Greetings to all! Today I’ve got a fresh review to share, for the June Glamour Ghoul Box. According to the website, the boxes contain handmade horror/gothic themed products from Etsy sellers. Everything is cruelty free. This box is a bit different – it’s not a monthly subscription. Every month you order the box from their website if it’s a theme you’re interested in. The box costs $30 + shipping (for reference, I pay $8.35 to have it shipped to California).
I couldn’t remember what the theme of the box was…until I opened it. It became very apparent right away that it’s a Nightmare Before Christmas box. Let’s take a look!
- Bone Daddy body Lotion from Ginger Voodoo; $10
- Pumpkin King Melt from Laughing Crow Candle Co; $2
- Handpainted Mug from GorejessLaboratory; $16
- Nightmare Before Christmas Coasters from ByBellaCrafts; $9.75
- Moonstone Highlighter from Nightshade Cosmetics; $8
- Oogie Boogie Makeup Bag by Glam Nerd Customs; $12
- Kidnap the Sandy Claws Sticker by BrightBatDesign; $1.50
Bone Daddy Body Lotion: The first thing that hit me was the smell. Not in a bad way – it’s just got a very strong peppermint scent. It’s fresh and pleasant. My hands smell quite minty right now :-). The consistency is on the thin side, so a little goes a long way. The lotion soaks in very well, although you’ll feel a teeny bit greasy for a minute while it absorbs. On the plus side it is organic and cruelty free. I think it’s got some glitter in it. I noticed some on my hands after I applied it – so that’s not the greatest thing ever, but it’s a very small amount. I like everything about the lotion except the glitter, so pretty much a win here.
Pumpkin King Wax Melt: One word – delicious. Seriously. This is an amazing spiced pumpkin smell. I can’t wait to use it!
Jack Skellington Handpainted Mug: Such a cute design! It’s on the larger side, which is great because I use very large mugs for my coffee in the morning. I don’t know if it’s dishwasher safe (but I doubt it because of the paint), so it’ll be hand wash only. The artist has some really great wine glass designs on her Etsy page I may have to pick up as well.
Nightmare Before Christmas Coasters: These are actually quite well made. The illustrations are super cute and the backs have cork on them, so no slipping or scratching. I’m always in need of more coasters, so these are getting used right away!
“Moonstone” Highlighter: I’ve actually been needing a cool toned highlighter for awhile, so this is another win. It’s very silver in the pan (and in the finger swatch on the right side of my arm). The left side of my arm is the highlighter blended out. I used a flash so you could see the shine. It looks nice on, but not at all subtle; very shiny, and not chunky. The formula is very dusty though, so it definitely requires a gentle hand.
Ooogie Boogie Makeup Bag: I’ve got a lot of makeup bags from subscription boxes, so this was not so exciting for me. The design is cure though, and the size is large enough to fit a netbook (are people still using those?) or an iPad, so I’m sure I’ll find a use for it.
Kidnap the Sandy Claws Sticker: I think this sticker is adorable! Of course, now I have the song stuck in my head, but there are worse things.
Final Thoughts: I’m pretty satisfied with my first Glamour Ghoul Box. The bag was the only thing I wasn’t really feeling. Everything else is, at the very least, useful & cute. It’s a nice mix of cosmetics & household items, and the fact that it supports Etsy artists/craftspeople is a huge plus for me. I noticed that a couple of things had the wrong value on the info card, but the value of the items still comes out to $59.25 (instead of $64.20) – so not off by enough that I’m worried. With shipping and everything, the box is over by about $22. I consider that to be excellent, especially since everything is from small indie sellers on Etsy. I liked it enough to put in an order for the August “Luna” box, so I’m excited to see what else they come up with.