3B Box K-Beauty Subscription Box Review – November 2016
3B Box (AKA Beauty Beyond Borders) is a monthly subscription box that helps you discover popular Asian beauty products. 3B believes that “finding your perfect product shouldn’t be limited to what country you live in or what language you speak.”
At the end of October, the price for new members increased from $12 to $15 per month for the month-to-month plan. Subscribers before this change are grandfathered into the old price for the next two years.
3B now carries full-size products in their shop so you can purchase what you love from your box. They also offer 6 and 12-month subscription plans as well as gifting options.
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The Subscription Box: 3B Box
The Cost: Starting this month, $15 per month for the monthly plan, $14 per month for the 6-month plan, and $12 per month for the annual plan. Free shipping.
The Products: 4-5 sample- and full-size Asian beauty products
Ships to: the U.S. only
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Each month comes with an info card detailing the month’s selection. November’s items feature a five-step K-beauty skincare routine!
Manyo Factory Deep Pore Cleansing Soda Foam 20 ml – Value $4
This cleanser is a light mossy green color! It contains green tea extract, sodium bicarbonate, and papaya fruit. It smells like citrus, lathers into a thick foam, and washes off well without making my face feel too stripped. I’m really happy with this discovery.
Etude House Honey Cera Toner 15 ml – Value $1.60
3B Box has sent samples from Etude House’s Honey Cera line before and I’m so happy to try more. This toner contains honey extract, royal jelly extract, and ceramide to nourish dry, rough skin. The consistency is slightly thicker than water. It smells a little like baby powder and feels moisturizing but not sticky. This is definitely a good product for someone who prefers more moisturizing toners.
Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator 15 ml – Value $2.79
Hada Labo is a great Japanese brand that offers several products that I really enjoy. This is a lightweight essence that contains retinol complex, collagen, and hyaluronic acid to help skin retain natural firmness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and moisturize. It’s scentless and the consistency is a liquidy gel. It absorbs quickly and dries to a completely smooth, soft finish. I’m a huge fan of this essence!
Etude House Honey Cera Emulsion 15 ml – Value $1.67
This is a lightweight moisturizer that’s good for layering before traditional moisturizers or creams. It smells like the Etude House toner but has an interesting stringy consistency. I only apply it sparingly. It feels a little thick but not tacky, and best of all it gives me the perfect amount of hydration. It’s slightly difficult to get the emulsion out of the tube. You really have to tap on the bottle!
Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream 5 ml – Value $5
This mini sized snail holds a cream that contains 80% snail mucin filtrate as well as rosemary, chamomile, and tea tree extracts. The cream has a floral fragrance. I only need a little bit– too much and the cream will not absorb completely into my skin. It leaves a minimally tacky finish that isn’t bothersome for the nighttime. It is super moisturizing and keeps my skin comfortably plump and hydrated until morning.
Verdict: November’s box had awesome curation and a fun set of products. I calculated the retail value to be $15.06, which equals the cost of subscription (new members are at $15 per month, while older members are grandfathered in at $12). The value is on the low side, and 3B Box has had higher value boxes in the past, so I’m hoping they can raise that a little. On the bright side, I liked every single item in the box. I’m especially happy to have discovered the Hada Labo Anti-Aging Hydrator, so overall it is a win.
What do you think of 3B Box?