Friday, July 10, 2015

Birchbox Man: July 2015 Review and Unboxing

It's been 2 months since my last Birchbox Man review- I can't believe it! Since my schedule has been pretty packed lately, I unfortunately had to cut back on some of my reviews, and since this is primarily a blog read by women (according to my statistics, anyway!) I decided to put Jeff's Birchbox Man on the back burner for awhile. Luckily, I've been trying to be more organized with my time and this month I've been able to keep up with reviews so far! I wanted to review Birchbox Man because I still think it's one of the best men's subscriptions in terms of consistency, customer service and curation. The price is reasonable, and Birchbox has access to many brand connections. Not to mention, if you sign up your significant other for his own box, you can do it under your own account and sneakily steal his review points for your own shopping benefits! *evil laugh*

If you're unaware, Birchbox Man is a men's lifestyle and grooming subscription box that costs $20 per month. While the women's Birchbox is only $10 per month, the men's box tends to have more lifestyle products such as clothing, electronics, gadgets etc. There are many different varieties of box each month, and what you receive may be totally different from what you see here. The box contents are chosen based on your profile that is filled out when you subscribe, as well as your sample choice. Birchbox Man allows you to choose from a selection of lifestyle products each month so that you can be sure to love what you get in your box. Although if you'd rather have a surprise, you can also skip making a choice and leave it up to chance.
This month's theme was "Summer Epic."
We're all for lounging in the afternoon shade, but summer also inspires us to seize the day. Whether your idea of an epic feat is roasting a whole pig on a spit, screening Ben-Hur on your backyard projector, or kicking back in the adirondack chair with a copy of The Odyssey, here's to a summer full of thrilling heroics.
Vaughn Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioning Cream
Jeff's box this month only included 4 products, with this foil packet as a "bonus" 5th item. Considering the tiny size of the other samples, I can't help but be a little annoyed. $20 a month is reasonable considering the lifestyle items Birchbox Man includes, however I still expect more than a couple tiny samples thrown in with it. Would it cost that much more to include a deluxe sample of the conditioning cream? I mean, really. There's not much to say about these, other than their a shampoo and conditioner. Jeff liked the scent of them, but didn't think it did anything miraculous to his hair. Another thing that bothers me lately is that Jeff's profile says he has thinning, oily hair yet he never gets volumizing products- but tons of pomades and hydrating shampoos. I know that they won't always follow the profiles to the T, but why bother asking at all if they're just going to send things that are always irrelevant to the subscriber? Meh.  
 Billy Jealousy: Triple Crown Body Wash
English Laundry: Royal Aqua Cologne
I find this picture kind of funny, because the last Birchbox Man review I did back in May, Jeff received a different Billy Jealousy Body wash and a different English Laundry scent- and I just so happened to take a picture of them together back then as well. If just two months ago he received the exact same products only with different scents, don't you think Birchbox Man should try and take that to account at least a little? I feel like Jeff gets an English Laundry cologne every other month, an it's just getting old at this point. This particular scent isn't up his alley, either, so that was a bummer. The Billy Jealousy body washes are good, but honestly they're nothing that exciting. Jeff thinks that they're on par with other 3-in-1 body washes from the drugstore, so both of these products were kind of duds.
 Profound Aesthetic: Genuine Leather Raw Journal
The one great thing about Birchbox Man is that they include a really nice lifestyle product in each box. We had some issues in the past where Jeff was consistently getting pairs of boxers, but now that they let subscribers choose the lifestyle product each month, he has really gotten some nice things. This journal was the item he chose this month, and it's made from genuine leather. It retails at $32, so already more than the cost of the entire box. I even like this- it's got a really rustic and classic look to it, and the little quote inside is a nice touch!
Overall Thoughts
Considering Birchbox Man costs $20 a month and the journal costs $32, I do think that monetarily, this box is more than worth the price. Having said that, I think that the samples could be MUCH more substantial then they are. Rarely (if ever) do I get a 4-item Birchbox, and mine only costs $10 a month! If Birchbox is going to send a tiny cologne sample that I can get for free at Sephora as one of the samples, they better send something other than a foil packet sample as a "bonus" item. I feel like if there was one more product here it would have been a great box, but something just feels off to me. I'm also not a fan of the fact that Jeff only recently got a box that had Billy Jealousy body wash and English Laundry cologne in it, and now he's getting them again- the only difference being the scents. If they pop up again in the next 2 months, I'm going to send an e-mail to Birchbox and ask them what the heck is going on.
While my review is a bit harsh this month, I still have to say that Jeff really enjoys this box. Since I am an old pro when it comes to subscriptions, I expect a lot more from them, especially from one that is as prominent as Birchbox. Jeff on the other hand, thought this box was good. He loves having it to open every month, and he's always pleased with the lifestyle choices they give. So all in all, if Jeff's happy, then I suppose it's still a successful box!

If you're interested in signing up a lucky guy in your life for a Birchbox Man Subscription, you can do that HERE!
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1 comment:

  1. That journal looks so cool! But yeah, I had a hard time loving Birchbox Man because the samples are soooooooooo repetitive and small. Even the lifestyle item can't encourage me to resubscribe. I mean, think of the things you can do with that $20... so many boxes, so little time!