Birchbox The Best Bath Ever Kit Review + Coupon
Birchbox’s The Best Bath Ever Kit is a limited edition discovery kit featuring some of Birchbox’s most relaxing bath essentials. Just like The 2018 Lip Service Kit, this didn’t come in a box, but rather a clear ziplock pouch. Some of the goodies were too big to fit in the bag, but they were wrapped securely in the bubble packaging Birchbox uses in their boxes.
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This review is for The Best Bath Ever Kit, which is $22 for a one time purchase and free shipping on all Birchbox orders over $50. This kit is not currently available for purchase.
The Box: The Best Bath Ever Kit
The Cost: $22 + $5 shipping (or free shipping on Birchbox orders over $50)
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The Products: travel-size and full-size lip products
Birchbox The Best Bath Ever Kit Review
Just like in a regular monthly subscription, Birchbox includes an informational sheet listing the products included and the price of their full-sized counterparts.
Level Naturals Lavender + Chamomile Bath Bomb – Estimated Value $2.75 (Buy a six pack of bath bombs for $16.50)
Level Naturals Lemon + Coconut Bath Bomb – Estimated Value $2.75 (Buy a six pack of bath bombs for $16.50)
You definitely could not have a box centered around the “best bath ever” theme without including some bath bombs! I consider myself a bath bomb connoisseur, and I definitely enjoyed these golf ball sized nuggets. Though they have some color in the bomb itself, once it dissolves in your hot water it doesn’t really leave a vibrant color the way other bath bombs can (Lush, I am looking at you). That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either. While bright colored baths are fun, with these bath bombs you don’t have to worry about your tub staining.
For how small these are, I was pleasantly surprised by the strong scent. The lemon scent in the Lemon + Coconut bath bomb wasn’t overpowering, but my bathroom definitely smelled bright and citrusy when I used it. The Lavender + Chamomile, on the other hand, wasn’t quite as strong of a scent but was still lovely and soothing. I used it before bed one night when I hadn’t gotten a good night sleep the night before, and this definitely helped me relax right before bed. Value wise, I think the price is pretty fair. You buy them in a pack of six for $16.50, which means you get six delightfully smelling baths out of one full-sized purchase. Considering two bath bombs from Lush will cost about the same, I would call that a decent deal.
thisworks® deep sleep™ pillow spray, .08 fl oz. – Estimated Value $0.93 (Buy the 2.5 oz. full-size version for $29)
Y’all, before we even talk about the pros and cons of this product, we need to address the glaring issue. This is a TINY sample. Like, it may be the smallest sample I have ever received, and I have been subscribing to various boxes for about six years. That being said, this isn’t the first time I have received this product, so I know it is one I like (shoutout to the full sized version in the 2017 FabFitFun Winter box). The scent is a mixture of lavender, chamomile, and patchouli, and if you need help falling asleep at night and like scented pillows, I definitely recommend this (I also have a friend who can’t sleep with anything scented on her sheets otherwise it’s hard for her to breathe at night, so if you are like her definitely do not use this product). That being said, even though I will use this sample, I do not think it should have been included in this box. The theme of this box is “best bath ever,” and something that helps you sleep at night is kind of a reach, as far as connecting to the theme. I think a sample size of a face mask would have been much more appropriate because the majority of the time I am taking a bath I am also wearing some type of face mask. Perhaps if this sample wasn’t so glaringly small, I wouldn’t feel so strongly about if it belonged in this box.
This was definitely the product I was most excited to try. I always see a little jar of it hanging out along the checkout line at Sephora, but I have never been able to convince myself to pay the $18 it costs to try out the mini size. Coconut oil has a multitude of uses, but my favorite way to use it is actually as a leave in conditioner for my curly hair. I can use coconut oil and nothing else in my hair after I wash it, and my curls will be defined and silky. That being said, I use your general run of the mill coconut oil. Kopari coconut oil is like the Rolls Royce of coconut oil, so I was interested in seeing if it lived up to the hype. Interestingly enough, the first time I used it was actually while taking a bath! I took the tip from the info sheet included in this box and put a pinch of it into the hot running water of my bath. It left my skin SO soft, and it wasn’t as messy as applying it as a body lotion where you need your body heat to warm it enough to turn into an oil. Also, it made the water just slightly thicker than normal, and that was a fun texture to experience while taking a bath. Even with how much I enjoyed this, though, in the end, it is still coconut oil. High-quality coconut oil at that, but I am just not sure what makes this $18 for 2.5 ounces or $38 for 7 ounces. Am I excited that this sample was included? Heck yes. Am I going to use it to the very last drop? You betcha! Am I going to go to the mall and pay $18 for a 2.5-ounce jar when it runs out? Um. Hard pass.
Sumbody Body Soap in Milky Rich, 1 – 3 oz bar. – Estimated Value $5.95 (Buy a pack of three for $17.85).
Right off the bat, I will admit I am not the biggest fan of bar soaps. However, when I used this Sumbody body soap, I could definitely feel how moisturizing and soothing it was to my skin. When you buy the full sized version, you get three scents: Milky Rich, Coconut Cream, and Goats in the Lavender. I wish a different scent had been included in this box because while the Milky Rich doesn’t smell bad, it just kind of smells like nothing. But hey, a lot of people prefer unscented or light smelling body soaps, especially if they have sensitive skin issues. This soap would be perfect for them, it is just not perfect for me. I would love to try this soap in the lavender smell, though, because I think that would make for an awesome and relaxing bath (or shower!) experience right before bedtime.
JUARA Kartini Body Oil, 1.0 oz – Estimated Value $14.50 (Buy the 4 oz. full sized version for $58).
While the Kopari was what I was most excited to try when I got this box, this Jaura body oil was what surprised me the most out of everything included. The scent is described as a “blend of plumeria, passion fruit, candlenut, turmeric, and Moringa oleifera oils,” and while I have no clue what Moringa oleifera is, this is one nice smelling body oil. The fragrance is faint and fades after you apply it, but applying this body oil is a real luxe experience. The consistency isn’t too thick compared to other body oils I have tried, and when I massage it into my legs and arms my skin drinks this stuff up almost instantaneously. I am left with super smooth and moisturized skin, with no greasy feelings. I also like that this absorbed well into my hands when I applied the oil, and my hands didn’t feel like a grease ball. This was my favorite product in the box.
Birchbox Dry Body Brush, Full Size! – Retail Value $10 (currently sold out)
I am just going to come out and say it: I definitely used this product wrong. I thought it was just a regular body scrubber that you uses with soap while bathing. Errr, wrong. I found that out the hard way— this is why we read the labels and info sheets, folks. When I used it in the shower with some soap rubbed on, this wasn’t a mild exfoliation. This was an “it’s flu season and everyone keeps sneezing in my direction and I am scared of getting sick” exfoliation. It was a rough experience (literally). After that shower, I took another look at this brush, and that’s when I noticed the word “dry” right there in the title. *Lightbulb goes on* To use this brush correctly, use it dry before you bathe. This brush claims to help with softer, more toned skin, and less bloating. To use this brush you start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart before you step into the warm waters of your waiting bath. Even though I was a bit skeptical (and super hesitant considering my faux pas using it wet with soap), I tried it again, correctly. Whoa, what a world of a difference! It wasn’t too harsh on my skin and actually felt pretty nice. It especially helped on a fresh bruise I got from slipping on ice outside, which was a pleasant surprise. I am definitely going to continue using this dry brush before I shower, and who knows— maybe I will be less bloated as a result. I know for a fact my skin will be smoother using this brush, and everything else is all gravy.
The Verdict: Birchbox promised a value of $50, and by my math, the products in this box come out to $51.28. While that isn’t a crazy value, it is still almost double the cost of the $27 box ($22 box + $5 shipping). I really enjoyed everything in this box, even though I still feel like the pillow spray doesn’t really have a place in this box. I loved finally getting to try the Kopari coconut melt, and I was pleasantly surprised by the Juara body oil and the dry body brush (once I used it correctly). I think this kit would be a great gift to a friend who is going through a stressful time and needs help relaxing, or anyone who thinks there is never a bad time to take a bath (I will take a bath at 8 a.m. if I want to and I am not ashamed). This kit is especially great for this time of year, because of all the soothing and hydrating products for your skin. Overall, I am a fan!
The Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if I sign up today? No, this box is currently sold out. Take a look at other limited edition boxes available!
Value Breakdown: At $27 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:51.28
- Lavender + Chamomile Bath Bomb: $1.45
- Lemon + Coconut Bath Bomb: $ 1.45
- thisworks Pillow Spray: $0.49
- Kopari Coconut Melt: $7.58
- Sumbody Body Soap: $3.13
- Jaura Body Oil: $7.63
- Birchbox Dry Brush: $5.27
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What do you think of Birchbox’s The Best Bath Ever Kit? Am I being to harsh on the thisworks sample? Have you ever used a dry body brush in the shower? Let us know below!