The specialness that is Birchbox + Gap

Birchbox GAP

Birchbox + GAP

One of the most unusual things about Birchbox is their collaborations. They’ve been working with different stores to create subscription boxes that are unique to the store. A great example of this is BIRCHBOX + GAP which is available in 7 locations. Both the Birchbox Gap for women and for men were sent so we could share these with you and explain the process of obtaining them.

Birchbox Gap for Women

Birchbox Gap for Women

The Birchbox + Gap box for women is one of the best I’ve seen from them. I have many Birchbox boxes and rarely did I get one that I’d use and love everything in it. Inside is a Gloss Gloss Nail Polish, Supergoop Sunscreen, Amika Dry Shampoo, Whish Body Lotion and Eyeko FAT Eye Stick. Three deluxe sample sizes and two full size are the makeup of this box.

Supergoop, Whish, Amika in Birchbox Gap

Supergoop, Whish, Amika in Birchbox Gap

SUPERGOOP Everyday SPF 50 is one of my very favorite sunscreens. This SPF 50 sunscreen is a lightweight cream that’s oil free and fragrance free. I love this deluxe sample size for my purse.

WHISH Three Wishes Body Butter in Lavender is an anti-oxidant rich formula that’s a terrific body butter. This one is in Lavender but Whish also has other yummy fragrances like my favorite Almond.

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo is one of the better dry shampoos out there. Everyone loves this weightless spray that refreshes your hair by absorbing oil without leaving any residue. The full size is $21 but you can buy this travel size for $9 on Birchbox’s site.

FLOSS GLOSS Nail polish in Wavepool

FLOSS GLOSS Nail polish in Wavepool

FLOSS GLOSS NAIL POLISH in Wavepool is so summer! What a beautiful shade to wear when having fun in the sun. This is a full size bottle that can be purchased for $8 on Birchbox.

Eyeko FAT Eye Stick in Satin Taupe

Eyeko FAT Eye Stick in Satin Taupe

EYEKO FAT EYE STICK in Satin Taupe seems to be exclusive to this box. This full size ($15) eye crayon is such a beautiful color. There’s nothing easier than applying the creamy eye crayon and adding some water resistant mascara to look great in the summer. This is my favorite item in the box and I hope they start selling it soon.

A Women’s Birchbox costs $10 per month. This is part of a set of three for $30. You’ll pay the $30, get this box immediately at the Gap stores that are part of the program and sign up to receive the other 2 Gap Birchboxes delivered directly to you.

Birchbox Gap for Men

Birchbox Gap for Men

Gap and Birchbox didn’t forget about the guys. The men’s boxes sell for $20 so the Gap collection is 3 months for $60. Here are the contents of the first box you/he will receive and the value is excellent. There are 4 deluxe sample sizes and one amazing full size.

Gap Birchbox for men

Gap Birchbox for men

PLANT Get It On Body Wash is the perfect size to try out or put in a travel kit. This is an all natural cleanser with essential oils of cedar, ginger and sandalwood.

BILLY JEALOUSY HYDROPLANE Super Slick Shave Cream is a latherless shave cream that uses silicone beads and essential oils to buffer skin against the harshness of a razor.

BAXTER Clay Mask is for the man who really takes care of himself. It’s a purifying blend of kaolin and bentonite clay for exfoliation and absorbing excess oil.

PARLOR Reworkable Hold Paste will make men’s hair soft, pliable but easy to style. This contains sweet almond and extract and fortifying Vitamin B5.

Brichbox Gap with LSTN Bowery Earbuds

Brichbox Gap with LSTN Bowery Earbuds

LSTN Bowery Earbuds is the item in the box that my husband wanted instantly. I had to grab them away to photograph them before he absconded with them. These are a $50 value so that makes the price of the box totally worth it. The earbuds are made from reclaimed wood (they are a cherry wood and browner than my pictures) and come with three sizes of earplugs so he’s sure to get a size to fit him. Plus you can “borrow” them and have a size to fit you. These are sold on Birchbox’s site too. “Made from reclaimed wood, the 100% electro-acoustic tested headphones pair superior sound quality with one-of-a-kind good looks. And, because each pair of headphones benefits a charity for the deaf, this is an accessory you can feel good about.”

There are 7 GAP Stores that are part of the Birchbox Gap Summer Beauty Shop. Some of these not only have this special subscription but even have a Build Your Own Box. Are you lucky enough to be near San Francisco Market Street, Houston Galleria, Los Angeles The Grove, Chicago State Street, NYC 34th & Broadway, NYC Lincoln Square or NYC 17th St & 5th Ave.? If so go there through June 23rd for these specials. There are even 4 stores with events that the first 150 people can win a free box.

Even if you are not a subscriber to Birchbox, you can still purchase items there so that makes the rest of you who are interested in some of these able to purchase without commitment. What’s your favorite product in these boxes? — Marcia

*sent by Birchbox for this article

Father’s Day is smooth sailing with Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh Box

Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh BoxLooking for a special Father’s Day gift with a little variety?  Consider a gift that keeps giving all year – a Birchbox Man subscription. The cost is $20 a month, which brings the man of the family a personalized box of grooming products every month. There are two special Birchbox Man boxes for June – an “Everyday Hero” box that is only available with a subscription through June 11th (and I hope to have a review up for that one soon), as well as the Anchors Aweigh box that is only available with a subscription through June 9th. I was sent the Anchors Aweigh box to review and my husband gives it a big thumbs up.
Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh Box

Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh Box

Birchbox is a subscription service featuring a monthly box of five beauty/grooming/lifestyle items that are selected based on your preferences. The sample sizes allow you to try different brands and products and you can purchase the full sizes of things you fall in love with on the Birchbox site. The Anchors Aweigh box (again, only available with a subscription through June 9th!) has a fun nautical theme with four manly samples and a bracelet that any sea-loving man would be proud to wear.

The salty sea air inspired this special box and samples include some of Birchbox Man’s best-selling items.

Billy Jealousy Ocean Front

Billy Jealousy Ocean Front Body Wash

Billy Jealousy is a great product line name…definitely fun in a manly way! The Ocean Front Body Wash is perfect for the nautical theme and this body wash smells clean and refreshing. This gel soap takes care of skin with vitamin E and ginseng extract.

Parlor Sea Salt Spray

Parlor Sea Salt Spray

The PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray gives your guy beachy hair even if he is hanging at the office all day instead of hanging ten. Sea salt sprays can be drying, but this one gives hair great texture without making it crunchy.

English Laundry Riviera

English Laundry Riviera

If your guy can’t be out on the water, he can still smell like the great outdoors and English Laundry Riviera is a classic cologne that is up for the job. It smells clean thanks to citrus top notes, and the base of pepper and oak moss give it a nice macho twist.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen

Every sailor needs sun protection! One of my favorite sunscreens is Supergoop Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology. The broad spectrum formula gives great UV protection that isn’t heavy or greasy.

Sailormade

Sailormade Charger Bracelet

I think the best item in the Anchors Aweigh box is the Sailormade Charger Bracelet.  The bracelet is a classic sailor’s rope and hook. The hook is a scaled down nautical Brummel Hook that is attached to a rugged marine cord. The bracelet adjusts to the size of your wrist and it really looks cool. If the dad in your life loves boats, he will love this bracelet. The retail value of the Sailormade Charger Bracelet is $45, more than double the cost of the box for the month.
The Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh box is only available until June 9th, so hurry and subscribe for dad now! Birchbox Man will remind him every month that he is loved and appreciated.  – Lisa
*received for editorial consideration