Birchbox, May 2015

Birchbox (Canada) — May 2015

My second Birchbox (Canada) arrived today, and this month it was curated by Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere. The box isn’t as pretty as last month’s from Rifle Paper Co., but really, it’s just a cardboard box.

I’m just going to come out and say right now that I’m canceling my Birchbox subscription after just two boxes. I feel like if the cost was CA$10–12, and not CA$15, I might hang onto it for another month or two. But for $15, I’d rather buy myself one item (perhaps a MAC eyeshadow pan, or an Essie nail polish plus change) that I actually want rather than get five random items, one of which I might like, and the rest of which will get shoved into that hotel toiletries box in the linen closet.

Here is what I got this month:

  • geometric print paper box
  • BeeKind Body Lotion (Mini)
  • Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash (Mini)
  • LAQA & Co. Lip Lube Pencil in Menotaur (Mini)
  • Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray (Mini)
  • Raw Spirit Desert Blush Eau de Parfum (Sample)

Read on for photos of everything, plus a brief comment on the LAQA lippie, which I’m wearing right now!

Birchbox + Emily Schuman (Cupcakes & Cashmere) May 2015This is the box.

BeeKind Body Lotion (Mini)BeeKind Body Lotion (Mini). This sounds nice, but I generally don’t get too excited over body lotion samples.

Made with natural skin conditioners like honey and organic chamomile, this natural hydrator absorbs instantly without greasy residue, leaving behind a zesty lemon verbena scent. Plus, every BeeKind™ purchase helps support a healthier honeybee population[.]

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash (Mini)Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash (Mini). Yet Another Body Wash. Again, sounds nice, but…yawn.

This body wash from Gilchrist & Soames is loaded with extracts of Japanese sea wrack. The natural formula hydrates and reinvigorates skin, and leaves behind a fresh aqualeaf and citrus scent.

If, like me, you don’t know what sea wrack is, it’s a type of seaweed.
LAQA & Co. Lip Lube Pencil in MenotaurLAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil (Mini). This is the only item I really like, at first glance. It’s not a color I would necessarily have chosen for myself (too cool-toned) but I just put it on and it’s actually pretty fun! It reminds me of an old Body Shop lipstick I used to have, except that was opaque, not sheer, and more muted. I’ll review this product this weekend for sure!

By the way, I also did something really dumb, which made me very happy that I’d already taken photos of the pencil. I noticed the bottom of the pencil was loose, so I started twisting it to tighten. I got it tight, then turned it more and it loosened again. Then I realized I’d squished the tip of the product into the clear lid. LOL. Oops.

Number 4 Non Aerosol Hair Spray (Mini)Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray (Mini). I grew up in the 80s and 90s and I didn’t use hairspray then. I don’t use it now.

Raw Spirit Desert Blush eau de parfum (sample)Raw Spirit Desert Blush Eau de Parfum (Sample).This is supposed to smell like:

Australian boronia, a tiny pink blossom known for its sweet, citrusy aroma. Other notes include jasmine petals and violets mixed with warm musk, cedarwood, and sustainably harvested Australian sandalwood. The resulting fragrance is equal parts romantic and airy. Bonus: A portion of all sales helps support sustainable agricultural projects among Indigenous Australians.

Cool, I look forward to trying it.

And that is the end of my Birchbox adventure!

13 thoughts on “Birchbox (Canada) — May 2015

  1. I’ve gotten a few snoozes from Birchbox. I keep it because of their points system and sometimes I get samples I like. They might need to rethink the body wash type samples!

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    • I think if I didn’t have to pay an extra $5 for shipping to Canada, I’d keep it for a bit longer. I think it’s probably a good deal for $10!


  2. Sorry, receiving body lotion / washes, and perfume sample would make me angry. WTF. You can get those for FREE. I’d cancel this too.
    Well, I guess the lip pencil was the ONE good thing. I’ve smooshed twist up products into the caps before – oops. At least you’ll always have this picture of when it was pristine. 😛

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