Modern Skyn Apothecary Review + Coupon – October 2019
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About Modern Skyn Apothecary
The Subscription Box: Modern Skyn Apothecary Bath and Body Ritual Box
The Cost: $34.99/box + shipping; save with longer subscriptions
COUPON: Use code SAVE10 to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: 5 to 8 cruelty-free, organic, handcrafted, and full-size beauty products per box with a promised $100+ value
Ships to: The US for $5.99 and worldwide at varying rates
Good to Know: Monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly subscription options are available.
Modern Skyn Apothecary Bath & Body Ritual Box October 2019 Review
I actually discovered this subscription by receiving some of Modern Skyn’s products in RosePost Box. When I looked them up for writing that review, I found they had a subscription box. I signed up just to see what it was like and I was really happy with the first box so I asked if I could review the subscription here. I think this subscription does several things right that some competing boxes need to work on a little; we will get to those at various points in this review.
This month the inner cardboard box, while still environmentally friendly like last month’s, has a logo printed on it. I think the ribbon is a nice touch, as well, and I’ve put it in my craft item stash for future use.
The box came with an information sheet that lists the items, some use suggestions, and prices at which you can actually buy the items in their shop.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Lip Polish (1.2 oz) – Retail Value $12
This is rather high on the oil, as you can see. So give it a good stir before first use. But, I have to say, I’m looking for high oil in a winter lip scrub — my lips dry out so much but sometimes I also need a little help getting rid of all my lipstick and this helps with both. It’s in a nice fall flavor/scent, as well (this one is limited edition). This is a sugar scrub so it won’t hurt if you get it in a cut.
Absolute Herbal Cleansing Bar Soap – Retail Value $12
This can be used for face and body but I am more of a body person when it comes to bar soap. Anyway, I’m a fan of the Modern Skyn Alchemy bar soap formula and this one is no exception. Also, although this one contains neem, it’s not super noticeable in the overall fragrance blend. (This is a good thing.) This also comes with a slice of loofah that you can set the soap on, in the shower, to keep it dry between uses. I love that we got something biodegradable instead of a plastic soap holder. (The soap is also usually packaged just in *recyclable* paper bags.)
Soaking Mineral Salts (16 oz) – Retail Value $28, Listed Value $32
I soak my feet in a heated foot bath on occasion and I like to use bath salts there. These are perfect for that. They have sea salt and Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) as well as some essential oils for scent. If I am ever super sore after exercise, I will take a whole bath in them, but usually my feet are hurting at the end of a long day and I think this product helps.
Hand and Body Cleanser (8.2 fl oz) – Retail Value $20, Listed Value $28
I think the value discrepancy here on the website versus the information card may be because they have moved to a new bottle style and are trying to sell off product in older bottles so it is listed as less expensive on the website. At any rate, I have actually been using this as a hand soap. It seems much less drying than what we buy at Target for this purpose, and less drying is exactly what I want at this time of year. It also smells absolutely wonderful (the scent I received was jasmine and neroli).
Vanilla + Clove Huile de Parfum (0.33 oz) – Listed Value $40
This is a new product — Modern Skyn Alchemy’s first ever perfume oil. And I love it. I have not had the best experiences with perfume oils in the past (i.e., I always thought them rather weak) but this one had good sillage and very good longevity and now I want these folks to come up with some more scents. However, for what it’s worth, this scent is excellent and works quite well for me.
Oat Milk Facial Creme (2 fl oz) – Retail Value $40, Listed Value $45
This was kind of fun to poke at — it felt like marshmallow fluff or something. But it was also really gentle (oats are known to soothe irritation) and absorbed into my skin without leaving lots of residue. That makes me happy. But it is also moisturizing when I need it most (it’s finally getting cold and dry where I live), and I love that it is only lightly fragranced and contains no artificial dyes.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $157 for the October 2019 Modern Skyn Apothecary Bath and Body Ritual Box. That meets the promised $100+ value as well as the promised number of full-sized products (5-8). What I can say after having received this for several months is that item types are not duplicated month-to-month, so I haven’t run into a problem of having too much of any one kind of item, but if you are worried about product accumulation there are bi-monthly and quarterly boxes available as well. I thought this was a nice seasonal box in terms of fragrance choices, level of moisturizing (and/or lack of stripping oils from the skin), and the like. I like the packaging that minimalizes the use of plastic and also that you can buy almost all of the items in their shop (except some new releases).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Boxes ship by the 20th of the month so it may be too late to receive this one.
COUPON: Use code SAVE10 to save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $40.98 ($34.99 + $5.99 shipping) for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Lip polish $3.13
- Bar soap + loofah $3.13
- Soaking salts $7.31
- Hand and body cleanser $5.22
- Perfume oil $10.44
- Facial creme $11.75
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