At first I was a bit dubious about the idea of a subscription sample service, but as there’s a viable subscription business market out there, and it included beauty products, I thought I’d give it a go. I was, and am continually on a monthly basis, pleasantly surprised.
So, what’s it all about?
Well, basically, every month within the first week, you’ll receive a smart little package awaiting you at your front door. Inside are a selection of sample sized (and sometimes full sized!) quality products. You usually get five to six of the offered samples after which you have fun rummaging thorough the packaging; and having a read through the accompanying descriptions to find out what these beauty miracles are all about.
The products are all high quality, if not luxury, brands offering many of us, who don’t have the time to figure out what’s best for our skin, hair, or look, the opportunity to learn something new. After a few months of subscribing to the service, I’ve got a basket of some amazing samples that have honestly made my skin softer, my hair shinier, and my lips plumper; and believe it or not, sample sizes last a lot longer than you’d think. Enough to really give you a solid understanding of whether or not the product is for you. If the product is for you, you can purchase through Birchbox UK directly with the incentive of adding loyalty points to your account. The points obviously contribute to getting more product in the future.
What are people saying?
Birchbox UK gave Mumsnet Hertfordshire several boxes to give to some of our members to try. The feedback was great. From the start everyone was excited to open their little present (how I view them!) and impressed with the branding and packaging. Very smart, consistent, and clean.
Upon opening the box, it got even better, lovely brands and product choices that everyone either needed or would love to try, i.e. mascara, skin serums, exfoliator, moisturiser, and more. Most of the products worked for everyone and the business idea resonated well with each member of the group. Overall, everyone was happy with the offering and looked at the box as a little monthly treat when you don’t have time to hang out in department stores checking out new luxury product. One member said, “It really is a great way to see what’s out there and if any of the products work for you.”
So how does it work?
There are three levels of subscription to choose:
1) Monthly subscription – £10/month, which includes:
- 5 luxe beauty samples
- Cancel at any time
- No risk – money back guarantee!
- Earn 12 reward points per month
2) 6-month subscription – £50
- Save £10, that’s 1 box for free!
- Earn 67 reward points
- Auto-renewal Subscription
3) Yearly subscription – £90
- Save £30, that’s 3 boxes for free
- Earn 125 reward points**
- Auto-renewal Subscription
So, the consensus from Hertfordshire is that we LOVE Birchbox UK. Give it a go and look forward to a little knock at your door soon!
For more information on Birchbox UK: http://local.mumsnet.com/hertfordshire/other/284689-birchbox