Winter 2013 Yuzen Review

My first Yuzen Box arrived yesterday!!!  I couldn’t wait to dig in to start sampling the wonderfully procured natural and eco-friendly products!

The Box:

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The Cost:

Yuzen costs $33/box and boxes are shipped quarterly.

The Goods:

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Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust (Gold) – 1.8 grams (FULL SIZE!) – $13.50

All natural ingredients and colors * Cruelty-free

Excited to try this to add a little “shimmer” for the holidays!

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Jurlique Rose Hand Cream – 15 mL (0.5 oz) – $9.38

Eco-friendly * Cruelty Free

I’m not a huge fan of the rose scent on this item, however, it does appear to go on nice with a light finish (not greasy).

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Kerstin Florian Fuß Balm – 30 ml – $8.12

No parabens or petroleum * Cruelty-free

This is a foot lotion that smells quite nice!  My feet feel super soft, so going with it works well too!

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Level Naturals Travel Candle (Lemon Verbena) – 2 oz – $6.67

100% natural, vegan, soy candle * Lead-free wick * Toxin-free scent

So this is the second “travel” candle we have gotten this month (November Birchbox Man had one also).  Let’s just say I like the scent on this one MUCH better – still not 100% what to do with it – suggestions would be helpful! (read: I’m probably not going to pack it away on my next trip…)

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Pino Facial Mask – 22 ml (0.74 fl oz) – $8

No chemicals or preservatives * 95% organic ingredients * Cruelty-free

Excited to try this mask!

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Sanitas Moisture Mist – 60 ml – $5.40

No parabens or preservatives * No artificial ingredients * Kosher

Seems like a light mist – my face doesn’t get overly dry normally, but this may help this winter!

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SpaRitual Golden Rule Lacquer – 5ml – $6.50

Free of DBP, Formaldehyde, and toluene * Naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes * Vegan

I received a SpaRitual full size sample in my Fall 2013 FabFitFun box – and really liked the product.  This is more of just a glitter (no color), which makes me feel a little bit like a teenager wearing it.  That being said, again would probably be good for the holidays.

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Sun Cups Dark Chocolate Mint Cups – 2 cups – $1.67

Non-GMO * Rainforest Alliance Certified

Husband got to eat these (can’t eat chocolate); and he said they tasted like a York peppermint patty – he was pretty impressed.  Now for my little complaint, why do these boxes keep shipping chocolate?! Arg!

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Tara Spa Therapy Stress Relief Roll-on Remedy – 5 ml – $3

Made with certified organic herbal extracts * No parabens or preservatives * No artificial colors or dyes * Petroleum-free * Cruelty-free

Tried applying this, not really sure if it did anything?  May have to bring into work in order to truly test it!

The Verdict:

Overall my Winter 2013 Yuzen box was worth an estimated $62.24 and I paid $33!  The only products that I was less then excited about were the chocolate (as stated above) and the rose hand lotion (the smell :S).

Bottom line: LOVED my Winter 2013 Yuzen box and can’t wait for the next one to come in the mail (it’ll be a painful 3-month wait!)  It appears Yuzen is still accepting subscribers – I’d jump on now as I had to wait awhile for them to open up subscriptions!



November 2013 Birchbox Man Review

Husband received his second Birchbox man earlier this week – I got a little behind on posting my review (whoops!)  Here we go…

The Box:

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The Cost:

Men’s Subscription ($20/Month):  Grooming products and accessories ranging from socks to tech accessories

The Goods:

Overview of his box from Birchbox:

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English Laundry No. 7 Eau de Toilette – 1 ml sample – $0.84 (Full Size 3.4 oz for $84)

Normally I may have complained a little about the sample size of this item, but I am not the biggest fan of the scent.

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ERNEST SUPPLIES Protective Matte Moisturizer- 0.3 Fl oz – $3 (Full Size 2.5 Fl oz – $25)

Husband really liked the moisturizer in last month’s box – we’ll see how he feels about this one.

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Vitamine & Sea Shaving Cream – 0.25 Fl oz – $1.30 (Full size 7 Fl oz – $36)

The sample size of this item is downright pathetic.  Husband would have been a lot more excited for a larger sample – he got a good 3-4 shaves from last month’s shaving sample.  I’m guessing this months just will not last as long.

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Yes To™ Cucumbers Facial Towelettes – 10 towelettes – $2 (Full Size 30 towelettes for $6)

Don’t tell Husband – but I may be stealing one or two of these for myself!  I’ve been wanting to try them 🙂

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Apolis Transit Issue Travel Candle (Cypress Fig) – Full Size – $30

Never really heard of a travel candle before, but I guess we’ll see.  The smell is very “manly” so it won’t be lit in the house – perhaps in the garage??

The Verdict:

Overall value of the box = $37.14 for a $20 subscription.

Not sure that we’ll ever use the candle, and since the remaining product sizes were a bit small this month (read the shaving cream); this box was a little disappointing…  Guess we’ll see how next month goes!

What did you get in your November Birchbox Man?

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