandicrush directly so they can help: hello@skandicrush.com

        It’s not my site so I can’t do any troubleshooting, but I’m sure Ana can help you out and get your order through. 🙂

  • Reply Alex October 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I’m so incredibly sad that they don’t ship to canada! Went right through the order and then at the very end got the error 🙁

  • Reply kali October 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    This is the best subscription box I’ve ever seen. love it! I’m trying to sign up for it, but keep getting “server not found” message.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 October 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks, Kali…it’s working fine for me, but I’ll let Ana know that there’s an issue!

      • Reply Anna @ D16 October 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        Kali, I’m not able to troubleshoot the problem you and Chris are having since it’s not my site, but you can contact Skandicrush directly for assistance: hello@skandicrush.com

  • Reply Nikki October 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Ohhhhh boy, I canceled my Julep and Honest Co. boxes (I have such a problem!) in order to sign up for this. Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to get my first box!

  • Reply Cori Magee October 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve been dying for this post… I LOVE everything. It’s so hard for me to spend money when I don’t know what I’m getting for it, but I’m sold.
    I have a little succulent in my black and white Marimekko cup and I love it. Maybe an idea for one of those Ferm Living mugs…

  • Reply jaclyn October 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Love this!
    Bugger I’ve been getting a DNS error all day…

    • Reply Anna @ D16 October 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Jaclyn, I’m just seeing your comment now—I’m really sorry! Drop Skandicrush a line so they know what’s happening: hello@skandicrush.com

      The site is working fine for me, so I’m afraid I’m at a loss. 🙁

  • Reply Suzi October 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Oh yes PLEASE! I hope they ship to Australia soon! Love love love.

  • Reply Jade Sheldon-Burnsed October 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    WOW! I’m usually not one for subscription boxes but I might need to change my ways…

  • Reply Anathalia October 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I signed up for it as soon as I read about it on your Facebook page and got my box one day after you. I loved everything, but I’m specially in love with the diamond box! So so cute!

  • Reply Natalie.R October 15, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Oh, I love it. But I guess I’ll just wait for the international shipping… (-:

  • Reply caroline October 15, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Ooh, everything is gorgeous. I’m with you on the presents anxiety – I used to come home from my ex-in-laws at christmas feeling positively panicky because of all the crap they’d given us – basically going straight into landfill. 😉

  • Reply Ana @ Skandicrush October 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Update: The November box has sold out. You can still order online, but your subscription will start with the December box.

    We’ve read all your comments so far. Hopefully, the DNS errors have worked themselves out by now — please reach out to us (hello@skandicrush.com) if you are still having issues with the site– or just to say hello.

    We are working on a cost-effective international shipping solution. So far we’ve heard those of you in Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Our current goal is to offer shipping to Canada starting in January. But we hope to reach all of you soon!

  • Reply Steph Nelson October 15, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I saw this box reviewed on other blog (focusing on subscription boxes) and immediately thought of you. Glad you were clued in on it! 🙂 The little storage box is so cute. Alas, I cannot afford another sub as I already have 4. That’s enough!

    I won the soap giveaway (YAY!) and wanted to say Thank you! It is my first time winning something!

  • Reply krista October 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Eeep – I have to wait until January to get one of these shipped to Canada? Sooo pretty…can’t wait so long…

  • Reply elizabeth October 18, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Oh my word! I love everything about this!

  • Reply JAY October 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I need this in my life!

  • Reply Jana October 24, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I was so super excited! waiting for my payday to sign up for this incredible box…. I mean everything looks so lovely, I never seen a subscription box with such a quality level… but I guess I’ll have to wait for the International shipping… UK wants some skandicrush too!!!!

    =D

    Jana

  • Reply Nicole December 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I LOVED this box & all of the other boxes I’ve seen so far! But when I got my first box, the December box, I was pretty disappointed! I’m not sure about your thoughts on it, but I was not into the plastic storage containers, the vase was cool- but so tiny, and my wooden box arrived cracked! Super bummed. 🙁

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Hi Nicole, I just got my December box today, and I am super psyched about it! I love those wall pockets, though (can’t wait to put them in my bathroom), and the wee vase. I guess it really just comes down to personal taste. You should definitely contact Skandicrush about the broken box. That’s not OK. (You noticed there are two boxes, right? One nested inside the other…)

  • Reply Kasey June 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Just discovered SC too while researching! Why are all the good ones far away!! Even the UK has killer design/decor ones. Wanted to let you know Decoterie just launched too, definitely give them a peek! I work there 🙂 Will email you a preview!

  • Reply Jordan October 5, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Oh my gosh! I just found your blog a week ago, so I know this is an old post but I am totally subscribing to Skandicrush! I tried one other subscription box service before, but unsubscribed after 5 or 6 boxes. These look much more up my alley!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 October 5, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Unfortunately, Skandicrush is no longer. 🙁

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