For the second month in a row, Birchbox allowed subscribers to pick a sample that would be included in their box. There was also the option to choose a specially curated box, which was a collaboration with The Everygirl. The contents of this special box were not a surprise, so subscribers who chose this box knew exactly what they were getting. I chose this box because I wanted to ensure I got one particular sample.
Birchbox is a subscription sampling service that delivers a box of 4-6 products to your door each month. The box is only $10 per month and offers a very generous rewards program. Each item you receive and review is worth 10 points. Every 100 points is equal to $10, which can be used to purchase full-sized products in the Birchbox shop or gift subscriptions.
Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect
30 ml, Estimated value: $4.80 || Full size: 200 ml, $32
Conditioner is something I only use occasionally because of my scalp issues. I also only use it on my ends. I haven’t tried a lot of leave-in conditioners, but that actually might be a better solution for me. Lots of people have raved about this product, so I’m really excited to give it a try.
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner
0.003 oz., Estimated value: $1.80 || Full size: 0.04 oz., $24
This sample is the reason I chose this box. Reaction to this liner has been pretty mixed, so I wanted to try it for myself without committing to a full-size. Unfortunately, this sample is junk. The full size contains a clicking wheel to release product; with this tiny sample, I had to squeeze. It took forever for me to get anything to come out. Once it did, I found it to be a thick, clumpy mess.
I think Benefit really missed the mark here. I’m not opposed to paying more for something that works and would have gladly paid the purchase price for this had it actually felt like an innovative product. Sadly, it just seems to be over-hyped and overpriced, much like other Benefit products I’ve tried. If they weren’t going to make a sample that functioned in the same manner as the full-size version, why go to the trouble at all?
Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub
1.0 oz., Estimated value: $3.75 || Full size: 4 oz., $14.99
My Lush Ocean Salt cleanser, which is my go-to exfoliant, is almost empty. I think this product will be a nice substitute until I can repurchase the Lush. I’m excited to try this. If it turns out to work well for me, with the cheaper price point, it could replace my Lush cleanser.
Harvey Prince Hello
1.5 ml, Estimated value: $1.65 || Full size: 50 ml, $55
Two months of Birchbox. Two Harvey Prince perfume samples.
Subscribers complain a lot about all of the Harvey Prince products in these boxes, as well as the inclusion of a lot of perfume samples. I will probably get annoyed at some point, but I’ve like both samples I’ve gotten. This perfume feels very summer-y, so I’ll probably try to use it up before cooler weather hits.
Not Soap, Radio Happiness Inducing Body Wash
1.5 oz., Estimated value: $1.75 || Full size: 13.61 oz., $16
Much like the lip balm in my Ipsy bag, this isn’t exactly exciting. It smells amazing, though! Other scents are available in the Birchbox store, so this might be something I will purchase in the future. I’d love to try some of the other scents.
Total value: $13.75
The value of this box is extremely disappointing, especially given how horrible the Benefit liner sample was. Even worse, I chose this box.