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Birchbox The Winter Body Care Kit Review – December 2020

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJan 4, 2021 | 8 comments

3.6 overall rating
683 Ratings | 214 Reviews

The Birchbox Winter Body Care Kit is one of the latest exclusive kits from Birchbox featuring eight different products to care for your skin during the cooler winter months.

FYI - this kit is no longer available for purchase

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About this Birchbox Kit

The Box: Birchbox The Winter Body Care Kit

The Cost: $25 ($73 value!)

This kit includes:

  • This Works stress check breathe in – Deluxe sample
  • Juara Hydrating Candlenut Shower Gel – Travel size
  • ILLUME Go Be Lovely Hand Cream – Coconut Milk Mango – Travel size
  • AMASS Four Thieves Hand Sanitizer – Travel size
  • EiR NYC Savasana Body Oil – Deluxe Sample
  • Hatshe Tangerine Relief Gel – Deluxe sample
  • Old Whaling Co. Body Butter – Oatmeal Milk & Honey – Travel size
  • Foy CBD Relief Lotion – Deluxe sample

Ships to: The U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands

Birchbox 'Winter Body Care' Kit Review


Here is the info sheet that arrived with the box.


This Works stress check breathe in, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $16.88 (buy the 8 ml version for $27)

I really enjoy the This Works brand – they nail their aromatherapy items and I always feel more relaxed when using them. This rollerball is made with eucalyptus, frankincense, and lavender oil, and it is designed to help relieve feelings of tension and stress. I like applying this to the pulse points on my wrist and breathing deep, and I am almost always left with a calmer mind.


Juara Hydrating Candlenut Shower Gel, 2 oz – Estimated Value $4.67 (buy the 12 oz version for $28)

I know the Juara Candlenut scent is loved by many an MSA reader due to other products from the line being featured in other subscription boxes, and this shower gel has the same great scent of candlenut and coconut. This formula is sulfate-free, and the gel texture turned into a gentle foam that didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or tight.


ILLUME Go Be Lovely Hand Cream in Coconut Milk Mango, 1.4 oz – Retail Value $10

I can never have too many hand creams, and I also can never have too many coconut-scented body products. What can I say, I like what I like and I have a penchant for losing things. This has a very tropical scent of coconut, mango, and pineapple, and the formula has a mix of coconut, jojoba, and avocado oils along with coconut and mango butter for a deeply hydrating hand cream. This soaked into my skin without leaving a greasy residue, and I enjoy the tropical fragrance.


AMASS Four Thieves Hand Sanitizer, 2 oz – Estimated Value $10 (buy a set of 2 2oz bottles for $20)

This is a wildly fragrant hand sanitizer that I have been enjoying. The scent includes eucalyptus, cinnamon, and clove for a warm scent that isn’t too heavy. The formula is 70% alcohol, and this spray bottle will spritz your hands clean about 500 times.


EiR NYC Savasana Body Oil, 1 oz – Estimated Value $5.63 (buy the 8-ounce version for $45)

I am a big fan of body oils. I like how they give my skin a soft sheen and leaves it feeling silky. My skin (especially in the wintertime!) is always dry, so the added moisture a body oil provides is much appreciated. With a name like "Savasana", I expected this to smell like a yoga studio, and I was not disappointed. The scent comes from vetiver, ylang-ylang, and lavender, while the arnica, jojoba, vitamin E, and coconut oil work to soothe and nourish the skin. This was lovely on warm skin after a shower, and I think it would also be great to gently soothe sore muscles.


Hatshe Tangerine Relief Gel, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $4.25 (buy the 1-ounce version for $25)

This sample was really enjoyable – along with the small tube having 30 mg full-spectrum hemp oil, it is also made with menthol, arnica, capsicum, and camphor. The tangerine essential oil adds a nice citrus scent, and this definitely provided relief to sore shoulder muscles.


Old Whaling Co. Body Butter in Oatmeal Milk & Honey, 2 oz – Estimated Value $3.50 (buy the 8-ounce version for $14)

I find the milk and honey scent of this body butter to be incredibly comforting. I have been massaging this body butter into my boyfriend's shoulders lately, and even though I'm not the one getting rubbed I still feel more relaxed. This body butter starts off thick, but it melts into the skin to leave it moisturized and soft without a greasy residue.


Foy CBD Relief Lotion, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $8.08 (buy the 3.4 oz version for $54.99)

This lotion has a really nice ingredients list that features broad-spectrum hemp extract, hemp seed oil, menthol, shea butter, aloe vera, peppermint, lavender, and frankincense. It has a thicker texture compared to the Hatshe CBD gel, but it still soaks into my skin nicely. This half-ounce tube contains 120 mg of CBD, so it is a bit more potent than the Hatshe gel, too.

Verdict: I am a big fan of CBD-infused skincare, so right off of the bat I was happy this set included multiple CBD products for me to try. This really covered all of the categories for winter body care: hand lotion, body lotion, shower gel, and hand sanitizer. All of the products performed well for me, too, which makes me really happy with the overall curation of this set. Value-wise, everything in this kit adds up to $63.01, which is about $10 shy of the promised $73 value. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this kit if you order today? No, this is no longer available but you can shop other kits here.

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Value Breakdown: This box costs $25, which means you're paying approximately the following per item:

  • This Works: $6.70
  • Juara: $1.85
  • Illume: $3.97
  • Amass: $3.97
  • EiR: $2.59
  • Hatshe: $1.68
  • Old Whaling Co: $1.39
  • Foy: $3.21

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Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, 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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Somehow I missed this kit. I love body oils! Nice review 🙂

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REALLY intrigued by the Tangerine Relief Gel, but overall this kit doesn’t seem especially useful to me, so I skipped it.

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Joy-Not the Other One

Marion, the tangerine gel is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I received a sample in a different Birchbox sampler and I have been singing it’s praises to anyone who will listen. I use a ton of CBD creams, gels, lotions (basically any topical) and this is the only one that has ever made an immediate difference. I bought the full size the last time Birchbox had a sale even though the price is seriously ridiculous. If you are interested I would really recommend it.

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Glad to see the review. I did not know Juara made a shower gel. I love that body butter. I don’t know how I missed this when I was shopping.

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Jessica Hapak

Thanks for reading, Jody- I am glad you found the review helpful 🙂

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I think I’m the only one that doesnt like the smell of the juara candlenut scent lol i thought it smelled bizarre when i received a sample of the lotion, but others I know love it! 🤷‍♀️

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I don’t like it, either. I think it kind of smells like play-doh

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Looks nice, wish I would have seen this one!

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