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Review: Self Care Sundays Box

Muddy tries out this Sussex-based eco-luxe at-home spa experience in the hope of emerging refreshed, recharged and glowing.

Two weeks into Lockdown 3 and if I were to describe how I’m feeling in one word, it’d be ‘shabby’. A combination of desperately needing a haircut, spending my days wrapped up in All The Merino to work and help the kids with school from our rather chilly little stone cottage, and a winter’s worth of dry skin from all the walks and bike rides that pass for socialising these days have all taken their toll. I’m in dire need of a bit of TLC, a glam-injection, or even just a decent blow-dry. Sadly, it’s just me, the chilly cottage, the kids and the cats and none of them are qualified to administer any of the above.

So you can imagine my joy when a parcel from Self-Care Sundays Box arrived. Beautifully presented in a lovely box, wrapped with a green silk ribbon, the box is billed as everything I need for the ultimate eco-luxe home spa experience. Opening it, a host of full-sized products (not a silly sample in sight) plus a series of instructions that correctly assume me to be a person not a robot (no ‘lather, rinse, repeat here, thank you) certainly seem to be exactly what the doctor ordered. If the doctor was in fact Self-Care Sundays Box founder Sandra, a skincare expert and mum who set up her business exactly for people like you and me – busy mums who can’t get to the spa, but don’t want to compromise on the finer things in life.

So. Let’s dig in, shall we?

The big unboxing

Beneath the luxe packaging the box is well-filled, with full-size products. Nothing is more frustrating than forking out in the hope of a decent-sized supply of high-end hair mask only to be greeted with a small sachet that cost 50p. Well, there’s none of that here. I’ve been sent the Come Back To Yourself box and inside is an overnight radiance serum that retails at £60, the most stunning body oil from Lola’s Apothecary that just screams decadence (and normally costs you £40), a facial scrub made from fine coffee grounds (£13), sea salt body scrub from Skin & Tonic London (£20) and Moo Hair Miracle Mask (£25). So all in all, a tidy haul for the price tag which starts at £65.

The second USP of Self-Care Sundays Box is that all the products have been curated so they work together. I’ve got everything I need in here for a luxurious top-to-toe pampering experience, start to finish. The instructions set out a carefully planned routine for you to follow, no thinking required. Bliss.

I think the great appeal of premium beauty products (other than that they, um, work) is that when you’ve forked out more than £5.99 for a pot of Nivea from the supermarket, you’re not going to rush it. This is what Self-Care Sundays Box is all about, taking time out for yourself. Even just half an hour in a locked bathroom. Space and time have never been harder to come by, but we all have a bathroom, and we can all find half an hour once the kids are in bed – there’s no way I’m slapping on my £25 hair masque while child 1 brushes their teeth and child 2 has a poo.

Getting stuck in

Onto the products, then. Gosh, they smell lovely – a few drops of the oil (‘a botanical blend of rosehip CO2 and argan oil’) go in the bath to transform it into a spa experience. The hair mask (Marula oil and Icelandic moss to lock-in moisture, appaz) is equally fragrant and really thick and nourishing. I have very dry ends, so I slather on a heap of the stuff – the jar is very generously sized and there’s more than enough to go round! Then comes the facial scrub, another divine-smelling oil-rich formula, and the salt body scrub that smells as invigorating and zingy as it feels.

As tempting as it is to stay in the bath forever, there’s more goodies to come. The Pure Savvy Close of Play Overnight Radiance serum is packed with goodies including wonder-ingredient hyraluronic acid, which skincare devotees will know is essential for hydration. It claims to brighten your skin up overnight – let’s see shall we? On also goes the Lola’s Apothecary oil, smooth and rich and easily absorbed, it’s perfect for skin, cuticles and even on the ends of your hair.

Going to sleep, all I can smell is the divine body oil. I could actually be at a spa, if I just close my eyes. Which I do. Next morning my skin is peachy soft all over, I don’t even need to drag my trusty paddle-brush through my hair as it’s so smooth and hydrated, and I’m sure my face looks brighter. But more than that, I feel brighter. Beauty really is as much a state of mind as it is what’s in the mirror. No product is going to transform your physical appearance overnight but it can transform your inner world – when I look in the mirror the next morning, I look anything but shabby. Same me, only softer, smoother and brighter.

The Muddy Verdict

I’d say it’s the perfect one-off at-home spa treatment, only there’s enough in the box to make this a weekly date for several months – roll on next Sunday! The boxes are great value for money as the products will last, and it gives you that incentive to really treat yourself. They make great gifts too, for V-day, Mother’s Day, a birthday or just – any day.

Self Care Sundays Box, from £65

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