Birchbox January 2017 Review

The temptation of a 2 for 1 box offer was too good to miss, and I resubscribed to Birchbox this month, also because I needed another drawer box to organize my beauty products in. I got lucky, in that my curation was not bad—3/5 items were ones I liked and that I could use. My free box wasn’t the Tatler drawer box as I had hoped, but a July one but that still had a good assortment of products that I could use, which included a Vasanti Brighten Up Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, and a Lord & Berry black eye crayon.

My January box was a good selection, but mainly because I had seen what was available and tweaked my profile to maximize the chances of getting the best one. As a result I got:

  • Lord & Berry Concealer Crayon (which is want I wanted and had sold out online) ~ Full size.
  • NUXE Multi-Dry Oil Shimmer ~ 10 ml sample size.
  • Merci Hand Cream ~ Full size.
  • Nails Inc ~ 4 ml sample size.
  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Deep Conditioner ~ sample sachet.


The box was worth it for the concealer crayon alone that retails for £12, and the other items were still useful. Among the other items that you could receive are:

  • ModelCo ~ Highlighter Trio or Crème Rouge.
  • Vita Coconut Oil.
  • Yes To Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream.
  • Whish Shave Cream With Acacia and Grapefruit.

There do seem to be several repeat items that long term subscribers would recognize, and as Birchbox strive to ensure no one has repeats, it may mean some will end up with boxes that don’t match their profile.

Sadly the 2 for 1 offer has ended, but there are still free gifts available when you sign up and these will vary according to stock levels. Birchbox are introducing a new system where subscribers can choose an element of the box whether it is a design or a product each month. They rolled this out last year, with choices available for the occasional month, which made for happier subscribers.

Subscribers also get £10 off the limited edition’ Beautiful Skin’ box priced normally at £35 which (worth £80) includes a Foreo Play, and a full sized PYHTOMER Vegetal Exfoliant (50ml).

Rating 3/5


I was quite impressed with the January Birchbox as the selection contained useful items, two of which were full sized, and sample sizes of premium brands. The added bonus of a free extra box made it value for money—£12.95 for 10 beauty items was a bargain, and the fact that I could use more that 75% of them too. Look out for a full sized Spectrum make-up brush in the February box.

Birchbox offers several subscriptions:

  • Monthly ~ £10 per month plus £2.95 shipping.
  • 6 Months ~ £60 plus £2.95 a month shipping (first month shipping free).
  • One Year ~ £100 plus £2.95 a month shipping (saving £20).

Each month review the box with at least five beauty samples, and get £5 credit to spend in the Birchbox store (must be in multiples of £10), and points are valid for six months from the date earned. It can be a great way to save up for an item you want to buy, and bonus points are offered with referrals, and can be earned also with a point for each pound spent.


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