Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review – September 2015
Clean Bar Box is a subscription box that delivers you handmade artisan soaps that are free from preservatives, animal products, petroleum derivatives, parabens, and sodium lauryl sulfate.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Box: Clean Bar Box
The Cost: $14.99 (monthly; four 2.5 ounce bars), $19.99 (monthly; two 5 ounce bars and two 2.5 ounce bars), $19.99 (every other month; two 5 ounce bars and two 2.5 ounce bars). Save with 6- and 12-month subscriptions.
The Products: Four new scents of seasonally-inspired soap every month. All ingredients are sourced in the USA and the soaps are handmade in Indiana.
This is a review of the large box, which you can purchase on a monthly or every other month basis.
Ships to: US (free).
Note: Lots of other countries are available in the drop-down list in the sign-up window. I can’t tell how to calculate shipping for those countries, though. I’d suggest e-mailing them if you are interested and live outside the US.
COUPON: Use code FIRSTBOX to get $3 off your first box!
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Each box includes an information sheet with the month’s theme and descriptions of the included scents. The scents this month are warm and sweet, which I think is perfect for fall.
Apple Spice Soap (5 oz.) – Value $7.50
Carolina Fields Soap (5 oz.) – Value $7.50
There’s always at least one bar of soap in this box that smells good enough to eat. The apple spice soap is that bar, this time.
The Carolina Fields soap is floral but not overwhelmingly so. It’s more feminine than masculine, for sure, but worth a try even if you are not traditionally into florals.
I was a little worried about the dyes in these soaps at first (I have sensitive skin), but I’ve used several full bars of rather brightly-colored soaps from Clean Bar Box at this point and haven’t had any issues.
Note: Past soaps are available to purchase on the Clean Bar Box site, but the September ones are not up in the store yet. I based the pricing on other 5 oz. bars in their store and linked to their order page. (All the 5 oz. bars come in earth-friendly cardboard boxes.)
Vanilla Oatmeal Soap (2.5 oz.) – Value $3.75
French Pear Soap (2.5 oz.) – Value $3.75
It seems like there is usually at least one scrub bar in Clean Bar Box. This time it’s the vanilla oatmeal one. I find the exfoliation pretty gentle and I like that it comes from something biodegradable (oats) instead of plastic microbeads like in some other exfoliators.
French pear soap also smells delicious, and also it’s definitely different from the apple spice soap. As you might imagine, I am collecting a lot of bar soap due to subscription boxes. I recently bought a soap dish for my bathroom counter so I can use these to wash my hands as well as in the shower. Now I don’t have to buy as much liquid soap!
I didn’t see any 2.5 ounce bars in the Clean Bar Box shop, so I just divided the price of the 5 ounce bars in half to get a value.
Customer service note: I have reached out to Clean Bar Box a few times with questions and they are always super responsive.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $22.50 for the September Clean Bar Box. This is a subscription where you know what to expect every month. (And the prices are comparable on a per-ounce basis to handmade soap bars found on Etsy.) I mentioned last month that Clean Bar Box had raised prices in their shop for individual bars, but it turns out they’ve also dropped shipping charges associated with orders of individual bars, so if you order soaps from the shop now, you’re actually saving a bit of money compared to a few months ago.
I also like that you have the option of buying a smaller box or getting one every other month (they even have soaps for sale individually and a one-time, non-renewing box purchase option). That way, the subscription can work for you even if you are a less frequent user of bar soap.
As usual, the soap scents fit the theme and season nicely. I am still finishing off some of the August soaps and I’m not sure which one of these I’m going to try to use first.
What did you think of the Clean Bar Box? Do you get any soap subscriptions?