Thursday, May 8, 2014

Yuzen Summer 2014 Review

The very first thing I have to say is this:

Yuzen knows how to do it.  I felt like I was getting the best present ever as I opened that box.

First, there's the box you find in your mailbox.
They ship Priority 2 Day and it arrives FAST!

I think I relaxed a little just looking at this before I even opened it!

Yuzen is focused on bringing eco-conscious products right to your door.  The goal is to bring a little Zen into your life and nourish your body and soul.

I gotta say.  I think my soul was nourished.

After thinking how wonderful it was to get such a pretty outer box,  I was even more delighted to see the inner box!

This is the first time I've received a Yuzen box and I'm already impressed.

The Cost: $33/quarterly (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter)

What You Get:  Seven products carefully chosen to reflect a Zen approach to beauty.  The products will invariably be natural and/or organic, chemical free, cruelty-free, etc.  The folks at Yuzen have made a conscious decision to only put products that are good for you and made with excellent ingredients.  There will also be healthy snacks and lifestyle items.

I didn't know what Yuzen meant but it is explained on their website.  "Yuzen describes traditional Japanese patterns originally designed for silk kimonos prized for beauty, premium craftsmanship, and attentiveness to detail. Today, these patterns are incorporated into intricate handmade Japanese paper, known as Yuzen or Chiyogami. We strive to have our Yuzen box embody the same attentiveness to premium quality and beautiful design."

The paper that they sent with this box is so beautiful that I have to use it for something special.  I love it and the colors are my favorites!  So pretty!

Inside the box and under the paper is an organza bag with all the goodies in it!  I'm seriously loving the presentation.  I did feel like I was getting a present.
There are seven products in this bag and this all came with an informaton card explaining each item.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Ultimate Lash and Brow Serum-  This is what I was most interested in. It's to help your lashes and brows grow thicker and longer.  I'm not sure if it will work since it doesn't have the same ingredient as Latisse but we will find out!
Full Size Value: $62
Included Size: FULL SIZE
Okay, thats kind of outrageous...

Kneipp Herbal Bath Lavender-  I knew I was getting this so I knew it was Lavender.  This will be a stocking stuffer for my MIL who loves lavender.  Its supposed to lift your spirits and calm you at the same time.  Sometimes being allergic is a bummer.
Full Size Value: $20/3.38oz
Included Size: .67oz/$5.50

Kerstin Florian Aromatherapy Lavender Body Spray- Also a stocking stuffer for my MIL.
Full Size Value: $40/3.4oz
Size Included: 1oz

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner- I'm going to use this because it has hyaluronic acid in it which is good for your skin.  I don't know how good seaweed is but all the peptides in this will be good for my skin, too!  The only bad thing is that it stinks like aloe (which is the first ingredient).  Maybe I should save it for sunburn days!
Full Size Value: $10/1oz
Size Included: FULL SIZE (actually there's another size up which was 4oz for $28 but I like writing it better this way)

Aromaflage botanical fragrance and insect repellent- Cedar, citrus, vanilla and vitamin e.  I guess the cedar and citrus are to keep the bugs away?  Quite frankly this was my biggest disappointment. A sample vial? Really?  Not only that its not even full! It's only halfway! I was expecting a spray (hello, insect repellent?!) and this is so tiny that I won't even be able to see if it really *does* keep the bugs away when I'm out in my garden!  That said, it smells good after its warmed up on your skin.  Its definitely better on skin than in the vial.
Full Size Value: $65/50ml 
Size Included: *grumpysize*

SenCha Naturals Pink Dragonfruit Green Tea Mints- Okay, I admit that it took me a second or two to figure out how this opens.  These are tasty! Two mints has one cup of green teas antioxidants in it, too.  I'm super healthy now.  I think I've had ten. 
Full Size Value: $3
Included Size: Full Size!

Hugo Naturals Vanilla and Sweet Orange Handcrafted Soap- I'm not going to lie.  This soap smells as good as *my* handcrafted orange soap.  Which smells good enough to eat and lathers like a dream full of puffy clouds.  I don't know about this yet because I haven't used it but I really wish I could eat soap.
Full Size Value: $3
Included Size: FULL SIZE

VERDICT: I was thinking (before I got this box) that I might cancel. Now that I have the box, I'm not going to.  It only comes four times a year and it was such a pleasure to open.  I love it all! Even the lavender stuff that I can't use because they are such good gifties.  We will see if the brow serum works and I am going to definitely use the Seaweed toner.  The soap smells like heaven and who doesn't need soap?!  And the mints are half gone.  Whoops.  I'm still sad about the fragrance.  I'm sad it was so small and I'm sad it was only halfway full (making it even smaller).  I'm horribly allergic to mosquitos and if this really kept them away while smelling good, I totally would buy it! 
Oh, well.  Oh, right! Verdict!  Win, love, keep!  All of the above.  So happy with this box :)

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