I heard this idea sometime ago, a firm had began marketing a similar box in the States. At the time, I remember thinking that the logistics of this box are simply too much for it to work and to top that off imagine trying to satisfy a customer base of 100% PMTing ladies! Could it work?
Well lets see how it works:
When subscribing, an estimate is given of when your next monthly period is due, how long it is likely to last and the absorbancy of sanitary product you would normally use. There is a choice of different brand, type and absorbancy of tampons but unfortunately not sanitary towels at the moment. Absorbancy can be mixed or all of one type. The box is then prepared and sent just before your period is due and with some extras 'to cheer you up'.
- 28 x Tampax tampons of various absorbance RRP pack of 28 mixed is £3.39 here
- 2 x Skinade Collagen Drink Sachets RRP £6.60 here
- 1 x Teapigs Chamomile Flowers tea temple RRP £3.49 for a multipack of 15 teabags here 1 teabag is worth 23p
- Full size: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch £2.99 here
- Travel size: Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Conditioner 50ml £2.50 here
- Travel size: Dove Pomegranate & Lemon Vebena Deodorant 35ml RRP £3.40 for full size here 35mls is worth 48p
- Montezuma's Smooth Milk Chocolate 30g RRP 79p here
Overall the RRP of my box is £16.98.
Well, when I first opened the box I had a huge smile and almost felt that I heard someone with a soothing Granny voice say 'there, there dear'.
Looking at the products a day later I am being to question whether it really is worthwhile. The Skinade drinks (which add the largest chunk to the overall RRP) are not something that are going to have much of an effect after two servings. They are a longer term supplement designed to assist the skin's youthful appearance. This information I managed to find online and not on the Pink Parcel's website; the packets come with no information whatsoever regarding contents, manufacturer or country of origin which is against the law. Why would any company give you something to put inside your body and not tell you what it is for or what it contains? *sighs*
I absolutely don't like subscription boxes giving me a conditioner without a matching shampoo. I have heard this complain from others too so I think it is quite a common opinion.
The box just seems to lack a special feeling, instead catering with average and mundane products which are easily picked up in on the way home from work or during lunch hour. Maybe a lack of communication from Pink Parcel in the form of an information card, magazine, a little health advice or whatever is the missing element; or perhaps it is a make up item, something that says 'I am strong, I will not let this get me down' which unfortunately, a Pink Punch lipbalm could never do. My seven year old however, says thank you.
With the box and my previous subscription experiences, I have the added stress of whether it will arrive in time or whether I will be caught short so just in case, I purchased some lady products anyway...
I am skeptical and do not think that this is workable for me. That does not mean that other ladies will not enjoy the experience. I would certainly recommend having a go and see how you feel especially as your first box is just £5.99!
I have already seen next months box online and it contains Femfresh, Skinade (again I think) and Medik8 products. This means no surprise element which is always a big selling point for subscription boxes.
I am so sorry and I hate saying this but I am out...
Pink Parcel subscriptions can be purchased here for £9.99 per month, the first month being just £5.99.
Do you think this is a workable for you?