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I’ve heard about Althea and signed-up as a member when it was launched in the Philippines last year. However, I was only able to shop with them last month. Althea is a Korean online retailer which sells a wide range of well-loved Korean skin care and beauty products like Etude House, Missha, W-Lab, and The Face Shop to name a few. The products offered at the online shop are guaranteed authentic and are more affordable since these are sourced directly from the manufacturers. Althea also promises a 30-day unconditional returns policy that allows buyers to return products that they are not completely satisfied with (conditions apply, though). It also offers free delivery nationwide for orders Php999 and above.
I finally ordered! 🙂
Though I consistently use skin care products, I have to admit that I am still in the “getting-to-know-you” stage with makeup and I really do not have an idea which products works best for me, hehe. As an Althea member, I appreciate that the brand emails me about their promotions and new offerings. Althea offers beauty boxes which contain a variety of goodies that are also highly discounted.
At 82% discount, I think the Keep in Touch makeup box is a good deal for a beginner like me. The gift set contains nine products including a glow cream, white blending cushion, brow serum tattoo, brow skinny shape pencil, brow mascara, two lip tints, lip top coat, and a rubycell puff. I ordered, paid through credit card, and was immediately notified through email that my order was received and is being processed.
All in all, the ordering process was a breeze (maybe because I only ordered one item, hehe). Aside from credit card, you can also pay via Paypal and Dragon Pay. Dragon Pay allows you to pay via online banking, non-banks (like Cebuana Lhuillier, Bayad Center, SM, etc), and banks over-the-counter. I only wish Althea would also offer cash on delivery (COD) payment schemes like other online shopping (Zalora and Lazada).
You can start shopping now by creating an account here.
How long did delivery take?
Althea promised delivery of products within 15 business days after the order is received for processing. I placed my order and paid on March 2 so I was hoping to receive my box before March 23.
March 9, I received an email informing me that Althea already shipped my items. They also sent me a link where I can track my order. It was delivered at my home address in Bulacan March 13. So that was 11 days total from ordering to delivery.
Because the items shipped from Korea, delivery takes longer compared to shops like Zalora. However, it is still within the 15-business day-expectation. I was also hoping to receive an SMS or call regarding the delivery of my Althea box (as experienced by other bloggers) but I did not. Good thing, I work from home so I was there when the delivery man arrived.
The Althea Box
I had to tear two layers of plastic wrapping to see my first Althea box. I appreciate that the company took special attention to wrap the box in sturdy plastic packaging to protect the contents.
Looking inside, the products are also securely bubble-wrapped for added safety and protection.
Here are my newest makeup goodies all the way from Korea.
Gift for new members
Althea offers Php 300 free credit when you sign-up. You can get an additional Php50 (Php350 in total) discount if you sign-up on my referral link here. Just key-in the WELCOME-PH coupon code on checkout. And don’t forget to order within a month after you sign-up. A Php1,500 minimum purchase is also required to avail the discount.
You may also refer your friends to get shopping credits which you spend on Althea Philippines’ shop.
Will I shop at Althea Philippines again?
Yes, I am loving the Keep-in-Touch makeup box and will definitely purchase again. Next time, I hope to try Korean skin care products.
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