Finally the first Boudoir Privé box arrived this morning. The brands were already known so I had some idea of what products would be in the box.
I re-tied the ribbon to make it more photogenic. OCD much?
The box itself is similar to the GlossBox - ribbon, card and lots of black tissue paper. However the card was hand-written, which is a nice personal touch. (I examined it for a while CSI style to see whether it was actually hand-written and it is)
Included in this box is a leaflet explaining what each product is. However, the leaflet did not include any discount codes - I was looking forward to a Sachajuan code. Oh well. I hope they will put some on their website?
Inside the box - Sachajuan conditioner, Jane Iredale Purelash Extender & Conditioner, Olavie Antioxidant Body Butter, Babor HSR Lifting Extra Firming Cream, Bloom Green tea & White tea duo, and 2 Etat Libre d'Orange perfumes.
First impressions - I have to say I was a little disappointed at first. I knew there wouldn't be a full sized product but the sample products don't look "pretty" - that is, they are not all that nicely packaged, except for Sachajuan.
My favourite is the conditioner - I've wanted to try Sachajuan for a while, even though I've been on a anti-Swedish thing for the past few months (I dated a Swedish guy for a few months early this year and it went pear shaped). The body butter, despite the clinical looking sample bottle, smells quite good. I have not tried the face cream nor the lash conditioner yet. I'm not so keen on the perfumes because they're not really me - I think it's quite difficult to include fragrance in these sample boxes, as personal taste on perfumes vary so much.
Oops, I just realised I left the tea bags out of this photo.
Bottom line - They really needed to include more tea bags, rather just two (but I guess if you didn't like the taste of them, it'll be wasted). Again, not everyone ordering these boxes will want anti-ageing skincare (see GlossyBox June review). Likewise, they needed a "real" makeup product rather than just a lash conditioner.
It is not bad for £10 (I wanted to buy the conditioner anyway) but not a must have either (for now). No big wows for their first box, but I already knew that since I talked to Sam from Boudoir Prive at an event and he said there would not be a full sized NARS product equivalent like the first GlossyBox.
However, I do like that they try to include a wide range of products - makeup, skincare, bodycare, haircare, fragrance and well-being/lifestyle.
I will continue with the September box to see whether it is worth keeping this subscription.
Included with the box is a 50% off discount code for the next box (for new subscribers only, which is a bit unfair). Not sure if I can publish the code here so leave a comment if you would like a code. For £5 it was definitely worth a try :)