Tag Archives: review

July My Little Box: My Little Coconut Box

Hey everyone!

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.


You can see the marks here ^^^ I’ve tried giving the marks a wipe with water but so far no luck.

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 Ojon rare blend hair oil. This promises to do numerous things such as rehydrate hair, eliminate frizz and boost shine.

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!

-Abbie

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or endorsed by My Little Box to post these reviews (I wish this blog was successful enough for that haha), all boxes are paid for by me my boyfriend and all reviews are my 100% honest opinions.

Follow me on Twitter at: @abbieorbee

Follow me on Instagram at: @abbienotabby

You can also read my June, May, April and March reviews.

April My Little Box: My Little Flower Book

Hey everyone! My Little Box must have read my mind when I was planning to have this uploaded by the weekend because I finally had my box (well book) delivered yesterday! I was originally going to upload this yesterday but I had a looooong day. To begin the day I woke up at 6am to practice my presentation a few times and nearly had a break down when the timing was averaging out at 22.12, considering we lose points if the presentation were to go over 20 minutes. Anyway there was little I could do at a that point and knew I’d just have to use the timer on my phone and wing it. I left for uni at 9:30 and class began at 11, thankfully when it was my turn I came in at 18 minutes so comfortably between the 15-20 minute bracket we were allowed. Straight from there I met up with my dad, had lunch and then had 45 minutes to run home, get showered and changed into my uniform and go straight into work. That was when I realised My Little Box Book had been delivered (yay) but it was kind of bitter sweet as I only had time to do a quic unboxing, take photos and then leave for work. I didn’t get home until 11:30pm and was going to type out a post but figured who’d really want to read my review at that time? Anyway once again I’ve gone on a tangent so how about we just get on with the unboxing/review? Because I know that’s what you’re all here for 😉

  

Now I must say that I absolutely love the illustration of this months box. The book style was a nice change but overall I prefer the traditional box style for storing things as opposed to the ribbon side opening style of this box. For a one off style I love it though and I’m sure it will look pretty sat on my book shelf. As always on opening the box you’re met with what I referred to in my last review as the ‘gimmick’ item and the glossy magazine. 

  

This months I’d already found out what this was (check out my small rant here) due to a disgruntled subscriber on My Little Box’s page. Well I love this months item and the disgruntled customer really didn’t do it justice when she described it as ‘packet of seeds’ when it really is cuter than that. Firstly it’s cress seeds which gives me nostalgia feels to when I was in primary school and it seemed to be a regular activity to plant cress seeds and watch how they grew. The planter is set in a pretty little cardboard box with a pop up, apartment style setting 

   
 

Instructions seem simple enough, I mean if 7 year old Abbie could successfully grow cress I will not be impressed if 24 year old Abbie messes this up! After taking out the magazine I was getting excited, underneath the magazine is one lifestyle product and a cotten drawstring bag filled with 3 (sometimes 4 if you’re lucky!) goodies. I wondered what it could be and I vaguely remember the disgruntled subscriber saying something about a ‘pouch’ and then I saw it. I mean it’s a lot prettier than just the non-description pouch said subscriber moaned about but I will be honest, I wasn’t really that impressed. The ‘pouch’ is actually a travel organiser for lingerie, the design is pretty enough and the idea as a whole is nice but I’m not exactly lacking on the chest area if you know what I’m saying. So I doubt I’d fit more than two of my bras into this packet, maybe bikinis but I’ll test that out and let you know when I’m packing for my holiday.

  

Finally we have the drawstring bag, like I explained in my last review, the design on each months bag is different and I hoarde these like they’re food rations and the world is about to take a swift left to a post apocalyptic, dystopian future. not to self: stop referencing Fallout! But like I said last time they’re handy for organising toiletries and makeup when travelling etc.

 

Now I hate to be a killjoy but again I’m not overly impressed with this months content. Maybe because there was a real hype in the Facebook page for this months box so I did that annoying thing where you overhype something in your head or it could be because my favourite items to receive reside in the makeup category. Who knows, maybe I’m just being picky. What I received this month is: L’Occitane flower scented shower gel, My Little Box face mask and a Nails Inc nail varnish.

 

First of all I used to love L’Occitane’s products and I don’t want to discredit them by saying their products aren’t good because they are and they always smell delicious but if you’ve read my blog you know I’m a massive animal lover. L’Occitane at one point were approved cruelty free and were awarded the leaping bunny logo but this has been revoked because of the regulations in China in which all products are required to be tested on animals before they can be sold to the general public. Although not completley cruelty free, I do want to point out that L’Occitane are actively working with Cruelty-Free International to accelerate the move to acceptance of alternative forms of testing- you can read more about that here and hereThat said this is just my beliefs and I understand My Little Box doesn’t advertise themselves as a cruelty free or vegan box so I can’t really complain. Next we have the face mask which is my favourite product out of the three. There is nothing more relaxing than coming home from a long day, putting on a face mask and sipping on a nice warm Camomile tea. I tried this out last night and I must admit it has left my skin feeling very smooth so A+ for this product. Finally we have the nail varnish, now I do love this colour although I’d have welcomed it more over Winter. I’m not allowed to wear nail polish in work so I usually don’t paint my nails but when I do I prefer bright or pastel shades over the warmer months purely because I think they look prettier with a tan. So again nice product but I’m not overly thrilled with it.

To round up I wouldn’t say this was a bad box, I’ve had others I’ve disliked more, but it is definitely not my favourite box. I think that belongs to last summers My Little Gypset box. However I’ve rambled on for long enough now so if you’ve read this all, thank you as always! Not everyone receives the same products so I’d love to hear what products you received this month- did you love or hate this months box? Let me know in the comments box below and I hope you all have a lovely weekend 🙂

-Abbie  

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or endorsed by My Little Box to post these reviews (I wish this blog was successful enough for that haha), all boxes are paid for by me my boyfriend and all reviews are my 100% honest opinions.