In an effort to declutter my life, I decided that samples of stuff I don't want or need really have no place in my home. So with that sentiment, I will now be $10 richer every month. Hallelujah.
What I am giving time to win me over in the way of subscription boxes, however, is bluum - a monthly box for mom and baby. Here is the what arrived in my mailbox this week:
The theme was "Joel Harper" who is apparently a celebrity trainer but whose name meant nothing to me. I guess I've been too busy keeping up with my seven month old to stay abreast of pop culture. Also, I didn't really see the training/working out/healthy living theme come through too much in this box but I understand it was simply curated by him. Here is what was inside:
|**Adorable baby foot not included**|
The timing on this one is impeccable. Jacob does not yet have any teeth but we're getting close. We have a few other cooling teethers, but I liked the ridges and textures on this one. A definite score.
2 : Udderly sMOOth Body Cream, $6 for 12 oz
I think this was one of the "mom" products, but I couldn't tell. It claims to be greaseless and stainless but it felt awfully greasy to me when I first applied it. That feeling eventually wore off and I did like how soft my hands felt afterwards. I'm sort of on the fence on this one...or should I say that I'm not "udderly" convinced?
3 : Triple Paste Diaper Rash Ointment, $9.99 for 2 oz
This was actually one of the samples that was a decent size and could be used more than once. We haven't needed much in the way of diaper rash treatments thus far but this seems like a gentle formula that will do the trick. I hear a little goes a long way with this stuff, so my guess is we'll get some use out of this sample for awhile.
4 : Wild Blueberry Pure Organic Bar, $2.19 for 1.7 oz
This made the box worth it. Oh my gluten-free, vegan, kosher deliciousness! Not that I fall into any of those categories but I seriously gobbled this up like it was the last edible thing on earth. I have been making a more conscious effort lately to eat more all-natural products with ingredients I can actually pronounce, so I think I'm going to need to get some more of these. The only downside is the price. At over $2 per bar, I don't think I should make a habit of these.
5 : Dr. Sears Baby Wash & Shampoo, $5.99 for 12 oz
I'm not a big fan of Dr. Sears' philosophy (remember this May issue of TIME that caused an uproar?) but was willing to give his product a try. Unfortunately, there was not even enough shampoo in this "sample" for me to work up a real lather, so I didn't even wind up using this on Jacob. I think I'll be sticking to my Aveeno for a while, since people still comment that Jacob has that "new baby smell."
I will be giving bluum one more month to impress me otherwise I'm calling it quits with this one too.
My two biggest complaints are the inadequate size of most of the samples and bluum's inability to clearly distinguish which products are for mom and which are for baby. Sometimes lotion just looks like lotion and I'm sure a lot of sleep-deprived mothers out there could use a little extra help. Myself included.
I was also very disappointed with the typos in their marketing inserts. As someone who used to be in that profession, it irks me to no end to know that they spent so much money to send out a beautifully printed cardstock insert that includes the word "shampo". It was like it was thrown together at the last minute and they didn't have time to hit spell check.
You've got one more chance bluum. One more...