Subscription Box Insanity: French Box (Nov. ’14)

French Box: First Box!

French Box: First Box!

Today’s review is for a subscription service from French Box . France was my first European adventure, way back when I was a wee teen facing down my first international flight.

When I first read about it, I was so excited to try this box out because it promised to include some very well-known French fashion and make-up brands. Being a tad bit obsessed with all things fashion- and particularly open to that of an international flavor- this seemed like it could be a great subscription. So far I loved the first box I received and found some good things in the second one as well.

THE DETAILS: This box retails for $24 a month, including shipping, and ships only to the U.S. This box is non-refundable.

A pretty box within a box.

A pretty box within a box.

Here’s the first look, upon opening the box. French Box has some of the prettiest packaging in the industry, alongside Glossybox and Birchbox.

First Look

First Look

This shot shows the inner box with the lid off. Looks like some interesting items in there; the focus for this box was Paris!

Paper Materials

Paper Materials

These are some of the printed materials that were included in the box. The cute art card, the box’s “inventory slip” with detailed notes on each item, and a great recipe for “Croque-Monsieur”, which was actually one of the first French foods I consumed when I got to France as a young teen. I’ll add this one to the pear recipe that is still waiting for the test kitchen. (So sorry…work and the holiday cooking got the best of me!)

Coffee

Coffee

The first item I pulled out was this 8-plus oz of Arabica coffee by Segafredo. We use a Keurig system, so I’ll putting this up for swap/gift. It has a retail value of approximately $3.64.

Perfume and Foundation samples

Perfume and Foundation samples

The next two items I pulled out were these samples: Leonard Eau de Parfum Signature and Guerlain Foundation Parure de lumiere. I’m a little bit bummed since this box, overall, is a bit lighter on items than past boxes. These have a retail value, together, of about $3.42.

Compact Mirror

Compact Mirror

Next up is this cute mirror, though I find it to be a bit too juvenile in it’s styling for my taste. I found a similar mirror retailing for about $3.30.

Mini Notepad

Mini Notepad

The next item I could not find online. The packing card says it is an accessory line exclusively from the famous LIDO burlesque cabaret in Paris; it is one of their vintage poster designs. They have listed retail value as $12. It’s only about the size of a 3 x 5 index card so I’m not as sure I’d peg it for that…maybe closer to half that?

Treatment Mask

Treatment Mask

The final item is this treatment mask by French skincare line Pier Auge. I’ll have to check the ingredient list, if I can find it, to see if I can actually use this mask. It has a distinct lotion smell so that’s a bit of a turn-off. This size retails for about $42.57.

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Last but not least I dug out this 40% off coupon for the Pier Auge company. It won’t be counted towards the total value, but a quick glance seems to indicate that you can buy more of their items via Amazon. Also included was a brochure for the LIDO Cabaret.

All said and done, the value of this box was about $64.93. (If you downgrade the notebook, then it’s closer to $58.93.) This is about the value of the last box, or less, but still higher then the purchase price. Honestly, given how iconic Paris is, this box felt like a bit of a let down. Further, none of these items really excited me and most- if not all- will be swapped or gifted. I feel compelled to see what December’s box brings before making a final judgement on whether to keep or pass on this box in the future.

Thanks for reading!

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