I have been curious about this box for a while now so I thought it was time to give it a try. Cohorted is a UK based subscription box so there is an international shipping fee attached. The box cost $51 and the shipping fee is $16 for a total cost to me of $67. This is my first box and it was…interesting. First off, you pay for the box a month in advance. So I signed up January 21st and was charged immediately for February’s box. Then on February 1st I was charged for Marche’s box. I’ll admit I am not entirely thrilled with being charged twice before I get my first box, but as I planned to try this out for at least three months to get a feel for it, the complaint is minor. I will say that I do like their subscription account page. It has a button you can press so that you can skip a month, or certain months. With the cost I could easily see how someone might choose to skip a couple of months. They are good about letting you know the theme o the upcoming month in advance. For example I already know that the March box is a female Founders box and that there will be a Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser in the box. I have no idea if the entire box is Kate Sommerville products, or if they are all products from female founded companies. It will be interesting to find that out.
This box was The Stylist X Cohorted Ready Set Glow box. Here is where it gets interesting. There is a card with the box. t has a QVC Scan code to get to the Cohorted App where there is information about all of the products. I am okay with that actually as I like the on-line booklet. The info however is part of the CULT magazine. And while it does give you many fabulous articles, finding information about the box isn’t the easiest as it is set up like a magazine page and less like a booklet for a subscription box. According to the info there were supposed to be fourteen items in this box. I have no idea how many items are usually in this box as it seems to vary. I received ten items. I didn’t think this subscription had variations so I was a bit confused. Also some of the items I received in my box weren’t listed as items on the site. Needless to say, I have put in an e-mail to customer service and hope for clarification when they get back to me. I’ll keep you posted on that.
For now, we are just going to see what actually came in this month’s box. We will start with the item that was the sneak peek for the February box. It is the Pixi Skin Treats Overnight Glow Serum (retail $24). It is an exfoliating Gel you wear over night, hence the name. I have seen this a couple of times as I passed it in the store and was planning to pick it up and test it out so I am thrilled it was in the box. I am currently testing out an exfoliating toner so I want to wait for that for a little while. A girl can have too much exfoliation. So I’ll finish one before i try the other.
There is a second exfoliator in the box as well this month. It is the Nip + Fab Exfoliate Fix Scrub Triple Action Face Scrub.(retail $17.90). It has Glycolic acid in it and I think there is a physical exfoliating element to it as well so it is a little different from the Pixi (which is 10% glycolic acid). I am leaving it sealed until ready to use so that will be a later surprise. I’ll never be upset about an exfoliator and this is one I haven’t tried. I’ve seen the brand before but I haven’t tried anything from them either so it will be a new product, new brand for me. which is sort of the point of getting a subscription box from a different country, trying products you might not normally stumble across. It is a glow themed box so both products make sense with the box. It is slightly strange to have two exfoliators in the box.
Keeping on the Glow theme, there are two full sized items from OFRA in this box. One is an All of the Lights highlighter (retail $35). I have this in and it is a fantastic product. Well, all of OFRA’s highlighters are fantastic. In the one I have the pink and bronze are worn down because those are the shades I use the most, the others less so. But I am more than happy to have a replacement for the well loved version I own. Mine is also still in the old packaging which tells you it is old enough that I really should think of decluttering it. I was just reluctant to let it go. Now I have a replacement and I can.
The second OFRA product is a shimmer body lotion called Dew the Dew in Moonstone (retail $39). I will admit, shimmer body lotion is not really my thing. I tried it on my hand though and the skimmer is minimal. There are still some sparkly bits but it is far more subtle than I anticipated. It is something I can wear without feeling like I have gone too over the top. And I have to admit the scent is divine. It has an almost peachy scent to it that I really like. It smells luxurious and we will now just have to see how it performs.
The last full sized item in the box is the West Barn Co Soap Brows. (retail $18). I find this in interesting product. I’m not entirely certain how to use it so an investigation will be launched and we shall see what it does and how it works. I received a brow gel product from West Barn Co. in an advent calendar and have not tried that out yet. When my bangs get long I tend to forget brow products in general. Although with my bangs long it might be a good time to try out some new brow products. Either way this looks like it could be something fun to play around with.
In this box there were three L’Occitane products, two 30 ml sized hand creams and a sample sized serum. The first hand cream I know well it is the L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream with 20% Shea Butter30 ml (retail $12.50). This hand cream was a life saver when I first started using hand sanitizer like crazy. My hand became sandpaper dry and cracked and this was the hand cream I dove into. It is non-greasy and it was fantastic on overly dried skin. It is extremely hydrating.
The second Hand Cream is the L’Occitane Delicious Hands Amande 30 ml (retail $12.50). I had not tried this before but I do love the scent of almonds. I did open it and it is a very light hand cream with a delicate almond scent. It absorbed quickly and I am happy to have it. Here is the thing, two hand creams is a bit much for one subscription box. Especially as there is already the OFRA cream. I am willing to admit that it is a shimmer cream and put it into a different category. On the website though only the Delicious Hands cream is listed, the Dry Skin Hand Cream is not so I believe this might have been a mistake of some sort.
The L’Occitane serum is the Immortelle Reset. (5 mL sample so no retail value) The Full sized version retails for $65 but is currently on sale for $52 on the Look Fantastic Website if you are interested. It claims that results can be seen after only one night. As I might be able to get three to four nights out of this serum, I can at least test that theory. The bottle looks familiar, but i can’t say that I remember trying the serum before. In all fairness it does look like something I would see and think “Oh pretty” but I can’t remember the product so I might have just passed it by.
I did try out a sample of an item from the bareMinerals Skinlongevity line and really loved it. So I am happy to have a second one to try. This is the bareMinerals Long life Herb serum. This is an 8 mL sample and the full sized retails for $65. I really like bareMinerals and am happy to try out more of their skincare. For the most part I know them for their makeup so it is nice to see something else.
And finally the last sample in the box is the Laura Mercier Pure canvas primer. The full sized retails for $47. This is a hydrating primer. While I love primers, the hydrating ones aren’t usually the ones I go for. Mostly, I use my Empryolisse lait creme as a pre makeup burst of hydration so I can use a pore filling primer, but I am always happy to try out a new to me primer. At the moment I have several sample sized primers I have been meaning to try out so I should probably start shifting them to the front to use and see if full sizes need to be purchased. But I do like the Laura Mercier products I have tried and will happily try out the primer.
Without trying to figure out the value of the three samples sized products (Immortelle Reset by L’Occitane, Bareminerals Long Life Herb Serum, and Laura Mercier Primer), the retail value of this box comes to $159.90. So it was definitely worth the value. More importantly i will use every single item in the box. Knowing that makes me more comfortable continuing the trial. To be honest, I really do like this box. I find some of their choices a little strange. I can see where everything leaned into the glow theme. Although to be honest the themes of the box are less important than the usability of the products within. The only thing that really threw me was the number of products differing from the list, and receiving some items that weren’t on the list while I didn’t get some of the items that were listed.
As I said towards the top I did send my questions to their customer service and will hopefully get an answer soon. Perhaps I misread something. It is always possible. I have been wrong many times before. This might be one of those times. However it turns out, I did enjoy this box and look forward to using the items. I am also excited to see what the March box brings. Hopefully I will et an e-mail response well before I get my March Beauty Box from Cohorted. I’ll post an update when I know something, if not before, then with my March Review. So stay tuned my darlings.