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TheSampleManBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2016


TheSampleManBox is a men’s subscription box that focuses on men’s grooming products and occasionally accessories.

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: TheSampleManBox

The Cost:  There are two options: $20.00 per month for 5 samples and a gift (no accessories are included in this box), or $25.00 per month, for 8 samples and an accessory.  Shipping is free in the United States.

COUPON: Use code MSA10% to save 10% off any recurring subscription (2 month subscription minimum)

The Products:  “…Samples of the best skincare, beard & shave gear, hair & body wash, and colognes…special wardrobe accessory or cool gadget.”

Ships to:  United States

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DoohicKey 6x Key Tool by Nite Ize – $4.99

This tool attaches to your key ring and does several things: it can act as a ruler, open bottles, operate as a wrench or flathead screwdriver, and a box cutter.  I think I might steal this one – with all my boxes I receive, I need a good box cutter around!  This is made of stainless steel and seems like it will hold up nicely!

Shrine Boxer Briefs – $19.99

These are a size large, which won’t fit my husband, so we can’t comment on fit or effectiveness of the wicking, comfort, etc.  They feel like sports wicking fabric and seem like they would be very functional for what they promise. They also look very well made, and seem like they would wash well.  They also almost cover the cost of the box completely, which is always nice!


The samples I received here were a pain-in-the-rear to trial – trying to open each little pot without spilling it everywhere was not fun.  They also leaked in transit, which The Sample Man mitigated by shipping in a bag!  Great thinking on their part!  With that said, we generally appreciate Billy Jealousy samples – the products are really good!

Billy Jealousy Lunatic Fringe

This is a pretty strong hold pomade and it does its job well.  The scent is nice and clean (reminds me of the Biolage shampoo scent!).  The amount in the pot wasn’t enough for one day, but it was enough to be able to tell that the product works well.

Billy Jealousy Headlock

This is a strong hold molding cream.  The scent on this one is more cologne-ish, but not super overpowering.

Billy Jealousy Salad Days

This is a body scrub and oh man does it smell great!  It smells like peppermint and citrus – this would be super refreshing to use on a hot summer day.  The exfoliation isn’t super deep but it does the job!

Billy Jealousy Devil’s Delight

This is a beard oil – which we don’t have any use for.  With that said, it is kind of a good thing we can’t use it because this is what leaked in transit. The scent on this one is a bit puzzling to me – it’s pretty heavy and I can’t imagine anyone would want that so close to their nose all day.  Maybe the scent dissipates throughout the day.

Billy Jealousy Hydroplane

This is a pretty thick shave cream.  The scent on this is pretty light and pleasant.  It won’t be sticking around long after the shave, which is a good thing!

Billy Jealousy Cashmere Coat

For conditioner, this sample was pretty small and I couldn’t really gauge it’s effectiveness.  It is supposed to be moisturizing while adding volume, as well as strengthening the hair.  If this did all of those, I might even purchase it for myself!  The scent on this is pepperminty again, which is great!

Billy Jealousy Whipped Cream

This is a traditional shave cream.  It is pretty thick, the scent is lavender and it is packed full of good ingredients.

Billy Jealousy Sculpt Friction

This is a fiber paste…which I don’t really understand.  It looks like it is similar to pomade and it acts quite similar as well. It is a bit thicker than pomade though.  The scent is pretty light – just a faint hit of something clean smelling!


Niche for Men Face and Body Deodorizing Wipes

These are generously sized wipes.  I can see these being handy for travel, to keep in your gym back, or at your desk at work.  The scent is pretty strong at first but fades with time.  They have pretty good reviews over on Birchbox too!

Jack Black All-Over Wash for Face, Hair and Body – $9.50

This is like the ultimate man product for my husband.  He hates having a ton of different products, so he pretty much only uses multi-tasking products.  This will be perfect for travel because it’s right at that 3 oz mark!  The scent isn’t my favorite but it seems to fade quickly.


Game Day Shave Cream

This is made with sandalwood and aloe, along with other great botanicals that help to nourish the skin.  The scent is very light, if you can even call it a scent.  The texture is almost like a whipped lotion – it’s amazing.

Game Day Aftershave Soothing Balm

In contrast to most aftershaves, this is a serum type aftershave, vs an alcohol based aftershave.  This has a very light and fresh peppermint scent to it, that I quite enjoy.  We found that it was very effective at moisturizing after a shave.  I just wish that Game Day posted all their ingredients online – I think that would be really helpful for consumers.


Hair Arousal Wax by Cliff Original – $9.99

This wax is made from sweet almond oil, shea butter, beeswax, nettle leaf extract, horsetail shoot extract, castor oil, and pure essential oils. Cliff Original says that this provides “Medium hold while nurturing your hair and scalp.”  With all of those great ingredients, I have no doubt it would nurture your scalp!  I tried a bit on my hair (I have lots of hair, so I decided to see what it would do!) and it seemed to give a sleek look with a bit of shine.  I like it and may steal it for myself.

Aloe and Mint Lip Balm by Cliff Original – $2.99

There are only so many things you can say about lip balm.  The scent on this one is nice, since it is mint and it feels very emollient.  This also has shea butter and vitamin e in it to add to the soothing properties of the aloe.

Verdict:  I am not going to provide a value for this box, since many of the items didn’t have a size and thus any value I assigned would be a guess.  With that said though, I think this box has an amazing value, since the items I could price come out to about double the cost of the box.  This box is great for trying new items, and they throw in really nice bonus items as well.

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Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Men, TheSampleManBox Reviews| Tags: thesamplemanbox | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. My husband got his February box and loved it! The products are fantastic! I priced out the contents and the value was triple the cost.

    All I can say is wow! I am so happy I chose this box for my husband. I wish there were more recent reviews on here for people to see.


    • Judith,

      Thank you for the great feedback, we’ve tried to get MSA to do another review but was refused.

      We’re glad your enjoying your monthly boxes.


      • Shannon,

        That’s too bad. I really would love to see reviews for the box on here. This is my go to place for subscription box info.

        Is there any chance this sub could be reviewed again?

        Thanks, I really love this site!

    • Just wanted to share that April 2017 is the last month for this box. Pretty sad, it was great and the customer service was wonderful.

  2. Wow, this company has really great customer service! Emailed and got a fast response. Shannon was super helpful.

    So glad I got this sub for my husband over birchbox for men.

  3. I’m intrigued. Is there a reason this hasn’t been reviewed Lately? The Benjamin Franklin socks from May are awesome! Seems too many mens boxes have ties and pocket squares for today’s casual lifestyle. Opinions on this are welcome!

  4. Just got this box for my husband. It’s really nice. I paid $25 and the value of the products was a bit over $50. I think it,’s a good value and nice products.

    • Thanks Judith, we hope to continue impressing you with great brands and products. We value you opinions and comments to help us improve the quality of our products and service.

      Thank you again for supporting us.

      Shannon G.

      • Shannon,
        Thanks for replying. I think The Sample Man is a great box. Do you ever have hair thickening products or antiaging skin care stuff?

        Thanks again can’t wait for the next box. I will give both of them for his Bday.

      • We’ll be sure to add something good for your husband, I have the perfect Trio for his hair.
        Look forward to hearing your thoughts on your next box, without your opinion we can’t get better. We want you to continue enjoying every box.

        Thank you for your support!


      • Thanks you guys are great!

  5. I love this box, and my experience with customer service was phenomenal! I used the coupon code from the last review and they emailed me tracking and when my box shipped. I just received my 2nd month’s box and my tracking for my free box (i sent it to my brother for father’s day). I don’t know how anyone could have a bad thing to say about this company, but then look at politics these days 🙂
    Keep those boxes coming!

  6. Not impressed with this company. I signed up for their last deal where you get a free box with a $25 subscription. After paying for the first box I emailed them to ask about the free box and they said I had to pay for two boxes first. This wasn’t specified in the deal or at checkout. They didn’t even apologize or try to rectify the situation. It looks like I’m not the only one who complained since they are upfront about the terms for this deal.

    • Julia,
      As we stated in our email the terms and conditions clearly stated a subscription was a min. of 2 boxes. We did try to rectify this by offering you the opportunity to complete your order, even in light of your cancelation 4 days post your initial order.
      You were the only complaint and because just one person didnt understand the terms we asked this website to be crystal clear moving forward.
      We are very sorry you had a bad experience.

    • I’m on my fourth box and love the service! Great products and many that are a bit larger and have multiple uses available in them. One last thing is the excitement I get from opening a new box, remind me of opening gifts as a child

  7. Just ordered for my boyfriend. Hoping we get this box and possibly delivered before Father’s Day? This would be great to have his kids give him. 🙂

  8. This is the best box ever, I’ve received 3 boxes so far and each one keeps getting better. My girlfriend even tries to still my products!I can tell you the Shrine Boxerbriefs are super comfortable.

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