Thursday, February 5, 2015

French Box Review, January 2015 + $10 Discount Code!

January's French Box came in two separate shipments; one was the regular box, then a product that was left out of the box arrived about a week later.  That last product was late arriving from France which was the reason for the delay.  I think it speaks really well of this company that they went to the trouble and expense to get that item out to subscribers as part of the January box.  And it turned out to be a great item....but I'm getting ahead of myself.

French Box sends fashion, beauty and gourmet items from France exquisitely packaged in a gift quality box. There are two subscription plans; $24 per month or $228 for a year (which makes it only $19 a month).  I can attest....French Box is a bargain at $19 a month!  That annual rate is a limited time promotion so if you're interested, it might be wise to take advantage of it now.

The beautiful branded French Boxes have substantial weight and an Eiffel Tower print on the inside.  I'm always looking for ways to re-purpose these!

January's box (including the late product) contained six products; all full sized.

As always, there is a large artsy postcard and a second card containing a 15% promo code (FRENCHBOX) which can be used on Panier Des Sens (translates to "Basket of the Senses", an apt name for this website which carries a lovely array of French bath & body, fragrance and home products from Provence).

The information card shows a color photo of each product, tells a little about it and its origin and provides the retail price.

In keeping with their mission to feed all our senses, French Box generally includes a recipe card.  This month it's for Tartiflette which looks like an elegant potato dish similar to scalloped potatoes but with more decadent ingredients.

The tardy product is actually the one I'm most happy to have.  This is called "Chuchotement du temps" by Doux Me, an anti-wrinkle facial moisture cream containing beech bud, chestnut, wild rose and honey.  Retail $42

Next is a big tube of lip balm from Panier Des Sens.  This one combines apricot stone oil, shea butter and honey extracts for long-lasting wear.  Retail $12

Normally I like candles in subscription boxes.  But there's something about the scent of this little candle in a glass from Potiron Paris that is turning me off.  It has a strong perfume and floral scent that is almost soapy smelling.  I think I'd like it if it were not so strong.  It does make an elegant addition to this box.  Maybe the scent will diffuse some when it is actually burning.  Retail $12

There is a small bottle of L'Oreal's Colour Riche Nail polish in the shade "Cafe St. Germain". This is a sophisticated cool toned plum taupe color combination.  Retail $5.99

A very cute tin of Kusmi Tea contains a gourmet tea blend called "Prince Vladimir", which is a Russian blend of China teas containing bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, vanilla and various spices.  This sounds Russian but the brand was established in Paris.  This is a lovely artisanal blend with a nice scent.  Retail $5

The last item is another product from Panier Des Sens, an ultra-nourishing hand cream from Provence that contains lemon, cypress and artemesia essential oils.  It is packaged in a metal tube which seems very European to me! Retail $8

The total retail value of this box is $85, an incredible value even if you paid the non-discounted monthly price of $24.  The facial cream does represent half that value but since there are six full sized products, I have no complaints.

French Box did yet another beautiful job of curation.  In my experience, subscription boxes just don't get more elegant than this.  As a subscriber of French Box from their very beginning, it is obvious that they are committed to providing a superior product and "Neiman Marcus" caliber service to go with it.

If you're interested in trying French Box, use code NMTKGK9001 to get $10 off your first box or $10 off an annual subscription.  This box is a luxurious treat for the senses and might save you an expensive trip to Paris!

Au revoir,


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased with my own money. Post may contain referral or affiliate links.

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