A little over a month ago, I purchased the first subscription box from Nightshade’s Cellar; I had been following them on Instagram for a little while, intrigued by the fun horror-themed bath bombs that seems to be their signature product. The theme looked fun — Carnival de Noir — and a lot of great vendors were participating! As a pre-order and as with most indie cosmetic products, I expected to wait, which is no big deal.
And then, they announced a second box. And opened a pre-order. And said that the second box would be shipping soon.
But wait! What about the first box?
I emailed the seller: “I’m wondering if there is an anticipated ship date for this? I saw the second box is already out but I was hoping to have my first one in hand before ordering another one.”
Their response? “Oh, I feel you. The second box is actually shipping this week and next.”
LONG STORY SHORT, my box just arrived today — and I’m so conflicted.
On the one hand, the items themselves seem pretty stellar:
- Twisted Wonderland Perfumery: Deadly Kiss lip balm in Carnival Noir (lavender cotton candy) and Rudy Klown soap (TWP’s Killer Klowns scent)
- Pa Nani Soapery: Bozo’s After Show Sugar Scrub
- The Chequered Lily: Black Valentine eyeshadow (black and red)
- Pixie and Toad: Floozy Blue wax melts (cotton candy dipped in blackberry then dipped again in sprinkles)
- Sudsy Sirens: strawberry cotton candy body butter
- Nightshade’s Cellar: Carnival de Noir bath bombs and clown necklace
- Ragamuffpins: Creepy Cute Pennywise print
The way this box was packaged left a lot to be desired. It all shipped in a medium flat rate box; the actual Carnival de Noir box was a black box inside of it, one of those cute build-it-yourself heavy cardstock kinds with handles. One bath bomb was loosely wrapped in bubble wrap outside of the black box and is pretty shattered, although not completely. The black box itself was ripped at all four of the seams. The second bath bomb was tucked into a padded mailer with minimal shattering. Everything else was kind of shoved inside the black box.
Maybe I’ve been spoiled by Witch Baby Soap’s quarterly Spell Boxes, which are beautifully packaged and well padded, but this just seemed so thoughtless? haphazard?
I know I’ll enjoy using the products; it’s just a shame that they arrived how they did.