Birchbox – April 2015


Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, the UK and Canada.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

This month’s box was designed by Rifle Paper Co. and features a print by their Founder and Creative Director, Anna Bond.  Of all the designed boxes this year, this is my favorite so far.  I’ll be interested to see if Birchbox can top it!



This was a very ‘meh’ box for me, starting with this Hydro shampoo and conditioner duo from Beaver Professional.  The formula is meant to be very moisturizing for dry, damaged hair… which my hair is not.  I may try these out at some point, or I may pass them along.  The scent is similar to other drugstore shampoos and conditioners; it’s really clean and reminds me of old school Pantene.

The full size shampoo (258 ml) is $15, making the sample (60 ml) worth around $3.50.

The full size conditioner (210 ml) is $16, making the sample (40 ml) worth around $3.00.



Next up is Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue from Atelier Cologne.  The scent description from Atelier: “Turkish Rose Absolute sparkles and intrigues beneath notes of spicy Ginger, enwrapped in sultry veil of Velvet Oud, Indonesian Patchouli, mystic Papyrus and Somalian Incense.”

I am a fan of a couple of Atelier’s scents (Orange Sanguine and Vanille Insensée) and, while Rose Anonyme doesn’t knock the others off the top of the list, I still give it two thumbs up.  It’s not your typical rose scent… it’s a little heavier and I think the oud and patchouli give it a “masculine” push.  I usually go for lighter rose scents, but I can see myself wearing this one at night or in autumn.

The full size (3.3 oz) is $145.00, and I give perfume samples a value of $1.



I enjoy trying new lotions, but Peace Be Still from Temple Spa is just so boring (can lotions be boring?).  It smells and feels like any generic lotion you’d find in a mid-range hotel.  It absorbs quickly enough, but is not suitable for my face.

The full size (200 ml) is $29, making this sample (25 ml) worth about $3.60.



Finally, I received Laqa & Co Lip Lube in Honeypot.  I’ve received this in my Birchbox before (in the coral shade, Bees Knees), so I knew what to expect as far as the performance is concerned.  It applies smoothly and the color is buildable from a sheer base.  However, for a product called Lip Lube, it’s not very moisturizing.  Also, the staying power leaves a lot to be desired.

It has a mint scent, but it’s missing the minty ‘tingle’ you get from other similar lip pencils, like Tarte LipSurgence.

The full size (0.1 oz) is $20, which means the sample (0.07 oz) is worth about $14.


Box Value: The total value of my samples this month is just over $25.

If you subscribe to Birchbox, how did you fare this month?


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