Sorry that this is a late post, but since I am back home, it takes longer for my Birchbox to arrive. I do want to forewarn you all: I am disappointed with this Birchbox. I’ll explain as we go.
First I got this Davines Love Lovely Smoothing Shampoo. I was very impressed by the size. However, the sample is not clear full (it is only filled to the top of the label), which is disappointing. I am also not loving the smell, but it is bearable. My biggest beef with this one is that it has paraben in it. I’ve been trying to stay away from parabens in my beauty products; I’d rather not take any chances. However, when all is said and done, I’ll still try out this product and let you all know what I think. This isn’t that bad. The value of the sample is. $7.50, which isn’t bad at all.
Update on the size: On Twitter BirchboxOps tweeted me about the size: “Also, Davines promotes sustainable beauty by using reusable containers. The packaging isspecifically from the food industry” “Because of this, they are unable to resize for the cosmetic industry so they have fill lines to ensure each bottle is…” “filled to the appropriate place….” Well… there we go.
Next is the Davines Love Lovely Smoothing Conditioner. Somebody please enlighten me: why is the conditioner sample smaller than the shampoo sample? This makes no sense to me at all. Anyway, it’s a packet which is going to be hard to use. I’m planning on getting some empty bottles to empty my foils into so that I can actually use them. I can imagine this being a pain to use in the shower. This also contains paraben. The sample value is about $2.35.
Another Davines item. This is the Oi/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion. I don’t even know what that means. 😀 I’m looking forward to trying out an oil since I’ve never used one before. Bonus! It doesn’t have paraben! HOWEVER, this sample is pretty much not even worth it. It is a 50 cent sample. Yes: $0.50! That is absolutely ridiculous to me. I know that this isn’t necessarily Birchbox’s fault as they don’t package the samples, but come on!
This was labeled a beauty extra as was the conditioner.
This brings up the main problem I have with this box: three samples have to be reviewed as one! You can’t buy the shampoo, conditioner, and oil as a set, but you have to review it as one. Not only does this reduce the number of points you get (with Birchbox, you get 10 points for each product reviewed), it gives inaccurate reviews. Say someone wants to read the reviews on the conditioner. There aren’t going to be that many on the conditioner page because they were reviewed as a 3-step system. Furthermore, what if the shampoo is amazing and the conditioner sucks and the hair oil is meh? It’s going to be difficult to give an accurate review. I don’t think that this way of reviewing is good. Not at all.
Anyway. On to a sample I actually really like: Color Club’s Reign in Spain. It is a beautiful neon coral (which is why it didn’t photograph very well). I like Color Club in general and am looking forward to reviewing it. You can buy the whole set of the exclusive Color Club Wanderlust colors in the Birchbox store: they are minis and cost $8. Thus, this polish’s value is $2.00.
Next, something I really wanted to try. The Youngblood Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder. I am so excited to try this. However, this is a really small sample (.017 ounces), and I’m not sure how to get it onto the brush. My powder brush is easily three or four times as big as the lid…. Also, the value of this sample is about $1.94, which is low.
Finally, this. When I was looking around the June’s Box section of the Birchbox shop, I saw this and really wanted to try it. It is the Oscar de la Renta Live in Love Foaming Body Scrub. I’ve never used a body scrub and was hoping to get a nice size… I got a cardboard container (we all know how well that is going to hold up in the shower…) worth less than a dollar. $0.86. 86 cents! Eighty-six. I’m just astounded that they would send such an impractical and low value sample.
Total value of the box: $15.15. This is quite low for a Birchbox, especially considering you pay $10 for it.
We also got some postcards that feature four cities: London, Paris, New York, and Barcelona. They were cute, but don’t really add value.
Now, I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I understand that the point of Birchbox is to take a risk each month. You don’t know what products will be sent to you, how big they will be, or how relevant to your life they will be. However, I think it is Birchbox’s duty to give the consumers the best samples they can. I also think they shouldn’t be cutting corners with the reviews (the Davines 3-step system). After this box, my future with Birchbox is uncertain. I would like to stay subscribed, because I’ve had great boxes in the past. However, I don’t think it is worth my money if boxes continue like this. And that makes me really sad. I really do want to love this service, but I can’t pay for it if I don’t.
If you would like to give Birchbox a go yourself, here is my referral link: click here! There are around 40 or so box variations each month, so you’ll probably get a different box than me, and it might be worth more and have better samples.
Also, if you haven’t seen the rebranding, here are some photos of the new box and logo.
I purchased this box myself. I’m not getting paid for this post. The link is my referral link is my referral link. If you sign up, I get Birchbox points. All opinions are my own.