Overly detailed (and somewhat self-centered) description of my experience with BYOB.
I reported on my experience visiting Birchbox Store in one of my previous posts (link). However, I feel that my attempt build my own Birchbox deserves it’s own post. When I arrived at the store, I was fully intending to check out BYOB and get own. I even had a list of items I would really like to get. To my disappointment, sample selection was very limited and none of those samples were available. I really debated passing on the whole BYOB, but there was a sample of Egyptian Magic Skin Cream listed in Body & Nails category. I wanted to try it for some time, so I gave in.
For those who haven’t read my post about Birchbox Store, here is how BYOB works. You get to pick one item in each of 5 categories – Body & Nails, Skincare, Fragrance, Hair and Make Up. There are 3-5 samples in each category. It kind of peeves me that that they made “nails and body” care into one category, while “fragrance” get a separate category to itself. On a bright side all samples were deluxe. It kind of makes up for the limited choices. The selection of samples gets updated every month (presumably around 2nd week of the month), so it probably has changed by now. I doubt that I’ll get another BYOB, but if I get a chance to pick up a card with a new selection I’ll post it.
As I mentioned, in Nail & Body category Egyptian Magic Skin Cream was absolute winner, and so far I didn’t have a reason to regret my choice. Skincare category was the most difficult choice, as I haven’t tried any of these products yet, and all of them seem interesting. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Starter Kit eventually won my heart, most because of muslin cloth, which I’m sure can be used as wash cloth with a regular cleanser. Tocca Florence in Fragrance was an easy choice, as I previously sampled Folle de Joue (and wasn’t crazy about it) and Atelier Cologne is just really not my thing (even though I usually like citrus/orange scents). In Hair category, I already tried 3 products out of 4 that were offered. So it was a choice between Macadamia Oil Treatment (which I haven’t tried) and Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle (Not in love with the product, but, boy, it smells heavenly). I went with Macadamia, and kind of regret it. In Make Up category it was really a choice between Marcelle BB Cream and Miracle Skin Transformer, as Birchbox previously sent me Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner and Supergoop CC Cream, and as much as I like Jour lip gloss, that hot pink color would make me look 10 years older. After the store associate mentioned that Marcelle Golden Glow is not great for oily skin, Miracle Skin Transformer joined the rest of my selections.
At the end I walked away with hot pink bag and a nagging feeling that there are better ways to spend $15 ($16.33 if you count New York sales tax), in the very same Birchbox store.
Bottom line: it was an interesting experience, but unless the sample selection improves or at least gets closer to my needs/wants, I doubt that I would get BYOB again.