Robb Vices Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2017
Robb Vices is “a membership program centered on a monthly delivery of storied treasures.” Each month, they send a collection of curated products and/or experiences.
Subscribers should expect boxes to include “vices” like “exceptional wines and spirits to enjoy, foods to taste, tools, toys, accessories, and gadgets.”
Items are packed securely in laser-cut foam.
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: Robb Vices
The Cost: $74.95 + shipping (For reference, shipping to DC is $7.95.)
COUPON: Use code MSAVICELOVE to receive a bonus gift in your first box when you sign up for a 6- or 12-month subscription!
The Products: Each box contains a curated selection of products and experiences and provides subscribers with a taste of the good life!
Ships to: Robb Vices is no longer accepting new members from the following states: KY, PA, ND, SD, UT, AL, DE, MS, and MA. (Note that current subscribers in these states will be able to continue their subscriptions, but that no new subscriptions in these states will be accepted.)
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With each shipment, Robb Vices sends out a glossy booklet that outlines the products and curation story of each box.
This month’s booklet talks about how vices are most enjoyable when you’ve worked hard for them. How beer tastes best after a sports victory, for example, or how a delicious meal is even more delicious when you’ve earned your hunger through hard work. January’s box includes items with this idea in mind. So many subscription boxes focus on healthy eating and detox in January, and I like that Robb Vices has taken a slightly different approach to the idea of healthy living. It’s nice to see a box that isn’t so much about making up for bad choices as it is about finding the right balance between health and indulgence so you can better enjoy the vices to come!
With that in mind, I’m not at all surprised to see that the hero item this month is a health tracker!
Misfit Ray with Black Leather Band – Value $119.99
Huzzah! The Misfit Ray is a sleep and fitness tracker that automatically tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep patterns. It comes with three small batteries and doesn’t need to be charged.
I currently have an Apple Watch that I use for fitness tracking, but before that, I had a Misfit Shine, so I’m pretty familiar with the brand. Like a lot of fitness trackers, you don’t get a ton of detailed information from the Ray itself, but it does communicate the basics pretty well— when you tap the tracker, different colored lights will flash to let you know how you’re progressing toward your daily goal. (You can set up daily goals and access more detailed info in the Misfit app.) The Ray will also alert you to calls and texts, and you can set an alarm through the app so the band will wake you up using vibrations. (I haven’t tried using the Ray as an alarm yet, but I like the idea of waking up to gentle vibrations instead of a buzzing alarm!)
Another interesting feature of the ray is that it’s waterproof! (The leather band isn’t waterproof, though, so if you want to use it to track calories burned while swimming you might want to pick up a set of sport bands from the Misfit site.)
Here’s a picture of the Ray on my wrist:
I’ve been wearing the Ray for a couple of days, and I quite like it. I feel like it gives me access to basic info whenever I need it, and I don’t mind having to delve into the app if I want more detailed information (like my total number of steps for the day).
My favorite thing about the Ray, though, is definitely the design. I think it’s one of the most stylish trackers I’ve ever seen. The sleek, modern shape perfectly suits my personal style, and I love that it’s all black. Very chic.
Here’s a shot of the Ray on my husband’s wrist, too:
I really like the way it looks on him but he isn’t really a fan. (He thinks the thin band gives the tracker a delicate, feminine feel.)
Apotheke Binchotan Charcoal Candle (11 oz.) – Value $36
Next up is this gorgeous soy wax charcoal candle. I immediately started laughing when I saw this in the box because I just bought this exact same candle a few weeks ago!
I’ve been burning it for the last several weeks, and I absolutely love it. The aroma is deeply fragrant and heady with notes of sandalwood, amber, patchouli, and wood smoke. It’s been sitting on the counter of my (relatively small) bathroom, and it’s the kind of candle that manages to fill the room with fragrance even when it’s not lit.
This is a good sized candle, and it has an estimated burn time of 50-60 hours.
Next up are two different products from nature-based, vegan skincare line Radice Organic.
Radice Orange Blossom Water – Listed Value $50
Radice’s Orange Blossom Water is a toner that “delivers powerful antioxidants and astringents to tighten pores and prepare the skin for moisturizing.” I’ve been using it for the last couple of days, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s very moisturizing (not at all drying like harsh, alcohol-based toners can be), and the aroma is lovely. It smells just like orange blossoms— citrusy and floral. The aroma does linger, though, so if you don’t like the smell of orange blossoms I’d advise applying it with a light hand.
Radice Blackcurrant Cream – Listed Value $75
Robb Vices also included Radice’s Blackcurrant Cream, a day and night facial cream. It has a serum-like consistency, and the bottle is fitted with a dropper top dispenser.
Radice developed this cream to help protect sensitive skin from the environment, and it’s recommended for those who experience redness and dry patches. I have sensitive, combination skin that always goes haywire around this time of year. I’ve definitely been experiencing dry patches and redness, so I was excited to give this cream a try! It’s a lot lighter than my go-to winter moisturizers (Laneige’s Water Bank Moisture Cream and It’s Skin’s Creme d’Escargot), but I found it to be surprisingly moisture-rich. It absorbed quickly and left my skin feeling light and hydrated. The smell of this cream is great, too. It smells just like sun-ripe berries!
Nomader Water Bottle – Value $19.95
Have you ever gotten a subscription box that feels like it was curated just for you? I’m really feeling that way about this box. I swear just last week I almost bought this exact water bottle!! A friend of mine was telling me about how she swapped her stainless water bottle for a collapsable one because she loves being able to roll it up and toss it into her bag when it’s not full, and I thought, “I should get one of those!” So, well done Robb Vices for reading my mind!
This bottle is great for everyday use, and I think it’ll be perfect for travel, too. I like that I’ll be able to tote it around in my carry-on bag and fill it up with water once I’m through security.
Brode Electrolyte Vitamins – Value $24.97
Next up is a 10 pack of electrolyte vitamins. These can be taken with any liquid and provide “more electrolytes than Gatorade with less sugar than Pedialyte.”
The reviews for these pills are really promising. Users report that they’re great to take before an intense workout or a big night out, and quite a few people claim that they effectively prevent hangovers! I’m going to Vegas at the end of this month so…. yeah… these will come in handy, I think.
The YES Bar Macadamia Chocolate – Value $3.49
Last up this month is a Macadamia Chocolate YES Bar. It’s made with organic, whole foods (including macadamia nuts, cherries, and German chocolate) and is free from gluten, dairy, soy, and artificial ingredients.
I’ve had YES Bars once or twice before, and I think they’re great. (Macadamia Chocolate is my favorite flavor.) I’m very picky about nutrition bars, and I think this is one of the tastiest bars on the market.
Verdict: This box is really fantastic, and I kind of feel like it was curated just for me! (Get out of my brain, Robb Vices!) The skincare items are great, I love the candle, I’ll get a lot of use from the water bottle, and I’m excited to try the electrolyte pills the next time I travel. I’m even excited about the fitness tracker. Even though I already have one that I use every day, I’m glad that I now have one that I can use for swimming, and I think it’ll be interesting to try tracking my sleep patterns. I’m always happy to receive health-related items in January, and I’m thrilled that Robb Vices managed to curate a health-centric box that still feels luxe and high-end. Best of all, the combined retail value of the items in this month’s box is approximately $330. That’s incredible!!!
What do you think of this box from Robb Vices?