LOT Subscription Box Review – November 2017
LOT, put simply, is a monthly subscription box of essential supplies for everyday use. But that is also understating things, well, a LOT.
Here’s how their website puts it:
LOT is a subscription-based service which distributes a basic set of clothing, footwear, essential self-care products, accessories, and media content. The clothes are dispensable: as they wear out they can be bundled and returned, eliminating clutter.
And to really understand the vibe here, I recommend watching some of their video content:
Is LOT the lifestyle subscription of the future? An unsettling art piece? A doomsday prepper kit for minimalist hipsters? Come along with me on this journey, and we’ll… probably not find many answers. At all. But we will see some pretty interesting things along the way…
LOT offers three levels of subscriptions to choose from—the Basic plan ($49.00 per month for a pair of socks, a shirt, briefs, and a random item), the Advanced plan ($99.00 per month for the Basic items plus a self-care product or an accessory), or the Free plan, which gives you access to digital content from various contributors.
My Subscription Addiction paid for the Basic plan, but LOT was kind enough to bump us up to the Advanced plan for no additional charge. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: LOT (Advanced Plan)
The Cost: $99.00 per month
The Products: A monthly set of “dispensible” socks, briefs, and a t-shirt, plus accessories or self-care products ranging from soap to (no joke) a tattoo gun.
Ships to: 20 countries, including the US. Find out if your country is included by emailing here: [email protected].
LOT November 2017 Review
In every LOT shipment, you’ll receive a few standard issue items. They are:
Black Crew Socks
These socks are comfy, calf-height socks that fit my feet with a little extra wiggle room. The LOT logo is knit into each ankle in white. As with most LOT items, they come in a package with cryptic messages printed on it, like “LIFE REVIEW” and “AND KEEPS ME OFF THE CHANCE.” I’m not too far from writing all of these weird phrases on Post-It notes and making a “FIGURE OUT LOT” wall in my office like I’m solving a string of murders on Law and Order.
Black Boxer Brief Underwear
These unisex undies aren’t the most flattering as a curvier lady, but they’re fine for putzing around the house. Having my name printed into the tag is new as of this box… Seeing “GOOD WORKS” printed on the packaging isn’t.
Black Woven Pants
The pants are a new clothing item in the box (last time I got a shirt). When you sign up for LOT, you input some information to guide sizing. The subscription centers around men’s sizes, but women are shown wearing LOT items in some of the photos, so I figured I was safe to give it a go. These pants, however, are cut so narrow that I don’t think I’ll be wearing them around anytime soon. There’s just no space for this booty to go! I might reach out to LOT customer service (which you easily access via text message) to see about swapping them for a different size (exchanges are free!), or I might pass them along to a narrow-bodied pal of mine. They are SUPER nice pants made from 93% cotton and 7% spandex. I feel like you could wear them as comfy errand pants, but they definitely would pass at the office or something formal. (Will there still be parties in the dystopian future? I feel like I’d wear them to a dystopian future party.)
Oh, and in case you didn’t see—these babies came in a silver foil sleeve with things like “THE TIME IS NEW” and “LOOKOUT FOR THE SHADOW” on the front and a Mickey Mouse smile on the back surrounded by “EVEN IN LA THERE AM I”. Sometimes this box gives me such strong Stranger Things/Upside-Down vibes…
Moving right along, we’ve got a bag of accessories and essentials to explore.
I’ll talk about the deodorant in a second but I can’t go any farther without noting that the bottle says “WEEPING”.
I feel bad because every part of this subscription suggests that I should be taking things very seriously. But this is, like, a lot of gravitas to give a stick of deodorant, right? “WEEPING.” I’m giggling. I’m sorry. Back to business.
I’m not too proud to say that I am an avid sweater. Picking a deodorant that works perfectly with my body chemistry is tough. This one put in a good effort, though. It wasn’t the greatest against odor, but it did okay if I was just hanging out at work all day. I’ve also gotta say that it feels really nice. That might sound weird, but seriously. The formula is creamy and soft, and while it did leave some white marks behind, it was kind of a moisturizing treat I didn’t expect.
You should know that there’s zero scent here. It does contain aluminum chloride (which is an ingredient some people prefer to avoid), so it’s not the most natural pick. But if you’re easily bothered by scents, you will be shocked by how scent-less this is. No lotion-y scent, no coconut-oil-ish aroma. Nothing. It’s kind of impressive actually!
Next up is a pretty standard case of floss in LOT’s signature non-descript packaging. Okay, it does say “VALE OF TEARS” on it, but otherwise, super simple. (Yes, I giggled about “VALE OF TEARS” just like I did “WEEPING”.) In terms of performance, well, it’s floss. Nothing special. But handy nonetheless.
Might be superficial of me, but I feel very hip using a black toothbrush on my pearly whites. The package says “FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION”, and I am definitely considering it—I don’t really understand the slit in the middle, I’m realized. I think maybe it’s to make it easier to hang? But part of me thinks LOT designed it this way in order to let you, I dunno, slide it onto your utility belt or something like that. I can at least say that it feels soft and efficient. And of course, it looks really cool and modern sitting on my sink.
Black Measuring Tape
Last but not least, we’ve got a unique little measuring tape! There’s a little bar on the end of the tape that fits into a slot on the side of the plastic handle so that you can measure around things as well as in a straight line. Pretty cool! I like that it has a handle, too.
Did you notice the website on the plastic part? When I looked it up, I got a big blank page (or at least one that refused to load). If anyone sees it, tell me what you got!
The Verdict: This is my second LOT package, and while I’m not sure that I “get” the idea yet, I can say that I’m really impressed by the quality of the items and most definitely, the commitment to the aesthetic they’re creating. If you know someone (ideally someone who fits easily into men’s clothing silhouettes) who is all about the next cool thing or at least a futuristic take on minimalism, then this subscription box is totally for them. It’s a little weird, yes, but I can honestly say that I’ve gotten great use out of almost everything I’ve gotten thus far. And when they wear out, I just return them to LOT.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, though what accessories and extras you get may vary from what I received.
Value Breakdown: This package cost $99.00, meaning the average cost of each of the 7 items inside is $14.14.
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