Now before you guys jump the gun and think this has something to do with me, unfortunately it doesn’t. Belle Box is a new-ish subscription box in South Africa founded by Emy Clarke in Cape Town. She says:
“I have always loved watching and reading Beauty Bloggers ‘Monthly Favourite’ videos and blog posts. I love hearing real reviews on products and some of my go to products today have been recommended by these bloggers. One day, whilst watching one of these videos I had a lightbulb moment: How amazing would it be to receive a box filled with these products on a monthly basis? This was the start of Belle Box.
Our vision is to join forces with a different beauty blogger each month to bring you a box filled with a selection of full size and sample beauty products as well as some lifestyle/décor products.”
To be honest I don’t know how I stumbled across her website while browsing the internet one day and I figured regardless of what was inside, how could Belle Blushh not purchased a Belle Box. I mean c’mon. So I added it to cart and patiently waited for it to arrive.
Usually when I order from a local supplier, I expect the package to be delivered within a couple of days, but I didn’t read the FAQ’s. Orders are taken until the 15th of every month before the boxes are then packed and sent off at the end of the month. So even though I placed my order on the 3rd of June, I only received my package on July 30th. Just something worth noting if you’re interested. I think this helps to determine the value of the boxes based on the number of boxes sold i.e. money coming in. I feel a lot of the previous subscription boxes always fail because they actually end up spending more trying to please customers than they actually make off sales resulting in their demise. I’m not sure what Emy’s approach is but hopefully she can make this endeavour work.
When I did eventually get my box, I was pleasantly surprised at the contents. I’ve had the last month to try out all the products as well so I can give you a little review on each of them. Let’s get started.
The only makeup item in the box was the Essence Velvet Stick Matte Lip Colour in ‘Cherry Crash’. I purchased and reviewed it here but it didn’t float my boat so this one just went in to the drawer alongside it.
One of my favourite items in the box was the coffee mug with it’s cute inscription. I needed a new coffee mug for work so I’ve been using it quite frequently and once people see it on my desk, they know not to bother me unnecessarily. It also came with a Nescafe White Cappuccino sachet which I downed on the first evening *hides away sheepishly*.
The other item I was excited about was the scarf. Since I wear one every day, I know I can never have enough. The scarf is made of cotton and is ivory with deep coral dragonflies on it. It’s the perfect accessory paired with jeans on the weekend. It’s listed at a value of R125 but I now you can get these for around R75 from Pick & Pay Clothing.
Then on to skincare which intrigued me quite a bit after viewing the May box contents. I received a travel size minipot of the Skoon Ruby Marine Overnight Hydrating Mask. I’ve heard about the brand before but have not tried anything from their range. I think the mask was a great addition because if it’s anything to go by, I’m excited to try more from them. The mask is quite thick in texture but once it’s applied to the face it melts into the skin. You can apply it before bed and go straight to sleep because it doesn’t need to be washed off. It is the most hydrating and plumping mask I have ever used and it has diminished a lot of flakiness on my forehead due to dehydration. It contains Organic Coconut and Wildflower Honey with Nordic Marine Extract to trap water molecules to moisturise and repair the skin. It’s also subtly scented with vanilla extract but is safe to use on even the most sensitive of skin types. If you have dry skin I highly suggest buying a travel size minipot for R210 and let me know what you think about it. You can thank me later.
I also received a bottle of the Skin Clays Healing African Face Clay Exfoliant. This is made from Bentonite Clay which is targeted at acne and problematic skin which is perfect for me. When I opened the bottle the smell did take me back a bit but now it doesn’t bother me anymore. It’s very strong and herb-y, almost like chopped herbs before you add it to the pot apparently from the minerals it contains. It also contains Buchu, the South African ‘miracle herb’ known to treat inflammation as well as Cape Chamomile and Aloe. Granules of Apricot Kernel run through sparingly which is the exfoliant part of it. I’ve been using it every morning in the shower as my second cleanse because the hot water opens my pores and the product can work efficiently. I have noticed a subtle difference since using this because my skin feels cleaner and looks more radiant.
There were a few Delight Bath Essentials included in the box as well. They are made in Langebaan with all natural ingredients but I have not used them enough to say whether it’s worth the spend. They added in a Glycerine Soap which looks quite fun with it’s spiral and flower top, along with a sample of Body Butter & a Bath Mousse. I’ll keep you updated if I change my mind about them.
Lastly they included a discount voucher that can be used at Glamorous Nails all the way in Vredenberg in the Western Cape. I can’t even say I will use it when I’m on holiday in Cape Town since it’s a 2 hour drive from the city centre. This was a useless inclusion in the box since I’m sure over 90% of the customers won’t be using it.
The June Box retailed for R200 and was marked at a value of R500. Delivery within SA is R50 directly to your door. Each month’s box since their inception in May has retailed for R200 with the actual box value fluctuating based on the contents. I think I did receive my money’s worth because I use the mask, skin clay and scarf are things I use on a daily basis.
I don’t think this box will be appealing to some and I’m not sure I would have purchased it knowing what I was getting beforehand. I have already placed my order for the August box and I’ll let you know after that whether this subscription box has promise to last in the long run. Have to wait for end of the month to receive it though.
Have you purchased the Belle Box before? Which subscription boxes are your favourite?