Unboxing: Birchbox (France) June 2016

This is my very first Birchbox so needless to say, I was super excited about it! I was away on holiday when the box arrived, so this is about 2 weeks late – I ran down to the post office to pick it up the first chance I had! My birchbox is from France, and it appears that the products in them are not the same as Birchbox in the US. I’m actually glad that it isn’t – because this means that I get to try out more interesting things that I’ve not seen before.

This month’s theme is “Au Bord De L’eau”, which I think translates to “at the water’s edge” or something like that. Birchbox France costs €13 a month, with free postage to the regular Relay Point; I paid an extra €2 to have it delivered to my door. This month’s box came with a small squishy makeup pouch in light grey-blue with a bright pink zip.

Item 1. Beaver Hydro Energizing Multi-Protection Shampoo | 40ml

RRP: €21.90/258ml
With my very limited french-language knowledge and the even more limited English words on this item, I assume this will be an energizing shampoo with anti-oxidants to fight against pollution and the sun. This doesn’t really have a scent; will be going into my shower.

Item 2. Crea-m Anti-Aging Serum | 10ml
RRP: €33.90/30ml
This has such a cute packaging!!! If you didn’t notice, it says “the older, the smarter” on the tube. Would be great to test too, now that I’ve entered into my 30s.

Item 3. L’occitane Jasmin & Bergamote Shower Gel | 50ml
RRP: €14.50/250ml
This has a really lovely light floral scent; it’s not overpowering, which I love, but there is still a distinct scent. I do love L’occitane’s bath products so this will be going into my shower.

Item 4. Love of Color One and Done Shadow Stick in Champagne Problems | Full size

RRP: €10.50/1.35g
Finally!!! I see a makeup item in a beauty box! I’m so happy to finally get a proper makeup item in a beauty box rather than an entire box of bath items. This is also a really lovely champagne colour – can’t wait to try it!

Item 5. Absolution Le Nettoyant Purete | 15ml
RRP: €29/150ml
This claims to clean, control and sooth; contains roman chamomile, white willow and oat, with 99% of the ingredients with natural origin and 30% organic. I’ve mentioned this before but I don’t trust organic and natural claims; I care more about whether it works.

And that’s it! I’m pretty happy with my first Birchbox – while 4 of the 5 items are tiny sample size, I love that everything is a new discovery for me, and that there was a makeup item rather than an entire bag of skincare and bath products. This also doesn’t have any tanning products, which makes my heart sing because I am so sick of getting tanning products.

Have you tried Birchbox before? What do you think of it?

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