Monthly beauty samples subscriptions are all the rage right now, and luckily for me, a good friend got be a Birchbox subscription for my birthday back in March. (I have the best friends!) I was super excited to see that Birchbox has a natural and organic cosmetics selection, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating my monthly samples ever since.
So far, it’s been an interesting experience.
My first box was a disappointment—a bottle of perfume arrived shattered (and a tweet to Birchbox received no response). The other products were mostly faux natural, containing some natural ingredients but also some icky ones that I try to avoid. My second box arrived on Friday, and was a bigger success: a yummy tea sample, a mini lipstick from Vapour Organic Beauty (one of my favorite brands!), and a salt scrub from dirt (a new-to-me brand).
The other samples included ingredients I try to stay away from: the infamous “parfum” ingredient, plus phenoxyethanol, which I will sometimes compromise on, but not if the ingredients list also include things like PEG-150 and methylchloroisothiazolinone. (There are plenty of great, natural products on the market that don’t include these ingredients.)
On the whole, however, I’m mostly pleased with the natural brands Birchbox partners with—and I hope to see more truly natural products in my box next month! I’m always sure to fill out the feedback surveys to help prove there’s a market for natural products.
But, I’m curious: Do you have a Birchbox description? What has your experience been like?
Please share! I’d love to know what my other natural beauty junkies think of their boxes! —Aleigh