Sunday, March 31, 2013

Eco-Emi Review - March 2013

This is my first Eco-Emi box. It’s a monthly service costing $16/mo (incl. shipping + tax). Since I subscribed late Feb, I missed out on the Feb box. My only confirmation of the subscription service was the PayPal confirmation that I received. I didn’t receive any communication from Eco-Emi about my subscription until a week ago when the box shipped. For an anxious person like me, lack of emails just doesn’t work. I must mention that my credit card got charged late Feb when I signed up even though my box didn’t ship until a week ago - This is definitely weird and not a great customer experience. Eco-Emi is supposed to have a “My Account” page that is currently down. So, if you have any questions, you’ll need to email them or post on their Facebook wall. For me, this was a trial box. I also subscribed to Goodebox at the same time. Due to the lack of communication on Eco-Emi’s side, I have already canceled my recurring payment through PayPal.

Anyway, here’s what I received in the March box - The contents are packed in a small flat rate USPS shipping box which I love. They are truly eco friendly in that they didn’t waste materials or money putting another box inside the USPS box. Instead the USPS box has been repurposed with craft papers etc.  This month’s box was themed “Spring”. Lots of pretty moons and stars in the box.

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Inside the box, there’s a reusable blue colored pouch (LOVE!), an easter themed nest that cradles some products. 

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Information card - 

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Info card on Rock Green Laundry Detergent (Comes with a 15% off coupon code)image

And finally here the box with the contents:

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1. Chocolate Chip Cookies by Home Free 1.1 oz full size - $1.49 - These will get over in no time soon ;)

2. Glazed Strawberry lip gloss by The All Natural Face 0.43 fl oz full size $4.60 - It smells pretty awesome, goes on pretty sheer. Here’s the swatch on my medium to dark skin:

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3. Smashing Watermelon classic laundry detergent by Rocking Green - 0.1 kg for 2/4 loads (Full price costs $14.95 for 45/90 loads making the sample size worth about $1?) - I’m going to use this the next time I do laundry :) Currently I use Dr. Bronner’s soap which I highly recommend as well. 

4. Lavender Vanilla Shea Butter Moisturizer by Natural Heavenly Beauty - Full size is 4oz and costs $10.00. The sample I received came in a very small round container. I have no idea how big the sample is, but I would guess maybe 0.25 oz/$0.75 approx. Smells AMAZING. Since the size is so small, I’ll use this as a hand cream in my work bag. 

5. Lavender Healing Lip Balm by Belle’s Healing Solutions $2.99 0.15 oz - Received full size. I’ve used it once. The lip balm has no color. It just melts into the skin and is extremely moisturizing. Love it. 

6. Theraganics Almond Oatmeal handcrafted all natural soap with Shea Butter - A 5 oz bar costs $7.00. The sample I received is probably half the full size. I don’t like the smell too much, but will use it anyway (will probably make my husband use it ;)

7. Organic Bengal Breakfast Tea by Teatulia - Never received it in my box…not sure why, but it’s listed in the info card.

8. Rejuvenating Mask by Dr Hauschka 0.08 fl oz $4.25 approx - I’ve seen this brand in Whole Foods and I know it’s pretty expensive. Happy to have received a sample I can use! And I love face masks. 

9. Free product - Rejuvenating Herbal Gel Cleanser and Makeup remover by Blissoma - Costs $26.99 for a 4 oz. Again, not sure what the sample size is, but I would guess about 0.25 oz/$1.60 approx. Love all kinds of cleansers. I am going to keep this for my work trip that is coming up shortly. 

Overall - I love the variety of products. Total value of the box is approx $20 and I paid $16. I would say not a bad ROI considering I will be using every single item. However, most samples are very small. I would have preferred receiving fewer, but bigger deluxe sized samples. For now, I’m happy that I canceled the subscription. 

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