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, and the UK.
This month’s box included:
Winter Oak from Raw Spirit Fragrances ($40-$90 full size, sample value ~$1) – This unisex scent is a mix of American oak, suede, saffron, Haitian vetiver, and musk. As you can imagine from the name and notes, it is a warm woody scent. I actually really enjoy it; the scent ends up being soft and creamy on my skin and it lasts for hours.
Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil ($30 full size, sample value ~$4) – I haven’t tried this yet, but I did apply some to the back of my hand so I can give you a quick impression. The product comes out with a gel-like consistency. You spread it over your face, then activate it with a bit of warm water to emulsify the oils. After removing your makeup / cleansing your face, you rinse. It doesn’t seem terribly heavy, which is good news for my oily face, and the scent is light and pleasant.
Jane Iredale HandDrink Hand Cream ($29 full size, sample value ~$3) – This hand cream was just average, in my opinion. It did sink into my skin quickly and wasn’t greasy, but it didn’t leave my hands any softer than some of my more inexpensive hand creams. The scent is one that I feel you’ll either love or hate; to my nose, it’s similar to a floral foundation (makeup) scent.
Davines Replumping Superactive ($40 full size, sample value $20) – The Davines samples I’ve received from Birchbox have always been decently sized, and this is no exception. It’s half of a full size bottle, so you can try the product numerous times before deciding on a purchase. That said, I haven’t used it yet. I need to do so, since it’s certainly meant for my hair type. It uses hyaluronic acid to thicken fine, limp hair.
Arrow BOOST Color Enchancing Lip Balm ($14 full size) – This was my sample choice for the month of February, and it’s a full size item. Arrow is Birchbox’s new brand with a line of beauty products meant to “keep up with your active lifestyle”. The limp balm is fairly standard, but it has the ability to “adjust to your unique pH” and leave a natural rosy tint on your lips. Having applied it a few times, I’d say that description is fairly accurate. I also really enjoy the slightly minty scent; it reminds me of something from my childhood… maybe peppermint Kissing Koolers?
Total box value: ~$42