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Limited Edition Boxes are my favorite items to purchase from Birchbox. These are a mixture of full and sample sized items that usually fit a specific box theme. All boxes have a value far greater than the cost so they are a great deal when the items you want to keep exceed the value of what you’re paying. Better boxes sell out quickly, but the ones that linger will occasionally pop up in the sale section for 30% off. Aces sometimes get 40% off on sale items. Predicting which ones will sell out is not always easy so I buy the ones I really want close to the release date. If you’re on the fence because of price, wait it out.
Birchbox released a new limited edition box today, 04/23/18, the How to Hygge. You do not need a subscription to purchase boxes from the shop. Aces get first access so you cannot access the box without the link today. It will officially post to the website tomorrow though.
This box retails for $53. It has 12 items making the cost of each item $4.41. There are seven full-size items, two samples, two items with two servings, and one mini size (which is larger than a sample).
Birchbox is killing it with the limited edition boxes. It has been a long time since I did not purchase one. I have purchased and reviewed every box that is available now. The 60 points I redeemed for this order were all earned purchasing the last box. Getting 1.3 points per dollar means this order netted 62 points for my next purchase.
The contents are loose inside of a box with white crinkle cut paper.
A product card going over the items is inside, an important note for those planning to take select items before gifting the box to someone else. You could either omit the card or have no shame in admitting you took things. Unlike the cards that come inside the subscription boxes, the price to buy the full-size is not listed. Most of the items inside this box are full-sized.
The back of the card goes over the box theme. Since the theme is the dutch word Hygee, Birchbox describes what it was going for with this box. “Hygge (noun) /ˈhuːɡə/ (pronounced “hoo-ga”): The Danish lifestyle concept of coziness and a feeling of comfort and well-being. Need to press pause and treat yourself to some “me” time? Nothing provides you with more zen-inducing calm than hygge. This box shows you how to easily encapsulate its cozy spirit with soothing undereye patches, an aromatic candle to set the mood, a sweet treat to sip, and more. Now, sit back, relax, and chill.”
The full-size 0.6oz Oh K! Sleep Mask retails for $6.50. It is a resealable foil packet (so I will calculate value; something I never do with single use foils). This has 5-6 uses designed to hydrate your skin as you sleep. Sleeping masks are one of my favorite skincare treatments because other than sheet masks, nothing else seems to boost the hydration in my skin as effectively in such a short period.
The full-size 1oz Milk Makeup Hydrating Oil retails for $24. I like the concept and ease of Milk Makeup products. There is a possible sanitary issue with rubbing oil on your face instead of applying it from a dropper, but I will chance it. This will be great for traveling, because it is one less liquid to carry. It will also be great to throw in my purse for added hydration on the go.
The 1oz Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil is worth $11.18. I have collected so many items from this C.E.O. line and plan on trying them all together soon. If I love them, that will be great. This is a sample I am happy about, because I have yet to find my perfect cleansing oil.
The full-size 2.5oz thisworks® deep sleep™ pillow spray retails for $29. I cannot even express how much I love this product. It is the main reason I ordered this box, because I hate paying $29 for this even though it really “works.” Whenever my boys are having a hard time sleeping, I sprat this and they are usually out within a few minutes. If you want to experience what it would be like sleeping in a meadow, this lavender, patchouli, and chamomile blend will give you an idea. While I do like the Earth Therapeutics Elixir of Dreams Pillow Mist fragrance more, this one is more effective and induces sleep faster. That one also leaks and is difficult to spray where thisworks never leaks and is easy to spray. My younger son prefers this fragrance, and my older son has no preference toward either.
The 4oz Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish is worth $18. The actual size of this mini is not listed so I am guessing when I call it 4oz. It looks like it is about half of the full 8oz size though. This sugar-based scrub hydrates with coconut and rose flower oils. Scrubs with oils are my favorite and when the oil is effective, I do not even need to use a body moisturizer afterward. I hope that is the case with this one.
The full-size 0.5oz Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Peaceful Paranoia retails for $18. My favorite thing about these polishes is also my least favorite thing. It has a beautiful bottle that is substantial and expensive looking. This bottle does not fit into any storage container that holds traditional nail polish though. When applied with a proper base and top coat, these wear for a few days before chipping. That is not the best of my polishes but far from the worst. This pale mauve is a beautiful nude. Once I get my swatch spoons back from my ex, I will give a better swatch. Compare this to my other beige and nude polishes.
The 2oz amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask is worth $7. This is a mask I’ve used in the past, and I remember not noticing much difference. I did not hate it so I am willing to give it another try to see if I have the same experience this time. It has buckthorn berry and jojoba oil to deeply hydrate and repair hair. There are a lot of masks in my collection I have not tried yet or already love so it will take me a while to try this again. If I do not reach for it within a year or two, I will gift it before it goes bad.
The 2 sets of Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower in this box are worth $6.86. I’ve received these in the past, but I have not tried them yet. I generally reserve eye patches for when my eyes really need them, which leaves me with a decent surplus. There are times when I need serious depuffing so I hope the botanicals in this to reduce fine lines and dark circles really work.
The 4oz Votivo® Aromatic Travel Tin Candle in No. 45 Grey Vetiver™ retails for $12. This definitely has a fresh, woody scent. It smells “like a man.” While I do not mind the woodsy scent, it is not my favorite. My ex was never a fan of overly manly or woodsy scents either so I will hold onto this and burn it when I want a manly scent. I am guessing that will be rare, but I like the tin. If I want to repurpose it into something else, I have to finish the candle.
The 2 serving sample of Askinosie Chocolate Single Origin Sipping Chocolate is worth $3.49. This vegan-and gluten-free hot chocolate will help satisfy your sweet tooth. I am not a hot chocolate fan so I am unsure if I will keep this. My soon-to-be-ex-father-in-law is from the Philippines where this originated. He has not gotten back to me on whether he wants this, but I might be able to get my oldest son to try it if I cannot give it to someone who wants it. When it comes to beverages, my son is usually exclusive to milk and water. On a rare occasion, he will drink other things, like hot chocolate.
The paperback version of Calm by Michael Acton Smith has a list price of $19.99. I am guessing that is the price Birchbox used to value this although there are several places selling cheaper versions. It is a book of tips and tricks on how to relax even when life gets busy. As someone with Bipolar disorder, I admit the book is one of the main reasons I purchased this kit. There are times when I cannot stay calm, and I am working on it. This book is extremely helpful. While it lists things most people should already know, reminders never hurt. Plus, I love all the quotes and reading does calm me naturally. Reading about tips to calm myself deepens my calmness even more. In other words, I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs occasional help in maintaining a calm state of mind. Spoiler alert: meditation is a huge tip in the book, and that is something I struggle with. Shutting my mind off is nearly impossible, but I am a work in progress.
I cannot find the exact Richer Poorer Women’s Textured Crew Socks in this box, but most of the crew socks from this line retail for $14. This is a sock brand I’ve received in the past from Birchbox and am a fan. They are stylish and well made. These are no exception. The blue and white socks with geometric print catches my eye. When I tried them on, they felt as great as they looked. My only complaint is you can feel some of the design from where the stitching crossed over to the inside of the sock. It is not too bad though as I’ve experienced some socks that are all design and no function. However, I would not wear these to a place where I’d be walking all day. For times like that, I prefer a smooth sock for function over design instead of the combo these offer.
Whenever you spend over $35, you can add a free 2-piece sample pack to your cart. This combines with any promo code, because you add it directly to your cart. Birchbox sells this for $10 for anyone spending less than $35. It has been a long time since the value was over $10 so I highly discourage anyone spending less than $35 to buy it. I received a 0.25oz foil of the No 4™ Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque ($0), and a 0.02oz Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eye Pencil in black ($5.43). The pencil is color #221. My spreadsheet tells me shade #1001 is at my ex’s house. They are both black pencils, but I will hold onto this until I can confirm it is the same thing as the one I already own. If it is, I will gift that. That is the reason I am not swatching it. For reference, these are stiff, waxy pencils.
Discount promo codes are on my Birchbox page, but you can always view the Bonus Shop for GWP promo offers. Promo codes cannot be combined. Choose the one you like best. For this order, I used LIFESTYLE, which gives a mystery lifestyle gift with a $50 purchase. While I am unsure if everyone who redeemed the promo code got the same thing, I received a 12-slot Isaac Jacobs Cosmetic Organizer. I’ve received some organizers from this brand in the past and think they are high quality acrylic. This one is no exception. The slots are too large for traditional things, like lipsticks or nail polishes.
It does hold a lot of my foundations. Bigger foundations like cushions and wet n wild Photo Focus do not fit, but a lot of other popular foundations do. The problem with using this for foundation is I like uniformity, and this does not even come close to holding all the foundations I have here. Since I could not even find a listing online to list the value (my guess is around $20 based on how thick the acrylic is), I know I could not purchase a second one. This offer is not available on Birchbox anymore so I could not get a second with a promo code either. Even if it was available, I would probably have to order from one of my old accounts (Birchbox restricts most codes to one-time use) and hope that all mystery gifts with this code were the same. My point is I will find something that has 12 or less products to store in this.
The box retails for $53, and it has a $170.02 value. That is slightly under the $180 Birchbox estimate. With less than $10 in difference, it can come from a few places. I guessed on the size of the Herbivore body scrub. If my guess was off or if it is actually sold somewhere in the smaller size, it could be worth more than I figured. Because I could not find single packets of the sipping chocolate, I used the full-size to price it. Single packets are a lot more expensive per oz. It is also possible that the socks are more expensive than I guessed. My personal value is $66.53, because the sipping chocolate is the only thing I am not keeping for now. Other than the hair mask, the shipping chocolate, and candle, I am happy about all the items (so far). As I use some of the new ones, that could change. Even if I hate them, I still tried them because of this box. Thus, it does not take away from my personal value. What could take away from the value is if I decide not to keep the hair mask in the future. I’ve already burned the candle to test the scent so I’ve already redeemed (some of) its value. Anyone who wants to or needs to relax would probably enjoy this box.
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