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Birchbox January 2015 Sample Choice Spoilers!

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Birchbox January Sample Choice

Birchbox has released the sample choices for January and the two guest-curated box options! (Check out the spoiler video, or just read the summary below)

Each Birchbox subscriber can pick from one of the following samples for their December box:

Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion
TOCCA Crema da Mano – Hand Cream in Cleopatra
Naobay Body Radiance Lotion

Or, alternatively, you can pick one of these guest-curated boxes:

Relax & Recharge box: Manna Kadar Lip Locked – All of Me Perlier Body Butter – Lavender Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream When Travelmate Sheetmask Briogio Don’t Despair, Repair! Teapigs Tea Bags (Licorice & Peppermint, Chamomile Flowers)

Tone it Up box: Coastal Scents Eyeshadow Palette – Latte Aqua Reveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel Klorane Dry Shampoo Whish Body Butter – Lavender Coola ER Plus Radical Recovery

If you are new to Sample Choice, here is a quick explanation from Birchbox:

If you’re a new subscriber or haven’t heard of Sample Choice, here’s a quick rundown: Each month we give our members the option to choose one sample for their box. All members will receive an email December 22nd (Aces and Early Access) or November 23rd (everyone else) with the option to choose one of the samples above, or a guest-curated box. Act fast, because supplies are limited! If you don’t choose or prefer to be surprised, don’t worry! We’ll send you a box suited to your Beauty Profile.

There are also new Birchbox Plus options this month:

Birchbox Plus

Right now these items are all out of stock, but I’m hoping they will be available on selection day – I want those socks!

Which sample or curated box are you thinking of picking?

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!

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.


  1. I managed to reserve the relax and recharged box! Its going to be my first birchbox, so I wanted to go the safe route and choose one of the curated boxes just in case! A lot of people say that the curated boxes are usually better than the regular boxes.

    • I did the same thing as well! 🙂

  2. ^^ Oops, comment fail above 😛

    Anyway, I got the Tocca sample with my first account and the Gym Bag Essentials box with my second account. (Got this primarily for the Klorane Dry Shampoo, but excited for the e/s quad as well :))

  3. Just did my sample choice and after my debate (lol!) I went with the relax and recharge box. I like the Tone it Up box, but the first three items listed would be repeats for me. I did really want to Coola product, but the other box has 6 (!) items and they are all new to me. If the guest curated boxes weren’t so good, I would’ve gotten the Tocca hand cream. I have a different fragrance and it’s really nice.

  4. Yay! I was able to get in for the Tone It Up box! 🙂 I think I’d use more from that box than the other. I didn’t care for any of the three sample choices this month, so I’m doubly happy.

  5. I always get the bb emails and i did not get one for sample choice or add ons.

    • Sample choice e-mails for this month haven’t gone out yet. Tomorrow for Aces and people who referred someone this month. Tuesday for everyone else.

      If you don’t have the e-mail by early afternoon, write a message to BB customer service with your choice and they will reserve it for you.

  6. None of these sound good to me, so I’ll leave the curating up to Birchbox.
    All of the add ons look amazing though!!! I hope I get to add them on!!

  7. I’m going for the Tocca! Their scents are awesome!

  8. I guess I’m the only one who isn’t thrilled with these sample choices, I wasn’t a fan of December’s either. I think I went with the curated box and really didn’t care for much in it. Everyone else seemed to get awesome lip glosses which I’m always dying for. I don’t like hand lotions in boxes either, I’ll probably go with the Tone It UP box, I love Whish.

  9. I’m very confused. I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber for 18 months and have never received any emails or heard that there were options. Is this different from the regular Birchbox? How do I get this? Does it cost more?

    • You should be getting an email every month with an option to choose what you want – a certain sample, or for a “themed” box. This does not cost more, it’s just another option. Birchbox also offers “add-ons” to the box that do cost more, but this is separate.

    • Go check your e-mail settings. You have to opt in to all the e-mails from Birchbox to get the e-mails about sample choice. (I wasn’t getting them either, but played around with settings in my account, and now they’re coming through.)

      • Thank you Whitney and Burrito! Yes I had opted out of emails. I called them, got opted back in, and she had me choose my box over the phone. I went with Relaxed and Recharged. She said that the emails are going out today or tomorrow.

  10. It’s a toss up between the Tocca cream or the relax box for me. I love Tone It Up but their box just doesn’t really have anything I want. And OMG the Manna Kadar lippies are the best ever. I received one in my box this month and I am hooked!

  11. Love love love the Tocca hand creams, but I just got the 5 pack gift set though with my birchbox points so I think I might actually try the Rosemary lotion. I got the Naobay lotion a few months ago and wasn’t crazy about the scent.

  12. I’m procrastinating on cleaning the house. No one is home and here I am read MSA 🙂

    I can’t decide if I am going to pick the Relax & Recharged curated box or not select anything. I will be out and about when the sample selection email will come through so I will probably miss out anyways. The Yahoo App might surprise me and download my emails on my phone. It’s hit or miss with that one.

    I saw the PYS right away and thought about buying the sweatshirt. I’m waiting for the day when big hair is back in style. I miss the 80s. My hair was perfect for that decade 🙂 Also I have so many voluminzers type things from sub boxes. I need stuff for thick wavy hair!!!

    • I ended up picking the Relax and Recharge box. It should be here before I attend a couple business conferences in Jan/Feb. It will make a good travel box. I was able to select later Monday.

  13. I received 2 of the 3 choices the December box-That I never got an email to be able to choose anyway. lol

  14. why am I not getting these emails to make a choice?

    • It’s not selection time yet, they’re just announcing what the options will be on selection day.

  15. Is there any way to avoid getting any of the PYS items? I already received the nanobay, and tocca in another scent. Would they send me tocca again because it’s a different scent? I know they don’t repeat items…but don’t know if that means the general item or the exact scent of item,


  16. I wonder why I didn’t get an email.

  17. This is a tough decision – I’m a big fan of Tocca hand creams, but I’m also interested in the Coastal Scents Eyeshadow Palette, but I can’t find any information on the palette and don’t know how big it will be.

    • I got a Coastal palette in my october Birchbox, it was four eyeshadows in a 1.5″x1.5″ palette. I’m guessing this will be similar size? The eyeshadows are about .5″x.5″. Hope this helps!

  18. I will probably choose the Tocca on my first account and the Tone It Up box on my second account. Tocca hand cream is perfection, and I love Klorane Dry Shampoo — I need another mini for travel!

    I, too, hope those socks come back in stock! First time I’ve wanted a Birchbox Plus offering and of course it was gone hours after I received the email.

  19. I have received this Tocca hand cream in a different scent and it’s one of my all time favorites and I own hundreds of hand creams. It’s so nice. However I’ve always wanted to try Naobay items also so this is hard but I’m not going to choose a sample. I highly recommend trying Tocca guys, it’s just perfection! 🙂

  20. Nothing speaks to me. But that’s okay, I often prefer the box I don’t choose a sample for.

    Liz FYI the email about birchbox plus came out 12/19… I already chose (the socks).

    • Thanks for letting me know – I totally missed that email. I guess no socks for me! 🙁

  21. I have my eye on that relax and recharge box! I love sheet masks…

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