Bulu Box Weight Loss Review + Coupon – April 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 Bulu Box Weight Loss, $10 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Bulu Box Weight Loss
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 be tinkering with their information cards lately. This month, the Bulu Box app is highlighted.
Curoxen First Aid Ointment (foil sample) – Value $0.50? (buy a 0.5 oz tube for $12.99)
This is quite a small sample. Unfortunately, it is also homeopathic (you can tell because of the “2X HPUS” and “3X HPUS” indications on the “supplement facts” label). As a biochemist, I just can’t recommend using homeopathic remedies. They are diluted so much that little to none of the so-called “active ingredients” are still present in the preparations. I am sensitive to Neosporin so I sympathize with people who can’t use traditional first-aid ointments, but this product is basically just olive oil with a little lavender in it.
Quit Tea (1 bag) – Value $0.65 (buy a box of 20 tea bags for $12.99)
There is usually one “oddball” sort of item in Bulu Box and this month, I would assign that title to this product. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. This tea is full of herbs that are supposed to help with some of the common smoking withdrawal symptoms. I don’t know the effects of all of them, although it does contain ginger, which helps settle the stomach, and valerian, which may help you fall asleep. I also received a tea bag in this month’s Bulu Box.
Energems Chocolate Energy in Berry Flavored Dark Chocolate (21 count) – Value $6.66 (buy a variety 3 pack for $19.99)
Three of these guys have the same amount of caffeine as about 1.5 cups of coffee. If you don’t like coffee but need a quick boost, these would not be bad. They also contain some B vitamins, which can provide an additional source of energy, especially when consumed with carbohydrates (one serving has 7 grams of sugar). Unfortunately, these contain confectioner’s glaze, which is an ingredient I’m avoiding, so I will pass them along to someone else. I also received a pack of Energems in this month’s Bulu Box.
Vital 4U Fiber Drink in Citrus Berry Fusion (0.6 fl oz, 2 packages) – Total Value $2 (buy a 12 pack for $12)
These pouches have 3 grams of soluble fiber and only 3 grams of sugar. If you need more fiber, this could be a good option. These are pre-mixed, which is actually a great thing because really doing a good job mixing fiber powder into water requires an immersion blender (in my experience). The flavor is not bad and the texture is better than with psyllium husk (like Metamucil).
Dr. Sinatra Electrolyte Plus Cardio, Berry Flavored (0.3 oz) – Value $0.83 (buy a box of 30 packets for $24.99)
This is an electrolyte, vitamin, and mineral supplement. It is sweetened with real sugar (well, dried cane syrup, which amounts to the same thing only in an unrefined state) and stevia but the calories are pretty low. I am not a big fan of the flavor of stevia (personal preference only) so this was not my favorite electrolyte formula ever. But the sugar in this, combined with the B vitamins, should provide a nice energy source, and it does not have caffeine, which I prefer since I work out at night. At any rate, it is nice to know about all the options for drinks like this so you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.
Smarty Pants Men’s Complete (2 gummies) – Value $0.37 (get a bottle of 180 gummies for $32.95)
Smarty Pants Women’s Complete (2 gummies) – Value $0.37 (get a bottle of 180 gummies for $32.95)
Ah, Smarty Pants. The product I have gotten 15-20 times from subscription boxes ranging from Birchbox to Love with Food. (And I can’t even eat them because they’re not vegetarian.) These are a good source of many, but not all vitamins (they are kind of low in B vitamins, although non-vegetarians don’t generally have a problem getting those). They also only have a few minerals. A full serving is six gummies and has 50 calories and 7 grams of sugar. Just be conscious of the differences between these and vitamin tablets when you make your decision about what to take.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $11.38 for the April Bulu Box Weight Loss. That is not the highest month I’ve ever had, but it does exceed what I paid for the box (got it for $5 with a previous promotion that was offered. Use code MYSUB599 to get your subscription for $5.99 a month)). It was not the most vegetarian-friendly of months but Bulu Box doesn’t promise to cater to special dietary needs and/or preferences. At any rate, I can review my items for points in the Bulu Box shop and get a bit more value out of the subscription. (They have PB2 and Quest Bars, both of which I buy fairly frequently.) I also feel like this month was marginally more related to weight loss than last month – the Energems and Dr. Sinatra electrolytes encourage exercise and the fiber may help you to feel full and thus eat less.
For the record, I’d recommend (1) using our MYSUB599 coupon to sign up for this box and (2) not subscribing to both the regular and weight loss versions, as there is often a fair amount of product overlap.
What did you think of the April Bulu Box Weight Loss?