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Robb Vices Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 2017

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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.”

The presentation of this box is amazing. One of the best unboxing experiences I’ve ever had! (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: $89.95 + shipping (For reference, shipping to DC is $7.95.) (less with longer subscriptions)

COUPON: Use code MSAVICELOVE to receive a bonus gift 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 ships to all states except ND, UT.

Check out all of our Robb Vices Reviews and find other specialty boxes in the Artisan Subscription Box Directory!

Keep track of your subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription box list or wishlist!

With each shipment, Robb Vices sends out a glossy booklet that outlines the products and curation story of each box.

This month’s box is about inspiring great moments of introspection!

Now, on to the items!

Don Ciccio & Figli Cinque Aperitivo – Value $40

If you want to have the best-stocked bar cart ever, Robb Vices is your subscription! (Most boxes include alcohol.)

This is an Italian-inspired liqueur with a bitter orange peel flavor. (Somewhat similar to Campari.)

They recommend using it for cocktails like an Americano. And Robb Vices even included a unique cocktail, the American Cafe:

We haven’t tried this one yet, but let me know if you’ve given it a shot!

And speaking of illy…

Illy Monoarabica Whole Bean Coffee – Value $12

Admittedly, my husband and I usually stick to K-Cups for convenience, but after opening the can and smelling the beans, we had to make an exception!

Apparently, coffee can lose up to 4 percent of its aroma after 8 hours of contact with air. So, illy created their own packaging to solve for this.

Freshly roasted illy coffee is placed in cans (recyclable aluminum), along with natural, inert nitrogen, under pressure. The process traps essential aromas and protects them for more than a year. Just like fine wine maturing in the bottle, illy coffee is refined in its pressurized environment, becoming rounder than when first packaged as naturally emerging oils mingle with one another.

The nitrogen escapes completely and instantly upon pulling the tab. List for the signature “whoosh” sound when you open your next can. That’s the sound of coffee kept fresh like no other.

Totally worth all that extra work! This single origin coffee is a bold, full-flavored coffee with notes of chocolate.

I wish I could tell you that I could detect the chocolate notes, but my tastebuds aren’t on that level. I did love it, though. My husband Eric loves coffee the most, and he was very impressed with this bean!

Terlato Kitchen Soft Biscotti – Value $13

This boxed set includes two flavors: Tart Cherry + Pistachio, and Dark Chocolate + Almond:

Both flavors were a hit with everyone who helped me try them, and they went perfectly with the coffee, too.

This chocolate has mascarpone cheese in it! (This gluten-free, dairy-free girl is very envious.)

Forever Pininfarina Cambiano Pen – Value $119

This super fancy pen isn’t your typical pen at all – there is no ink!

The pen is an Ethergraph tip (patented metal alloy), which gives it a forever “ink” similar to the look of a graphite pencil.

It’s stored in the case, or you can display it:

Stunning! (And officially the nicest thing on my desk.)

This gives a light “ink” on paper. Here is an example:

It’s faint, but totally readable, and worked on all different papers I’ve tried. (Some slightly better than others.) If you like bold pen strokes, this isn’t for you, but if this soft-pencil look works for you, you have a gorgeous pen for life!

Northbound Notebook – Value $65

Another stunning item that has an heirloom vibe. This feels like the best gift ever for any writer friends or family.

And it comes with a coupon for a free round of paper refils, too.

The leather-bound notebook stays shut with this gold metal clip.

And the paper itself is fantastic! I tried out a few different pens and no matter how much ink I used – nothing went through. You can use the front and back of these pages.

And you can add pages as you go, remove pages, etc.:

I’m not sure yet, but this might end up being the item I use most out of this box!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $249. I think that’s amazing for a $97.90 box, especially for a luxe box that continues to surprise me with quality goods from around the world that I didn’t know I needed! (And this is one of those rare subscription boxes that Eric and I both love equally!)

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up today (10/1), your first box should be the October box.

Coupon Use code MSAVICELOVE to receive a bonus gift when you sign up for a 6- or 12-month subscription!

Value Breakdown: At $97.90 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

What do you think of the September box from Robb Vices

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

25 Comments

  1. Has anyone recieved there extra box that grabbed the deal in August? Is it the hot t March box? My stomach is on fire thinking about it…. 🔥

  2. I work in the coffee industry, and all packaged coffee is nitrogen flushed (yep, even K-Cups), so that’s pretty disingenuous of them to describe it as if it’s something unique.

  3. Hey I’m sure everyone seen that Robb Vice is on Gilt. Com again. Same deal the extra past box for 89 or high with a longer subscription. Of course when you sign up with a new email and get 20 percent off. That what I did in August. A cool Christmas gift though right?

    • I’m going crazy looking for it on gilt and nothing comes up. Hmm how did you find it? I really want that notebook.

      • For a second I thought maybe I ran into the last deal but nope its clearly on sale on Gilt City….. The same deal as before. Liz may want to post it. I don’t know if you will be able to get sept or if you do want to grab it call up Robb Vice and see if its possible…. Ji wonder when I will get my extra past box… Does anyone know?

  4. The pen is perfect for pencil or pen and ink type drawings. The right type of paper helps.

  5. I seem to be in the minority here, but I love both the idea and function of the pencil. I use it to take notes, or just for the pleasure of the writing experience. The technology was new to me, so I never would have purchased it for myself, but I was delighted to receive it in the box. (I actually exclaimed, “This is so cool!” LOL)

  6. I would sign up for this box a minute if they had a nonalcohol option to opt in and out of. I just would not want alcohol every month, maybe just a couple of times a a year.

    • I’ve been wondering how they ship to my state, since my state doesn’t allow alcohol to be shipped to consumers. I wonder if they do offer a non-alcoholic version?

      • They don’t ship to Utah or North Dakota.

        • I’m in Mississippi–generally I can’t do any of the wine boxes bc of the rules. RV used to not ship here but now they do, so I’m not sure how they work that.

          • That’s interesting. I misread your previous post which is why I answered as I did. Is it all of Mississippi or does it depend on the city/county? They may just inform you when you try to sign up that they don’t deliver where you live?

  7. I want that notebook!! Anyone looking to sell or trade? Onlyadoreme aol.

    • Sent you an email!

  8. Tried to order the free refill and contacted North Bound and the refill is free if you sign up for subscription. If not, you can use the 20% off. I appreciate Robb Vices finding interesting and unique finds but this was not my favorite box.

  9. This was my first Rob Vices box, and I’m pretty sad. I’ve never used bitters in my cocktails, and now I know why. I don’t like it. At all. The pencil writes very, very faintly. It’s going to be a gift to a fancy fella that I know, and I hope he likes it. The coffee is nice, the biscotti are okay, and I will use the journal. Overall, meh. I hope the next box is better!

  10. I wish I would have gotten this box. It’s completely my taste. I will have to splurge on it one day.

    Also, this gluten-free, dairy-free girl appreciates those beautiful biscotti pictures. I can’t taste them but I can at least imagine.

  11. Hi Liz, The size of the notebook sent to Robb Vices customers is between A4 and A5 and it costs $55 (not $65 which is the cost of the A4 notebook). You can check it on their website. They list it as the Vice Notebook.

  12. This box is #1 on my wishlist. If I had the $ this would be the best gift for hubby too! I love the pen in this, and everything else. Total luxury right here. Wow

  13. That ‘pen’ looks amazing for art!!! And the notebook is very nice.

    • I am a form follows function advocate and this is a pencil/pen that writes faint at best. It’s not a ‘luxe’ item. It’s useless. I can’t see anyone using this outside of a novelty. It’s an overpriced paperweight and I can’t imagine anyone not getting one in this box, actively wanting one. Who want’s a soft pencil you need to press down hard on to see the result you presented? I can’t believe anyone would pay 119$ for a pencil/pen that barely writes. Emperors New Clothes of the highest order.

      • Who wants a pencil like this? One group I can think of: left handed people looking for a
        pen or pencil that doesn’t smudge all over the side of their hands.

        • Left-handed artist, checking in. I am coveting this pen and wish I had subscribed to this box!!!

          • I am left handed, love to draw and love nice pens. I don’t subscribe to RV because I don’t drink, but I wish I’d gotten this one: the pen is so cool.

      • It actually writes really well on heavyweight art paper. It is definitely more of a sketching pen than writing.

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