French Box Subscription Box Review – May 2015
French Box is a newer subscription box that sends you a box of France each month. This is the first box since their February box. (Check out the February review to see the issues with products in that box). Since then they’ve revamped the subscription. It now costs $36 a box, and ships every other month.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: French Box
The Cost: $36
The Products: Each box contains 5 products from French brands: fashion, cosmetics, gourmet and others surprises.
Ships to: US only.
Delivered via: USPS
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In previous boxes, French Box had included a folded info card. For this box they replaced the physical card with an email detailing the items.
One of the concerns that emerged from the February box issues was product transparency – subscribers wanted to know where products were made and the ingredients of everything included in the box. I think this email is a great way to address those concerns. (It’s a lengthy email with product details, ingredients, production date, shelf life, etc).
FAB&CO Soap – Value $4
Unfortunately for me, this soap scent is just too strong. (I got the Gardenia and Rose scent – not sure if they are all as heavily perfumed).
Institut Karité Paris Lip Gloss – Value $15
This lip gloss launched in May in France, and exclusive to French Box in the US. I’d consider it a cross between a balm and lip gloss. It adds a good amount of shine, just a hint of color, and there is no stickiness. I’m a fan!
Marilou Bio Organic Night Cream – 1 oz Value $9
This night cream is made with 99% natural and organic ingredients – and it is pretty reasonably priced for a night cream! (Good to know for swaps – this product comes with a foil seal). It’s a pretty thick cream too – and very moisturizing.
PAYOT Almonds & Pistachio Body Scrub – 25 ml Value $4
I love the almond scent of this scrub! It isn’t a huge sample, but should provide a few uses.
Palme d’or Bookmark – Value $9
From French Box:
The Palm D’or is the most prestigious award at the Cannes Film Festival, which marks the Best Feature Film and in our rendition honors our faithful customers.
The Cannes box would not have been complete without your very own Palme d’or! This showpiece is open to creativity, wear it as a necklace, use it as a bookmark or just let your imagination run wild.
French 35 mm Film Keychain – Value $8
I thought this was a nice touch to add to the Cannes themed box. (I’m not sure I would agree with the $8 value though – I dropped mine on the floor and it immediately shattered!)
Authentic French Riviera Postcard – Value ?
From French Box:
Finally we’ve saved the best for last. Every FrenchBox this month contains an extremely valuable surprise. We’re including authentic French postcards from the French Riviera in and around Cannes.
We spent copious amounts of time gathering postcard collections just to obtain a sufficiently large collection for all of our subscribers. The postcards we were fortunate enough to locate date from 1900 to 1960. Some of them have been circulated and contain original calligraphy, stamps and singular stories.
Each card has a story, now it’s your turn to add your story to its repertoire. We like to think we are writing you into history with each card. Whether in black and white or in color you’re sure to get a glimpse into the life of past Cannes attendees or French Riviera visitors. Their story is now yours, our loyal starlets.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $49. That’s pretty good for the $36 a box cost. Reading the email that accompanied this box, I can tell that a lot of thought and work went into putting this box together, and I appreciate that they took feedback from subscribers to heart and made major changes in their product sourcing and transparency.
I’m not sure this box is something I would spend $36 on if I saw it in their shop, but I’m going to give them another box or two. (Or however long until my annual subscription runs out on this new pricing model).
What do you think of the May French Box?