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Review: Birchbox April Box

Thursday May 3rd, 2012 at 9:26 am

Birch Box is a monthly beauty subscription service based out of NYC. Their services run $10 a month, similar to My Glam and The Look Bag. You’ll receive a selection of samples every month (most likely 4-5) to try and also have the opportunity to earn points. You earn 10 points for a monthly subscription and 110 points for a yearly subscription. Every time you purchase an item from the Birch Box shop, you earn 1 point for every $1 spent. Referring friends will earn you 50 points and completely feedback surveys will earn 10 points each. Once you reach 100 points, you are able to exchange for a $10 reward to spend on Birch Box. If you wanted to, you could review every box. 2 boxes will 5 items each will earn you 100 points, which equates to a free box should you choose to take advantage of the $10 reward offer. Points will expire one year from the date they were earned.

Birch Box has been around for about a year and a half but I’ve never really taken interest in it until recently. Much like every other beauty subscription service, there’s plenty of mixed feelings going around. People either love it, hate it, or are meh about it. Since I started with a My Glam subscription, I wasn’t all that into Birch Box. However, the more I see about Birch Box, the more interested I was so I decided to try them out. I also figured this would be a great comparison for both My Glam and Birch Box subscribers or for those curious about the other box. Luck would have it that when I try to sign up, I ended up on a wait list. I received the email a couple weeks ago, over a month after I had been wait listed. At first I thought I would be receiving the May box as my first one but much to my surprise, I received the April one.

Box contents for April include:

  • Alima Pure Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb
  • willa Foaming Face Wash
  • Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil
  • Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion
  • Wonderstruck Taylor Swift


  • Birch Boxes come in boxes (duh). Looking at images online, I always imagined that the boxes would be pretty flimsy and weak. I was very surprised that they are indeed sturdy. You can always save these to use for storage whether its jewelry, beauty supplies, odds and ends, etc. People have made entire makeup cases out of these boxes. It’s pretty inspirational.

    April’s box is all centered around earth related products with Earth Day being last week. The skincare products are packed with nourishing natural ingredients, the lip balm is supposed to be healthy for your lips, and the fragrance is supposed to be optimistic? Anyhoo…you can read all about it on the card. Items inside the box are wrapped with green tissue paper. I don’t mind green but I don’t particularly like the shades of green used, a pastel color or a brighter green would have been better.

    5 items were received with this box, these were the 3 wrapped the darker green tissue paper along with the card.

    Alima Pure Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 0.07 oz ($7.00)
    Birch Box Value: 0.07 oz ($7.00)

    Description: Treat your lips to a little taste of heaven with Alima Pure’s Organic Nourishing Lipbalm. Filled with soothing antioxidants, rich pigments, and organic plant oils and butters, our lovely lipbalms have you covered. Lightly scented with a touch of organic peppermint oil.

    The website warns you that Alima Pure’s natural lipblams can melt in hot summer climates. It’s been around 90 degrees the past couple days, we’re at record breaking temperatures for early May. I was still able to receive the lip balm in one piece. Even so, I would probably not recommend buying this in the dead smack middle of summer if you live in hotter climates just to be on the safe side.

    This is a very generous full sized product, just look at all of that. It kind of makes me crave Strawberry Rhubarb pie. I know rhubarb is a pretty weird flavor for a lip balm but we are using products from the earth. I wasn’t too sure what to think of it at first. It took me a little while to get used to the smell, it’s very sharp. I thought I wasn’t going to like it. After reading the description, it’s pretty easy to tell that it’s the peppermint oil that’s overpowering everything although not completely taking over. It quickly grew on me and I’m really enjoying it now.

    Applied, the balm goes on as a shiny rosy pink color…not too bright, not too dark. The first and absolutely most noticeable thing about the lip balm was how it felt when I applied it to my lips. I’ve never felt anything like it coming from a lip balm. You can instantly feel a tingly minty sensation all over your lips, it’s very soothing and cooling. I’m not sure yet as to how nourishing this will be for my lips but I know it’ll give my lips a mini spa treatment when I need it :)

    willa Foaming Face Wash [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 5.1 fl oz ($11.00)
    Birch Box Value: 1.7 fl oz ($3.67)

    Description: This luxurious liquid-to-foam face cleanser with anti-oxidant green tea leaf extract removes dirt, oil and the remains of the day with a gentle touch to reveal your most beautiful skin. Your eyes have nothing to fear. Glycerin hydrates, softens and smoothes skin to promote a healthy glow. With a fresh summer scent, your face always feels on vacation.

    This might not be a full sized sample but the bottle is large enough to probably last me a good month at least. The instructions say to use 2-3 pumps, but I’m not even sure if that much is needed. 1-2 good pumps will do it but it depends on how much you really want to use.

    When squeezed, it comes out as foam instead of liquid. This might be a cheap face cleanser compared to others but for its price, it works great! It’s a lot more gentle on my skin than my 3LAB face cleanser and it leaves my skin feeling baby soft even until the following morning. I love the scent of it as well. I can’t quite put my finger on how it smells but it has a summery, floral scent to it…maybe a bit of lilac in there? I didn’t even have to use a face mask before this cleanser. It’s definitely worth buying if you’re looking for new facial cleansers. My skin is sensitive and dry and I had no problems using it.

    Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 30 ml ($36.00) or 100 ml ($82.00)
    Birch Box Value: unknown, no size listed on sample

    Description: Extremely rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, argan oil has been shown to: 1) Minimize fine lines 2) Restore elasticity 3) Improve skin tone 3) Soothe irritation 4) Neutralize free radicals that cause signs of aging 5) Protect the skin from harmful environmental agents.

    I’ve never tried argan oil before but I have seen a lot of people talk and ask about it. Based on the description, it may just be what I need. I would use this item first and then review it but it seems all of the benefits aren’t something that can be taken in one use. The sample size does not allow for more than one use so I wouldn’t be able to give a very accurate review. These are the type of items that I think should be given larger samples, otherwise it’s near impossible to tell if they work or how they work.

    Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 50 ml ($52.00)
    Birch Box Value: unknown, no size listed on sample

    Description: Combines high concentrations of 100% organic argan oil with other naturally beneficial ingredients including organic shea butter, sodium hyaluronate and organic beeswax to: 1) Optimally hydrate 2) Protect against harmful environmental stressors 3) Provide suppleness and radiance 4) Prep skin for makeup applications

    Same as above. I love to try facial lotions, especially since my skin is usually dry. With the sun being out for most of the day, I need to start taking better care of my skin, especially my face. However, this is not a big enough sample to tell how the lotion really works. I will most likely save it for the next time I apply makeup to see how well it preps the skin for makeup applications.

    Wonderstruck Taylor Swift [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 1.7 oz ($49.50) or 3.4 oz ($59.50)
    Birch Box Value: 0.04 oz ($0.70 based off of 3.4 oz size)

    Description: Taylor’s personal life experiences inspired this fragrance. Just like her creative approach to songwriting, every element is authentic, embracing all that is special about Taylor. Wonderstruck is an awe-inspiring feeling. It could be a connection with someone or a rush you get when you experience something magical. Wonderstruck is also a lyric in the song “Enchanted” on Taylor’s album, Speak Now.

    I’ve never been a huge fan or celebrity created fragrances but Wonderstruck kind of amazed me. The main ingredients in the fragrance are: freesia, green tea, apple blossom, raspberry, and dewberry…most of which I like. I will have to give props to Taylor on this one. She created a very nice blend, none of the scents over power the other and they blend very nicely together. It’s perfect for any woman regardless of age. The scent is very down to earth and somewhat fruity, I can see why it was chosen for this month’s theme.

    Total Value: $11.37 (not including the argan oil and facial lotion)

    Price-wise, April’s box really lacks in content. I was kind of disappointed after totaling up everything to see that it’s only worth $11. Item/content-wise, I’m pleased with my first box. It’s not raging awesome but I have use for all of the products. I’m always looking for new lip products since my lips tend to be dry and for new facial cleansers since I’m on a “take better care of my face” kick right now. I have an entire bag full of perfume samples already (mostly from Sephora) so I don’t necessarily need new perfumes but it did introduce me to a new fragrance that I’m really starting to like. I would like to try more of the argan oil/facial lotion without having to buy entire bottles. Hopefully, they’ll work on larger samples in the future!

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    3 Responses to “Review: Birchbox April Box”

    1. Laila says:

      I found you thru blog hop:)

      xoxo-Laila

      http://townhousepalette.blogspot.com/

    2. I have tried several of these products now after seeing this post. I still prefer a different brand of Argan oil.

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