Wednesday, April 18, 2012

april glymm box 2012 - unboxing

UPDATE (April 2013): Please read my most recent post on Glymm before ordering from this company.

this is the first glymm box that i have found to be really disappointing. i like the variety of products included and i like the brands, but glymm really fell short with the size of the samples this month. it's too bad because i feel that glymm has the most leverage with the brands since the online boutique can be used to drive sales. with that said, here is my video unboxing:

here are the contents of my april glymm box (in order of appearance in the video):

1. free your mane sulfate free hydrating shampoo & conditioner

i enjoy receiving shampoo & conditioner samples because they are so useful; however, i prefer little bottles because i find these packages messy and very difficult to open. this is the smallest sample of shampoo & conditioner i've received in any beauty box so i was very disappointed in the non-deluxe size. regardless, i am excited to try this brand as the entire line of products is sulphate and paraben free.

impressions: the shampoo & conditioner samples were barely enough for one use now that my hair is a little longer. i did not fancy the scent (can't place it - it's like nothing i've ever smelled before) but my hair did feel great after using the products. i would not repurchase this product due to the scent.

full size // 300 mL each // $16 each
sample size // 7.4 mL each // approximate value of $0.80

2. lucia guest soap in no. 6 wild ginger & fresh fig

again, this is a very small sample. i love soap, the packaging is lovely, and the scent is nice... but i can't seem to get over the size. nevertheless, i will give the soap a try and report back.

full size // 8 soaps // $17.50
sample size // 1 soap // approximate value of $2.19

3. mai couture social gloss in g'vinity

this is the second time we've received a sample from mai couture - the first time being a small sample of blush / bronzing sheets in the february glymm box. without a doubt, this is my favourite item in the box. in fact, this full size lip gloss saved the box for me. i love lip gloss and i am excited to try this one. the colour is called g'vinity, which is a cocktail i have never tried. the colour is a shimmery neutral beige.

impressions: i like this lip gloss but the colour is not flattering on its own. it looks good layered on top of a lip colour, which is how i've been wearing it. it's quite long lasting and has a pleasant scent with no flavour. it does claim to be lip plumping, which i did not notice visually; however, my lips did tingle lightly for a short while. i probably would not repurchase this product as my favourite sula lip glosses are only a fraction of the price.

full size and sample size // 5 mL // $28

4. atelier cologne in orange sanguine

fragrance is not my favourite sample to receive due to my scent allergies but glymm does not sample perfumes often so i was okay with it. buuuut, again, the size was so small. it's one thing if there is one small size sample included in the box... but three? i do like the little postcard because, well, i love postcards.

here is the official description of the fragrance from the atelier cologne website:

top notes... blood orange - bitter orange
heart notes... jasmine - geranium from south africa
base notes... amber woods - tonka beans - sandalwood

i like this fragrance but still prefer the ysl parisienne i received in my december glymm box.

impressions: i've been wearing the orange sanguine fragrance for the last couple of days and i like it. oddly enough, i don't really smell the top notes (i.e., the orange) - instead, my silly nose detects the floral scents and perhaps some of the base notes. i can't really tell but this fragrance seems less citrus-y to me the more i wear it - not that that's a bad thing because i like complex fragrances. that being said, i would still choose ysl parisienne as my signature scent.

full size // 30 mL // $60
sample size // unknown // unknown

5. $100 gift certificate towards nume professional styling tools & hair extensions

this was our "bonus" sample. the first few times glymm provided us with promo codes, i didn't mind it so much because i had been planning to make a purchase anyway. but it's starting to get old. we received the nume feather extensions in the march glymm box, which was great, but i don't really have a desire to purchase more.

// approximate value of the products in the april 2012 glymm box: $30.99 not including the nume gift certificate //

please let me know your thoughts if you received a glymm box this month!

ftc: i paid for this box and nothing was sent to me for free.


  1. oh that is disappointing. I've seen that soap line before at Outer Layer and they always smell nice. Agree with those piddly shampoo samples, junk. I've recently signed up for more boxes (maybe too many!) so I'll start doing reviews too.

    1. oh good, i'm looking forward to your reviews!


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