January 2013 Birchbox Review

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Well, in the new year, I planned to cancel almost all of my subscription boxes (except for Citrus Lane!).  I felt I received less than the box value, often for products that I rarely or never used! I am SO glad I cancelled BirchBox, I just wish the cancellation would have taken place before this month's box.

My box contained:

  • Small vial of HArvey Prince Skinny Chic. It is almost an apple sort of scent. Fairly fruity. Not the type of scent I would wear in the winter. The vial is one of the sample vials you can generally get at any cosmetic counter or for free from places like Sephora. Value: $0.
  • Deborah Lippman The Stripper to Go Nail finger mitts (it apparently removes nail polish). This is a small foil pack with 1 individual mitt. 6 of the mitts sell for $12. Value: $2 (I will say, I would NEVER spend $2 for each nail polish removal I do. That seems a bit excessive to me). 
  • My Prime Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer. .3 oz. According to the my website, the full sized is 2 ounces and $68!!! That makes the sample (in theory) a value of 10.20. However the sample is a 1-3 times use sample. 
  • Amika Color pHerfection Shampoo. .68 oz. Based on online per oz value $1.04
  • The Balm Hot Mama Highlighter. .035 oz. BAsed on Amazon per ounce value $2.37. 
If you add these all up, the value is above the $10 I paid for the box. However, I have many, many moisturizers, shampoos, and cleansers. I am not sure how other people can continuously receive the boxes without having a huge hoard of make-up and other cosmetic products. Not that having a hoard of it is a bad thing :) 

In the end, I decided it was just not worth the $120 a year I was spending on the box and cancelled my subscription. 

With all of that being said, you can always sign up with BirchBox HERE if you would like to.

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  1. That's the same box I got and I loved it! It's a subscription SAMPLING service. But different strokes for different folks. I can't imagine cancelling BB. The review points alone are worth it! I get half the value of my box back in those alone!

  2. Yeah, if it was my only one I would have been more reluctant. I just ended up with SO many samples just laying around. I subscribed to 4 different boxes, and it just ended up being too much stuff. I decided to just pool my money and go with Little Black Bag.

  3. I received the same darn box and was also less then thrilled. I do not want perfume samples and thought I changed my profile to help that. I see others received hair products that I would of loved to try..so frustrated this may well be my last month too!