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Birchbox Review + Coupon – January 2021

Box for Birchbox January 2021

Birchbox sends samples (and sometimes full-sizes) of new and exciting beauty products from top brands for $15/month. Birchbox is one of the original beauty subscription boxes and is a great way to discover new makeup, hair care, and skincare products without breaking the bank. I received one of the two curated Clean Beauty options.

FYI: As of June 2020, in addition to the surprise sample box option, there will be two curated boxes offered in greater quantities than the previous curated options: The Clean Beauty Box and the Katia’s Picks box. Get all the details here.

Box2 for Birchbox January 2021

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Full Contents for Birchbox January 2021

About this Beauty Box

The Subscription Box: Birchbox

The Cost: $15.00 per month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!

The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.

Ships to: The U.S., France, Spain, and the U.K.

Birchbox Review January 2021


As always, this month’s Birchbox came with an info card that lists the products on the front, with a Birchbox Tip listed on the back.


Dr. Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask, 30 ml – Retail Value $9.90

I’ve always loved sleep masks. Every time I use one, my skin just feels so much softer and my complexion, so much brighter, the next morning. Dr. Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask combines some of my favorite things, including Vitamin C and antioxidants for brightening, reducing inflammation, treating breakouts, and fading dark spots, as well as coconut oil to naturally hydrate and soothe skin all night long. It’s super lightweight and absorbs quickly into my skin. I’ve recently been staying in California, and I’ve found the weather to be super drying. I love how this mask delivers hardcore hydration and leaves my skin feeling soft and buoyant the next morning. The product did not leave my face feeling like there was a greasy film over it like some masks do, and the scent was very light, natural, and refreshing.


KNDR Luxury Hand Sanitizer, 30 ml – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $12.00

I never knew there was such a thing as “luxury” hand sanitizer. Boy, was I missing out! This KNDR Luxury Hand Sanitizer isn’t sticky like your regular old run-of-the-mill hand sanitizer and doesn’t have an obnoxious overpowering scent like the sanitizer at the doctor’s office. The product has a light floral scent and while I’m not a huge fan of florals, I definitely prefer this scent to the harsh alcohol smell. Of course, any hand sanitizer is going to have that sterile scent, but KNDR softens the blow with a hint of wildflowers. I found this product to be pleasantly gentle on my hands as compared to some others I’ve tried. It did not leave my skin feeling dried out and crusty. I’m very happy to have received hand sanitizer in a monthly subscription box; it seems like I can never have enough nowadays.


VERB Ghost Shampoo, 25 ml – Estimated Value $1.27 (Buy a full-size 355 ml for $18.00 here)

This VERB Ghost Shampoo has a super lightweight formula that lathers up for rich, luxurious cleansing. The shampoo has a lovely and fresh clean scent, and cleanses my hair without leaving it feeling stripped or dry. I did only get one use out of this sample size, but my hair did feel nourished and super soft to the touch, and the product didn’t weigh my hair down or leave any residue behind. Formulated with green tea extract, aloe vera, sunflower seed extract, and moringa seed oil, this shampoo is clearly a hydrating expert.


VERB Ghost Conditioner, 25 ml – Estimated Value $1.27 (Buy a full-size 355 ml for $18.00 here)

First off, this VERB Ghost Conditioner sample size was not enough conditioner for my whole head, but the left side was all smooth and silky. This conditioner has just as pleasant a fresh, clean scent as the shampoo does, and is hydrating and virtually weightless. Specially formulated to smooth frizz, promote shine, and strengthen hair, the conditioner has jojoba seed oil, moringa seed oil, and quinoa protein, as well as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, all employed to repair damage, support hair growth, and hydrate without weighing down hair.


Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown , 0.09 g – Retail Value $14.00

Marcelle’s Nano Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown has an awesome micro-tip that allows me to apply super thin, natural looking lines to my brows. The pencil went on smoothly, stays all day long, and the shade matches my brows well. With the tip being so thin and precise, this eyebrow liner is almost completely foolproof and with its waterproof, long-lasting hypoallergenic formula, the pencil makes it easy to get your brows on fleek. The product offers medium coverage and a matte finish. On the back end is a high quality built-in spoolie.

Box for Birchbox January 2021

Here is a swatch of the Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown.

Verdict: This month’s Birchbox was definitely a treat, beginning with the awesome clear hard plastic box everything came in. I am legit so excited about this element. I love how it makes the Birchboxes reusable and perfect for storage. I also really enjoyed the Dr. Botanicals Sleeping Mask. I love to do good things for my skin, and I love that this product works through the night. I think it’s really awesome that this box also included the VERB Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner duo. I’m always thrilled to receive both elements of a haircare system. What’s the point in trying a shampoo if you can’t try the conditioner, am I right? Thanks to this month’s box, I was introduced to the world of “luxury” hand sanitizers. Your girl feels bougie AF. Lastly, the Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Pencil is the perfect tool for precise and detailed brow application. With a total retail value of $38.44, you definitely get your money’s worth, since this box only costs $15 per month. I think it’s great how all elements of beauty, skincare, and haircare were included in this curation.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. If you subscribe to Birchbox now, be sure to check the image on the sign-up page. The box design pictured at the bottom is the first month you’ll receive.

Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!

Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Sleeping Mask: $3.86
  • Hand Sanitizer: $4.68
  • Shampoo: $0.50
  • Conditioner: $0.50
  • Eyebrow Liner: $5.46

Alternatively, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $3.00.

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Written by Naomi Pandolfi

Naomi Pandolfi

I’m a sheet mask loving, skincare obsessed, animal loving foodie. If I’m not waiting for the mailman to bring me some new subscription box, I’m probably working out, writing, or getting cursed out by my parrot. P.S. He was a rescue; I didn’t teach him that.

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Comments (13)

  1. I just ordered my first box today, will it be February’s box? Also they had a promotion to get a second box free….what kind of box will this be? Anyone know? Thanks!!

    • Welcome to the Birchbox Fam Carla! I just checked the sign up page and as of now the box pictured is the February so yes that would be the first box you’d receive.

  2. I got the same box! I was pretty disappointed that the clear box wasn’t holo (the paper inside definitely tricked me at first), but overall, I was very happy! 🙂

    • I know! I thought it was to at first lol.

  3. My bag never shipped. I received an email that they were delayed and then nothing. Did anyone else get this box? I’m pretty annoyed.

    • OMG Dawn, that sucks. There were some crazy delays this month. I didn’t receive this January box until the first week of February. Hit up their customer service, they are always very helpful.

  4. Nice review. And I always worry that sample conditioners will have too little product for my head!

    • Oh yeah, if you are blessed with a lot of thick hair curly hair the GHOST Verb Conditioner sample will NOT be enough lol.

  5. Just got my box today. I also got the Dr Botanicals mask & the Marcelle brow pencil. My choice item was the Buff Stuff citrus scrub, and I also received the Davines Dede shampoo (+ conditioner packet) and the Bareminerals Phyto-Retinol serum.

    I’m happy with it & I’ll use everything (eventually) but I don’t think it’s worth the $16 I ended up paying (since my Ace status ran out).

  6. It is actually the April box that is coming in a stasher bag. I’m excited for that!

    • I know, I added a reply to my original comment that said oops the April box, not the Feb and it never got posted and then a bit later I see msa posted about this box.

  7. Feb boxes are coming in stasher bags! 😍

    • I heard! So excited! Stasher bags will be so useful. I hated throwing out the box every month, it felt wasteful.

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