As we are getting more and more into spring and soon into summer, beauty boxes are becoming more exciting with their themes and sometimes even their products.
Glossybox went for a “Fruity or Flowery” theme were subscribers would get one of the two designed boxes, both of which though would contain the same products. The products contained had either fruity or flowery scents which fit the theme.
I received the Flower designed box which is very beautiful and definitely one that I will keep around for storage. There was even a nice quote on the side of the box that read “Let your dreams blossom”. Love that!
Glossybox has been a little boring in 2019 but this month it started picking up again. This month’s box contained 6 products, of which 4 were full size and the other 2 were travel size.
Let’s have a look at the products in more detail. These are short reviews that cover first impressions and experiences from using the products. For full reviews, including ingredient analysis and if I would recommend a product or not, check out: Bonds of Beauty (all articles here). Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!
Jeanne Arthes Let Your Dreams Blossom Eau De Parfum
Getting a perfume in a beauty box might not be the most exciting thing, because we all have a different scent preferences. However, this perfume was bottled in bespoke floral glass packaging to match the box. How can you not like that?
The actual perfume has a light floral but strong perfume-type scent that is suitable for both day and night. The liquid has a light pink colour but it doesn’t stain.
This 30mL bottle retails for £20.99. Although I don’t usually score personal taste type of items, you have to give it to Glossybox for tying this to the theme. It’s a neat little touch. SCORE = 8/10
Soaper Duper Sicilian Zesty Lemon Body Lotion
Who doesn’t need a body lotion? This is an item that if you use daily or every other day, you will need a lot of!
This lotion is a white thin cream with a light lemon-like scent. It spreads easily and is absorbed quickly without leaving any residues behind.
The tube is of standard plastic quality and although it is full of text it somehow looks cute.
The product contains a lot of interesting ingredients and is free from parabens, colours, mineral oil, SLS/SLES, animal derivatives, plastic microbeads etc. It is 98% natural.
This is a full size 250mL tube which lasts for 12M and retails for £7.50. SCORE = 8/10
Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask
This mask contains some interesting ingredients but at the same time I can’t say that this is the best mask and that you should definitely buy it.
In terms of actual results, this mask felt nice on the skin, was absorbed quickly and my skin just felt hydrated the next day. That was pretty much it. If I had forgotten I used a mask I wouldn’t have noticed any visual differences. I know I always say that skincare takes months and you shouldn’t judge a product from a couple of uses but the reality is when you do a mask you are looking for something more than just feeling a little moisturised. I’m not disappointed, just underwhelmed. It feels like a mediocre mask.
It has a cream texture and it smells like…I guess pomegranate? It’s a faint and refreshing type of scent. The bottle is plastic of good quality and I even like the branding. I assume it’s a play on the Chemistry elements on the periodic table, with this one being a Po for Pomegranate. Geeky but I like it.
This is 30mL travel size product retails for £14. It’s not the most expensive mask in the world but this product, like many Dr Botanicals ones, lasts for only 3M. As much as I’d love to do a mask every other day to manage to use this up in the 3 month time frame, reality says I likely won’t manage and if I did I wouldn’t want to be using the same one all the time. The 3M feels a little low and limiting. SCORE = 7/10
Original Source Raspberry & Rose Shower Gel
This shower gel has a raspberry scent and cleans the skin nicely. It looks pretty unique with its clear packaging and liquid which is nice as it stands out.
The ingredients are very standard and although the product is marketed with “hydrating water infusions and 3xmoisturisers vitamin and antioxidant blend” it is a little exaggerated. There are about 4 ingredients that have some skincare interest and the rest are just standard. However, that’s ok you shouldn’t expect skincare benefits from cleanser products, it’s just disappointing that they went a little overboard with the marketing here.
Another disappointing statement is the “100% natural fragrance” which is true for the pomegranate and rose scents but this product also contains the general term “fragrance” which quite frankly, we do not know what it represents.
Other than the over-marketing this product is a standard shower gel that you would expect to find in a supermarket. A 250mL bottle retails for £2.50. SCORE = 7/10
Dr Paw Paw Hot Pink Balm
A lip balm is another typical product that anyone can use and it almost feels like this box was all about “basics beauty”.
Nevertheless, this balm works well and although it hydrates the lips, the feeling is only temporary and goes away as the product gets used up.
What is the difference between this Paw Paw balm and the standard yellow you might ask? Well, not much other than the Pink Balm is actually tinted pink by adding a red dye. Tinted balms can be great for no-makeup makeup looks to give that little extra colour in the lips without using an obvious lipstick.
The downside though of this tinted version over the yellow standard one is that you can’t use it as a cuticle oil or a hair styling product.
This 25mL tube retails for £6.95 and lasts for 12M. SCORE = 8/10
Palmer’s Natural Fusions Chia Seed & Argan Oil Hair Mask
Palmer’s products rarely disappoint and while they might not be as good as some high-end products, they are in a league of their own for their price point.
This hair mask was very pleasant, but I didn’t really notice a change in my hair. It contains many good ingredients but bear in mind that hair is basically dead and what you could be nourishing is your scalp skin instead. Nevertheless, this product is free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and gluten.
This is a single-use 30mL satchel which retails for £1.99 and lasts for 12M. SCORE = 8/10
Overall, this month’s Glossybox was very nicely designed and themed. The products contained were interesting and fun to try. I hope that this is Glossybox’s turning point as it was a little boring in the previous months of 2019.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 7.7/10
Star product = Soaper Duper Sicilian Zesty Lemon Body Lotion
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Did you get this month’s Glossybox? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!
For all the details on how Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox performed in 2018 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2018 Unboxing and Reviews on Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted”.
For general subscription box reviews see the: Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”. You can also see pictures from all beauty boxes (2017-current) on my Pinterest beauty box board.
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