This month only, I will be reviewing every subscription service box I receive, just for kicks. If this isn't your thing, hang in there, there will be a lot of them - I am totally obsessed with subscription services right now. I blame Superfreaky1RU and beautyfoolreview for sucking me in with their entertaining YouTube reviews. Birchbox was a gift from my awesome hubs, all other subscriptions were paid for with my own money (unfortunately).
This is more like an unboxing than a review, because I have not had time to test any of the products, or to track down the pricing information to calculate the value of the box. I just thought you all might want a little peek into what Eco Emi has to offer.
I do not actually have an Eco Emi subscription, but I am on the waiting list. I got an email saying that they had extra April 2012 boxes available for purchase ($15), so I went ahead and ordered one. This was a nice way to see what Eco Emi was all about without having to actually subscribe. This isn't your typical high end deluxe sample subscription service. Eco Emi offers a wide range of organic and all natural products, and I'd call it more of a lifestyle box.
April 2012 Eco Emi Box: India Theme
Date of arrival: May 19, 2012 (not sure what time of the month the box arrives for regular subscribers).
Packaging: This box came in a small priority mail flat rate box. It was jam packed with goodies, using a combination of bird nesty stuff, tissue paper, and the ever-present organza bag. This particular organza bag was a pretty bluish purple, with nice cords and tassels - a step up from the Look Bag and Beauty Box 5 organza bags. All breakable items were safely secured. A
The bright green tissue paper contained Organic Raw Fair Trade Honey by Wholesome Sweeteners, a Burt's Bees lip shimmer in Plum, and Bronzer in Golden by Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques. Hanging out loose in the box was an envelope of 3 spice packets from Catalyst Grourmet's Enchanting Chai line (Gourmet Enhancers, Finishing Sugars, and Spiced Chocolates). I think the idea is that you put it in your coffee or whatever to enhance the flavor without using sugar.
Finally, the organza bag held shea radiance Whipped Shea Butter in Kalahari Melon, Natural Toothpaste by Dr. Collins, Seaweed Body Wash in Eucalyptus and Peppermint by The Seaweed Bath Company, Baby Me Ultra Moisturizing Goat Milk Soap by Alabu Skin Care, and Tropical Lime Tea by Mate Factor.
As I mentioned above, I haven't had a chance to try out any of these samples or to calculate the value. I am working out of town Mondays-Fridays, and I use my weekends to see the girls (BOOOOOO). I forgot to bring my Eco Emi box the last two weeks to cheer me up, and I am so sad about this.
I could not have been more impressed by this box. All of the monthly sample boxes I use range from $10-$20, so I think the $15 price tag is well worth it, especially considering how many goodies were crammed inside. I expect to pay a premium on organic goods, so I'm actually surprised it doesn't cost a bit more. And for a box that isn't just about beauty products, I got more makeup than some of my boxes that ARE supposedly makeup-related. I was excited and happy when I opened each item - what more can you ask for in a box? Plus, Eco Emi just seems so much more PERSONAL than the other services. If you go to her website, there is a tab for fun stuff, which has a bunch of vegan and vegetarian recipes. The whole thing almost feels like getting a CDP from your eco-friendly best friend. My rating (based solely on this box and the website) is a solid A