October 2014 Birchbox Man Review

Husband’s October 2014 Birchbox Man contained the following items:

THE BOX:

(Husband got box 7 this month – how do you tell?  Log in to birchbox and scroll down to the box history, click the link and the last one or two digits (https://www.birchbox.com/men/box/october-2014/october-2014-mb7) are the box number – you can see all of the other boxes by changing this number!)

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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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Blind Barber Watermint Gin Shave Cream – 1.2 oz – $5.28

Husband has this brand in the cupboard (came from a swap site) and loves it, so I’m sure he didn’t mind receiving this sample!

das boom industries Bay Rum, Smoke & Dirt Lotion – 1 oz – $3

Ha!  I think they were stretching a little to get a “man” smelling lotion…

Baxter of California Deodorant – 1.2 oz – $8.15

This is an aluminum-free deodorant made with tea tree oil and chamomile.  I think Husband is actually really excited to give this a try!

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Quirky Organizer Trio – Cordies, Wrapter, and Bandits – $11.97

I’ve actually been eyeing this cordies thing for awhile to keep the cords on my desk – will have to see if I can steal from Husband.. LOL, nevertheless I think he was pretty excited for this whole set of items (he’s really into this kind of “techie” thing).

THE VERDICT:

The overall value of Husband’s October 2014 Birchbox Man was approximately $28 for his $20 subscription.  Well definitely not the highest value of box that he’s ever received he LOVED this month’s box!  I guess goes to show it’s not only about value!!

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September 2014 Goodebox Review

Here’s what was in my September 2014 Goodebox:

THE BOX:

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THE PRICE:

$18/month and you can sign up for either monthly or bi-monthly membership

THE GOODS:

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Barre3 Wristband, Barre3 Challenge Field Guide, and Month of Free Online Access to Barre3 – $15 (online access) + $3 Bracelet + $2 Book (?) = ~$20

I won’t be using this, but a neat idea I guess.

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Simply Coconut Head-to-Toe Cleansing Bar – travel size – $2

I don’t use bar soap a lot – seems like they always dry out my skin regardless of how “awesome” they are supposed to be…

Jacobsen Salt Pure Flake Sea Salt – slide tin – $2.95

This is just weird to me.. I guess I don’t take my salt with me when I go places…

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Plant Life Arnica Relief Gel – 1 oz? – $4?

I actually am kind of excited about this item!

SquareHue Nail Polish in Rambla de Raval – Full Size – $5

This item was actually quite odd to me – Square Hue is another monthly subscription box… not sure why Goodebox was “subscribing” for them?  Nevertheless, this is actually a fun fall color! and I don’t mind the consistency.  Still not going to subscribe to a nail polish subscription though!

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The All Natural Face Matte Cream Blush in Dusky Rose – 3g – $1

I’m not very good at cream blush, but don’t mind this color so will give it a shot!

Welda Skin Food – 3 foil packs 1.5 ml each – 4.5 ml total – $1.16

THE VERDICT:

I paid $18 for my September 2014 Goodebox and received approximately $21 ($36 if you count the online access) worth of product.  This box was completely underwhelming for me and I actually cancelled after receiving.  In all fairness I have been contemplating cancelling this for awhile just due to the amount of samples I have floating around, but just haven’t been loving the boxes recently either.  I just got a shipping notification for October, so I must have already paid for that box, which means I’ll be getting on more – hopefully it’ll be a win for me!

September 2014 Birchbox Man Review

Husband’s September 2014 Birchbox Man contained the following items:

THE BOX:

(Husband got box 24 this month – how do you tell?  Log in to birchbox and scroll down to the box history, click the link and the last one or two digits (https://www.birchbox.com/men/box/september-2014/september-2014-mb24) are the box number – you can see all of the other boxes by changing this number!)

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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:

Clinique for Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer – 0.5 oz – $3.85

Dear Clark Resurrecting Wash – 1 oz – $2.82

Hue for Every Man Pomade – 0.25 oz? – $3.67

Bonobos Anchor Chief Pocket Square – $42

Field Notes Mixed 3-pack with Clic Pens – $11.95

THE VERDICT:

The overall value of Husband’s September 2014 Birchbox Man was approximately $64 for his $20 subscription.  This box had amazing value, but unfortunately the high value item was not a win for Husband.  He has had many wins in past boxes though, so oh well!

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21 Bundles Month 4 (August 2014) Review

My 4 month 21 Bundles box arrived in August, here’s what was inside:

THE BOX:

My 4 month bundle was all about providing you with lotions and oils as your baby bump continues to grow!

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THE COST:

21 Bundles costs $39.99 per month, $109.99 for 3 months ($36.66/month), or $209.99 for 6 months ($35/month).

21 Bundles catch is they deliver hand selected natural products tailored to your stage of pregnancy and the first year of your baby’s life.  9 months pregnancy + 12 months = 21 bundles!

Use coupon code “FRIEND” to save $10 off your first bundle!

THE GOODS:

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Ellovi Body Butter – 3.5 0z (FULL SIZE) – $26

I actually got a sample size of this body butter through a swap site and I absolutely loved it!  I was stoked to see a full size version in my box!

Mambino Organics Oh Baby! Belly Butter – 2 ml? – $1?

I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ve been using lotions like crazy so know I will!

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100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream – 4 ml total – $3

I’m not a huge eye cream person – but I do like the 100% pure brand!

Mambino Organics Moisture Me Body Toning Oil – 2 fl oz – $11

This product can be used as a massage oil also!  I think I’m going to have to save until my Sister-in-Law comes to visit next time and get a massage!! 🙂

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Heartburn Tea – 16 Tea Bags – $6

I just haven’t been drinking tea the last few months (who wants tea in the  middle of the summer??!)  and fortunately I haven’t had heartburn problems yet.  I will hold on to this to see if it comes in handy in the next few months (let’s hope not!)

Acure Facial Toner – 2 fl oz (FULL SIZE) – $16

I have tried the Acure brand several times and am always impressed!  I don’t often use facial toner, but maybe I will after trying this!

THE VERDICT:

I paid $40 for my 21 Bundles box and received approximately $63 worth of product!  I had actually thought I calculated something wrong as my two previous boxes have been right around the $40 value… and I’m stoked that there was a little “extra” in this month’s box!  I hope they keep up this trend! 🙂

Fall 2014 Yuzen Box Review

My Fall 2014 Yuzen Box arrived in August – here’s what was inside:

THE BOX:

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THE COST:

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

THE GOODS:

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Welda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion – 6.8 fl oz (FULL SIZE) – $16.50

I have been wanting to try this lotion for awhile, so was quite happy to receive!

SpaRitual Cuti-Cocktail Pen and Pusher – Full Size – $17

I could definitely use some help with my cuticles, so again really excited for this item!

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Dr. Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence – 10 ml – $3

I love Dr. Hauschka products, so can’t wait to give this one a try!

Eminence Wild Plum Eye Cream – 10 ml – $23

I am not a huge eye cream person – but this product appears to have amazing reviews, so may just give it a shot anyway!

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream – 10 ml – $8

LOVE hand creams – can’t wait to try this product also!

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Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Fruit Snacks Berry Patch – 1 pouch – $1

I love all of Annie’s brands (or at least all I’ve tried), with the exception of their fruit snacks.  They are a little too “chewy” for me…

Whet Refined Nail Lacquer in Hubris – 10 ml – $9

I’m excited to give this nail polish a try too!  I’m not the hugest fan of the color I received, but if the product is good, I’m always happy to find new nail polish brands!

THE VERDICT:

My Fall 2014 Yuzen box was worth approximately $78 and I paid $33! I have to say this box was awesome!  There is only one product (eye cream) that I wouldn’t typically use, but based on the reviews, I can’t even wait to give that a try!  Yuzen is definitely a “treat” for me!

August 2014 Goodebox Review

Here’s what was in my August 2014 Goodebox:

THE BOX:

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THE PRICE:

$18/month and you can sign up for either monthly or bi-monthly membership

THE GOODS:

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Alima Pure Natural Definition Eye Pencil in Coffee – FULL SIZE (0.04 oz) – $18

I really wish this pencil would have came in a black color instead of brown (coffee), but otherwise I’m always up for trying new natural eyeliner brands!

Kahina Night Cream – 3 ml(?)– $6.30(?)

I’m not very good at putting on “night” type creams, but I know this brand has amazing reviews, so will have to give it a shot!

Mun No. 1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum – 1 ml – $4.75

I’m not big on oils either, but Husband actually really likes using them.  I’ll see if he wants to use this or I will likely swap.

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Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Fig – Full Size (0.14 oz) – $15

I am not a huge lip gloss person – so will likely end up swapping this.

BeautyCounter Translucent Color Lip Sheer in Plum – Full Size (0.12 oz) – $28

Not a huge lip stick person either – this will also go in the swap pile.

Province Apothecary Regenerating + Stimulating Exfoliator – 5 ml (?) – $2

THE VERDICT:

I paid $18 for my August 2014 Goodebox and received approximately $74 worth of product!  This box was probably one of the best values, but I have to say again, I wasn’t that over the moon about it.  Perhaps because so many of the products are ones that I just won’t use.  I was thinking of canceling, but didn’t get around to it before they shipped the September box, so I guess I will be giving this one more month.  Will see how it goes after that!