What is Birchbox?


Birchbox is a beauty sample subscription service where you pay $10/month (shipping included) to receive 4-5 random beauty samples in a cute box. There are many other similar services (Glossybox, Sample Society, etc.) to choose from. I chose Birchbox because, from what I’ve read, the samples usually come from high quality brands and I thought it was more affordable than the alternatives. For example, Glossybox (reviewed here) costs $20/month.

Another difference is that Birchbox lets you accumulate reward points. For every 100 points you earn, you’ll receive a $10 credit to spend in the Birchbox store. Here’s a breakdown for each activity:

  • Birchbox membership — 110 points for a yearly subscription, 10 for a monthly subscription
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent in the Birchbox shop
  • Earn 50 points for every friend you refer to Birchbox
  • Earn 10 points for each completed product feedback survey

There are some customization options available through the website that help ensure you get a box full of products you like. So far it’s not perfect but I’ve liked at least a few things in the two boxes I’ve gotten, and the retail value of those was definitely over $20. Besides, it’s nice to get a little gift in the mail every month.

If you want to try Birchbox, you can sign up by clicking here. (FYI that is an affiliate link so if you click and sign up I’ll get 50 points. If you don’t like that idea, just visit the website at www.birchbox.com)

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