Subscription Box Insanity: Birchbox Fresh Start (Limited Edition Box ’15)

Birch Box Limited Edition

Birch Box Limited Edition

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 their Limited Edition Fall Fete offering and just had to have it.

I had their regular subscription for a few months but I’m a bit overwhelmed with beauty products and am really picky, to boot. So I ultimately canceled it. (See my other Birchbox reviews here.)

However, Birchbox recently released a new, limited edition box called “Fresh Start“. 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. 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. 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. The Fresh Start box retails for $42. I had accumulated a points discount, so paid $30.62 for this box.

First Look

First Look

Once the lid comes off, I get the first look. Birchbox has some of the prettiest packaging in the business and their boxes also come with an equally nice item list detailing all the items included.

Bonus Item: Mighty Teas Trio

Bonus Item: Mighty Teas Trio

The first item I pull out is a bonus item! It is a trio of Mighty Teas tea packets in: Orange Dulce, White Orchard, and Ginger Twist. These three have a combined retail value of about $1.50.

Yarok Feed Your Ends

Yarok Feed Your Ends

The next item was Yarok’s Feed Your Ends Leave-in Conditioner. It is made of all natural products and the product list seems to back that up; can’t wait to try it! This size retails for $13.20.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream

I’ve gotten several products from this line in boxes lately. I’ve heard mostly good things but I’m not really in the market for a new skincare line. Still, this Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream will be great for gifting or swapping. It has a retail value of $12.

Ilia Lip Gloss: The Butterfly & I

Ilia Lip Gloss: The Butterfly & I

Next up is this Ilia Lip Gloss in The Butterfly & I. I’m not a huge fan of lip gloss these days but it’s a great neutral color and the packaging looks very luxe. Retail value for this is $24.

Mullein & Sparrow: Pink Himalayan Bath Salts

Mullein & Sparrow: Pink Himalayan Bath Salts

I am really excited to try these! they are Mullein & Sparrow’s Pink Himalayan Bath Salts. This size retails for about $2.22.

Fig + Yarrow: Healing Salve

Fig + Yarrow: Healing Salve

I was introduced to Fig + Yarrow through another subscription box and I really like their products. They cost a small fortune to ship, however, so I’ve been hoarding the items I’ve received. This Healing Salve will go in the medicine cabinet for more minor injuries and burns. Retail value for this travel tin is $10.

Vapour Organic Beauty: Aura Multi-Use Blush

Vapour Organic Beauty: Aura Multi-Use Blush

This looks like an intriguing product but I’m not a fan of cream-based make-up. I tend toward either oily or dry skin that is finicky towards products so I try not to upset the balance. I bet someone will love swapping for this. It is Vapour Organic Beauty’s Aura Multi-Use Blush in Courtesan. Retail value is $21.

Bombas: Ankle Socks

Bombas: Ankle Socks

Up next are these comfy and cute Ankle Socks by Bombas. These get rave reviews online so I won’t be giving these away! Retail value is $9.

Kor Water: Aura Water Bottle

Kor Water: Aura Water Bottle

The last item in the box is this Kor Water Aura Water Bottle in pink. A nice item but we’ve got quite a few water bottles so I’ll be gifting this. Retail value for this size is $10.20.

I really liked the mix of items in this box so am definitely satisfied with the value on that front. However, the retail tally is a total of $103.12. That’s of course three times what I paid so it is also satisfying on that front.

What do you all think of the newest Birchbox Limited Edition Fresh Start box?

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