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Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review – November 2015

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Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review November 2015 - box

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 BoxClean 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.

Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review November 2015 - inside

 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.

 Check out the Beauty Subscription Box Directory for more great bath- and spa-oriented subscriptions!

Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review November 2015 - letter

 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.)

Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review November 2015 - large

 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.

Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review November 2015 - small

 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?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).
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  1. Great review again Ragan! To address the postage due, we are not sure what the issue is because it has happened with a couple other boxes, even though the weight is correct. However, postage is never actually due and the boxes are delivered normally, we have tried correcting it with the postal service, but have not come to a conclusion. They may just be very rushed with the holidays. Have a good Thanksgiving!


  2. I’m glad to see there was no actual postage due since I’ve had that happen to me twice with sub boxes, one of which was sent to me unsolicited/free to review. Since I had no idea what it was or who it was from I opted to let USPS return the box to sender. The other instance it was a sub box I had ordered (plus another for my daughter). Both came postage due to the tune of $6 each. Suffice to say I was highly irritated and asked for a refund of the extra shipping payment. After just 1 week of arguing I finally got the money. And dropped the sub. So the postage due thing does happen but I’m told USPS is equally likely to make errors in this department and demand postage when none is due.

    • I can’t imagine this sub would actually get postage wrong. They send out two large bars of soap, two small bars of soap, and the paper squiggles every month. The weight is going to be the same every single time and the only time the postage would change is if the USPS did a rate increase.

  3. Am I noting that they sent this without enough postage?

    • If you read just under the photo, you’ll see that the box was delivered as normal and I did not have to pay anything. I don’t know what the handwritten thing on the address label refers to.

  4. I really, really wanted to like this. I like the varied options. I love handmade soap, but I just haven’t had the time to make any in a loooong time. The box (October) smelled so good when it arrived. My daughter wouldn’t stop smelling it. LOL However, I didn’t like the size of the bars…the 5oz are too wide to grip comfortably in the hand. Although they make my bathroom smell yummy, on me, the scent goes away with rinsing which was disappointing. Lastly, which was most discouraging & why I cancelled, was it burned my face. I am not sensitive to ANYTHING, and have used many handmade soaps without a problem. So, so disappointing. Because of this tho, I talked my friend who makes & sells soaps to start a subscription box herself, as there was just not any good ones I could find….so I guess my experience wasn’t all bad! Haha.

    • I have not been using these soaps on my face. I don’t think they’re really designed for that. I have not had any trouble when using them on my body, but of course each person’s reaction will be different.

      There is also the half-size bar option if you don’t want the square soaps.

      • Wanted to let others know if they are interested in this that the 5oz bars are square & hard to hold, not rectangular like many bars. This is pure soap… Lye, water, oils, & fragrance. It shouldn’t burn unless it isn’t cured long enough. They need more time sitting before using them on your face or tender area. People who order this should be aware of this. Otherwise, I have loved this sub!

        • Thanks for the heads up on the ingredients! I have very sensitive and dry skin so I’m always wary of buying homemade soaps because of horrible previous experiences.

        • Just an fyi…for larger soaps or because soaps spend most of their lives sitting and doing nothing in the shower but melting and we want them to last, cut them in thirds or portions. Helps you handle them better and more cost efficient. No more waste.

  5. I just stocked up at my favorite etsy seller, Whipped Upp soaps. I ordered the snowman, snowflake, and black raspberry vanilla soap.
    Thanks for review.

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