((Disclaimer: Non-moms, this post may be somewhat of a snoozefest. You've been warned.))
I recently signed up for bluum, a monthly subscription box with "deluxe" samples for mom and baby. I am somewhat skeptical of these subscription boxes and think they are totally hit or miss, but figured I'd give it a try since it's a low cost and, as a first-time mom, I really am clueless when it comes to baby products.
I love getting things in the mail, so I was thrilled when a little package was waiting outside my front door last week.
But, it's what's on the inside that counts, right? So let's get to it:
1 // Ella's Kitchen Pears, Apples + Baby Rice Baby Food - 3.5 oz, $1.89
Sorry, nothing substantial to report here. We didn't try this because he's not ready to try multiple foods simultaneously, but perhaps we'll keep it around a few months. Hopefully this has a decent shelf life. I would have preferred something more age appropriate. Apples and pears together sounds pretty delish. But I don't know the difference between "rice" and "baby rice," if any.
2 // Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil - 5.1 oz, $10.99
Disgusting. Seriously, the smell alone is enough to stop me from using this product. The 2 oz. sample in the box was a decent size and would be perfect for traveling, if only it wasn't really greasy and oily and didn't smell like Hazelnut Coffee Creamer that went sour from sitting on the counter for a week. If only. As a new mom, I certainly like the idea of a stretch mark cream remedy, but I think I'll stick with the similarly priced Bio-Oil I'm currently using. It has a much cleaner, fresher scent and doesn't feel as slimy on the skin.
3 // Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipes SPF 30+ - 40 count, $34
I haven't tried these yet, but I opened the packet to test the scent and it's pretty minimal and neutral. I like the concept of a no-mess sunscreen application, but I wear SPF 100, so you know no child of mine nor I will be wearing a sun protection factor of 30. No way, no how. Plus, this is pretty pricey for a sunscreen. I think I'll stick with my messy Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection sunscreen for the little mister and the Neutrogena UltaSheer Body Mist for me.
4 // Green Babies Tearless Baby Me Shampoo & Wash - 12 oz, $10.99
I love this stuff. I'd never heard of the Green Babies brand before but now I think I need to purchase the full sized bottle. I used the store locator on their site and they sell this at Whole Foods. Yippee. The sample packet says it has a "sweet baby scent" and I agree. It actually smells like new baby and I was just complaining to my husband the other day that I think Jacob has lost his new baby scent. I'm sold on this one!
5 // My Dentist's Choice Tooth Tissues - 30 wipes, $7.50
These are wipes to clean your baby's gums and teeth and can be used even on babies that don't yet have teeth, like my little guy. I actually liked the concept, but apparently Jacob didn't like the taste. He made a "WTF" face as soon as I put the wipe along his gumline, pushed my finger out, then virtually sealed his mouth shut. And considering my doctor recommends using a gauze pad with water to clean his gums, I think I'll stick with that option. It's cheaper and he doesn't mind the taste of water.
Here's what I think:
My first impression of bluum is somewhat neutral. I'm not blown away, but nor am I disappointed (yet). I think the company needs to better market to its specific customers. During the sign-up process, there should be a data capture for the child's birthdate. Then they can send out items specific to that child's age. (Sorry, I have a Master's degree in Integrated Marketing, so this is the marketing data nerd in me talking.) A few of the items I couldn't test out because they weren't age appropriate, but I'll save them for when the time is right.
They purport to offer "Deluxe Samples for Mom and Baby" but most of the samples this month were baby-focused with the exception of the stretch mark cream. You calling me fat and wrinkly, bluum? Yeah, I see how it is.
I think everyone has their own opinions on baby products, so even asking my friends for suggestions doesn't always work out. I like the idea of having a small sample to test out without having to commit to purchasing full-sized products. Overall, I think I'll give bluum another month or two to test drive a few more products and see how I feel about this subscription box then.
Do you subscribe to any mail-order sample boxes? Which one is your favorite?