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LOT Subscription Box Review – January 2018

lot 2018 package laid flat

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:

I’ve been getting LOT for a few months now, and I still have a lot (pun intended) of questions. One thing’s for sure, LOT has a super minimalist, practical aesthetic and a futuristic edge. As part of your subscription, you’ll also get looped into LOT emails, which include intriguing, edgy content like Soundcloud playlists, video, and novel-worthy thoughts from the LOT creators.

items coming out of lot 2018 package

There’s lots new for LOT this year. They kicked off 2018 with this email about some of their updates:

lot email

Household items! Seasonal wear!

LOT profile

As they mention, they’ve established profile pages for their users where you can list or update your sizing information, give them feedback about what items you do/don’t use, and even tell them a bit more about your needs and “environment”. Oh, and the profile also makes getting replacement items really simple. If for instance, I change my pants sizing after they’ve already sent me a pair, they’ll make sure to send a replacement pair in the next box, no questions asked.

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 only gives you access to the digital content.

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).

all items in the lot january 2018 order

About LOT

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 January 2018 Review

lot items bundled inside package

It’s always an adventure seeing what LOT has in store for me each month. Some things are a surprise, but there are a few staples that I get month to month:

white lot package

white lot package from the back

black socks in a roll

black lot socks

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. The packages that LOT items arrive inside always have some kind of weird, dot-matrix-printer-style info on the outside. Some of it is product information. Some of it is… not. This pack of socks, for instance, included the words “SHE WAS LIKE” and “YOU’RE SO CONSIDERATE” on the white plastic package. The back says “OH, SO CONSIDERATE” and has “LO(S)T BOYS” printed over and over across the one end.

white lot package from other side

lot package

two pairs lot underwear

black lot trunks

black lot trunks from behind

Black Boxer Brief Underwear

At the moment, most LOT items are unisex. In previous months, I’ve found the boxer briefs to be comfy, but not exactly made for my curvy body. Using the LOT account tool, I switched up my pants size recently, so I think these are actually slightly bigger boxers than usual. They at least feel roomier… There’s no size listed anywhere on them, but I think they’re slightly more forgiving (unless that’s just my mind playing tricks on me). It would make sense, too—when you change up your size settings, LOT sends you the item in the new size in the next box. In other words, since I changed my pants settings after last month’s shipment (which included boxers), they sent a pair to replace last month’s boxers. The reason you see two pairs is because boxers come with every pack. So I got a pair for this month, and a pair to replace last month’s.

More importantly, the identical packages say “DO YOU EVER THINK OF ME?” on one side and “LET IT DIE, I GUESS” on the other. Is it just me or does this LOT shipment feel a little more emo than usual?

silver lot package

black lot sweatshirt laid flat

black lot sweatshirt reverse side

name tag in sweatshirt

black lot sweatshirt

black lot sweatshirt from behind

Black 2046 Sweatshirt

This is another repeat item. It’s a comfy cotton sweatshirt with a unisex cut and the numbers 2, 0, 4, and 6 embroidered into four points on the back of the shirt. The silver package it arrived inside says “DIVIDE THE LIGHT”, “FROM THE DARKNESS”. and “YOU ARE IN CHARGE”. Empowering stuff.

So, I’m still a little foggy on what exactly the LOT story is, but I get the feeling that there’s some kind of apocalyptic bent to it, like the world will end in 2046. They bring 2046 up a lot, so it has some kind of significance. I was telling my friend Tim about the weird and wonderful LOT, as I was wearing this sweatshirt while over at his house. I mentioned the fact that some of the messages on the packaging has a biblical vibe to it, and he said, “Oh yeah, like how the numbers are in the sign of the cross on your shirt.” To which I said, “Wwwwhhhhaaaaaaat?” He’s absolutely right—not only are the numbers in the shape of a cross, but he showed me that they’re ordered in the same pattern Christians follow to do the sign of the cross on themselves. (“In the name of the Father”—2, top center—”and of the son”—0, bottom center—”and of the Holy Spirit”—4, left, and 6, right.) So, the religious vibes seem legit. But why they’re there? Eh, I’m chalking it up to an attempt to the creator’s to seem edgy, but let me know if you have any other insights!

black toothbrush in plastic sleeve black toothbrush from the side

black toothbrush

Black Toothbrush

This black toothbrush is a new monthly addition. (I first got one in the November package.) It’s a good little toothbrush, and the gentle flexibility of the black plastic handle means it’s soft and gentle on my teeth and gums. As for the slit down the center of the handle? I’m not sure if it has any function other than making the item lighter to carry, but maybe you could string something through it or tie it onto your belt in the event of an emergency (which I’m guessing LOT believes will be the apocalypse…).

Nothing to see in terms of packaging here. It’s almost a little disappointing when the package just says “TOOTHBRUSH” and nothing cryptic.

floss in plastic package

white floss


Floss is also a repeat item. The last one I got said “Vale of Tears” across the front, making it the most epic pack of floss I’ve ever encountered. This one is still pretty high drama—it says “THE AGE OF TIME” on the front. The floss is pretty typical quality and works well. I keep my last one in my desk, so this one might live in my bag for easy access.

soap container made of plastic

elastic secured soap container

soap container

soap container open

lot soap container and soap

lot soap wrapped in black paper

black soap

Soap Travel Container and Soap

Last but not least, we’ve got a very sophisticated plastic soap container. It looks almost military quality, or at least way more “tactical” than I’d presume a soap container to be. It’s hard plastic with a stretchy band that secures around it. Inside, there’s a paper-wrapped bar of black soap, which can sit on a small sponge inside. There’s no scent—it’s very much function over form with this item. The packaging here says “RELATIONS WITH THE CHOSEN PEOPLE”.

The Verdict: I don’t think LOT would ever consider doing a pre-Valentine’s-Day-themed box, but if they did, this would probably be it. Usually, all of the weird slogans on the packaging are oddly biblical and lofty. This month, some of the slogans sounded like lyrics from a moody teenager’s poetry book. No hate—it was just an unexpected shift in tone. I’m still really happy with the quality of everything I’m getting from LOT. The pack is $99.00, which is literally a LOT to put down, so I’m happy that what I’m getting is nicer and lasting. The apparel is comfy, washes like a dream, and goes with everything. (A big thank you to my fave color, black.) That said, I might’ve wanted a few more small items in the box, since with only 6 products, the average cost of everything (including small stuff like the floss) is pretty high. I’m stuck wondering if I’m just enjoying a minimalist subscription box or becoming a pawn in a very involved, somewhat eerie art project!

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 6 items I received (not counting the extra pair of underwear) this month is $16.50.

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

Posted in Clothing Subscription Boxes, LOT Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Men, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: lot | 34 comments

Comments (34)

  1. @anna We need more LOT!!!!!

  2. I live in a black uniform by choice for many years. I love the concept of a subscription box for these basics, if they are of really high quality.
    Just a quick question for Anna.
    Is the quality of the clothing comparable to say, Fruit of the Loom or is it more James Perse quality?
    What would you compare it to?

  3. I look forward to this weird and wonderful review every month. I keep waiting for the month you’ll finally get the tattoo gun, Anna. 🙂

  4. Okay, I still find this sub somewhat disturbing if not just creepy, but the reviews are making it more intriguing by the month.

  5. I love the reviews for this box. I think part of what you’re paying for is the intrigue and intertainment.
    And I was thinking about that split in the toothbrush. Maybe it’s supposed to help you squeeze your toothpaste?

  6. I find it all weirdly interesting and the reviews just take it in stride without getting all hyperbolic and seeing conspiracies in every random lyric printed on a package of underwear. 🙂 Personally, I take the bits of writing as a kind of bibliomancy — ask a question and the first random thing you read or hear is your answer from the universe. It amuses me that your toothbrush or socks may bring you your random wisdom for the day, depending how you take it. Overall, nonplussed. But I am intrigued and enjoy the reviews. No way I’d spend $99 a month on it but it does kind of inspire me to think about replacing one or two items of my own each month with a perfectly selected black replacement. I like black clothes and accessories.

  7. I was feeling a little depressed today and when I started reading this review I just simply cracked up with laughter so hard I couldn’t even see to keep reading until I calmed down. I appreciated Katy’s explanations but couldn’t they get their message across in a better way than stitching numbers on the back of a sweatshirt? I also appreciate Dea’s response regarding the review of this sub. She is right on point and others need to lighten up a little and enjoy Anna’s narration.

    • You are so sweet, Virginia! Glad this unlikely box gave you something to smile about today, hehe!

  8. I enjoyed your explanations. Makes sense to me but why include it in a subscription box.

  9. Does the underwear have your name labeled in like the sweatshirt?
    This sub is definitely controversial and I’m intrigued and want to see more. I don’t think I have seen a “just signed up” comment ever for this sub, but at the rate they charged for this box, maybe they don’t have to worry about that…haha

    • Confirmed! My name is in the underwear, too. Don’t try to steal ’em! Hehe!

  10. Please keep reviewing LOT I know some people don’t like it but that’s how a lot of subs are, I’m interested in this and it’s easy for people that don’t like it to skip the reviews for LOT and others they don’t like.

  11. This subscription never ceases to intrigue me. Especially when I start googling. So please excuse the super long post. Analytical research is absolutely my thing and I would hate to see this sub no longer reviewed because it is not liked by some.

    The phrase vale of tears (Latin vallis lacrimarum) is a Christian phrase referring to the tribulations of life that Christian doctrine says are left behind only when one leaves the world and enters Heaven. The term “valley of tears” is also used sometimes.

    I googled the Age of Time which took me to references to the Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan. There are seven ages in the Wheel of Time and it’s an epic story of the Chosen One defeating the Dark One and putting him back in his prison. It’s fiction, but the reference does appear to fit in with Lot.

    The phrase “divide the light from the darkness” is used two times in the creation narrative, once in the first day of Creation, saying: “God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4) and once in the fourth day of Creation, saying: “God set them (sun & moon) in the firmament to give light upon the earth … and to divide the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:16-18). So what’s this about?

    Well, since AD 2008, I’ve known God’s 7 Creation Days EACH foretold of a future 1,000 year period on planet Earth for a complete master time plan of 7,000 years. But more than just that, the 7 Creation Days also EACH contained secret prophecy about the most important event to occur during that particular millennium. So, with this in mind, Creation Day 1’s words “and God divided the light from the darkness” foretold of the fall of mankind (Adam & Eve) in the Garden of Eden, during Earth’s 1st year, afterwhich good (light) and evil (dark) were separately discernable (divided) in their hearts!

    Well, what about the fourth day of Creation? This is the day God created the “greater and lesser lights” (the sun and the moon) which foretold the coming of Jesus and John the Baptist, during the final 30 years or so of Earth’s fourth millennium leading up to Christ’s DEATH during year 4,000. Jesus was the true light, like the sun, and John the Baptist was a reflecting light, like the moon. John merely bore witness of Jesus’ light, just like the moon merely bears witness of the sun’s light!

    But what about the phrase: “God set them (sun & moon) in the firmament to give light upon the earth … and to divide the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:16-18). This spoke prophetically about the ministries of Jesus and John the Baptist – they lived, taught and preached what is right and what is wrong. In other words, they were sent to DIVIDE the light from the darkness! All of Jesus’ and John the Baptists’ moral teachings were based on the 10 Love Commandments, for “obedience to them” is good (light) and “disobedience to them” is evil (dark). Yes, truly, Jesus and John were sent to “divide the light from the darkness”, as are ALL true prophets of God!

    “Do you think of me”, “so considerate, oh so considerate” are lyrics from a Foo Fighters song called Let It Die…

    “Relations with the Chosen people” more than likely refers to the relationship between the Jewish people and God.

    And the 28 years left…2018+28= 2046.

    • Thank you Katy for your research! That was a fun read. I love a good story! I’m an atheist so this is fun fiction to me.
      I do hope that they are just bored millennials trying to shock the establishment. I hate the proselytizing, but that is just me. The nametags in all the clothing almost makes up for it.
      If they are serious about the apocalyptic crap, I expect to see a weapon option, perhaps bi-monthly. Perhaps more survivalist stuff. Maybe food replacements! lol!!
      But then again, a tattoo gun will be needed for the end times.
      I love seeing this one reviewed. Anna is killing it!
      The discussion is so fun. It amuses me how many of you take this nonsense so seriously!
      More reviews of the weird subscriptions please.

  12. I posted a comment about how ridiculous this sub is and how there are so many great ones that could be reviewed and aren’t. It has not been posted. Not sure why.

    • Hi Wendy,

      I appreciate the feedback. We’ll use this to make decisions on what to review in future months.

      • I like the review for entertainment value 🤓

      • I also love seeing this sub reviewed and very much want to see what items are being added this year.

      • I agree I want to see what they add and I don’t think anyone of us can judge what someone buys in a subscription box. These are wants not needs so don’t call people stupid for paying what you wouldn’t.

      • Me too. I always feel so much glee when I see a LOT review posted

      • Same here. I feel like the curators are working overtime to look woke, and I find their attempts to do so pretty laughable.

      • Liz

        Count me among those who really hope you will continue reviewing this sub!!

    • No more ridiculous than the Blessed box or gajillion other boxes. Let people live.

    • Personally, I don’t see any value in geek boxes, but I recognize that others really enjoy them and that’s good enough for me. I just skip those reviews.

  13. Okay, I’d totally be into underwear that says “let it die, I guess.” Very Kylo Ren of them.

    • Oh my gosh, no DOUBT Kylo Ren would subscribe to LOT!!!

  14. This is the most ridiculous sub I have ever seen reviewed. Someone is getting $99 for $10 worth of merchandise. It’s not cool or edgy, it’s stupid. Just my humble opinion. There are so many nice subs that aren’t reviewed on MSA and this is…why?

    • This sub is one of my favorites to see every month as well! So thought provoking.

      • Agreed, it is thought provoking. I like reading about it and actually enjoy the thoughts behind the items.

  15. I find this intriguing but come on… I can find basic minimalist items similar to this for much less money. I’m not sure what we are supposed to be paying for here?

    • We are reading for free. Anna is paying for the intrigue of the main question – who the heck shells out $99 a month for existential angst navel-gazing in too much non-biodegradable plastic packaging?

      I used to think and worry that Anna would disappear one day. But even people who try to emulate Fox Mulder in real life with cryptic phrases and black clothing will not jeopardize a $99-a-month golden goose. Anna is safe, as long as she keeps subbing to them.

      • Anna is not paying for the box. Msa is. And as it states, LOT upgraded the box for free.

      • …i’ve noticed, some posters don’t seem to understand that “My Subscrition Addiction” is a business–they get paid to do this…it’s a great gig, no doubt…

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