Glymm Box: January 2013
The Glymm January 2013 boxes were very late shipping last month, which subscribers were told a day before the boxes should have shipped. We were not told when the boxes would arrive, however, so it became a very miserable waiting game. My box finally did ship January 25th and arrived January 30th. Seems Canada Post finally got its shit together. Glymm really didn’t though. Boxes were late due to product availability, and that was about as specific as the PR got. Don’t overload us with information or anything, god forbid. (Sarcasm, naturally.)
Glymm once again dropped the ball. Not only was January’s box extremely late, it arrived after subscriptions automatically renewed. But the real kicker was that Glymm recently announced that subscriptions would henceforth be $15/month, a $3 price increase. I find this move shocking as Glymm’s boxes have gradually been getting worse – not better – over time. If anything, they should be lowering the cost.
I said in November that if I received another half-ass box I’d cancel my subscription, and that’s the plan once February’s box arrives and I spend the remainder of my loyalty points. I, personally, don’t like throwing my money away every month, and this is what this box subscription now feels like to me: wasted money. Nevertheless, please enjoy my second last Glymm review!
One thing Glymm does do well is their cosmetics bags. This makeup clutch is very stylish and chic. I’m a sucker for anything silver and shiny. Like always, the quality of the bag is high – fluid zipper, good stitching, silky inside. Value: $12.00 CAD
Lashem Measurable Difference Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum: For those of you thinking, “Wow, this product looks familiar,” it is. I reviewed it last month in the Glymm December 2012 box. According to Glymm’s product card, I was supposed to received Lashem Double Trouble Mascara, which I actually would have loved to try, but instead I got another minuscule sample of Measurable Difference. Really, Glymm? Really.
Sample Value: $11.67 CAD for ~0.5 mL (estimated)
Full Size: $70.00 CAD/$69.99 USD for 3 mL
Coolway Boost Serum: This serum is 1 of a 3-part system for silkier frequently-styled hair (read more here). Its big claims are that it strengthens hair and reduces split-ends. The serum is apparently activated by the heat of a blowdryer or flat iron and the results are supposed to last until your next wash. (So you know, 24-48 hours.) The product is applied after your shampoo and in place of conditioner. You leave it in for 3-4 minutes then rinse and style.
I followed the instructions and then blow-dried and flat ironed my hair. (The curse of naturally curly hair.) My hair is also a chemically destroyed nightmare, so any restorative styling product gets a proper test with me. The verdict? My hair is actually really silky right now and none of the ends seem even the tiniest bit frayed. My issue with conditioners (although Boost is a serum) is how by “conditioning” my hair, they in fact make it heavy and greasy. Boost made it silky and airy without any greasy residue. I’m very impressed and will have to use it again. The scent is a mix of minty and fruity; it reminded me of one of Starbuck’s Tazo tea blends.
Sample Value: $5.00 CAD for 30 mL (1 oz.)
Regular: $40.00 CAD for 236 mL (8 oz.)
360 Skin Care DMEA Firming Serum: Another firming serum with the ingredients of a health smoothy. I’m actually sick of watching commercials and reading product cards that list the contents of my fridge in a “revolutionary new beauty product”. Honestly, if a company comes out and says, “We’ve got more medical ingredients in here than a pharmacy and we can’t pronounce half of them!” I’m going to buy your product just because honesty. Dear Beauty Industry: Stop trying to mask things with carrots and chamomile, please.
This Firming Serum is an anti-wrinkle treatment, is lavender-mint scented, and cruelty free. The scent is subtle and light – very pleasant overall. The serum has the texture of a silky whipped cream. You really have to work it into skin – it doesn’t instantly absorb. It’s cool on skin and non-oily, which is a plus. I can’t comment to its effectiveness, but my initial experience was positive.
My one beef with this product was how tiny the sample was. I didn’t know they made containers this small, seriously. This isn’t even a particularly pricey anti-wrinkle cream, so I’m not sure why Glymm decided to be so cheap.
Sample Value: $6.80 CAD for 0.2 oz.
Regular: $34.00 CAD for 1 oz. (30 mL)
La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes: I wasn’t too impressed with the last La Fresh product I tried, so I had low expectations. Nevertheless, I actually liked these wipes. Each pack contains a rather large cloth that is properly saturated and has a very light, fruity scent. The wipes are made for all skin types, which is a plus if a friend or family member ever needs to bum one, and the wipe contains vitamin E and aloe and cucumber extracts.
I found the wipe had a soft, silky texture and thoroughly cleaned my skin, giving it a fresh all-over-clean feeling. It leaves a very fine sticky residue though, which I disliked. I use cleansing cloths pretty regularly, so any residue means the cloth isn’t doing its job. It’s supposed to cleanse, not cleanse and coat.
The value isn’t too bad, especially if you need or prefer individually wrapped cloths. Bulk cloths in a pack or box are cheaper, but individually wrapped ones are best for traveling or having in your handbag. It depends on your needs.
Sample Value: $0.75 CAD for 2 cloths
Regular: $3.00 CAD for 8 cloths
Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion: This item wasn’t even listed in the product guide, so maybe Glymm ran out of mascara and sent me the lash serum and this moisturizer instead. I’m just speculating here as I do not know.
Burt’s Bees has a series of naturally derived beauty products that are available at almost every drug mart and grocery store in Canada. Every one of their products has a trademark waxy-meets-minty taste and scent. This body lotion also has subtle undertones of honey.
I’ve been using it on my hands for the past few days, and I do like it. It instantly makes skin soft but doesn’t leave them feeling greasy or oily. I’m not a huge fan of the scent – even though it is mild – but I don’t usually dig earthy fragrances, so it’s a personal thing. Value wise, very cheap moisturizer. Perfect if you’re on a budget and want a lot of product for less.
Sample Value: $0.42 CAD for 0.25 oz. (7 mL)
Regular: $19.99 CAD for 12 oz.
Overall, this was a pretty “meh” bag. The grand total? $24.64 CAD or $36.64 including the makeup bag. Really though, I’m not spending $12.00 a month (next month $15.00) for a bag, and I doubt anyone else is either. I also wasn’t pleased that I didn’t receive the items listed on the product card and that, to compensate, I received the same product I did the previous month.
All of this just adds up to one truth: Glymm’s subscription service is – and has been – going downhill. And me? I think it’s time to jump ship before it sinks my bank account, too.
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