Birchbox How to Hygge Box Haul

A couple weeks ago, I went a little ham with my shopping. I was just coming out of a stressful couple months and was in serious need of some retail therapy. So, of course, when I received a Birchbox promotion email about the How to Hygge Box, I couldn't resist.


Fun fact: the word hygge is actually pronounced "hoo-ga".

The items in this box included (in order from left to right, top to bottom based on the second picture in this post):

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Peaceful Paranoia ($18): I have been a fan of Smith & Cult polishes for a while, and while this pale mauve shade with a pink sheen isn't something I usually go for in a nail polish shade, I thought it'd be a nice color for the summer. I'm excited to paint my nails with this shade this weekend :)

Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil (full-size 3.4 fl oz, $38): I'm always down to try a Sunday Riley product, and this is a cleansing oil that also has vitamin C, AHA, and BHA! A deluxe

Votivo® Aromatic Travel Tin Candle in No. 45 Grey Vetiver™ ($12): I can't pass up a good candle, and the scent of this one sounds amazing - "a mix of melon and bitter grapefruit grounded by amber".


thisworks® deep sleep™ pillow spray (2.5 oz, $29): I love this. I had a little sample of this last year that I used up pretty quickly, so I was excited to see this offered in the box. The product claims to help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed, but personally, I don't find this to be the case. Regardless, I love the smell of lavender, and the scent of this spray is natural and not overwhelming at all. It's a nice little touch when I want to feel extra pampered as I'm falling asleep. I probably won't ever purchase this on its own, as it's not something I really need, but I'll always indulge if I get a sample or if it comes up in a box like this.

Milk Makeup Hydrating Oil (1 oz, $24): I love a good oil, and an oil in stick form is an intriguing idea. I imagine this would be awesome to travel with, as it's one less liquid to pack.


Oh K! Sleep Mask (0.6 oz, $6.50): One can never have too many masks. This one is an overnight mask, perfect for the lazy girl that I am. This mask is also supposed to give you 5-6 uses, so it's a great deal, even at its full price.

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower (7 sets of 2 patches, $24): I love a good eye mask, so I look forward to trying these out, though nothing that I've tried thus far has been better than my favorite Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (8 sets of 2 patches, $30).

Askinosie Chocolate Single Origin Sipping Chocolate (170 g, $16.50): 38g packet pictured here. This sipping chocolate is vegan and gluten-free, so I'm curious to see how it tastes.

Calm Book by Michael Acton Smith ($14.25 on Amazon): To be honest, this is the one thing I didn't really care for in the box. This isn't to say that it's a bad product - I'm just not really into meditation, and it definitely feels more like a coffee table book than anything. I'll probably flip through it every once in a while because the pages are beautifully designed, and every page is pretty different, but I don't really see myself gravitating towards this book often.

Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish (8 oz, $36): I'm running out of my current body scrub, the Trader Joe's Coffee Body Scrub ($8 oz, $4.99), and have only ever used more affordable body scrubs, so I want to see whether a higher-end body scrub is worth it.

amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask (2 oz, $12): Amika hair products usually don't disappoint me, and the size of this product is perfect for traveling. I actually already have the full-size product (8 oz, $28), but I have yet to try it.

Richer Poorer Women’s Textured Crew Socks (similar, originally $14, currently $9.80): I'm not the biggest fan of the pattern, but they seem comfy, and one can never have too many socks.

This box retails for $53, but has a $180 value. If you've been meaning to check out any of these items, I'd definitely recommend getting this box - it's definitely worth it. In general, Birchbox curates some pretty nice boxes, and I think they're always worth checking out!

beauty, lifestyleCathy Liu