There’s a new box in town, ladies – but it’s not just any ol’ subscription box… No, this is the Retail Box #RBSecretBox. What I like most about this new idea from Retail Box is that it actually isn’t a subscription box at all – that means no monthly debit orders, no monthly follow-ups in case you haven’t received your box and no mountain of beauty products that just keeps piling up. I’m not slating subscription boxes BUT sometimes the products we get in these monthly subscription boxes are not all that useful i.e. I had a container full of perfume samples because I used to receive a perfume sample in every single box I subscribed to and didn’t like most of their scents. I donated all the perfume samples to charity when I cleaned out my beauty cupboard a couple of months ago but my point is, there is always a couple of products that don’t get used and everything piles up in your cupboard.
Secret Box is a surprise beauty box filled with premium professional beauty care products – it will contain a secret selection of premium products from leading beauty and hair care companies and the products will be deluxe travel sizes to full size products. #RBSecretBox will be an exclusive offer with limited stock (the first box sold out in a matter of minutes, by the way) and will come at a massive discount. Future boxes will not only include hair care products, but some will also include skin care products – how great is that!?
Here’s how it works: Secret Box will be available for purchase every couple of months (it will not be sold every month), and each box will have a different theme. This makes it easy for you to decide whether you want to purchase that specific box i.e. one box might be for dry & damaged hair types and the next for blondes. They will load the box onto their website (see below) and will give you hints about what is in that specific box. Retail Box will promote each box on their social media platforms before it goes on sale, so make sure you follow them on Twitter and Facebook. They will also tweet and post on Facebook when each box goes live – I will also let you guys know because I know a lot of you missed out on the first box.
Each box will have a different price but this first box retailed for R 99,00 and the value of the products inside were over R 500,00 (that’s definitely value for money). The #RBSecretBox will be delivered via courier and R 50,00 delivery fee will be charged (unless your order is over R 500,00 in which case delivery will be FREE).
Let’s take a look at what we received in the first Secret Box, shall we?
My heart literally skipped a beat when I saw what was included in the box!
Based on this blog post and this blog post, I think it’s probably obvious I love the ghd Heat Protect Spray. We received a full-sized ghd Heat Protect Spray – this is a super lightweight mist that protects your hair from the damaging effects of heat tools i.e. straighteners, curling irons and hairdryers. Not only does it provide heat protection, but I’ve mentioned before it helps my curls to last longer too. It can be used on wet or dry hair & since it’s a light mist, it doesn’t weigh the hair down at all. The ghd Heat Protect Spray retails for R 180,00 – that means you’re already getting double the value for your money in just this one product.
We also received a deluxe sample size of the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Keratin Intensive Treatment – this is a weekly deep conditioner that repairs and protects vulnerable hair. A concentrated dose of the unique blend of keratin protein helps rebuild damaged hair and creates a protective shield from environmental and mechanical damage (bleach, heat styling, chlorine etc). Awapuhi extract replenishes hair with intense moisture and shine. The size of this deluxe sample size treatment is 100ml (a full size is 150ml), and a full-size retails for R 325,00.
Top Tip: Remember this is a keratin treatment, so do not use this more than once a week. Using a keratin treatment too often will have the opposite effect of what it’s supposed to do, on your hair – too much keratin in the hair shaft will make it brittle and so hardened, it will break.
Included in the box was a full-size pack of Invisibobble hair ties in the shade ‘Submarine Yellow’ – what a cute name! I enjoy using these telephone-cord-style hair ties because they don’t pull, snag or break my hair. It also claims to not leave an indent in the hair after wearing your hair in a ponytail for a couple of hours, but I find I still have a bit of an indent. The Invisibobble does stretch as you use it, but it also manages to retain its shape – especially when you reshape it by rubbing it gently between your palms. Invisibobble packs (3) retails for R 80,00.
Top Tip: These Invisibobbles create the perfect messy bun, I think it has something to do with the telephone cord design – it makes the bun a little bit more messy & piecey. Try it if you have an Invisibobble at home, you’ll be surprised at how quick you can create a good-looking messy bun!
We also received samples of the Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Bain Satin 2 and the Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Masquintense – when I sniffed these 2 products it was like I had stuck my nose in a flower garden (the fragrance is subtle but beautiful). The Nutritive Bain Satin 2 is a shampoo designed specifically for dry and sensitive hair. The silicone derivatives and glucose proteins in the shampoo smooth the hair fibre and replenishes from root to tip – leaving hair super soft, supple and shiny.
Specially formulated to meet the needs of fine, weak and dry hair, the Nutritive Irisome Masquintense provides deep nourishment and conditioning to improve manageability. This luxurious rinse-out treatment delivers revitalising properties from root to tip leaving the hair replenished with softness and restores natural shine. Both sample sizes are 30ml each – a full size (200ml) of the treatment retails for R 405,00 and a full size (250ml) of the shampoo retails for R 255,00.
Also included in the first Secret Box were 2 marketing items from Retail Box – a branded notebook & pen. I personally find these little notebooks to be VERY handy as I use them to jot down blog post ideas, YouTube video ideas, products I have been loving each month to include in my monthly favourite blog posts, plus I also use them when I go to product launches / events when I need to take down notes.
As mentioned before, the first box sold out really, REALLY quickly – even before I could let you guys know on Instagram & Facebook. I did tweet that the #RBSecretBox had gone on sale but by that time the first batch of boxes had already been sold out. I will try to ask Retail Box if they would be able to let me know a couple of minutes before making it live, so that I can notify you guys on my social media platforms. Will keep you posted!
What I like about the Secret Box is that you will only ever receive premium luxury brands in your box – because Retail Box only sells those brands on the website. No cheap, or low quality brands will be included in the box because Retail Box does not focus on that market.
P.S. The first Secret Box from Retail Box was sent to me for review but I will D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y be purchasing the next box – unless it’s a box specifically compiled for blonde hair types or something like that.