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French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015

French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Box


UPDATE: A few readers have let us know that the beauty products in this box may be expired. FrenchBox just posted this on their Facebook page, so hopefully they will have more information for us soon:

FrenchBox Facebook


In the meantime, I would recommend not using any of the beauty products to be on the safe side.

French Box is a new subscription box that sends you a box of France each month.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Unboxing

French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Items

The Subscription Box: French Box

The Cost: $24 a month

The Products: Each box contains 5 products from French brands: fashion, cosmetics, gourmet and others surprises.

Ships to: US only.

Delivered via: USPS

Check out all of my French Box reviews!

French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Info

This month’s theme is Love is in The Air. The box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included.

French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Postcard

Each box comes with an illustrated oversized postcard and a new recipe:

French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Recipe

French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Loreal

L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Nail Art in French Mariniere – Value $4.95

L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in 390 Nude Treasure – Value $8?

I don’t wear nail stickers often, but I like the nautical look of these ones, so I’ll probably save them for summer.

I could be wrong about this lipstick, but the packaging looks pretty old to me. I do like the color of the pink/nude lipstick. (The packaging was surprisingly tough to get through!)

French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015 File

Heart Shaped Bath Pearls – Retail Value $8

Paris Nail File – Retail Value $3

The retail values listed are from the card, and to be honest they seem inflated to me. (Neither of the products have any brand on them, so I can’t look them up or link to them).

I’m disappointed that the bath pearls don’t include an ingredient list – I check ingredients on all beauty and food products because of my allergies, so these are an automatic miss for me.

The nail file is cute though!

French Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Serum

Alexis Cosmetic Serum Excel Booster C+ – FULL SIZE! Value $25

This is another item without ingredients listed! (Sorry to be complaining about that so much!) Since this is a full-size item, I would expect to see the ingredients listed on the product, or on the box it comes in. This serum didn’t come in a box or any type of packaging, and that seems a little weird to me.

Verdict: I always feel a little bad writing a bad review, but this box is my least favorite French Box to date. Something about it just feels off – the contents of the box don’t seem to match the fabulousness of the packaging to me. I know I’m a little biased since I always need to read ingredients of everything due to my allergies/intolerances, so maybe I’m being too harsh on a few of the products.

I also like that French Boxes usually include a variety of items, and it was surprising to see this box was all beauty items. (I’ve really enjoyed all my other French Boxes, so I’m hoping this box is just an anomaly for me).

What do you think of the February 2015 French Box?

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!

Posted in French Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| 178 comments

Comments (178)

  1. I just got notice that my new Frenchbox has shipped and should be here tomorrow.

    • I’m curious what the new box will be like.

  2. I’m so disappointed by this company. I’ve tried to contact them by email and facebook with no response. I’m upset that I subscribed and haven’t gotten a single item from them nor a response. I even tried to dispute the charge my my CC after TWO months of not getting any items or hearing back from them and apparently their website made it so that there is no evidence that I ever even ordered any (wtf?!?) and no promised delivery date…so in other words, I can’t even get my money back. I feel bad for those who bought a year long subscription.

    Shady, shady company.

    • If you contact your credit card, you should be able to contest the charges. They will credit you the amount while it is in investigation. If FrenchBox can’t substantiate it, it will be permanently reversed. It does take a few months. Amex has the best policies. Amex guarantees any purchases, even lost items.
      I hope that helps!

    • Do you have the email they sent to you about the annual subscription and what they were planning to do. They should serve as proof. My credit card statement also has the charge from them on it. I was giving them the benefit of the doubt but I also emailed them asking what was going on and they didn’t respond so I did dispute it with my CC company.

    • Stephanie,

      They should have refunded you whatever you paid starting sometime in February. I am not sure how new you are to the subscription, but it was all going well until the February box which contained expired items which caused an uproar among the customer. Frenchbox issued a public apology and made it right by sending two full-size products (unexpired, of course) to their customers. The public apology also mentioned that they will be taking a break. No new charges were to be charged after mid-February and if anyone was already charged for the March box, that was supposed to be refunded. They have not issued any statements since, but I believe they are reviewing their policy and pricing. Just wanted to let you know 🙂

  3. I don’t subscribe to French Box, but I do follow it on MSA. After reading these posts, all I can say is if you are looking for a consciously curated beauty box with high-quality items & ingredients, head on over to Petit Vour! The name is French — the box is not 🙂 but it’s really lovely and consistent. Totally my favorite subscription box. And no, I have no affiliation with PV, I just really like what they’re doing. xx

  4. I received a subscription to French Box from my children for Christmas and enjoyed January’s contents very much. When February’s box arrived I was horrified to see the beat up Loreal lipstick and serum from China, and a few other dollar store items. Definitely not worth the money. I don’t want to hurt my daughter’s feelings, but I think canceling is the way to go.

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