So here we are with the Indulge Me Box for December 2014. This is my first month with this subscription and it is only the second box that the company has put out. Indulge Me Box is Canadian and costs $20 a month with free shipping to Canadians (US residents can get it with an additional shipping fee of $6). This box is said to be a combination of beauty/accessories/lifestyle and there are supposed to be 4-5 items per box.
Alright, let’s see what came in the box this month.
A cozy knit scarf from Bizou. Perfect for winter time.
The scarf was the spoiler item for December and it was what really made me want to try this box. I was so hoping for the white scarf with the owls and adorable colours that was shown on the Facebook page. I didn’t get that one though, I got this scarf that is a deep brown. I am okay with this because brown matches most things, I just seem to have a lot of brown scarves. Also, the tassels on this scarf are so long, I may trim them down a bit to suit my own style. This scarf was valued at $25.
A votive candle from America’s best loved Yankee Candles. Designed to give burn time of 15-17 hours.
I am okay with this item. I do really love candles, and Yankee Candle is great. I got the scent Sparkling Cinnamon which does smell nice and is perfect for the holiday season. I am wondering if there were a variety of scents that were sent out because the image on the card is for Apple Cider, I would like to see what other people got. My only issue with this candle is that votive candles are not my favourite but when I finish another candle I can use it to hold this one so it will get used for sure. These sell at Yankee Candle for $2.
Give your hands a royal treatment this winter with L’Occitane hand cream. Enriched with shea butter and vitamin E.
This is one item in the box that I really am excited for. I have been looking into L’Occitane a lot recently because it is supposed to be such high quality. The scent is very light so that is nice and it will definitely get used. This is the Rose 4 Reines scent and that is what is in the picture so I wonder if everyone got the same scent for this hand cream. Sephora sells this hand cream for $12.
Holiday time is perfect to get involved in some DIY. You have all the supplies you need to show your creativity.
This is the first item that I am really not super thrilled about. I get that DIY stuff counts as lifestyle items, and I think that there are a lot of DIY things that could have been really cute for this box. I’m just not seeing it so much with this one. The cardboard bits are like pillow packs that I guess could be used for gift cards or really small gifts.
However, the picture on the card has this beautiful almost lacy paper and cute twine that could be used to decorate it which would be rustic and very cute. My box came with a tiny piece of snowman wrapping paper and some red glittery mesh. I’m not sure if different boxes got different things to decorate with, but this just doesn’t scream cute to me. Maybe I am just complaining but this isn’t all that exciting for me. I would value this at maybe $1-2 worth of stuff…
A surprise gift card from Trend Trunk which is a social marketplace where you can buy, sell, donate amazing new and pre-loved fashion in a fun simple way.
Here comes Amanda the complainer again but I have a big issue with this being one of the items in the box. This is a card that gives you a PIN and card number to enter on the website to see how much it is worth. Mine of course was only worth $5 but you could have had up to $250 on it. This card would have been great if it did have the $250 but $5 is useless. I have already paid for the box, and now in order to use the $5 I got on this card, I would have to spend a great deal more money. I am really hoping that this is considered a bonus item on top of 4 box items because I don’t think this can count as an item on its own.
Cue the big sigh. This box is just okay for me. I paid $20 for the box, and the retail value of the items is about $40 (I’m not counting the Trend Trunk card). The things that came in the November box seemed really nice, and I was hoping that since this box was new, it would be really great. That being said, because it is still new, I’m sure there are some growing pains. It could just be me who feels this way, everyone else could totally love the box. I might just be the grumpy one.
To recap: I will definitely use the scarf and the candle, I’m excited about the hand cream, I may try and use the DIY stuff (but maybe not), and I will probably never spend that $5 from Trend Trunk. I am definitely not going to give up on Indulge Me Box because of one month that is just okay. I really want this Canadian company to succeed and I’m sure if I am patient, than I will be rewarded. The owner of this company seems really nice and I am interested in seeing where things go.
We will see what January 2015 brings for Indulge Me Box!