My readers count on me for unbiased reviews that give a true reflection of my experience with the products that I try. In May of last year, I received a Sherrieblossom ICEbOX Wide for purposes of review. It is a truly beautiful organizer made from top of the line acrylic. Each box is handcrafted, which makes them a little on the pricey side. The ICEbOX Wide is the largest size available, and at the time of my review sold for $395. Now it is selling for $415. They are sold online and at Neiman Marcus. I am sorry to say, I am no longer able to recommend this product.
As you can see, this unit is absolutely gorgeous. In fact, I think it’s the most beautiful makeup storage unit I’ve laid my eyes upon. When it’s empty, it is clear and almost looks invisible. The point is that it appears as though your makeup is floating. The drawer pulls are rounded rather than squared off and look very sleek and contemporary.
There are 5 drawers and 6 tiers. The top tier is the lid and the bottom 5 tiers are the drawers. The dimensions are 15Lx12Wx12H, Lid 2″H, Drawer 2″H. It comes with 3 sets of removable and adjustable inserts.
What impressed me the most about this unit was how much it stored and how it is meant specifically to store makeup and beauty products. There are so very few things on the market like this so it’s such an exciting discovery. I used it for about 9 months before I started to have some problems though, which is what I am getting into next!
Do you see the bubbling on the crack of the drawer above? Each drawer has tiny little bubbles that run the length of the drawer. To be honest, this doesn’t even bother me although the Sherrieblossom ICEbOX website specifically indicates in their FAQ section that this is something that sets them apart. You shouldn’t experience any bubbling of the glue!
To be fair, you are only supposed to use their Novus cleaner to clean it, and if you use other cleaners the chemicals in them might damage the Lucite. I didn’t ever buy their cleaner, so I just wiped this down with a cloth whenever it got too fingerprint-y for me. Chemicals found in beauty products can also cause the glue to bubble. These include Windex, perfume, alcohol, and hairspray. Considering this is meant to hold beauty products I found that interesting. I’m assuming spilled nail polish or remover could be guilty of causing this much damage, but I didn’t store heavy duty chemicals in here.
The next problem was the icing on the cake for me and why I had to update my review. As you can see below, the ICEbOX started bowing. The drawers that so beautifully used to fit within the grooves no longer slide like they use to. Each drawer with lip is 372 mm wide. The inner width of the walls at the top and bottom are 370 mm wide. The inner width of the middle of the walls is 372 mm wide. There is a 2 mm deviation throughout the box. It is bowing in the middle, which is what is causing the drawers to no longer fit where they are supposed to go!
In the above picture, the bottom drawer is left out because it wasn’t fitting properly and I didn’t want to force it. In my experience with this box, if I try to force a drawer to fit in, I am not able to easily get it back out. I cut myself on a drawer trying to remove it, so now I am wary to keep all the drawers in the box. In my correspondence with the company, they told me there are several reasons all related to user error for why the bowing may have happened:
The bowing can occur if the box is not sitting on a hard and flat surface. (For the entire time that I’ve owned the ICEbOX, I’ve had it sitting on my vanity or above my Ikea Alex organizer. In both instances, it was sitting on a completely hard and flat surface.)
The bowing can occur if the ICEbOX is sitting on the hard and flat surface with a cloth underneath, as it is shown in these pictures. (The cloth was placed under the box only for the sake of taking pictures because the Alex bounces glare off the acrylic in pictures.)
There are four rubber bumpers on the bottom of the frame in each of the corners. If these fall off they can cause the weight to shift and cause friction in the drawers. (You can see one of the bumpers in the picture above. I was almost positive that this was going to be the problem, but when I went to check, I found all four were perfectly intact.)
You can see in the picture above, at the very top of the picture, the box is flat to the drawer, and it bows out underneath that.
I would hate to think I personally did anything to hurt this beautiful acrylic container, as I treated it with so much love and TLC, but according to the company, I am their first complaint. According to this review on Amazon, I am not though, so that makes me feel a little better!
The curing process behind the ICEbOX has been tested over the course of many years, and they have produced thousands of boxes. In their experience, I am the first customer to come forward with mention of the glue bubbling and a bowing frame. According to their company, the only problems that have ever occurred with the box are not due to manufacturer defect, but from outside factors. It’s a little disheartening to think of a beautiful box like this one warping to the point where I can’t get the drawers out, and the glue bubbling on every seam after only 9 months of use. For that reason, I just can’t endorse this on my blog any longer.
I’ve had good luck with a competitor’s clear acrylic drawer system, but I wish the top flipped open like the ICEbOX. The search continues for a high quality drawer system whose looks compare to this one but lasts a little longer!