Birchbox The Guide to Skincare Ingredients Review + Coupon – February 2020
The Birchbox Guide to Skincare Ingredients Kit is one of the latest exclusive kits from Birchbox that includes skincare products that each feature a star ingredient like collagen, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C.
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About this Birchbox Kit
The Cost: $25
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This kit includes:
- Whish Renewing Mud Mask
- PETER THOMAS ROTH Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
- Dr. Jart+ Peptidin™ Radiance Serum
- too cool for school All-in-One Egg Mellow Cream 5-in-1 Firming Moisturizer
- DERMA E Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
- Georgette Klinger Vitamin C Toner
- Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer
- Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
- Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads
- Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil
Ships to: The US, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands
Birchbox The Guide to Skincare Ingredients Kit Review
Here is the info sheet for the box.
Whish Renewing Mud Mask, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $12 (Buy the 2 oz version for $48)
This mud mask is made with kaolin, rosehip oil, and bakuchiol (a vegan retinol alternative) along with aloe vera and some chemical exfoliants to detoxify and cleanse your skin without being too irritating. This is a quick mask- the recommend leave-on time is two minutes for regular skin and 15-30 seconds of sensitive skin. My sensitive skin has been acting up lately, so I actually tried this out on my chest where my skin is a bit hardier. This did leave my skin a bit red when I washed it off, but that faded and my skin did feel smoother.
PETER THOMAS ROTH Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, 0.50 oz – Estimated Value $6 (Buy the 5 oz version for $60)
I’m a big PTR fan, and this pumpkin mask isn’t new to me. Along with smelling like pumpkin pie, this has a texture similar to a finer sugar scrub that gives you a bit of physical exfoliation along with pumpkin enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids for chemical exfoliation. I wouldn’t use this mask more often than once a week, but it definitely left my skin softer and didn’t irritate my skin.
Dr. Jart+ Peptidin™ Radiance Serum, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $5.91 (Buy the 1.35 oz version for $48)
I am a big Dr. Jart+ fan, and I will never be mad about adding more peptides to my skincare routine. Peptides are the building blocks of some of the proteins that naturally occur in your skin, and this lightweight serum features an 8-peptide complex along with niacinamide and peach flower extract. I don’t love that the ingredients list has drying alcohol in it, but it didn’t irritate my skin and added a hydrating layer to my skincare routine.
too cool for school All-in-One Egg Mellow Cream 5-in-1 Firming Moisturizer 0.35 fl oz – Estimated Value $7.16 (Buy a full-size 1.76 oz for $36.00)
I don’t know if this moisturizer firms my face like it claims (luckily I am still young enough that my skin is pretty tight), but I like how multi-use this is. It can be used as a serum, moisturizer, eye cream, or sleeping mask! This is made with egg yolk extract, niacinamide, and collagen, and it absorbed easily into my skin. If using it as a sleeping mask I would recommend applying it on thicker, but overall this is a handy moisturizer to have in your arsenal.
DERMA E Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, 0.50 oz – Estimated Value $7.38 (Buy the 2 oz version for $29.50)
I have tried the day cream from this product line and didn’t like it because it felt like a film was left on my face, and honestly, I had that same experience with this night cream. I’m not really sure what ingredient is leaving that finish that I can’t stand, but it’s a bummer due to the awesome ingredients in this like hyaluronic acid, green tea, and vitamins A, E, and B5.
Georgette Klinger Vitamin C Toner, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $1.94 (Buy the 6.7 oz version for $26)
I am actually not a huge vitamin C person, even though it is a loved ingredient by many for brightening skin. For my slightly sensitive skin in particular, most forms actually irritate my skin a tad. The fact that this has vitamin C in the form of ascorbyl phosphate combined citrus extracts and added fragrance overall make this product a miss for me.
Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer, 0.24 oz – Estimated Value $2.76 (Buy the 2 oz version for $23)
This moisturizer features the star ingredient cloudberry seed oil along with green tea, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera- all ingredients that my sensitive skin loves. I liked that this moisturizer didn’t feel too heavy, and I especially like the affordable price tag- this would be a solid budget-friendly day moisturizer for those with dry skin.
Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask, 0.45 oz – Estimated Value $11.03 (Buy the full-size 2 oz for $49)
This mask is made with kaolin clay, bentonite, aloe vera, vitamins A and E, witch hazel, and licorice, and it is designed to brighten and refine your skin. I used this as a T-zone mask when I felt my nose was looking congested, and this mask was cooling to my skin immediately once applied. This mask also has a (not unpleasant) scent, so if you are sensitive to scents that is something to consider.
Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads 1 pair – Estimated Value $3.60 (Buy a box of five pairs for $18.00)
These hydrating eye gels are designed to hydrate and de-puff the area under your eyes with good ingredients like collagen, allantoin, and hyaluronic acid. I suffer more from dark circles than I do fine lines or puffy eyes, but I still enjoyed these as a refreshing 20-minute treat that helped me to relax (anyone else carry a LOT of tension in their face from looking at screens all day? I find cooling masks to be really helpful with that!).
Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil, 0.3 oz – Estimated Value $4.33 (Buy the 1 oz version for $12.99)
Blue tansy is a great ingredient for sensitive or acne-prone skin, making this a good finishing oil at the end of a skincare routine if those are skincare concerns you have. I will say that I actually hate the rollerball dispenser this small sample has- I think a pump or even a dropper would have been much more sanitary and effective.
Verdict: I love skincare, so I still get excited about trying out new skincare samples or grabbing backups of products I know I enjoy traveling with. I do think this box would have benefited from having one full-size item or at least a travel-sized mini, but overall this is a skincare kit that covers all of your bases. Birchbox promised a value of $66 for this kit, and by my math, the total value adds up to $62.11.
To Wrap Up:
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Value Breakdown: This box costs $25, which means you’re paying approximately the following per item:
- Whish: $4.83
- Peter Thomas Roth: $2.41
- Dr. Jart+: $2.38
- too cool for school: $2.88
- Derma E: $2.97
- Georgette Klinger: $0.78
- Air Repair: $1.11
- Sand & Sky: $4.44
- Wilma Schumann: $1.45
- Acure: $1.74
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