NOTE: I am not in any way affiliated/given box for free by BDJ, so the following review you will read are my own comments and reactions.
I tell you what, I am really really addicted to anything “monthly subscription box” right now. In the Philippines, there aren’t a lot of them (yet) and so far I only hear of beauty boxes, and about three of them- Salad Box, Glamour Box, and BDJ Box. So far, I have only tried one, which is BDJ Box, which I am going to review on this post. I have researched about Glamour Box, and so far the most expensive of the three, I think their monthly box price is P595 + shipping fee. I think it’s rather expensive for me, but who knows, in the future when I have spare cash, I might try a box or two from them, as I heard they offer more upscale brands than the two.
BDJ’s way of sending their monthly box is around every last days of the month, so that means I am (excitedly) waiting for my second box from them anytime now, or maybe perhaps early January for my December box. Hence, I will be reviewing the November box which I got early December because I signed up late.
A box costs P480 a month with free shipping, and you have the option to just buy one month, or recurring. I think this is good, because not everyone will want to commit buying a monthly subscription right away and they can try it for one month and see if they want to continue or not.
Now off to the box…
Upon opening the box, there is card that lists all the products included , description of each, and even the price. Now, what’s interesting is that, I will actually decode whether the box is worth the P480 fee. Let’s see…
I was very excited when I opened it, it looks so full and well, it was indeed full of goodies. Yay! I am most excited about the L’occitane soaps when I saw them. They just smell so good, I wanna eat them. Ha!
There were 11 items in the box, plus 4 different discount vouchers from different establishments. I think it’s a really really “worth it” box. But let’s calculate and do the Math.
ITEM 01: Garnier Overnight Whitening Peeling Cream
Retail Value: P99 for 20ml
Sample I Got: Same size P99
The thing is, I rarely test skincare products because I have very sensitive/acne-prone skin. But just for the benefit of it, I tried it once and I can tell it really is not for me. I wish BDJ Box will send more makeup products than skincare products because not all customers have the same skin type. I will be giving it instead to someone else, just so it won’t be wasted. Anyway, it’s in full size so it’s good to gift.
ITEM 02: Calvin Klein Beauty Perfume
Retail Price: P5498 for 100ml
Sample I Got: 1.2ml spray vial P66
I love the scent of this perfume! I am in love. I used it on my family’s Christmas reunion party and I got good compliments from my Aunts. Even shared it with my siblings and mother, I think I might buy a full size of this. Thumbs up!
ITEM 03: Nippon Cleansing Sponge
Retail Value: P325 for 10-piece pack
Sample I Got: 2-piece pack P65
Admittedly, I haven’t used these yet, but I like the idea. The card says just add water and use the moist sponge to gently wipe your makeup off. To remove my makeup, I mainly use wet wipes that I buy from drugstores and I am very comfortable with it so no reason using other removers. Just my little philosophy.
ITEM 04: Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
Retail Value: P1850 for 150ml
Sample I Got: .25oz x 2 P182
I got two sample tubes for this, and I am actually surprised and excited to receive a sample from Shiseido but unfortunately my face didn’t like it. I tried it for 2 days and so far, it left my skin irritated and actually developed 2 big pimples while using it. I stopped it right away and went back to my usual facial wash. If BDJ Box will still include skincare samples on the next boxes (which I am sure they will) I hope they consider making a questionnaire for their customers to know their particular skin types, etc. This one’s made for normal skin, and I have very oily skin. If you’re looking into actually having the samples used and in the hope of having them bought full size, then it’s just right to send products that are actually good for the customer based on their filled skin care type profiles.
ITEM 05: Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Day Cream
Retail Value: P3100 for 50ml
Sample I Got: .18oz P328
Again, this will go into the “will not use again” category.
ITEM 06: Physiogel Hypo-allergenic Intensive Cream
Retail value: P517 for 50ml
Sample I Got: Same Size P517
Now, this is win-win! I simply love this cream. I mainly use it for my hands and knees. It has no prominent smell at all and it really feels soft after application. I guess this has the biggest value from all of the products included, I got a full sized item.
ITEM 07: Dentiste Plus White Vitamin C and Xylitol
Retail price: P395
Sample I Got: P40
I really didn’t feel much difference from normal toothpastes on this one. It was supposed to be used nighttime before sleeping and avoid bad breath upon waking up, but in my opinion, same effects as normal toothpaste brands like Colgate. Next.
ITEM 08: L’occitane Extra Gentle Milk Soap
Retail Value: P595 for 250g
Sample I Got: 2 x 25g P119
This is my ultimate favorite from all the items I got. I am hooked that I am actually planning on purchasing full-size of this soap now. The smell’s so good, and feels good on the skin too. I noticed great effect on my back as well, felt softer and cleaner. Good job L’occitane, you have a new customer.
ITEM 09: Yuka Non-Acetone Wipes
Retail Value: P68 for 35 Sheets
Sample I Got: Same Size P68
Really not a big fan, and I will still use my acetone + cotton balls for my nails. It felt sticky after application and 1 sheet is not enough to remove polish from just one finger. Next.
ITEM 10: L’oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Multi-Action 8 Cleanser
There was no price listed for this item, but I am not gonna use it anyway so I guess no value. Gotta give it to my brother instead. Let’s see if he like it or not.
ITEM 11: Garnier Light Complete Whitening Cream
Retail Value: P229 for 50ml
Sample I Got: 3 x 8ml sachets P110
I won’t use this one as well, so no comment.
BONUS ITEMS: Gift Cards and Vouchers from different establishments
Box Fee: P480
Products Included Total Value: P1594
I therefore conclude that it really is great value buying a box for P480 and products included totaling P1594 + of course the vouchers included. I must really say now that I am excited for my second box with BDJ. But then again, I wish, lesser skincare items ad more makeup and perfume products. Until next review!
PS: Individual product pictures are not mine, I grabbed them from Google Images.