Let’s open up.
On top is their menu booklet.
It contains descriptions of the items, and where necessary, instructions on how to use them.
On to the contents.
First of all we have Lassic Creamy Mint Body Massage Milk. This is a lovely light body lotion. Apparently it doubles as a massage lotion, though I haven’t tried that yet!
The mint leaves a slight tingly and cooling sensation on your skin. In the heat of summer this would be wonderful. It’s also quite invigorating, so this would be perfect as part of your morning routine, as the mint helps you wake up!
This is a slightly odd looking toothbrush! It’s a Candy Faceline Massage Toothbrush, and apparently massages the inside of your cheek at the same time as brushing your teeth. It’s a slightly peculiar sensation, but it works just fine as a toothbrush.
This is a pretty wild item! Coupy-Design Gel Eyeliner in a vivid purple.
I have to say that my purple eyeliner-wearing days are behind me (not that they were ever in front of me), but I did try it out and the quality is excellent. It’s well-pigmented and goes on very smoothly.
The pencil is a twist-up design, though you have to be careful as it’s not retractable.
Hurray for sheet masks! Not only is this a lovely mosturizing formula for for tired and dry skin (after a busy summer holiday I have both!) the illustration on the box is by Rune Naito, one of the founding fathers of the modern ‘kawaii’ aesthetic.
There are two masks in the box.
Finally, this lovely Hada Bijin Tofu Soap. This soap is designed to look like fresh tofu, and contains ingredients found in tofu, such as soybean extract and bittern.
It also contains moisturizing extracts such as apricot seed and yuzi fruit extract.
Not only is this a lovely soap, but it comes in a little plastic dish that doubles as a soap dish. Also included is a net that helps create perfect lather.
I really like this month’s box. I wasn’t quite sure about the purple eyeliner, excellent quality notwithstanding, but to my amazement my mother decided she likes it and has annexed it for herself.
I love the body lotion. My skin gets dry all year round, and this is the perfect lotion for me to use in the morning. I use last month’s Coconut Oil lotion in the evening, which is lovely and soothing.
The toothbrush is kind of funny, but the menu suggests you can also use to to massage your lips. As I’m a terrible lip-biter this will really help take care of those irritating minute bits of skin that encourage me to chew!
The soap is lovely. It doesn’t have much of a scent, but I don’t mind that, and the net really does work. It slightly reminds me of those puffy loofah-things you see handing from the shelves in Boots.
Finally, sheet masks are amazing, and I’ve been waiting eagerly to get one in these boxes! I can’t wait to use it.
Japanese cosmetics and beauty products in general are always such beautiful quality, and even the ones that don’t quite work for me are still impressive.
Now to value. As these are all Japanese brands it’s often very difficult to find prices on these, so I’m not going to do an individual breakdown. I will say that I’ve never had a box that wasn’t good value for money.
I couldn’t find any of these products on any UK site, and the Japanese sites flummoxed me. I did find the eyeliner on an American site for $18.99.
So I shall simply say that I consider that you get plenty of bang for your buck with these five products.