I created a Sparking Joy series to open discussion on what subscription box item(s) are bringing you joy right now. For our new readers, I got this idea from a previous discussion here regarding the KonMari Method of organization which basically is keeping what “Sparks Joy” in your life and discarding what doesn’t.
So instead of one item this post, I have multiples of a particular item type received in subscription and/or Limited Edition boxes.
What is Sparking Joy for me now is…
Pain In The Ass (PIA) Hand Creams/Cremes!
Reverse marketing is genius. If you read my latest posts and comments, I hilariously “market” items using reverse marketing. I have not even googled reverse marketing so if it does not exist it is because I created it and will now be making millions off it. I just googled “reverse marketing” and it is nowhere close to my made up definition of it. According to the genius that is Pnut, If you make something difficult but still intriguing, there will be customers.
So in this case we have companies create a hand cream and/or creme in where the application is
(1) either squeeze the whole container to get a bit
(2) squeeze gently or else the whole product will projectile vomit on the customer
Customers will buy it!
Hence, put PIA Hand Creams in subscription boxes and customers will go gaga (or nuts, or both).
I added a so-called highlighter stick for variety. I hardly see the shimmer but I love the smell I just need to scrap a bit off and let it melt as I apply. It is such a PIA but I love it for the smell. The one on the left is a PIA to squeeze out but again I love the scent. The others are of the delicate variety and I am constantly having to apply all over common dry spots past my hands because I squeeze too much or somehow managed to bend the tube, causing an overflow as soon as I open the tube. My favorite is Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source. These tubes that promise magical succulent hands “Spark Joy” to me so much that I am willing to make an exception for parabens and other like ingredients.
On the other hand (heh), I have succulent hands, elbows and knees.
Below with the exception are the first offenders that caused my obsession with tube hand creams. This was a post of nearly empties submitted to Mailbox Junkie for her Saturday trash post. I think the goats were in collusion in regards to the addition of having hand cream/cremes submitted slowly into subscription and limited edition boxes.
I am still mourning the emptiness of the Cream Cremes and the discontinued Davines RIP.
I wonder if there is a reason to this madness. Do the best hand creams need to be in a PIA tube form? Why cannot they be in an awesome airless pump form where you happily pump and you get.all.the.cream.goodness.out? And why has this obsession with tubes have me put away my stash of creams in tub form!?! Like I am obsessed with being a wee frustrated with the tubes even though I can have the luxury of scooping out moisturizing goodness in pot form and slapping it on dry spots. It’s 2016 for crying outloud!
What Subscription Box item “Sparks Joy” for you right now? Do you have a favorite hand cream? Is it a PIA to use?
Share what is on your mind including random thoughts.
Disclosure: I bought these boxes with my own clams. There are no referral/affiliate links in this post.