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post #361 of 2321
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Originally Posted by prachisrk View Post

Who are these people who want fragrances in their boxes? I definitely don't care for them.

That would be me! I also like the food items they put in.

post #362 of 2321
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Originally Posted by magicalmom View Post

How often do you all receive repeat samples?  I'm a new subscriber, so that won't be an issue for me this month. However, if I start getting repeats, I'm not paying $10/mo for repeats. 

 

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I've been a subscriber for a year on one account, and 9 months with my 2nd account, and I have never recieved the same product twice.

post #363 of 2321
If I had to choose perfume or food item, I would choose perfume 100% of the time. I don't love getting them, but much prefer them to the food items I get stuck with every month.
post #364 of 2321

I just watched the video, and I wouldnt mind getting all the products they mentioned, except the Juicy Couture.  I think I rec'd a while back, though, so I wont get it anyway. 

 

I really hope I get that clarifying shampoo.  I have been looking for one but I'm afraid a lot of the clarifying shampoos I looked at might be too drying or harsh for my hair.  The one Birchbox previewed in the video looks great!

post #365 of 2321
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Originally Posted by quene8106 View Post

 

Yeah. Sixty-three percent my bootyshake.gif like perfume.

 

Who is part of the 37%? 

I don't recall being surveyed about liking perfume samples. I like perfume. I wear perfume. I just don't like about 99% of them and I really don't need them in my box.

post #366 of 2321
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Originally Posted by magicalmom View Post

How often do you all receive repeat samples?  I'm a new subscriber, so that won't be an issue for me this month. However, if I start getting repeats, I'm not paying $10/mo for repeats. 

 

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I've been subscribed for 2 years, and I've never gotten a repeat. Well, except for the Twistband and Zoya polishes. I guess Birchbox doesn't count them because they're different colors. 

post #367 of 2321

Even though I admittedly bought the Viva La Juicy/ La Fleur rollerball duo with BB points, I think that their line appeals mostly to 18 (or younger) to 24 year olds. Just a "young" scent IMO. I'm sure there are thousands of subscribers that are 18 to 24, and I don't fit within that margin (le sigh) and I still purchased it but still... why would they include those scents month after month after month??? PLUS I don't think Juicy is as high end as it once was. Again, just my opinion. Not to mention, there are mahoosive amounts of fragrance companies that could be sampled.

post #368 of 2321
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Originally Posted by TXSlainte View Post

I don't recall being surveyed about liking perfume samples. I like perfume. I wear perfume. I just don't like about 99% of them and I really don't need them in my box.

Yeah, I didn't know about this survey either.  I don't mind perfume but I just get sick of seeing them in boxes.  I have liked the food in each of my boxes except the lara bar. i tend to like and buy the lifestyle extras that they provide

post #369 of 2321
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Originally Posted by amidea View Post

total sidenote (apologies for those people who don't like to get off track from birchbox) but i'm not really much of a perfume person but when i got hello (harvey prince) from bb i actually liked it enough to go buy some of their other samples (i've never bought perfume in my life before) and harvey prince has become the one fragrance company i really like.

 

in a it's a small world moment, when i was searching for an email confirmation from harvey prince, i stumbled across this email i had received (and totally ignored) over a year ago from someone i know and went to school with.  he was spamming people about this new company he and his brother had founded called harvey prince :)  given the fact that i'm not into perfumes at all i had assumed harvey prince had been around for a while.  i was surprised to find out i know one of the co-founders!


It's so cool when things like that happen!  =)

post #370 of 2321
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Originally Posted by prachisrk View Post

Who are these people who want fragrances in their boxes? I definitely don't care for them.


In the video I think she says that 60 something percent want fragrance as a gift...that is different from saying I want it in my Birchbox.  If I get a gift, hopefully it is from someone who knows the perfume I love and buys me an expensive bottle of it.  Getting those vials in BB, esp juicy couture brands isn't much fun in my opinion.

post #371 of 2321
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Originally Posted by zadidoll View Post

LOL Don't be embarassed by liking the perfumes. I have to admit I'm NOT a perfume lover however my accidently selection in my Beauty Army box for Ineke Hothouse Flower has left me LOVING that perfume.

do you want mine? I got it from beauty army as well and its just not my style!

post #372 of 2321
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Originally Posted by sammajamma View Post

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Originally Posted by zadidoll View Post

LOL Don't be embarassed by liking the perfumes. I have to admit I'm NOT a perfume lover however my accidently selection in my Beauty Army box for Ineke Hothouse Flower has left me LOVING that perfume.

do you want mine? I got it from beauty army as well and its just not my style!

 

I would so glomp you if I could! YES I would LOVE it! I'm obsessed with that perfume. Send me a PM and is there something you would like for a trade? I don't have a specific list up for trade but I do have a ton of extra stuff.

post #373 of 2321
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Originally Posted by chickapple View Post

Acne Solution!

 

I know this sounds crazy, but I started using castor oil and olive oil.  This crazy idea came from a pinterest pin I came across.  The castor oil and olive oil should be high quality and cold-pressed (I found mine at whole foods).  About $10-15 total.  I added bergamot and ylang ylang essential oil to make it smell yummy.  For acne, the pin recommends 3 parts castor oil to 1 part olive oil.  Only at nighttime...I squirt a little of the mixture onto an exfoliating cotton round and start removing my makeup.  It takes about 3-4 rounds to remove everything.  Then you take a washcloth and run it under very warm water.  Wring it out and immediately place it over your face.  Press your fingers over the washcloth for about 30 seconds to concentrate the heat and steam.  Use the cloth to wipe any excess residue off and you are done!  Skin feels soft, hydrated, and surprisingly clean.  The thought of using oil on my acne prone and scarred skin was not in the least bit appealing in the beginning, but I am so glad I gave it a try.  In the morning, I just use my philosophy microdelivery wash with my clarisonic mia and follow with DDF products as usual.  I can honestly see a huge improvement in my skin in just the last few weeks.  The dark pigmentation on my cheeks and chin area are significantly lightened and my skin feels calm and comfortable.  I even survived my "cycle" without a single blemish.  I don't think that has ever happened!  I hope you'll give it a chance.  good luck :)

 

Here is the link to the pinterest pin I found...She has much more to add, plus before and after pics

 

http://healthydiaries.com/2012/07/17/how-i-improved-my-skin-acne-scaring-overall-complexion/    

That's interesting.  Thanks for sharing!  I havent had a break-out in 20 years, but I have really dry skin that can be sensitive, plus I use Retin-A.  I sometimes use a good organic olive oil (I buy mine at Whole Foods too) to remove my makeup.  Sometimes when my skin is very dry, even if I'm not wearing makeup, I use the olive oil like a tissue off cleanser.  It really helps with the dryness.   Sometimes I put the olive oil on my legs before getting in the shower too.  The only thing is I noticed that it stains my towels, so I reserve a set for this purpose. 

post #374 of 2321
I actually really like some of the perfumes I have gotten! I wasn't a perfume person for a long time because I found finding one in the store to be very overwhelming. I really loved the vanilla atelier and viva la juicy la fleur, and I enjoyed the jouer perfume so much I bought the full size right away (although I will I could get it in a full bottle and not just a rollerball).
post #375 of 2321

I would LOVE to try out the Juice Beauty CC Cream! I love that company. I was so, so happy when they had the sale last weekend (25% off and free shipping) so I could stock up on some of their products!

post #376 of 2321

I don't get why these "sneak peak" videos always cover things that have been sent out in previous months.. I don't mind them sending repeats out since it's different people that are getting it this month than the ones that got it last month, but it just seems odd to me when it's not so much a sneak peak as a repeat peak.

 

On a side note, I talk exactly like these girls when I do presentations haha. I just get so nervous and start speaking like everything is a question, which isn't the greatest thing when you're supposed to appear competent in what you're explaining. My professor is going to slaughter me tomorrow :(

post #377 of 2321

Even though there are repeats mentioned from last month, I'm excited because I missed out on the lip gloss and highlighter. I think the thing I always try to remember when seeing repeat products show up in a month is that maybe you got it or weren't interested, but it might have been something someone really wanted, but didn't get to sample. I try to be easy going with Birchbox and know that eventually, I'll probably get product x, y, and z that I won't be thrilled about, but it just makes way for more awesome samples. :D 

post #378 of 2321

I don't recall getting a perfume survey. Maybe I did? If I did, I'm 37% because I hate getting perfume in my birchbox. If I wanted a sample, I'd go to a mall and sniff around.  I don't like having to pay for perfume samples.

 

That said, I love the No 4 products and I really hope I get that. I bought the protecting/detangling spray after getting it in my BirchBox and I still love it. :) So yeah, I'd be pleased to get that. The rest in that video? Meh.  I don't like getting snacks in my birchbox. I guess I'm alone in that.

post #379 of 2321
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Originally Posted by lindalou3 View Post


In the video I think she says that 60 something percent want fragrance as a gift...that is different from saying I want it in my Birchbox.  If I get a gift, hopefully it is from someone who knows the perfume I love and buys me an expensive bottle of it.  Getting those vials in BB, esp juicy couture brands isn't much fun in my opinion.

Yep, that's exactly what she said:  As a gift.  My mom always expected her one bottle of Shalimar (eau de toilette spray only!  No other dilution, no lotion/powder/etc., and it *had* to be in a spray bottle) every year for Christmas, and that was the only scent she wore.  Everything else (including just plain old *lavender*) gave her headaches.  I just wish (and I say this every month) they would send out more oil-based scent.  I managed to get my hands on a jouer rollerball because a friend got one in her Birchbox (I received yet another alcohol-based scent, and as an added bonus, it turned out to have vetiver in it, and it got all over my fingers and would *not* come off no matter how much i tried to scrub it off.  Vetiver is usually such a nearly-instant migraine trigger for me that I can't even bring myself to *listen to the band Vetiver* just because of the association) but couldn't wear it because of all of the florals.  It's not really my usual thing, and I usually wear perfume oil from indie perfumers, but I happily took it off her hands for a change of pace.  

 

And the funny thing about those videos:  I don't know why I ever bother watching them since I rarely get anything in them.  They're more videos showing what I will *not* be getting.  Oh, well.  The main thing I would be interested in is something I already got via swap, so if I don't get that one, I'm already set, although if I *do* get another one, it can live at work for emergencies!

post #380 of 2321

If the perfumes were a bit larger (though, they're supposed to be sample sized, so I can't complain), or at least all came in atomizers (the ones that actually spray out vs the vials), I'd be really happy to get perfumes. Like I said before, I enjoy getting them in my Birchbox, but those two things would make getting them much nicer. When I'm picking out my three free samples from Sephora after I make an online order, I always pick the perfumes I see that come with atomizers (pro tip!). Now when I go to the East Coast next month, I'll have a couple pretty perfumes that are perfect for traveling, and I won't have to bring any of my bigger bottles. It'd be nice if Birchbox thought of that when partnering up with perfume companies.

post #381 of 2321
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Originally Posted by chickapple View Post

Acne Solution!

 

I know this sounds crazy, but I started using castor oil and olive oil.  This crazy idea came from a pinterest pin I came across.  The castor oil and olive oil should be high quality and cold-pressed (I found mine at whole foods).  About $10-15 total.  I added bergamot and ylang ylang essential oil to make it smell yummy.  For acne, the pin recommends 3 parts castor oil to 1 part olive oil.  Only at nighttime...I squirt a little of the mixture onto an exfoliating cotton round and start removing my makeup.  It takes about 3-4 rounds to remove everything.  Then you take a washcloth and run it under very warm water.  Wring it out and immediately place it over your face.  Press your fingers over the washcloth for about 30 seconds to concentrate the heat and steam.  Use the cloth to wipe any excess residue off and you are done!  Skin feels soft, hydrated, and surprisingly clean.  The thought of using oil on my acne prone and scarred skin was not in the least bit appealing in the beginning, but I am so glad I gave it a try.  In the morning, I just use my philosophy microdelivery wash with my clarisonic mia and follow with DDF products as usual.  I can honestly see a huge improvement in my skin in just the last few weeks.  The dark pigmentation on my cheeks and chin area are significantly lightened and my skin feels calm and comfortable.  I even survived my "cycle" without a single blemish.  I don't think that has ever happened!  I hope you'll give it a chance.  good luck :)

 

Here is the link to the pinterest pin I found...She has much more to add, plus before and after pics

 

http://healthydiaries.com/2012/07/17/how-i-improved-my-skin-acne-scaring-overall-complexion/    

 

Cool, thanks for sharing that!

post #382 of 2321
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Originally Posted by tinkerbll695 View Post

I had to silence the video because I did not like the way these ladies spoke....are there no ladies that work in the BB office that can present on camera and come off as a little bit more genuine and enthusiastic about the products? I think Mollie has been the best so far.


Agree 100%. I'd rather have them inform me than be a product cheerleader. Tell me why you like it, what it does, and don't be so, "omg it's so awesome! I know, it's my favorite! I love it! Don't you love it? I want to put it on right now, hee hee hee I'm so cute!"

post #383 of 2321
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Originally Posted by Rochellena View Post

unsure.gif *small voice* I do


I do, too! I do wish the sample vials all had the spray top, though.

post #384 of 2321

I'd be happy with the mary lou and the juicy couture. That fortune cookie sounded good right up until they mentioned mint plain.gif

post #385 of 2321
It seems like most people on here dont like perfume samples but that dosnt make the statsic false. I love perfume samples. I would love to get one. Especially juicy coutre. I could see it being true.
post #386 of 2321
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Originally Posted by MyriadVoices View Post


Agree 100%. I'd rather have them inform me than be a product cheerleader. Tell me why you like it, what it does, and don't be so, "omg it's so awesome! I know, it's my favorite! I love it! Don't you love it? I want to put it on right now, hee hee hee I'm so cute!"

Yes.

This.

post #387 of 2321
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Originally Posted by meaganola View Post

Yep, that's exactly what she said:  As a gift.  My mom always expected her one bottle of Shalimar (eau de toilette spray only!  No other dilution, no lotion/powder/etc., and it *had* to be in a spray bottle) every year for Christmas, and that was the only scent she wore.  Everything else (including just plain old *lavender*) gave her headaches.  I just wish (and I say this every month) they would send out more oil-based scent.  I managed to get my hands on a jouer rollerball because a friend got one in her Birchbox (I received yet another alcohol-based scent, and as an added bonus, it turned out to have vetiver in it, and it got all over my fingers and would *not* come off no matter how much i tried to scrub it off.  Vetiver is usually such a nearly-instant migraine trigger for me that I can't even bring myself to *listen to the band Vetiver* just because of the association) but couldn't wear it because of all of the florals.  It's not really my usual thing, and I usually wear perfume oil from indie perfumers, but I happily took it off her hands for a change of pace.  

 

And the funny thing about those videos:  I don't know why I ever bother watching them since I rarely get anything in them.  They're more videos showing what I will *not* be getting.  Oh, well.  The main thing I would be interested in is something I already got via swap, so if I don't get that one, I'm already set, although if I *do* get another one, it can live at work for emergencies!

 

You probably know this already - but sometimes you kind find these types of perfumes in natural stores or boutiques for fairly cheap.  I have a honeysuckle one I found in a store while down the shore for like $7 or $12- the lasting power is amazing.  I agree - oil-based scents rock.  Everything about them (imho) is better than the alcohol based ones.  From how much you get for your $ to how little you need to put on to the staying power.

post #388 of 2321
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Originally Posted by hindsighting View Post

That would be me! I also like the food items they put in.

 

 

I'm with you.

post #389 of 2321
I don't like the food because I am a diabetic. I have to be careful what I eat. Having these temptations in my box send me off track fast! I wish there was a way to opt out of that sort of thing. I love chocolate, but I'd rather buy it myself as needed.
post #390 of 2321
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I don't like the food because I am a diabetic. I have to be careful what I eat. Having these temptations in my box send me off track fast! I wish there was a way to opt out of that sort of thing. I love chocolate, but I'd rather buy it myself as needed.

I wish that they had this as an option too. I don't mind getting food, but I know that certain subscribers have food allergies and don't get to enjoy the food (which recently seem to be taking the place of an actual sample). For me, I wish that they would cut down on perfume samples or have an opt out; perfume - generally speaking - gives me really bad headaches.

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