Birchboxx Kiehl’s Customer Favorites Kit Review + Coupon – December 2018


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Birchbox recently added a new discovery kit to their lineup — The Birchbox x Kiehl’s Customer Favorites Kit Review

FYI – This box is no longer available for purchase.

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About This Kit

The Box: The Birchbox x Kiehl’s Kit: Customer Favorites

The Cost: $18

And don’t forget your free mystery sample pack on orders of $35 or more!

The Products: This kit pairs classic hits, like a calendula-infused toner, along with newer, cutting-edge concentrates to refresh and re-energize skin.

Ships: to the US and Canada

Birchbox x Kiehl’s Customer Favorites Kit Review

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Here is the info sheet for the products included.

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Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $13.67 (buy the 0.5 oz version for $41)

This is an undereye treatment formulated with 10.5% ascorbic acid, which is better known as Vitamin C. This is designed to reduce fine lines, brighten, and ultimately eliminate dark circles by strengthening your undereye capillaries. I didn’t see any drastic results after a few uses, but this is one third the size of the full-size version so I am going to keep using it. This didn’t irritate my eyes or the sensitive skin, either.

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Midnight Recovery Eye, 0.05 oz – Estimated Value $3.70 ( Buy the 0.5 oz version for $37)

This eye cream is made with hydrating powerhouses like squalane and jojoba seed oil, but I wasn’t impressed to see alcohol denat pretty high up on the ingredient list- over time alcohol can actually dry out your skin more and cause issues. I am not a fan of products that have alcohol at the top of their ingredients (hydrating and skin-safe fatty alcohols are a different story), but especially when it is supposed to be a hydrating product for sensitive skin! This foil sample provided enough product for two separate uses and the skin around my eyes wasn’t irritated, but I wouldn’t repurchase this.

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Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, 1 oz – Estimated Value $4.60 (buy the 5 oz version for $23)

I have tried and enjoyed the rare earth deep pore mask from Kiehl’s, so I was happy to try this cleanser from the same product line. It is made with kaolin clay and diatomaceous earth, but this also has alcohol denat listed as the fourth ingredient. It does the job as a cleanser but I won’t continue to use it due to alcohol being so high up on the list.

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Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 0.14 oz – Estimated Value $6.27 (buy the 1 oz version for $47)

This is a great night oil that I have seriously been considering purchasing in the full-size since I have seen the holiday packaging of this product on sale. It has no bad ingredients like alcohol in it, and instead, it is packed with goodness like rosehip oil, Squalane, evening primrose oil, jojoba seed oil, and lavender oil. I don’t really pick up on any lavender scent, and my favorite way to use this is actually mixed with the Ultra Facial Cream for hydrated skin that isn’t greasy.

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Ultra Facial Cream, 0.25 oz – Estimated Value $4.74 (buy the 0.95 oz version for $18)

This is a basic but great moisturizer that mixes well with other skincare products (like the oils) for the perfect skincare for you. This is fragrance-free and hydrates with ingredients like squalene and apricot seed oil.

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Daily Reviving Concentrate, 0.14 oz – Estimated Value $6.27 (buy the 1 oz version for $47)

This is a hydrating oil made with ginger root, tamanu, and sunflower seed oil. If you’re like me and have a t-zone that gets oily during the day, I would recommend mixing this oil with your moisturizer rather than layering it- you get the same skincare benefits with no greasy feeling!. I enjoyed the way this left my skin feeling after using, and will gladly use up this entire sample.

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Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask, 0.10 oz – Estimated Value $0.83 (buy the 4.2 oz version for $35)

This is a deeply hydrating sleeping mask that would probably be too heavy for me in the summer but works great during these colder months. Squalane makes an appearance on the ingredients list again, as glycerin.

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Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, 1.4 oz – Estimated Value $5.83 (buy the 8.4 oz version for $35)

If Kiehl’s knows alcohol is bad in toners, why is it included in some of their other products? Hard questions aside, I enjoyed this toner. This does have actual calendula flower petals inside, so it was a little weird when I started to use it and out popped a petal, but overall this is hydrating and soothing to my skin.

Verdict: This was a great kit to try out various products from Kiehl’s, but it was a little concerning to see how often alcohol popped up in ingredient lists. Overall, though, I am happy with the items included, especially for the price of the box. I calculated a total value of $45.91, which I think is fair for the $23 cost of the box ($18 + $5 shipping).

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this is no longer available.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: While supplies last, use coupon code FREEBOX to get a FREE Mystery Bonus Birchbox with your 3-month subscription to Birchbox Man!

Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Line-Reducing Concentrate: $6.85
  • Midnight Recovery Eye: $1.85
  • Rare Earth Daily Cleanser: $2.30
  • Midnight Recovery Concentrate: $3.14
  • Ultra Facial Cream: $2.37
  • Daily Reviving Concentrate: $3.14
  • Overnight Mask: $0.41
  • Calendula Toner: $2.92

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t go on pizza and when I’m not studying for law school I’m relaxing at home with my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like!

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5 Comments

  1. The Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is not the eye cream. On Kiehl’s site, the application instructions are to apply to the entire face, avoiding the eye area.

    There is a “Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate,” but that’s not this product.

    • I was wondering about that. After reading the review, I couldn’t help but continue to look at the packaging and product on Kiehl’s site for anything eye related since I always knew it to be for the face. I saw Jessica referenced it has 10.5% vitamin C (which the eye serum does), but the product in the kit has 12.5%. I’m glad to read though that it didn’t irritate the sensitive skin around her eyes!

    • Oh wow so glad I read this before I started using my sample up as an eye treatment. I just tried it today and luckily no reaction. I will use it everywhere but that area. It has a nice consistency to it.

  2. Thanks for the info on the eye treatment. I’ve had one sitting on my vanity waiting to be used for the longest time but I had no idea what it was for so now I know. I’m always on the hunt for a good eye serum since under eye circles run in my family. Like you said the sample size is small but gives me a good trial run at least. Always love your reviews btw!! Keep it up! 🙂

  3. I was really disappointed in this kit, after looking forward to it so much. The moisturizers felt fine to me, but I disagree with the assessment that the concentrates are “not greasy”. These were simply face oils that sat on my face. No good. I love serums, but these were not serums, these were simply oils. I love toners, but the flower petals seemed gross to me – dead bits of flower swirling in the bottle. And popping out on my cotton rounds, like Jessica said. Yuck. I loved the Kiehl’s moisturizer samples I received previously from Birchbox, and was really looking forward to this kit. It was a real miss for me, alas.

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