Hello! I just entered into the foray of paid subscription boxes, and the first I received is a beauty box from the UAE, Zanedo. http://www.zanedo.com/
As per website: Zanedo is a discovery online beauty site that clears the clutter and offers you a personalized way to sample, shop and learn about the best beauty products and brands available for women and men throughout the Middle East and Africa. At Zanedo we’re more than just a box, we’re a community of beauty and e-commerce experts dedicate to bringing you a fun way to discover high-end beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products.
They have 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription and a one-time deluxe beauty box with high-end samples.
I ordered at the third week of July, together with another one, Glambox. I did not reach the cut-off for Glambox, but with Zanedo, they managed to include me for July 2016 box delivery. How wonderful was that! So, I received the package via Parzel on August 2. Not bad. Anytime within the first week of next month is fine by me, given that it is free delivery.
Items came within acceptable timeframe (July Box came 2nd of August, not a problem).
Items were safe in bubble wrap with the Zanedo Logo sticker, and placed in a Crabtree&Evelyn Paperbag.
Dessata Tangle-Tamer Hairbrush (Regular “Salon” Size)
The Body Shop Mango Body Sorbet (200ml)
The Body Shop White Musk Dark Rose Body Wash (50ml)
Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy (Cream) Trio
Alessandro Bonne Chance (Good Luck) Hand Crème
Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Lip Balm
A tiny orange bath mesh sponge – Cute! Perfect for travel.
Shall we go into details? Yah!
- Dessata Tangle-Tamer Hairbrush (“Salon” Sized)
Dessata brush has 440 triple length bristles and ergonomic, curved design without handle in many funky color combinations. It’s like holding a large computer mouse. It definitely promises pink-girly, ergonomic and hassle-free combing! It does not cause too much static and does not tug at my wet hair. I noticed almost no hair fall after combing.
2. The Body Shop Mango Body Sorbet (200ml)
– It is a “summer” body moisturizer with an unexpected non-greasy texture that is both light and refreshing, and a pleasant fragrance that bursts as mango from the bottle and settles quietly on my skin as vanilla. This is one of my favorites so far. The product has a sorbet-like look to it, it has a gelatin-like feel upon application on the skin, but it quickly turns a bit powdery, and it is absorbed easily without sticky feeling. I prefer that its scent does not stay strong for hours on my skin.
3. The Body Shop White Musk Dark Rose Body Wash (60ml Mini)
It is a soap-free shower gel fragranced with a blend of cruelty-free musk, tobacco flower and rose. I prefer bathing with shower gels than with soap nowadays, and this one leaves my skin soft, and me feeling sensual. The scent is seductive, I’d likely use it before going out in the night, or in winter before I sleep. After taking a bath, the smells lingers, unlike Bath and Body Works body gels.
4. Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Trio (25g x 3)
Three travel-friendly hand cream in a pretty, countryside spring-themed box. Very English. This beauty box keeps on giving me lotions and the like! You can re-wrap and re-gift this one 🙂
It includes three spring / summer variants: La Source (marine), Gardeners (herbs) and Caribbean Island Wild Flowers (self-explanatory)
La Source – A crisp, clean scent of refreshing aquatic notes, musk, and gentle shoreline breezes.
Gardeners – Fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Caribbean Island Wild Flowers – lily, wild flowers, tropical citrus fruits and a marine accord
Of the three, I’m partial to Wild Flowers. Slightly aquatic with a flowery hint. Gardeners smells like a combination of herbs, surprise! My brother said it smelled like “luya” or ginger. La Source is like powder and rain, simply.
- Alessandro Bonne Chance (Good Luck) Hand Crème (50ml)
This particular hand crème is Alessandro’s special one. “Bonne Chance” means good luck, and the hand crème is easily absorbed into the skin while leaving a very interesting scent. Is it fruity? Flowery? Gourmand? I had to search online, and it is said to have the aroma of marzipan. Sorry I don’t know what that tastes or smells like. Anyway, Alessandro’s Hand Cream is a highly effective, intensive anti-aging hand cream that contains Biopearl complex from freshwater pearl.
- Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Lip Balm 5.7 ml
A rich natural lip balm with unique repairing properties of Organic Manuka Honey, nourishing Shea butter, Propolis, Beeswax and Vitamin E, that hydrate and protect lips exposed to wet and cold weather. It also provides SPF 15 protection from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. This one’s perfect all year-round! Should I toss my Labello Watermelon Lip Balm? Nah, this one smells and tastes of honey, and it’s better off in winter. Hmm…
Branded, full size items
Products are far from expiry (yay)
Careful bubble wrapping (and I don’t mind the paperbag, I will proudly reuse it.)
Real value for money (the total price of this box alone is worth the 3 months’ subscription payment)
More on skin/bodycare
Items are similar in type
Not in a box
Customer service and delivery can still be improved to provide order /delivery updates.
All in all, I am happy with my first Zanedo Box! No excuse for not-pampered hands and scaly dry skin. I can use all the items myself or gift it to someone and they will love it. I love it and I can’t wait for the next!
Next month I’ll receive my second Zanedo box and my first Glambox. Rumors says the August Glambox will be from Esthetic Sense, a boutique beauty salon that offers items from Dermatologica, Davines and Jane Iredale. Oh, this is gonna be even better! These brands gets rave reviews and the products are just fantastic. We will see. See you!