Bonjour Jolie Review - May 2013 - Time of the Month Subscription Box
De at Bonjour Jolie contacted me last month and offered to send me a complimentary "Time of the Month" box for review. I was happy to get this offer because I have been interested in this genre of boxes but have yet to subscribe.
Bonjour Jolie strives to bring you "what you need, as well as what you want, to sail through your monthly periods with ease". The idea behind Bonjour Jolie arose after De gifted her daughter presents when she got her first period, and every month after. Her daughter then told her that every woman should get a present every month on their period because they deserved to be "spoiled and pampered" too. It's a great idea and I love the story behind how the company was born.
Prior to receiving my box, Bonjour Jolie mentioned in an e-mail that the Canadian and International boxes were slightly different than the US boxes becuase of customs/import rules and shipping issues. I have been reading amazing reviews from American based bloggers for the past week and was curious about which items would be swapped out. I anxiously waited two entire weeks for my box to make it's way from one corner of North America to the other (Pensacola, Florida to Vancouver, BC!) and when it arrived this morning, I immediately tore into it. I nearly forgot to take photos!
First and second looks at the "Grand Opening Box".
Third look - a peek inside.
I was immediately impressed by the care and attention that went into packing the box and packaging the items.The fabric rose petals were a nice touch, as were all the little organza bags stuffed full of goodies.
The product card included suggested retail price of all the items. I love this detail because it saves me having to go look up prices and do the math to figure out approximate value. A quick peek at the card and immediately saw what items were swapped out of the Canadian box. The "2 Chicks with Chocolate" truffles were replaced with popcorn and chocolate squares. I'll get to this is a moment.
First up is the supply of feminine hygenie products. Bonjour Jolie allows you to customize your monthly "kit" and receive any combination of pads, liners and tampons, up to 30 pieces. This is WAY better than another TOM subscription review I read recently. That company sent the girl an 18 pack of regular tampons and that was it. Bonjour Jolie carries all the top brands, in a selection of sizes and absorbency options. I received 15 Tampax Pearl Compact tampons, 5 Always Infinity Radiant overnight pads and 10 Always Infinity Radiant regular pads. The products are all packaged beautifully and discreetly in printed paper bags and sealed with a Bonjour Jolie sticker. I'm not sure if it's the paper bags that are scented or the pads but the packages smell lovely. I estimate the cost of the products to be approximately $10 (based on pricing from Well.ca).
The rest of the products are split up into categories: "The Gift", "The Edibles", and "The Pampering".
"The Gift" is a mini Stila Lip Glaze in Vanilla. I LOVE Stila Lip Glazes so I was so happy to see this included in the box. Quite a generous gift! (0.03oz, $8.25)
"The Edibles" are the only products different from the American version of the box. The US version received a 4 piece box of chocolate truffles. I remember reading the US reviews last week and thinking it would be nice if Bonjour Jolie had an option for people to choose if they prefer sweet or salty treats. Sometimes during my period, I crave salty snacks like crazy. Imagine my delight when I opened my box and read the product card and saw "Fleur de Sel Caramel Popcorn"! It's like they read my mind. Who needs chocolate truffles when you have salted caramel corn!
479 Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn (1 oz bag, $1.99)
No GMO's, gluten free, no trans-fat, 100 calories per bag!
Not only that, but the Canadian box included chocolate too! One of the issues with shipping chocolates, especially over long distances, is heat! The chocolate truffles were likely swapped out so they wouldn't arrive a melted, goopy mess. Instead the Canadian box had a 6 pack of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Squares with orange, raspberry and strawberry filling. Fruit filled chocolate is not my favourite but I'm sure I will find a use for these.
The last item in the Edibles category is tea! I love drinking tea, even when I'm not having my period so this is a nice treat. Pukka Teas are organic and made from fair trade, sustainable herbs. Revitalize is meant to "boost your vitality and maintain a healthy glow". Cleanse has purifying properties and is meant to "maintain a healthy, glowing complexion". Relax is a blend of soothing and calming herbs meant to help "release the tension of the day". Night Time is soothing and meant to help you "unwind and prepare you for a deep, restful sleep". Love is a blend of "fragrant herbs with soothing properties to help you feel cherished and well nourished". I could use a cup of Revitalize right now!
Pukka Organic Teas (5 individual bags, $1.75)
Next is "The Pampering" items.
Indigo Wild - Zum JuJucuzzi Geranium Bath Salts (1.5oz, $1.75)
I love having a hot bath when I'm feeling down and there is nothing better than dropping in some aromatherapy bath salts, slipping into the water, closing my eyes and letting all thoughts drift away. The floral scent of geranium is surprisingly pleasant and I'm even more pleased that these are not lavender scented. I hate lavender!
GC Fragrance Lavender Sachet (10g, $1)
This little sachet is meant to be placed anywhere you want to leave a lavender scent. The package suggests under the seat of your car, in your suitcase or in your hotel room while travelling, in a drawer or armoire, in a stationary box to lightly scent your note paper, or add the contents of the sachet to a clean vacuum bag or canister and spread the scent throughout your home. I am definitely not doing that! It might be something good to keep in the linen closet where I keep guest towels.
Earth Therapeutics Recover-E Cucumber Eye Pads (One pair, $1.50)
I used to have a product like this and I loved it. I kept a little tub of them in the fridge at all times. You just never know when you need the soothing, calming, coolness of cucumber pads. I really look forward to using this product.
Pureology Essential Repair Shampoo and Conditioner samples (0.17oz each, $1)
Pureology products are for colour treated hair, which I don't have (natural red head here), but shampoo is shampoo so I will likely save these for my next weekend away. Sample pouches are great for travel.
Hempz Age Defying Herbal Moisturizer (2 - 0.25oz samples, $1.50)
I'm always looking for a good moisturizer and since these ones are age defying, I will likely use them as a hand cream. I am paranoid about aging hands. No matter how much care you take protecting and pampering your face, age always shows on your hands (and neck!).
Advil samples (4 - 200mg tablets, $1)
The last item is one I was worried would be left out of the Canadian box. Canada has some strict rules about pharmaceuticals. What period kit is complete without PAIN RELIEVER?!? Thankfully, the Advil was allowed to make the trip north and my lady parts are very thankful.
The Grand Opening Bonjour Jolie Box impressed the heck out of me. There were so many treats, goodies and surprises that just kept coming. De's daughter is very lucky if she got a treat box like this every month as a girl! Bonjour Jolie really did deliver everything I need and everything I could want during my monthly period.
- tampons & pads - check
- sweet & salty snack - check
- chocolate - check
- pain reliever - check
- soothing tea - check
- bath supplies - check
The approximate value of everything included is just under $33. The monthly box costs $16, plus $10 shipping to Canada. It should also be noted, it cost $13.35 to mail this box to me (as per the first picture), so the $10 shipping rate is a bargain.
I am not currently signed up as a subscriber because I am well over my budget for monthly boxes right now. I plan to keep an eye on the reviews for Bonjour Jolie over the next couple of months and if the subsequent boxes are as fabulous as the Grand Opening Box, I will likely sign up. I was concerned about the shipping cost and whether or not it would be worth paying the extra amount but I can honestly say, I think it is worth it.
What do you think of "Time of the Month" subscription services?
Check out Bonjour Jolie here.
I received this box complimentary for review purposes. I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own.
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