Amazon Household Essentials Sample Box Review – December 2017
The Amazon Household Essentials Sample Box is a one-time-purchase box that is available every few months. The great thing about this box is that it is free after credit for Amazon Prime members! (You’ll receive a $9.99 credit about a week after purchase to use on select items.)
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About This Sample Box
The Cost: $9.99 (Get $9.99 back in credit after your purchase)
The Products: A selection of sample and full-size cleaning, body care, kitchen and bath, and other useful household supplies from new, notable, and trusted brands. (You can spend your $9.99 credit on anything in this category.)
Ships to: the US only
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$9.99 Prime Home Essentials Sample Box Review
Presto Fragrance Free Laundry Detergent, Single Use Packet
(This is a single-use sample, which is not typical for Amazon sample boxes that I’ve tried, so I’m not giving it a retail value.)
Laundry. Will I ever not be doing it? Probably not. I feel like I can do a load every day and still have more to do on the weekend!
I’ve tried a lot of fragrance-free detergents. I thought this did the job well, in that it did not have a noticeable scent when my laundry was clean. I appreciate that this product is 96% biobased and made in the US, but for $0.19/load ($19.99 for 106 loads), I know I can get cheaper fragrance and dye free detergents elsewhere.
Method Ginger Mango Detergent, 8.1 oz 10 Load Sample – Estimated Value $1.97 (Full-Size 66-load Retail Price $12.99)
Now if you prefer scented detergents, this one is unique and smells great!
I’ve actually never tried Method detergent before and was pleasantly surprised. The smell was so pleasant and a nice change of pace, plus this 10-load sample is generous and a better way to try the product over time to see if you really like it before buying more.
The annoying thing about this one, though, is that this is available in PrimePantry for $12.34… which means I have to order more PrimePantry items to get free shipping, or pay an additional $7.99 in shipping. If you don’t want to use PrimePantry, then you’d have to buy a pack of FOUR full size bottles (66 loads each) for $55.05 in order to apply your $9.99 credit.
This little bottle is not a hand sanitizer, but a surface disinfectant. I didn’t realize Purell made a product like this!
I don’t feel like his had totally amazing cleaning power (I used it on my desk, and it didn’t take up a little smudge mark on the surface). But, it had a nice even spray and unoffensive smell that disappeared quickly, just like hand sanitizer, and the surface itself felt clean after use.
I mostly use single-use disinfectant wipes in the kitchen at home, but I feel like this product might be better because it dries really quickly. It seems like the single-use wipes are always too saturated with cleaner that just sits on the surface of my countertop and takes forever to dry.
Garden of Life Coconut Oil, 7.1 fl oz – Buy full size 14 oz for Retail Price $6.70
Coconut oil is something I do use regularly in my cooking, so this big sample is great to have on hand! This is half the size of their standard 14 oz jar so it’s quite generous.
Garden of Life is an organic, non-GMO brand. All coconut oil tastes the same to me, to be honest, but it can get pricey, so I’m sure this will go to good use in our house– and I’d be likely to redeem the credit on this product, which is available from Amazon as an add-on item.
Kleenex Perfect Fit Canister, 50 tissues – Buy in a pack of 6 for $18.99
This canister shape is a cool idea, perfect for tiny powder rooms and other small spaces. I put mine in the cup holder in my car and it fit perfectly, which is a super cool idea! (This was on the big side though so it may not fit in all cup holders, take note! I drive a Honda Fit.) That said, I don’t go through a ton of tissues, so I probably won’t end up reordering this one, even though this pack will surely be used.
Cottonelle Freshcare Flushable Cleansing Cloths, 42 cloths – Available in pack of 8 for $10.79
This is one of those items I’d probably never buy on my own, but getting a pack in this box is a good excuse to try them out.
I am super hesitant to flush these because we’ve had issues with our plumbing in the past. Our house is over 100 years old so it has some special needs at times. 😉 Has anyone else tried these?
Kleenex Eye Makeup Removers, Dispenser + 60 Removers, Full Size! – Retail Value $9.99
This product is super cool and is definitely my favorite in the box.
This comes with a reusable dispenser and an inner pack of pre-moistened eye makeup remover pads. I usually use a liquid remover with my own cotton balls, but it is kind of messy and I honestly find it to be totally annoying.
This pink/purple color you see here is actually part of the disposable inner refill, not the dispenser itself. I wonder if they’ll have different colors or patterns available?
I found these worked well enough for me to remove my usual mascara and eyeshadow (I don’t use a liner on most days), and they were a lot easier than my usual method and felt less greasy, too.
Note: It took me wayyyy longer than it should have to figure out how to reorder the refills and redeem my credit, though. I think when I originally started this review, it actually wasn’t listed yet! This morning I was able to go to the specific link for items that you can redeem your credit on and search for Kleenex to find the right listing. Amazon’s price on the refills though is great; these are $4.99/each at Target but $17.73 for 4 on Amazon. The perfect way to use up that credit and get something I’ll definitely use!
Verdict: This box was worth it for the Kleenex Eye Makeup Remover alone, which retails for $9.99 (the same price we paid for the entire sample box). I did find it to be challenging to navigate how to actually redeem the credit, so here’s a tip: go back to the product page for this sample box, then find the link for “select household products”. Luckily, it’s still an overall good value for me even if I don’t redeem the credit, and we received some great items for the price, so I’m happy.
Value Breakdown: There were 6 generously sized samples or full sized products in this box (not counting the single-use laundry detergent sample), so you end up paying $1.66 per product.