Subscription Box Insanity: Birchbox Fall Fete (Limited Edition Box ’14)

Birchbox has arrived!

Birchbox has arrived!

It’s been really fun trying out new boxes lately. Not just because it’s fun to get a surprise in the mail, but also because as a former entrepreneur, I’ve been feeling the old, familiar itch to strike out on my own and have been wondering if a subscription box service might be the way to do it. So this all has become a bit of “market research”. Nice!

The box I’m reviewing today is from a company called Birchbox. I was actually turned on to this subscription because I saw an old advertisement for this Limited Edition Fall Fete offering and just had to have it.

I am a Sephora fanatic (or at least I was until I fulfilled my wishlist) so the last few years I’ve spent some serious time- and moolah- figuring out what products worked for me, solidifying a skincare regimen, etc. I guess that’s why even though I am currently testing out several beauty product-focused subscriptions, a box like this one, which focuses on hearth and home, was just really exciting! We are hoping to make our first home purchase soon and I’ve been doing a lot of window (and real-time) shopping for that future space.

This particular limited edition box is still for sale so while you miss out on the surprise factor, if you like what you see, you are assured of getting your money’s worth. Because it is a limited edition box, it retails for $42 normally. I had a code for 25% off, plus got free shipping for purchasing a new subscription alongside it, so only ended up paying $31.50 for this box. THE DETAILS: The normal women’s Birchbox subscription goes for $10 a month and you get mostly mini-samples and deluxe samples of items. The full size versions are available for sale on their site. They also have a men’s version that goes for $20, and while the hubs and I are currently in the market for a box for him, he’s a 3 product kind of guy so I don’t think he’d get much use out of a bunch of minis. (Let me know if you have subscription box suggestions for a minimalist man!)

Full-size items that you purchase on Birchbox are returnable within 90 days for free. The subscription boxes are not. Boxes can be shipped throughout the U.S. and its territories, unless it contains hazardous materials (some cosmetic products) in which case there are limitations. Birchbox also has a points system whereby you get points for ordering full-size products, referrals, and for reviewing your Birchbox samples. Points can later be used towards more full-size products.

Pretty packaging

Pretty packaging

When I opened up the box, I found a sturdy, beautiful inner box. It was a nice surprise and I am still debating on whether to keep it and use it for future storage needs. I’m just not sure because I have a lot of empty boxes laying around the house and I despise clutter! To reuse or to recycle?

First look

First look

Once the lid comes off, I get the first look. The pretty packaging continues and there’s a nice postcard detailing each item in the box.

Placecards

Placecards

The first item I pull out are these lovely Rifle Paper Company Dusty Rose placecards. There are eight of them and this package retails for $7 on their site. I love this modern take on vintage floral and actually swapped for a second set for a future gathering.

Air freshener

Air freshener

The next item was this amazing fall Apple Spice & Cinnamon room spray by Greenleaf. On Birchbox you can get it for $9, the cheapest I could find it anywhere online. Yay for deals!

Unbreakable wine decanter

Unbreakable wine decanter

I’m of two minds about this unbreakable Govino “Go anywhere” Decanter. I like the heft and look of a nice, glass wine decanter. But this could still come in handy at a less formal gathering like a picnic. In that scenario, “unbreakable” could be a real asset. I found this on Amazon for $12.44.

Pinch bowls

These Core Kitchen Essential Silicone Pinch Bowls are really colorful. If I didn’t already have items like these in the kitchen I’d keep them for sure. I found them online for $13.99 here.

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Coasters

These exclusive Birchbox coasters are a sturdy cardboard and come in a six-pack. They are cute but not necessarily of my color palette. They retail for $10.

Bamboo salad hands

Bamboo salad hands

I’ve done some reading of late on the benefits of switching to bamboo utensils. Apparently they are nearly impervious to water so they don’t absorb juices or mildew the way wooden utensils do. They also are kinder to your cookware as far as scratching goes. I got a pair of salad hands that are nearly identical to this as a wedding gift so these too will go to the swap pile but they are still a great item for this box; they retail for $7.99.

Party confetti

Party confetti

This is a really fun item that, while it has no practical application, is great for just that reason. Sometimes life needs to be impractical. I may use this inside some gifts/cards or save it up for a New Year’s eve celebration. Made by Knot & Bow as a Birchbox exclusive, it retails for $10.

Simple Syrup: Lavender Lemon

Simple Syrup: Lavender Lemon

Simple Syrup: Raspberry

Simple Syrup: Raspberry

The last two items are these generous, trial-size simple syrups by Royal Rose. They are in Lavender Lemon (sounds divine!) and Raspberry. In this 2 oz. version, they’d each have a value of $2.75, so together they retail for $5.50.

I’m not a fan of raspberry but would really like to try the lavender lemon; I just don’t really know how to use simple syrups. A quick search on Royal Rose shows quite a few recipes that are ripe for testing (and blogging about)!

Like I said, when I first saw this box online I was really excited. And now that I have had a chance to look over everything I feel really pleased with this purchase. There are quite a few items that I look forward to having in my future nest. Besides the appeal of the items themselves, this box had at total retail value of $75.92. This is more than double what I paid so again, a great value for the money. Now to go try some of those simple syrup recipes! (I believe they involve “spirits” and I’ve got one more day off! Woohoo!)

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