Unboxing the Birchbox for August 2021

I have to say I was very surprised to find my Birchbox in the mailbox yesterday. Usually they send an e-mail to let you see what is in your box around the time they send the box into the mail system and then they send you another e-mail with the tracking link. they are always good about sending those e-mails, so Birchbox rarely shows up as a surprise.

This month, there were no e-mails and the box just appeared. Funnily enough this morning I received an e-mail from them stating that the box was on it’s way. So I think there were some hiccups along the way. Still arrive my Birchbox did.

For those that don’t know, Birchbox is a $15 per month subscription and they send samples, deluxe samples and the occasional full sized item. You can get the subscription at a lower cost if you sign up for a six or twelve month subscription. You still pay monthly, it just costs less. I signed up for a full year as I was taking advantage of one of their deals (I received an advent calendar if I signed on for a year). So as a consequence I pay $13 per month ($14.27 with all taxes). This is the tenth box of my year long subscription so I have two more before I will decide if I am keeping the subscription or not. So lets see what goodies August has in store.

The first item in my box was the one item I selected during choice. It is the PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45. I like the brand PCASkin and the few things I have tried from them have all been really nice. I am always looking for more sunscreens to wear. So many I try and don’t like that despite all the samples I go through I generally end up sticking with my Volition Sunscreen. I know we all talk about sunscreen in the summer, but it is a year round product. If you have sun, you need sunscreen, regardless of the season. So I have been looking for several different brands to add to my list to keep in rotation so I can trade them out every now and again. Thus far it is a short list. I have high hopes for this one. It contains caffeine in the mix.

I know you are thinking, “Does Mimsy’s coffee addiction know no bounds?”

Well, first off, no, not really. I actually just got in an order of coffee I placed with Amora Coffee and I did the happy dance when it arrived. So no, no real bounds there.

But the caffeine in is supposed to help prevent free radical damage. I will have to give that a bit more of a look before using it so I’ll be able to tell you exactly what it is supposed to do then. The notes on the Birchbox card are pretty sketchy on the subject.

Moving on we come to the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream. I’ve tried many products from Glow Recipe, some i have liked better than others. I have however never tried a body cream. I just finished out the Dr. Botanicals Lemon Super Food Rescue Butter (fabulous stuff by the way, I was sad to see the tube emptied) so perhaps this one will be the next sample size I try out. While it does still have the foil cap on it, the scent of watermelon is still drifting out slightly. I suspect it will have a similar scent to it as the Watermelon Glow Sleeping mask. It has that same Watermelon candy scent to it. which I kind of like. it is a very summery scent so perhaps I will focus on using it up before the heat fades.

Aceology was the next brand pulled out of my Birchbox this month. It is a tube of the Brightening Treatment Mask. It has a different color to the tube, but the exact same name as a full sized tube I received in a different subscription box (I think Ipsy) I actually really like the mask, but still have plenty in the full size, already open tube. I’ll investigate and see if they are actually the same mask despite the different color tubes and if they are I will set this aside for use later. I will be happy either way actually. It is a great mask that I don’t mind having more of and I wouldn’t mind trying something new from the brand. So it is kind of a win win.

The Fourth little tube in my box this month is from a brand i have never heard of. It is the brand Minus 417. I know nothing about them and have heard nothing. This sample is of their Intense Volumizing Mud Shampoo. According to the blurb in the product card it nourishes the scalp while drawing out impurities. What is interesting is that I was using the Zent’s Shampoo and Conditioner set. I have finished the shampoo but still have conditioner left. I actually have several shampoo samples to work through so I have paired the Zents conditioner, which I love, with these random shampoos to use them up and clear them out. Right now I am finishing up the Davines Shampoo that came in last month’s Birchbox. But this may be my next sample as I am curious about both the brand and a mud shampoo.

In case you were wondering, I am generally slower to finish conditioners because I often use hair masks and treatments and when I do I skip conditioner on those days. (currently loving the Klorane Mango Mask BTW) Hence the slower usage of conditioner. Sometimes it is a pain, but this time it is actually a bonus. Since I know how the conditioner performs I can sort of see the differences in the shampoos. But that is another story.

On to the final product in this month’s Birchbox.

And it is quite an interesting one. It is also the only thing in the box that isn’t a little tube. It is the Art Naturals Vitamin C 3-in-1 Facial Treatment It says on the card that the full size is $3.99 and I am inclined to believe that this is the full size. It is a one use product but it has three steps to the facial. Step 1 is a brown sugar scrub. Step 2 is the Vitamin C Mask and Step 3 is the Witch Hazel Toner. The mask feels like a sheet mask in the package. I find this a really interesting trio. It has the potential to be fantastic. It also has the potential to be a complete mess. I think it will depend on how the package tears. If each product comes out on it’s own then it could be (depending on its performance) a fabulous idea. If I go to tear open the Step one Facial scrub and the package tears all the way to the Step 3 Which Hazel it will be a wreck.

I think I might ear mark this for my Friday Face mask this week, just because I am curious and want to see how it works. I also suspect that if I add it to the sheet masks I am trying to work through and clear out, it will very easily get buried. But I am looking forward to giving it a go.

And that is this month’s Birch Box. While it is a collection of small tubes and a sheet mask, I have to say I am kind of excited to try some of these products this month. There is quite a bit of interest in seeing how they perform. The samples are small so it will mostly be a test it out and see if it is worth bothering to try out a full sized version, but hopefully there will be enough product in the tubes to let me know that. This month all of the tubes feel relatively full. On several occasions this has not been the case, but I think that is more brand related rather than Birchbox.

So two more Birchboxs before I have to decide if i want to keep the subscription. The difficulty I am having is that for $13 I can see the value. At $15 I start comparing it to Macy’s and Macy’s generally comes out ahead. So if I decide to keep it, I would have to sign on for another year. And I will have to decide if i want to commit to another full year. I’m going to have to look back through my cards and products and see if that will be the case. But even though time is drawing near, it has not yet arrived so I still have two more months to decide. This month however, I am quite happy.

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