The British boxed versions of the My Little Boxes felt like a huge delayed reaction compared to other parts of Europe this month. I was getting itchy feet and looked on Instagram, and saw the French and German boxes had arrived a whole week before what the UK ones did. I’m not sure what the reason behind this was, but it was an unusually long gap.
My Little Box have half killed it this month, half left me feeling a little bitter. They killed it on the lifestyle items so let’s start there with a positive. I’d already taken peeks and seen reviews before my box had arrived, but the first thing that struck me was that this box was unusually heavy. I love the design of this months box, although is it me, she isn’t in a garden, it looks more like a park? I guess My Little Park Box didn’t have the same ring to it.
The box was sans-print this month but instead was replaced with a monthly fruit and veg calendar to tell you when produce is in season. I’ve stuck this onto my fridge for now as it’s quite a pretty little list, but I can’t get half that stuff in my supermarket or local market, so it’s probably not going to provide much use in the long term for me, as much as I’d like it too.
Tucked underneath was a magnetic shopping list pad, which is also described as containing a few healthy recipes nestled throughout. We always use these for making lists of things to do in the week or stuff we need to pick up from the shops and they never seem too easy to find.
Next a wear it your way small scarf in a pretty green and navy print with a floral botanical design. The scarf is a little too small for me to wear as a scarf, I can’t pull off that whole chic neck scarf look, but I’m intrigued as using it for one of the other suggestions, a bag scarf, head band or a bun tie are all more likely ways I’ll wear this. This isn’t the nicest quality scarf we’ve had in a MLB, it feels a little rough and almost napkin-esque. I’m sure I’ll find a way to use it, even if it’s just for blog picture props.
One of the items I was most excited for online was a water bottle fruit infuser. I already have one of these at home which is a glass one (water just takes better out of a glass), but this one will be handy for carrying around more and travel. It’s got a bright and fun design on it, although could had definitely been more gardeny to fit in with the theme.
Lastly for the non beauty items, there was a lack of Ape Coconut Bites, described as crispy and crunchy natural snacks. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, especially raw or dried, but I’ll give them ago as I can only actually feel about 3 pieces inside!
Onto the more disappointing part, the Beauty products – stand alone each of these items aren’t too bad, but together they’re hard to get excited about as a collective. It’s Cream City at My Little Box once again!
First up the culprit for making the box so heavy. A full size item, a rarity in My Little Box other than their own products. This is from the brand Mixa, and is a sensitive skin restorative body moisturiser. I think most people will know I’m not a big body moisturizer, it’s a part of my routine I’ve done well at if I do it more than twice a month. A full size, but a budget product with a £6.49 price tag. This is described as For very dry skin (not me) but has quite a light almost sun cream type texture, which wouldn’t actually strike me as nourishing enough for drier skins.
Next up was the new My Little Beauty item of the month, with their vitamin shot face scrub. Made with bamboo extract, apricot seeds and Argan oil – this sounds nice and nourishing. This is a bright orange gel which doesn’t have much of a scent, despite all the fresh sounding ingredients, but it’s one of the more interesting My Little Beauty items we’ve seen in a while
Lastly, the Easy Morning Moisturiser, you’re thinking you’ve seen this before and you’re right. This is now the third time I’ve received this product now. I didn’t like it the first time and I don’t like it the third time. The U.K. Boxes this month seem to have all received the first two items with a mixture of left over My Little Beauty products. When I compare this to the other versions of the box from other countries that makes me angry as they have a much nicer product selection and no repeats. I get that there’s problems with circulating the same products and brands everywhere, but compatibly, they don’t feel equal. I only received this for the second time in January, and now a third tube of it. Argh.
I feel like at this moment in time I’d be more keen on My Little Box if they killed off the three beauty items every month. And maybe just included one or two strong items and stopped including small samples & repeats, replacing with an extra lifestyle item. When I complained about the repeat back in January of the same item I got a generic, “people liked it so we resent it” response and they only have previously sent a replacement for a duplicate once I’d replied from my blog email. I reached out yesterday morning and already had a response by the afternoon with an almost identical response. They again said look out in my letterbox as they ‘may’ send something out as an apology (you read the May right, maybe they will maybe they won’t).
Whilst I’ve emailed them again and said how disappointing it is to have had the same product for a third time, I don’t actually want a replacement despite the offer of one, I want them to do it right in the first place. What started off as a box I was excited about from the lifestyle made me mad by the end of seeing that bloody moisturiser again. A replacement product a week or so later will never relieve the initial disappointment. I miss the days of Essie nail polishes, La Roche Posay BB Creams and Kerastase Hair products. There feels to be a lack of variety, and creativity on the beauty side of things, which is a world away from the lifestyle items as someone who subscribes to get a mix of both, as neither alone warrants the cost of the box for me, collectively it has to be a good show.
If you’d like to see what the French Version of the MLB looks like this month click here, please head over to my good friend Joyce’s blog – she currently is living in Paris and has a lovely travel blog, with a few beauty posts here and there too. (Warning serious wanderlust will occur).
If you’d like to see all the UK unboxings of My Little Box, I’ve been subbed since day 1 – you can find them all here!
What do you think of this months box?