my stylish french box – the big reveal

by Sharon Santoni

displayed contents of my stylish french box

The first edition of My Stylish French Box has now been delivered and at last I can bring you the promised reveal of the contents.   Some people have questioned our decision not to reveal the contents until after the box has arrived with clients, I understand their point of view, but I still love the concept of the surprise gift box.  The unwrapping of the individual items, the anticipation of what the box will contain.

If you are not familiar with our new subscription box, My Stylish French Box is a quarterly gift box, filled with authentically French goodies, curated by me with you in mind.     The boxes are shipped in February, May, August and November , and our clients are already all over the world.

Boxes can be purchased as a one-off or as an annual or quarterly subscription.   It’s also possible to purchase as a gift and have the box directly delivered to a friend or spouse.  If you need more information you are welcome to check out the box website and of course you can email with any questions.

pink raununculus

Each of the quarterly boxes are on a different, seasonal theme.   Our first box was ‘Taking the Time’, and the May box will be all about roses and gardens.   We aim to include in the box four main gifts, for you and for your home, plus a couple of smaller items just for fun.   Our items are either made by iconic French brands, or by smaller  French artisans.  Wherever possible we will also include a brocante item, because as you know we love the authenticity of an antique piece.

So here without more ado is what the February box contained:

A  divine smelling candle by Cire Trudon, accompanied by one of their scented wax cameos in its own blue box

cire trudon candles in My Stylish French Box

A handmade coffee cup with a gold leaf detail by the French ceramist Justine Lacoste;

white coffee cup in My Stylish French Box

A guest book and a small note book by Merci Louis accompanied by two crayons with the words “prendre le temps” (taking your time) embossed in gold lettering;

notebooks and pencils in My Stylish French Box

A box of delicious Fragonard soaps with a pretty Paris themed design on the lid;

fragonard soaps in my stylish french box

Three antique liqueur glasses which are perfect for displaying single blooms

antique glasses in my stylish french box

And last, but certainly not least, a limited edition print of a watercolour by Jeanne MacKay Hartmann, whose love of flowers and Paris fits our box perfectly.   Jeanne has produced a small series of watercolours for the box, so if you buy the first four boxes, you will have a lovely set of prints to frame at the end of the year.   Annual subscribers also receive a small set of notecards with Jeanne’s watercolour.

All of these goodies arrive packaged with ribbons and tissue paper and protected in a beautiful white box that can be used as a storage box  in a wardrobe.   Should any items arrive damaged during transport, clients are invited to contact us and we will do everything we can to replace the damaged item promptly.

my stylish french box

Orders are now open for the May box, click here to choose your purchase, and receive your box on your doorstep in May.


Susan March 12, 2017 - 10:55 am

Hello Sharon The February box is exquisite. I absolutely agree that it is better to receive as a surprise. Unfortunately I missed out on this box but definitely look forward to ordering in the future. Kind regards.

Taste of France March 12, 2017 - 11:23 am

What a wonderful way to share France with friends around the world!

Our French Oasis March 12, 2017 - 11:42 am

What a fabulous surprise for anyone to receive, brilliant idea and I am so glad it has been such a success. I particularly love the coffee mug.

Vicky from Athens March 12, 2017 - 11:57 am

Sharon, I’m so glad you didn’t reveal the contents of the gift box. The anticipation was exhilarating. Besides, you gave us little teasers with your photos from time to time. I knew whatever you chose would be wonderful. The images on the top of the box of soaps remind me of an umbrella that I bought several years ago at a Fragonard shop in Paris in the Marias. So now I eagerly await the May box and since you revealed the theme I can almost smell the roses!

Sharon Santoni March 14, 2017 - 5:58 pm

Thank you so much, Vicky ! Great input and glad you liked the teasers 😉 xo

david terry March 12, 2017 - 12:26 pm

Dear Sharon,

I agree with “vicki from Athens” (is this the one in Greece or Georgia?)………

I love the notion of not knowing exactly what I’ve had sent to my mother or a friend. I’d get a call from my mother if I were to send her one of your boxes, and it would be great fun to ask “so, what’s IN it?….all I know is that Sharon has good taste and an eye for fine things”.

It’s more than a bit like taking your date or spouse out for a celebratory dinner, getting the menus, and then ceding control by simply letting the chef (who presumably knows what he/she is doing)decide on what the two of you will have that evening. For various reasons, that entirely fits my notion of “romantic” (which, in my book, always requires an invigorating element of chance).

In any case, congratulations to you on this launch. I’ve been very interested in seeing how, over the past six or so years, you’ve slowly but consciously developed what-comes-naturally-to-you (good taste, good vibes, etcetera) into a business that gives so much pleasure to your customers (who also happen to be folks that you actually like, which is the great secret no marketing firm can sell you… seem to naturally have it).

Quite sincerely,

David Terry

Vicky from Athens March 12, 2017 - 1:05 pm

It’s the one from Georgia! David, this box would have been great to order not only for your mom but for yourself. The beautifully bound books are just waiting for the artist – you! – to sketch in them.
I had no qualms about ordering a box of French surprises from Sharon. I knew I’d be most pleased with the contents and I am!

Happy Daylight Savings Time to you!

david terry March 12, 2017 - 3:54 pm

Oh, vicki…, you’re from Athens, Georgia? I recall the days, long ago (1980 or so?), when I and fraternity buddies would road-trip down to Athens to hear the B-52’s or REM play… or another of my friends always seemed to be a cuosin of at least one member of the later-famous bands.

As for daylight-savings time?…..

I let my longtime pal, Suman (she’s originally from Delhi), use this enormous kitchen for her cooking classes (nbot a bad deal, at 75 buck a pop for each person, and it’s all going well). I don’t have any reason to notice the date or time, but I DID hear on the radio that the time had changed last night (and the class is scheduled for 11 am today).

I just called her to notify her of this. Fortunately, I set up the room/table (there’s always a big meal after each class)when I woke up this morning.

And here we go…..folks are beginning to arrive (Ican hear the dogs barking). I’m so glad I realized that the time had changed…..

hurriedly yours as ever,

David Terry

Vicky from Athens March 12, 2017 - 4:54 pm

I am so glad you found out the time was changing! Horror of horrors – the cooking class may have caught you reading the paper and sipping coffee in your jammies!
Good old Athens is still quite the music scene! Come on back.

Susan B. March 12, 2017 - 3:50 pm

This is such a gorgeous and unique collection! I’ve been burning that candle every day….such a lovely fragrance.

Sharon Santoni March 14, 2017 - 5:57 pm

Thank you, Susan. So glad you love the Cire Trudon !

Karen Romani March 12, 2017 - 4:05 pm

Karen from Illinois USA
Vicky, your blog, your pictures and your incredible ability to describe your world , captures my imagination every time. I was so thrilled to open my first box! It was a voyage through your stylish mind and the beauty of France. I have never been there, but reading about your adventures and seeing the beautiful countryside makes me more eager to explore. I can’t wait to see what you have for your next box. I’m sure I will be just as thrilled!
Best wishes,
Karen Romani

Sharon Santoni March 14, 2017 - 5:57 pm

Thank you so much, Karen ! Xo

Bungalow Hostess March 12, 2017 - 4:07 pm

I loved getting the Stylish French Box in the mail! I look forward to all the boxes!
Everything was wrapped perfectly and the box was scented by the soaps which are exquisite. Thank you some much for bringing a wee bit of France to our Humble Bungalow. ❤

Sharon Santoni March 14, 2017 - 5:57 pm

XO !

Kathleen Botsford March 12, 2017 - 4:46 pm

I cannot remember the last time I opened a gift so beautifully presented. Each item was a delight! I love, love, love my box and am so grateful to share a little bit of your France and your world.

Susie Linton March 12, 2017 - 9:02 pm

Congratulations Sharon … this gorgeous box is absolutely divine in every way … I’m so sorry I missed it but am so looking forward to receiving your next one. What fun you must have choosing such beautiful treasures to share! Xox

S Parker March 13, 2017 - 2:28 am

Dear Sharon,

I love my first box! Thank you so much for taking the time to select such a wonderful array of French treasures. Yes, please do keep the contents a surprise – that is part of the joy. Best regards, Stephanie

Sharon Santoni March 14, 2017 - 5:56 pm

Thank you so much !
If you have a moment to leave a little review, every positive note counts 🙂

Donna Boekley March 13, 2017 - 3:43 am

I just loved my box. I was so excited when it arrived…….better than Christmas and it was a complete surprise! Can’t wait for the next box. Right now I’m sitting here enjoying my lite candle and the aroma of the French soap on my face and hands. Thank You so much!

Donna Boekley March 13, 2017 - 3:49 am

Is there any way you could share with us the names and addresses of the artists who made the articles contained in the box. I would love to have more soap, candles, notecards and ceramic cups.

Sharon Santoni March 14, 2017 - 5:55 pm

Hi Donna !

Absolutely.. we have a partners page on our website here :

Sharon Malan March 13, 2017 - 7:01 am

Looks amazing and beautiful, You still not shipping to South Africa ?

Sharon Santoni March 14, 2017 - 5:54 pm

Looking into South Africa for the next box !


Margaret Wakefield March 13, 2017 - 3:26 pm

Looking forward to all that’s French.

Emm March 13, 2017 - 3:38 pm

What a lovely box of pretty pretties. I am especially enamoured of the notebooks.

Irena March 13, 2017 - 5:22 pm

Lovely items for the box. I’m interested but I need to know the cost. I can’t find anything on the site that gives the costs for the box before signing up. I don’t want to sign up for it (or anything) without knowing the total cost. Did I miss the place on the site where it is listed?

Many thanks.

Sharon Santoni March 13, 2017 - 8:12 pm

Hi Irena, thank you for your comment, I’m sorry the pricing wasn’t easier to find. The different options are all on the Join Now page
Hope that helps

D. A. Wolf March 13, 2017 - 6:44 pm

What a wonderful combination! I love that you are including a watercolor by the very talented Jeanne, not to mention “brocante” — brilliant! (And those glasses are luscious. They make you want to sit down and sip something divine.)


Angelica Domato March 19, 2017 - 5:13 am

Dear Sharon,
I tried to subscribe to the boxes and I have a message, saying that my zip code is not valid. I live in Canada and my zip code has both letters and numbers. Best regards.


Sharon Santoni March 23, 2017 - 11:14 pm

Thanks for your comment Angelica, I’m so sorry that you had this problem, we are looking into it and we’ll come back to you by email


Lorraine April 6, 2017 - 7:29 pm

I have been trying to get in touch with Sharon or Hana regarding an order for My Stylish French Box. Please email me at [email protected]
Thank you, Lorraine


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