Any fellow Canadians out there will know my frustration with subscription beauty boxes. There are plenty about but most of them are from the United States and by the time we convert the currency and add additional shipping they end up being far too expensive for the quality of products we receive. So, I was very excited to find out about Mapleblume.
Mapleblume is a new Canadian Subscription Box featuring luxury cosmetic and skincare products. Every two months you will receive a beautiful box with at least five full or deluxe size products. All the products are from premium brands and you can order a one-off box to try or you can subscribe. I was kindly sent this box to review.
Subscription: $120 CND every two months
One-off box: $140 CND
Mapleblume was set up by two sisters, Hollie and Sarah who saw there was a void in the Canadian subscription box market for luxury brand skincare and cosmetic products that are high in quality and that provide more than just sample sized amounts. They created Mapleblume to fill that void and launched their first box in December 2016. This review is based on this box.
So, what exactly is Mapleblume?
Inside the cardboard mailing box it was sent in, I found a very attractive and well made pale yellow box with the Mapleblume logo and wording on the top. This box could be reused for various things as it is solid and has a magnetic closure for added security. When I opened the box I found it was beautifully packaged and it already had the feeling of luxury about it.
Opening further I revealed the products and a very nice card giving details of all the products in the box, a nice touch. They are packaged in the wrinkly crinkly paper confetti type packaging that can be recycled. In total the box contained six products that, as promised, were a combination of skincare and cosmetics, so here they are.
Linne Repair Face Oil
This is the feature product in the box and is a full-size 1 oz. | 30 ml. Bottle which retails for $72 USD or $92 CND.
Linne advise to massage 1 pump of oil into face and neck morning and night and also mentions that it can be applied to ends of hair and facial hair. It contains all sorts of good things such as Rose Hip Seed Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Sacha Inchi Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil and Sandalwood Essential Oil.
All these ingredients mean it will help regenerate skin cells, minimizes scars and wrinkles while improving skin tone and texture. Sounds impressive, so I cannot wait to try this out. I should also mention that it is 100% Certified Organic or Wild-harvested.
Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask
This is a full-size 2 oz jar which retails for $22 USD/$28 CND. This is suitable for all skin types and key ingredients include French Pink Clay, Rosehip and Chamomile Flowers. It claims to help cell renewal, skin rejuvenation and improving elasticity. Another product I can’t wait to try out. I have very oily skin, so a good exfoliator is essential to me.
Organic Nation Hydrating Day Cream
This is a 15 mL deluxe sample tube. The full size 100 mL bottle retails for $82 USD/ $107 CND, so this makes this sample worth approximately $27 USD/$35 CND.
It states that this is daily moisturiser that will improve skin tone and elasticity whilst leaving it nourished and hydrated. The active ingredient Swertiamarin is extracted from the Indian Gentian leaves which have regenerative qualities. Suitable for all skin types, this is 76.5% organic. Other ingredients include Jojoba oil, Argan Oil and Kakadu Plum. Mapleblume must have known I’d just run out of moisturiser!
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish
A full-size 17 mL bottle of nail polish in the shade “I Love my Selfie” which retails for $15 USD/$19 CND. This brand is completely Vegan and Cruelty-free.
I am a sucker for nail polish and love bold, vibrant shades, so this will do very nicely. It is a very deep, bright red that at first swatch seems to cover very well.
FitGlow Beauty Mineral Blush
This blush comes in a pretty pink box, so I’m smitten already, I love pink! The actual blush comes in a small round compact and I was going to give you the weight but try as I might I couldn’t find any details on the packaging or the company website, but the actual blush is about 1.5 inches in diameter. The brand is Canadian and Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free.
The shade I received is called Cheeky which is described as a matte warm coral nude to enhance that sunny glow. They retail for $35 CND. I would imagine that this shade will suit a good proportion of people.
Pure Anada Lipstick
My final product is a lipstick by Pure Anada, another Canadian brand. This is a full-size product that retails for $14 CND and the shade included is Sugar Plum.
They are made with rich butters, plant oils, and waxes provide a smooth, creamy consistency and include certified organic Rosehip Seed Oil. There are also no silicone, dyes or artificial flavours.
The box also contained a small Maple Sugar Candy by White Meadows Farms which was a nice touch. There was also coupon code from Linne for 20% off all merchandise on their website.
My thoughts on the Mapleblume box
As a high-end beauty box, this certainly hits the mark. The December box, their firs, included some great products, from some good brands. The three skincare products along with three cosmetic products was a good range to receive and all seem to work well together. The packaging was excellent and definitely gives it that luxury feel, so would it be worth the $120 CND cost?
Well, I kept a tally of the products and their Canadian value is $223, so well worth the outlay. As with all subscription boxes, it is a leap of faith sometimes that you will like all or the majority of the products provided. I know this cost will prohibit some people from subscribing, but remember it is every two months and you are receiving high-end products.
I can honestly say, I will use all the products included and as long as they suit my skin etc I will be very happy with them. The fact that you get full-size products is a great plus, not just from a price point of view, but also for testing reasons. I always feel that with skincare products I want to be able to test for a good length of time and small samples don’t always cut it. With this box, you have a good quantity of product enabling you to really try it out and see if you like it and want to buy more. Of course, by that time, your next Mapleblume will have arrived and you will have even more goodies to try out.
This box does not have the option to tailor the products to individual needs, everyone receives the same box, but I think with this sort of quality, that is not so important. I will be interested to see what is included in the next Mapleblume box which will be out in February as this will then give a good indication of how the box will progress and what can be expected in the future.
Overall I am very impressed with this box and am happy to welcome a Canadian subscription box to the market, especially one of this quality. If you love subscription boxes, love quality products, love full-size products, then this is the box for you.
I will of course, review individual products as I use them and post them to the blog.