If you’ve been following this blog for awhile now, you may know that I receive Birchbox and typically write up a review for each month’s items. This January, I made the decision to cancel my subscription. I have a bad habit of hoarding beauty products, so I’m using the next few months as a sort of detox. I feel like this will force me to use up the items that I already have rather than buy new ones.
Since I subscribed to Birchbox for about ten months, I feel like it’s a good time for me to give an overall opinion on company. Beauty subscription services are quite popular nowadays, so I figure some of you may be interested in hearing from nearly a yearlong subscriber about it. Hopefully this review can help you decide if Birchbox is for you, or if you should go with a different company.
The first Birchbox that I received was in March of last year. I had actually been gifted a three-month subscription from one of my relatives. I really liked using the trial gift card because I didn’t have to commit to the company with a credit card, and I strongly advise testing it out with one. This keeps you from accidentally being charged for additional boxes if you forget to cancel your subscription.
When you first create your Birchbox account, you fill out a brief beauty questionnaire. It has you describe your personal style and taste, as well as any hair or skin issues that you struggle with. I assume most subscription services have members write up similar surveys, so if you’ve used a service like Ipsy or Sephora Play, you may have already done something like this.
As far as the customization went, Birchbox usually sent me products that I felt were geared to me. There was one occasion in which I received a wrinkle cream (something that I didn’t list as a concern, or believe applied to me), but for the most part it worked well. However, I was a bit disappointed with the amount of perfume samples that I received. I’m not very into fragrances and I affirmed that in my questionnaire, but still ended up with three or four of them in consecutive boxes.
Like I stated before, my subscription began in March of 2016. Upon opening it, I was very impressed with the box itself. The containers are very gorgeous and I’ve found myself unwilling to part with any of them.
In the first few months of my subscription, I received primarily beauty and skincare products. Being a beauty blogger, these were often my favorite products to test out. I especially loved my June Birchbox, which contained three beauty products, a blemish serum, and a texturizing spray. This was the most makeup samples that I ever received in a single box. From there on out, I would get one or two, but nothing past three. If you’re seeking a service that sends strictly makeup, I would suggest you try Ipsy instead. Birchbox is more of a compilation of skin, hair, lifestyle, and beauty.
During the last several months of my subscription, I have received a large amount of dry shampoo. While I’ve found myself mostly pleased with these products, it started to feel a little redundant. I wished there was more variety in the products, however, the ones I received were all satisfactory.
Another aspect of Birchbox that tends to be widely debated is the sample size. After ten months of the service, I can honestly say there is no way of gauging whether or not you’ll be pleased with the amount of product you’ll end up with. Some items last me four or five uses, while others barely make it through one. The only pattern there seems to be is that the more expensive the full-size item is, the less product you receive. This isn’t always accurate, but I’ve found it to be true most of the time.
In conclusion, I think Birchbox is a worthwhile experience. If you’re interested in testing out skin, hair, and beauty products, it’s a good way to become acquainted with new brands. I’ve discovered some of my beauty must-haves through Birchbox, and tried out items that I would have otherwise never known about.
What are your thoughts on monthly subscription boxes?
In case you’d like to check each of my individual Birchbox reviews, I’ll link them below. Some of them are very old and poorly photographed:
- June Birchbox 2016
- July Birchbox 2016
- August Birchbox 2016
- September Birchbox 2016
- October Birchbox 2016
- November Birchbox 2016
- December Birchbox 2016