Bulu Box Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2017
Bulu Box is a monthly fitness and weight loss subscription. The original Bulu Box is focused more on fitness and general health supplements, and they also offer a Weight Loss box that focuses more on diet products.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Original Bulu, $10 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Bulu Box
The Cost: $10 on a month-to-month plan; save with longer subscriptions
COUPON: Use our coupon code MYSUB599 to get your subscription at $5.99 per month, for the lifetime of the subscription!
The Products: 4-6 health and fitness items such as vitamin samples, fitness gear, and healthy snacks.
Ships to: U.S. (free)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Bulu Box seems to have stopped providing information cards listing the items in the box. Instead, you get a generic card. Also, there were coupons/product literature. And, for some reason, a coloring postcard.
Cal-EZ (1 serving) – Value $0.43
If you have to take calcium and vitamin D, you know those pills can be bulky. This is an alternative; it dissolves in food and beverages and is flavorless. (I couldn’t detect it in my smoothie this morning.) I am personally a fan of the caramel-flavored calcium chews, but this is another alternative if you don’t want to swallow big pills. (Also, this is free of binders, gluten, soy, and animal products, so it should work for vegans.)
Gloves in a Bottle (5 mL) – Value $0.37
This product is supposed to help keep your hands moisturized if you wash them frequently by bonding to dead skin cells on the outer layer of your hands and keeping the moisture in. I do wash my hands frequently because I have pets, but I also have some cat scratches on my hands right now (I got a new kitty! He made a valiant escape attempt from his quarantine room and wasn’t very happy with me when I recaptured him!) so I am waiting to try this until those are healed.
Wise Cinnabon Popcorn (0.5 oz) – Value $0.32
Wise Air Popped Popcorn in Sea Salt (0.5 oz) – Value $0.32
I’ve definitely received the Cinnabon popcorn from Bulu Box before. It is OK but nothing earth-shattering. Same with the regular popcorn. I will say, popcorn is a filling snack if you are counting calories, so it has that going for it.
Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bar in Cinnamon Roll (1.34 oz) – Value $1.80
I am a fan of the regular Quest protein bars. This is a new product from Quest. It tastes exactly the same as the “cinnamon roll” flavored protein bar, it just has a different texture, fewer calories, and more sugar (they do a “net carbs” calculation on the package if that is of interest to you). I am interested in receiving other flavors of this in the future, though I will probably stick to the regular Quest protein bars for the most part.
Lavle Belgian Dark Chocolate (0.35 oz x 2) – Total Value $1.25
This has extra cocoa flavanols (antioxidants that are also good for cardiovascular health). Although it is not obvious from the packaging, this does contain milk fat so it is not vegan. I thought these were pretty average-tasting as dark chocolate goes.
Frownies Immune Shield Antioxidant Vitamin E Oil (8 mL) – Value $7.50
Bulu Box has really been hitting the Frownies products hard lately. This is marketed as an after-sun product which makes sense since vitamin E (one of the main ingredients) is an antioxidant that should help fight free radical damage. (Hard to assess after one use, especially when I did not go out in the sun.) Of course, you should also use a good sunscreen for maximum protection. There is a TON of technical information on the ingredients if you click the product name to go to the Frownies website.
Hemaway Fast Hemorrhoid Relief Cream (1 oz) – Value $26.99
First off, I want to make it clear that I am not mocking anyone who has hemorrhoids. I know people who have had them and have heard some stuff about the medical procedures and treatments they’ve had to go through and I wouldn’t wish the condition on anyone.
That being said, I am not so excited to get this as the high-value item in this box. It is not a product I need, and I suspect that is true for many other subscribers, as well. And the website (linked to in the product name) really looks a lot like something associated with an infomercial product.
Plus, as you can see, the label doesn’t look original. So, I peeled it back…
And couldn’t contain my giggles. They slapped a different label on a tube of CVS ointment! I am not sure which exact product this is because I couldn’t get the label all the way off, but it is sold for under $7 an ounce based on this page from the CVS site.
This is the single weirdest item I’ve ever received in a subscription box, hands down.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $38.98 for the January Bulu Box. (Or $18.48 if you decide to go with the CVS price for the cream…) This is actually a good value for a Bulu Box and exceeds the cost of the subscription even if you are paying full price. (I strongly suggest using our limited time MYSUB16 coupon or our MYSUB599, though.)
Re-labeled ointment aside, the rest of the items were actually good inclusions for this box. I am always happy to find out about new products from Quest, the chocolate and calcium were appreciated, the popcorn was sensible from a calorie-counting standpoint, and this is one of the more useful Frownies products, from my perspective.
What did you think of the January Bulu Box?