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Get 4-5 deluxe beauty samples delivered monthly. Also get access to a shop and magazine.

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  4-5 Products

  5-10 Days

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  $10/ Month

Birchbox has remained my #1 subscription beauty box service out there. Yes some months the products sent are duds HOWEVER their rewards incentive more than makes up for those boxes.

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Zadidoll
March 14, 2012
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Birchbox is my favorite subscription service thus far. They send big samples that you can use more than once. The only problem I have with them is their poor customer service and their lack of consideration when it comes to their customers. I’ve found that they will act sorry for any mistakes but they will not do anything to fix a possible problem. Oh, and they do tend to repeat on products. I have received shampoo in my Birchbox twice and this is only my third month with them…

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Ashley
March 14, 2012
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I have been a birchbox subscriber since July 2011 and I have to say I love it. I credit birchbox with getting me back into skincare and beauty because it got me excited about new products or the first time in a long time. Their boxes can be hit or miss sometimes, but there is always at least one thing in every box that I love and many times there are several. This month I even got two full sized products… the box would have been valued well over the $10 price tag. I have also found some of my go to products thanks to birchbox, that I don’t know that I would have found otherwise. And their customer service is amazing. They are prompt, friendly, and very helpful. I also have to mention that the one time Birchbox had a major slip up with an entire shipment of boxes they not only publicly owned up to their mess up, but gave the members who were effected birchbox points which = a $10 reward (essentially making that box free). I was very impressed with that display of professionalism and respect for their members.

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Jenni
March 14, 2012
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I’m actually no longer subscribed to Birchbox, but I think it is probably one of the better beauty subscriptions that is out there. I unsubscribed because a lot of the samples that were sent weren’t things that I personally would use (seemed to be a lot of skincare), but their rewards program is amazing. You receive points for reviewing products, referring friends, or buying from their store, and you can use those points to purchase products in their store when you accumulate a certain amount. The shipping has always been great (and mostly consistent) and I’ve never had a problem with customer service, although they can be slow at times with getting back to you. Overall, a good box…I just wish it had more makeup products than skincare. Even still, I might re-subscribe!

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Melanie
March 15, 2012
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Birchbox is a good buy! To start with its only $10 and show cases a mix of known brands and upcoming brands, which for me is a good thing. The make up and skin care market is vast and seeing/trying a new brand is rare for me. As many stated above the boxes can be hit or miss but for $10 you can’t go wrong and yes they do repeat products once in a while. The packaging is wonderful, opening a Birchbox is like opening a very thoughtful, and well put together gift. On the rare occasion something goes wrong, customer service is stellar and willing to make things right. If you have never used a subscription service before, get on Birchboxes waiting list (most of the time there is one) and sign up.

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LadyEarth
March 15, 2012
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I Love Birchbox!! I have been when them for almost a year and I havent found one yet that tops it!! I have loved every box, all of them are highend new deluxe or fullsize products, as well as an incredible rewards program!! The customer service is phenominal!! I had a problem once, I had a missing item. I called them and with no problems or delays they went over and beyond to make it right!! I would highly recommend Birchbox to any and everyone!! The value far exceeds the price of only 10.00 a month!!

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Amanda Herren
March 16, 2012
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I subscribed and received tiny foil samples. Not only that but they were late. Their products are a total mish mash of irrelevant productsa

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Amanda Reynolds
March 17, 2012
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Their boxes are boooring, they are all the same and really tiny products in them. Not worth $10 . Never using them again

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tinyreview
March 17, 2012
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Much worse than myglam or beautyarmy!! tiny tiny samples and they totally messed up shipping in december.

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heather
March 17, 2012
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Worst customer service ever!

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hellokitty
March 17, 2012
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My experience with BirchBox has been okay. I have been surprised at how tiny the samples are – most are the little packets you get from makeup counters for free. Usually there is one larger type item but if it is an item you are not interested in then the experience is disappointing. The shipping has been very slow with my package arriving several days later than the expected date shown on the shipping notification.

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Sheila
March 17, 2012
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I really wanted to like Birchbox. So many people love it. But after 3 months I quit. I saw people getting lovely items in my box while I got foil packets that you can get for free at Sephora. They didn’t look at my profile at all, and I only wound up using a couple of the items. While I’ve been tempted to re-join I really don’t want to feel jilted again.

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ManicuredSlayer
March 18, 2012
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For me, Birchbox is still the gold standard when it comes to beauty subscription boxes. They deliver what they promise – deluxe sized samples of high end products with the occasional full sized product delivered monthly. The products are widely varied and you truly get things you never would have tried on your own. The points system is fantastic and the customer service has always been great for me. Birchbox gets an A+ from me!

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MMT
March 18, 2012
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Best rewards program out there, with points given for product reviews, referrals and full size purchases. They also own up to shipping problems and past service issues and try to make good on errors made on their end. For the most part I’m very happy with my monthly shipments. Admittedly some are duds but they make up for it either in subsequent boxes, or through the reward points. All others out there have to live up to Birchbox. They will be a keeper for me!

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BfloPolska
March 19, 2012
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The rewards program may be ok, but the bottom line is that the samples are so small that its not even possible to test anything out.

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Marcia
March 19, 2012
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I love, love, love make-up! So BirchBox is totally up my alley.

But, I gotta say, from month to month it’s hit or miss.

Sometimes the samples are super small. One time the perfume vial arrived broken, and soaked the granola sample with perfume. Eew.

Fave item so far? The face lotions.
Least fave? The novelty items that don’t really seem related to cosmetics, like a card for a music download.

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Samantha
March 20, 2012
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By and far the best cosmetics/skincare company out there, Birchbox is tried and true. Occasionally it has a misstep — one of my biggest troubles is that they have not seemed to take my comments into account from the product surveys regarding what color choices I prefer. On the whole, however, it has an amazing track record, contracts with quality companies, and ALWAYS is willing to do what it takes to make problems disappear.

They also have the best rewards system of any subscription box. You get substantial points for completing product surveys as well as for making purchases (all the items are available, full-sized, that were sent in Birchboxes), which then are a straight 100 point = $10 discount. Considering that each survey earns 10 points, this is a free product at least every two months.

They have a great mix of products from skincare to cosmetics to “lifestyle extras”. And the best part is that Birchbox is big enough that if you don’t like one of your products, you can easily find other subscribers who are happy to trade you.

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Caryatid Couture
March 26, 2012
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I’ve been with Birchbox for 6 months, and have been pleased. While not all the samples are things that are useful to me, every month there are at least 2 things I don’t want to live without. I’ve successfully purchased full-sized items from the website as well, acquiring points that I have used on additional purchases. I have been happy with customer service and how they helped me when my subscription arrived with damaged product. At $10 a month it is beautifully packaged, and makes me happier than most more expensive options would.

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birdforbeans
April 18, 2012
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I loved my last (and second) box! I was a little leery about subscribing after hearing such mixed reviews, but am currently happy with what I have received right now. Personally, I like that there are a bunch of different boxes and that not everyone is going to get the same thing!

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Ashley
April 19, 2012
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I subscribed to Birchbox for 2 mo earlier this year and canceled after being very disappointed. I really tried to give them a chance since so many people recommended them but all the samples were tiny packets that I could get for free. Also the shipping was very slow and their customer service is horrible. Complaints are either completely ignored or given some standard response script. I have found several other monthly boxes that are a much better value than Birchbox is.

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Kristy
April 22, 2012
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Honestly, after reading a lot of reviews here on OTHER boxes, I am not impressed with Birchbox. I’ve used and actually enjoyed maybe 2 or 3 samples, in my 7+ months of receiving it. Every month I say I’m going to cancel but then I don’t get around to it. bummer. I’m signing up for some other ones.

Plus my April box got lost and I had the hardest time figuring it out with them.. not helpful customer service.

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Danielle
May 5, 2012
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Bill
May 13, 2012
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Birchbox is good but only 2 of my 6 boxes were something I would want to receive. The other 4 boxes were the dud boxes of the lot when other people got beautyblenders I got a perfume sample. Things like this made me decide to cancel and though they do have some nice items I don’t really want tea or a fizzy drink packet or coasters or a note card to be something they think is of value to me when i signed up for a beauty box not a box full of household junk. Sorry birchbox. The points thing is really great though

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S
May 15, 2012
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ummm birchbox.. you can go to a dept store and get the same samples for free i don’t understand the point of this?

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dawn
May 16, 2012
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I’ve had Birchbox for 6 months now, and although it’s my only experience in services of it’s kind- I can honestly say I couldn’t be more pleased! In addition to it being the only box I could find that offered the high-end makeup brands I love and adore from Department stores; I’ve found it to have already paid for itself via several full-sized samples that I’ve gotten. If your a true makeup junkie like myself, it’s also an awesome tool to try out samples of things you otherwise wouldn’t have known about or thought to select. So far it’s always been accurate to the date on both payment deduction and arrival and I would (and have) absolutely recommend it to a friend.

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Meg
May 21, 2012
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Love birchbox! My oldest daughter and I enjoy receiving our boxes each month, as we have different items! We have received full sized products, and the packaging is so personalized, and fun to open! Every month has a different theme, and you cannot please everyone, but, the products are high end, and for $10 it is a good deal. You have to hang tight, and enjoy the anticipation of each box! The customer service has been ok. As in companies, at times, you get young, gum popping kids, but, I overall have had some nice people. The boxes are great for storing items, and gifts! Enjoy!

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DianagirlieDi
May 26, 2012
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I signed up for a year of Birchbox and so far really love it. In the 9 months that I have been a member, I have received a total value of approx. $112 of full size or purchasable travel size products, so for me it has paid for itslef. This does not even count the approx. value of the other samples or the more than 500 points that I have received so far for product reviews, which equals $50 worth of free products.I should note, that I have found that my beauty profile does seem to have a significant effect on what products I receive, so I would recommend that subscribers fill it out carefully. Also, I have received very few “foil packet” samples, most of mine have been bottles, jars, or squeeze tubes, of the ‘deluxe sample’ size that you would get from Sephora for 100 points.

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LollySue
June 5, 2012
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I love this company and I hate this company. So far I am on the fence about it. I don’t think their customer service is good at all. That’s what I hate about the company. I do love some of the products they put in their boxes. I even ordered a monthly subscription for my fiance which is $20 a month. Why it is more expensive for men, I have no clue. They don’t get anything more than us ladies do. They sent him a pair of socks that were so ridiculous looking that we made a dog toy out of them. And some of the cologne samples they sent him stink to high heaven.

I ended up complaining to them about my box. They send these tiny samples of shampoo or conditioner and it isn’t even enough to cover your hair. I write reviews on their products and sometimes it says I already wrote a review when in fact I didn’t. I told the company about it and they could care less. I didn’t even get a response from them. I will give them a few more months and if it doesn’t get any better, I will cancel. There are definitely plenty of other subscription boxes out there that have great customer service and provide deluxe size samples. I just wish that company would listen to their customers because they could be a really good company if they would just listen.

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KimSully
June 6, 2012
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BirchBox was my first monthly subscription box. I enjoyed it for the first two months, and the following months thereafter were disappointing. I got items that messed up my skin, were not even useful, or was a repeat of something I’ve gotten before. For $10, it’s really not a bad box. You get what you pay for, and some times, a little more than what you paid for. All in all, it’s a good subscription box & I’ve discovered many things & I like the point system, but I’m just not that in to it anymore.

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Kimberley
June 8, 2012
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Yes, their rewards program is nice but I might have used 2 products in the 3 months that I had them. All it created was more clutter. And it was such a bummer that I really never got any makeup (just two nail polishes).

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Meagan
June 14, 2012
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When I signed up for this service, I did not know they sent out such a wide variety of boxes each month. No, everyone does not get the same box (like they do with some services). Some people get good boxes, while others get cheated, I think. It seems a lot of people are willing to accept this. If they get a bad box one month, followed by a good box, followed by a bad one, followed by a good one, and so forth and so on, they are ok with that. I was and am not ok with that. If I sign up for a service, I expect a good box every month and a great box every now and then. I would be willing to excuse bad boxes only once in a blue moon–say, a couple times a year. I know lots of people might say I didn’t give them a real chance since I only got them for 2 months. Still, my first box was good, and my second box was terrible! When I saw others getting good or even great boxes the same month I got a terrible one, I knew it was time to cancel. I feel like this service took me for a fool. I paid the same amount of money as everyone else, but was not treated equally. If they send out lots of different boxes, they have a responsiblity to make sure the boxes are of approximately the same value and are sent to the right customers based on our profiles (which detail what types of products we do and do not want to receive). They did not do that. In fact, when I ran into an issue with a product which clearly did NOT match my profile (in my 2nd, terrible box), I emailed them. They never apologized and never took responsibity for making a mistake. Instead, they defended their actions, which only made me angrier and led to me losing all faith in them as a company. People have been complaining about Birchbox not following their profiles for well over a year now. I do not believe they are going to change–not anytime soon, certainly, and perhaps not ever. There are much better beauty box services out there now. If you want a box with a beauty focus, you don’t have to stick with just Birchbox.

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Whigrose
June 27, 2012
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I tried Birchbox for two month’s May and June 2012. I have to say it’s nice.. but not nice enough to keep it going. Both boxes were disappointing in the fact there were only one or two items in each that I would ever consider using. They simply don’t seem to pay much attention to a profile and really need to tone back on how many different boxes are sent out because each month in online reviews I saw boxes that would have fit me MUCH better. This last box only had one lip glaze that I still haven’t used but that I might. Might be great for trying new products with people that don’t mind smaller sample sizes (nothing I received would be considered “deluxe”) or that are much more into trying things that don’t match skin type/tone. Over all it was ok, just not great.

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Kati
July 8, 2012
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This was the very first box I subscribed to, and I am still a subscriber. Presentation here is key. Some of the products don’t relate to me (an acne wash? I am 34), but overall, the products are quality, and the presentation is divine.

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H.M.R.
July 9, 2012
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Check out my birchbox subscription reviews/photos and tutorials here: http://subscriptionaddiction.blogspot.com

I LOVE birchbox! I love it so much I have two subscriptions! When you give feedback each month you get $5 in birchbox dollars, so essentially the box really only costs you $5 and not $10, making it an amazing value.

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Liz @Subscription Addiction
July 11, 2012
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I’ve received two boxes from Birchbox and so far so good! The presentation is cute and you can’t beat $10
with free shipping. I enjoy getting a suprise every month. If I don’t like a sample I just pass it on to my sister. I don’t use their website to shop much ( I’m a VIB with Sephora) so I’ve decided to use Sephora for my basics and use Birchbox to try new items and new brands. So far I’m very happy with them. I’ve not had to use their customer service yet and I hope I don’t have to

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Katie
July 13, 2012
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July 2012 was my first Birchbox and I received an introductory box that I wasn’t super excited about, instead of the July box that my friend did. I was quite disappointed, though the samples I received are ok, just not what I had hoped I would get which was the July box in partnership with Glamour Magazine. I hope the next one is better.

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Robin
July 15, 2012
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Birchbox is number one for me . I totally love waiting for each month’s box to come . I have not received a box where i don’t try all of the products . Love the packaging of the product , I feel like a kid during christmas unwrapping gifts Love their reward program . I have given this as a gift to a friend and right away she was in love with it ( and subscribed ). I would totally recommend this to anyone .

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JENNIFER A
July 17, 2012
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I have been subscribed to birchbox for 4 months already. 1st month was so-so, 2nd one was good and 3rd one was not bad.I received my July box yesterday…it was super late..and HORRIBLE!Such a dissapointment.I am seriously considering unsubscribing, because they send me one little mini mascara sample, one tiny sample of scrub and a sample of perfume.HORRIBLRE!

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vitysi4ka
July 17, 2012
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LOVE Birchbox. The boxes are consistently at least decent, and often quite good. Even in the months that I don’t love the boxes, there is always at least one item that I enjoy. I also like the fact that they are well-rounded: They mix things up with makeup, nailpolish, perfume, skincare, and hair care. I really like that so there is a little something for everyone. I like that they send higher end or harder to get items that I cannot just go get at Wal Mart. This is one of the least expensive services out there, and their points program is fantastic, making it even more worth it. I have gotten quite a few things for free by simply filling out product reviews on what I get in my monthly boxes. I have found that, when I add up the actual sample values, I have never gotten a box worth less than $12, and most boxes are worth around $20. So I think $10 is a fair price. I find their customer service to be pleasant and responsive. Any time they slip up, they reach out to their subscribers and reward them points as an apology. Some of their samples are on the small side, but I find that they are large enough for me to decide whether I like the product. Birchbox also throws in the occasional full size item, which is nice. The one sample that I could easily get for free elsewhere is the perfume sample that they send every month. That is my only complaint- I do get tired of the perfume samples. But I will definitely keep subscribing to Birchbox.

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HeyToGrey
July 17, 2012
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I have subscribed for 2 months, and not at all impressed. The samples are tiny! I have thick, chin length hair and the conditioner sample was too small to do a complete job. This month I was shorted an item and although they responded to my email, I have no idea when the replacement will come.

The points for reviews and free shipping of monthly box items is why I am giving them another couple months. I live 120 miles from a major city and samples are very hard to come by where I live.

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Mrs Andrews
July 19, 2012
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I’ve only received one Birchbox and I enjoyed it. I think it’s important to remember that this is a beauty sampling service. They’ll send you products that they think people will enjoy and you might love a few, hate a few, and feel neutral towards the rest. I think it’s a bit pointless to try to assign specific values to the box by calculating full sized product costs and the value of the sample sizes. In my box there was one item missing (the earbuds included in every box this month) but customer service said they would send them to me. Shipping was great because it was easily trackable, albeit a little slow to the west coast. The sample sizes were very reasonable and seem like they could last a few weeks with normal use. There was one item in my box that was egregiously inappropriate for my skin tone that I hated, despite my having filled out a beauty profile. There were two items I thought were great. I found the perfume sample unimpressive as I don’t like perfume in general. It was a larger sized sample than the sort you’d get as a freebie from Sephora though. I didn’t get any full sized items in my box, but that’s okay. The Birchbox points also seem like a great idea; each month you’ll be able to earn at least 50 points by reviewing products so that means each month offers a $5 discount (effectively) on your $10 Birchbox. And Birchbox has Lipstick Queen products! The best! I do wish that being a BB member allowed you free shipping on all orders, not just when you place an order with a product that was in that month’s boxes, but given that limitation I do think it’s great that you can order stuff from the men’s box that month and get the free shipping as well.

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LuxeLove
July 19, 2012
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I love Birchbox! I have received 3 boxes so far and my products have been pretty good, of course there has been a few things I would rather pass on but the samples are worth the $10 because they are usually deluxe sized and every month I have got a full sized product! One time I got a full sized Stilla one step valued over $30! So I think it is a great value! Plus it is packaged adorably!

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lisha
July 20, 2012
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I absolutely LOVE Birchbox! I’ve gotten 4 boxes so far and i haven’t been disappointed yet. I am impressed with the sample sizes, and have gotten a great variety of products and with the full-size or practically full-size products that are included, the ten bucks a month is totally worth it! They have awesome customer service, although sometimes it takes a few days to hear back from them. I contacted them because I didn’t receive my July box (tracking said it was delivered but it never made it to me). It took them a couple days to get back to me, but when they did they were very nice and immediately sent me a new one, which i was very happy with, so it was worth the wait. I’ve seen a lot of people complain that they either don’t like what samples are sent, or the samples aren’t big enough, but I think people tend to forget what it is they have signed up for. It is a SAMPLE service (they’ve never advertised that they send full-size samples, although I have received at least one full-size or close enough to full-size product in each box.) The point of it is to get samples of products for you to try without having to buy a full-size, and to try new products. Inevitably you will end up getting something you aren’t so fond of ever so often. But if you keep in mind what Birchbox promises, they definitely deliver! Great service!!!

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Jamie
July 30, 2012
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I tried it out for once month. I was sent a notice from Birchbox that my item had shipped–and then it shipped three weeks later, during which customer support kept asssuring me it had already shipped. I understand delays and mishaps happen but I don’t really want to pay a company to lie to me about it when they could just say they screwed up my shipping.

Anyway, completely unimpressed with the sample sizes. Ten dollars got me half of a granola bar (I’m allergic to nuts, thanks!), one serving of a facial cream that needs multiple uses to see an effect (how do I know to buy it?!), a perfume vial that I can get for free at any of the malls in my area. Dollar store quality earbuds. Just not worth it when there are better boxes and stores online. I’m sure there are occassional boxes that may make it worth the money that month–or exceed it!–but if I want to make a bet, I’ll go play online gambling.

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Helle
July 31, 2012
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Birchbox is my first mouthly beauty box. I have enjoyed getting it. I will say there are some products that they put in the boxes that I dont care for but thats going to happen with any box. Other then that its be a really good box. Just like the my glam bag I would love more samples. I like that its only $10. I have been look for more boxes and every box that I have found is $15 and up and Im not going to spend that much every mouth.
The price is great and not having to pay for shipping. I like that the boxes can be reused. The sample sizes are good.

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Cheerbear841
August 2, 2012
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I emailed Birchbox in July, my first month, and asked if I would get the special Glamour box. They emailed back quickly and said, “YES!” I was therefore pretty disappointed when I did NOT get the Glamour box. I guess I got whatever the official first month box is. Also, I orgot my password and keep asking for it but the link does not work. I haven’t filled out a profile yet.

One of the the reviewers said that writing a review on Birchbox is like getting money off the box but that only works if you actually buy the full-size products!

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Suzy
August 3, 2012
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I love Birchhbox (Woman) so much that I get two every month. Are there duds (personal preference, but still) in every box? Usually. Have I ever thought I didn’t get at least double my $10-worth in every box? No. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. It’s a great way to try out lots or products and their feedback/points system is absolutely fantastic. In my book, it’s the best beauty sample subscription service (especially for the price).

That being said, Birchbox (Man) is, to me, not worth the $20 every month.

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Monica
August 7, 2012
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This is the best of the subscription services out there but the big disappointment is that they don’t pay attention to the profile you complete and can update. Since they don’t sent the same box to each customer it would seem that they WOULD be following profiles. I love that the size of the products is small. It is a sample after all. And they seem to value reviews, too.

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SuezQ
August 11, 2012
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My first birchbox in June was awesome! I got a full sized Stila Bronzing Serum worth 32$, a small tube of theBalm staniac and then a few things that I haven’t used like the hand cleaning towelette and the decorated ziploc bag for traveling. The next month I was still pretty good, I got an awesome full sized black liquid eyeliner worth 22$ and some cute neon ear buds,this awesome hair mask I was able to squeeze 2 uses out of. a beauty balm tester that I have used 5 times and still have some left, and a yummy smelling perfume. I didnt like the little larabar tester they included, why not send a whole bar? I looked online for this month, and it seems like the boxes are getting lighter. I only have 4 things being sent this month and only one of them is full sized, its an 18$ eyeshadow stick…..hmmmm. I am going to continue this box to see if its just a fluke, but if it gets any lighter than this box I will save myself the $10 and enjoy my glossybox and sample society box instead. The customer service is pretty good and they got back to me with in reasonable time, this month the shipping confirmation email took a bit longer to come out but I should have my box around the 11th which is normal, and so far the boxes are adorably packaged.

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Jenn
August 11, 2012
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Not that good..1st when u subscribe they send u good stuff…than they just send mini samples.No Like!

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vitysichka
August 15, 2012
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I LOVE Birchbox! I think it’s one of the best values out there and it’s a great way to discover new product.

Check out my reviews, pictures and tips for earning Birchbox points and full size products here: http://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com/search/label/birchbox

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Liz @ My Subscription Addiction
August 16, 2012
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Read my birchbox review and view photos:
http://www.examiner.com/review/birchbox-and-influenster-voxbox-review

There are so many beauty boxes out there that include full size and travel size samples. Birchbox samples are tiny. Not worth the time to me.

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Tania Jen
August 16, 2012
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This month I received a foil sample of foundation, which did not even contain enough to cover my face. I received only 4 samples. 1 was the foil, was was a vial of perfume (the little sample card ones), one was a little tiny 1 use lotion, and the last one was a few uses of shave product. A complete waste of money, a complete waste of time. I am hanging on for 1 more month, because last month was ok . . . and I am hoping it was a fluke???
http://www.mamabreak.com/2012/08/birchbox-august-2012-review.html

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MamaBreak
August 17, 2012
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My first box I loved, my second box I liked only slightly less, my third box was ok……but I can’t complain! I only pay $10 a month and every month I have gotten products worth at least 22$ or more. My only complaint would be that August’s box was a little late going out, but who doesn’t have hold ups sometimes? If you want an inexpensive box of goodies mailed to you every month and you are not going to be super anal about when it shows up, this box is perfect. I also love that they give you points when you review all the products where you can buy awesome products and brands AND I got an email with my August box celebrating my 3 month anniversary so they gave me 20% off a purchase. I bought mascara, an eyebrow pencil, a make up bag set, and some toner worth $60, I got 20% off, used $30 from my review points and ended up spending less than $20 of my own money…..yes! I think I will be keeping my subscription. Check out my blog where I review the boxes I receive DEADMENBREAKNOHEARTS.BLOGSPOT.COM

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Jenn
August 17, 2012
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I don’t think BirchBox is worth the money. They make you pay for samples that most beauty stores give you free with your purchase. This month I recieved a postcard with three drops of Stila foundation on it. In no way is this a deluxe sample, but they disagree. They defend this sample. I just got an email from Sephora advertising their free samples with purchase, you get 5 per purchase and the exact Stila foundation postcard was one of the samples. I posted this information on BirchBox’s Facebook page, but they deleted my comments. There are alot of unhappy posts this month, and I think they’re getting tired of all their unhappy customers. I also noticed that they changed the picture of the box I got on my Box page. Originally they showed the Stila foundation in a little gray tube, but now it shows the postcard. I don’t know if they had originally planned to send us a tube and didn’t get the sample in, but then they should have sent another product. The other products I recieved were a tiny vial of perfume, one ounce of shaving cream, a razor, and a tiny tube of moisturizing cream. It’s definately not worth
$10. And yes, you do get 10 points for every item you review, which is equal to one dollar towards a full size product, but it’s still not worth it. You end up paying $5 for a box of free samples, and your other $5 is tied up with this company who is trying to trick you.

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Kay
August 27, 2012
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Please visit the following site for an unbiased review of Birchbox’s latest man box: http://subscriptionsunboxed.com/men/birchbox-man-september-2/

Thanks and come visit my site for more reviews to come!

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Lydia Balian
September 8, 2012
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I’m writing this while I stare at months worth of useless samples. The samples are small and irrelevant, why did I even fill out the personalization quiz? The back to school theme box pushed me over the edge, it seems young and teeny bopper-ish. I absolutely LOVE Glossybox and the beauty box offered by Allure magazine the products and presentation are much more sophisticated.

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Anonymous
September 21, 2012
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hello every one i got my first birchbox this month and i like it is not that bad

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yahaira
September 23, 2012
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At $10/month, this is still one of the best values out there as far as beauty subscription boxes; HOWEVER, I have found the quality and size of the samples to be continually disappointing and going downhill. At this point I’m not sure if I’ll renew my subcription once the year is up; I think there are better values out there (like MyGlam, which is phenomenal).

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Natalya
September 27, 2012
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I received a BirchBox a few months ago and was a bit disappointed. In the tiny box were three samples of items I would never use and ear plugs.

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Lorri S
September 27, 2012
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I joined Birchbox in February and suspended my membership in June temporarily, but the more I research other boxes such as EcoEmi and the others that are highly ranked on this site, I’m more interested in trying other boxes. If you are okay with mediocre sample-sized products in your box, BirchBox is the way to go. The first box I got was really great and had a few full-sized products, but the second box and the rest of the boxes were all sample-sized. I realize that $10 is still a bargain for some of these things, but none of the items were very exciting. I even got expired products one time and rather than getting a new box, they gave me credit towards their store………..but it wasn’t enough to purchase anything. Bummer.

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Amanda C.
September 27, 2012
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ok.Good box but not the best.It depends if you will get lucky with it. Sometimes you get great stuff sometimes not. Customer service is HORRIBLE!I\When you contact them via phone they return your calls in few days, e-mail is worth 7 days or more. Facebook forget it. Shipping is always slow.I have been a subscribe for 7 months and they always ship my box late I get it n middle of the months sometimes by the en either 17-20. Products are good.Sometimes the sample are too small but overall if u are lucky u will get great stuff, especially if u do videos or blogs!

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vitysik
September 30, 2012
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I absolutely love this box and because of it I have found some of my new favorite products! It’s cheap and fun! I look forward to every month!

Products range from things that were expensive (so I was afraid to try but now could) to easily affordable. I love that the Shop on the BB website has all the products from that months box in one click so that I can easily shop for full sizes of anything that was my favorite.

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BasinFamily
October 1, 2012
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I’ve heard mixed reviews on Birchbox but I was quite pleased with the September box & I’m looking forward to October! Here’s a look at what I received in September & my thoughts on the products: http://jenniferleighblog.com/my-september-birch-box/

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Jennifer Leigh
October 3, 2012
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I have read ups and downs about this box. I got it and i love my first box. I hope i keep getting cool stuff.

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Nessa
October 15, 2012
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Ok this is my 7th box. They keep getting worse. Sometimes they send you a good box with 5 samples..sometimes its 4 horrible tiny samples Like i got this months..very dissapointed!

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VITYSIK
October 15, 2012
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i like it but not happy with the small items that i am getting

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bella
October 17, 2012
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Birchbox has consistently been my favorite out of all of my monthly subscription boxes. From the presentation to the wide variety of samples, Birchbox offers the best value for my money. Customer service has always been timely – I receive email responses in a business day or so. It takes 4 days or so for my box to arrive to me after shipping. The points program is excellent!

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Mrowy
October 24, 2012
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I first learned about this box by accident; intrigued by the concept I entered into a subscription. My first box arrived and it was a lackluster moment; there were samples that I would not use such as tanning cream…I’m a woman of color WHY? Then there were eye cremes and bright red lip stained item. NOPE I can’t use. But I decided maybe it was just THIS one, so I waited for the next one and again NOTHING I liked so I immediately cancelled my subscription. Have no desire to re-activate my account with them.

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gigi123
October 29, 2012
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The Birchbox service is actually quite excellent. I subscribed for several months and was pleased with many of the products I received. Frankly, the only reason I stopped subscribing is because some of the products didn’t appeal to me, personally. The quality of the products is outstanding, however, even the ones I don’t use myself.

The sizes of the samples were very good. Only a couple of times did they include the typical foil-packet type samples; most were in miniature versions of the standard packaging.

I never had occasion to deal with their customer service, which is why I chose a 3…it’s not really accurate, but there’s not an option for ‘didn’t use’.

I enjoyed my subscription to this sample box and will possibly rejoin at a future time.

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Panthyrr
November 5, 2012
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I was excited about BIRCHBOX at first but by the 2nd box I was bored. I cancelled the following month. Half the stuff I recieved I gave away.

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michelle
November 5, 2012
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I have been getting Birchbox since July. I love Birchbox! But I have to admit that my last two boxes were very disappointing. I used to get large samples but my November box was delayed, then lost in the mail. I was sent a box right away as a replacement from the Birchbox team. The only problem is that all of the items in that box were tiny pouch samples and perfume samples. My December box was a disappointment as well. The one benefit is that the customer service is great. Every time there was a mistake with my order or a problem with one of my subscription boxes they have given me Birchbox points. The shipping speed is a bit slow. I do love Birchbox! Birchbox was my very first subscription box and I want to continue to receive this subscription box. But if the samples do not improve I probably will not renew.

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Morilinde
December 18, 2012
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Cancelled my subscription after three boxes. It just really sucked to see someone else get an amazing box and then get my box and it sucked (I mean 100% different). Every month the same thing happened. I will stick with the boxes that everyone gets the same products or at least very similar!

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Kristina Moya
December 19, 2012
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I purchased the Birchbox for myself, then my daughter would get all excited when the box would arrive and I’d get a call at work asking if she could PLEASE open it and tell me what was inside. I decided after a few months that I would get her the Birchbox, too. I recently purchased the Birchbox subscription for my sister for her birthday.
I have to say, at $10 per month, it is worth it.

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Valerie K
December 25, 2012
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The boxes got boring and quickly. Shipping time was terrible, got a notice that it shipped but through tracking could see it didn’t ship until a week later and other various shipping issues, and the customer service for issues was even more horrendous. You are lucky if you get an apology let alone a resolution to your issue. The only reason I gave them 2 stars instead of just 1 for customer service because after 4 months of me having to email them about yet another shipment not received they finally credited me 100 points when I threatened to cancel my subscription. After this last box being yet again less than lackluster I decided to finally end my relationship with Birchbox and cancelled my subscription this morning.

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BatmansMom
December 29, 2012
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I’ve been extremely happy with 3 out of 4 Birchboxes I’ve received. So, I’d say this is a definite keeper given the low-price = low-risk.

Get in on the fun!

Check out how I felt Birchbox compared to a bunch of other Subscription Boxes (including Little Black Bag, For the Makers, BeautyFix, Julibox, Sample Society, Pop Sugar Must Have, Glossybox, Julep Maven, Ipsy, Jewelbox, Indie Gift Box, Loose Button Luxe Box, Beauty Army & Knoshbox).

http://jenniferleighblog.com/my-recent-thoughts-on-subscription-boxes/

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Jennifer Leigh
January 5, 2013
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I’ve subscribed since April or May of 2011, and I have to say, the quality of the boxes has gone way, way downhill. It used to be fun and interesting to receive the boxes (they do package the samples in such CUTE boxes), but after a while they seem to run out of new things and just give those stupid sample packets that you get free everywhere and a couple of perfume samples…..oh yeah, and another really bad TINY bottle of nail polish that takes three coats to get a good solid color on your nails. Also, the products they sell on their site are amazingly overpriced, even with the discount you get from your points.

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Lauren
January 18, 2013
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I don’t have the words to adequately describe the junk that perpetually arrived in my BirchBox. I would see products posted on Instagram and continually wonder how those products – that we tailored to me and I noted as such in my profile – never actually got to me. Instead this 45 year old gal would receive samples for age spots (gee thanks) along with the craziest false eyelashes ever or perfume – every month with the perfum. Uncertain why they bother with a profile when they don’t actually use it nor do they tailor products also based on geography – perfume in South Florida where I live attracts no-seeums like no one’s business. Make-up melts off in the heat – hello crayon woman. Skin care, hair products and nails were ranked hi in my profile but not once in a year did I receive this. I did however get a bunch of samples of SPF — that had expired an entire year before. As for purchasing full-size products – that doesn’t seem to either be a selling point as one 2 different occasions a facial scrub had to be replaced as they were both dried out. Of course dealing with BirchBox customer service was somehow worse than the products themselves – including their Director of Marketing. Yup – emails to her went no where. And not a huge fan of having my credit card charge but then not receiving a product for 2 weeks – uhm – that’s against Visa & Mastercard’s policy. Biggest waste of money ever.

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Karen Moran
January 18, 2013
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I was subbed with Birchbox from July to December 2012 totaling 6 months of boxes. Birchbox was my first introduction to sample subscriptions and I am now subbed with a different subscription service. I’m going to just list the pros and cons of my experiences with Birchbox to make it easy to get the gist of my experience.

THE GOOD:

-The first month or so the excitement rules supreme (especially if this is your first foray into subs) I mean goodies in the mail are always awesome!
-No scammy vibes (which was so nice considering this was my first experience with any kind of sub)
-The boxes are always put together nicely
-They market high quality brands (here are some of the brands for example from some of my personal boxes with them: Juicy Couture, Eyeko, Shea Terra, theBalm, and Stila) I’d say on par with products that you can find at Sephora or Ulta.
-The points system means that you on average receive about $10 in the Birchbox shop every 2 months of subscription. So realistically its almost like getting 1/2 of your money back every box. This is one of the reasons I stayed subbed for an extra couple of months even though the excitement of getting boxes in the mail had kind of waned by this point.
-Received some full sized products
-Got introduced to some awesome products
-Never had to contact customer service for damaged product or missing boxes in the mail. Mine arrived typically between the 12th-16th of each month (although that is subjective depending on where you live)
-Didn’t have any issues with cancelling

THE BAD:

-The sample sizes were often times small and were in the dreaded foil packets. Often times some of the samples were things that I felt I could get for free (The items that were the biggest perpetrator of these feelings were usually perfumes, hair care products, and lotions.)
-The boxes were deceptively full. There was several paper trash items (such as packaging, how to pamphlets, and flyers) that made lots of the skimpy boxes seem better than they actually were. For instance there were several times that I could hold everything that I got from the boxes in the palm of one hand very easily even though the box looked somewhat full when I first opened it.
-Some people get the best products for that month while you receive terrible products. Example: Some people will get a box that has several full sized items in them while you receive a box full of “free sample” sized products
-The points in the shop really don’t add up to too much money. Realistically unless you recruit lots of people (at $5 credits per person) or buy lots of things from their shops the points don’t add up to be all that much. Also the shop prices are at RETAIL prices. Not cheap at all.
-Chances are that you won’t receive too much make up which was what I really wanted from this sub (however the boxes are pretty well rounded for beauty items)
-My biggest complaint with Birchbox is: There are items that are terrible (I mean no one seems to like them) that you will probably get no matter what at some point. My examples are the Cynthia Rowley Band-aids, the glorified ziploc tili bags, the twist bands, and the fashion tape. These items are brought back several times and until you get them there is always the chance of getting them. I dodged getting most of these items the month that they were featured only to later get them in subsequent boxes. I guess this complaint really is a complaint against how they set up what you get in your box. I wish they would just switch and do “everyone gets the same thing boxes”.

On a side note I had heard that once they started doing the sub boxes for men (which happens to be right when I signed up) that the quality and size of the products went downhill. I really don’t know if that is true or not but I kind of think it might be.

Overall I think that there are better subs out there that give you a better bang for your buck.

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Rasp
February 2, 2013
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I love BirchBox. Don’t mess with the original. Maybe doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as other boxes, but the content is generally high quality and you can earn FREE STUFF if you write reviews. Wish shipping wasn’t so slow, though.

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Sam
February 17, 2013
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After the old “college try”, I’ve come to the conclusion that Birchbox is not what I’d hoped it was. I received a few bigger sample sized products, but only one full sized product in 6 months. They do promise full sized products once in awhile, but my first box was the only box to include one. On their website, they show “sample” boxes so you’ll get an idea of what you’ll receive. One shows three deluxe sample of High end products, and one full size product. Don’t be fooled! All boxes tend to include a perfume sample, and many packet samples. Cute packaging, nice rewards, but not even worth the $10, which is a reasonable expense. Try another subscribtion box, or just order from Sephora. You’ll get rewards if you’re a VIP and the same amount of samples, quite a few times I’ve gotten more samples from Sephora’s weekly specials that in 2 months of Birchbox. Save your money, you’ll be more disappointed than satisfied by this one.

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Lena
February 19, 2013
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I subscribed to Birchbox for over a year. In the beginning, it was pretty good. For $10 I got a nice assortment of items. But as time went on, the boxes became less and less appealing. More small packet samples, less full size items. More and more fragrance vials, unknown brands and just plain strange items like band-aids and hair ties. When I finally decided to cancel I wasn’t getting very much value for my money.

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BP
February 22, 2013
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I really like this subscription service for various reasons.The first is that they have a reward system which means you get 50 percent of what you paid for back. Instead of giving you cash you get reward points to use for high end products in their shop.

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luz ramos
March 2, 2013
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I really like Birchbox. So far, I’ve gotten one full size makeup product, about 10 small samples (good for 1-2 uses) and 4-5 larger samples that I’ve gotten a good week’s worth of use from. I’ve accrued a good many bonus points for reviewing all my samples, they ship the fullsize versions of the current samples for free and my boxes and products have all shipped fast. Some of the samples are tiny, yes, but come on. It’s a SAMPLE. My boxes have all had enough full size or larger sized samples so that I didn’t feel gypped. And one of my very favorites? A .5oz sample of this AMAZING moisturizer that sells for $75 for 1.5oz. So yes, that tiny sample wasn’t just some free department store giveaway! Anyway, I intend to keep my Birchbox subscription for a while. Love it!

Oh, one negative I JUST remembered…when I signed up, I used my friend’s referral link, and she never got her points for my signup, and she mentioned she’d sucessfully signed up two other friends (to the point of purchasing and shipping boxes, like me) and hadn’t gotten the points for them either.

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Kaitee
March 8, 2013
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Although Birchbox does have an amazing rewards program (you can get reward points for reviewing products, ordering products, inviting friends, etc) I couldn’t justify paying the $10 a month for products that I could walk through the mall and easily get myself (I’m sorry but The entire time I was subscribed to BB I received one perfume sample a month as one of my “deluxe” samples). They have you do a profile before you begin, but I’m not convinced that they actually use it. I was usually annoyed by the fact that there are so many different boxes. It’s hard to not feel cheated when you get foil packets and a sample perfume when others are getting full sized products. The final nail in the BB coffin was that the boxes were always late. There was always some “extenuating circumstance” but even on the months when they should have been on time, they were always late (much later than my other boxes I subscribe to).

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Amber M
March 21, 2013
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I am one of the charter members of Birchbox. I can’t understand the bad reviews. It’s a flat $10 for a box of higher end beauty products. You can’t get ANYTHING shipped for much less than $10! I would like to have bigger samples on some items, but I always get my moneys worth. Customer service is almost immediate and I’ve earned some lovely products with my points.

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Jill
April 4, 2013
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It’s $10, and it’s hit-and-miss, but that’s how beauty products are, and Birchbox saves me the trouble of buying a full-sized item only to realize it doesn’t fit me.

When they have good items, those items are amazing and can last me a long time, longer than testing period requires. However, like others say, there are duds, like hairbands (if you’re going to feature it, at least give me an array of 5 different ones, instead of just 1. It probably cost you pennies), shampoo/conditioner packets (give me at least 3 uses worth, and I’ll be happy), or Lara bars (it’s NOT related to beauty).

But it is one of the cheapest boxes out there that is well packaged, arrives (mostly) on time, and rewards you for buying the full-sized items through the site. The brands they use are on the better side too — I was with ipsy/myglam for a while but I was through with the off-brand products that I keep getting, despite getting more items I don’t have confidence to use them on my face.

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Ali
April 4, 2013
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I wanted to like this box but, sadly, I did not. I thought this subscription service was all about beauty but it was not. I redirected the smallest of samples and could only use three out of 18 samples that I received while I was subscribed.

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saraleh82
May 30, 2013
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It is hard to complain about a box that is only $10.00 a month. It really is a great way to try out different beauty products without having to buy a full size. I know a lot of people who say they could pick these samples up at a mall, but if you are like me, that isn’t something that I am ever really in a position to do. So, this is great. You can see what I got in my most recent box here http://reviewthenewforyou.com/subscription-unboxing/birchbox-may-2013-unboxing/

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Kara
June 5, 2013
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This box is highly overrated. The samples are so small! They are never deluxe size! I know it’s only $10 a month but still it’s not worth it in my opinion when they send you samples that you can use once and not really get to try them out. Ipsy beats them out 100% and they are they same price and you get full sized products every month! Save your money! Go to Ipsy!

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Melidi
July 5, 2013
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I was a Birchbox member for just under a year. The value of this box (just $10, including shipping!) cannot be beat. Their customer service was always good. I really liked their video previews of each box and their beauty tips on YouTube and Facebook.

However, I decided to quit because about half of the products I would receive each month were full of chemicals and fragrances and additives which I am trying to avoid. I’m now on the search for a natural, organic box to fill my beauty box fix!

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Julia
July 16, 2013
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I have been receiving my monthly BirchBox since 2011. I have never received the “tiny foil samples” that I have seen many people complain about on here. I have always received large samples or full sized products. Yes, I have received some boxes that were a complete miss, but you can’t expect perfection everytime. If I receive a box that is completely off, I update my beauty profile, which takes a couple minutes. I really like the wide variety of items I get in the box. From make-up, skincare, to some delicious treats, Birchbox has it all. I have already received 3 free boxes from the rewards points after reviewing my samples on their website. I also subscribe to a few other beauty boxes and they are also hit or miss. For only $10 (includes shipping) Birchbox is well worth it seeing how I pay up to $40 per box from other companies. If I don’t want or like something from the box I give them to my mom or sister which makes everyone happy! I hope that this review helps!

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jenp3493
August 4, 2013
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I had and then cancelled my Birchbox after receiving small samples that didn’t seem worth the money however after ordering some of their specialty boxes I have deceided to give them another chance. If you would like to read about their specialty boxes you can read my review and check out my blog for other reviews as well! http://singlegirlsubscriptions.com/birchbox-for-cew-prestige-headliners-review/

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Amanda
August 8, 2013
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I was a birch box subscriber for about 2 years, maybe a little longer. At first I loved my boxes. But then they started sending me just skin care stuff so I retook the survey and it changed a little but the still sent a lot of skin care items. Then when they claimed they changed the survey to better match subscribers to great products I STILL got mostly skin care items even though I made sure to not it was my least favorite item. I also had several problems with the customer service. You could be waiting 2 weeks for them to get back to you. The only thing that I kept on for was the reward points but eventually that wasnt even enough to keep me. I canceled and July’s box was my last.

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Ashleigh K.
August 10, 2013
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I check the Cravebox site every now and then, hoping that they’ll be back someday, it was the best subscription box ever. :(

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Sherie A.
August 15, 2013
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oops, wrong box, sorry!

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Sherie A.
August 15, 2013
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I used to LOVE Birchbox. It was the first subscription box that I had ever signed up for and I was extremely excited. There wasn’t a waiting list and I was pleased when I started getting my boxes. The presentation was nice and the products were nice. But, then I signed up for Ipsy (glambag at the time) and for the same price, I was getting more. The products were bigger and it came in a cute make-up bag. The only downfall about Ipsy is the waiting list. I took myself off of Ipsy because of a hardship and when I went to sign up, I had to go back on the waiting list, which I have been on for a little over a month now.

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Kimberlee C.
August 20, 2013
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Birchbox totally serves it’s purpose! Each month, I look forward to the treats awaiting me in that cute little box. Some of the products are full sized and others are sample size. And when they sent me a foundation that matched my skin perfectly, I was in heaven!

Also, the price is great. As a single gal in NYC, $10 a month is perfect.

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Cookie
August 26, 2013
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BirchBox is great! You always get a high value for your dollar and they always send new stuff to try. Their referral program could be better but the reward program is great except for the fact that you can’t use your reward points for the monthly sub fee… You can check out all of my birchbox reviews and all current promo codes on my website, Outside of the Box: http://outsideoftheboxreviews.blogspot.com/search?q=birchbox

♥ Angela

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Angela Qcrazy-Outside of the Box
September 13, 2013
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Birchbox is not that great, You get samples that you would normally get for free. The rewards program is interesting but basically you’re saving 10%

http://subscriptionboxavenue.com/birchbox

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Jerad
September 14, 2013
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I love birchbox and at $10 a month who could pass it up. If you want to read a review of my October box feel free to check out my blog.
http://shandarenee9.blogspot.com

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Shanda
October 12, 2013
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So I want to love birchbox I really do, but every month Ive received them I’m a bit more disappointed. I very rarely get thing in my color, and I’m starting to get more and more foil sample packets as the months go by, which I’m sure I can find free online. I haven’t unsubscribed yet because I still have hope, but I am at my last wits. For 10 dollars a month I’m sure I can give it one more shot.

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Paty
October 16, 2013
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$10 is an okay price for this box because I could see shipping being expensive for them… however, the box leaves much to be desired because you only receive a couple of items. The samples are small and seemingly random. I like, though, that there are products I would have never thought to try. I’d give this box a C+.

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Bridget
October 17, 2013
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Birchbox was definitely a huge disappointment for me and I am canceling after three months. I tried to stick it out because I know how some months can be better than others, but they literally gave me no reason to continue spending my money with them. There are no full size samples, and I feel like even the “sample” sizes are way too small to even try them out. One “eye serum” i ended up being highly allergic to. The hair products they sent me made my hair so oily I had to wash it twice to get it out. And I have no use for a tiny pouch of “bath milk”. The products are of low quality. The only decent thing I got was a color club nail polish, but it was teeny tiny and in a hideous color. Sorry, birch box.

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Anne
November 19, 2013
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I signed up for Birchbox after receiving an email from Stitch Fix recommending them. I have received two boxes so far and love it! I ordered gift subscriptions for my two SILs. They were running a promotion that involved bonus points for buying a gift subscription. Initially I only received the bonus points for one, but after emailing them (and getting a quick response after 1 day) I received my additional bonus points. The “samples” I get are sized well that I can use them for multiple uses. I love how cheap the box is each month and after reviewing the samples you almost earn back the cost of each box with the reward points!

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November 25, 2013
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This is my first month and I’m not excited. I didn’t wait long on the waiting list, and a waiting list doesn’t bother me. That just confirmed maybe they’re that good. So once a space opened up about 3 weeks later, I paid and never heard from them again. I don’t know if they usually send out shipping notices, but I never got one. I paid on November 18 and received my box today, November 27. Almost 10 days. One of the things that drew me to signing up was the $10 cost. That looked great to me. I opened the box just giddy with excitement, but if there would have been sound effects, you’d probably had heard a record screech. I got a sample size shampoo and conditioner (Beauty Protector). It smells good, but they are small samples, I think about 2oz. There was also a Chella highlighter crayon in Ivory Lace. The only full size product. I usually (actually, never) use a highlighter crayong. There was a small pillow box and a mini pillow box. Inside the small was a little vial of perfume. You know the ones department stores give out for free? 1 of those and it smelled nice, but evaporated quickly. Inside the other later pillow box (but still small) was 3 tea bags. 1 English Tea, 1 Green Tea and 1 Raspberry Tea. I don’t drink hot tea. So there’s that. And that was it! Think I’ll just cancel this one.

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Renee
November 28, 2013
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You need to understand that Birchbox only gives sample sizes. Not full sized products like some of the other subscription boxes. However, I keep my Birchbox because they are samples of expensive brands that I usually would never have the chance to try because the price is too high, so it gives me the opportunity to bathe my skin in a great cleanser and use an awesome moisturizer for a week or two straight. They also have a GREAT point system. 100 points = $10 off. And you can get up to 5 points a month JUST by REVIEWING your products, not to mention additional points for every $ purchased of their site. I was able to to use 400 points on one purchase PLUS a 20% off code and got over a hundred dollars worth of product for under $40! I will not ever cancel this box because of their great point system. Have an open mind and give it a try!

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Clarissa
December 3, 2013
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I forgot to mention their customer service…..great! I ordered a product and when it came in, I just got an empty box as if the concealer had fallen right out the bottom without them noticing. I was so nervous that they would think I was making it up and give me a hard time but when I called they were soooo apologetic and immediately sent me a new product. On top of that, they credited my account with 100 points which gave my $10 off of my next purchase so that was cool, I got my product and a $10 discount for next time….kind of makes me hope they mess up an order again :P

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Clarissa
December 3, 2013
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aim a huge fan of subscription boxes and I love Birchbox the most. I have a subscription and got my husband one as well. I also got my sister and her husband both subscriptions as well. Every product I’ve gotten has been something I’ve never used before. I have found some great new products and purchased full size versions. My husband, who is not really into male “beauty” products really enjoys his boxes as well. I am extremely happy with Birchbox and will recommend to anyone – male and female.

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Jenn H
January 11, 2014
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This subscription is great. They narrow your profile to what products you would most likely use. I got my first box this past month and everything is usable and they’re all GREAT products. Definitely worth the money.

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Abby
January 28, 2014
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When you sign up for birchbox they give you an opportunity to check off items that you would like to see in your monthly box. The use for that? No idea. Despite the type of products I checked off I received face creams and perfumes every single month it seemed! Boring boring boring. Canceled my subscription. I do really like the selection of products for sale on the website. Just wish they would use more than the rotating ten samples that they do. Maybe then I would’ve stayed with them.

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DamnG
February 11, 2014
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While the value might be there, the box itself just seems like the same old nonsense. It doesn’t stand out, and none of the products were ever things I would actually purchase.

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Alison
February 12, 2014
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I have discovered so many “must have” products through Birchbox. For $10 per month you can’t beat the price, and it’s like a little gift to myself each month. The reward system is outstanding and you can use money earned through (quick!) product reviews to purchase items int he Birchbox shop. Not every subscription box is for everyone, but for me, this is one service I will never cancel. Love it!

Check it out here https://www.birchbox.com/invite/4qr9r

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Elizabeth
February 15, 2014
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I love birchbox! I’ve been subscribed for about 2 years now and really look forward to getting my box each month. I think I have always gotten at least 5 samples, most deluxe size or full size. I have occasionally gotten a few small samples I wasn’t excited about, but the quality of the other items usually make up for that. I love how you can fill out your profile so they know what type of products will be best suited for you and you can choose if you don’t want perfume samples. And you can review your items each month for 10 points. 100 points = $10 to buy any of their full size products they have.
All around a great subscription box!

https://www.birchbox.com/shop/referral/share/?raf=melissamagers

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MeLissa Magers
February 21, 2014
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MeLissa Magers
February 21, 2014
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Who do you like better….Birchbox or Ipsy? I discuss that question in my new Birchbox review…..check it out at http://splashurl.com/mqf33bs

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Cheryl
February 28, 2014
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Birchbox used to be great, when they started they were beauty box. In 2013 they changed their concept to “discovery” box and I started getting disappointing boxes. When I signed on they were a makeup sub box and I told them that I no longer wanted it if they were going to send me breath mints and hair ties… (This company has an auto renew for all yearly subscribers…) I said it was their responsibility to tell people they were no longer a beauty box before renewing subs. I asked for store credit instead of my next 6 boxes and they refused. They said they hoped I found something I like in my next discovery box lol. Their points system isn’t that bad but they never have anything I want to buy in stock! I have been waiting for them to restock the Revealed Palette for about 3 weeks now!

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Terimill
March 3, 2014
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I have subscribed to Birchbox for five months and I am sorry to say they have not rang any bells for me yet. I had expected a little more when I signed up because of all the hype about it on blogs and the internet ads. I checked out the BB site and they had all these really great big samples displayed in boxes and made it look like they send out all this really amazing stuff. NOT!!…at least NOT to ME. My first box was rather rinky-dinky but I thought, oh well, maybe it’ll get better. Then I got the second box in December 2013. I know whoever packed my personal box that month had to have felt sorry for me. I swear, if I worked in BB packing, I would have walked out and quit my job if I’d had to send people that tiny little conglomerated crap they sent me in December. I was ready to cancel the day I opened that ridiculous box. Just for a laugh, it contained a teeny tiny little sample of glycolic face wash that was no bigger than the end of my tiny little thumb. I barely had enough in the little bottle to clean my face properly. They also stuck in a quarter size body cream that was not even enough to rub on your body, The brand is one that is sold in hospital gift shops which to me was not appealing but either way there wasn’t enough of it to tell whether it was any good or not. Third little teeny sample was a packette of hair powder. It was s sparse and tiny and not anything that I would normally use anyway since I shampoo my hair and I don’t let it get greasy enough to pour powder in it. Then a mini siren red lip crayon which is neither good nor bad. Last a small and I mean 2 bite size candy bar. Needless to say, the candy bar was the only thing I used from that box. I decided to give it 6 months. I’m on my 5th box and while I’ve received maybe two samples that were marginally larger than microscopic size the past few months, that’s not good numbers. I’ve wasted 50 bucks for a little stack of crap that I can;t find a use for and what I could use was not enough to get much use from or decide whether it was worth buying the full size product. This month my box is even worse than the others. I’m so ready to cancel and after the next one, I believe I’ll cash in my 260 points (equivalent to $26 in the birchbox store) and buy something then cancel. It doesn’t help when you see all these people on You Tube opening their Birchboxes and showing all these expensive deluxe sample sized skin creams, hair products and make-up they received. It really makes me wonder. So long Birchbox.

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Candi
March 11, 2014
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March 2014 Birchbox!

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To subscribe to birchbox follow this link =)
https://www.birchbox.com/shop/referral/share/?raf=melissamagers

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MeLissa Magers
March 13, 2014
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The boxes stink! They pay no attention to the profile you fill out. They disappoint month after month. However, their store and the points/rewards program is very good. I have bought many items from the store. Unfortunately, there is no correlation between what I bought and what I have gotten to sample, which I thought was the point of these boxes. So I have decided that I will not renew my subscription. If I save that money then I can buy those items that I buy from their shop with the money I have saved.

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Debbie
March 28, 2014
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Very nice! adckegaged

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Smithd496
March 29, 2014
5:41 am
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I love birchbox! I’ve been getting it for a few years now. Check out my unboxing video at

http://youtu.be/9wGtxCpvxzs

Add me on youtube to see lots of other unboxing videos! youtube.com/itsparkly

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MeLissa Magers
April 14, 2014
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I love birchbox! For only $10 a month its def worth it. Check out my video. Subscribe!

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MeLissa Magers
April 14, 2014
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I usually much prefer Ipsy to Birchbox. But I think Birchbox has stepped up their game, as their April box was almost on a par with Ipsy’s. Check out my new review, with lots of photos, to see what YOU think! http://splashurl.com/pdg4ull

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Cheryl
April 22, 2014
11:03 pm
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I absolutely love Birchbox! In the grand scheme of things, $10 isn’t much money. It’s like 1 1/2 lattes or a meal at a fast food restaurant. To get a present full of surprises each month for $10 is completely worth it! Some months I love it all, others only a few things, but it’s worth it either way! Then their whole point reward system is incredible! I’ve received so much free stuff just by using my birchpoints! Plus I get coupon codes all the time, like a 3 month anniversary 20% off code. They have amazing customer service. One month I got an email saying they were sorry my box was delayed a few days (I hadn’t even noticed) and they credited my account 100 birchpoints (which equals $10) and another time an order I placed had incorrect tracking information, so I called them and the customer service rep apologized, sent me an e-mail right then with the correct tracking link and credited me another 100 birchpoints! They have amazing products and the fact that I’m able to try them out before buying them is fabulous! I was never a nail polish kinda girl, but when my first box had Ruby Wing color changing nail polish inside it made me obsessed! I’ve now purchased all but one of the Ruby Wing polishes they sell on their site, and 3 of them I got for free using birchpoints and a 20% off promo code! I could go on forever about this site, I love it!

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Dani
April 28, 2014
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The only way to explain the popularity of the crappy service is hype. Hype with nothing behind it other than the herd mentality of 20-something’s looking for acceptance. I’ve been on and off with Birchbox for about a year’s worth of boxes, and while they were fun at first, the cockiness of the company and the decreasing quality and size of the samples was just unbearable. How many times can you send the same tiny foil packets of shampoo? Most weren’t large enough for one wash.

To add insult to injury, customer service is dreadful. They never correct mistakes. One month my box was missing a product described on the card insert. They told me – after about five emails on my part just to get someone’s attention – that they couldn’t send a replacement because they were out of stock (yeah, all the extras probably find their way into the purses of their employees). What?! They think giving you store points fixes all problems. You cannot even get a cash refund when they omit a product or make a clear error.

I’m so over this nonsense. I have enough foil packets of shampoo and bottles of hideous green and magenta nail polish to last the rest of my life.

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FKC
May 5, 2014
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I have been a subscriber to Birchbox for 4 months now, and I absolutely love it!!! I haven’t received a box I don’t love. They have turned me on to new products that I never even knew about. Their samples sizes are wonderful, the products the send are wonderful, and the price is definitely well worth it. $10 a month! You can’t go wrong. What’s even better is when you review the products you’ve received and tried, they give you points. Once you get so many points, you get credit towards purchases. Also, when you refer friends, you get credit towards purchases. I recently just made a purchase toward a shampoo and conditioner I fell in love with, used my credits and only had to pay for 1. Plus I got free shipping!! I’d say give birchbox a try for sure. I will be keeping this subscription for a while. Another great thing is shipping is pretty fast. I get the notice my box was shipped and usually 2-3 days later my box is in the mail.

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Andrea
May 13, 2014
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I’ve been getting Birch Box for years now. I really like it. For only $10 a month you get your money’s worth. And you can review the samples you get for points that equal money to spend.
Check out my unboxing video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6WBr_lk2lU&list=UUr294-0UFIktK7mBFG_IgTw&feature=share&index=2
Subscribe to my youtube channel to see all my unboxings =)
http://www.youtube.com/itsparkly

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MeLissa Magers
May 20, 2014
12:37 pm
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I received the May 2014 Birchbox. I was a bit disappointed with this box. This was my first box and it was all samples. For $10.00 a month, this is a bit of a high cost.

View our unboxing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU7xVnqMiHU

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Donna
May 28, 2014
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I have been receiving Birchbox for a few years now. It is still my favorite subscription box! I love that you can review the items for points that add up very quickly. Check out my unboxing video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6WBr_lk2lU&feature=share&list=UUr294-0UFIktK7mBFG_IgTw&index=3

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MeLissa Magers
June 17, 2014
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July’s Birchbox was better than the last few. I especially liked the full size eyebrow pencil and the body lotion sample. There is also a sample of a facial peel that is quite expensive in the full size. Check out my new review with photos of everything and a code to get 100 extra points to be used in their store if you decide to sign up. http://lonestarshopper.blogspot.com/2014/07/birchbox-july-2014-review-code-for-100.html

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Cheryl
July 14, 2014
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