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So I purchased a subscription to BirchBox. Here I will be sharing my take on the products for you. Just in case you have been wondering about one you’d like to try. Prices have changed.

NOTE: I am not an affiliate of the Birchbox products, so I am not getting paid for these.

Makeup

Magnitone London

Wipeout! SWIPES Eco-Friendly Makeup Remover Pads | Full-size 6 pack $20

Magnitude Wipeout product reviews

Use: to cleanse your skin. Says can just use warm water to remove makeup with a circular motion. No need to apply anything. Main ingredient: Polyester Microfiber

Top 5:

  1. Polyester Microfiber

Mary says: These are so soft, they don’t irritate skin (I don’t rub vigorously). I just applied my cleanser right on the wipe but it says you don’t have to use a cleanser. Conveniently wash by throwing in with your laundry and then the drier. Comes out like brand new. Nice product beats using cotton balls and having them shed.

MILK MAKEUP

Kush High Volume Mascara | Full-size $25 | 0.34 fl. Oz

Milk Kush Mascara product reviews

Use: Mascara | Clean product that delivers formula and performance. Ultimate volume that conditions as it adds pure pigment fibers to your lashes. Main ingredient cannabis seed oil.

Top 5:

  1. Water (Aqua, Eau)
  2. Paraffin
  3. Glyceryl Stearate
  4. Synthetic Beeswax
  5. Stearic Acid

Mary says: I really like how easily this mascara goes on and I experienced no clumping, awesome. Pigment does hold color well.

Skincare

Alchimie Forever

DRY SKIN BALM | Full-size, 3oz $25

Dry skin balm
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Alchimie Dry Skin Balm applied to my hand Product Reviews Skincare and More
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Use: Moisturizer | The hands are your second face! Silky cream provides instant relief from dry, chapped, uncomfortable skin. Apply on any dry skin area. Main ingredients: shea butter, jojoba, willow bark and watercress.

AFFILIATE | available in 1 oz. trial size. (I purchased the travel size.)

Top 5:

  1. Water/Aqua
  2. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  3. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
  4. Cetearyl Alcohol
  5. Cetearyl Glucoside

How cool a full ingredient list is available with definitions!

Mary Says: I have provided pics of my crepey hand skin. The balm is rich and has a pretty scent. Absorbs quickly but can feel greasy for a bit. This product is not recommended for the face (have to read the small print). Great for knees, elbows and heels (feet).

Alchimie has products aimed at the needs of pregnant women (hence swelling relief). My boyfriend applied to his knee that was swollen. the swelling reduced. I also had some swelling with my hand after working and this also helped that.

The product is very hydrating so does what it says, and I would purchase again.

FIRMING GEL FOR NECK AND BUST | Full size, 8oz $49

Firming neck & bust
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right after applying Alchimie Firming Neck Gel Product Reviews Skincare and More

Use: Treatment | Clinically proven to immediately lift and firm. Apply after cleansing. It is oil free improves appearance of neck, bust and arms. Treat your forgotten decollete. Main ingredients: green tea and rosemary.

AFFILIATE | Also available in 1 oz. trail size. (I purchased the travel size.)

Top 5:

  1. Water/Aqua
  2. Glycerin
  3. Polyacrylamide
  4. Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
  5. Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract

How cool a full ingredient list is available with definitions!

Mary says: I have vertical lines on my neck. The gel is so soothing and refreshing it does plumb the skin. Has a yellowish tint and pretty scent. Have used for over three weeks now. Moisturizes and smooths whole décolleté area.  Customers have used for years and rave about this product. Check out reviews. Second pic is after applying gel the very first time.

KANTIC CALMING CREAM| Full-size, 1.7 oz $69

Alchimie Forever Kantic Calming Cream Product Reviews skincare and More
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applied Alchimie Tightening Eye Gel Product Reviews Skincare and More

Use:  Moisturizer |Your happy skin cream. Apply morning and night. Mid-weight miracle worker to calm redness with just one application. Rich in natural antioxidants, also revives dull skin and minimizes signs of stress and fatigue. Ideal for redness-prone skin (rosacea hello). Main ingredients: European blueberries and grape seeds.

AFFILIATE | I choose as one of my sample packets.

Top 5:

  1. Water/Aqua
  2. Cetearyl Ehtylhexanoate
  3. Sodium Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer
  4. C15-19 Alkane
  5. C14-22 Alcohol

How cool a full ingredient list is available with definitions!

Mary says: This actually is a miracle worker! It is amazing stuff; all it takes is one application to see a difference. My skin redness reduced and turned a light pink. Was hydrating and left my skin soft. Unfortunately, I just had this sample pack and only enough for a couple uses. I have to think about purchasing, the $69 is a bit steep for my budget right now. But this is a Great product for rosacea!

REJUVENATING EYE BALM | Full-size, 0.5oz $45

Alchimie Forever Rejuvenating Eye Balm Product Reviews Skincare and More

Use: Treatment: The solution for fine lines and dark circles. Pat gently morning and night to eye contour area. This hydrating anti-aging eye cream restores youth while defending against premature aging. Main ingredients: Jojoba, cocoa butter, European blueberries, Vitamin K and grape seeds.

AFFILIATE | I choose as one of my sample packages.

Top 5:

  1. Water/Aqua
  2. C14-22 Alcohol
  3. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  4. Glycerin
  5. Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Plant Extract

How cool a full ingredient list is available with definitions!

Mary Says: It does feel rejuvenating once applied to my eye area. I used this for a couple weeks morning and night. My skin in this area felt plump and hydrated but I didn't notice a change with my dark circles. It is a white lotion doesn't seem to have a scent.

TIGHTENING EYE GEL | Full-size, 0.5oz $45

Alchimie Tightening Eye Gel Product Reviews Skincare and More
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Use: Treatment | Like a shot of espresso for your eye contour. Apply morning and night gently pat to eye area. Men can use too! This eye gel absorbs instantly to reduce puffiness and improves under eye bags. Gives the result of an immediate lift. Main ingredients: Alchemilla, caffeine from mate, organic apple stem cells and jojoba.

AFFILIATE | I choose as one of my sample packages.

Top 5:

  1. Water/Aqua
  2. Glycerin
  3. Isononyl Isononanoate
  4. Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
  5. C15-19 Alkane

How cool a full ingredient list is available with definitions!

Mary Says: I'm not sure how I feel about this one. This is another one of the sample packets I choose so I haven't used it enough to see a difference, I guess. My issue is the dark circles. I did use morning and night four days. Came out as a brown gel. Did feel cool.

Balance Me

Congested Skin Serum | Full-size, $23 0.51oz

Balance Me Congested product review

Use: Treatment | apply after cleansing to entire face or as a spot treatment on blemishes. Refines and balances your skin. Main ingredients; 99% natural Spruce knot, Kanuka essential oil, Roman Chamomile, Lavender & Eucalyptus, Aloe, vitamin E.

Top 5:

  1. Aqua (water)
  2. Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil
  3. Glycerin
  4. Moringa Oliefera (Moringa) Oil
  5. Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract

Mary says: I used this mainly as a spot treatment for blemishes I have most mornings around my nose because of rosacea. It did tend to inflame my skin even when I patted on. The product is lightweight and not drying. Peculiar scent. Didn’t really work for me.

Clark’s Botanicals

Deep Moisture Mask |Full-size, $72 way expensive (see it’s come down) 1.7oz

Clark's Botnicals Mask product reviews

Use: Treatment | Apply after cleansing for 5-10 minutes or leave on overnight (I chose the latter). Main ingredients algae extract and Japanese green tea extract

Top 5:

  1. Water
  2. Glycerin
  3. Isododecyl Neopentanoate
  4. Propanediol Dicaprylate/Caprate
  5. Cetearyl Alcohol

Mary says: really loved this product. Can take the place of nighttime moisturizer. Very hydrating and clean pleasant fragrant not overpowering. Great for dry skin relief. Texture was smooth and somewhat greasy like vaseoline. Had a pink tint to it.

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DR BOTANICALS

Lemon Superfood All-in-one Rescue Butter | Full-size $19.90 50ml

Lemon Superfood Product Reviews Skincare and More

Use: Moisturizer or as treatment | Multi-purpose high performance butter. Can be used on your face or body for dry areas to rejuvenate, renew and invigorate.  Main ingredients minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Lemongrass oil, Coconut oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Sea buckthorn Fruit Oil.

Top 5:

  • Aqua (Water)
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Stearic Acid
  • Glycerin
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

 

Mary says: I really like this it has a faint lemon scent and is a thick cream. It was very hydrating and plumped my skin when first applied to my face but tended to dry my skin out after half an hour. If I rubbed it in my rosacea flared. So I would use on body areas.

Freedom Deodorant

Berg-E-Mint (Eco-friendly paper) Natural Deodorant | $16.99 Single

Freedom Deodorant Eco-friendly Product Reviews Skincare and More

Uses: Deodorant stay dry prevent body odor. I wrote a whole blog. Check out ingredients. Just need to apply once for 24-hour protection.

AFFILIATE

Mary Says: This really works! My underarms have never felt so dry. It's like I'm wearing nothing. The deodorant is in a clear gel stick form, a beige tint. Scent evaporates quickly. Apply once and you're good for the day.

I have made the switch so will purchase again.

Bergamot Mint Everywhere Deodorant Spray | Full-size $14.99 3.4oz

Freedom Everywhere Spray Product Reviews Skincare and More

Uses: Can be sprayed in sensitive areas to stay dry prevent body odor. I wrote a whole blog. Check out ingredients. Just need to apply once for 24-hour protection.

AFFILIATE

Mary says: A deodorant spray that can be used anywhere on the body. The scent evaporates quickly. Is moist when it hits the skin. I would purchase again.

Bergamot Eucalyptus Shower Mist | Full-size $29.99 4oz

Freedom Shower Mist Product Reviews Skincare and More

Uses: Add scent after shower to refresh and stay dry prevent body odor. I wrote a whole blog. Check out ingredients. Just need to apply once for 24-hour protection.

AFFILIATE

Mary says: Refreshing, not overpowering scent feels like powdery consistency when it hits your skin. I would purchase again.

GLOW RECIPE

Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream | Full Size $28 8.4 fl oz.

Glow Recipe body cream

Use: Moisturizer | Massage in until absorbed morning and night as part of your self-care ritual. Hydrates and evens skin tone. Main ingredients: watermelon seed butter, hibiscus AHA, watermelon extract, and hyaluronic acid.

Top 5

  1. Aqua/Water/Eau
  2. C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
  3. Glycerin
  4. C13-15 Alkane
  5. Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate

Long list ends with fragrance.

Mary says: I found the watermelon scent too sweet, not a fan. It was a nice size sample. I used it as a body cream after showering for a couple weeks wasn’t hydrating to my skin.

Grace & Stella

Rose Water Facial Mist| Full-size $25 240ml

Grace & Stella product reviews

Use: Treatment | spray 10-12 inches from face to freshen up. Says it’s calming, hydrates skin and reduces redness. Therefore good for acne, dermatitis, eczema, and healing scar tissue. Main ingredients; Rose water, Aloe vera extract (we know how great this ingredient is) and Hydrolyzed collagen.

Top 5:

  1. Deionized Water
  2. Butylene Glycol
  3. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water
  4. Rosa Rugosa Flower Extract
  5. Hamamelis Extract

Mary says: I love the concept of the mist it’s refreshing and an eye opener! I’m not one for the rose fragrance though not overwhelming (just me) I would try another scent. I guess BB only has this one. This doesn’t irritate my rosacea and I use often through the day.

Like they say it does have a calming quality and hydrates my skin so maintaining my skin’s pH balance and reducing redness. Recyclable bottle.

KORRES

Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Probiotic Gel-Cream | Full-size $36 1.35 fl oz

Nourishing Probiotic

Use: Moisturizer | apply as last step morning and night to clean skin. Says it’s an ultimate hydrating gel-cream. With a whipped texture. The yoghurt gives a plumped, healthy look to your skin. Main ingredients: Greek yoghurt, sea water, and passionflower oil.

Top 5:

  1. Aqua water eau
  2. Propanediol
  3. Glycerin
  4. sodium acrylates copolymer
  5. c13-15 alkane

Very long list with fragrance at the end.

Mary says: I think this was a bit harsh for my rosacea because I tended to flare near my nose. But this doesn’t mean it won’t work for you because we could have different triggers if you have rosacea.

Received a nice size sample. I used morning and night for three weeks or more. Had a rich texture was hydrating and with no scent.

ORA'S AMAZING HERBAL

Botanical Lip Balm | Full size $5.99 .15oz

Ora's Lip Balm Product Reviews Skincare and More

Uses: Treatment | to protect, moisturize and soothe. To prevent lips from becoming dry and chapped. Lip balms are infused with base oil. They are unsweetened, gluten-free, paraben free and no synthetic or artificial flavors. Main ingredients: Spearmint and eucalyptus.

AFFILIATE

Top 5:

  1. Domestic Beeswax
  2. Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed, Italian Non-GMO) infused with *Calendula officinalis (Calendula)
  3. *Symphytum officinale (Comfrey)
  4. *Plantago major (Plantain)
  5. *Hypericum perforatum (St.John’s Wort)

Mary says: I purchased the Mintyliptus lip balm. It has a light minty scent. The scent is refreshing and uplifting. Glides on smooth and clear. Balm has a light-yellow tint. Not waxy. There is a 3-pack available for $17.47. Addicted to it now 🙂

Magic Face Potion | Full size $37.97 0.5oz

Ora's Magic Face Potion Product Reviews Skincare and More

Use: Treatment | This is Ora's answer to her skin's needs after turning 40. It is an anti-aging support serum. Use nightly after cleansing your face and before moisturizer. It's retinol-free.

Take 4-8 drops on fingertips, massage together then press into facial skin.

Main ingredients: sea buckthorn, licorice root, evening primrose, frankincense and essential oils.

AFFILIATE

Top 5:

  1. Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil
  2. Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed Oil, Non-GMO) infused with *Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice Root)
  3. *Calendula officinalis (Calendula) *Rosa canina (Rosehip) Oil
  4. Unica granatum (Pomegranate) Oil
  5. *Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil

Mary says: How lucky am I? I received a surprise sample size FREE with my purchase. This was based on the items I ordered. Items come in a special flour drawstring sack with logo on.

Oh, I absolutely love this oil. I have applied nightly for three weeks now after cleansing. It soaks in overnight. My skin feels so soft after applying, hydrated. Has a pleasant scent and doesn't leave an oily feel.

Licorice Love Facial Mask & Cleanser Powder formerly Rejuvi-Cleanse | Full size $27.47

Ora's Licorice Love Product Reviews Skincare and More

Use: Cleanser or mask treatment to exfoliate and draw out toxins. Ideal for rosacea, eczema or psoriasis to soothe inflammation. Main ingredients:  Licorice, cardamom, arrowroot and clay.

It depends on whether you use it as a mask or not according to how much water is added. A video is on Ora's website.

AFFILIATE

Top 5:

  1. *Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice)
  2. Maranta arundinacea (Arrowroot)
  3. Kaolin Clay
  4. *Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) 

Mary says: This is another FREE sample with purchase WOW!.

This is a whole new concept to me using a cleansing product that is a powder. It is a very fine consistency and smooth to use. I have left it on a bit longer as a mask and feels wonderful. I can smell the cardamom very earthy. The past three weeks I have cleansed with this than applied the Magic Face Potion. Neither is irritating to my rosacea, great products.

Take A Breather, Herbal Facial Steam | $19.97

Ora's Take a Breather Product Reviews Skincare and More

Use: Multi-tasking Herbal Steam. Great for skin conditions: Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea or Maskne. Has many uses, can be consumed as a tea as well. Helps relieve upper respiratory, so for cold and sinuses sufferers. Great at clearing nasal passages. Main ingredients: thyme and rosemary.

Affiliate

Top 5:

  1. Olea europaea (Olive)
  2. Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)
  3. Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
  4. Matricuria recutita (Chamomile)
  5. Ocimum basilicum (Basil)

Mary says:

Love the herbal blend! I just put the required amount in a pot of boiling water and let it fill the room. Opened my sinuses right up and was able to breath better. Didn't irritate my rosacea at all.

Rosacea: For those with rosacea be careful this is very hot water. If you place the towel over your head as they suggest don't get too close to your pot and only do this for a couple minutes at the most.

 

Ultra Healing Body Butter Citrus Grove | Full size 8oz $32.97

Ora's Ultra Healing Body Butter Product Reviews Skincare and More

Use: Multi-purpose Moisturizer. A little goes a long way since it is a thick consistency. Apply right after your shower to hydrate skin. Main ingredients: bergamot, benzoin and sweet marjoram.

Affiliate

Top 5:

  1. *Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter, Fair Trade)
  2. Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed Oil, Non-GMO) infused with *Calendula officinalis (Calendula)
  3. *Symphytum officinale (Comfrey)
  4. *Plantago major (Plantain)
  5. *Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort)

Mary says:

Love the refreshing citrus scent but they say mosquitoes don't like this, so you are safe outdoors in the summer :). Yes, it melts into my skin like butter. Very rich and simply evaporates on skin. Great for dry heels and elbows but you can use it anywhere on body.

RAEL BEAUTY

Tea Tree Facial Sheet Masks | Full-size $16 5 Sheets

Rael Tea Tree Mask product reviews

Use: Treatment | apply to clean face leave on for 10-20 minutes. Then pat remaining serum into skin. Says mask clears skin and prevents clogged pores. Main ingredient tea tree oil and natural antiseptic ingredients.

Top 5:

  1. Water
  2. Glycerin
  3. Butylene Glycol
  4. 1,2-Hexanediol
  5. Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract

Mary says:

Always love it when the mask is saturated. I think I get my money’s worth. And know it’s gonna be super hydrating. No scent. Chilly right out of the package very soothing.

Calming for rosacea and acne plus antiseptic tea tree. Was a bit worried with this ingredient but was fine. No issues with flares. Love this! Would purchase again!

Vasanti

BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator |Full-size, $34 4.23 OZ

Vasanti BrightenUp

Use: Treatment| to exfoliation skin | help with dark spots | reduce Fine lines and wrinkles

This is a gentle exfoliating cleanser to use after cleansing as spot treatment or on entire face. Says can use a pea size amount 5x a week. Main ingredients papaya enzymes (used in peels) Aloe Vera to smooth skin

Top 5:

  1. Aqua (Water)
  2. Aluminum Oxide
  3. Cetyl Alcohol
  4. Decyl Glucoside
  5. Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Mary says: Texture has very tiny and fine granuals, no scent

I used pea –size drop on my (Magnitone wipe). Wasn’t irritating on my rosacea face. Dapped on dark spots a couple times a day.  Helped smooth off top layer of my Seborrheic Keratosis. I saw results so I would purchase again.