As a child, I was obsessed with lucky packets… The thrill of opening up a surprise bag filled with sweeties and little toys totally rocked my world back then. Today, at the ripe ol’ age of 32, I still adore surprises! I love discovering new subscription box services here in South Africa, and when Chantelle tweeted about ‘Little Black Bag’ about a month ago, I immediately signed up to receive their May 2015 box (or bag in this case). I’ve reviewed monthly subscription boxes from Lucky Dog, Retail Box, Elephantshoe and Rubybox during the past 2 years, you can go take a look at those blog posts here.
Little Black Bag (LBB) is a once-off or monthly subscription service, here’s how it works:
♥ Join Little Black Bag by selecting their 1-month, 3-month or 6-month subscription service.
♥ Each ‘LBB’ costs R 249,00 per month, and they provide discounted monthly fees if you opt for a 3- or 6-month subscription.
♥ Pay for your monthly ‘LBB’ by entering your credit card details. If it’s a once-off box, your account will be debited once only but if you opt for a 3- or 6-month service, your account will be debited each month for the remained of the subscription service period.
♥ Add your delivery details (name, address, contact number) – delivery is FREE.
♥ Unwrap your ‘LBB’ filled with handpicked designer fashion, home décor, beauty and food items.
♥ Each month features an array of products with a specific theme, for example: May 2015 = Loadshedding, April 2015 = Eggtastic, March 2015 = Change Of The Season Essentials, February 2015 = Be Our Valentine, January 2015 = Stop. Pause. Rewind.
♥ You’ll always receive full-size products. It’s such a relief because I’ve gotten to a point where I can’t deal with any more sample- & travel sized products (it just feels like it’s never worth the money).
♥ Your bag will be sent via courier service & I’m happy to report everything arrived in 1 piece. The bag was packaged snug as a bug in a larger box, with a big ‘FRAGILE’ sticker on each side of the box.
♥ Each ‘LBB’ bag contains all your lovely goodies, a handwritten note (love the personal touch!), plus an informational pamphlet telling you a little bit more about each product you received. The card also indicates the value of each of the items included in the box, plus a total value.
♥ You need to sign up for your ‘LBB’ bag before the end of each month, to receive the bag for the following month. That means, if you would like to receive the June 2015 bag, you have until Sunday midnight to sign up.
As mentioned above, the May 2015 box / bag was filled with goodies to help make those loadshedding evenings a little bit more bearable & enjoyable. I think this month’s bag was such a cute idea, especially since most of us loathe loadshedding. I think I just invented a new word: “Loatheshedding” – haha!
Let’s take a look at what I received in the #loadshedding themed ‘LBB’ bag this month:
First up we have a delicious bag filled with squishy marshmallows from the Treat Company. You can see these aren’t just any marshmallows sold at your local supermarket, these are the good quality stuff. Roasted marshies are some of my favourite treats, there’s nothing quite like biting into a warm marshmallow with a smoky & crunchy outer and soft & gooey inner. Value = R 49,00.
We also received a wooden marshmallow roasting stick, I think it looks quite rustic & cool! Value = R 49,00.
Next up we received a very unique abstract lantern, I love how old school it looks. We’ve already tested it out and it creates a relaxing ambient light, plus you can pop the glass top off to roast those marshmallows too! The wooden design with glass top is the perfect mix of modern meets vintage. A tealight was also included. Value = R 159,00.
The next item was probably one of my favourite items included in the bag – Light ‘Em Up long matches. I know it sounds silly / trivial, but these old school long matches really float my boat! I also love that they took the time & effort to brand the box. Value = R 39,00.
We also received a little something to help get us through those 2+ hours of loadshedding, plus perhaps make a bit of money too!
Included in the box was a deck of jumbo playing cards. You can obviously use the cards to play Snap, Old Maid, Go Fish, Rummy or…POKER! The informational pamphlet mentioned something about a ‘friendly game of poker’ but I have no idea what that means. *chuckle* Why not make an extra bit of cash to spend on makeup or other beauty products?
Challenge your partner, friend or family member to a game of poker but make sure you understand all the rules of the game. Little Black Bag kindly included a paper that shows you the poker hand rankings, plus a short pencil to keep score. Value = R 59,00.
Lastly we also received 2 nail polishes from Ralo Cosmetics – a neon pink (glow in the dark) and a neon orange-y yellow shade. To be honest, I didn’t really care for these 2 nail polishes as I’m not the biggest fan of Ralo products. I swatched the 2 nail polishes for interest sake, and found they were very sheer. Value = R 45,00.
The total value of the May 2015 #Loadshedding bag was R 400,00 – not bad for a subscription price of R 249,00!
So, there you have it! Let me know if you think I should sign up for the June 2015 ‘Little Black Bag’… Or do you know of any other interesting subscription box / bag service that I need to check out?
Remember, if you would like to sign up for the June 2015 bag from Little Black Bag, then you’ll have to sign up before this week Monday. Click here to go check out their website.