Welcome back to the year of Birchbox gifting. This is the year I decided to send all the women in my immediate family a three-month Birchbox gift subscription for their birthdays. My step-mother-in-law actually celebrated her birthday just before I put this Birchbox gift subscription plan into motion. I decided to send it as her Mother’s Day gift instead. On 04/16/15, I placed the order for her subscription on my second account. To make sure it arrived as close to Mother’s Day as possible, I selected 04/26/15 as the ship date. The ship date has more to do with the samples that arrive than the order date.
The only code available to use on this account was SUBSCRIBENOW50, which is still valid. It is the same code I used in Volume Three, but that was on the main account. Always remember to check all active codes here before placing an order. Reminder that you can only use each code once per account. That code gave me 50 points to redeem on a future order. I used the 100 points I earned purchasing the gift sub in Volume Four.
That brought the cost of this $30 subscription down to $20. You cannot count points toward your discount as you earn and redeem, so I will only count them as I redeem them. That means the $5 I get back on this order will be used on a future order just as the $10 I applied on this order was earned on a past order. Seeing what comes in their welcome boxes, which are never customized to a profile, would be fun for me and hopefully helpful to someone thinking of purchasing a gift subscription for a family member or a first subscription for herself.
Her first box arrived a bit before Mother’s Day. Some of you may notice she received the same contents as the recipient in Box Four. It is interesting to anyone paying attention that Box Two, Three, Four, and now Five were all ordered from 04/06/15 – 04/16/15. Two and Three both ordered on my main account while Four and Five were both ordered on my newly opened (at the time) secondary account. Subscriptions two through four were ordered within the same hour. The two from one account had the same boxes. Although they were ordered ten days apart, the two from the second account were different from this first but the same as the other from the second. This comes into play with future boxes, too.
I am always open to receive Not Soap Radio products. They smell amazing, have fun names, and I love sampling different soaps. Finding ones I like that do not dry out my skin is always a challenge. It is a little easier now that I never skip moisturizing afterward. Not Soap Radio Body Wash in Bathing with sharks for that competitive edge in work and/or play is one I have yet to receive, but I hope I get it.
The first item that jumped out at me was the Beauty Protector Protect & Oil. This is a popular Birchbox brand, but it took me over a year of subscribing before I received my first item from them. Though I have not yet tried my sample of this, I absolutely love hair oils. My hair is frizzy, so anything that tames the frizz a little is very welcome.
The Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain looks lovely. I’ve received a couple of these myself, and I think this looks like a color I own.
Whish Shave Cream Pomegranate is something I’ve sampled in the past. Although I am not a fan of this scent, I am a huge fan of the shaving cream. It gives a closer shave than anything else I’ve used. This is an item that I’ve purchased the full size of since falling in love with my sample. I bought the Agave scent from Ulta, and I am really liking it.
Harvey prince hello body cream is a sample I’ve received but have not yet tried. It smells like the scent, which is nice enough. I look forward to trying it to see if it is moisturizing and hope the scent is not overpowering.
This means all of her items look exciting to me. Some may wonder why I am offering my opinion on her items instead of getting her own. The reason is I did not want the gifts burden her, so I did not want to have her tell me what she thought of each one. On that note, I also refrained from asking her for the size of the items. Anyone who reads my personal box reviews knows I break down the value of the samples, and I will still do that for my boxes.
The welcome boxes usually do not take the beauty profiles into account, so I also did not feel it was necessary to ask my gift recipients a bunch of questions to see why they got the welcome box they did. I am not sharing any of their boxes that take their profile into account. Again, this is to let them enjoy their gifts without me bothering them. My boxes are pretty good, so I have not touched my settings in a while. I will be more than happy to share my settings on my box for people who want to tinker with theirs.
I answer more questions regarding the program if you want more details on how it works. You can review other welcome boxes I’ve sent and received this year. Ready to send a Gift Subscription? If you want to subscribe, remember to look at start-up offers and all available offers. When you’re ready to spend your rewards points, remember to add your free two piece sample pack when spending $35 from the Bonus Shop. See other Birchbox Subscription articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.