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Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box Subscription Review #TIM08

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanFeb 7, 2015 | 11 comments

Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box Subscription Review #TIM08 Box

Timothy Ferriss is one of the original Quarterly curators. Here is Quarterly’s bio on Tim:

Timothy Ferriss wrote the #1 national bestseller The 4-Hour Chef. The theme of his Quarterly mailings is obsession—the ideas and objects he can’t get out of his head.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box Subscription Review #TIM08 Items

The Subscription Box: Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box

The Cost: $100

The Products: The theme of his Quarterly mailings is obsession—the ideas and objects he can’t get out of his head.

Ships to: US and Worldwide (additional shipping costs for Canada and International orders).

Delivered via: USPS

Check out all of my Tim Ferriss Quarterly Box reviews!

Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box Subscription Review #TIM08 Letter

Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included and why they were selected. For this box, Tim's box includes “a cheat day-worthy delight, a timeless classic revisited, some beautiful pain you'll relish, a gut check, and a helpful kick in the the ass every morning."

Tim’s letters are a little different – he covers each item in depth in a video.

Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box Subscription Review #TIM08 Biome

uBiome Kit - Value $89

uBiome is a project similar to 23andMe. You swab your microbiome, send it to them, and then they extract the bacterial DNA from your sample, and send you the analysis  (This video explains it very well).

I did a 23andMe kit a few years ago (before the FDA got involved and limited what information they could share) and I found the results to be fascinating, so I'm excited to try this too.

Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box Subscription Review #TIM08 RAD

RAD Roller The Everywhere Massage Tool - Value $25

This little massage tool is pretty impressive. The pamphlet inside includes seven basic massage moves: neck, chest, calf, back, elbow, foot, and hip. I tried it out on my feet so far, and I like it. It's also compact for travel. One thing to keep in mind - I found it to be pretty stiff, but they also make a softer version.

Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box Subscription Review #TIM08 Adam Smith

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness Retail Price $27.95 (On Amazon for $16.25)

Here is the Amazon synopsis for this book:

A forgotten book by one of history's greatest thinkers reveals the surprising connections between happiness, virtue, fame, and fortune.

Adam Smith may have become the patron saint of capitalism after he penned his most famous work, The Wealth of Nations. But few people know that when it came to the behavior of individuals—the way we perceive ourselves, the way we treat others, and the decisions we make in pursuit of happiness—the Scottish philosopher had just as much to say. He developed his ideas on human nature in an epic, sprawling work titled The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

Most economists have never read it, and for most of his life, Russ Roberts was no exception. But when he finally picked up the book by the founder of his field, he realized he’d stumbled upon what might be the greatest self-help book that almost no one has read.

In How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, Roberts examines Smith’s forgotten masterpiece, and finds a treasure trove of timeless, practical wisdom. Smith’s insights into human nature are just as relevant today as they were three hundred years ago. What does it take to be truly happy? Should we pursue fame and fortune or the respect of our friends and family? How can we make the world a better place? Smith’s unexpected answers, framed within the rich context of current events, literature, history, and pop culture, are at once profound, counterintuitive, and highly entertaining.

By reinvigorating Smith’s neglected classic, Roberts provides us with an invaluable look at human behavior through the lens of one of history’s greatest minds.

I'm about 2 chapters into this book, and so far I'm finding it very interesting. (And it is a book I didn't even know about, so it's a good subscription box discovery!)

Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box Subscription Review #TIM08 Ginger

Liz Lovely Gluten Free Ginger Snapdragons (2) - Value $5

I tried a different cookie flavor from Liz Lovely before, and these cookies are by far the best gluten free and dairy free cookie I've ever come across! I shared these with my husband, and he was impressed too (and he eats gluten and dairy, so you know they are really good).

Timothy Ferriss Quarterly Box Subscription Review #TIM08 Clocky


Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels - Value $40

This alarm clock rolls off your nightstand and moves around so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off! Looking at Amazon reviews, apparently the alarm sounds like R2D2 freaking out. The design looks so cute, and as a snooze-button enthusiast, I think I'll give it a try.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $175 - pretty great for the $100 cost. I'm not sure if I'm the target audience for this box, but I've really been enjoying this subscription so far - the items are things I didn't know about, or didn't know I needed, and I think I'll use every single item in #TIM08.

What do you think of the latest Tim Ferriss Quarterly Box?

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!

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I so badly want this box, I hope they have some leftover. I would subscribe but I do not share his love of caffeine.

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This seems really thoughtfully put together! I like.

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I’m trying to figure out who’s the target audience for this box. I like eveything in it just would’t buy it. In all Tim’s boxes there are always super interesting things just not things I would actually buy, like in others subs that come things that I actually need to go to the store and buy at some point. I did subscribe for the Dave’s box since the bullet proof body theme lure me….

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I already have a lot of this stuff so the box doesn’t overly wow me, I do love my clocky though. I am also interested in the UBiome so that would make it worth it. I got the Dean Karnazes box and liked it, but wasn’t wowed, I liked this better so I canceled dean and switched.

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PA Anna

I like the items in this box. I may sign up for his next one. They are always interesting.

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I’ll admit it, this box is awesome. These are all things I would buy if I didn’t spend so much money on subscription boxes. Ironically, I didn’t buy this box.

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Without revealing anything too personal, would you expand on the 23 and me experience you had? Does it tell you if you’re prone to diseases like cancer? I think this would be so worth doing myself if the results are useful.

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Liz Cadman

Originally 23andMe was giving both Health and Ancestral info based on your DNA. Unfortunately, the FDA made them stop giving out health info based on DNA last year, so for your purposes I wouldn’t recommend it until the FDA lifts than ban.

For the health results, they compare your risk of a disease to the general population, and you get a sense of what you might be at risk for and how to prevent it. They also let you know which inherited conditions you have (I found out I am a carrier for cystic fibrosis, for example), and they also let you know which drugs you may have different reactions to than the general population. Then there are lots of other interesting things they are able to determine from your DNA like eye color, lactose intolerance, etc.

Hope that helps – so in conclusion, I recommend it, but only when they bring back the health info part of the service!

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Regarding Cystic Fibrosis, both parents-to-be need to be carriers for the disease itself to be passed down. Therefore, I’d recommend getting your partner tested if you’re at all curious.

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They still give you access to your data which can be uploaded to other free programs which will give you the same health info. Prometheus is one of the programs but there are more. I just got my results from 23 and me and used the service because of the ability to download all the info and use it in other programs free of charge.

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