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Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review – December 2015

Ragan Buckley
ByRagan BuckleyDec 14, 2015 | 6 comments

Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review December 2015 - box

Clean Bar Box
5 overall rating
2 Ratings | 1 Reviews

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 BoxClean 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.

Good to Know: Prices are going to go up about 10% starting in January due to increased postage costs and other fees.  However, current subscribers and anyone who signs up before January 1 will be locked in at the current price.  Also, Clean Bar Box now offers soap dishes made from recycled chopsticks in their shop!

The Products: Four new scents of seasonally-inspired soap every month.  All ingredients are sourced in the USA and handmade in Indiana. 

Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review December 2015 - inside

This is a review of the large box, which you can purchase on a monthly or every other month basis.  I love the eco-friendly packaging inside!

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 save $3 off your first box!

Check out the Beauty Subscription Box Directory for more great bath- and spa-oriented subscriptions!

Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review December 2015 - letter

Each box includes an information sheet with the month’s theme and descriptions of the included scents.  This month, ingredients are also listed on the letter.  This is good since the small bars didn’t come with ingredients labels inside the little bags this month.  Although the ingredients are usually pretty similar.

Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review December 2015 - large

Cinnamon Latte Soap (5 oz) – Value $7.50

If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you’ll know I’m not a fan of the scent of coffee.  However, it’s not super strong here, and coffee does make an excellent exfoliator.  This soap contains coffee grounds and I actually think it smells pretty good.

Candy Cane Soap (5 oz) – Value $7.50

This has an invigorating peppermint scent, but it’s also festive.  I like the red and white marbling.  If you shower in the morning, this would be a good one to use to help wake up! 

Note: Most of this month’s bars are not yet available in the Clean Bar Box shop, so I’ve just used prices from other full-size bars and linked to the main shop.  You should see them there soon if you are interested in ordering. 

Clean Bar Box Subscription Box Review December 2015 - small

Pine Tar Soap (2.5 oz) – Value $3.75

I don’t think I would’ve known this was supposed to smell like pine tar if I hadn’t read the letter.  It’s one of the more masculine scents for the month and it has lots of great exfoliators (charcoal, sand, ground oatmeal).

French Vanilla Biscotti Soap (2.5 oz) – Value $3.75

There’s always, at least, one soap that makes me hungry and this month, it’s this one.  What a nice dessert fragrance!

In the past, the small bars have come with ingredients lists on pieces of paper inside the canvas bags.  I didn’t see those this month, but the ingredients were listed in the letter that came with the box (and the ingredients are generally pretty similar from soap to soap with Clean Bar Box).

Verdict: I calculated a value of about $22.50 for the December Clean Bar Box.  This is a subscription where you always know what to expect in terms of value.  I think they do a really good job at choosing seasonal scents and I also like the soap; this subscription has got me using a lot more bar soap than I used to!  Prices are similar for handmade soaps on Etsy on a per-ounce basis, too.

I also like that you can get smaller soaps in the small box or choose every other month delivery.  Either would be a good option for a smaller household that doesn’t use quite as much soap.

What did you think of the December Clean Bar Box?  Do you get any soap subscriptions?

When you sign up for Clean Bar Box, every month you will receive a box of artisan handmade soaps carefully selected to match the scents of the season. Every subscription box includes four new tantalizing scents of soap. They offer monthly and bi-monthly plans, as well as two different box sizes for ... read more.
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).

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).
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6 comments

Katherine

Hey Liz, hope you are well. (: I was wondering if there were any other soap subscriptions? Also, if there are more, which one would you recommend as your top value/quality?

Kristin

I subscribed with he Black Friday deal but I must say I like my French milled soaps much better. This is nice but don’t know I will resubscribe, maybe once in awhile,

Katherine

Oops! My apologies Ragan. I was also wondering if these leave a good amount of smell behind on your skin.

Ragan

No problem.

I do think I’m supposed to be reviewing another soap subscription soon but haven’t received the box yet.

I find the Clean Bar Box soaps wash off pretty well and don’t leave a ton of fragrance behind (they do make the bathroom smell good while you’re using them, though). Although I will admit to having a stuffy nose like 3/4 of the time so I may not be the best judge of that.

yourbilletdoux

This was my first box with the Black Friday deal and I really like the scents! I will have to see if the soaps work with my skin, I can’t always use things with lots of exfoliation.

Ragan

The exfoliation seems really gentle to me, in general, with this box.

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