I’m sure by now you’ve all heard of BIRCHBOX, the beauty sample subscription that women and bloggers love.
I had a disappointing experience when I ordered my first BirchBox a year ago but when they offered me a preview of this month’s box featuring a gift from Madewell I thought it’d be worth a second chance.
This month they featured three samples of Caldrea’s body lotions, a printed emery board from Madewell (plus $25 off $75 at Madewell), Nick Chaves Beverly Hills Color Saver Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner, and MAKE’s eyeshadow and face primer.
I really liked the Caldrea body lotions. They were light and absorbed quickly. Of the three scents, I liked the Coconut Fig Leaf the best. I realized that one of my favorite regular body lotions also has fig in it so maybe I just have a thing for it. I’m definitely planning on picking up the full size bottle of Caldrea when I run out of lotion. BirchBox lets you go on their website and shop all your favorite products from past boxes.
The Nick Chavez Color Save shampoo was nice. It has a lemony, medicinal scent and, even though its sulfate-free, it did lather more than I expected. I’ll get a few more shampoos out of it but I prefer using a purple one to keep my hair blond. The conditioner sample was pretty small and I used it all in one swoop.
I haven’t tried the MAKE face primer yet but I did check out the gray-blue shadow. It’s pretty, goes on smooth, and leaves a subtle wash of color that you can build up or leave sheer.
Overall, it was a good box. It introduced me to a product I definitely want (The Coconut Fig Leaf lotion) and it’s fun to come home and have a “surprise” waiting for you!
After looking around online though I saw that different subscribers receive different boxes. I’m not sure how they decide who gets a super packed one, or who gets a sparse one but if I were paying for a subscription I think I’d be annoyed that they weren’t all the same. I suppose it comes down to what they have available but I think they should find a way to ensure that each box is as similar as possible to the next.
Are you a BirchBox subscriber? What did you think of your box this month?