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French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015

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French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Box

French Box is a  subscription box that sends you a box of France each month. This is the second 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.

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French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Items

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

Check out all of my French Box reviews!

French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Info

This box came with a little black and white booklet detailing the items included.

French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Booklet

French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Towel

Bouchons et Torchons Kitchen Towel – Value $22

(That made in France tag is a removable sticker). There are several variations of this towel subscribers might receive this month, and I think I got the french-est one of all!

French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Unfolded

An Eiffel tower made of macarons!

French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Poster

Notre Dame at Dusk Mini Poster – Value $8

This poster measures 22.5″ x 7.5”. The poster listed on the French Box site lists the poster as measuring 57″ long, so I’m guessing that’s a typo. I don’t always have a use for mini posters in boxes (and this one seems like a challenge to frame), but I think my mom will like this and figure out a way to display it!

French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Cookies

Pierre Biscuiterie Pure Butter Cookies – Value $5

These cookies look SO good! I’m guessing my husband Eric will enjoy these with coffee!

Durance Ancian Rosa Protective Hand Cream – Value $28

This wasn’t my favorite item – I couldn’t get past the scent. Some rose scents I like, but sadly this wasn’t one of them. (There was variation in this product as well, so I may try to swap for a different scent!)

French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Notebook

Clairefontaine Notebook – Value $5

Bic 4-Color Pen – Value $2?

FYI – this notebook is packed outside the inner box – I almost threw it in the recycling! This notebook has French-ruled paper of the Seyes grid (according to the Frenchbox booklet):

French Box Subscription Box Review – August 2015 Pages

Verdict: This box has a value of about $70. I think that’s pretty good, and I like the back-to-school touches with the theme this month. This isn’t the most exciting box since the priciest item was a miss for me.

What do you think of the August French 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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  1. Am I the only one still subscribing to French Box? Nobody seems to be doing reviews anymore. I’ve scoured the internet and can’t even find a single person that posted the contents of the most recent box. Well, I’m here to tell you it was pretty bad. The box included an Apron or two kitchen towels — you got to pick; however, they didn’t have any record of the two kitchen towels that I picked, so they sent me a brown Apron. Ugh. I have since gotten them to send me one replacement kitchen towel. No idea what I will do with the apron. Also included were 1 big cookie, two small cookies (all 3 were the same kind of cookie – Michel et Augustin Cookie Squares), 4 tiny jars of jelly (I’ve gotten the same kind on room service trays), a packet of yeast (yes, yeast), and a little pop-up calendar that includes 12 recipes. Huge disappointment.

  2. Is anyone still doing reviews of French Box? I’ve been following to see if they are going to bounce back after the previous issues, but it looks like August is the most recent review.

    • Hmmm — I have an annual membership, but the last box they sent me was the August box. I just emailed them to ask what’s going on.

  3. I laughed out loud when I saw that pen from the 70s!

  4. Thank you so much for posting! I’ve never heard of French Box and looking at this review and their site, I’m intrigued! New fan of your site here!! 🙂

  5. The theme of “back to school” doesn’t quite gel with a culture themed box IMO but other than that this is nice enough. Not quite OMG but if I got it I’d be happy enough.

  6. Fun box! I lived in Paris as a kid and the cahier and 4-color pen really take me back to my days in school there 🙂

  7. I like this box better than the last one even though it was a month late. So far, I will not be re-subscribing when my year is up.

  8. Liz — Thank you so much for pointing out that the notebook was outside the inner box! I was getting ready to email them a complaint that I hadn’t received it, so you saved me the trouble (and then also being embarrassed when they told me I HAD received it). I wasn’t about to recycle the box — the packaging is my favorite thing about FrenchBox — though now that I have a stack, I guess I should start recycling them!

    • Glad I could help! 🙂

  9. I felt the prices were a little inflated and the Back to School theme was unusual. This box was not my favorite. I was an annual subscriber and at the new price point I will probably not be continuing my subscription.

  10. I don’t want to take away from those happy with this box. I think that it is awesome that you enjoyed it. I just am so glad I cancelled this box. I don’t think the curation is very French. It is more touristy looking. I would not have any need for a poster, bic pen, or notebook.

    Again some people are happy with the box and that is good. I just side eye French Box. They were pretty late getting this box out to people. The contents aren’t worth the price to me.

  11. I picked the same macaron tea towel as Liz received and the Durance Liquid Hand Creme in Olive (SRP $45). I’m very happy with this month’s box.

  12. Just an FYI for the poster measurements: they have it measured in centimeters, which is abbreviated with the same ” symbol as inches in our imperial system. I would not be surprised if many of the measurements are provided in metric units due to the origin of the box.

  13. I like tea towel, it is good quality, thick and large. I chose motive with Champs-Elysées, white and blue. It was so many durance choices, I opted for dry oil with honey. Cookies were tasty, I love getting food items in boxes and I have a very sweet tooth!
    Personally I loved all Frenchbox before February. There were wonderful. I feel that they are really trying hard to curate boxes after revamping. I am always amazed by the amount of info they send in “what’s in your box” email

  14. I wish a French person could weigh in on whether or not that dish towel is for real. It seems so absurdly over-the-top that even with its Made in France sticker, I can’t help thinking it was designed and made for Americans to buy. Maybe you could find an American equivalent at Cracker Barrel with apple pies in the shape of Lady Liberty or something, but really, is this French in a way that would appeal to the French? :/

    • Great comparison!

    • It is a French company and you can google their website. The tea towel is about 10 euros retail. I am not French but have been to Paris over 10 times.

  15. I liked this box too! I liked that we got to pick the items and that they weren’t all beauty items. I think Frenchbox is actually doing a better job of curating items that are consistent with the theme and I actually appreciate that they don’t seem to be inflating RV. Although the poster is an odd size it is beautiful and will go perfectly in my daughter’s Paris themed room and I love the tea towel.

  16. Man, this throws me back to studying in French Uni times. Man they were all organized masters at note taking, everybody whipped out their pencil bag with 8 colors of pens and highlighters, rulers and lined paper and start making grids and boxes on the paper in preparation for note taking. I remember feeling so left out with my one black pen and super dull college ruled paper.

  17. I loved Frenchbox before the February disaster and since the revamp I haven’t been impressed at all. It’s definitely not a $36 box, it’s the same as when it was $26, somehow even worse for me. I wouldn’t want a pen or notebook or poster.

  18. I’m very happy with my box with month. I loved being able to choose 2 of the items. I chose the same macaron towel but I got the Durance dry oil in olive and fig. I love both of those products. I am so glad to get just 1 beauty product and like the variety of products. I enjoyed reading all the information on their website about each product.

  19. This looks the same as when the box was $26 (minus the Feb disaster) except now you’re pay $36…not tempted to resub at all.

  20. I was really pleased with this box! I was still on their email list from before and when I saw the options you could pick from to customize it, I was in! For whatever reason, I didn’t get my choices to go through (still don’t know what I did wrong). I wanted the olive themed one (especially now I know it was a tea towel!!) and the Rose hand cream. I ended up getting the same tea towel as you and the fig scented body lotion. I’m pleased with both, so not upset. Plus their customer service has been responsive, just not sure if they plan to do anything, but I also didn’t demand anything.
    I thought this was well curated. Who knew the Bic pen was so French? I haven’t had one in years, so even though I was kind of huh at first, it’s a fun blast from the past! The cookies are delish and I plan to use the journal to chart sales with. It’s perfectly gridded for that or many purposes. I hope the next box is as good!!

  21. I don’t know if you got the email, but this month they did let you pick out the design of your towel and which Durance product you wanted. I picked out the Eau de Lavende design for my towel and the Rose Osmanthus perfume for my Durance item.

    Although the items weren’t too exciting, I can see that they have made some good changes to the items they send out. It’s an improvement from their beginnings and I hope they stay along this path.

    • Just found the email in my inbox – totally missed it! I will make sure to look for it next time. Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  22. French Box sent an email a few weeks ago and let you customize your own box. I got to choose the pattern I got for the kitchen towel and choose the Durance item as well — so I got exactly what I wanted, and I really appreciate that they did that. French Box has definitely upped it’s game since their restructuring. The boxes now feel very carefully curated and with the beautiful French flair that is the reason I subscribed. 🙂

  23. I dumped this box after May and I’m glad. The only thing I like is the dish towel and that’s not worth $36. 🙂

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