I only received this box this morning and I just couldn’t wait to post about it. When the beauty box concept first came over to the UK I jumped right on that bandwagon and subscribed to a few different services to test and review. I think it’s important to note that I actually haven’t had an active subscription to any service for a year now, in fact I think my last Glossybox was April 2012.. coincidence! There were 3 reasons I gave up on them, 1. I was amassing an unmanageable amount of travel sized items for someone who does not often travel. 2. I was subscribing to multiple boxes and so it was getting costly. 3. I just never felt I got my moneys worth and when you’re aware of what everyone else got there’s always some degree of envy when your selection seemed a bit rubbish. Ultimately. I was spending around £25 a month and I decided that money could be spent elsewhere but I can’t deny having experience a little jealousy when great items have popped up on boxes since.. I’ve comforted myself with the knowledge whatever it was wouldn’t have been in mine anyway. So here I am on the road to beauty box recovery and not even (maybe a little) tempted by the new Birchbox launch when Beauteco comes along.
At first glance it’s the same as all the others, right? Perhaps.. but there are a few differences that set them apart. First of all each month there will be 3 boxes to choose from, I actually chose the one not only which I felt suited me but also contained the more affordable brands so that I could review them later – always thinking – but there were more valuable selections to be had. This is a great feature as I always felt like we were forced to fill out these forms about our skin/hair types and individual issues only to receive something totally inappropriate.. what was the point? This way you decide each month the products you’d rather have and not only will they be right for you, you wont wonder why someone else got a ‘better stuff’. Each box will contain 1 or 2 ‘star’ (read:full size) products and the remaining 3 or 4 will be sample sizes. We all know that sampl sizes vary hugely from company to company so although you are choosing your box you wont know a bottle from a sachet until you open up the box – so there’s still an element of surprise. On that note I do hope they stay away from the perfume sample/sachet route. Unless we’re talking hair/face mask a sachet is pointless and you can test a perfume at your local beauty hall free of charge.. that was a niggle of mine.
In my box I received 2 full sized Anatomicals products which I was happy with as I’ve never tried the band before but they’re also inexpensive so if I love them I know I can repurchase.. absolutely pointless sending me a £100 face cream sample, I’m never going to buy it!
Don’t just clean it woman, scrub it! Body Scrub is £3.49 for 200ml and Help the paw vitamin rich hand cream is £3 for 100ml – www.anatomicals.net
On to the pricier items, the Mitchell & Peach body cream smells just lovely an the size is great, I reckon I could get 2 full applications which will make it perfect for a weekend away when I don’t want to pack a big bottle of lotion but at £36 for 180ml it’s not something I’m going to rush out and buy. It’s nice to try these items but this is again why choosing your own selection is so great.. you can get the box with the not so high ticket items that you’d genuinely like to try with a view to buy. I guess it depends on why you like subscription services like this, I must admit the Glossybox Harrods edition was a lovely treat but I wouldn’t want it every month. The Melvita Ultra Nourishing Cream is more affordable at 200ml for £15 and as it targets an issue (extra dry skin) I would feel more justified in my purchase so I’m excited to try that. Lastly is MOA Balm, I’ve actually got a little test pot of this somewhere already, I tried it as a lip balm and it wasn’t all that so it was relegated to a drawer. Having read the little ‘menu’ card that came with this box, however, it says it makes a ‘wonderful facial cleansing balm’ so I just might have to take that to IMATS with me as I can’t imagine find a more compact cleanser than this. It also claims to prevent wrinkles and get rid of black heads so I may have to dig out that other pot too.
You may be wondering where the ‘eco’ comes in to this brand (I was too)..well while they lean on the side of natural they aren’t going to be using exclusively organic products or any such gimmick but they are limiting their packaging and avoiding high carbon materials, the box itself is 100% recyclable and I did notice significantly less of that annoying ‘paper fizz’ that gets all over when you’ve just hoovered the living room!
The boxes will be £10.00 plus £2.95 P+P which is comparative with the other services available right now and they’re currently running contests via facebook and twitter to win one of their beauty boxes ahead of the official launch on 5th May, you can also sign up to their site to be notified when you can order here. Only time will tell whether Beauteco can bring something new to the metaphorical table but I’m hoping they’ve learned from their competitors mistakes and are going to deliver relevant products that we really want to try!