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Freeman Mystery Box Review – October 2015

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Freeman Mystery Box Review October 2015 - box

The Freeman Mystery Bag is a one time purchase containing skincare, bath, body, and spa items from the Freeman Beauty line of products (including brands like bare foot and c. Booth). I believe this mystery bag is at least an annual offering, and this bag was available for purchase for a few weeks, ending October 31.

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

The Mystery Bag: Freeman Mystery Bag

The Cost: $30 one-time purchase.

The Products: A mixture of full-sized and sample-sized skincare, bath and body items, and spa items from Freeman Beauty.

Ships to: US and Canada

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Freeman Mystery Box Review October 2015 - freebies

With a purchase, you got to choose up to four sample-sized products for free. Here are the ones I chose:

Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask (0.5 oz) – Value $1.99

Facial Exfoliating Scrub in Pink Grapefruit (0.5 oz) – Value $1.99

Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask (0.5 oz) – Value $1.99

Apricot Creamy Scrub (0.5 oz) – Value $1.99

I love masks and scrubs so of course I went that way with my free sample choices. The Avocado and Oatmeal clay mask sounded like it would be soothing but it actually made my eyes sting a bit while it was still wet (I did not get it in my eyes). I liked the effects of the pink grapefruit scrub but found out it had polyethylene microbeads, so I wouldn’t buy it in full size.

I have yet to try the Dead Sea minerals mask (this box contained a *lot* of masks to get through) but it is on deck for the weekend. I could use some stress reduction these days. And the apricot creamy scrub does not have microbeads, which is great.

Note: You could probably get two uses out of each mask. You can easily get 3-4 uses out of each scrub. I folded mine over and closed them with binder clips between uses.

Here’s a tip on the scrubs – if you are using them in the shower, take scissors with you or partially open them first. I pulled and pulled on the grapefruit scrub packet and couldn’t open it with wet hands.

Freeman Mystery Box Review October 2015 - bodywash

Hibiscus Overnight Repair Mask (4 oz) – Value $7.99

I like overnight masks because you don’t have to sit around and wait for them to do their work. I think it’s pretty moisturizing. Please note that it contains salicylic acid (which works pretty well for me, in general) and is not vegan (contains silk amino acids and hyaluronic acid).

Pomegranate Body Wash (6 oz) – Value $4.29

This smells pretty good and is about what you’d expect from a body wash in this price range. I’m having trouble finding it online anywhere but the Freeman site, but at least you can get more there if you really like it.

Freeman Mystery Box Review October 2015 - cans

Deodorizing Foot Spray (4.5 oz) – Value $6.99

This is a summer item for me. I live in my Birkenstock Milanos (I hate wearing socks) and now maybe I won’t have to spray them with Lysol? We’ll see.

Volumizing Boost Invisible Texturizing Powder (0.16 oz) – Value $6.99

Well, this is invisible all right – it doesn’t appear there’s anything in the container! I contacted them about it and at first they said, “we assure you it’s not empty.” I wrote back and said I couldn’t get anything out and they said they were out of stock and offered me a $5 store coupon. The store finder on their website doesn’t work too well but I think you can find Freeman products at a lot of places, including CVS and Ulta, so I will probably take them up on that offer.

I think the reason they were out of stock is because there was a misprint on the container. 0.16 ounces is not 48 grams, it’s about 4.3 grams…

Freeman Mystery Box Review October 2015 - cboothsouffle

C. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle Body Souffle (8 oz) – Value $7.99

Another full-sized product that smells great to me. (I didn’t dip into the tub yet because I have so many body lotions and creams open already. But I am looking forward to this one. I have used C. Booth bath products in the past and liked them, for sure.)

Freeman Mystery Box Review October 2015 - eyecream

Vita-K Professional for Dark Circles (0.5 oz) – Value $14.99

Vita-K Professional for Crow’s Feet (0.5 oz) – Value $14.99

Two full-size eye creams is a pretty good deal. I don’t have dark circles (most of the time) so I started with the one for crow’s feet. Although both have pretty similar active ingredients so maybe I will move on to the dark circles one after I finish the other off. So far I find it non-irritating and I think I see a little improvement. Time will tell.

Freeman Mystery Box Review October 2015 - oxygen

Daisy Oxygen Revival Mask (1.7 oz) – Value $9.99

This mask has some unusual directions (apply it, let it transition from gel to foam, wait for it to dissolve, and rinse your face with warm water). I think it’s one of those things that may take a little while to show some effects because I’m not noticing anything yet. But I’m pretty sure this is full size, so I have enough to try it for a while.

Freeman Mystery Box Review October 2015 - footscrub

Blackberry In-Bath Body Conditioner (6 oz) – Value $5 (?)

I think this product has been discontinued because the only place I could find it online was at a Walmart site in Canada. I’m estimating the value. I’m a little skeptical of lotions you use in the shower but I’m willing to give it a try.

Barefoot Exfoliating Polish (5.3 oz) – Value $5.99

I recently did something like Baby Foot Peel and I have been using this to help get the dead skin off my feet. Although it apparently is also OK to use as an overall body exfoliator. (Note: also contains polyethylene microbeads.)

Freeman Mystery Box Review October 2015 - masks

Facial Purifying Paper Mask with Star Fruit (1 mask) – Value $0.99

Facial Lava Clay Mask in Cinnamon and Moroccan (0.5 oz) – Value $1.99

Facial Peeling Mask with Pumpkin (0.5 oz) – Value $1.99

I thought the paper mask was moisturizing but didn’t leave my skin greasy, which was nice. It didn’t have the best fit for my face, though, but I made it work. I’m saving the clay mask for the weekend (I try to do 2-3 masks on weekends since I have such a stash of them).

And the pumpkin mask was awesome. I misread the package at first – it’s a peel, basically, not a peel-off mask (which is what I first thought when I applied it). Now, I’ve been a little afraid of peels in the past but I ended up using this one without knowing what I was doing. And I actually really liked it. It smelled wonderful and it didn’t irritate my skin at all (there was maybe a little warming/tingling).

Verdict: I calculated a value of around $91 for the Freeman Mystery Bag. That’s excellent for a $30 price. (I didn’t include the empty volumizing powder in the calculation, but did include the “free” samples because everyone can choose those.) Although not every product was perfect for me, it was fun to experiment with the different items and to know that they are definitely affordable if I want more. I love that so many full-size items were included – you really get a chance to try something and see if it works for you. Even the sample sizes were good for multiple uses. Being drugstore items, these may not satisfy ingredients purists, but I enjoyed this box quite a bit.

What do you think of the Freeman Mystery Bag? Did you buy one? Did you receive the same items?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

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 loved this box, and am now OBSESSED with the honeysuckle body souffle.

    Also have you tried the blackberry body conditioner yet? I love it and have bought more!

  2. Regan, did the Baby Peel hurt? I keep hearing about that and I’m afraid to try it because some people told me it burned them!

    • Ragan*, sorry!

    • It didn’t hurt me, personally. I wore the sock things for about 90 minutes, rinsed my feet, and the peeling started 4-5 days later.

  3. *and. Not Bs, except for the autocorrect 😉

  4. It looks like a good box for the price Bs value plus I love all these items. Will look forward to it when they offer it again. I didn’t get it because I just didn’t know what to expect.

  5. I was not able to choose 4 samples also but I did receive several masks and I used a coupon code for a mask sample as well so I got one additional one I guess.

  6. I was very disappointed in their customer service. First, their offer said we would get a free serum or something of the like, well apparantly that was out of stock so I got a mask instead. I contacted them on this and they did apologize but I also contacted them about the fact that I was not able to choose 4 free samples to which they told me that that offer is not available with the mystery boxes, so I was out of luck, so I am upset to see that you were able to select 4 free samples with your order. Very disappointing and I will not order again. Also on a side note, everything in my box felt greasy like there was some sort of coating on it. Gross!

    • I don’t think I saw the part of the offer that said anything about a serum, but I’ll admit to not having read it carefully, so I could’ve missed something. I bought this fairly early on during the availability period and did not have any issues choosing the free samples. (They don’t know I have anything to do with MSA so it’s not just a blogger thing; I placed the order using my own information and payment info.)

  7. I got the exact some items as this review. My volumizer felt empty too, but I took the lid off and powder came out. Great mix of items to have on hand for gifting.

  8. This looks like it was a great deal and somehow I missed it.. have to double check what notifications I’m signed up for, I guess..

    • Yeah I get the daily MSA emails though somehow missed this one. Woulda bought it too!

  9. I thought the volumizer was empty as well! However if you shake it then take off the lid a very fine dust/powder comes out into your palm and works FANTASTIC for volume. I was so pleased with everything in this box!

  10. I would have purchased this if I had known about it. It looks fabulous to me!

  11. How did you contact them? I used their ‘Contact Us’ page to tell them my Volumizing Powder was empty as well, but I haven’t heard back from them yet. I think it’s been almost a week since I contacted them.

    • I used their “contact us” link but it did take quite a long time to hear back from them.

      I really couldn’t get anything out of my volumizing powder container.

  12. Awesome! I wasn’t aware of their Mystery Box and I wish I did while they were still taking orders. Their masks are great and a lot of the scrubs are pretty good, too.

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