Is the Birchbox monthly subscription worth the cost?

Oh, I hate writing bad reviews. I try to keep this blog as positive as possible. When I receive products that I am not fond of, I typically skip posting about them to make room for services or products that I love. However, I was gifted the November Birchbox to review, so a review I must do. Here are my honest opinions.

Initial Thoughts

Signing up for the collaboration, I was super excited because I have heard and seen many great things about Birchbox. They were the pioneers of monthly subscriptions for the most part! I’ve even had friends say I should give them a try because I would love it.

Needless to say, I had high hopes when receiving my first ever Birchbox package.

What Happened

After going through two huge cardboard boxes with Birchbox logos on the sides,  I found a smaller blue box. I opened the lid of the blue box and found four sample size products. My first reaction was to laugh at the hysteria that it took three boxes to ship these mini size products. Then reality sunk in… It took three huge boxes to ship sample size products? Really?

What Happened Next

I started examining the samples and realized these are very similar to what you could get at Sephora… FOR FREE! Now the anger began to hit. I started thinking about people spending their hard earn money to receive samples they could get for free at sephora. I began thinking about all the wasted cardboard to ship out these samples. It wasn’t adding up in my head.

The Actual Products

In the November box I received a sample size of benefits “they’re real”, which I love the actual product and have used before. But the sample will barely last a week before running out. The Balance Me tinted wonder eye cream took two squeezes before any product came out. Most of the bottle was filled with air. The Jour d’automne Smoothing Balm had dirt or dust lining the lable as if it is an old bottle. The modster eye liner seems like a great product, but again there is only enough to last a week or two. Lastly, the most disconcerting of all the products is the Juliette has a gun perfume which came in a small tiny vial that you could get at the counter of Saks. I really am so confused how this is appropriate to send to your customers.

My Solution

With several subscriptions now on the market that are providing way better packages to their customers at relatively the same price, Birchbox has to up its game. Take a look at what I received in the Popsugar Must Have Box this past month! Yes, it is a tad more expensive, but it was loaded with full-size products that I use every single day!

My solution is cut the cost of packaging by simply sending the products in one box. Then take that money and use it to provide one hero product. It could be a full-size bottle or at the very least two deluxe size samples.

Maybe other boxes have included more deluxe size samples or full-size pieces, but I was seriously taken back by what was inside. It hurt a bit to write this review, but I never want any reader to spend their hard earn money on something that isn’t up to standards.

Your thoughts

I want to hear from you and your experience with Birchbox monthly subscription. This was my only experience with them, and it might just have been the box. I will give them the benefit of the doubt. What have you experienced or thought about Birchbox? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Sounds like a real bummer to me!
    Especially about the boxes, it’s like a scene in a sitcom where the birthday girl gets a big box of a gift only to find out that there are boxes inside the big one and the real gift box is tiny:(

  2. This actually made me mad reading this! It’s just not good enough and I’m sorry this happened to you! I’ve been wanting to try one of these subscription boxes for so long but I have no idea which one to choose. obviously I wont be choosing Birchbox now!

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