Birchbox Canada Review - April 2015 - Canadian Beauty Subscription Box

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  ** Birchbox is no longer operating in Canada**

What is it? Birchbox Canada 
How Much? $10/month plus $4.95 shipping, or $159.40/year including shipping (CDN $) 
What’s in it? Five personalized beauty samples, tailored to your profile.

Birchbox is the premiere beauty sampling service in the US and it's the service that launched the entire beauty box craze. Established in New York in 2010 by two friends, Birchbox now has operations in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, and most recently, Canada!

The only crummy part about Birchbox in Canada is that the Canadian site is completely separate from the US site. On the plus side, we are billed in Canadian dollars and the box ships from within Canada, but the Canadian site doesn't offer all the cool perks and promos that the US site gets (Birchbox Aces, Sample Choice, Limited Edition boxes etc). The samples are different too. To get an idea of what sort of samples you might receive, scroll through the Birchbox CA shop and check out the brands. They've been adding more and more every month.

April's box was supposed to be a specially designed floral version by Rifle Paper Co. I was super bummed when I opened my mailing box and found the plain brown box. The same thing happened to other subscribers last month. For some reason they never produce enough of the specially designed boxes. 

This month's fresh blooms and fresh air have put a bounce in our step, and we're thrilled to update our look. That's why we've put together a selection of beauty picks perfect for spring (hello, new colors and trends).

Every month, full size versions of the sampled products are available for purchase with free shipping. This applies to all the products sampled during the month, not just the ones you received. 

First look

BeeKind Shower Gel (30ml, $2.38)
This richly foaming cleanser comes infused with nourishing honey, organic calendula, and not a small amount of eco-friendly good karma. So lather up, soak in the fresh lemon verbena scent, and then go ahead and pat yourself on the back.
BeeKind donates a portion of proceeds to honeybee research at the University of California. This gel smells fresh and lemony.  

Templespa Peace Be Still Calming Face & Body Balm (25ml, $4.83)
This luxurious cream is a blend of aromatherapy and skincare, with a soothing, sophisticated fragrance from essential oils and an infusion of botanicals to nourish skin. Vitamin B5 softens and hydrates, while lemon, coriander, and nutmeg extracts fend off damaging free radicals, calm inflammation, and stimulate skin. This lush moisturizer absorbs quickly for a silky, never-greasy feel.
I don't really like the smell of this one but the non-greasy formula is nice.

Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer Gel (4ml full size, $16)
This weightless gel highlighter is oil-free and made with 80 percent water, which gives it an incredibly lightweight texture that also won’t clog pores. The pearlescent pigments in the formula give skin a subtle, luminous shimmer. Better still, this gel is hypoallergenic and free of mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, and sulfates.
This is similar to Benefit High Bean, but the applicator is a strange little mini paint brush.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour (2g, $17.85)
Unlike some glosses that simply provide a nice shine, this lip lube channels softening shea butter, which moisturizes and fills in any unsightly lines, and is infused with refreshing mint. Available in an array of wearable, softly pigmented shades.
This is a very generously sized sample. A full size is 2.8g.  The colour isn't for me though.

Lulu Organics Hair Powder in Lavender & Clary Sage (2 x 5g, $3.20) 
Most dry shampoos are made with talc, a controversial ingredient that may have carcinogenic properties (scary, no?). But Lulu Organics®’s version is formulated with organic corn starch, rice powder, white clay, and pure essential oils, so you never have to worry. The sweet-smelling powder helps you achieve the look of just-washed hair no matter how long it’s been since your last shampoo. 
I love hair powders for travel and non-wash days. These pouches will be great for vacation.

The April 2015 Birchbox Canada included five products with an estimated retail value just over $44 Canadian. I paid $13.28 CDN for this box (with a year long subscription) so it's a great value. The samples are all generous sizes. I like that they included a mix of items, with makeup, bath & body, and hair products.

What did you get in your April Birchbox?

Click here to check out Birchbox Canada.

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  1. I got this month's box and it was not the most exciting for me.


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