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See New Skincare Box November/December 2021 Review

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Dec 10, 2021 | 13 comments

See New: The Skincare Box
4.3 overall rating
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The See New Skincare Box is a $47 bi-monthly beauty box filled with green beauty items that focus on cruelty-free, chemical-free, and sustainably sourced ingredients.

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The Products:

Before we launch into this, it is worth noting that this delivery is coconut oil heavy. If you have read my reviews for a while, you know I am not a big fan. Interestingly, the See New team created a blog post specifically around how polarizing this skincare ingredient is. I highly recommend reading it in its entirety because it does touch on the fact that coconut oil (whole super beneficial in many ways) is also pretty comedogenic. If you are acne-prone, keep this in mind. It also mentions (validly) that these products are meant to be washed off, which can be less risky than something you let fully absorb. For the purpose of this review, and in fairness to the brand and readers out there who may adore coconut oil, I am going to focus on other aspects of these formulations. For background, I have drier skin and really don't have acne issues except for around my jawline. These are mostly hormonal and due to the fact that I sleep with my hands tucked under my chin like a child.

Let's dive in!

GOLD Face Scrub, 6.3 fl oz - Retail Value $38.00


This is going to be an opinion that not everyone shares with me, but I think this scrub is too rough for my face. The sugar crystals are pretty big and it is more of a scratching sensation than a polishing one. That being said, it is a dream for my body. It feels incredible on my arms and legs, and even bum. The ingredient list is small and easy to understand: sugar, coconut oil, honey, lemon peel, vitamin C. So, while this might not be something I will use as intended, it will absolutely be used and enjoyed.

SEA Face Mask, 2.1 fl oz - Retail Value $65.00


This was the mask I was the most excited about because of its deepest blue-green color. This color comes from oil-absorbing green clay and nutrient-rich spirulina. It also has moisturizing honey, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E. It smells earthy and herbal. I found that on my face, the coconut oil balanced out the clay, making this mask a lot less drying than it could have been. It washes off pretty easily and my face felt soft and smooth after, without tightness. Side note: it is FREEZING here in Pennsylvania right now and this stuff was really hard from the cold. You can warm it up in your hands first or add a little warm water to make a thinner and smoother mask. You can also add in a few drops of your fave facial oil!

EARTH Body Scrub, 4 oz - Retail Value $35.00


Coffee lovers, get excited! This scrub smells just like freshly ground beans with notes of woods. And, just like the GOLD scrub, it feels insanely wonderful on the body. And, sure, it kind of leaves a mess in the shower, but I personally think it is worth it, and I don't even love coffee. As with the other items from this brand, the ingredient list is simple and everything on it is recognizable: coconut oil, coffee, cinnamon, cedar, lemon peel, cinnamon.

LAVA Face Mask, 2.2 fl oz - Retail Value $60.00


This brown mask smells literally like some sort of chocolate orange dessert. And, actually, with such an ingredient list (coconut oil, clay, honey, cacao, turmeric, orange peel, and vitamin E, you probably could. I didn't (though I did ponder a taste, you know, just for science).  This mask has a lot of ingredient overlap with the other one this month, but the ingredients here feel more soothing and glow-focused. I loved wearing this chocolate-scented treat while sipping hot cocoa and adding ornaments to the tree. Again, it rinsed off without dryness and left my skin soft and dewy.

SUNRAY Hair Serum, 1 fl oz - Retail Value $32.00


The last item included this month is a lovely bottle of hair serum. It is oil-based and while that might cause fears of stringy, oily hair, I find that if you put a drop or two in your hands, rub them together, then just comb it through your ends, it adds a nice anti-static element as well as shine. It is a blend of sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and jojoba, with scent notes of rosemary, lemon, and oranges. It also makes an INCREDIBLE cuticle oil!


See New Skincare Box remains one of the best skincare boxes out there in terms of value and the quality of product, but I will admit that this curation is a bit of a miss for me. I don't currently have awful reactions to coconut oil, but I have had issues in the past for sure. And I just think there are better oils out there! I also thought the face scrub was much too harsh for my actual face, but using it and the other body scrub on my, well, body, was dreamy and felt incredible. A+! This box also delivered a fragrance symphony! Seriously, every single item had the most delightful scent, sometimes earthy, sometimes sweet, and sometimes weirdly nostalgic. It would be ideal for someone who isn't acne-prone and who appreciates the sort of ingredient list they can dissect without the need for an ingredient dictionary or excessive Googling. As usual, the value here is good: $230 for $47.

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Value – Was This Box Worth It?

Value Breakdown: At $47.00 for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:

  • GOLD Face Scrub $7.77
  • SEA Face Mask $13.28
  • EARTH Body Scrub $7.15
  • LAVA Face Mask $12.26
  • SUNRAY Hair Serum $6.54

Alternatively, the 5 items have an average cost of $9.40.

To Wrap Up

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Megan K.
Megan K.
I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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That lava mask is one of the best ones I’ve used. This box has quite a few masks in it but I don’t mind. Hopefully the next box has more balance!

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Their blog post on coconut oil is quite interesting. Coconut oil does get unfairly talked about. Great box.

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This is my first See New Skin box (other than a mystery box), and I feel overwhelmed. I’m only now embracing a skincare routine in my 40s (I know…..) and the products in this are giving me more questions than answers. I’m still trying to figure out if I need serum, moisturizer, or both, and now I have a gazillion masks to work through. This is going to be an expensive hobby, isn’t it?

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Hey Kate, just to save you from ruining your face (like I have), here are some suggestions: ☺️
-Less is more. The less I do to my face, the better it seems.
-Morning; cleanse, vitamin C serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, bam done.
-Evening, cleanse (twice if wearing make up), retinol product, moisturizer, maybe a little oil (rosehip is a good one), done.
-Skincare should be fun and functional. Masks are more under the fun category I think. Eye cream definitely functional.
-Lastly, an exfoliating mask or peel done weekly can really amp up your glow.🌟😁
Best of luck!

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Haha, it has the potential to be expensive! But in the long run it’ll be well worth it, promise! Better late than never!!! Also, it’d be a lot more expensive buying out right than doing it this way. This way you find what you love and works for you without paying full retail just to discover what doesn’t hah.

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I gave away all of these items, but I have been subbing for years and have a hoard of skincare that I can fall back on. These didn’t float my boat at all…but I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to try them, and give them to someone who did like them.

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The sea mask in the tbg line is probably one of the best masks I’ve ever used! I mix toner and my favorite face oil. It does require a bit of effort but, results are worth it. I do the same with the lava mask and love the chocolate smell. The hair oil works great to run thru my curly hair. I agree that the sugar scrub is a bit rough for the face so I use in shower. I also agree that the coffee scrub made a mess in shower so I keep by sink and use on my hands and arms so I can rinse off easily. I apply lotion after and it makes my hands and arms REALLY soft. My thoughts are the sea mask is the hero item but, I will use everything. It was nice to get things other than cleansers and serums.

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The coffee body scrub does not “kinda make a mess.” It makes a huge mess. After time, it will stain your tub and the coffee grounds will clog up your drains. It does smell amazing though.

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Thanks for a great review! I agree with everything you said, and thanks for the tip about the hair oil. That’s the only thing I haven’t tried because I was all, “What the heck am I going to do with this?” LOL

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The hair serum is supposed to be applied to your scalp the night before you wash your hair. I have found this to be a very pleasant experience. ☺️

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It is so nice when people, like Snow, read directions. 🙂 Yes, it is supposed to help our hair grow, which happens when you apply the serum to your scalp. It is also supposed to help with scalp irritation. However, it can also apparently be used as others Megan recommended. Per the website,
“To help your hair grow, apply the serum on your scalp and massage it with your fingers. Let it sit the all night.

Proceed with this ritual the night before washing your hair.

To protect your hair from pollution and outside aggressions : gently apply a few drops of the SUNRAY serum on the ends of your hair after washing.”

I guess use it however it suits you best, but long before I received the box I read that it was to be used directly on your scalp and left on, so that to me is how I expect to use it.


You know the saying ignorance is bliss? Well I kind of wish I hadn’t heard so much negativity about coconut oil because now I’m a little hesitant about my beloved oil. I went through a “rough patch” with my skin (chemical burns, cystic acne, regular acne, you know a smorgasbord of skin issues), and I’m trying to get my face back on track. Once I’m on solid ground again (almost there I think,) I will try the masks again (because I really do love them) but acne is NO JOKE. I think it’s more mentally debilitating than anything else. Fastest way to feel bad about oneself? Have a bunch of angry zits and scars staring back at you in the mirror. What I have learned thankfully (always a lesson,) is less really is more when it comes to skincare. I have enjoyed the sensory experiences of this month’s products and appreciate the opportunity to try someone’s passion. Thank you Megan for the review. ☺️

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I SO agree with you on the mental debilitation of acne! I have a particular type of sensitive skin (hypersensitive; I don’t have much issue with things like fragrance, acids, retinoids, things like that), and it causes me to breakout on my body if I’m not *extremely* careful…And sometimes even if I am. It also basically makes me allergic to my dog, so another thing to be careful with that causes awful skin reactions. Plus I have acne on my face…hormonal is the worst of it. I have to spend so much time to treat and prevent breakouts, and both cause me so much stress. And then the depression from how I look in the mirror when I breakout, and trying to get dressed, not to mention the scars.. And of course the stress (from this AND several different issues I’m dealing with in my life otherwise) causes me to breakout MORE 😢😢😞 It’s a nightmare and people brush it off like it’s nothing…ofc these people conveniently have no serious skin issues to speak of. Anyway, thanks for not being one of those people! I realllllly wanted to get this box, but I skipped cuz I was too afraid of breakouts!

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