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Yuzen Beauty Subscription Box Review – Summer 2016

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Yuzen is one of the original eco subscription boxes. It’s a mix of spa, beauty and the occasional food item, and everything is made with natural ingredients. (It’s one of those boxes that smells amazing even before you open it!)


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: Yuzen

The Cost: $33 a quarter

The Products: Eco-friendly products to nourish the body and soul.

Ships to: US only.

Check out all of my Yuzen reviews and the Eco-friendly Subscription Box Directory!


Each box comes with a fold out card that details the items and brands featured. For each item, they also let you know why they picked it for the box.


ÉMINENCE Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer – .5 oz Value $10

This moisturizer has a wonderful natural scent. It’s made with succulents, and the formula is gentle and absorbs pretty quickly – a little goes a long way with this one!

PACIFICA Enlightened Gloss Nourishing Mineral Lip Shine in Beach Kiss – FULL SIZE! Value $12

This is my favorite type of lip gloss – lots of shine, a hint of shimmer and color, and NO stickiness! I love it! Here it is swatched:



ME! BATH Ice Cream Sandwich Pumice Stone – Value $8

This pumice stone has a pink side and a white side – the pink is for removing rough skin, and the white side is for buffing and softening skin.

SPA TECHNOLOGIES Marine Body Polish – 2 oz Value $6.90

I think I say this too often in Yuzen reviews, but this product smells wonderful! It’s a lotion that has “Natural Pumice and Algae granules buff your skin to a soft glow.” I’m not sure if this is designed to be used in or out of the shower, but I just tried it on my hands and then rinsed it off – with a super-smooth result!


SPA DE SOLEIL Olive Essence Organic Body Butter – 1 oz Value $3.25

I may end up buying this in full size once I finish this sample. It’s a rich creme without being too greasy, and even the scent is decadent!

JURLIQUE Purely Age-Defying Firming Eye Cream – 5 ml Value $16

The eye cream formula is almost a cream-gel hybrid. It’s very lightweight and didn’t irritate my skin, so I’m hoping to see some improvements to dark circles by the time this sample is empty!

ZENTS “Sun” Bath Truffle – Value $6

I was hoping this was chocolate, but a bath bomb is a good alternative! Here it is unwrapped:



SENCHA NATURALS Green Tea Mints – Value $3

This Mango Green Tea flavor is so unique and addicting! It’s not too sweet either.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $65. I think that’s great for a $33 all-natural beauty and spa box, plus I pretty much always love everything Yuzen sends. I think they do a great job at selecting products and brands that most subscribers will love

What do you think of the Summer 2016 Yuzen box? What is your favorite item?

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. Liz I always laugh when reading reviews that you might buy an item you tried. With all the boxes you get how can you not have product overload?

    • Haha! I definitely have product overload! 🙂 I embrace it!

  2. Wow this box is amazing! I am a first time subscriber and it is way better than any other boxes I’ve had before. The size of product, the curation, the types of brands (Eminence – LOVE IT, Spa Technologies – HEAVENLY, Zents – AWESOME). You dont see these brands in other boxes. A great eco lux spa in a box. Not to mention the gorgeous presentation. I am very happy to have found this box on this site. Thanks!

  3. I am not sure if I am just having my sense of smell out of whack, but the olive essence moisturizer smelled so bad that I could not use it. It had a nasty chemical smell, which is weird, because nothing in the ingredients should smell this vile. Also the expiration day stamp stated it expires in 2017, so that should not be a problem either. I ended up throwing it away. Just wondering if anyone else noticed it…

    • Mine smelled fine, and I detected lemongrass as the overriding scent (one of my favorites). It’s very thick, though, so I’ll probably hold this for winter.

      • Hm, I must have gotten like a bad batch or something. I usually love lemongrass and get soap with lemongrass. This was something else. Oh well. The rest of the box was pretty amazing!!

    • Have you started any new medicines? When I started my birth control pill it temporarily changed my sense of smell. Almost as if I was pregnant and would get nauseated. Everyone else thought everything smelled fine.

      • That would make sense! Thanks for commenting!! I was actually pregnant when I received the box. That could have been the reason… (Just had our little girl today!!)

  4. I love Yuzen boxes – they always have such a nice mix and wonderful products to test. This is the one box that I keep everything from – no sharing 🙂

  5. Is Yuzen always sample sizes? This is my first box (I haven’t received it yet) and I had it in my head that all the products would be full size. But don’t know if I got that idea from a Yuzen or MSA source, or just thought it up and then thought it was real. I’m a bit disappointed at the size of these products, but willing to give it a try.

    • Yes, Yuzen usually provides sample sizes, although occasionally you’ll get deluxe sizes or one or two full sized products (like lip gloss, nail polish, and last quarter’s amazing MyChelle sugar scrub). I definitely preferred last quarter’s box to this one.

    • The sample sizes are pretty hearty. You can definitely form an opinion on all the products with the amount they provide.

      I actually prefer sample sizes. I get bored and want to try new things that it is hard for me to get through full sized items.

      • I also like sample sizes but have too many! I’m sure this is a standard sub box addicted first world problem. I’m still looking forward to trying Yuzen, with readjusted expectations.

  6. LOVE Yuzen.. I look forward to it so much every quarter and it’s the one box where I use everything and rarely swap or give away a single item. So much goodness in one pretty box!

  7. I love this box! Yuzen always has brands I never get in other boxes and the packaging is to die for. A perfect way to receive a little Zen spa for me!

  8. Love, love, love Yuzen!!!

  9. I received mine last night. I am also a bit confused by the Marine Body Polish; I could not tell if it is for in shower or out of shower. I think this box is missing something. Maybe one less lotion and something else in its place, like some kind of mask?

    Overall, no real complaints. It smelt great and I will use everything but the bath truffle (I have a shower with no tub).

    • Hi Lee,
      Zents is a great company with amazing scents! Sun, is not one of my favorites but it fits Yuzens ‘summer theme’! Either place it on the swap site or fill up a plastic bucket & give yourself a bath bomb foot soak! ;o)

      • Ha! I like your suggestion. I have a footbath, maybe I will give my feet a good soak.

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