GlossyBox vs graze box
My lovely sister Lucy* passed on a discount code for a free GlossyBox. All I had to do was pay £2.95 postage and packing. When the December GlossyBox arrived I was very impressed with the selection of goodies inside. I think they had pulled out all the stops to offer an extra special Christmas selection.
The GlossyBox service usually costs £10 plus £2.95 postage and packing per month and promises to deliver ‘5 exciting product miniatures’.
My December box contained the following:
- full-sized Rituals foaming shower gel
- small Cargo lipgloss in a really pretty pinky red shade
- Blink+Go Eyeshadow and Blush palette
miniature Bionova eye wrinkle treatment
- small Deborah Lippmann nail polish in ‘Razzle Dazzle’ (a pinky-red berry shade with lots of glitter) plus a ‘stripper to go’ sachet
After I had got over my initial excitement about getting these goodies for £2.95, I started to think more critically about whether I wanted to continue my subscription at the full price. I probably would not have chosen to buy any of these products at full price. The shower gel, lipgloss and eyeshadow/blush palette will all be used but the eye wrinkle treatment and nail polish are too fiddly for me to bother with. So we have a success rate of 3 items out of 5.
The only way that I could afford to continue my GlossyBox subscription would be to spend less somewhere else in my life. Which is why I started to think about whether I should cancel my graze box subscription. I currently subscribe to a weekly graze box of ‘healthy snacks delivered’ at a cost of £2.99 per week, so this is a similar cost per month to the GlossyBox subscription.
In the end I decided to keep my weekly graze box and cancel my GlossyBox subscription, for the following reasons:
- I love everything I get in my graze box – the graze.com website lets you specify which items you want to try, have frequently or never have
- Frankly, I get more excited about flapjack than facecream – and the flapjack you get in graze boxes is really delicious
- I’ve discovered some really yummy items through my graze box subscription, including wasabi peas which I would never have tried otherwise
- I think I have plenty of lovely beauty products and make-up items to see me through the next year or so
- There are so many different beauty box subscriptions available now that I would never be sure which one would be right for me, and I definitely can’t afford to sign up to them all!
Most of the graze box packaging can be recycled – unlike some of the packaging of the beauty products in the GlossyBox
It took quite a few mouseclicks to cancel the GlossyBox subscription (they want to check whether you are really sure). But I haven’t regretted it. The selection of items in the January GlossyBox doesn’t seem nearly so exciting as the December box was, and I’m continuing to enjoy the contents of my graze boxes every week.
If you fancy trying a free graze box for yourself, then click here and sign up. If you sign up for a free box using this link, I will get £1 off my next box. The standard price per box is £3.79 for new subscribers.
* My sister is Lucy Brown, who founded Beauty Box Swaps, which is a ‘welcoming beauty recycling community where you can swap your unused and lightly used cosmetics for the products you love’. The link to the GlossyBox website is Lucy’s referral link, so if 5 people sign up for a box using this link then Lucy will get a free box.