Well, the second unboxing today was that of the Birchbox August box. I had seen a preview of the products I would be getting this month, and it didn’t excite me as it usually does, with the exception of a “bonus” item that I personally chose. I was tempted to title this blog WHAT’S THAT SMELL? (for reasons you’ll read about below) but decided to employ a little restraint.
Here’s the box opened with its contents on display:
The picture is pretty self-explanatory so let’s just dive on in…
First is a shampoo and conditioner by Neil George in a decent travel size. I don’t mind getting the occasional hair product in my box but…well, when half the box is hair product, it doesn’t give me the warm fuzzies. Especially with the way these babies smell. Ye gads. I’m not sure if this product is geared towards the male demographic or if it’s becoming trendy to want to smell like men’s (cheap) aftershave, but…Oy! These will go safely to the back of my cabinet and only used in the event of extreme emergency. Like the Zombie Apocalypse has struck and I cannot leave my residence to buy anything else to use.
After that sensory explosion, the next item I decided to check out was something a little less…”fragrant.” Here we have a trial size of Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum. This appears to be a fairly decent trial size. I’ve heard great things about Paula’s Choice products, so I’ll definitely be taking this baby for a spin.
Next is the BIG WINNER of this box. This baby almost makes up for the olfactory attack of the Neil George shampoo and conditioner. This is a Whish Coconut Milk CC Body Cream and, wow, does it smell like a piece of confection heaven! If anyone has ever smelled the popular Votre Vu hand cream, this product is, to my sniffer, almost an exact duplicate of that product. This smells amazing. I’ll definitely be using up this tube and buying a full-sized one as well.
The last item is a Laura Geller Beauty Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow in Silver Sands. This is the bonus product I selected myself because, well, it’s Laura Geller and it’s a great neutral color. It did not disappoint. This little tube will last me for awhile, so this was a winner, too (but not as great as that Whish body cream…yum!).
So, there we have it, the somewhat disappointing August BirchBox. Although tempted to cancel since I don’t want to collect too many “just in case” products for a possible Zombie Apocalypse, I’m going to give them another month, as their previous boxes have been pretty good.
For $10/month, it’s usually a bargain.
If you’d like more information on BirchBox (or if you’d like to start your own Zombie Apocalypse stash with that Neil George set above), here’s a link to their website and their Facebook page. As I said, it’s normally a nice little $10/box and I’ve had no previous complaints.