Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review – February 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.)
The Subscription Box: Clean Bar Box
The 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.
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.
Moonlight & Roses Soap (5 oz) – Value $7.50
Sometimes I’m a fan of rose scented things, sometimes I’m not. I think it works here and I love that the soap includes rose buds. You will usually find at least one soap in this subscription with something interesting like this – maybe oats for gentle exfoliation, flower buds or petals, etc.
Chocolate Soap (5 oz) – Value $7.50
Smells exactly like you’d expect it to! I’m a fan of this one, as well. The soaps this month were Valentine’s Day themed, which is fine (it’s hard to come up with seasonal stuff for February), although I didn’t get to start using these until after Valentine’s Day.
Note: This month’s bars are not available in the Clean Bar Box shop at the moment, so I’m using values based on previous months.
Lavender Soap (2.5 oz) – Value $3.75
This is shaping up to be a pretty floral month. This is a clean, natural lavender – not at all overpowering or cloying like a lot of artificially-scented lavender things.
Red Clover & Tea Soap (2.5 oz) – Value $3.75
I’m finding this one hard to describe but I think it’s my favorite for the month. It’s pretty refreshing and just a little bit springy and is putting me in mind of warmer weather.
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 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 February Clean Bar Box? Do you get any soap subscriptions?