I’m sure by now you’ve all heard of BIRCHBOX,  the beauty sample subscription that women and bloggers love.

I had a disappointing experience when I ordered my first BirchBox a year ago but when they offered me a preview of this month’s box featuring a gift from Madewell I thought it’d be worth a second chance.

This month they featured three samples of Caldrea’s body lotions, a printed emery board from Madewell (plus $25 off $75 at Madewell), Nick Chaves Beverly Hills Color Saver Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner, and MAKE’s eyeshadow and face primer.

I really liked the Caldrea body lotions. They were light and absorbed quickly. Of the three scents, I liked the Coconut Fig Leaf the best. I realized that one of my favorite regular body lotions also has fig in it so maybe I just have a thing for it.  I’m definitely planning on picking up the full size bottle of Caldrea when I run out of lotion. BirchBox lets you go on their website and shop all your favorite products from past boxes.

The Nick Chavez Color Save shampoo was nice. It has a lemony, medicinal scent and, even though its sulfate-free, it did lather more than I expected. I’ll get a few more shampoos out of it but I prefer using a purple one to keep my hair blond. The conditioner sample was pretty small and I used it all in one swoop.

I haven’t tried the MAKE face primer yet but I did check out the gray-blue shadow. It’s pretty, goes on smooth, and leaves a subtle wash of color that you can build up or leave sheer.

Overall, it was a good box. It introduced me to a product I definitely want (The Coconut Fig Leaf lotion) and it’s fun to come home and have a “surprise” waiting for you!
After looking around online though I saw that different subscribers receive different boxes. I’m not sure how they decide who gets a super packed one, or who gets a sparse one but if I were paying for a subscription I think I’d be annoyed that they weren’t all the same. I suppose it comes down to what they have available but I think they should find a way to ensure that each box is as similar as possible to the next.

Are you a BirchBox subscriber? What did you think of your box this month?



  1. I cancelled because they stopped sending out more than 5 samples. It was fun to get something different but it started to become boring and I felt like it was getting away from its original purpose.

  2. i used to subscribe last year as well but i cancelled because i wasn't ever getting anything i was interested in. i actually switched over to the julep maven nail polish monthly box instead because i found i used the full-sized nail polish colors more often & they lasted longer so it was a much better deal! 🙂 that nail file is pretty though!

  3. I'm a current Birchbox subscriber and huge fan. My biggest tip to getting what you want in your monthly box is to fill out the profile survey on the Birchbox website after you make an account. This way, the company knows what you're interested in receiving as well as your skin type, hair type, and other beauty preferences. Hope that helps!

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