Friday, October 17, 2014

French Box October 2014 Review- The Warmth of Provence Plus Coupon Code!

 french box october 2014
This is the October 2014 French Box!  It's the second French Box ever and it turned out really well!
This box is (obviously) centered around all things French.  It's not necessarily a beauty box, it's more about giving a little taste of everything.

The Cost: $24/month

What You Get: 5 (or more!) products from France! Fashion, cosmetics, gourmet, goodies, etc.
The packaging for this box is just incredible.  The attention to detail is meticulous and everything is so carefully packed and put together.  This box is a pleasure just to open.
This is the very first item in the box.  Before you even get to the actual goodies, there was a  journal with a Christian Lacroix sketch just for French Box on the front!  The inside is blank white pages for your own thoughts or sketches.  How cool is that!?
There really is a little bit of everything packed into a French Box! I see beauty, snacks, culinary items and perfume!  This box came with seven items plus the Christian LaCroix sketch journal, plus a postcard, plus a recipe!  Jackpot!  Or however you say that in French.

Couleur Calisson Mini Calissons-  These are traditional sweets from the Provence area of France.  They are made with almonds and are very sweet.  There are several flavors and I already ate one that was strawberry or cherry.  They're soft which I wasn't expecting.  I'm not sure I like them but its fun to be able to try a traditional candy.
Value: $3

Le Panier Francis Provence French Herbs Mix- This mix is made of basil, savory, rosemary, thyme and marjoram.  I can always use herbs and holiday cooking is coming up so these will get used for sure.  This is a big bag at 3.5oz, too!
Value: $6.99
Durance Marseilles Soap-  These solid soaps are made of essential oils and flower or fruit extracts.
I received Rose scented soap.  It's so pretty and it's stamped officially French.  I should have taken a picture without the wrapper but I didn't think of it.  I don't even want to use it, I think I'll put it in the bathroom as a decoration.  This is a 3.5oz chunk of soap so it's a nice handy size.
As a bonus there is a coupon for 15% off at their duranceusa website if you use the code FrenchBox.
Value: $7.99

Atelier Cologne in Santal Carmin- This cologne is made in France and arrived with a postcard that I accidentally ripped while trying to open the little packet everything was in.  Whoops.  Anyway, here's what Atelier has to say about this particular perfume:
Cologne Absolue concentrated at 18%
Top notes : bergamot from Calabria, limette from Mexico, saffron from India Heart notes : sandalwood from New Caledonia, gaiac wood from India, white musc Base notes : papyrus from India, cedarwood from Texas, vanilla from Madagascar
It seems a little manly to me but I'm not a perfume pro.
Value: $3
Matis Kabuki Powder Brush-  Matis brushes are for applying loose and pressed powder, bronzer and/or mineral makeup.  This brush is made of goat hair and is small enough for travel for effortless touch ups on the go.  So my only other kabuki is a bareminerals one.  The bristles on this brush blow that one out of the water.  I'm immediately switching.  This also has a nice metal base that's comfortable to hold.
Value: $15

Sothy's Paris Eye Duo-  This isn't on the card but I'm totally loving it.  This combines a fixing base plus mineral eyeshadow.  The fixing base fixes the color and increases the longevity of the eyeshadow.  So it's a primer and a shadow.  The color of shadow I received is Gris d'ete which means Summer Gray. It's a very bluish gray and I'm kind of excited to try this!  I can't find this anywhere online for sale but I did find a blog review from 2012.  It's possible this is clearance stock but I don't mind.
Value: $20
Oshibori Refreshing Towel- Okay, this was SO cool!!  It all came in a zippy plastic pouch and its a travel set of both green tea and white tea scents.  The towels are 100% cotton and are perfumed.
Each towel is to be used once.  I was wondering how this is French since it seems Japanese but apparently this is a real custom.  Guests are given an Oshibori towel before dinner to wash their hands.  I don't know if they still do this since I haven't been to France.  If anyone knows about this feel free to chime in!
Value: $8

Thank you, Rebecca, for reminding me that I meant to put the recipes up!  They don't use the Herbs, sadly, but there are three dips that look pretty easy.


VERDICT: I paid $24 for this box and received about $70 worth of French goodies.  There was so much extra stuff, too, like the recipe and the postcards.  I think its SO cool that the sketch from Christian LaCroix was just for French Box!  Again, I love the presentation, the info card, the ribbon, the colors, etc.  I actually like getting such a variety of items.  I know there were a lot of people who were expecting a beauty box and while this does have beauty aspects, I really like the idea of small treats with a little lifestyle tossed in.  I'm pleased with this box and am curious to see what the next one will contain.

If you would like to sign up for French Box, you can do so on their website!  You'll see they have a deal for first time customers, get your first box for only $14 with the code NZB0IM3HSU!  Both boxes that I have received have been well worth that, so I suggest signing up at least for one box to see how you like it.

14 comments:

  1. That is a LOT of herbes de provence! Hopefully the included recipe uses them?

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    1. The recipes don't use the herbs! That would have been too perfect, maybe. :) I can use these, for sure, but yeah, that is a huge packet to use. They'll last me awhile.

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    2. Ina Garten uses those herbs quite regularly if you are looking for recipes. I have tried many of hers and they've all been amazing.

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    3. What a great idea! I just ordered her Paris cookbook from the library because you mentioned it!

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    4. Actually, we don't use in France specific recipes for "herbes de Provence". We just use them like you would use salt : on meat (specially lamb), eggs, potatoes or pasta. You can also use them to make easy appetizers : sliced cucumbers and carrots that you dip in a mix of crème fraiche (almost like sour cream) and herbes de provence. Hope you will like it !

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    5. Oh, that sounds perfect! I think I will make that creme fraiche with these herbs and take it to a party!

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  2. This is such a pretty box! I might grab this one once my budget opens up again for boxes. I love their packaging! They've officially beat Glossybox! ;)

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    1. It kind of kills me to toss the French Box ribbon. I just don't know what I would do with it but it's so cute! The box is heavy duty and gorgeous. :D I'm kind of excited about this box, I admit.

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  3. I love this box...even when there are things I don't love I don't care because its all just so cute! I am going to keep this one for awhile!

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    1. It's super fun! There is such variety, too. More than I was expecting even.

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  4. I am glad there are things besides just beauty products. I want to try everything France has to offer. I hated the candy but loved that it was something traditional I have never had. Now if they include macaroon's I'll be in heaven.

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    1. I agree! I totally hated the candy, too, but it was fun to try. I would love it if they included macarons! I bet they do sooner or later :D I don't know how well they would travel but I'm sure they'll think of something.

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  5. I love France and this October box looks nicer than the first one.
    Have you heard about Bon Appetit Box, they seem to send only traditional French treats... I can't wait to subscribe :D

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    1. I just looked it up! There's not a whole lot of information on it but I signed up for emails :D

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