Cohorted is a luxury beauty box that used to cost £35 a month and come in a box that tied with a ribbon. This month the beauty box has increased in price to £40 and since last month the box itself changed too. While the box itself changing is definitely a positive, the old one would fall apart in minutes, I’m not so sure about the price just yet. However, Cohorted has noticeably increased the amount of products contained in the box in the last two months so it might be worth it, we shall see!
The new Cohorted box is matte black with a white pattern and although it is definitely not as luxurious looking and feeling as the old one, it is more sturdy and highly reusable. The quality of the box is standard and it closes with a lid. It also came in a cardboard sleeve which might appear as a bit of waste but it actually protects the corners of the box to an extent. The box also included its monthly, small beauty magazine (about 30 pages) that tells you a little bit more about each product and some featured products or artists.
Cohorted July 2019 contained 12 products of which all were full or travel size except one sample. It was packed full and that’s really great.
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: Beauty In-depth Reviews & Ingredient Analysis (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
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Herbal Dyamics Beauty Rose Water Calming Face Toner
This toner comes in a plastic bottle of high quality that also has a spray pump. It’s a little strange for a toner to come with a pump but it works well (but the spray mist is not even) and in a way it’s better because this way you can apply the product directly on the skin without needing to use a pad. That would be better though only if you don’t use a toner to take off traces of dirt but rather only as a skincare addon. So, it does limit the products usability unless you spray it on a pad which feels a little strange.
The toner has a sweet floral, mostly rose, scent which is pleasant. It doesn’t contain added fragrance, it comes naturally from the rose oil contained. The rest of the ingredients are good but it doesn’t contain many skincare must haves other than hyaluronic acid.
A 58mL bottle retails for £10-12. SCORE = 7/10
Herbal Dynamics Volumising & Smoothing Rapid Lip Mask
This is a lip mask you are meant to apply on dry clean lips, leave for 3-5 minutes and then wipe off in order to get fuller and moisturised lips.
The mask looks really cool in the tub but it doesn’t feel very cool. In fact, in burns and is quite uncomfortable to sit for 3-5 minutes, while burning, and not moving or touching or lips.
I didn’t see any results from the mask and I would also advice against products that cause skin sensations of any sort, whether cooling, burning, tingling etc, because those are usually also signs of skin damage.
A 15mL tub retails for £26. SCORE = 5/10
Patchology Flash Patch Wink & A Kiss
This cute little package contains 2 eye and 2 lip masks. Both products contain some interesting ingredients such as nicinamide, peptides, caffeine, collagen etc which can give you skincare benefits.
Unfortunately, I didn’t notice any difference after using them but the experience was very positive and relaxing. Masks should be more about relaxation than skincare anyways since you shouldn’t expect dramatic results from a one-use product.
One pack which contains 4 masks retails for £10. SCORE = 8/10
Aromatherapy Bath and Shower Oils
Bath and shower oils are one of those things that sound fancy, I want to use them, I get excited to have them but never actually do anything with them. Am I the only one?
Nevertheless, these products could enhance your bath and shower experiences but you can also use them beyond that, at times when relaxation can be linked with scents, such as during yoga, meditation or even before going to bed.
Both Revive Morning and Support Breath oils have strong scents that not everyone might like. The cute little bottles are reusable which is an added bonus.
One 9mL bottle retails for £11. SCORE = 7/10
Jorgobé Hydrating Glow Serum
The first Jorgobé product I’ve ever used was really good so I have high expectations for this one and might even devote a post on it.
This serum has some good ingredients in it and it is supposed to have anti-ageing and hydrating properties while giving the skin a nice glow.
It was pleasant to use but it is oily and will make your hands and everything you touch oily too. It definitely made my skin glow but that’s probably because the oil was never full absorbed and my skin remained very oily. Not a product I would recommend using under makeup.
A 30ml bottle retails for £40 and lasts for 12M. SCORE = 8/10
OHK! Purifiying Pink Clay Sheet Mask and Pink Fizz T-Zone Bubble Mask
It seems that this month’s Cohorted went all out on masks which felt a little boring and repetitive. Nevertheless, both OHK! Masks were pleasant to use and contain some skin nourishing ingredients.
As with the masks above, I didn’t notice any results and I very, very rarely do from masks, but that is because my skincare regime keeps my skin on a high level of maintain ace. You shouldn’t really expect to see results from one-use type of products, or any product from the beginning of use. That is usually a sign that your skin is desperately missing something and you should probably re-consider your skincare regime.
The Clay mask retails for £5 whereas the Bubble one for £3.50. SCORE = 7/10
Bali Balm Lip Balm in Cinnamon & Burnt Orange
This is the type of product you will want to buy even just for the packaging. What a fancy lip balm to come in a little box, even lipsticks don’t come packaged like that! It’s a waste of packaging but I can’t help but love it!
The ingredients of this balm are also good and it moisturises the lips nicely. The one I received has a strong cinnamon scent which can be perfect for winter. It reminded me of hot chocolate and creamy hot drinks, holidays and family gatherings which in turn made me feel a little relaxed, so I guess you could eventually associate this product with relaxation too.
The price tag is high at £20 for 15mL but sometimes when the product works and the ingredients are good, it’s just worth it. SCORE = 9/10
Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment
I received this product in the January Cohorted 2019 so a bit of a bad point for Cohorted repeating it again so soon.
This product is a cleansing treatment with, what this brand calls, “blue plasma”. There isn’t an ingredient list on the product but I’m pretty sure the blue comes from a dye or coloured compound that probably does not play a skincare role (just to make it blue to add a wow factor) and there is no plasma, at least as science defines it. This product makes me cringe a little as a scientist.
However, it worked very well and cleaned my skin nicely. While the entire experience was pleasant, it felt very medical. From the colour of the solution, the type of the bottle and even the smell. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it’s neither the “feel beautiful” effect that most cosmetics give us.
This product is said to exfoliate, cleanse and also condition. This is a travel size, 58mL bottle which retails for £15. SCORE = 8/10
BDK Parfume Tubéreuse Impériale
Samples are a great way of trying out a product, especially perfumes although bear in mind that perfume samples and full size perfumes an often smell slightly different.
I really loved this perfume, it has a floral, soft, powdery blend of scent and is nice to use casually but also professionally. However, since perfumes are just down to personal taste I won’t be scoring this product.
Overall, I’m really happy that Cohorted changed their box packaging, it is so much better and more reusable than the old one. I also love that the last 2 months were packed with products but I am still unsure as to whether the increased £40 price tag is appropriate. If the boxes keep coming packed with products that are also full or travel size, then I think I’d be happy with the price too. We shall see!
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 7.4/10
Star product = Bali Balm Lip Balm in Cinnamon & Burnt Orange
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Did you get this month’s Cohorted? 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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