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Birchbox September 2021 Review + Coupon

Naomi Pandolfi
ByNaomi PandolfiSep 28, 2021 | 2 comments

Full Contents for Birchbox September 2021

3.7 overall rating
666 Ratings | 197 Reviews

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.

This is one of our top recommendations if you are looking for a subscription box - the value and sample sizes are amazing. (Check out our list of the best beauty boxes for 2021 and our reviews of Cheap Subscription Boxes for more recommendations!)

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First Impressions


Included is a product card that lists the products in your Birchbox on the front, with a Birchbox Tip listed on the back.


Now, on to the items!

Onekind Dream Cream Nighttime Moisturizer, 10 ml - Estimate Retail Value $7.60


At first glance, I thought this cream would be too heavy for my skin and end up clogging my pores. I really struggle to find a nighttime cream that doesn’t end up causing a breakout. A lot of times they’re very heavy, highly moisturizing, and just a bit too much if you have oily skin. I was pleasantly surprised by this cream. It’s definitely thicker than the water-based products I usually use, but it didn’t leave behind any oily residue after application. The product absorbs nicely overnight and leaves my face feeling soft, silky, and hydrated the next morning. The consistency is very nice, and the scent is light and dissipates quickly.


Re.fil Beauty Balm, 2.9 g, Full Size - Retail Value $12

Front of Re.fil Beauty Balm in Peach:Tan for Birchbox September 2021

Image via Birchbox.

Whoops! This product is missing from my box, but no biggie; I've contacted Birchbox and expect a replacement shortly. I did, however, try this product in the past. Here were my thoughts: I am highly skeptical of any multi-use products in general. I just can’t grasp how a product can be designed for everything from your lips, to your toes and still be effective. So, I’ve used this balm exclusively on my lips, and it worked really well and made my lips feel soft and moisturized, with no residual stickiness left behind. I also think it’s really cool that the product is endlessly refillable. The downside is that I lose lip balms like you would not believe, so how many times I can refill it would be contingent on that. But if you’re a responsible, grown-up human, this is definitely a great option to minimize your carbon footprint and optimize hydration.


Balance Me AHA Glow Mask, 10 ml - Estimate Retail Value $5.80


I love the brand Balance Me. I’ve tried a lot of their products in subscriptions before, and I’ve always found them to be gentle on my sensitive skin and quite effective. I’m not a huge fan of wash-off masks… I’m more of a sheet mask/peel-off mask girl myself, but I do want glowing skin, and I’m happy I gave it a try. This product was still very gentle, and it left my face feeling smooth and glowy, leaving me with a refreshed look. There was no tightness or dry sensation, and the product easily rinsed off.


Aceology Hydro Glow & Deep Hydration Watermelon Eye Mask, 1 set - Estimate Retail Value $7.25


Eye masks are a product I hold near and dear to my heart. This mask breathed new life into my under-eyes after a really long night turned into an early morning. It was very hydrating and firmed up my under-eye puffiness. It felt wonderfully refreshing on my face, with a delicate fruity scent that wasn’t invasive or overpowering. What I was most impressed with was how they stayed in place and didn’t slip off even as I was getting ready for the day. Eye masks that let you walk around and do things while beautifying are a game-changer.

Nelson j Beverly Hills + One Minute HAIR BOTOX Leave-in Lavender Oil Infused Treatment, 10 ml - Estimate Retail Value $11


This is a very tiny sample for someone with my head of hair, so I’m not sure if my not seeing any results was due to the product itself or the amount of product. The scent is a very light lavender, and the product had a luxurious texture and applied smoothly to a portion of my hair. The side it was on felt hydrated and soft and just a tad bit shinier than usual.


This month’s Birchbox was all about skincare. I love that I got the Aceology eye mask and the Balance Me glow mask; two products to keep my skin nourished and glowing. The Nelson j Beverly Hills hair Botox is definitely an interesting product. The thought of Botox for your hair is a whole new thing to me. I didn’t receive the Re.fil beauty balm, and I'm happy that Birchbox will be sending a replacement. Also, I’ve tried it before, so I know it’s a solid moisturizing lip balm. Lastly, the Onekind nighttime moisturizer was a wonderful surprise because I now know this nighttime treatment will work overnight on my skin without clogging my pores or causing any breakouts. Overall, I really enjoyed Birchbox’s curation of a skincare-heavy box this month.

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Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $15

Value Breakdown:

  • Cream $7.60
  • Beauty Balm $12
  • AHA Mask $5.80
  • Eye Mask $7.25
  • Leave-in Treatment $11

The total value of my box was $43.65, which is a great value for a $15 box.

Other Things You Should Know

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but 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.

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Naomi Pandolfi
Naomi Pandolfi

Naomi Pandolfi is a skincare obsessed subscription box junkie who is always on the hunt for the best curl defining cream. She is a producer and contributing writer at several online publications, including MSA, The Knockturnal, and Hey Beauti Magazine. Naomi is also the Head of Development at Starfury Productions and is dedicated to helping Black, minority, and underrepresented creators develop and sell projects.

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I received the same box (probably because we both chose the curated box. Lol!). I totally agree with your review of the Onekind Dream Cream Nighttime Moisturizer. I couldn’t have said it better myself! I will consider purchasing this item.

I really enjoy my Birchbox subscription, which I started in 2013. However, this month I noticed a stark contrast between opening this box to 5 tiny products for $13 (I’m locked into a lower rate – one more reason not to cancel) versus my Allure box, which was packed full, and only cost around $21 for the month since I have an annual subscription. For $8 more, I got a ton more product from Allure. Even my Walmart box had a full size item (yes, I know that the brands they send are cheaper, but I still think my Birchbox this month looked rather paltry).

Birchbox just sent me a rather long survey asking about my experience with them, and it sounds like they are considering making some sort of changes, like possibly allowing more choice, tailoring products to you much more specifically (but charging more to do so), and there was also an odd question about receiving my prescriptions monthly with my Birchbox!? I wonder if that has something to do with their partnership with Walgreen’s. I’m interested to see what direction they end up going, or if they make any changes at all based on the survey responses.

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Naomi Pandolfi

Box twins lol! I love that Birchbox is surveying subscribers! I wonder how they will shake things up.

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