Men’s Health Subscription Box Review – Fall 2016
The Men’s Health Box is a quarterly box from Men’s Health magazine. They set out to include a set of life-improving products that were featured in the magazine. It includes everything from small snacks to the latest in fitness tech.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Box: Men’s Health Box
The Cost: $89.99 + $8 S/H To US
The Products: a mix of fitness, food, tech and grooming products four times a year. The content of each box is selected by Men’s Health editors, represent best-of-class products that have been tested and, in most cases, featured in the magazine.
Good To Know: For the review, I’ll pull the values from the card, but also check some websites for more pricing information.
The box comes with an informational card that includes detail of every item in the box, including the price.
Addaday Mini Hexi Roller – Value $25
The first item is a self-massage tool. Addaday is a company dedicated to making self-massage tools, and the mini-hexi roller is meant to hit a number of different areas of the body.
It even comes with a card to introduce you to the hexi roller and give you ideas on how to use it. I’ve tried this as lumbar support and on my feet – it’s a solid foam that has a little bit of give, but it provides nice resistance during use.
NUYU Activity Monitor – Value $49
NUYU Activity Monitor is a little versatile step and sleep tracker. It’s very similar to the numerous choices on the market, except that, 1) not rechargeable and requires a coin battery, and 2) it has two different mounting options for the tiny tracker.
This is the basic kit. It includes a wrist strap, magnetic clip, the tracker itself, and battery.
I’m trying it right now on my wrist. It’s very lightweight and the strap is thinner than most wristwatch bands – I think it’s making it more comfortable to wear and less of a burden. It has one simple interaction, just swipe right on the screen to cycle through all of your statistics.
The second wearable option is a magnetic clip. Wear it on your waistband, sleeve, or neckline – it’s easy enough to switch around and wear it as your outfit might require. The magnetic clasp is strong, too – so I think it should hold well while on a jog or run.
Also, like most activity trackers, you’ll be downloading an app and syncing it to your phone to keep track of your history. It will work without the app, but you’ll only have the data for that day.
It also comes with a little booklet that includes some coupons for their other products.
Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey Pour Homme – .5 OZ – Value $40 ($29 on Sephora)
I’m not really one for cologne, but this had a rather pleasant scent. It has a citrus floral scent, so it’s not your typical men’s cologne smell – I would definitely use this in the future!
This is also the travel size, which is the smallest they offer. I love the bottle design!
Billy Jealousy Gold Standard Multi Wash – 16 OZ – Value $36
I’m loving the scent of the body, face, and hair wash! I’ve explored a couple Billy Jealousy product in my Birchbox Man boxes, so I was pretty familiar with the brand – and I’m pleasantly surprised how subtle but nice the scent was. Liz approves! I love getting the full-size 16 OZ bottle as well – I’ll get some great use out of this.
Anthony Hand Cream – 3 OZ – Value $22 ($16 on their own site)
Another brand that I’ve had some experience with in Birchbox Man is Anthony.
This really softened my hands, and more importantly, didn’t really have a strong scent!
Niche Body Wipes – Value $2.99
The last grooming-specific item of the box was a travel set of Niche face and body deodorizing wipes.
The two packets have one wipe in each. Unwrapped, it looks like a Swiffer pad – it’s not super wet or super strong with scent. These are small enough to fit in your pocket – but it’d be nice in a smaller package to easily carry these around.
Bombas Athletic Socks – Value $12
I love a love/hate relationship with Bombas socks. They are so comfortable to wear, and their design does keep them from coming off or bunching. But, I have an odd thing with my feet – the area where the honeycomb design applies pressure is an area of my foot that is apparently sensitive to that pressure. So these can leave me in some pain.
If you haven’t tried Bombas yet – I suggest it, they’re so comfortable that I keep tryign them again and again in hopes that the pain goes away.
Tie Car Dress Socks – Value $8
They also include a pair of dress socks from Tie Bar.
These are breathable and light. I also like that they come pretty far up on my calves. I’ve been into fun socks for the past 6 months, so these are now in the collection.
Tie Bar Pocket Square – Value $10
They final fashion item also comes from Tie Bar. This time, it’s something that I never use – a pocket square. Even though I do use them, I do like the design of this one – it feels like Space Invaders!
Sencha Naturals Mints – Value $2.50
On to the food and nutrition category! The first item is a pack of Green Tea Mints.
These are sweetened with coconut sugar! They’re pretty tasty, too, but I disliked the aftertaste.
Sweetwood Beef Jerky: Fatty Jalapeno Stick – Value $3.50
Delicious! This beef stick is pretty standard, which a little bit of jalapeno that didn’t really spice it up too much. It was a bigger beef stick, though, it was about the diameter of penny – it was really good!
Sencha Naturals Matcha Latte Instant Mix – Value $2
Just add this packet of instant Matcha to hot water – it couldn’t be more simple. Liz and I both agree – this is really good, we’re going to buy more for the house!
Skout Backcountry Trail Bar: Apple Cinnamon – Value $2
The last two products are from Skout Backcountry. The first is a trail bar.
This is their Apple Cinnamon flavored bar. It was nice a soft, which i like in a trail bar, and tasted really good – I like it!
Skout Backcountry Pumpkin Seeds – Value $6
The final item in the box is a pack of raw pumpkin seeds sprinkled with pacific sea salt. The consensus on these were that they need so much more salt! Not our favorite.
Verdict: Wow, this box was FULL – and that’s to be expected for a $90 price tag. This comes in well over the $90 price as well – the values from the card add up to $221, and for the most part, those values held true online. This is a great way to get introduced to some of the products highlighted in the magazine – I don’t think I would have even actually bought and tried this instant Matcha tea, but now I kind of love it!
What do you think of the Fall Men’s Health Box? Do you subscribe?