Monday, September 24, 2012

September 2012 Glymm Bag

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

This month's Glymm bag was the lowest value I've ever experienced with a beauty box. I was initially very disappointed when I took out the samples. The saving grace was the more generous sized shampoo and conditioner - thank goodness I ended up loving those products! Buuuut I'm getting ahead of myself... please see below for more details about the contents of the September Glymm bag along with my thoughts.

Here is what I received (in order of appearance in the video):

1. EVOLVh Shampoo & Conditioner

These samples were the first I pulled out of the Glymm bag due to their generous size. Glymm previewed these products on its Facebook page but, other than that, I had never heard of EVOLVh. This company is based in San Francisco and offers a line of luxury organic hair care products. The "h" stands for healthy ingredients and high performance. I'm probably in the minority but I actually like receiving shampoo and conditioner samples - perhaps because (1) I have a goal this year to learn how to do my own hair and (2) I finish shampoo and conditioner very quickly so I find them to be very useful samples.

impressions: I've only used these products once but I absolutely love everything about them. The scent is nice yet light and my hair was super soft the next day. I found I had to use more shampoo than normal to work up a good lather but that might have been because I had so much product in my hair. The conditioner was interesting because my hair seemed to completely soak it up - leaving my hair feeling oddly dry in texture. Later, I found out that the conditioner is meant to be absorbed into your hair (thanks jenwar1980). I also love that the line is paraben free, sulfate free, not tested on animals, etc. and the EVOLVh duo is my favourite out of all the shampoo and conditioner samples I have tried.

The Glymm product page shows up to 14 uses for this shampoo and conditioner duo. That must be a typo because there's just no way! 4 uses, maybe.

ultrashine moisture shampoo
full size // 250 mL // $24
sample size // 59 mL // approximate value of $5.66

ultrashine moisture conditioner
full size // 250 mL // $25
sample size // 59 mL // approximate value of $5.90

2. La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes

We had previously received the La Fresh Nail Polish Remover wipes and I really liked those so I was excited to receive this sample. These wipes are intended to be used on your eyes and lips. We received 2 wipes in the September Glymm bag.

impressions: These makeup wipes are a decent size and I found the cloth itself to be gentle. However, I didn't find the wipes to be moist enough - they seemed a little dry and as a result I had a hard time getting my makeup off... especially my mascara. I used these wipes all over my face and they left an oily residue I wasn't crazy about. These wipes have an extremely strong lavender scent, which I personally like, but I can see that it would bother others.

full size // 18 individually wrapped wipes // $9.99
sample size // 2 individually wrapped wipes // approximate value of $1.11

3. Benta Berry Super Moisturizing Face Cream for Girls

When I first took out this product, I was super disappointed. Then I realized it was not the G-1 cream and I felt a little bit better but I still wasn't sure I would like the sample. The cream looks exactly like the G-1 and I think the scent was very similar. The Glymm product page notes that the scent was designed by a famous perfumers for girls so I am thinking the scent would be different from the G-1 cream, which is intended for boys and girls.

impressions: Thankfully, I actually enjoyed this sample. The cream is very nice on the skin and it does not rub off in a flaky mess! I still wouldn't purchase the full size product though because I think it is expensive for what you get. Although I did like that this cream made my skin fairly soft, it wasn't a standout for me.

full size // 30 mL // $19
sample size // 3 mL // approximately $1.90

4. Villainess Dulces En Fuego Whipped Body Creme

This is a tiny sample for a body cream but it smelled so good that I took a second look at the product. To me, the scent smelled just like chocolate cupcakes but with a hint of cinnamon. This brand is based out of Tennessee. I thought the definition of Villainess was cheeky and clever.

(Source: Villainess)

impressions: The texture is very creamy but it is lighter than your average body butter because the product is whipped. I applied the cream to my lower legs (knees to ankles) and I liked the consistency. It did not feel greasy on my skin. I normally don't like such sweet, cake-like scents on me but this one did not smell as sweet on my skin as it did in the container. I liked this cream a lot but I don't think I would purchase the full size simply because there are so many options out there and this one doesn't shine enough in my eyes.

full size // 170 g // $15.75
sample size // 5 g // approximately $0.46

Overall, I was not overly impressed with the September Glymm bag. The low value makes me a little worried that I've subscribed for a year but what's done is done. The things I liked about this bag were (1) the generous shampoo and conditioner samples, which I ended up loving and (2) that Glymm has stuck to its formula of sourcing interesting niche brands I've never seen before. We received an off-white quilted faux patent leather cosmetic bag this month and, while I like the texture, I much prefer the black bag we received last month. The off-white bag contrasted with the stark white zipper made the bag look a little cheap in my eyes... but I used it this weekend anyway as my travel hair product bag and it held up well. I'm hoping we get a red bag next month.

// Approximate value of the products in the September 2012 Glymm bag: $15.03 //

Did you receive a Glymm bag this month? If so, what did you think of the samples?

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