Subscription Box Insanity: French Box (Dec. ’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, and thought the second one was nice, too. However, I wasn’t as keen on the third so I’m really looking to this fourth one to help me decide if I will keep this box or not.

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.

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

First Look

Signature Postcard

This shot shows the inner box with the lid off. As with the last box, there is a signature art card with a saying on it. It’s really pretty; however, while it’s great branding putting the French Box under the tree, I almost wish they hadn’t.

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Here’s another shot of all the printed materials in the box. The cute art card, the box’s “inventory slip” with detailed notes on each item, and a great recipe for “Chocolate Truffles”. Another recipe that I must add to the Test Kitchen list. Also, there is an instructional card for this updo…I’m guessing there is something in the box that will relate to this?

First Look

First Look

Here’s the first look. It appears very festive and in keeping with the season, that’s for sure!

French Box Ornament

French Box Ornament

The first item I pull out is this golden, French Box-branded ornament. It is pretty and seasonal but not really the right style for our tree. Made of a hollow plastic, French Box lists this as having a retail value of  $6.

Headband & Keepsake Bag

Headband & Keepsake Bag

This next item is also French Box-branded. It is a nylon headband in a keepsake bag. French Box has listed this as having a retail value of $9. The headband is pretty, but similar to those you might get at local big box stores for $3- $5. The presentation is nice but again I’m not blown away by the inclusion of this item.

French Factory Assortment

French Factory Assortment

This is a nice treat. Included are two sesame seed nougats, a calisson (the almond candy I liked so much from a previous box), an almond biscuit, and an anise biscuit. All were really good but again this is rather a strange hodge-podge to package for inclusion. Retail value for this is listed at $6.

A la Folie Perfume Sample

A la Folie Perfume Sample

Though this is a brand I’ve not heard of before, I’m not particularly keen on receiving perfume samples in boxes. I get enough of those via Sephora, etc. Retail value is approximately $0.48.

L'Atelier du Maquillage Eyebrow Kit

L’Atelier du Sourcil Eyebrow Kit

At first glance, this item was really exciting. I have been in the market for a good brow kit and this one by L’Atelier du Sourcil looked very fancy. However, when I looked more closely, I discovered that this was in “blonde”, which just won’t work for me. This retails for $41.49.

Lanvin Body Lotion - Oud & Rose

Lanvin Body Lotion – Oud & Rose

The final item in this box is a nice-sized body lotion by Lanvin. It is of the “Oud & Rose” scent; sadly not one that appeals to me.  The retail value of this is $7.99.

All said and done, the value of this box was about $70.96. That’s about on par with other month’s boxes but the bulk of that comes from the eyebrow kit, which I can’t actually use. I have to say that while the first couple of boxes from this subscription I enjoyed very much, I found myself increasingly disappointed with these last two. Based on this last box in particular, I’ve decided not to continue with my subscription. Well…c’est la vie!

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