GIVEAWAY Reminder & Amarya Subscription Box Review

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First of all, just a quick reminder that my giveaway is open for another week. See here for prizes and rules.

I’m sure you are all familiar with subscription beauty boxes: service where you pay to receive a box of product samples each month. They are advertised as a great way to try out new products and, indeed, they can be. In 2012 I was subscribed to all 4 subscription boxes available in the UK. After a while I realised two things. First, I had and still have a huge amount of unused samples. Two, the great majority of these samples were of products I wasn’t interested in trying in the first place. I realised that I was paying for products I didn’t like instead of spending the money I paid for subscription boxes on full size products I liked and used. While I still think subscription boxes are a great idea, I decided to be a bit more selective. So I cancelled my subscription to Glossybox and Birchbox. I stayed with Amarya, the least well-known subscription service in the UK. Here is why.

Introducing Amarya

Amarya is the only subscription box that offers products that I actually buy and repurchase in full size. I bought a number of products from brands I didn’t know before and was introduced to by Amarya. I never bought anything I tried from Glossybox or Birchbox.

Amarya specialises in natural and organic skincare and makeup products. Some of the brands they work with are: REN, Antipodes, Dr. Hauschka, John Masters Organic, Lavera, Neom, Neil’s Yard, Pukka, SoPhyto, Trilogy and Zoya.
All their products are paraben-free and most of them are organic. And it’s not just the products. The box itself is made from recycled paper. It’s not nearly as pretty and glossy as the ones offered by the two other subscription providers. But then I’m more interested in the products, than the box. Amarya also offers 20% for all the brands in its subscription box for a month. For example, if in April you receive a box with a product from REN you can purchase this product from Amarya in full size throughout April with a 20% discount.

The Box

Amarya differs from other subscribtions also because it doesn’t have a set amount of products. For example, here is the content of the last 3 boxes:

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Box 1

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Box 2

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Box 3 part 1

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Also in box 3

Highlights & Products I Repurchased

 

My absolute favourite product from Amarya is Blend Collective’s Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Neroli hand cream. I fell in love with this scent and couldn’t stop thinking about it. I bought the full size product.

Essential Care Organic Rose Moisturiser is the first product I discovered thanks to Amarya. I reviewed it here. It’s a fantastic light moisturiser.

Amarya introduced me to Alison Claire Remarkable bio-natural beauty: an exciting new British brand. Their body butters smell great! They are just amazing. You can smell them on your skin for hours.

Zoya is another brand I would have probably not tried if it wasn’t for Amarya. I really like the formula of their nail polishes. They are quite long lasting. Here is the Zoya nailpolish in Gie Gie with matte and shine top coats.

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Zoya in Gie Gie. Middle finger with a shine top coat.

The cost is the same as all the other UK boxes : £10 plus £2.50 P&P

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