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19 November, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - November 2014 Review & Unboxing

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Poll time: Do you think oral hygiene products can be classified as "beauty" products? I've debated this myself a few times as I've reviewed or geeked out over toothpaste, but ultimately I think I'd label them as "personal care" rather than "beauty". Speaking of beauty, here's my unboxing of this month's Beauty Box 5 box! (And you'll see why I was rambling about oral hygiene in a second.)

Beauty Box 5 - November 2014 Review & Unboxing contents

Not familiar with Beauty Box Five? It's a monthly subscription service for beauty and personal care samples. Each box contains 4-5 beauty products from a wide variety of categories—you could get anything pretty much anything from the realm of beauty! Think makeup, haircare, skincare, nails, tools and more.  BB5 costs $12 per month if you subscribe on a month-to-month basis, but if you purchase a multi-month subscription the price goes down. An annual subscription is $99 for example, which works out to a mere $8.25 per month. Prices include shipping to the USA lower 48, and Canadians can subscribe too with an additional $3 per month shipping charge. You can read more about the particulars in their FAQ and check out my reviews of past boxes here.

This month's theme is Gracefully Grounded.

Beauty Box 5 - November 2014 Review & Unboxing info card gracefully grounded

Hey, Black Friday! Topical! Let's see what was in the box.

Afterfeather Refillable Travel Bottle 2oz Dove Nutrium Deep Moisture Body Wash sample

Afterfeather Refillable Travel Bottle (1x 2oz bottle, approximate value $4.48):
I'll be honest, I laughed when I saw this. The design is unusually pretty as far as travel bottles go, but I am seriously DROWNING in TSA-friendly cosmetics samples at the moment. On the plus-side, this box is made of post-consumer recycled plastic.

Dove Nutrium Deep Moisture Body Wash (1.8fl oz sample, approximate value $0.48):
I think everyone reading is probably familiar with Dove, yes? If not, it's a very popular drugstore brand. I can't say that this sample sets my heart aflutter on first sight, but I've never actually tried this particular body wash before so maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. I appreciate that they sent the "Deep Moisture" type because the unusually cold weather is already drying out my poor skin.

Dentek Floss Picks case purple HASK Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil

Dentek Floss Picks (Four picks plus case, value $0.62):
Speaking of things that don't set your heart aflutter ... have some dental floss! I think this calling this a "beauty" item may be pushing it a bit, though Beauty Box 5 shared a video on the Facebook page the other day showing how to use these as a makeshift dotting and striping tool for your nails, and that's actually sort of clever.

HASK Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil (1X 18ml vial, value $2.39):
This is a hair treatment that's supposed to restore shine, and I LOVE IT. Seriously, it adds a nice smoothness to hair without being overly greasy and has a sweet, lovely scent. Is this what angel farts smell like?

Laura Ashley Sweet Peony Butter 1.75oz

Laura Ashley Sweet Peony Butter (1X 1.75oz container, approximate value $3.33):

A pink (?!) body butter with a floral scent. I often like florals, but this ... is not really my style. It smells kind of like weak lilacs and creamy white flowers to my nose? But in an especially cloying way? Maybe? The texture of this body butter is also really light and watery and isn't really rich enough for my tastes. Stan, on the other hand, took a whiff of this and said "Mmmmmmm I love ROSES!" with a dreamy look in his eye, so YMMV.

Total box value: Approximately $11.30

Overall impressions:
Well, I don't think this was Beauty Box 5's best month ever. I do like the HASK hair oil a lot, but everything else didn't quite do it for me. The travel bottle, Dove body wash and floss are all decent products, but they lack the "wow" factor I suppose? And there's something about the body butter that just feels off to me. You win some, you lose some I guess! Hopefully next month's box will focus less on practical items (like floss) and deliver bits of makeup and other awesomeness like past boxes.

If you want to sign up for Beauty Box 5 yourself, you can do so here. New customers can get the previous month's box free as a bonus with any subscription length - just use code FREEBOX1 at checkout.

What do you think of my November Beauty Box 5? If you subscribe, which samples did you like the most (or the least)?

Disclosure: The box featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.


  1. I agree with you, I classify dental hygiene products as personal care, not beauty. Also, my box was missing the travel bottle :( I was actually looking forward to getting it because I need one!

  2. I agree with you. This box wasn't exciting. The only thing that was semi interesting was the hair oil.

  3. Haha yeah. Though now I find myself trying to think of more alternate uses for the floss picks, since I usually use regular string floss...

  4. I got a nail polish instead of the travel bottle, and was glad about it. It's just not something I'd use. I think the items in this box were more useful than some of the ones I got in the past 2 months (ie. acne treatment when I don't have acne), but still, nothing really exciting or that I couldn't get at the drug store. Love the hair oil though!

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  6. I have to admit I also think of shampoo and hand/body lotions as "personal care" items, rather than "beauty" and yet those are all over any beauty box ever, so the floss picks are not too far out of band, but... yeah. Talk about not exciting. Otoh, the CASE they came in might excite me, because I actually always carry those things in my purse and some brands don't fit in the case I use, and it looks nicer than baggies (which is what I used before getting the case I have).

  7. I would have rather had the nail polish myself, but what can you do. But yes, that hair oil is a highlight! :)

  8. I suppose you're right, though I feel like it's still possible to "fancy up" lotion and shampoo. Make it smell nice, put it in a pretty bottle etc. Where's my bespoke dental floss?!


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