Birchbox The No Stress Beauty Kit Review – September 2020
FYI – this kit is still available for purchase
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About this Birchbox Kit
The Box: Birchbox The No Stress Beauty Kit
The Cost: $25
This kit includes:
- Rael Heating Patch for Menstrual Cramps
- The Good Patch Be Calm
- Arrow Oil Cleansing Spray
- Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
- Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair Gummies
- thisworks® deep sleep™ pillow spray
- Vertly Glowing Skin Face Serum
- Saturday Skin Rise + Shine Gentle Cleanser
Ships to: The US, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands
Birchbox The No Stress Beauty Kit Review
Here is the info sheet for the box. I’m a lawyer who works with domestic violence victims during a global pandemic and an election year- I’ll take all of the relaxing products I can get.
Also, every September order came with cookies to celebrate Birchbox’s birthday- yum 🙂
Rael Heating Patch for Menstrual Cramps, 3 ct – Retail Value $7
These really impressed me. At first, I was less than enthused because you apply these to clothes rather than directly to the skin, so I had to make a wardrobe change to make sure the heating patch was on my lower back where I was feeling achy. It took a solid 30 minutes to warm up, but the warmth lasted for a long time- the brand said the heat would last for 6 hours, but I fell asleep around 8 pm with this on, and when I woke up the next morning the patch still had warmth. The warmth from the patch was comfortable and never too hot- I actually could have used more heat, but I prefer everything to be scalding so it’s probably for the best that it wasn’t at maximum heat.
The Good Patch Be Calm, 1 ct – Retail Value $12
I’ll admit I raised my eyebrows when I saw that this single patch retails for $12, especially when it only contains 15mg of CBD (for perspective, a mild but effective dose for me in gummies is around 30 mg), but I was curious if the transepidermal delivery would mean the lower dose was more effective at providing relief. Along with CBD this also has menthol to provide cooling relief, so this is designed to help out with minor aches and pains. I placed this on my lower back where I tend to get achy, and it definitely helped to relieve the minor aches I was feeling after a long day of sitting at my desk.
Arrow Oil Cleansing Spray, 1 oz – Estimated Value $7.06 (buy the 3.4 oz version for $24)
This is a really interesting concept- it’s essentially a cleansing oil that you spray on, massage in, and wipe away with a damp cloth vs rinsing, and I had my doubts about this product’s ability to effectively cleanse. This actually worked better than I thought- the texture of the spray provides a good slip for rubbing into my face, and this did a good job removing light makeup and mascara.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, 0.3 oz – Estimated Value $33 (buy the 0.5 oz version for $55)
Have you ever seen a cuter Sunday Riley mini? I just about squealed when I pulled it out of the box. This is an iconic retinol-infused oil that is designed to reduce the appearance of pores, wrinkles, and age spots. This also has blue tansy and chamomile to reduce redness, and chia seed oil to hydrate and reduce inflammation. Retinol and its derivatives can be very drying on your skin, so I like that it is paired with more nourishing ingredients. This will also make you more sensitive to sun damage so make sure you wear your SPF and try to use your other acids or exfoliants on a different night to not overload your skin. It takes about 8 weeks to see results from retinol, but this oil makes it easy for me to incorporate retinol into my routine.
Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair Gummies, 4 gummies – Buy 60 gummies for $25
I’ve tried these before, but with supplements, you really don’t see results unless you consistently use them for 1-2 months. Considering it’s $25 a month for these gummies that are made with folic acid, biotin, and zinc, I don’t see myself making the switch from my under $10 biotin any time soon- but these do taste good!
thisworks® deep sleep™ pillow spray, 10 ml – Estimated Value $3.87 (Buy the 2.5 oz version for $29)
I enjoy pillow sprays in general, but using this one a few years ago is what got me into them. I have been needing more pillow sprays, so naturally, this arrived right after I bought two other sprays to try out. The aromatherapy blend of lavender, patchouli, and chamomile of this one definitely put me in a restful place of mind, and I did notice that I fall asleep quicker when I use sprays like these.
Vertly Glowing Skin Face Serum, 0.10 oz – Retail Value $22
Even though this sample is small, it has such a nice weight to it- the container is glass, and I can tell that this is a luxury skincare product just by the look and feel of it (and the price tag). The full-size has 300 mg of CBD in it (a respectable amount), so if my math is right this little vial has 30 mg of CBD along with 24 botanical extracts. This is a serum with an oil base, and it really calmed my skin while giving it a healthy glow. I don’t want to fall in love with such a pricy item, but I think my heart may not care about the price tag.
Saturday Skin Rise + Shine Gentle Cleanser, 2 oz – Estimated Value $12.84 (buy the 4.05 oz version for $26)
I am a fan of Saturday Skin, so I was happy to see the pastel pink packaging in this kit. This cleanser is made with apple and peach extracts and an anti-aging peptide complex, and it has a whipped texture. This was a tiny bit drying for my dry skin as a cleanser, so I think this would be better suited for those with normal or oily skin. I’ll still reach for this on days when I’ve been sweaty and want to make sure my face is really clean, but it’s not an everyday cleanser for me.
Verdict: I really loved this kit. Along with the adorable Sunday Riley Luna oil, I found multiple new products that I want to repurchase (the Vertly serum and Rael patches especially). I honestly enjoyed this kit enough that I’m having serious thoughts about purchasing another one (spoiler alert, once Birchbox announced their 25% off sale for customer appreciation I did indeed purchase another one. I added an extra pack of those Rael heating patches to have plenty on hand, too!), and I think this was a great curation from Birchbox. Value-wise, I calculated a total value of $97.77, excluding the Hum supplements, which is a little below the promised value of $106 but still a good value for the $32 cost.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this kit if you order today? Yep, I haven’t snagged them all yet.
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Value Breakdown: This box costs $25, which means you’re paying approximately the following per item:
- Rael: $2.29
- The Good Patch: $3.93
- Arrow: $2.31
- Sunday Riley: $10.80
- This works: $1.27
- Vertly: $7.20
- Saturday Skin: $4.20
- Hum: n/a
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