TheSampleManBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2016
TheSampleManBox is a men’s subscription box that focuses on men’s grooming products and occasionally accessories.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: TheSampleManBox
The Cost: There are two options: $20.00 per month for 5 samples and a gift (no accessories are included in this box), or $25.00 per month, for 8 samples and an accessory. Shipping is free in the United States.
COUPON: Get or give a free box when you purchase a $25 subscription with code TSMFREE1
The Products: “…Samples of the best skincare, beard & shave gear, hair & body wash, and colognes…special wardrobe accessory or cool gadget.”
Ships to: United States
Check out the Men’s Subscription Box Directory and make sure to add TheSampleManBox to your subscription list or wishlist!
Razor Caddy by Razor Saver – $19.99
Razor Gel by Razor Saver – $9.95
This is a caddy for your razor – the company claims that you can increase the life of your razor by 1,500% if you use it in conjunction with the Razor Gel. That’s a huge claim! They have pretty decent reviews on Amazon, with reviewers saying that their razor lasts longer. The process is: put the razor in the caddy, fill the razor caddy with the gel, until it comes up over the head of your razor. When you want to shave, you rinse the razor, and wipe it on a clean towel (going with the blades, so you’re not cutting the towel). I tried the process, and it doesn’t take that much longer than normal, but I can’t comment on the efficacy of the process yet!
This cleanser smells really fresh! It is formulated with lactic acid, polyethelyne scrubbing agents, and sunflower glycerides. There is quite a bit of controversy regarding the environmental impact of polyethelyne in cleansers, so I probably won’t repurchase this one, but if you don’t care about such things, this seems like a good option, and it has good reviews!
Billy Jealousy Combination Code Facial Moisturizer – 2 bonus foil packs
This moisturizer also smells quite fresh, and provides a nice amount of moisture. I wouldn’t use this in the middle of winter, but it’s very nice for a light spring/summer moisturizer.
Sock Smith – Benjamin Franklin Socks – $10.00
Who doesn’t want a stately old gentleman on their feet for a big presentation, or just a first date? I mean, c’mon, these are awesome. Just don’t wear the powdered wig as an added accessory. (These are really soft by the way, and seem like all around great socks.)
Brickell Instant Relief Aftershave – $13.00
This aftershave smells pepperminty, but they offer an unscented version as well! I generally like my facial products to be fragrance free, just because I don’t want to smell something strongly all day – but if it has to smell like something, at least it’s peppermint! This goes on very smoothly, with a bit of a refreshing feel (probably due to the mint). It also has hyaluronic acid in it to aid in the moisturizing process.
This shaving cream also smells fabulous. It smells minty and fresh to me but one of the reviewer’s on the Brickell website describes it as woodsy. Whichever it is, it smells amazing. The formula is very smooth and non lathering – which is great since lathering generally means drying! It has glycerin and jojoba oils in it to moisturize and lubricate while shaving. It is meant to be used without a shave brush, so that’s one less thing to pack in your dopp kit!
The scent on this is described as: tobacco, musk, and motor oil. I am not a fan of the smell. There are mixed reviews on the scent on Birchbox…some people love it, and some people have less positive things to say. It did feel moisturizing enough, but I just can’t stand the smell.
Swago Cologne for Men – $4.99
I received the sampler of all the different scents they offer: VIP, Champ, Legend, and Gentleman. I would describe this as the men’s equivalent of body spray for women. It’s not super high quality smelling cologne, but it does the job for a short while. The really awesome thing about these is that they’re small-ish wipes, so you could throw one into your wallet for scent emergencies (like accidentally using that Das Boom lotion…).
There are so many raving reviews about this lip balm on Sephora’s website! It smells absolutely amazing, and it really feels nice on my lips. My husband considers everything that comes in a tube like this to be ‘lip gloss,’ so he’ll have no problem with me claiming this one as my own.
The hair gel smells great! It is scented with grapefruit and ginger (just like the lip balm), and smells just as good. It has mixed reviews on Sephora. I’m stealing the face moisturizer pack from my husband for my trip to Vegas next week, but many of the reviews are positive, so I’m guessing it will be great!
Verdict: TheSampleManBox I received has a value of about $86.43, not counting the bonus foil and pillow packs. Everything seems to be super high quality, and definitely fulfilling their purpose: to expose their subscribers to a large variety of men’s grooming products to see what works for you. I also really love that they donate $2.00 from every box purchased to St. Jude’s hospital!
We really enjoyed our first month of TheSampleManBox! Have you tried it yet?