Have you heard of Birchbox?
A little while ago I was asked to review Birchbox – an online subscription service that for a monthly fee arranges a little box of beauty goodies to be sent to you. The box contains a selection of samples of new, cult and boutique beauty and lifestyle brands. Most are sample sizes and after you have tried them you can go onto Birchbox.co.uk and purchase the full size product whilst earning reward points to be used against future purchases.
I have to say, I was pretty excited to receive my box and see what was inside. Mine (the April box) contained:
- La Société Parisienne de Savons
- Mirenesse Perfect Kiss Lipstick pencil
- Weleda Skin food
- Gerda Spillmann Renaissance Age serum
- Nick Chavez ‘Plump ‘n’ Thick’ Leave-in Thickening mist
- Paname Paris mirror
Along with the products you also get a mini-magazine, with recommended products, more about the selection in your Birchbox, tutorials and tips, and other interesting snippets.
So what did I think? I really liked it – I’m a real creature of habit when it comes to beauty and make up and lack the motivation to splash out on premium products because I worry I might not like them and it would turn out to be a waste of money. As a result I just stick with my favourites. I felt like this was a low cost way of trying out new brands and sampling new products and it felt fun and like a little treat (in the same way that receiving an internet shopping order feels like a gift when in fact you have paid for it!)
I was also pleased with the variety that I received – there was a make up item, 2 skin care, 1 body/bath item and one hair which seemed a great spread, however the products you get are a selection of 4-5 items from a longer list of 8+ items and I think I would be frustrated if I missed out on items I would have liked to try. I guess that’s all part of the excitement though and the draw to go online and purchase the think you didn’t get.
So what do you think guys? Tempted? I certainly am. There are several signup options, but it’s basically £10/month plus P&P so a total of £12.95 and you can cancel at anytime if you choose the rolling subscription. I’d love to know what you think if you have tried it?