Hello! Hope you're having a great day! Let's not mince words here and get right on into things. Also, I want to try just going right to the topic of my posts and not spending so much time on introductions (which I think I've tried to do before, but always felt weird about not including a greeting...I'm writing a bog post, not a letter, dangit!).
For this post, I want to share with you guys my February 2015 Birchbox! Birchbox is a $10 a month subscription service where you get about five beauty/lifestyle samples (I don't think you can get less than five, but I've gotten up to seven samples before). Unlike other subscription services, most things in Birchbox are going to be sample-sized, but it's the rewards system that makes it stand out as one of my favorites. I've heard people describe Birchbox as a kind of "beauty savings account", and I think that is very accurate; every month you can review the items you got in your box and earn points (at least 50, I've earned up to 70). There are also ways to earn points, such a referring someone (might as well throw my referral link in here...) or making purchases from the Birchbox store. For every 100 points you have, you get $10 to spend on anything you want in the Birchbox store. Which means every box basically costs you $5 (shipping included) as long as you promise to spend $5 in the store. Which is super easy to do since they carry a bunch of awesome brands and products, they constantly have discount codes available, and if a product/brand was featured in the box that month you get free shipping on it. Awesome.
How cute is this month's box?
Hmm, my camera wasn't very happy with the bright neon colors of the February 2015 box and that was the best I could do with color balancing in Photoshop. Fun fact: I'm not the best at editing. You've probably already noticed...
They kept the brand of this product secret and I thought it would be like a new drugstore product or something, but it's actually from PARLOR by Jeff Chastain, which I believe is Birchbox exclusive. I do like sea salt sprays since they work well with my already textured hair, but I'm kind of over the beachy smell and drying formula that most have. I was intrigued when they said this would be a moisturizing sea salt spray and that it would have a different, more fresh scent. It has sweet almond and algae extracts for moisture and the scent is a mixture of ripe peach, fresh-cut grass, and white woods. It's a very green, very fresh scent, but I think the soft sweetness from the peach helps keep it from smelling like laundry. It is safe to use on the color-treated hair and, like most sea salt sprays, you can use it on damp or dry hair. The full size of this product is $24 for 4.9fl oz, making this 1fl oz worth about $4.90.
Overall, I got five products in my February 2015 Birchbox; four of them were deluxe-sized samples (I'm actually happy with the sizes of those four samples) and one was a fragrance sample (which is stupidly easy to get for free from just about everywhere so I'm not sure if that really counts as a deluxe sample size). The value of my box was $18.84 and I earned 50 points to spend in the Birchbox store.
While the overall values of my Birchboxes tend to be on the lower side, I've never seen anyone get less than $10 worth of products. Along with the 50 points (which is $5 to spend in the Birchbox store), I think Birchbox is definitely worth it, especially if you're interested in trying a beauty subscription box but don't want to spend too much on products that you're not sure you'll like. If you're more interested in getting full-sized products and potentially higher box values (which are not always accurate; there are a lot of companies out there that severely inflate the values of products), this might not be the service for you. Even though this is probably one of the more disappointing boxes I've gotten, I still feel like it worth getting to be able to sample some new products/brands and to get the $5 to spend in the store.
Thank you for reading! <3