Monday, November 24, 2014

Birchbox Limited Edition Home Sweet Homespun Review

I've treated myself to one of Birchbox's limited edition boxes for the past two years around the holidays because they're always packed with great stuff.  I've actually gotten the home edition both years, with the Snow Day box last year and the Home Sweet Homespun this year.

As with last year, I used my Birchbox points to pay for this box so it was basically free.  I also got a lotion that was not entirely covered by my points and used a coupon code, so overall the order cost around $15.  The box is still available and will cost you $40.  Since the order is over $35, be sure to pick up a Mystery Sample Pack, too (no coupon needed)!

I like this box better than last year's.  The Snow Day box was really nice, but I just felt that the items in this box made me happier.  Birchbox released Home Sweet Homespun in conjunction with the Vanity Affair box, which is more expensive at $98 and contains beauty and skincare.  I know a lot of people were really excited for that one, but I much preferred the home items in this one!

The box contained eight full-sized products, all of which are not pictured above.  I would have taken a photo of everything arranged within the box, but it was impossible to have all of the items visible while still looking like an appealing photo.  Anyway, I loved the variety of items.  Even though it's marketed as a home goods box, it has everything from beauty to food as well.

The Meri Meri Little Garden Treat Kit ($12.95) contains 18 tags in three different designs, which you can use to package any sweets you make as gifts.  I don't really understand why it's called the "Little Garden" kit, since that name makes me think it was something to do with plants, not cookies and the like.  This is the item I liked least, mostly just because I have no use for it.  I swapped it to someone who would, though!

The MakersKit Hanging Photo Clips Complete Project Kit ($24) is an easy DIY project that lets you display your favorite photos.  There aren't any instructions included in the box, but Birchbox filmed a tutorial video that you can watch here.  I can't wait to try this out, I think it's such a cute idea!

It's hard to pick a favorite item in the box, but I think if I had to choose it would be the Askinosie Chocolate Single Origin Sipping Chocolate (~$3.80 for 38 grams, $16.50 full-sized).  I thought that each item was full-sized, but I guess this one isn't.  It's still a very ample portion, though.  It's made up of real chocolate morsels that you can melt into warm milk.  It's sooooo delicious!

I also really like the Illume Mini Tin Soy Candle ($9).  I'm fairly certain that everyone received the same scent, Noble Currant, and it's one of the main reasons why I bought the box.  I'm a total candle-addict and I love holiday scents, so I loved that they included one.  It smells quite sweet, but also a bit icy for the holidays (if that makes sense).

The Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm (~$3.51 for .18 oz, $8 full-sized) is also travel-sized, which kind of bums me out.  The full-sized version is only .23 fl oz larger, and they couldn't spare us that?  Oh well.  I still like the lip balm a lot.

Aside from candles, I also love lotions.  The Soak Handmaid Luxury Hand Creme ($10) smells amazing.  The scent is "Fig," and I think everyone got the same one.  I don't really know what fig is supposed to smell like, but this smells slightly citrus-y to me.  The texture is nice and smooth and it absorbs quickly.

What cozy box would be complete without a pair of socks?  These Richer Poorer Socks ($12) are soft and wonderful and great for winter.  The pattern and colors are really pretty, too.  This is the second pair of Richer Poorer socks I've gotten from a subscription box and I'm really liking their products.

I know I said that the Askinosie chocolate was my favorite item, but I just changed my mind because I forgot about the Momofuku Milk Bar Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow Cookie Mix ($16)!  I'm no baker because I usually don't have the time or patience, but this kit had everything I needed (save for a stick of butter and an egg, but those are easy to acquire).  Milk Bar is apparently a "legendary" NYC bakeshop, and now I can see why.  These cookies are amazing!!!!  I can't even describe how freaking delicious they are.  You're just going to have to try them for yourself!  Oh, and I'm going to NYC in December, so I'm going to stop in to Milk Bar and buy about 500 more (since their shipping is almost as expensive as the mix itself).
  • Pick up a Homesweet Home Spun box here
  • Use coupon code TAKEOFF20 for 20% off (I think this should still work, let me know if it doesn't)
  • Pick up a Mystery Sample Pack with your order of $35 or more
  • Until 11/26, use coupon code BBTHANKS for 60 extra Birchbox points with orders of $60 or more (coupons can't be combined, but just in case you're shopping for other gifts, this is a great deal!).
Bottom Line: This box was full of win!  I think it would make a great gift, and it's pretty affordable considering.  The total retail value is $91.26, which is more than double the cost.  With coupons and any possible Birchbox points you may have, this is a great deal!

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  1. This box is really nice and would probably make a great hostess gift! I just spent my Birchbox points on stocking stuffers though. They have a lot of fun little non-makeup odds and ends in the shop, as it turns out!

    1. Very easy to do! There are just way too many things in the Birchbox shop that I want to spend money on lol.


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