So here we are with the Indulge Me Box for January 2015. This is my second month with this subscription and it is only the third 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.
Now, Indulge Me Box did send out an email in December saying that starting with the February box, there would be a $5 shipping fee added for Canadians. This is quite disappointing for me. I feel like all the US subscription boxes give free shipping for their US residents (which I am so jealous of) and that getting free shipping for a Canadian boxes is just one of the perks. After this email, I decided to see what I thought of the January box to figure out if I feel it is worth $25 to me or if I wanted to cancel. Let’s see what we got!
I’m not sure if this is a result of the shipping process or not but the presentation of this box was a bit of a mess. It looked like everything had just been thrown in with a piece of tissue paper shoved in amongst it. Last month had beautiful packaging so I was expecting something similar. I was already a little bit disappointed upon opening the box.
It’s winter time and the only thing we want to do is get cozy, watch our favourite movie and drink a cup of hot tea. Pretty Tea is the perfect tea for that. Their tea ensures the satisfaction of your tastebuds – from the pureness of the High Mountain green tea to their warm spicy teas.
This pouch of tea contains 25 grams and is valued at $3.50. I’m not sure if there were various tea flavours that went out because it doesn’t state a flavour on the card but I would be interesting to see what else there was. If you have been reading my blog, you may know that I do not drink tea but my mom does so I am going to pass this along to her. The flavour that I got is called Lady in Blue and it is an earl grey that features lavender blossoms for extra flavour. We will have to see what mom thinks of it but I do feel this is a nice addition to the box for this time of year.
Fresh Cream Tinted Lip Balm is ultimate feminine lip balm is truly rich and creamy, made of the finest ingredients renown for their moisturizing and healing qualities, such as Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Coconut Oil. Every lip balm has a bit of tint and is freshly made just 2 weeks before shipping.
This lip balm is from Fresh Cream and it is valued at $3.50. Once again, I’m not sure if there were various flavours/scents or not but mine is Cherry Tint with gold shimmer. It does have a slight tint and it feels really nice and moisturizing. I am happy with this product and it will get used, although I do have what feels like a hundred lip balms scattered here and there. I must say, I also really like that it says it is made so soon before shipping. I’m not sure if it makes a difference with lip balm or not but let’s pretend it does!
Yumm! That’s the first thought that comes to mind when we open this sugar scrub’s jar. Their sugar Whipped Soap is a convenient scrub and soap in one! Fine sugar gently polishes and softens skin, with tons of bubbly lather and skin loving moisturizers! Use every day and make your skin happy.
This soap/scrub is from Naiad Soap Arts and is valued at $6.57 for 2 oz. My scent is Raspberry Bellini and I am thinking there are other scents because the picture on the card is Orange Sherbet. I would be very interested in seeing what other scents there were. This scent is fine, it is kind of like a raspberry/perfumey/soapy kind of smell. The texture is very cool though. I had a whipped soap in my Fortune Cookie Soap box that had deflated during shipping but this one is quite spongy and held up. I have a couple soaps I am trying to get through at the moment but I will try this after that. Even if it is nice though, I feel like $6.57 for 2 oz. is a lot. Maybe that’s just me being cheap…
These beautiful hoop earrings are semi handmade by people at Karma boutique which is a NY based family run accessory shop. These are lead compliant earrings with approx. 2.5″ inch drop.
These earrings aren’t horrible but they also aren’t my favourite. Even though the look of them isn’t the worst, they are HUGE. I tried one of them on and it not only looked gargantuan beside my face, they were also so heavy. The actual earring part (the part that goes through the hole…obviously I have no idea what it’s called when it’s not just a post) is really thin so it bends just from the actual weight of the earring. These are valued at $12 but I can’t see myself wearing them.
Try something new this year with this lightly feathered braid string. This can be used in many ways from a trendy hair band to a beautiful hair accessory.
I need to be honest about this one. I do not like it at all and I will never wear it. This was the first thing I saw when I opened the box and I was so unhappy with it. This is valued at $8 which is wasted box value in my opinion. I’m not going to say much else about this because I don’t want to sound too negative.
We wanted to fully indulge you this month so we decided to add this detox mask from Indie Shop of Toronto. This mask has capability to deep clean the skin. So start a new year with new refreshed skin. This mask can be used twice.
This is one thing I am actually excited about in the box, although it is only valued at $1. It is a Green & White dry mask that you mix with water and apply. I really love facial masks and I love that I will be able to get two uses out of this. I will be using this for sure!
Ok, let’s chat about this. I paid $20 for this box (which starting next month will be $25) and the given retail value of the box is $34.57 which isn’t great. On top of this, there are a number of products I won’t use. For the products that I will use, the value is $11.07 (or $14.57 if you include the tea that my mom will at least try). For $20 this isn’t worth it to me, and it definitely would not be worth it if I were paying $25. So, I have decided to cancel this subscription. I really wanted to love this box because it is Canadian but there are other services that I would rather try out with that money.
That being said, I would like to tell you my sort of pros and cons with this subscription service because even though it isn’t my cup of tea, it may be something that you would really love.
Let’s start with the pros. I do like that this subscription tries to use smaller companies products. It gives those companies a chance to get their name out there and it also gives subscribers a chance to discover these great companies. Within Canada, the shipping is pretty quick. I can not speak for the shipping to the US, but I do appreciate not having to wait a week longer than everyone else to get my box (it’s hard to avoid spoilers for that long!) I also like how there are a variety of types of products in these boxes (even if some of them don’t suit me all that much).
Now for the cons. I do not think that for me personally, the value is there for this box. Even if I would use every single item in this box, the value is not too much higher than what I paid which is a little bit disappointing. However, I do understand that this is a new service so it may take some time to get those higher value products in the box. This is really the biggest issue for me with this box, because I can not see myself accepting the new $25 cost with the value that we are getting.
Like I have said previously in this post, the products in here are just not for me. This is my own opinion and it does not mean that other people won’t find it exciting and amazing! The owner of this company seems very nice and so I am not trying to bash the service, just to state my own personal opinion. I will be very interested to follow along with the progress of the company to see what else they will include in future boxes.
Disclaimer: I purchased this box with my own money. All photos and opinions are honest and my own.