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French Box Subscription Box Review – May 2015

French Box Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Box

French Box is a newer subscription box that sends you a box of France each month. This is the first box since their February box. (Check out the February review to see the issues with products in that box). Since then they’ve revamped the subscription. It now costs $36 a box, and ships every other 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 – May 2015 Open

French Box Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Items

The Subscription Box: French Box

The Cost: $36

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!

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In previous boxes, French Box had included a folded info card. For this box they replaced the physical card with an email detailing the items.

One of the concerns that emerged from the February box issues was product transparency – subscribers wanted to know where products were made and the ingredients of everything included in the box. I think this email is a great way to address those concerns. (It’s a lengthy email with product details, ingredients, production date, shelf life, etc).

French Box Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Soap

FAB&CO Soap – Value $4

Unfortunately for me, this soap scent is just too strong. (I got the Gardenia and Rose scent – not sure if they are all as heavily perfumed).

Institut Karité Paris Lip Gloss – Value $15

This lip gloss launched in May in France, and exclusive to French Box in the US. I’d consider it a cross between a balm and lip gloss. It adds a good amount of shine, just a hint of color, and there is no stickiness. I’m a fan!

French Box Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Bio

Marilou Bio Organic Night Cream – 1 oz Value $9

This night cream is made with 99% natural and organic ingredients – and it is pretty reasonably priced for a night cream! (Good to know for swaps – this product comes with a foil seal). It’s a pretty thick cream too – and very moisturizing.

PAYOT Almonds & Pistachio Body Scrub – 25 ml Value $4

I love the almond scent of this scrub! It isn’t a huge sample, but should provide a few uses.

French Box Subscription Box Review – May 2015 BookMark

Palme d’or Bookmark – Value $9

From French Box:

The Palm D’or is the most prestigious award at the Cannes Film Festival, which marks the Best Feature Film and in our rendition honors our faithful customers.

The Cannes box would not have been complete without your very own Palme d’or! This showpiece is open to creativity, wear it as a necklace, use it as a bookmark or just let your imagination run wild.

French 35 mm Film Keychain – Value $8

I thought this was a nice touch to add to the Cannes themed box. (I’m not sure I would agree with the $8 value though – I dropped mine on the floor and it immediately shattered!)

Authentic French Riviera Postcard – Value ?

From French Box:

Finally we’ve saved the best for last. Every FrenchBox this month contains an extremely valuable surprise. We’re including authentic French postcards from the French Riviera in and around Cannes.

We spent copious amounts of time gathering postcard collections just to obtain a sufficiently large collection for all of our subscribers. The postcards we were fortunate enough to locate date from 1900 to 1960. Some of them have been circulated and contain original calligraphy, stamps and singular stories.

Each card has a story, now it’s your turn to add your story to its repertoire. We like to think we are writing you into history with each card. Whether in black and white or in color you’re sure to get a glimpse into the life of past Cannes attendees or French Riviera visitors. Their story is now yours, our loyal starlets.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $49. That’s pretty good for the $36 a box cost. Reading the email that accompanied this box, I can tell that a lot of thought and work went into putting this box together, and I appreciate that they took feedback from subscribers to heart and made major changes in their product sourcing and transparency.

I’m not sure this box is something I would spend $36 on if I saw it in their shop, but I’m going to give them another box or two. (Or however long until my annual subscription runs out on this new pricing model).

What do you think of the May 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, Subscription Boxes for Women| 26 comments

Comments (26)

  1. Just curious– does anyone still subscribe to this? I didn’t re-sub after their re-vamp and since their first “new” bimonthly box was in May there should be one going out this week. Their FB page has not updated in about 6 weeks, and apparently they still have May Boxes available…

    • My husband bought me a three month subscription in February. I still have only received two boxes, and obviously there was drama involved with the first one. I do not plan to re-up when it is over. Seems like they do not have their act together.

  2. I was really excited for this box to become available again, and was SO disappointed when I opened it! For $36, I would have liked to see something more than four beauty products, two of them travel-sized. The cheap plastic keychain, the cheap metal (Korean made!) bookmark, and the vintage postcard are throwaways, as far as I’m concerned. Is anyone still reading paper books? Even if so, this isn’t a useful bookmarks — the metal too easily slips out of the book when you pick it up. And, I doubt anyone who can afford a $36/box subscription doesn’t already have a better keychain than a cheap plastic photo-insert one like you’d get at a fair. Some of the beauty products were quite nice — the scrub and the lip gloss in particular — but this soap addict was VERY disappointed with her bar of soap! The one I received, although labeled grapefruit and verbena, is so floral-smelling I’m pretty sure I’ll have to throw it away! Grapefruit and verbena *should* be spicy and pleasant, but to my well-schooled nose it smells like rose mixed with hyacinth! Ugh! I’ve cancelled the subscription already. I get much better value from Birchbox, which only comes to $9.17 a month for me.

  3. I am not sure how I feel about this box… while I enjoy beauty/body products from France that aren’t easy to buy here. I think European products/ingredients are more controlled than US ones, so I feel that I am getting quality products. I got a sepia postcard dated back in 1918, almost 100 years ago! While I like the postcard, I don’t know what to do with it… I traveled to southern France and spent a day at Cannes, so it is a nice reflection of my trip. I may give postcard/key chain/bookmark to a friend who works in film industry who just returned from Canne film festival. I wish there was a food item and overall value was at least double of the cost. As someone wrote already, the price is similar to POPSUGAR or LLB, so…

  4. I noticed on the postcard that the quote is from Harry Winston. Did the artist include diamonds on the woman in the postcard? I can’t tell from the picture.

    It’s nice that the lipgloss is exclusive to FrenchBox. I think that is the kind of thing that subscribers are looking for from this box.

  5. I liked this box and appreciate the effort that went into it. I agree with others that I am not sure I would subscribe at the current new price. I had an annual subscription and if this box price was still at what I signed up for I would probably continue.

  6. I don’t sub to this because I don’t feel there is enough value there. I care less about curation and more about getting good deals. I did however like the postcards. Did anyone get a post card with writing on it ?

  7. I like the items in this box! I probably wouldn’t subscribe because I don’t do many boxes over $20 (I’m pretty cheap), but if I did, I’d probably subscribe to this!

  8. So what is night cream anyways? I’ve been using it as a foot cream that I put on before bed – works for me! The pistachio body scrub is amazing! I wish it was larger though, I used it all over in the shower and it’s about half empty now. Also, I was recently in France and these large bars of soap are actually almost $10 in Provence! Much more than the estimated retail shown here. I was too cheap to buy one when I was in France last month and then I regretted it when I got home so I was stoked to get one in FB. I haven’t tried the lip gloss yet and I didn’t get around to doing anything with the keychain or postcard yet. I’ll definitely keep this subscription for now and I hope to see food, kitchen or cultural items in addition to beauty products in the future boxes.

  9. I don’t subscribe to FB, but I’m surprised to see “copious amounts of time” in their description. Are they trying to say we should be delighted about a postcard because they spent a lot of time gathering them? What about the copious amount of work we all do to earn the money for subscriptions?

  10. I’m a bit indifferent towards this box. On one hand, I really like trying out beauty brands that I can’t get easily here so all of the beauty products were a plus for me. I also really liked the postcard since I have a small collection of French post cards. But on the other hand, I felt like the theme wasn’t as coherent as they made it seem. I was hoping for more film related items in a Cannes box. I’m happy that they tried, but I feel like they still have a while to go before this box becomes as good as it should be.

  11. This is it? This is the Cannes themed box? I wanted this so bad and didn’t get one. Thank God.

  12. For the previous price of $21.00 I would have been thrilled with this box. For $36.00, I would have been unhappy.

    However, I really like the items they chose and if this box had been $21.00 I would have regretted canceling. Everything looks lovely.

  13. I loved this box! I thought the amount of time and care that went into picking the items, to make this different from just any other makeup box, was wonderful!

    • I too loved this box and wrote and told them so. I liked the beauty items but loved the other items. I understood why they had included the palm bookmark and really liked the care they showed in picking out the items. I am starting to look at this box somewhat like a food box. It really is now more about the curation. I have already framed the post card and have it where I can see it and dream about France and I watched the film associated with the key chain. I do hope we see more food and french culture items in future boxes and a little less beauty items.

  14. I know they will not please everyone, but I was disappointed as well. I think the key chain was silly. I’m OK with a product made somewhere else as long as you can only buy in it France. The soap was overpowering for me but I may open it and put it my closet as an air freshener! I will give the lotions a try, but I am done with French Box. 🙁

  15. I actually liked the box. I loved the soap and would like to buy more to display in a tall glass jar in my bathroom. Everywhere I’ve looked the price is $8.00 so if Liz found it for less I hope she will share where! I also love the postcard. I hope to trade for 2 more to frame vertically as a trio. I do wish French Box, Oui Please and the other lifestyle boxes would minimize the number of beauty products, lotions etc. that they send. Maybe only 1 per box??? There are so many beauty boxes out there if we want beauty products. The latest Oui Please was a massive disappointment for me in that mine was almost exclusively beauty products.

  16. I have to admit, I dig the Cannes bookmark, being a film geek and all. I also think the post card is a neat touch.

  17. I took a chance with this one despite hearing their history. I can’t say I was thrilled. Soap, night cream, lip gloss…the usual stuff, not particularly exciting, nor invoking images and feelings of France. For $36, I expected more. I did like the vintage postcard and so wish it had some text written on it — I just adore historical mementos like that! Anyway, bottom line — I am a sucker for all things French, so I will give this another month or two to impress me. The shipping was prompt anyway (I’m waiting on two other sub boxes that shipped 2 weeks ago and still haven’t arrived, so promptness is a huge plus for me!). BTW, my email said the soap was $8, so that bumps the value up a tad. 🙂

  18. When I looked for the soap, I saw it for sale for $8.00 per bar which would bring up the value a little more.

  19. This looks like a cheaper Glossybox, I would not be happy with this. I am so glad I am not a subscriber. Thanks for the review, I was excited to see where they would go with the revamp, but it is still a miss.

  20. I was disappointed as well. It was my first box and I was excited about the Cannes theme. The packaging was wonderful but after that it was a let down. I did not sign up for a collector box so the keychain and postcard meant nothing to me. I can tell they tried but I did not feel like it was worth $36. I have already cancelled.

  21. I signed back up for Frenchbox based on this month and was disappointed. For $36/month I thought it would be more like Little Lace Box or Popsugar, more of a lifestyle box. This just looks like the same Frenchbox only more expensive. I didn’t get the email at all detailing anything. I thought a Cannes box would be a lot more glamorous; and the bookmark is made in Korea which was a turn off. This would be a great $24 box but not $36, I already canceled. I did like the postcard, keychain and the bookmark was pretty, just it’s made in Korea.

  22. I personally was disappointed. This was my first French box and I was so excited. The packaging was fabulous but the contents inside were a let down. I did not sign up for a collectors box so the film and postcard were worthless to me. Nothing else in the box made me think of France. I can tell they tried but I didn’t feel like it was worth the price.

    • Remember, it’s $36 bi-monthly! That’s 18 a month!

      • But you are not getting a box every month, so regardless one box still comes to $36.

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