For some reason, it seems like September was the 'multi-tasking' month for subscription boxes. Granted, 'multi-tasking' is a pretty easy theme for a makeup/beauty box, and lots of boxes share similar themes during holidays and certain times of the year, but I don't really see the connection between the month of September and multi-tasking products. Very intriguing!
Birchbox is a $10 a month beauty/makeup subscription service that includes five deluxe/full size products. You're not supposed to get foil packet samples, but Birchbox went through some changes recently, and I've gotten packet (and close-to-packet) size samples. Birchbox still has a rewards program, but it's been significantly downsized and now you can no longer review your samples for points (you can still review them, though) and you only earn points for purchases or referrals.
Lastly, I got a sample of the Rene Furterer Karinga Hydrating Styling Cream. This is another product that I am unable to try since it has argan oil and, like the cleansing conditioner, I wish that I could. I'm always looking for a good styling cream, and I'm especially interesting in finding ones without silicone. This product has a lot of hydrating ingredients, including coconut oil and shea butter, and I'm sure it would have worked well with my dry, frizzy hairs. Sigh. The full size is 150mL for $28, making this 15mL sample worth about $2.80.
Overall, I got four deluxe samples and one sample that was basically a foil packet with a total value of about $15.99, which is incredibly low for this type of subscription. I'm not really sure how I feel about this box: I think the products that were sampled are interesting and mostly relevant to me, but I can't use two of them at all because they have an ingredient I'm allergic to (if I wasn't, I would happily use all five products in this box, which doesn't happen all that often). I've gotten boxes that were technically worth more, but included products that weren't relevant to me and that I likely wouldn't use. So where does the value of a box really come from: the monetary value of the products, or the personal value? I would never want to pay more money than the monetary value of the products, but it's an interesting question of value that I'm not sure I have an answer for yet. Hmm...
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