Birchbox Canada Review - December 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. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
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 Canada.

Your samples will include beauty products from all different categories, including makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance. You'll get to try cult favorites, new launches, and more. Birchbox will also try to tailor products to meet your beauty needs by following your Beauty Profile. Things like hair colour, eye colour, skin tone, and hair texture is taken into consideration.

To see all my past Birchbox reviews, click here.

I'm a little annoyed with Birchbox this month. See that lovely $10 promo card? It doesn't work in the Birchbox Canada shop. The code is only valid at, a site that doesn't offer shipping to Canada. Not only that, but the $5 gift card with purchase promo that Birchbox was running in early December has the same issue. They advertised on the Canadian site that a $5 gift card would be included with purchases over a certain amount, but turns out we can't actually use the gift cards. I e-mailed Customer Service and in response they told me to toss the cards and credited my account 150 Birchbox points (equivalent of $15 off in store). If you received one of these $10 cards in your December BirchboxCA, I suggest you e-mail right away.

First look

Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum (15ml, $10.50)
Hair need a little rescuing? This super fruit-fueled serum is here to swoop in and save the day. Antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn berry, the anchor of this lightweight serum, helps to treat and repair dry, damaged hair. Strands are left smooth and shiny without a heavy, greasy feel.
My ends could use some rescuing that's for sure.

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum (7ml, $15.85)
Aloe vera and spruce knot smooth, moisturize, and protect skin in this cooling gel. Roman chamomile and may chang, a shrub with antibacterial properties, help soothe skin and fight breakouts.
Lots of claims here!

Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm (3ml, $4.40)
This balm is a favorite among celebrity makeup artists and dermatologists because the 100% natural formula completely rehydrates depleted skin and lips. Bonus: You can also use it to sooth sunburn, tame brows, and nourish thirsty skin anywhere on your body. It’s tasteless, odorless, and effortlessly powerful.
I actually really like this. It's very rich and moisturizing.

Coastal Scents® styleEYES Palette (2 pan mini sample, $1)
The pros at Coastal Scents fixed these conundrums with these handy mini-palettes. Designed with specific scenarios in mind, these exquisite color collections feature perfectly complementary shades in purse-friendly sizes. The formalEYES palette offers lovely nudes and rosy pinks for a big night out.
This is a tiny sample from the formalEYES palette. They are nice, wearable colours.

Beenigma All In One Face Cream (0.2oz, $25.70)
Made of New Zealand bee venom and 20+ Manuka honey, this paraben-free cream increases collagen and elastin production, lifting, plumping, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Even better: it renews damaged skin cells, giving you a youthful, radiant glow.
This is a pretty deluxe sample! I'm curious about bee venom creams. They say it's botox without the needle.

My December Birchbox Canada included five products with a retail value around $57.50. It's a great value considering how tiny the samples are this month. The Beenigma and Dr. Lipp are my favourites. I also like that there is variety this month with hair, cosmetic, and skincare all covered.

Also good to know - BirchboxCA is adding new features. I first noticed this last month, but we now have Birchbox Plus. Each month, Birchbox offers several great lifestyle products at a discounted price, that can be added onto your monthly box. You can add as many as you like. You will be billed separately for your add-ons on the 1st of the month and they will ship (for free!) along with your monthly box. We still don't have Sample Choice (although it seems like it might be coming) or Birchbox Aces, but the future is looking more bright!

Click here to check out Birchbox Canada.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

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  1. Some nice mix of sample items.

  2. Don't know where you are in Canada, but we've had sample choice for this November and December! I just got my email for January sample choice today.

    1. the same for me! I was so disappointed again by birchbox and samples I received!


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