Friday, July 31, 2015

OuiPlease Vol 1.4 Escape to the French Riviera

If you haven't heard of OuiPlease it's one of the newest and much anticipated subscription box to hit the market. I think a big reason for all the chatter about the box is because of the price. The OuiPlease box ships 6 times a year and a single box is $175, a month-to-month subscription will run you $150 and a yearly subscription is $650. Per the OuiPlease website your special delivery will feature a surprise selection of products, including the very best France has to offer in beauty, jewelry, accessories, apparel, home and epicure.

Price: $108-$175 every two months depending on subscription commitment. 

The Good:

Luxury products: The boxes are filled with name brands that would be considered luxurious.

Variety: This box isn't just beauty products. It will have jewelry, apparel, home goods, etc.

Information: They include their own magazine that talks about the products in the box as well as other products.

Pricing Structure: They offer one-time, monthly or yearly subscriptions. It would be nice to see a 6 month (3 box) subscription tier.

The Not So Good

Price: The price is way high but at the same time you will hopefully get what you pay for.

Referrals: I would like to see a referral program. If you can convince someone to spend this much money on a box you should get a little thank you treasure.

Each month the package comes with a French word on white paper. This one means plunges.

This month there was a packing slip in the box. This is new. 

This box has lots of treasures in it. This is the first pic. 

Here are the food treasures.

Life is Beautiful t-shirt. 

Earrings, Clutch and Headband

Cute Earrings.

Contents of the Volume 1.4 OuiPlease Box:

Grain De Pastel Face & Body Butter. Value = $50.00

Grain De Pastel Hand Cream. Value = $30.00

Pier AugĂ© Body Lotion. Value = $80.00

Doux Me Orange Blossom Mist. Value = $35.00

Kingies Life Is Beautiful T-shirt. Value = $40.00

La Fare 1979 Lavender Flower Jar. Value = $20.00

Betty Sketch Coasters. Value = $20.00

LuLu en Provence Ecru Clutch. Value = $40.00

Cage Creation's Headband. Value = $30.00

Confiserie Stanislas Nougat Bar Macaroons. Value = $20.00

Objets Obscurs Xingdu Turquoise and Gold Earrings. Value = $28.00/$14.00 on sale

The value of this second box is $393.00. I question the price of the nougat bar though. $20 seems awfully high and I've bought bars like this before for a lot less. I also think the coasters are overprices at $20. They are very thin and I'm guessing won't last long. The Grain de Pastel body butter is really cool. My leaked a bit but it reminds me of whipped yogurt. I wonder if all of them are like that or just mine from sitting in a hot mailbox in 108 degree weather. The orange mist is nice and light, just enough for a little scent. I think the t-shirt is really cute, especially with the little french accent to it, but unfortunately it's not going to fit me. It says XL but I think it's a small XL. The earrings are fun and I checked out their website and they have lots of fun jewels and everything is 50% off right now! The headband is cute and I will use it but $30 is a little ridiculous. The clutch isn't really fancy or anything but it's well made and I will most likely use it for traveling.  

Verdict: It's a lot of money but it definitely has value. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Thursday, July 30, 2015

July Dapper Box - Green Clove

DapperBox is a fairly new monthly subscription box to enter the subscription box market. This box is geared towards men and it contains men's clothing items. Each box contains 4-5 Dapper items worth up to $96. They advertise that they source from the best brands and factories to bring the customer premium men's goods. The price of the DapperBox is $29 a month with shipping included. 

Price: $29 a month with shipping included. Discounts for 3, 6 and 12 month plans. Ships internationally for an additional $8. 

This box was sent to me complimentary from DapperBox for review. 

The Good:

Funky sense of style: Have a guy who likes to spice up his wardrobe a bit. This box could be fun. 

Convenience: Most men don't care for shopping. This is an easy way for the items to come to him. 

Color Coordinated: The items in each box are color coordinated.

The Not So Good:

Price: The price is a little high for a monthly box BUT it's pretty convenient to get clothing in the mail. 

Info: There was nothing in box other than the products. I always like a little info card included with the items. 

July DapperBox - Green Clove

DapperBox Cuff Links

Contents of the DapperBox:

Green Tie. Value = $??

2 pairs of patterned socks. Value = $??

Lucha Libre Cuff Links. Value = $14.00

1 oz. Das Boom lotion with a tobacco, musk, motor oil scent. Value = $3.00

It's hard to put a value on this box because there are no labels on any of the items (except the lotion) so I don't know where they come from. I was able to find the cuff links and the $14 is an average price I found. I would say the tie and socks range anywhere from $10-$20. If you used $10 then that would put the value just over the price paid. I gave this box to the boyfriend to inspect after I opened it. I wanted to get his opinion since he is a boy and all. He didn't seem impressed at all but I will say he's more of a traditional guy and wouldn't wear crazy colors of any kind. I thought he might be ok with the tie but he said no. I'm thinking his brother might wear it though so I think I will pass it off to him. I actually liked the socks for myself so I'm keeping those. I can't think of anyone who would wear the cuff links but I'm sure I'll find someone. I thought the lotion smelled terrible but the boyfriend didn't think it was that bad. Guess he's grown fond of eau de motor oil. Lol.

Verdict: This could be a fun gift for the funky guy in your life. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July Bestowed Box

Bestowed was created by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer in an effort to answer the question everyone had when it comes to health food.."which one of these is really the best?" Each month, Heather and her team of health and diet experts carefully curate 7-10 healthy snacks, beverages and lifestyle item and send them to you. Bestowed has also partnered with The Food Trust and for each box sold they supply a kid in need with a days worth of snacks. The price of this box is $20.00 a month with shipping included. They also have 3 and 6 month plans that offer a 10-15% discount.

Bestowed offered this box to me for review for a discounted price of $10.00

Price: $20 a month w/no option to skip. Discounts for 3 and 6 months prepaid plans. 

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from New York. 

Bestowed is offering 10% off any subscription using code LOVEHEALTHY. 

The good:

Variety: I liked that there was some variety to this box. It wasn't just limited to food or products, you get both!

Good size samples: The samples are full size or close to it.

Information: They include a sheet with product info and tips on usage.

The not so good:

Skip a month: I didn't see an option to skip a month.

July Bestowed Box. 

Contents of box with approximate retail value:

7 Day Align Probiotic Supplement. Value = $7.50

. 5 oz. Justin's Almond Butter in Classic. Value = $0.83

.5 oz. Justin's Almond Butter in Maple. Value = $0.83

Miracle Tree Moringa Organic Tea in Strawberry. Value = $0.32

Miracle Tree Moringa Organic Tea in Mint . Value = $0.32

.10 oz. Natralia Heel Balm. Value = $0.40

(2) Nature's Bakery Gluten-Free Fig Bars. Value = $0.50/ea.

1 1/8 oz. Quest Nutrition Protein Chips in BBQ. Value = $2.39

(3) .1 oz. Nekkar Honey Crystals. Value = $0.10/ea.

Coupon for Ruby Rocket's Veggie & Fruit Pops. Value = $5.99

Yoga Anytime 1 month Online Membership. Value = $18.00

The total value of this months box is $37.99 or $13.89 if you don't include the coupon or yoga online membership. I really hope I can find the veggie and fruit pops at a store I shop at. I'm seriously interested in trying them. I take probiotics everyday and I like the brand I use but I'll throw these in the mix too. I'm a fan of the Justin's almond butter. These little 80 calorie packs are perfect for lunches. Another item I was thrilled about is the fig bars. I say was thrilled about because the boyfriend ate them! Grrrr. My bad for not hiding a pack, it was out in the fair game snack bowl. 

Verdict: This box was pretty good. If you paid full price you would break even on the value.