February 2015 Birchbox Man Review & Coupons


February’s Birchbox Man theme is “Optimized.” Riffing off February’s anagram (BURY FEAR),  you are supposed to buckle down and make all the every day stuff speedier, stronger, and more efficient.  Right now there are 2 coupons for Birchbox Man – you can get a Naadam Cashmere Speer Beanie with your $75+ Birchbox Men Shop purchase! Use code: NAADAMBEANIE.  Or get 50 Birchbox Points when you subscribe to Birchbox Man! Use code SUBSCRIBENOW50. You can also get Driven: From Homeless to Hero, My Journeys On and Off Lambeau Field by Donald Driver free with any $50 Shop purchase (use code DRIVEN). These are just the newest bonus shop codes, you can always check here for new ones.

From the wife: If you’d like to get your lady a Birchbox for V-day, check here for updated offers. I don’t know if we’ve done this before, but I am writing this review (you’ll see why). If you want ladies’ box ideas, feel free to leave me a comment on this post, and I’ll try to get a Valentine’s post up here (Tom does all the reviews but I generally post the deals).

The Subscription: Birchbox Man
The Description: Birchbox Man is designed to introduce you to the best lifestyle and grooming products. Get monthly boxes of deluxe and travel-size samples of grooming products and lifestyle accessories. Grooming products include shaving, skincare, hair, and sweat control. Lifestyle accessories range from grill aprons, dress socks, and cufflinks, to folding sunglasses and bottle openers.
The Price: $20 per month.

February 2015 Birchbox Man

(review this time from Brandy)

Birchbox subscribers have an option of selecting an item in their box. This month box selection consisted of:

Twenty minutes after I got the email the Quick-Connect Duo was sold out. Usually I ask Tom what he wants, but he received the Quirky trio in a recent box, and one of those leather headphone wraps in I think a Bespoke Post. I emailed Birchbox CS and they were able to get me on the list (they have the BEST customer service in the business – hands down).   They would have all been great choices, but of course we love new things!IMG_8799


The Quirky Contort ($14.99) and the Plug Power ($4.99) are just the thing we need. I work off a macbook air and there are never enough usb ports – and my lightning cable is always getting stuck in a drawer (in fact while it is charging my phone my itunes isn’t recognizing my phone – so this gadget will save me from replacing my cord all the time. The plug adapter we’ll use for our mini fridge in the office!IMG_8801

Tom received this in a prior Birchbox Man box, and it explains the email I got mysteriously granting me 100 extra points (that’s $10 in the shop) for a duplicate item. Here’s his original description

Histoire de Parfums 1899 This fragrance boast of Bergamot, Juniper berry, black pepper, orange flowers, iris, cinnamon, vanilla, vetiver and amber. When I first sprayed this onto my wrist it reminded me of that certain Avon product that doubles as bug spray. Within a second however the alcohol had evaporated and I found the fragrance to be complex, warm, inviting and both flowery and masculine. The citrus and pepper notes are pronounced with upon first sniff but it is the vetiver and vanilla that hold the day.

We never originally calculated it, but the value of that sample is $4.17.

Dear Clark Resurrecting Wash & Rinse ($5.65) I’ve received these in one of my Birchboxes before (not sure what account, I get two), and have used them, so I can already tell you that I really love this set and it was actually very moisturizing for my hair. Tom has dry hair and I suppose I’ll let him use this set too. It makes actually more sense for them to be in this box because they have a very masculine scent.

HOWEVER, the bottles are super stiff and I recommend that you purchase The Spatty (seen on shark tank!). I picked this up a few months ago and we both use it all the time. I needed it to get the product out of these, although to be honest, a man may not have as much trouble as I did. I have super small hands and they aren’t in the best of shape (they’re weak girly pre-arthritic hands). Yes, the Spatty you get might be pink, but you’ll get over it when you can remove just about anything from any jar including $15 a cup sauces.

Our February 2015 Birchbox Man had $29.80 in value, plus we get $5 in points for reviewing the items and $2 for purchasing the box (on an annual subscription). I wasn’t particularly impressed with the value this month – it’s likely the lowest value Birchbox Man we’ve ever received. The extra $10 in points was a nice bonus, but for a subscriber just getting this box without having been sent the 1899 fragrance before, it was too low. Given that besides the electronics Tom had already tested the cologne out and I’ve used the hair stuff, we didn’t see any reason to wait for my poky husband to review this box. 🙂

Visit Birchbox Man to subscribe or find out more, or check out all my Birchbox Man Reviews. You can also check out the Birchbox Man Beard & Shave store.

Svbscription Personal Shopper Box Deal – One Box + $100 Credit for $50.

Check out this Gilt City Svbscription Deal!  Use coupon code WELCOME20 to save 20% off this deal (if you have a Gilt City account you have to use a different email to use that coupon).


  • One box delivery from Svbscription.com
  • $100 product credit toward items in the box

Svbscription is a personal shopping service and you can get just about (small) items for you or your home in the box.

  • Your svbscription is all about you. Before your first delivery, you’ll answer a questionnaire about your taste and style to help svbscription’s team find products you’ll love.
  • Every parcel contains a selection of clothing, accessories and homewares based on your taste.
  • You only pay for the items that you keep. With free shipping both ways (in the United States), returns are hassle free.
  • svbscription partners with over 30 brands from across the United States and Europe. Past boxes have included coveted items from brands like Malin & Goetz, steven alan, WANT Les Essentiels De La Vie and more.

Gilt City is also offering 2 boxes to Adore Me a lingerie subscription, for $60.  If you are already getting the svbscription deal I don’t think this is a great deal – you can get your first set for $25 by signing up with our referral link. If you use the coupon it will be better, but Adore Me isn’t particularly high end, although it’s nice.

Mantry One Box Deal – $40

Here is the RueLaLa subscription box deal for Mantry:

  • 1 box for $40 (usually $75)

Visit RueLaLa to pick this up – just search for Mantry on the home page. RueLaLa is a women’s focused shopping site but often offers great subscription box deals.

Mantry is the Modern man’s pantry for food items. You’ll receive 5-6 full-size super premium foods from around America in a premium wooden crate.

Read all my Mantry Reviews or see all the Mantry Reviews on my wife’s blog.


January 2015 Gentleman’s Box Review #besavvy



Gentleman’s Box is a new subscription box for men – including the required essentials for the savvy man. Every box includes the latest issue of GQ and selected items ranging from style to grooming. The theme for January honored “Our Favorite Fresh Prince.”

The Subscription: Gentleman’s Box
The Description: Gentleman’s Box is a subscription box for men providing the essential elements suited for today’s gentlemen.Items from grooming supplies to wardrobe accessories – each selected to complement your lifestyle and align with a monthly theme. Four to five hand-selected products for men, accompanied by the latest issue of GQ Magazine, are delivered right to your doorstep – with the content’s value always exceeding your monthly cost.
The Price: $25 per month.

Gentleman’s Box January 2015

This is a great looking presentation. The GQ gets rolled up into a wristband.IMG_8301
The back of the card details each item in your box.IMG_8302
January’s GQ Magazine.IMG_8303
My wife obviously took the photos. I’m pretty sure I would have chosen a different feature to take a snap of.
It would be great to get a bit more description from Gentleman’s Box regarding how they feel the items fit the theme. I thought they formed a cohesive whole without being too tacky (like mirror dice).
Das Boom Everywhere Lotion ($3) I’ve used this lotion before and like the smell. It really does smell like rum, smoke, and dirt, which is a plus, because my wife won’t use it.
Ties.com Sherman Tie Clip ($25)  I can’t say that I would have selected this tie bar myself, the color is a bit bold, but in the context of an entire suit it might provide a great pop of color. I liked the brushed metal look.IMG_8307
Happy Socks ($12) This is a fun brand and it’s always good to have a fun dress sock under an otherwise standard outfit.
Ties.com Color Edge Pocket Square ($10) I don’t have much occasion to wear a pocket square in the winter but it would look good with a nice navy blazer.
Statement Shoelaces ($5)  I think these would look good with a tan suede shoe, or maybe even a navy one.
This box definitely had an orange theme which is a little overwhelming when you put everything right next to each other, but I think judicious use of color is good, and I often receive orange-accented items in other boxes. The January box is definitely going to stretch my comfort level with colors but that’s not a bad thing.
I didn’t receive the December box for review but they put it online – here’s what subscribers received:

I’m certainly curious what will be in the February box!
Visit Gentleman’s Box to subscribe or find out more. Don’t forget to take a look at other Men’s Lifestyle Subscription Boxes and get more information about Gentleman’s Box.

Gilt City Deal for New Men’s Subscription Trendy Butler Box


Gilt City is offering one Trendy Butler delivery for $39 (normally $55!).   You can check out Trendy Butler here. This is a brand new subscription so I’ll pick one up to try out.  Be sure to always read the terms & conditions on any voucher deal and use your voucher before it expires. Use coupon code WELCOME20 to save an extra 20% off your first Gilt City order – if you’re already a member you might need a new account to use this coupon.

  • Up your style with Trendy Butler, a subscription service that delivers well-curated boxes of clothing directly to your door.
  • After you create a style profile, a personal shopper will handpick items for your box, paying close attention to your size, preferences and overall vibe.
  • Trendy Butler has access to an array of clothing, from well-known brands to the hottest new designers.
  • The company makes returns and exchanges easy—if you don’t like something, you can send it back for free.

Also up on Gilt City – some healthy food choices: Plated (3 meals for $24), Aloha (vegan protein and superfood blends), and Urthbox (healthy snack box).

Bespoke Post Shop Coupon – Free Football Koozie

Bespoke Post is offering a team colors Koozie with orders over $45 in the Bespoke Post Shop. Just order using the appropriate coupon code of your favorite playoff team. Like use coupon code PATRIOTS.

Remember use promo code RESCUE to save 30% off your first Bespoke Post box! You can see the details on every box before opting it – check the Bespoke Post site for tthem.

January 2015 Birchbox Man Review & Coupon

January’s Birchbox Man is designed to help kick off 2015 with some concrete goals with the theme “Let’s Do This Thing.” We had two Birchbox Man accounts open – you can see the other January 2015 Birchbox Man we received here. For the next few days  use code BBFRESH at checkout to receive 2 additional men’s samples with the purchase of a men’s monthly or yearly refillable subscription. Exp 1/16.

The Subscription: Birchbox Man
The Description: Birchbox Man is designed to introduce you to the best lifestyle and grooming products. Get monthly boxes of deluxe and travel-size samples of grooming products and lifestyle accessories. Grooming products include shaving, skincare, hair, and sweat control. Lifestyle accessories range from grill aprons, dress socks, and cufflinks, to folding sunglasses and bottle openers.
The Price: $20 per month.

January 2015 Birchbox Man


Jason Markk Travel Set ($11.17) This includes the shoe cleaner, a travel brush, and a quick wipe and is a more than excellent thing to receive in this box.

Jason Markk Premium Microfiber Towel ($10) I have a mild microfiber towel addiction and I can’t say that I’d use a brand new one on my shoes, but I’ll definitely use this (and take an older one for shoe usage).

CLEAN Classic Eau de Toilette for Men ($5.18)

Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Super Slick Shave Cream ($2.50) Tried this one last month (it came on the other account – not a duplicate) and was happy to see it again.

Mt. Sapola Charcoal Soap ($2)

DTRT Face Scrub First Thing First ($2.50) Korean brand face scrub with apricot seed and Moroccan clay.


My January 2015 Birchbox Man had over $33 in value, plus I get $5 in points for reviewing my items and $2 for purchasing the box (on an annual subscription). Valuewise this was a decent box and as for the items I thought they were all very useful and better than getting a “high value” card wallet or something.

Visit Birchbox Man to subscribe or find out more, or check out all my Birchbox Man Reviews. You can also check out the Birchbox Man Beard & Shave store.

December 2014 Five Four Club Review & Coupon


Five Four Club is a men’s clothing subscription club – sign up, pick a style profile and your sizes, and get clothes every month. My style profile is a “mix.” This box shipped mid December and we received it last week – we were on vacation. It came with a square of Ghiradelli sea salt dark chocolate.


Ladner and Jupiter Socks ($24) I like the fun but not too crazy patterns on the Five Four Club socks.


Burton Pullover ($68) I love this upgrade to the classic hoodie. Having a styled sweatshirt and still be able to keep warm and wear what I want is perfect for this winter.

IMG_8216Jalon Fashion Tee ($44) This is the short sleeve (and charcoal) version of the shirt we received last month. I wish the style had been different, but the softness is fantastic. Five Four has the softest shirts.

I love the hoodie in this box so I’m very happy with it, but I wish the shirt was a little different, just for some variety. Hoping for some new accessories over the next couple months for the spring.

Currently save $15 off your first month with coupon code AFMOMMY15.  You can see all my Five Four Club Reviews here or sign up for Five Four Club. Also, new – see my guide to Five Four Club Jeans and Pants Sizing.

The SubscriptionFive Four Club
The Description: Five Four Club provides a subscription box for men with stylish, on-trend clothes. Upgrade and progress your wardrobe. Create a style profile in about 60 seconds and get monthly packages of clothing and accessories up to 75% off retail. Boxes are allotted by a points system. Each monthly membership fee gets you 10 points.
The Price: $60 per month.
The Deal: Get $15 off your first box with Five Four coupon code AFMOMMY15