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Amazon $11.99 Beauty Box August 2017 Review – FREE After Credit!

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See the beauty and oral care items in the latest Amazon Beauty Box!

Amazon is offering sample boxes to Prime Members – and you get the cost of the box back in credit (for a purchase of similar products) a week after the box ships! AKA – lots of free boxes if you are planning to buy from these categories anyway!

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See the beauty and oral care items in the latest Amazon Beauty Box!

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See the beauty and oral care items in the latest Amazon Beauty Box!

The Box: Amazon Beauty Box

The Cost: $11.99

The Products: Several sample- and full-sized skin care, oral care, hair care, or other beauty products.

Good to Know: This box is available to Prime members only.

Shipping: Ships free with Prime shipping.

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See the beauty and oral care items in the latest Amazon Beauty Box! See the beauty and oral care items in the latest Amazon Beauty Box!

This box also comes with info on how to get the $11.99 you spent on the box back in credit!

  1. Go to Amazon.com/Sample-Boxes
  2.  You’ll see the boxes you have credit for.
  3. Add the item you want to buy, and the credit will appear in checkout.

Now on to the actual items!

See the beauty and oral care items in the latest Amazon Beauty Box! See the beauty and oral care items in the latest Amazon Beauty Box!

L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rose Tone Cream Sample (buy a full-size jar for $18.74 on Amazon)

I couldn’t find just how much formula is inside of this packet, but I estimate there’s about an application-and-a-half. This cream is supposed to help you improve your skin’s rosy glow by stimulating cell turnover. It also has a super-subtle rose hue with a pinch of shimmer, which gave my skin a bit of a superficial dewy look. To be clear, the pink hue barely shows up, but the shimmer makes it like a gentler all-over illuminator. And the formula left my skin feeling moist and velvety.

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Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sample (buy a full-size jar for $12.74 on Amazon)

The next sample is this moisturizer that doesn’t have oil, parabens, nor petrolatum in it. It does have hyaluronic acid, which is a really popular skin-repairing ingredient right now. There’s about two application’s worth in this sample, unless you apply this to your neck like I did, in which case there’s about one and a half. The formula comes out like a looser lotion, but as soon as it hit my skin, it felt really liquidy. I will say that it made some more sensitive areas of my face feel sort of stingy, but it also left my skin feeling smooth, almost like the feeling that makeup primer leaves behind.

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L’Oreal EverPure Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Duo, 0.34 oz each – Value $0.58 (Buy a full-size set—8.5 oz—for $12.86 on Amazon)

I was surprised that this shampoo and conditioner by such a major, commercial brand is vegan, dye-free, paraben free, and even gluten-free! It has an herbacious, floral scent to it, and the conditioner in particular is designed to help nourish color-treated or damaged hair (which is perfect for me). They didn’t transform my hair in any super notable way, but the conditioner, in particular, did leave my hair feeling soft and silky in the shower and frizz-free afterwards.

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Maui Moisture Heal and Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner, 0.24 oz each – Value $0.48 (Buy a full-size duo—13 oz each— for $24.95 on Amazon)

These formulas both contain shea butter, as well as natural ingredients like coconut water and aloe. They have a light, beachy, slightly fruity smell to them that I liked a lot, and I’m wild about the fact that they’re cruelty-free. The winner in this duo, again, was the conditioner. I feel like my hair felt more nourished after the shower and even after a quick blow-dry.

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Christina Aguilera Glam X Perfume Sample, 0.05 fl oz – Value $0.85 (Buy a 2 fl oz bottle for $34.00 on Amazon)

I love perfume samples! This scent was a lot more subtle than I expected. It’s a sensual blend of orange and peachy scents that’s brought back down to earth with a pop of earthy sandalwood and amber notes. It’s a little sexier than the scents I tend to wear, but it’s fun to have this tiny spray in my collection for a late-summer date night.

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Crest 3D White Strips 1 Hour Express Treatment – Value $4.14 (Buy a pack of 7 treatments for $30.90 on Amazon)

I am a big coffee drinker, so my teeth could use a product like this! I liked the at-home ease of popping these strips on my top and bottom teeth. I wore them while I worked on my laptop until the timer on my phone went off. My teeth did end up a few shades brighter, too! Wow!

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Aveeno Daily Moisturizer, 1 fl oz – Value $0.50 (buy an 18 fl oz. bottle for $8.97 on Amazon)

This lotion is small enough to pop in a purse, or even a jacket pocket if I’m out and about. The lotion has a light, soothing, clean smell to it, and the lotion absorbs into the skin fast without leaving it feeling oily or like there’s a bunch of residue left over.

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Crest 3D White Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste in Radiant Mint, 2.5 oz – Value $2.20

This is one of my favorite toothpastes—I’ve purchased it for myself in the past, and I really love how fresh and clean it leaves my mouth feeling. The flavor is minty, but not in an overly intense or icy way. This tube is a little smaller than the standard tube, so I’ll probably use it as my go-to travel toothpaste.

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Oral B Glide Pro Health Deep Clean Floss, Trial Size, 4m – Value $0.42 (Buy 72 for $29.99 on PureLifeDental)

If anything, getting this floss was a great reminder to keep up with a good flossing routine. Having this little mildly minty pack of floss in my medicine cabinet means I have no excuse not to do it! This floss is the old school stuff—pull a nice length out, twirl it around your fingers for stability, and start flossing. It’s easy to pop into my bag, too, in case I’m out for a big lunch or something.

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Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, 0.5 oz – Value $9.99

I’m only just turning 30, but I already like trying these kinds of creams because they tend to make my skin feel happier and healthier in general, wrinkles or not. This cream feels like a lotion going on and absorbs quickly. I did feel like it irritated one or two more sensitive spots on my face (I have a few dry patches around my nose that felt a little tingle of discomfort as this cream was soaking in), but on the whole, it made my skin feel soft and bouncy.

Verdict: This box cost about $12.00, but it had at least $19.00 of value (plus the two samples that I wasn’t able to price). It gets even better when you realize you basically get that price back as a credit. I was happy to get some new products to play with, as well as some oral care staples to bring along on my end-of-summer travels!

What did you think of the Amazon Beauty Box? What are you going to buy with your credit?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

22 Comments

  1. Agreed!! I get so many great real sized samples and full size products from my other beauty boxes, why would I get this? You are still paying for the full size product but got a bunch of crappy samples to go along with it. Guess I’m spoiled!!

  2. Very boring. Not so much a beauty box as a hygiene box, the samples/brands are boring, and the value is terrible. Ipsy & Sephora have this beat in every way. Even the “credit” idea isn’t so hot, because if you don’t buy any of the products, you pay $12 for a bunch of foil packets and already well-known drugstore brand samples. Really dissapointing! I LOVE Amazon, I love my Prime membership, I even buy highly-complimented clothes via Amazon, and if they could make a Beauty Box on par with the aforementioned Ipsy and Sephora, I’d be alllll over it.

    Their brand choices don’t make sense to me. If they want to promote that they sell *beauty* products, why are they promoting hygiene brands like Oral-B, Crest, and Aveeno, instead of more high-end cosmetics and skincare brands? Only the perfume sample and deluxe Olay sample really made sense.

    I’ll watch for upcoming box reviews to see if it improves. Here’s hopein’.

  3. Do you know how often they change the samples in the beauty and luxury beauty box?

  4. A) why would shampoo ever have gluten in it? B) if it did, why would anyone care? I’m really curious about this gluten free shampoo thing I keep seeing in reviews! What’s the deal?

    • Some shampoo contains wheat or wheat germ/barley/malt. It matters for people with Celiac Disease (like myself). It can cause an allergic skin reaction, and even worse if some ends up in your mouth by accident when either shampooing or rinsing!

      • Thanks for that insight, Ellie! I figured there was some risk of an external allergic reaction for folks with gluten issues, but it really helps to have the perspective of someone who has to deal with these sorts of things every day. I really appreciate you sharing 🙂

  5. Instead of these sample boxes, Amazon should do a varied monthly selection of great beauty/skincare boxes, and sell a Prime Dash button for them to be ordered with. Like the Surprise Sweets idea, but for full size beauty and skincare. Then they can include these one use or trail size samples in those boxes as free/bonus items. Which is what they really should be.

    • These samples really are free. The intention is for you to try all the products, and then purchase what you like in a full-size version. Amazon is making sure that you do buy one of these products by charging you ahead of time. Otherwise they would be giving away samples and possibly never selling those products. In the end you’ll get the full-size version for free, so it’s really just a little backward.

      • This review is of the Amazon Sample Box. Keyword sample. One is paying $12 for samples. Which I agree, is backwards.

        These boxes are only free if one actually uses the Amazon credits for items allowed, and within the six month time frame. If not, the box is still $12 (not including the cost of the required Prime Membership, of course.)

        I would purchase Amazon beauty boxes if they were what I had mentioned previously.

  6. half of those samples are samples found attached inside magazines. no way would I pay 12 for that box

    • Agreed!!

  7. I actually picked up the Maui Moisture heal and hydrate shampoo about a month ago and adore it. It doesn’t strip my hair, but does nicely clean out the grime I accumulate from working outside. It legit makes my hair sooo freakin soft.

    • I bought the Maui Moisture from a big box drug store (by chance) and I love it for thick hair. Even the cashier that checked me out loved it too. Good to know that Amazon has it for convenience/shipping.

      • I think that’s one of the biggest draws of this box for me, is seeing things that Amazon has that I didn’t think they’d offer. There weren’t too many of those kinds of surprises in this box (I expect them to have the more commercial products), but the Maui Moisture hair products were a nice surprise to learn about! Glad you’re enjoying that brand, too!

  8. I realize you get credit back but this box is lame.

  9. I got the Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage + Agave Nectar Shampoo + Hair Mask with my credit. I thought I’d use the hair mask in the shower in place of a rinse-out conditioner, but when I got it, I saw on the label that it can be used as a leave-in conditioner, too. I’m kind of excited about that.

    • Whoops, poor syntax on my part! The shampoo & hair mask are 2 different products!

  10. Awful lot of foil packets for $11.99! To think you could get ipsy or sephora for less than this…

    • I agree that there are a lot of foil packs! Even though the value is above the cost of the box, it still makes you feel like you got a lame box.

  11. this box looks like worse then Target box. Even with credit back, it is pretty lame box. Sorry

  12. It’s mostly foil packets or samples you get for free inside a magazine 🙁

  13. While I’m not sure if I would have purchased this box, I’m so excited because someone recently gifted me a year of Prime, and now I can finally get these beauty boxes!!! I was able to get one around Spring or Summer last year before they became available to Prime members only, and I really liked it, but have missed out on all of the others ever since.

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