Exciting day yesterday — very exciting day! I mean, of course, that there were new episodes of “Extreme Couponing” on TLC.
OK, I kid. Although I do kind of love “Extreme Couponing.” I wish I were as dedicated as the couponers they feature, but I’m not. (Alaska grocery stores don’t really do double coupons and all the deals you get other places, so I’ll write it off to circumstance and not to my own laziness. I do use coupons... when I remember...) I love a great deal, though, and I love trying new things, and that’s really why yesterday was exciting. It was Birchbox day!
Birchbox is a subscription service that delivers a box of deluxe beauty samples to your door once a month. I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox since May. I canceled my BeautyFix subscription last winter because I just wasn’t impressed by the selection anymore, but I missed the quarterly shipments of beauty treats. For $10 a box, I figured Birchbox was worth a try.
Each month, Birchbox sends four to five beauty samples in a cute little box. I say “samples,” but some of the products are actually travel sized or larger.
As with Julep Maven, you get a nice little rundown of the products you’ve received, along with pricing information for the full-sized versions. (You can order the full-size versions from Birchbox, naturally.)
Each month has a theme, and this month’s was “prep and finish,” featuring “products designed to prep and polish skin, body and hair.” My box contained:
1.69 fl. oz. tube Korres Body Butter in Guava (full size retails for $29):
|I have this body butter on my hands right now and I can’t stop smelling them. They smell like Hawaii.|
|We get it. It’s tubes. Where can I recycle this wasteful packaging?|
The box also contained a 0.13 fl. oz. Caudalie Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream (full size, 30 ml, is $68):
A full-size Stila eye shadow in Poppy (retail value $18):
And a sample packet of The Laundress Delicate Wash in Lady:
(Of course... because I just washed every single delicate item I own last weekend. Oh, well... something to save for later.)
Not a bad little haul for $10:
Like Julep Maven, Birchbox includes shipping in the monthly fee. You can also review the products in your box each month to earn Birchbox Points. Each review earns you 10 points; 100 points is worth $10 off your next purchase of a full-size product. You can also earn 110 bonus points by signing up for a yearlong subscription rather than paying month by month.
Overall, I’ve been thrilled with my Birchbox shipments so far. I’ve gotten to try some things I never would have sought out on my own, and I’ve gotten extras of some items I already know and love. This was my sixth shipment, and for the first time I saw some repeats. This was my second Stila eye shadow (although a different color) and my second Blinc product (August’s box contained the companion liquid liner). Since repetition was one of the reasons I left BeautyFix, I hope Birchbox maintains a variety of items. For me, the excitement of opening my Birchbox is getting to sample new products, so if I start to see repeats, a lot of the appeal will be gone.
Bottom line: A monthly visitor you’ll actually look forward to!
Tip: Review products and refer friends to earn Birchbox Points that can save you money on full-size product orders.