I have always dreamed of opening a box of goodies filled with random items. It kinda gives that feeling that I’m receiving a present–although it’s from myself, I didn’t handpick the products inside the box and I don’t know if I’m going to like it or not. So it’s as if I just received a gift from someone else. It has the uncertainty of liking everything in the box but at the same time all the things in it are something that I’d be glad to receive.
Which is why I am so happy that Althea has special edition boxes–in which each month they come up with a certain theme and gather 6 or more products in that theme, put it in a box and sell it in a heavily discounted price–much like a subscription box, but with Althea Boxes, you just have to choose the boxes that you want to have. You are not compelled to subscribe monthly and pay for boxes that you might not be interested with. Also, these boxes usually come with full size products but they have almost the same price as subscription boxes. Subscription boxes on the other hand, are filled with sample-sized products with only one or two in full size. I can really say that Althea boxes are really inexpensive and worth the investment
When I placed an order on Althea’s Anti-Pollution Box, I was originally thinking about purchasing a sunscreen and a cleansing oil in Etude House. And since I am a skincare crazy woman, I was also thinking of buying some other things like a new eye cream, moisturizer, etc. (whatever I may find interesting) as well. And I know that if I get both the sunscreen and cleansing oil, I will not have enough budget to buy other products. For a moment there I was crazy thinking of what items should I prioritize when I go shopping, and that’s when I thought of this Anti-Pollution box. It has both the cleansing oil/balm and the sunscreen that I want, and it has other products that looks quite interesting as well. So without batting an eyelash, I went to Althea’s website and purchased the box along with CosRX’s Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol (these babies sell out like crazy so when I saw them available, I immediately put it in my bag!)
The Anti-Pollution Box costs 1,450php at 71% off (originally worth 5,020php) while the CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol costs 810php. I also used 150 points and a coupon code that they gave me from my previous purchase. All in all this package only costed me 1,972.3php. I saved 3,857.7php!
I wasn’t really expecting on getting the limited edition Chinese New Year box because I placed my order on February 1st, but I’m glad I was able to get the box! It had an Angpao along with it so I guess I will be going back to Althea within the month (the discount coupon is only available until February 28th)
The box has a few dents, which is obviously unavoidable because of the shipping–and I’m totally okay with it because at least I was still able to get my hands on this box. I almost went gaga thinking that this box might have been lost in the shipping or even worse, stolen.
My first purchase in Althea was really smooth, I got the items in less than 10 days. Although the delivery man had trouble looking for my house–but that was the only problem I encountered with that transaction. This one, on the other hand, gave me sleepless nights.
Upon checkout, they gave me a notification that shipping may be delayed due to the holidays. Well, yeah, I was expecting that but I was also kinda hoping that Althea will still be the amazing online store that she is and would give me a fast transaction with only one or two days delay. But then again a week has passed and still they didn’t email me that my package has been shipped so I kinda worried and emailed their customer service. Their customer service representative immediately replied the day after but he only told me that my package will be delayed–which honestly wasn’t the answer I was hoping to get. I sent them a question asking what is the specific status of my purchase and they gave me a generic answer. I was a bit disappointed, but gladly the “Your Althea.kr order has been shipped” email arrived in my inbox the next day. I was immediately relieved.
Days before that I decided to change my shipping address because I’m thinking that no one might be home when my order arrives so I emailed them to deliver it in the nearest LBC branch so I can pick it up there instead. This request was processed immediately and the shipping address was changed. Kudos to Althea to that!
However, when my package arrived, I was out of town and a guy from LBC called me, asking for some clarifications regarding the shipping address. I then asked him if I can still pickup my package on Saturday (he called on Monday, February 13th) and he said that all packages has 10 days pendency before they return the package to the sender.
So the whole week I was busy doing some work stuff, LBC kept on texting me every day to get my package, and I did reply saying that I’ll get it on Saturday. I was thinking that things were going smooth for me until…
I decided to track my order.
It says on the LBC website that my package was already claimed by me. WOW. And it was already 1am that time so I can’t contact LBC regarding the status of my package. I got really worried, I can’t sleep–I immediately started thinking about life, my previous mistakes, my dreams that never materialized into reality and how I was unhappy about some things going on–basically I just had an existential crisis (well, I do have existential crisis, but it was enormously heightened that night). I had to bother a few friends through text and chat because I really needed someone to talk to. At around 3am all my depressing thoughts lowered and I was able to sleep– but not quite peacefully because I woke up two hours later. By that time I was already thinking of accepting the sad truth that my package is now gone and I just have to go on with my life and forget about it. On the other hand I was ready to prove that it wasn’t me who claimed my package in case it was indeed claimed by someone pretending to be me. I was already thinking of presenting them the text messages that I sent saying that I’ll pick it up Saturday and showing them my boarding pass as proof that I wasn’t in town to claim my package. Basically I was in the middle of giving up and fighting. I’m getting so worked up just because of this. I even hated myself for ordering too many skincare products. I thought this was my punishment for being vain.
So, moment of truth, the moment I arrived in the airport, I immediately rushed to my LBC branch to pick up my package–or to debate with the people there– I was calm the whole time because I was still hoping that it might just be an error on LBC’s side and it turns out that IT WAS INDEED AN ERROR.
My package was unclaimed. No one signed my name in that list that they had. I COULD HAVE NOT HAD MY MIND GOING CRAZY IF I DIDN’T TRACK MY ORDER ON THE LBC WEBSITE.
SO LBC, IF YOU’RE READING THIS, GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER.
Although this error gave me so much stress and triggered the emotional damage that I’ve been trying to conceal since the beginning of time, I’m just glad that I was able to have my hands on my precious skincare products. I don’t know how LBC handles cases of lost or stolen packages, but I do hope that they give great compensation because even though my babies were safe, we don’t know what might happen next. I still have a lot of plans for my online shopping which needs a lot of LBC’s involvement.
This is just one mistake, or possibly misunderstanding. I still trust the Hari ng Padala.
Look at all them pretty things! You guys have no idea how happy and how relieved I am to see them. I thought I lost them forever, but now they’re safe in under my care.
These are all the products inside Althea’s Anti-Pollution box. I won’t be discussing each product one by one here so if you want information on them, click this link.
They put the CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol in a separate box since it’s not included in the Anti-Pollution box. I’m happy about this because that means more boxes! I use these things for storage because I’m a mess at all times. And they’re pretty, who wouldn’t love them?
I’m still thinking of how I would incorporate these items in my daily and nightly skincare routine. Since all of these products are light, I think they’re perfect for morning use, but of course some of them will be used for my evening routine too. I can’t wait to start using all of them. You guys are definitely going to see more of these products in my future posts.
Before I end this post, here’s a link that will give you a nice discount from Althea.
Until then! XOXO,