Hey, ladies! I just received my Birchbox “Welcome Box” in the mail and I am really excited to share my samples with you. I know what you’re thinking… “Jocelyn, why did you receive a Welcome Box when you’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for months?” Well, dear reader, I will explain that in this review, don’t you worry!
In case you don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box of 4-5 beauty and lifestyle samples that costs $10 per month, with free shipping. Birchbox is the granddaddy of all subscription boxes and most people start with this subscription before their addiction spirals out of control. Birchbox allows its subscribers to complete a personal beauty profile so that they can receive samples tailored to their needs. Every month is a surprise because they send out various boxes of different samples. I love subscription boxes because they allow me to build up my make-up collection without spending too much money in one sitting. Thanks to subscriptions like Birchbox, I’ll never need to buy eyeliner, lip-gloss, or blush, ever again. If you’re interested in subscribing after reading my review, please ask me for my referral link so that I can get credit for referring you.
Now, I know that this is a “Welcome Box” which is sent out to gift recipients, but I’ve actually been subscribed on and off to Birchbox since September 2012. Sometimes I just don’t feel like paying $10 for what Birchbox has to offer, so I found a way around the $10 per month by taking advantage of Birchbox’s points system. Birchbox easily has the best points/rewards program available. You can earn $10 worth of credit to spend in their store on full-size products just by reviewing 10 samples (2 boxes). Unfortunately, these points cannot be spent on the box subscription itself. Nonetheless, I have concocted a great scheme between two Birchbox accounts where I can use my credits to send myself gift subscriptions. This time I purchased a 3-month gift subscription for myself ($30 regularly) for only $10 (since I had $20 in rewards points). In addition to my 3-month subscription, I also got a Birchbox Pick-Two sample pack for free since my order was over $25 (a standard BB store bonus).* These bonus products are noted at the end of my review.
To start off this gift subscription, Birchbox sent me a “Welcome Box.” From my understanding, this first box features items that should match all skin tones and varieties of hair so that no woman is excluded.
This box looked very similar to the June box that other subscribers received, including the same internationally themed postcards to inspire everyone’s inner wanderlust.
This box was packed full with five samples!
1. Whish Shaving Cream (Blueberry)
I actually received this sample in my March Box and really liked it. Birchbox usually does not send out duplicate products, but “Welcome Boxes” are like wild cards. This shea-based shaving cream left my legs feeling super soft and nourished. I would never spend $20 on a bottle of this, but the sample is really fun to try. I’m travelling to Ohio to visit my family soon so I’ll definitely take this travel-sized cream with me.
Full-size product price: $20.00 Sample value: $2.93
Again, I received this product in my March Box. This perfume is very floral and very strong, but that is just not a smell that I enjoy. I didn’t use the last sample, so I won’t even bother opening this. It will definitely end up in a blog giveaway.
Full-size product price: $19-$90 Sample value: $1.32
Oh, I totallllllly had my fingers crossed that this would come in my box and it did! I received this sample last month and fell in love (even my boyfriend loved this sunscreen!). At first I was really skeptical that any sunscreen could be worth $32, but this bad boy is amazing. So thin, delicate, effective, non-oily, and delicious smelling: perfect for every summer day outdoors. This sample is also much more generous than it seems because I was able to get at least 5 uses out of the last tube. Definitely taking this to Ohio with me!
Full-size product value: $32.00 Sample value: $4.32
4. Color Club Wunderlust Mini-Nail Polish (London Calling)
This super neon, pastel green polish is a Birchbox exclusive made for this month’s semi-international business launch by BB. As I have said at least 46 times on this blog, I don’t use nail polish nor do I have any interest in starting, so this polish will be happily passed on in a blog giveaway.
Full-size product: $8.00 (4 mini-polishes) Sample value: $2.00
The only facial towelette I’ve tried from La Fresh was a Makeup Removal wipe that Ipsy sent out in March. Those wipes gave my eyes the most awful burning sensation ever so I’m a little apprehensive to try these cleansing towelettes, but the individual wrapping will be a very, very convenient addition to my purse. This item is currently living in my purse until the day that I need it and don’t have my favorite wipes on hand. I’ll probably never buy these wipes considering that I have already found my holy grail towelettes and could never deviate (Pond’s).
Full-size product price: $9.99 Sample value: $0.33
These two items below are from the Birchbox Bonus Shop: extra products that are added on to orders for free or for a specific price. This sample pack is regularly $10, but was free with orders over $25 (which my gift subscription order was).* Its total value was approximately $15, not including shipping, so that is definitely a nice free addition to my order!
The nail polish appliques were passed on in a blog giveaway, while the little anti-redness and anti-aging sample was passed on to my lovely mother.
So, my total Birchbox value was $10.90 (not including the bonus products or shipping), which is about the same as what the box costs ($10). This box does not have a great value, but at least this box will also score me 50 Birchbox points (for reviews) and that will get me halfway to $10 in the Birchbox shop. Overall the products were alright. I’m definitely excited about the shaving cream and the sunscreen for my upcoming travel, but I couldn’t care less about the rest of the products. Here’s to hoping next month is better for me!