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!
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!
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.
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. 🙂