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Love Notes: How a Traditional Soap Solved One Customer’s Acne Woes

Nerd alert: one of our favorite things to do is read the customer reviews in the Birchbox Shop. You all are an opinionated bunch—and we like it! We especially love the love letters you write to your favorite products. (Though we’re still waiting on the haikus and iambic pentameter.) From time to time, we’ll be highlighting extrasweet customer serenades. First up: a life-changing soap.

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Tall, dark, and effective—it’s no wonder that blemish-prone ladies have been falling for Shea Terra Organics’ Authentic African Black SoapMade with healing oils, this vitamin-rich soap is known for its ability to clear up breakouts and lessen signs of aging. We could wax on poetically about its restorative powers, but we’ll let Avianka take over:

“I had been researching black soap and its medicinal benefits, as I have maturing acne prone combination skin—not a pretty thing to deal with at age 33! After reading some of the reviews on the Birchbox website, I decided to give this black soap a go. Let me tell you, it is simply amazing….more then I ever wished it to be! In just two weeks, It has done wonders for my skin. I am seeing an even and brightened tone with no blemishes brewing! I am looking forward to a long healthy relationship with this soap. I have clean, fresh, vibrant skin that is FINALLY acne free! Thank you so much BB! <3”

She’s convinced us—have you tried this miracle-worker? 

—Ally

Have your own product paramour? Pen a love letter to your favorite Birchbox products by leaving a customer review! 

The African Body Butter That Rescued My Dry Hands

Start treating chapped hands with this heroic body butter. (Photo at top: blueplanetbiomes.org; Photo at bottom left: natural-homeremedies.com

Even though I’m a beauty fanatic, I rarely give my dry hands the TLC they need. From ravaged cuticles to an awkward fear of handshakes, the evidence of my neglect is clear. But with New Year’s resolutions fast approaching, I decided to turn this sad situation around.

While there’s no shortage of dry-hand treatments out there, many tend toward the greasy side and offer only quick fixes. For a lasting solution, I knew it would take something different. Enter Shea Terra Organics BANANAS & BAOBABS Whipped Shea Butter Ultimate Moisturizing Body Crème.

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How We’re Prepping For Winter: 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.

Molly showing off her new light box, and Paulina rocking her pretty peacoat.

After Hurricane Sandy and last week’s Nor’easter, we went from a stroll through fall to a full-on sprint into winter. The not-so-subtle push from Mother Nature has urged us to get ready (and excited) for winter ahead of schedule. Here are the latest gadgets, clothes, and amazing beauty products that some of our team can’t wait to use this season:

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Have You Tried Blemish-Clearing Black Soap?

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.


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First, a little back story: I have acne and, eh… let’s just say I’m well past my teenage years. Since I’m in that awkward place where I’m battling zits and fine lines at the same time, I try a lot of products (you should see my bathroom sink). Some products I’ve used were for zits; some were for wrinkles. But, I’ve never found anything that I could use to address both. Until now.

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