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Level Up Your Birchbox Gift Subscription with These Best-Sellers: Special Ops

We’re always talking about the staffers in the Birchbox office, but the ones who you interact with everyday are the ladies of our hard-working Ops team. These fabulous femmes handle all of your customer service woes. We wanted to give you a chance to get to know them even better—so here’s a peek at who’s on the other side of the phone.

We know it’s no easy feat to check each person off your holiday gift list, which is why we wanted to make gifting easier and even more awesome by amping up our gift subscriptions. This season, when you place a gift subscription order (for both men and women), you can add any of these best-selling products to your order so they arrive with the first gift box. The best part? You can add up to five of the items listed below—and they’ll all arrive with your giftee’s first shipment.

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Tough Mudder Challenge: Tri-State Edition

Three out of four of our Birchbox Tough Mudders!: Linden (left), Jereme (center), and Miko (right). 

Our idea of hardcore is waking up before sunrise to attend a spin class, but a 45 minute sweat sesh on a bike is a cake walk compared to a Tough Mudder challenge. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Tough Mudders are events specially designed by British Special Forces that push entrants to their physical limits (and get this, they even refer to themselves as ”Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet”).

We love a good challenge so this past weekend, Birchbox sponsored the Tri-State Tough Mudder challenge in Englishtown, New Jersey. We had some very brave (naive?) staffers participate and for those who attended, there was a Birchbox tent with a fully stocked clean up station. Since the event has an obstacle course that includes everything from crawling through mud pits to scaling walls, we we’re thrilled to supply post-event necessities like C.O Bigelow Shampoo and Conditioner, (MALIN+GOETZ) Bergamot Body Wash, and Anthony Logistics Glycolic Facial Cleanser

Click through for some of our favorite highlights from the day. Have you ever participated in a Tough Mudder challenge? 

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Three More Days to Help Us Build a School

There are only three days left in August, and with every purchase you make from the Birchbox Shop until the end of the month, you’re helping us build a school. We’re donating fifteen percent of proceeds (from the sale of full-size products) to Pencils of Promise, which is a great non-profit promoting education in developing countries. Shopping for yourself and simultaneously helping out others in our global community is in itself a thing of beauty. If you’re searching for a little retail inspiration, check out some of our favorite brands that give back to the community! 

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Pairing Up – Gift Ideas for Him: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.


Photo: Bella Sugar

For those of you who nabbed one of the coveted Birchbox Man limited edition boxes before they sold out, you’ve got an amazing gift for your guy that will help him upgrade his grooming and lifestyle game. For everyone else, there are still great ways to put together a thoughtful and exciting present. Pairing items together is a creative option that can show someone you really care and took extra time to help them find a new solution or a fabulous routine. Here are some of my favorite pairings:

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Anthony Logistics For Men® Shave Cream: Gift of the Day

‘Tis the season, which can mean only one thing: You are in search of great holiday gifts. Well, look no further. Whether you’re stumped about what to get a co-worker, your dad, or your bestie, we have something for everyone on your list. Check back every day this month for a new dose of gift-giving inspiration — and get ready to deck your halls with much more than holly.

Why this makes a great gift: Every guy seems to have a rusty can of shaving cream that’s been sitting around since prehistoric times. Encourage the men in your life to upgrade with this rich formula, which has cooling peppermint and eucalyptus. It’s a surefire way to get a smooth, stubble-free shave. 

It’s perfect for: Your boyfriend who always a 5 o’clock shadow, your brother who prides himself on his good looks, your hardworking dad.

Price: $16.50, available on birchbox.com.

For more great gift ideas, visit our Holiday Gift Guide.

Beauty Insiders Share Their Morning Secrets

It’s no surprise that our favorite brands happen to have rock star founders. This month, we asked the beauty insiders behind Anthony Logistics, Carol’s Daughter, and FAUX lashes to tell us a little bit about themselves — and their morning routines, to be more specific. What exactly are they up to before they get to the hard work of formulating products? Read on for all their answers.

Brilliant Beauty Brands: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste — so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.


There are many reasons to start a beauty or grooming brand. In my opinion, the best brands and products are developed when the creator looks to fill a gap in the market and really solve a problem for a consumer who is still searching for something very specific. I could write all day about the myriad of interesting and inspiring impetuses for many of the brands out there. However, there are two companies in particular that I think have standout stories. The creative and brave individuals behind each of the brands aspired to make something brilliant that would truly make peoples’ lives easier, better, and more beautiful.

Harvey Prince: When I first met Shaan Hathiramani, I thought his story sounded like something out of a publicist’s dream. In 2008, Shaan and his brother wanted to give their mom the perfect Mother’s Day gift and couldn’t find anything that was just right. They decided to create a custom fragrance and called it Ageless. The scent was such a hit, they decided to create a brand and release another amazing perfume, Eau Flirt. Since then, Harvey Prince has garnered oodles of international press and acclaim.

Anthony Logistics For Men: As an avid user of this line for years, it was a huge thrill to recently meet its founder and CEO, Tony Sosnick. What I love about Tony’s story is that he wasn’t just any kind of a grooming guru, he was just an ambitious guy in real estate that couldn’t find any men’s products with the right blend of luxury, efficacy, and quality. So, he took a leap of faith and launched his line. Ten years later, Anthony Logistics is a leader in the men’s grooming category with amazing products like its Glycolic Facial Cleanser and my new obsession, the Shave Cream. What I love about the products is that they are simple and effective and do exactly what they say they’re going to do.

Another brand with a great story? Erno Laszlo.

The Boys (Products) of Summer

Grooming has come a long way since Barbasol. 

From shrunken blazers and boyfriend jeans to oversized watches and oxfords, women’s fashion has been taking plenty of cues from men. My bathroom is in the same mindset, with more and more man products creeping in. I’ve been a longtime fan of grooming products ever since I started stealing my dad’s razor and Barbasol. I’ve since graduated to more sophisticated picks: Anthony Logistics must-try shaving cream; Malin & Goetz’s unisex body washes; and Kiehl’s heavy duty sunscreens. I love how men’s products tend to be more straightforward than women’s products, with scents that are more fresh and zesty than heady and floral. But don’t worry — I’m not giving up my fuchsia lip gloss anytime soon.

— Mollie

Read our roundup of the best products to steal from the men in your life, then pick up my favorite Anthony Logistics shaving cream in the Birchbox Shop.

Gym Bag: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.


Some of my days start super-early with a morning workout and end late with dinner and drinks with friends. Meaning? Meaning that I have to lug my gym bag around with me all day. Therefore, I always try to keep what I’m carrying as light as possible and I’m very strategic about what grooming products I bring along. To give you an idea of how I cut down on bulk, here’s a peek inside my gym bag.

Anthony Logistics Glycolic Facial Cleanser: Since it’s really hard to know how your skin will be behaving on any given morning, it’s important to take a cleanser that can do it all. This creamy formula gently exfoliates, lightens discoloration, and doesn’t dry out my skin.

Lift Lab Lift & Fix: I fell in love with this when the creator of the brand, Elliot Entis, sent it to me a few months ago. I use it as an all-around moisturizer. The formula is really light, so it’s the perfect thing to apply when you’re overheated from the gym. What’s especially cool about it is that it uses a special protein that protects skin and reverses the signs of past damage. Fun tip from Elliot: Mix it with your shave cream for a super-close shave!

Korres Body Butter in Guava: One thing I really hate about the gym is the sub-par body lotion that they provide in the locker room. We all know I’m a huge fan of Korres, one of the reasons being I adore their Body Butters. Because they are rich, I don’t have to use much and they add a little touch of luxury to my post-workout routine. 

—Eric

If you like the cleanser recommendation, check out the Anthony Logistics Shave Cream.