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French Box Subscription Review – September 2014

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French Box Subscription Review - September

Finally – the first French Box has arrived! (I think this is one of the most anticipated subscription box launches this year!)

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Unboxing

I took a lot of unboxing photos because the packaging is just gorgeous!

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Ribbon

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French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Items

The Subscription Box: French Box

The Cost: $24 a month (First box special – $14!)

The Products: Each box contains 5 products from French brands: fashion, cosmetics, gourmet and others surprises! FrenchBox is the best way to discover or share the latest products from France.

Ships to: US only.

Delivered via: USPS

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Box Info

This month is grape harvesting season in France, and they included a wine inspired recipe:

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Pear

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Card

Each box comes with a card detailing the items included.

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Postcard

The box also came with this cute postcard.

Now on to the actual items!

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Lip Liner

Sothys Lip Pencil in #3 Naturel – FULL SIZE! Value $16

This is the one item not listed on the card, so I’m guessing it may vary box-to-box.

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Lipstick

Sothys Hydra-Glide Liptsick in #20 Brun chaud – FULL SIZE! Value $25

Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water – 30 ml Value $4

This lipstick is a little on the dark side (and orange side) for me, but I’ll definitely use the makeup remover.

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Gummies

BuddyFruits Fruit Bites – Value $1.50

Missiu Eiffel Tower Bracelet – Value $12

I get way too excited about gummies made with natural ingredients – these were gone in a minute!

Here’s a better look at the bracelet:

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Bracelet

This is the only item in the box that doesn’t feel Paris chic to me.

French Box Subscription Review - September 2014 Tote

Whispering Angel Wine Bag – Value $15

I love this wine tote! Now if only I could order Whispering Angel wine online!

Verdict: I paid $17 for this box (I bought a year subscription at the discount they were offering upfront). I received over $70 worth of items – a great value for a first box! I was pretty nervous about buying a full year subscription without seeing a box first, but now I can relax! Plus the packaging of this box is so fantastic – it feels like opening a gift.

What do you think of the first French Box? Did you get different variations than my box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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92 Comments

  1. I got my box and I don’t like it. It seems like most people like this box. So maybe my tastes are just odd. The values are great, the curration is great. Yet I’m not thrilled with more makeup in colors I won’t be using, nail polish, a wine bag, I have no use for. A bracelet in a color I won’t wear. They did a great job for their first box. Yet I was not expecting 3 makeup related items ( I got: lip liner, nail polish, makeup remover ). I’ll might sign up again in the future, if I see less makeup. – I’ll be adding most the items I got up for swap. — Some of what I was hoping for: A french note pad, maybe a post card, a mini eifel tower sovenier or keychain, something different then what I got.

    • I don’t like the box either. I don’t think your tastes are odd.

  2. So on the fence about this box! For $14.00 I was very happy. I got the dark nail polish, a brown eye liner w/ smudger, orange snack, and blue bracelet. I’m going to find a way to re-purpose the bracelet. Maybe I will cut off the ends and paste the eifel towers to the top of a picture frame or something like that.

    This reminded me very much of Glossybox.. just the french version of it. I had hoped for more touristy kind of things that you can only get in France but I will try one more month. For $24.00 I think I would have been disappointed in this box. I’m not even sure what to use the wine tote for either.

  3. I really thought they did a great job for a first box. I hope they are able to acquire more brand partnerships for the future. Ditto everyone else on the fantastic packaging 🙂

  4. Maybe the universe was trying to tell me something….my choices were almost the exact opposite of what I would have picked :(. My bracelet is hot pink, I don’t wear eyeliner and I hate banana flavored anything. I don’t use wrinkle cream. I won’t use the wine bag. I did get a very nice Sothys nailpolish in a deep red which I do like. This doesn’t mean this wasn’t a good bag (although what woman who uses wrinkle cream would want a hot pink bracelet!) just that the choices were not my taste. I’m going to give it one more month and see what a full priced box will hold.

  5. Where do I need to go on their website to unsubscribe? I’ve been searching their site and am not seeing any sort of unsubscribe button (I’m on mobile). It was an okay box but didn’t seem to have anything all that unique. I was hoping for something more special, that I wouldn’t be able to get easily here.

    • You need to log in and then you can cancel. Took me a little bit to figure it out but you can do it. 🙂

  6. Lovely box, just not for me. I put my entire box on the swap site, if anyone is interested. The only thing I didn’t include was the gummies (my four year old immediately ate them 🙂 He loves when I get treats in sub boxes.

  7. I was so excited to get my subscription and I’d read about limited times to get a box so once I got on the site I hurried and bought one month. But alas….in my haste, I mistyped my address and now my box has been marked undeliverable-Return to sender.

    So so sooooooooo sad.

  8. I got mine today too. Same as most everyone else. I absolutely love the packaging! The little Eiffel Tower lining inside the box is just too cute!

    I did a monthly sub and used the coupon to get this first box for $14. For $24 a month, I hope they step up future months. This box was fine for $14, but if I had paid $24, I think I would have been disappointed. I’m going to give it a go for one more month to see how a full-priced box is though. This box has so much potential as there’s some great French items they could include. I almost want to keep it just for the packaging, but I suppose that would be kinda goofy! 🙂

    • “I almost want to keep it just for the packaging”. I hear you on that one, Brandy! It is beautiful. 🙂

  9. I loved the packaging as it felt very special. Received the polish, eye pencil and lotion with a hot pink bracelet and banana for the treat. Had hoped for the lipstick as I do not use eye products but felt for the first box it was very nice and looking forward to next months. Appreciated the emails, tracking and priority shipping. Hoping going forward more unique french products.

  10. I am not on spam side yet… But if anybody would like to swap brown eyeliner for a black one or even for a blue bracelet, let me know! My mail is arulinska@yahoo.com

  11. I just received mine. First, I love the packaging! I almost want to keep subbing just to get the packaging. I received the Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid, Sothys Lip Gloss, Sothys Nail Polish in a bright pink (which I love), Blue Missiu bracelet, Wine Bag, and Orange Buddy Fruits. Overall, I think this box is worth it. I’m excited for next month!

  12. OK…I love love love this box! I had terrible day…and was just feeling down and I opened it and saw the postcard and I swear I almost cried…pathetic but true! So I knew instantly I would love it! I got of course the cute wine tote (LOVE THIS) and my gummies are banana which I wanna hate but I’ll probably love. My bracelet was gold and its kinda cute! I got Sothys sun lip balm in the prettiest color and Sothys protective nail enamel! The Caudalie product I got was the Polyphenol C15 SPF20 anti-wrinkle protect fluid. I even love the little recipe card! I don’t know if all of these are my “favorite” products but I can’t bring myself to part with any of them because I just really liked this box! I didn’t need another box but I love it and this will be a keeper! Thank you so much for finding this box…it really made my day!

    • update…i was right i totally love the banana! it apparently did not take me long to bust into the gummies!

      • Haha – sounds like it was the perfect box for you then! 🙂

        • It was the perfect box for me…until I get your box which I feel will be my new favorite! I can’t wait! Thanks for all you do Liz!

          • I hope you like it – I’m getting pretty nervous! I think subscribers should start to get the box tomorrow!

  13. I’m very happy with the first French Box. My box was very similar to Liz’s. I received the Caudelie Makeup Remover Water which I’ve been wanting to try, the Sothys Lipstick in Rose Indien which is beautiful light pink color, perfect for my coloring. Also the Lip pencil in Nudite. My bracelet is in the Mandarin color. Not my first choice but I’m really starting to like it. I hope they seal the boxes better in future shipments.

  14. I was disappointed with my box. The packaging is really cute and I got eyeliner in smoky fort and Caudelie anti-wrinkle cream which I’m interested in trying. The rest is just kind of “meh”. The nail polish is the color of a shimmery band-aid and the bracelet is fluorescent orange — both which look totally yuck with my skin tone. The wine bag would be a great gift if it didn’t have the brand name on it, but as is feels like a giveaway. I got banana fruit snacks, which is my least favorite fruit.

    The main thing is that overall, the box doesn’t feel authentically French to me. Having been to France many times, I was really excited about this box, hoping it would have distinct products and flavors of France. The items in my box are things I could find locally for the most part. I’m sure it’s difficult to launch a new box, and obviously a lot of detail went into the design, I just think I’ll stick with my PopSugar box and wait till my next visit to Paris to buy products.

    • I got everything you did and in the same colors, minus the nail polish, which I got in a dark brownish red. I love the eyeliner and will try the wrinkle cream, but the rest of my box left me feeling pretty ambivalent. I was in France last spring and was hoping for something that would take me back, but this sadly was not that for me.

      • I agree with you completely on that “taking you back” feeling. I was hoping for that and felt exactly the same way when I saw what was inside. This box has great potential, but just didn’t hit the mark for me.

        I would have loved to have seen a French postcard (there are so many great ones). Maybe a chocolate or pastilles or nougat (I don’t think macarons would hold up), or a perfume sample or French milled soap. Maybe this will come as they add more brands.

        • Ok… now I don’t feel crazy. It was a cute box. Really nice at half price. I would have been upset if I paid full price. It just wasn’t for me.

  15. I got my box today!

    I received the blue bracelet, brown eyeliner, beige shimmer polish, banana gummies, and the SPF anti-anging cream.

    I just LOVE the packaging, especially the little Eiffel Towers printed on the box.

  16. I really liked this box, I got a brown shimmer eye liner, raisin nail polish, the anti wrinkle, banana gummies and an orange bracelet. I think ill use the bracelet as a bookmark or see if one of my girls wants it. Beautiful box and presentation. I cant wait to see whats in store for next month.

  17. I received my box today and I really like it! I got a brown eyeliner, the beige shimmery nail polish, the banana gummies, bright pink bracelet. I really like everything in one bag I’m not too crazy about the wine bag. And yes, the packaging is stunning!

  18. ok heres my box:

    1. Got the bracelet in red(YAY)
    2.Caudalie wrinkle cream
    3.Fushia nail polish(beautiful color)
    4. Sothys lipgloss in Parme-a pinky/mauvey gloss with shimmer(will probably swap since i don’t really wear gloss) but the formula isn’t sticky at all so I might try it!
    5. Banana gummies(GROSS! would have liked any other flavor).

    This is a great sub. I had to cancel for budget reasons before I received my first box. But this is the correct was that you start a subscription service. The packaging is great, the shipping was quick and the actual products feel very curated. On the user end, I didn’t feel any kinds or growing pains a lot of the other subs incur(lip monthly anyone?).

  19. Really happy with the first box and that I subbed for a whole year at the great promo price. I got the bracelet in black and Caudalie serum, which are what I would have chosen for myself – thrilled! Love the postcard, banana snack and wine tote as well. Only (very slight) disappointment is that my Sothys products were 2 nail polishes. Would have preferred to get one lipstick and/or the pretty lip pencil Liz got. Overall, huge win, though!

  20. Oh, I am so sad. I love this box except I got a bright orange bracelet, like the only color I can’t make work, anyone out there possibly wanting to trade for a black or blue? I love the bracelet otherwise!

    • Hi Samantha. If you haven’t managed to swap your orange bracelet for a blue, I have one.
      My Niece would love the orange, so I don’t mind parting with my blue bracelet.

      • I have an orange bracelet and would love to swap for blue if Samantha has already swapped hers.

        • Eme, are you on Liz’s swap site? If so, I can list the bracelet and you request it.
          If not, perhaps we can exchange email addresses.

          • Hi Helen,

            I haven’t listed anything yet, but yes, I’m on swap. I’ll look for you there. Let me know when you post it. If that doesn’t work then we’ll exchange emails.

            Thanks!

            Eme

        • I’ll go ahead and list it now and make sure I don’t accept any other swap than yours.
          Is this insider trading? lol

          • Hmmm… well, let’s just call it “smart trading” and get what we want. 🙂

          • Oh dear, there are two Helen’s on the swap site with blue bracelets. Are you in MD or NJ?

  21. I was not impressed, and I was really looking forward to this box too. I got:
    1. The bracelet in florescent orange – not cute for a 35 year old.
    2. Caudal in anti-wrinkle fluid
    3. Another black eye liner
    4. The wine bag, which will be part of a cute Christmas gift
    5. Banana snacks, which my 2 year old loved
    6. And a sparkly nude nail polish

    I guess it wasn’t THAT bad, but I was really disappointed by the eye liner and bracelet. Worth $15, but I won’t be subscribing.

  22. Does anyone else think it’s not cool that they included a bag with a wine brand name on it? The saying is cute but that’s a freebie item that promotes a brand name. In France that might be like carrying a bag that says Kendall Jackson.

  23. The only thing I have received is an email on the 9th that I would get my tracking number. No box yet…..

    • That’s odd cuz they sent out through 2-day priority mail. You shouldve received it already! I think you should contact them right away if you dont see any updates on the tracking number.

      • Nevermind. I thought you said you received tracking number already. You might still contact them to see when they are shipping it out though since everyone got it around the same time.

        • Just sent an email.

  24. My box arrived today as well. My bracelet is blue, and I’ll be giving it to my twenty year old daughter. My Sothys eye pencil is in Effet smoky doux, a dark gray. Sothys nail enamel in Moka, an oxblood reddish color.
    And the Caudalie Broad Spectrum SPF20 Anti-wrinkle protection fluid. It smells quite nice.

    It’s a nice box, but I’m going to stick with my other subscriptions for the time being.

  25. I received the Caudalie Fluide Anti-Rides Protecteur FPS20 (face cream) and nail polish.

    What a fun little box!

  26. My box waited for me when I returned home – LOVE everything in it! Great for $15, and I’m debating whether I should keep this sub with regular $25. I got:

    1. Missiu Eiffle Tower Bracelet in black – I’m crazy about any jewelries/accessaries in black!
    2. Caudalie Polphenol SPF 20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid – 0.5 fl oz/15 ml
    3. Sothys Protective Nail Enamel 7. rouge profond – vamp red!
    4. Sothys Intense Look Eye Pencil 1. noir
    5. Whispering Angel Wine Bag
    6. Orange Buddy Fruit

  27. I got a black bracelet, dark brown nail polish and clear base coat, banana fruit snacks, Caudalie anti-wrinkle lotion and the wine tote. I think the Missiu bracelets are really trendy right now, they are similar to the Cruciani ones. I really loved this box.

  28. My box is arriving today, but I couldnt help to read the review!
    Since there are variations, I dont know what I am getting. But based my the box Liz received, I do not like it at all. The only thing I might use in Liz’ box is the makeup remover. I guess I dont really care for French theme, so I unsubscribe right away. I figured that If there’s something I am interested from the Frenchbox in the future, I can prob. find it on the swap site anyway. I really just dont have the space for boxes of stuff I dont like/need !

  29. Well! I had written on my calendar to cancel The French Box today. But now that I have it in my ‘jolie petite mains’, I’m looking forward to next month’s offering!
    Love the wine bag, Caudalie moisturiser, blue bracelet/bookmark and inhaled the banana gummies in a trice. The whole presentation was divine, some nice touches.
    I did immediately swap the dark polish and eyeliner – thank you swap site!

    • What a great idea to use the bracelet as a bookmark!

  30. Wonderful packaging, and worth the $14 I paid.

    1. Missiu Eiffle Tower bracelet – red
    2. Caudalie makeup remover
    3. Sothys Protective Nail Enamel – pretty deep rich red
    4.orange Buddy Fruits
    5. Whispering Angel Wine Bag – same one pictured in the post.
    6. Sothys radiance lipgloss in pretty pinky beige called brun moire

  31. My bracelet came in a neon orange. Probably would have worn it if it were any other color. Got the nail polish in the deep fuschia. Nice color but I do gels and don’t use regular polish. Eyeliner in silver, usually wear black but guess I can try it. Still debating this this. I may continue for one more month to see what the next one has to offer.

  32. I received mine this morning and love it. So happy I decided to do a full year. My box contained the wine bag, orange buddy fruits, red Missiu, the cleansing water, Sothys nail enamel in a deep Fushia, and Sorhys radiant lipgloss in a shimmery nude/brown called Brun Moire.
    Very nicely presented and the box is a keeper.

  33. Can someone tell me how to upgrade from an existing monthly sub to a yearly one? I love this box I have to hurry home today. Thanks.

    • I, too, want to do this! I looked on my dashboard but can’t see any way to upgrade. It does seem like it will let me just start a whole new order but that begs the question “what happens to the first order”.

  34. My box came completely unsealed, with no signs of any packing tape ever having been used on it. Very sad!

    • The scotch tape on my box was 90% off when my box arrived, but the contents were just fine.

    • Mine had a piece of scotch tape that had been neatly sliced apart but everything was in the box.

  35. I am really happy with the French Box that I received. Inside was the Wine Bag, banana Buddy Fruits & a golden colored bracelet. My favorite items are the Sothys Nail Enamel in the nude color, Caudalie anti-wrinkle fluid and Sothys lip balm.

  36. Just curious, does BuddyFruits have anything to do with France? It doesn’t seem like it would. I never heard of this company before yesterday when my husband purchased a box of the squeezable fruits they make for our kids. Now I have seen it 2 times in as many days….

    • The back of the package says Product of France- Distributed by Ouhala gourmet Corp., Coral Gables, FL 33134.

    • I read the “about” section of their site, and apparently the company was creating when a French family was traveling in the US and couldn’t find anything healthy for their kids to eat on a road trip!

    • Thank you, ladies! I was interested in this box but decided to sit out the first month and wait for the review! I just signed up. Thanks! 🙂

  37. Mine is supposed to arrive today but could not resist peeking. I love that they ship 2 day priority mail. I knew this was going to be a great sub and so glad I signed up foe the yearly sub. I am interested in the Little Lace Box too–can’t wait for your review.

    • Little Lace Box is awesome! I have a $10 promo code. I like the French Box that I received today; however, I won’t use the lipstick (too dark) or the lip pencil. I won’t wear the bracelet, either. I like the print, the makeup remover, and the gummies!

      • What color lipstick and bracelet did you get? I’m looking to swap my brown eyeliner for a lipstick. Would also love to swap my orange bracelet for a black, blue, green, or brown one!

  38. Beautiful box! The actual box itself , I put up on my self with a picture of me in Paris on top. My whole office is decorated with Paris/Eiffel Tower pictures and models. So, this was fabulous! I got the same box as Anna – with the black eyeliner, the light gold polish and the Caudalie anti-wrinkle fluid. Blue Eiffel tower bracelet – great idea to use as a bookmark! Little wine bag is cute! Very nice job and so fun to unwrap!!! A winner!

  39. My bracelet was hot pink

    Other than that I got
    -Caudalie Polphenol Anti-wrinkle protect fluid
    -Nail enamel in a light beige
    – Sothys lip balm in a pretty plum color
    -Banana gummies
    -The wine bag

    I like it. 🙂

    • What color lipstick and bracelet did you get? I’m looking to swap my brown eyeliner for a lipstick. Would also love to swap my orange bracelet for a black, blue, green, or brown one!

  40. I already posted a bit on the other thread. I do enjoy the extras that were put in the box and the presentation. I think both variations are wonderful. I love the color of your lipstick and lipliner. I am looking forward to the October box.

    1. Missiu Eiffle Tower bracelet – same color as the card– I do love it because of the Eiffle Towers and will be using it as a bookmarker.
    2. Caudalie Polphenol Anti-wrinkle protect fluid. – Can’t wait to try it out.
    3. Sothys Protective Nail Enamel – I was hoping for a dark rich color. My color is a light beige. I may try it on my fingernails for a conference next month to give it that polished look.
    4.Banana Buddy Fruits
    5. Whispering Angel Wine Bag – same one pictured in the post.
    6. Not listed on the card – Sothys black eye pencil.

  41. I love my box as well. My bracelet was in red instead of blue. Love all the products. Well worth the money.

  42. Mine also arrived to day! LOVED the package and love that they included the cute postcard and recipe. What nice touches. I received a brown eye pencil and a nail polish in a beautiful red wine shade, and the Caudalie anti-wrinkle fluid (great because I already have a sample of the cleansing water somewhere that I need to use). Wine bag is cute. Bracelet I’m kinda meh about, but I’m glad I got a blue one! Maybe will grow on me. I’ll give the gummies (orange flavored) to my husband since I no likey the gummy things. Overall, but YAY for this box. I love all things French.

    • Oh, I would love eye pencil in brown! If anybody would like to trade for a black one, please let me know!

  43. I received the same box as Anna did and I could not be happier. I LOVE it and I think it will force me to keep the subscription. Ah! Promised I wouldn’t but I’m so impressed. On a side note, I heard about another similar new sub called Little Lace Box. Anyone have experience with it?

    • I have a review of Little Lace box coming soon! 🙂

  44. I like this box! Unfortunately, I gave up trying to subscribe because I could not get onto their website and order it – but I have so many subs going now, I need to figure out which one to drop for this one. I can wait and see how the other boxes look, but personally I like the Caudalie brand so am excited they included it.

  45. I tried to sign up for this one, but the site wasn’t working and I couldn’t get it on facebook either I don’t think. I forgot all about it until I got an email saying Frenchbox was shipping. But I don’t remember if I actually entered credit card info or not and I didn’t get a tracking code. Don’t think I got this one, but it looks like a great box!

  46. Wow! This is pretty great for a first month box, I can say that I think they will only get better from here, I would love to see more lifestyle items and delicious sweets farther down the road with this subscription, this is one I will continue to keep.

  47. I love the box and post card. The contents are nice for the price-and I actually love the bracelet. Missiu bracelets are actually very popular right now (although they are made in Italy!).

  48. My box is different! I got black eyeliner which I won’t use, I only use brown or gold. Then I got beautiful nail polish in nude with delicate shimmer. Caudalie anti-wrinkle protect fluid 20spf, 0.5oz. Banana flavor gummy, the same Vin bag and the same blue bracelet. I love postcard too, probably will frame it!

  49. Love, love and love! Mine is at the postal office, didn’t feel like driving to town again, plus my daughter got her shots and she needed fully mommy time attention :).

    I was scared to purchased the whole year, so I went for a monthly. I think Ill definitely keep this subscription, and I love the box so pretty, Ill feel bad tossing it away.

  50. I just received mine also. I received the eyeliner and nail polish that others have talked about, instead of the lipstick/pencil. I am really impressed with the packing and quality for a new company. I only wish I had received a black or red bracelet instead of yellow, because I would actually wear it. Hopefully someone will want to swap! I can see this easily becoming a French-style Popsugar with time!

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