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April 2012 Glymm Box: Glymm Box #2

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My April 2012 Glymm Box arrived today! I espied it on my way out to my exam – it definitely lifted my spirits as I knew I had something to look forward to when I got home.

This month’s shipping box was white instead of pink:

But within was the usual glossed pink Glymm Box.

As before, there’s the lovely Glymm bow tied around the package and the product info card was decorated with flowers. I have yet to see any flowers in April, but one can hope. Upon opening the box, a very nice fragrance spills out – I’m not quite sure how to describe it but it was undoubtedly coming from one of the items.

Left to right:

  1. Mai Couture Social Gloss in Sake Sunrise 1001
  2. Atelier Cologne – Orange Sanguine Fragrance
  3. Lucia Soap No. 1 – Goat Milk and Linseed Soap
  4. Free Your Mane – Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo & Daily Detangling Conditioner

Here, #1 and #3 are full-sized.

Looking at this spread, I’m not impressed. A bar of soap, packets of shampoo, and a tiny sample of cologne… By the way, isn’t cologne supposed to be for men? Why is it in my Glymm Box? As the “bonus 5th item”, there is a NuMe $100 gift certificate towards professional styling tools and hair extensions for their website. Considering I was not impressed at all with the NuMe hair extensions in last month’s Glymm Box, as well as the fact that I still didn’t feel any urge to try them a month later, I’m not dancing for joy over this “gift certificate”. I will check it out just so I can tell you about it later.

I highly suspect that the total bill will be much over $100 – otherwise they wouldn’t be quite so generous with their gift certificate. We shall see.

Back to the Box. Mai Couture seems like it rings a bell – I don’t remember how prestigious this brand is. I don’t own anything from this brand, though. I received a full-sized 5 mL product, which retails for $28 CAD.

The description on the product info card is as follows:

Treat your lips with luxury you simply can’t live without. Not only will this gloss fill in unwanted lines and restore moisture but it will create full kissable lips. Your lips will be healthy and plump. This sheer formula will create a sumptuous and luminous sheen. The secret: A complex mix of plant extracts naturally enhances lip volume effortlessly without the allergen. Your lips will be the life of the party.

I think I will be enjoying this gloss. I’ll keep you updated on how it wears. I suppose this month’s Box is worth it if this product alone costs $28 CAD.

The cologne. I didn’t even bother opening this. The sample is very, very small and it came in a sealed, translucent, waxy paper bag with a postcard in it. It’s all I have to say about it, really. 30 mL retails for $60 CAD, while 200 mL retails for $165 CAD.

The info card description:

Atelier Cologne is a niche perfume house based in Paris and New York. Each scent is intended to embody a “singular moment” of memory and experience. We present to you Orange Sanguine. “It was the kind of moment you would want to revisit. Everyone was here, gathered on the terrace for breakfast, and the scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat. A symphony of their laughter and waves hitting the cliffs played in the air.”

Hm. I didn’t get very much from that description. Did you?

In hindsight, I should’ve taken individual pictures of the rest of the products too. But anyway, the Lucia Soap was the fragrance that was infused into the Box. The 25 g bar is a full-sized soap, with a package of 8 soaps retailing for $17.50 CAD – so I guess I got $2.19 of soap. Classy. I do like the smell of this, but I have never had good experience with bar soaps, despite how silky and moisturizing the brand claims to be. I find that bar soaps give that almost-too-clean feel, where my skin is so stripped of moisture I finally understand the meaning of the phrase “squeaky clean”, as I can barely rub my hands together without them sticking. I much prefer liquid soaps – how about you?

These refined jewels are packed with pure botanical extracts and enriched with 100% certified organic Shea Butter. Not only will your skin feel silky-soft, it will also be thoroughly cleansed and smelling so seductive. Go ahead, drape yourself in luxury, you know you want to. Signature scents include: Goat Milk & Linseed (No. 1) and Wild Ginger & Fresh Fig (No.6).

I am so glad I got the Goat Milk soap, as I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed the scent of Ginseng at all. I might actually consider buying this – if only it were offered as a liquid soap instead.

Last but not least, the Free Your Mane shampoo and conditioner. Have I mentioned before how much I hate packets? There’s just something so unprofessional and cheap about them. It says that no, you don’t care to package your product in a user-friendly way that will ensure multiple uses without throwing it away after one go. And if you’re anything like me, you’d agree that packaging goes a long way when it comes to drawing the eye. I hate not being able to store unused product – packets are impractical, and should only ever be given as free samples.

“I’m sorry, I can’t make it, gotta wash my hair.” You will totally use this line after trying this shampoo & conditioner. It gently cleanses hair and scalp while natural oils help rebuild your hair’s delicate moisture balance. With an exclusive blend of Brilliant Baobab Oil from Africa, ultra-moisturizing Argan Oil from Morocco, anti-oxidant rich Pomegranate Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil it will truly Free Your Mane.

That does sound wonderful, doesn’t it? Too bad it doesn’t look like I’ll have enough product here for more than two washes. And who would be able to see immediate results from two measly washes? These are 7.4 mL packets, while the full-sized 300 mL product retails for $16 CAD. Honestly, if the full-sized product is 300 mL and it only costs $16, and you’re trying to promote your product, you could stand to make a deluxe size that included enough for a potential customer to actually try it out properly.

April 2012 Glymm Box: meh. I’m eager to try the lip gloss, but that’s about it. The bar soap smells nice but bar soaps have never done me any good, so I’m indifferent about trying this one out. The shampoo sounds great but the sample packet is a pathetic size – I’d rather have gotten one large shampoo sample than two shampoo & conditioner samples – I don’t have any expectations here. I don’t wear perfume, and this sample is smaller than something I’d get for free from Sephora – this sample I’m actually displeased with. I’ll let you know about the NuMe gift certificate when I have a chance to check out their website and products.

The March 2012 Glymm Box was initially disappointing, but I thought better of half of the products after some use. So far, the April 2012 Glymm Box is not overly impressive – we’ll see how it goes after I try some of these out. May 2012 may just be my last Glymm Box, if I don’t feel better about this box and the next one doesn’t wow me.

My disappointment could just be due to the fact that I don’t wear fragrances, I hardly ever switch shampoos, and I’ve always preferred liquid soaps. Here’s another blogger who was very happy with her April 2012 Glymm Box! What do you think?

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Author: pearlessence

She who loves shopping, baking, gaming, and all things Disney! All on a student's meager budget :)

29 thoughts on “April 2012 Glymm Box: Glymm Box #2

  1. Got mine today too and had almost the exact same reactions! Overall not the most exciting box. My review will be up tomorrow at 9am if you’re interested 🙂
    Do you also get any of the other boxes?

  2. Aww I don’t think I’d be too impressed if I got a box like that either. Hopefully the lip gloss will make up for it! Still anticipating my April luxebox :X

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  4. Too bad the other things disappointed you.
    At least the pink box is cute enough to store things. The lipgloss and the box were a pretty good deal for 10$ :).
    If you have remaining items and can’t find a friend who wants them, you could make a giveaway for Canada.
    Sorry for my poor english :(.

    • Hey Adelina, your English is fine! 🙂 I am intending to do one, but probably in May, as I don’t have the time or funds to prepare one right now. The lip gloss was worth it, but I can’t justify spending $10 just for a pink box haha. Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. Awws, that was a bit of a disappointment! I hate this packet samples as well, it’s so impractical when you either have to waste a ton of product after you open it, or not get enough, especially with shampoo samples! Hope your next box is better!

  6. What the heck is up with NuMe I got the same gift certificate in one of my MyGlam bags. I still have it theur products cost well over $100. I wonder if you can combine certificates? If so you can have mine if you want haha

    • Haha thank you for the offer, but I’m sure they wouldn’t be so silly as to actually give free products away by allowing the use of two $100 certificates. I’m pretty sure on the back it says cannot be combined with other offers. Have you checked out the NuMe stuff? How are they?

  7. Thanks for posting Pearlessence, this Glymm box is a tad disappointing. For me, who has been sitting on the fence…I think this definitely pushes me back to the side of “I don’t want it”. Even if it’s an expensive gloss…it can’t be earth shattering…and nothing else in the box is really even worth a second look.

    • At this point, it’s almost as if I just got 30% off: $10 for a $28 gloss and got some freebies to go along with it haha. Which I suppose if you really think about it, it isn’t too bad for a high end gloss (MAC Cremesheen Glass is $22.50 CAD, NARS lip gloss is $29 CAD). Maybe they have limits to how impressive they can make other products if they have one high end product in their Box.

      Still, it’s a discounted price for a high end surprise – and it could turn out for the better or for the worse.

      • It’s true, but for me…getting a gloss that you can’t even pick the colour….*sigh* you could have one exactly like it already, or have it come in a shade you would just never wear (like your hair extensions). Doesn’t seem like a fool proof program. I’d almost rather have multiple “decent” items than bank the entire month’s box on one big item that could be hit or miss for people.

      • Exactly – these beauty boxes are definitely a gamble because you never know if you’ll like the items. Or maybe at first glance I don’t like them but when I use them I end up liking them. Or maybe I thought I’d like them and turn out not to. I guess it’s less of a problem for me because I have so few glosses any colour would be new for me haha. I will re-consider my subscription after I see the May Box.

      • I will be eagerly awaiting your May box too!

  8. OOOO nice stuff!!
    what was your favorite?
    glymm box.. is it better than luxubox?

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    • My favourite definitely had to be the lip gloss, seeing as how it was full-sized and retails for $28 CAD! I’m not subscribed to Luxe Box, but I know one blogger who subscribed to all 4 (Luxe Box, Glymm Box, Topbox, Glossybox) – and the only Box she’s unsubscribed from so far is Luxe Box, as she said the samples didn’t appeal to her that much. Glymm also costs less for both monthly and annual subscriptions for the same number of samples (4-5).

  9. Considering I got a 3/4″ mini flat iron for $1 CAD with my Clarisonic purchase from Fabove.ca, There’s no way I would spend $140 on one! Those markups are ridiculous, especially since I’ve never even heard of NuMe before!

  10. When you figure out which box you like the best, let us know. I want to suggest it for a friend’s daughter for her birthday. I think she’d love getting make-up in the mail every month.

    • Getting goodies in the mail is always fun! So far, I’m more pleased with Glossybox than Glymm, but I’ve only received one Glossybox. I’ll keep posting on all the items, though!

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  12. Bad soaps work beautifully for me although i hate how difficult it is to travel with them. Even on the face bar soaps work better than any facewash I have ever used. But about the packaging. they should ban perfume samples from these things really, you can get them free at any counter. this is only insulting, same for the shampoo.

    • Really? I’m surprised – I would’ve thought that bar soaps would be super drying, especially for the face. I’d never want to risk using bar soaps on my face haha. I’ve never gotten perfume samples from counters, myself. I thought they would only give them if they like you enough after you buy enough stuff 😛

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