A Final Word on Glossybox.

glossyboxWell, perhaps not the final word, but unless somebody really really objects, then this will be the last post dedicated to subscription boxes. (Unless something truly spectacular and/or exciting happens!) There are plenty of people out there in the world wide web describing the contents of their Glossybox every month – one very fine example is Mushaboom, who ‘battles’ the various beauty boxes against one another every month. All extremely good fun! She compares and contrasts and has a genuine interest in all things beauty-box, so I am very happily passing you over to her for all of your beauty subscription fixes!

One last thing though, because I have two boxes in front of me from October – I’m going to do a very quick comparison of Glossybox and Boudoir Privé. This is the first Boudoir Privé box that I have seen, and I’m really impressed with the variety of samples included. Many of the brands are ones that I’ve never heard of, which I think makes the whole thing rather more exciting – like a blind date. Obviously blind dates have their disadvantages – you may be horrified at what you end up getting, being one of them – but it does add a little frisson to the proceedings. Here are the contents of the BP box:

boudoir prive box

A really nice little selection. Lots of variety. A full-size Rose Petal Salve (much-needed coming into winter), a large sample of Korres Guava Butter, a full-size Zoya nail polish, an eyeliner, three skincare samples and the tiniest body scrub in the world. It would probably scrub one of your knees.

Glossybox for October:


Quite high in value, but it’s very Dermalogica-orientated! Love the Leighton Denny polish, love the Stila Smudgestick and the Dermalogica samples are from the Multivitamin range which is one of my favourites…

So there, a quick little picture of each. I’m sure that this subscription box idea will go from strength to strength, but I do think that they need to sort out the excess packaging issue. I’m getting quite cross in general at the amount of packaging wastage that there is – my recycling bin is full to the brim every week! And I’m not just talking about beauty brands, either – making a simple stir-fry with ingredients from the supermarket produces a whole bagful of plastic wastage. And that’s just a stir-fry with – you know – fresh ingredients! (I realise that going to a butcher and then a grocer would eliminate much of said waste, but sometimes that’s just impossible, isn’t it?)

Mini-rant over. What’s your verdict on the Beauty Boxes? Remember to check out Mushaboom and her fabulous in-depth reviews!


  1. Having subscribed to Boobox in the past and complaining to them about the contents of it (the company folded after never really getting off the ground) I gather that only a certain number of samples can be obtained from each company and so there will be two or more variants of each month’s box, the ‘first’ box to be made up being better than the ones later on. Maybe the same people get the good boxes because they are further up the list for some reason (subscription date, demographic, who knows?)

  2. I have completely fallen out of love with Glossy Box.

    This month’s box was truly terrible: bath salts, stripy nail stripes and 4 perfume samples.

    I am giving them one more chance and will cancel if December’s box also disappoints.

    I also wonder why other people seem to get consistently better boxes than others.

  3. OMG when did you get the stuff from 1st picture? that’s fab!
    This months’ GloxxyB was a total waste of 13pounds!!
    useless bath salt, horrid nail stripes and tiniest hand creme..
    no thank you ugh

  4. Totally agree with you about the packaging. It is the main reason I won’t subscribe to these schemes even though the products look good.

  5. I’ve just cancelled my glossybox after 7 months. I enjoyed it at first but began to feel overwhelmed by the amount of packaging and unsuitable products I was throwing away every month. Also I was getting so many duplicates (no less than four bottles of dark brown nail polish in 7 months) that it just began to be a waste of money – I can put aside a tenner a month and buy something I really want to try as a ‘full size sample’. Also as time has gone on the contents ceased to be high end. Ho hum, it was fun for a while!

  6. Thanks Ruth for your ‘final’ post on this lol! I’ve has two boxes from Glossybox now October and november, Octobers was ok but I’m not impressed with novembers box either I don’t appreciate being sent tiny perfume samples as one of the five items as they can be picked up FREE from counters if you ask, I am hanging on for Decembers box as im expecting something wow as it’s the Christmas one, plus I have now filled in the beauty questionnaire so hopefully I will receive things suited to me, but I fear my subscriptions days are numbered lol!

  7. I agree with Beth – samples should be free, enchantillons to charm and persuade me to part with my cash. I think more of a company’s confidence in their product, and their attitude to customer service, if they give free samples xxx

  8. Try the Masque Fleurs de Jasmin, nourishing treatment. Bloody amazing!

  9. Ruth, aaah I see! I just clicked and saw nothing was there, so I assumed it must have been a mistake – sorry! :)

  10. You should check out http://www.topbox.ca unfortunately not available in the UK. but they have thought about the waste issue. The items come in a cardboard tube wrapped in kraft paper. No box in a box.

  11. You simply must give all the Leonor Greyl products a try-out! Not only are they high-quality and paraben/silicone/sls free, they are AMAZINGLY scented, so much so that I literally have to stop myself from using them as body products too. The whole range is fabulous but the shampoos and oils are truly phenomenal — as in no conditioner necessary!

  12. Hi Ruth, great blog post as always – just to let you know, the link to Mushaboom is mushaboom.co.uk, not .com :) xx

  13. Wish there was such a subscription service in Japan too…I think samples are truly the old fashioned way to get people hooked if they are great products but fell by the wayside b/c of marketing or packaging or just being plain unknown.

  14. This months glossybox was dreadful, nothing premium or interesting about it. I think the early boxes were full of goodies to get good press and now they are shipping very mundane products.

  15. I don’t think that’s a full sized Zoya – the top looks too big for the bottle.

  16. You are too young to remember when such samples were free- but I am not. That’s the crux of my opinion on this subject, and my sentiment is a strong one. I realize that our economy is tenuous, but c’mon…I want to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and to express my gratitude for all your hard work for your subscribers. How delightful you are, Ruth. xo Beth in Pgh ;-)

    • @Beth no, I think I just caught them. When I was at school you could go to the Body Shop and they had little bottles that you could fill up with anything you liked as a sample. The SA would write a little label for you – I had hundreds of them, I’d go to different Body Shops and collect these samples! Sigh. Wouldn’t happen now, would it?! xx

  17. I’m still sitting on the fence about these boxes but I have to tell you Tropic Skincare is totally amazing! I’ve known about it for years but it recently had a revamp and seems to be popping up everywhere. The cleanser is totally amazing and in my opinion is better than Liz Earle. I’ve reviewed the ABC range & polishing mask on my blog if its of interest to anyone.

  18. Hi Ruth

    Thanks for the review! Just a precision though: Leonor Greyl is a haircare brand, not a skincare brand. I don’t think you’ll have great results if you apply that palm oil product (a pre-shampoo treatment) on your face! Leonor Greyl a high end brand that is very well known in France and has quite an interesting philosophy.

  19. Bah! I wish these were available in the Philippines! This would be so much fun! :D Thanks for sharing, Ruth!

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