Honestly it doesn’t feel that long ago that I last uploaded a My Little Box review but I guess that’s what happens when you have a part time job, work placement and a dissertation due at the end of summer. The sun has gone and the weather seems synchronised with my permanent state of anxiety; dull, grey and rainy. This months My Little Box provides a nice little reminder that it is still summer and has gotten me super excited to go on holiday with my boyfriend in September. I can not wait to have my dissertation handed in and to be relaxing on the beach, cocktail in hand. And of course by then I will have met my nephew! Not long to go now little guy until we can all meet you! Until I can proudly show him off and embrace my new status as an Aunty, I’ll introduce you to another small gift- this months My Little Coconut Box!
For anyone who doesn’t know My Little Box is a subscription service priced at £11.95 with £3.95 postage and packaging. Similar to boxes such as Birchbox or GlossyBox, My Little Box sends out 3 beauty products, that are always beautifully packaged, every month. Their USP: not only do you receive beauty products every month but you also receive at least one lifestyle product every month. This has been everything from tshirts to tote bags to jewellery.
Each months box arrives in a sturdy cardboard box to protect your items whilst in the post. When you open this you’ll find your box and a peelable sticker that relates to that months theme as you can see below.
The box itself always carries an illustration from the talented Kanako Kuno. The box is sturdy and super handy for storage needs. I tend to use them for storing jewellery or things like hair ties and clips. If you feel like being more creative you can always visit YouTube where there are so many tips and tutorials for how to turn these boxes into various things.
When you open the box everything is neatly tied with a ribbon, which again i always keep hold of, you never know when a piece of ribbon might come in handy. You’re almost always met with a thin piece of card that carries a quote, usually relating to that months theme. As you can see this months carried a quote from Dustin Hoffman. Underneath is the My Little Box magazine and, thankfully, they have once again chosen the glossy mag. The alternative was a fold out poster style magazine that just wasn’t as user friendly.
This month I was lucky to receive not one but two lifestyle products, that were both presented beautifully.
The first was presented in an envelope that reads ‘Oh the places you’ll go’. At first I thought this might be a collection of post cards similar to last summers box but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is, infact, a very pretty passport holder. The design is very summer and after trying it out with my passport, it keeps it fitted very snug. However. I will say that when I took this out of the envelope I immediately noticed two marks on the bottom right hand corner. I’ve never experienced a product being damaged or marked from My Little Box before so I’m not sure I’ll kick up a fuss but it is a shame that it didn’t look as squeaky clean as you’d expect a new item to be.
The second item was a beautifully presented bracelet from the brand Stella & Dot which apparently has a RRP of £18. The bracelet is very dainty and minimalistic so is very on trend and current. I’m sure it will look lovely paired with a tan and a nice summer dress. I love the packaging and how the inside of the box reminds me of sand, once again just screaming holiday.
Overall I was really impressed, bar the scuffs, of this months lifestyle items. I was hoping the beauty items would live up to the bar these products. I will admit, from the clues My Little Box were leaving I was 90% sure one of the products would be coconut oil. I wasn’t too wrong but unfortunately I didn’t receive a tub of the miracle product that is coconut oil. However the coconut theme does run through the products perfectly which is something previous months themes just don’t do. As (almost) always the products are presented in a cotton drawstring bag that comes in super handy for storing toiletries, bikinis, laungerie etc when travelling.
My Little Box must have been feeling really generous this month as I also received 4 products in this months bag as opposed to the usual 3. Each month you are guaranteed at least one full size product from My Little Box’s own range. Unfortunately you can’t buy them in the UK yet but that only makes receiving them all the more special. I always find their products have such a lovely scent (I’ve been using last months salt spray almost every day) and this months was no exception. More on that in a moment! This month I received: a coconut scented, moisturising after sun spray from My Little Box’s own range, a small sample of hair oil from Ojon, a 20ml sample of Yves Rocher’s coconut scented perfume and an alcohol hand cleansing gel from Merci Handy- which again is coconut scented.
First we have the after sun spray from My Little Box. I’ll admit, when I first used this I didn’t even realise it was an after sun spray, I thought it was just a normal body spray as the fragrance is so nice. It has a very simple, sweet fragrance that carries the creamy smell of coconut milk perfectly. The packaging is true to My Little Box and has a very simplistic, minimalist packaging that always looks pretty on my beauty shelf.
Next we have the Yves Rocher coconut scented perfume. I sprayed a bit of this and found it actually has the most realistic, coconut scent. It kind of smells like the corridors in hotels if that makes sense? You know when you can smell the warm weather and the air is mixed with the smell of greenery and sun cream and oils? Maybe that’s just me but that’s definitely what this perfume reminds me of.
Finally we have the Merci Handy hand sanitizer. Working in a retail job where I have to deal with money every shift, hand sanitizer always come in very handy- excuse the pun. I seem to have sensitive skin on my hands because after a few shifts in work my hands seem to flare up. The beads in this bottle aim to provide moisture but as far as the scent goes, I can’t really pick up the coconut hints. It smells just like regular alcohol hand gel to me.
So that about wraps it up for this months box. As always I will point out that My Little Box does not guarantee that every item is cruelty free. As I’ve stated in previous reviews, any company that sells their products in China will be subjected to laws by the Chinese government in which products must be tested on animals before being sold to the general public. From my research, both Ojon and Yves Rocher have entered the Chinese market- although Yves Rocher have spoken out about their desire to work with the Chinese authorities to get these laws changed. I think next month will be my last delivery from My Little Box as I only received a years subscription as a birthday present. If anyone can recommend any nice cruelty free vegan alternatives please do let me know!
P.S I’m sorry this post has been extra long due to there being more products that usual in this months box!
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