Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review – January 2016
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.)
Subscription Box: Clean Bar Box
Cost: $16.99 (monthly; four 2.5 ounce bars), $21.99 (monthly; two 5 ounce bars and two 2.5 ounce bars), $21.99 (every other month; two 5 ounce bars and two 2.5 ounce bars); $16.99 (every other month; four 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.
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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. This is good, since the small bars didn’t come with ingredients labels inside the little bags this month. Although the ingredients are usually pretty similar.
Raspberry Mint Soap (5 oz) – Value $7.50
Sometimes with this one, I smell the raspberry more and other times, I smell the mint more. It’s a combination I wouldn’t have thought of, but I do like it. And the color is lovely.
Apricot Chamomile Soap (5 oz) – Value $7.50
This was not super strongly scented. Even if you are not a fan of fruity smells in your bath and body products, I think you might like this – the apricot was mild. This reminded me of something in my childhood that I can’t quite place.
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.
Oatmeal Spice Soap (2.5 oz) – Value $3.75
This was also not as strongly scented as in past months. I am noticing a trend in this review…perhaps my nose was too stuffy to be a good judge? It is winter, after all. But I liked this, plus I think it’s kind of cool that it contains ground cloves.
Pomegranate Cherry Soap (2.5 oz) – Value $3.75
This one was, by far, my favorite, and I did not think the scent was weak or mild at all. I want to keep this bar and just smell it sometimes. If this shows up in their shop, I will buy it in multiples, even though I don’t need any more soap. This is super fruity and I love it.
In the past, the small bars have 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 January Clean Bar Box. (This is pretty close to the cost of the box, making it a better deal to go for a longer subscription and/or use a coupon.) 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 January Clean Bar Box? Do you get any soap subscriptions?