Birchbox for Men Reviews
Keri and I have often mentioned our Birchboxes–-a monthly mailing of sample sized products and treats. I use my Birchbox items while I travel and have found it really useful for keeping myself stocked with random items. While talking about our Birchboxes, a lot of questions have come up about the Birchbox for Men. It costs twice as much as the women’s Birchbox, so what’s the deal? (If you would like to sign up for Birchbox and use my link, I will get a very slight credit on the site, but feel free to without it.)
I decided to use a very scientific method in answering this question–I subscribed to Birchbox Man for a few months to see what arrived. I was a little amused by their delivery alerts, and found their products to be hit or miss.
My first month, I received some after shave, a wallet, an exfoliant, an “awakening” scent, and hair creme. If I were a dude looking for travel products, the after shave, exfoliant and the hair creme were all great items to take with me. The problem with the cost of the Birchbox was it seems as if the wallet was thrown in to make the box worth the cost.
And the wallet was expensive. It retails around $30. It was real merino wool. I just couldn’t find any male family member or friend who even wanted it. It was too impractical to carry around, and everyone was afraid it would fall out of their pockets.
My next month was a mix of products and items. Up first was a pea-green mini duffle bag. Again, an item I couldn’t give away for free, but was sure was worth something.
The next item was, again, expensive. It was a knitted wool tie. It had a very hipset-wear ironic vibe to it. But it didn’t seem to jive with the image I was mentally getting of the people who would use these products. Perhaps they are trying to start a trend of kntted wool ties? But I just couldn’t bring myself to even give this one away.
The other items were great (I think). A toning shaving cream, a thickening shampoo, lip balm and a non-greasy extra moisturizing face cream.
I think the latest month had the coolest items, and worked best from a traveling perspective.
First of all. Love this. I am famous for snapping the cords off my earbuds. I got an item to protect them, but it was so bulky, I stopped using it anyway.
And this cordies item is great too. Really useful to know about and I’m happy to find it. But I can’t help but think that I’m paying $ 20 a month to be sent random crap that might be useful. I find it very different from the female birchbox because those are products I’m trying out. There’s not as much binary useful vs. not usefulness as there are in these men’s boxes. Plus, the pricing is pretty spread out evenly in the women’s boxes such that I am not missing out on much if I don’t like something’s scent.
The rest included hangover help (for when you literally plan on having a hangover, since you need to take the first dose prior to drinking), clarifying shampoo, after-shave creme, and teeth whitening cream.
These items seemed really nice. I just wish that Birchbox only did those types of items for the men’s and charged the same amount as the women’s box.
But then again, I am a woman reviewing a product not intended for me. So I included these photos so you can make the judgement for yourself. Birchbox for Men is $20 a month. If you end up subscribing, feel free to send me your comments on yours and I’ll post them.