Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review – November 2015
Clean Bar Box is a subscription box that delivers you handmade artisan soaps that are free from preservatives, animal products, petroleum derivatives, parabens, and sodium lauryl sulfate.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.) Note: Although someone has written something about “postage due” on the address label, this was delivered normally (I did not have to pay anything).
The Box: Clean Bar Box
The Cost: $14.99 (monthly; four 2.5 ounce bars), $19.99 (monthly; two 5 ounce bars and two 2.5 ounce bars), $19.99 (every other month; two 5 ounce bars and two 2.5 ounce bars). Save with 6- and 12-month subscriptions.
The Products: Four new scents of seasonally-inspired soap every month. All ingredients are sourced in the USA and handmade in Indiana.
This is a review of the large box, which you can purchase on a monthly or every other month basis. I love the eco-friendly packaging inside!
Ships to: US (free).
Note: Lots of other countries are available in the drop-down list in the sign-up window. I can’t tell how to calculate shipping for those countries, though. I’d suggest e-mailing them if you are interested and live outside the US.
COUPON: Use code FIRSTBOX to save $3 off your first box.
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Each box includes an information sheet with the month’s theme and descriptions of the included scents. This month, ingredients are also listed on the letter. (Sorry, this picture didn’t turn out as well as I would’ve liked.)
Cranberry Spice Soap (5 oz) – Value $7.50
I’m starting to see fresh cranberries in the supermarket so this is certainly timely. It’s fruity-smelling, but the fruit is mediated by the spices. The combination works well and makes me want to bake something.
Black Raspberry Vanilla Soap (5 oz) – Value $7.50
I am noticing the vanilla a bit more here, but I have the sniffles and it may be that I am smelling some fragrances better than others. At any rate, I like the multicolored aspect of this and I think the addition of vanilla makes this seasonally appropriate!
Note: Most of this month’s bars are not yet available in the Clean Bar Box shop, so I’ve just used prices from other full-size bars and linked to the main shop. You should see them there soon if you are interested in ordering.
Almond Spice Soap (2.5 oz) – Value $3.75
Almond is like my favorite scent, ever, so this is definitely next in my soap rotation. Or maybe I will use it at my sink to wash my hands, because then I can make it last longer. Decisions, decisions.
Spearmint Rosemary Soap (2.5 oz) – Value $3.75
I’ve had peppermint/rosemary scented beauty items before, but the spearmint rosemary soap is a little different. I like this twist on a common theme, and I think the mint leaf pieces are a nice touch.
Usually the small bars come with ingredients lists on pieces of paper inside the canvas bags. I didn’t see those this month, but the ingredients were listed in the letter that came with the box (and the ingredients are generally pretty similar from soap to soap with Clean Bar Box).
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $22.50 for the October Clean Bar Box. This is a subscription where you always know what to expect in terms of value. I think they do a really good job at choosing seasonal scents and I also like the soap; this subscription has got me using a lot more bar soap than I used to! Prices are similar for handmade soaps on Etsy on a per-ounce basis, too.
I also like that you can get smaller soaps in the small box or choose every other month delivery. Either would be a good option for a smaller household that doesn’t use quite as much soap.
What did you think of the November Clean Bar Box? Do you get any soap subscriptions?