There aren't many beauty boxes in South Africa. There aren't many subscription boxes at all, really. Which is why when toofufu made the move to London, we wasted no bloody time at all. We hit up Birchbox after spying an add featuring a double, mega-box giveaway - because we're millennials who grew up in the shadow of recession and by god, do we love a deal.
What did said deal involve? Glad you asked. Two month's of products for the price of one. We looked at the boxes that had gone before, and looked that the ones to come, and we decided to go for it. Even if it mean eating popcorn for lunch three days in a row. Here's the results from that two-box scoop, as well as all the goodies that came in our June delivery.
Spectrum Collections Marbleous Tulip Eye Contour Brush (vegan, cruelty-free)
Caudalie Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum (vegan, cruelty-free)
Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara (vegan, cruelty-free)
ELEMIS Hydra-Boost Day Cream (cruelty-free)
Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow - Vanilla Frosting (vegan, cruelty-free)
Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo (vegan, cruelty-free)
Kueshi Shine & Volume Mask (vegan, cruelty-free)
ModelCo® Highlighting Trio (cruelty-free)
Merci Handy Hand Cream (vegan, cruelty-free)
Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish (vegan, cruelty-free)
ecoTOOLS Eye Enhancing Duo Set (vegan, cruelty-free)
Scrub Love Original Lovin' Scrub (vegan, cruelty-free)
Meech and Mia Browliner - Shade #21 (cruelty-free)
As you'll see from above, loads of the products you get in your box are cruelty-free, but at the moment there's no way to request only cruelty-free products. You're also not able to note your interest in #veganbeauty prods. Bummer, for sure.
A bunch of the samples are made with organic ingredients. These are often from smaller boutique brands, like Scrub Love with their AMAZING coffee scrub (it smells incredible, OMG). Then there are also environment-loving beauty instruments like June's ecoTOOLS eyeshadow brushes. But, sadly, not every box will have an organic product, and there's no way to request these specififcally.
It's time for an ol' fashioned pros and cons list. Ready? Pro/ You get beauty samples delivered straight to your door once a month - what a baller treat. Con/ Sometimes the samples aren't relevant to your skin type, even after you've filled in a preferences form.
Pro/ You learn about brands you might not have every heard of, making space for some potential new favourites. Con/ You can't request to have only cruelty-free, gluten-free, or vegan samples.
Pro/ It's fairly cheap at £12 including delivery. Con/ The sizes of each product on the Birchbox website seems to deliberately make the products look bigger than they are in reality.
Pro/ You can freeze your account at any time. Con/ Their website is a little janky, and it makes for a difficult reviewing process.
If you've got the dosh, and you're okay with having one or two non-cruelty-free treats in your box each month, you'll love it. We've unsubbed for now, but we'll be keeping a close eye on Birchbox, ready to return when they're a little more animal-rights savvy.
Have you ever joined a subscription box? Which one? Tell us in the comments below and we might feature it in a future post.
Since April of 2017, we've committed to visibly listing all potentially harmful ingredients in the products we mention in our posts. Please remember that natural doesn't mean 'safe', and synthetic doesn't mean 'harmful'. You can read more about this and our other policies in our Mission Statement.
Unfortunately, this post contains tons of samples that contain such potentially harmful substances. If you see something you like, please run its ingredients through the Skin Deep Database for more information.