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:
- Mai Couture Social Gloss in Sake Sunrise 1001
- Atelier Cologne – Orange Sanguine Fragrance
- Lucia Soap No. 1 – Goat Milk and Linseed Soap
- 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?