BuffBoxx is a fitness subscription box for men or women. All products are premium and name brand, and a portion of each box sold goes to charity (you can choose one of the several charities at sign-up).
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Women's BuffBoxx, $49.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: BuffBoxx
The Cost: Women’s or Men’s Pro BuffBoxx for $49.99/month or Women’s or Men’s BuffBoxx Lite for $29.99/month (Lite box does not include Reebok apparel; regular box does); add a Buffboxx shirt for an additional $19.99
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 15% off your first Pro box (MSA15) or save 15% off your first Lite box (MSA15LITE)!
CODE: MSA15 or MSA15LITE
The Products: workout apparel (in the regular box), snacks, gym accessories, and a workout
Ships to: U.S. (free)
BuffBoxx March 2018 Review
BuffBoxx has stopped providing information cards, possibly because there is some customization based on clothing size, dietary restrictions, etc.:
But they do usually give you some coupons and/or product literature.
Sweet Sweat Drawstring Backpack – Estimated Value $18
This item isn’t available on the Sports Research website, so I estimated the value by looking at similar items from a sporting goods store. This seems fairly sturdy and well-made, and didn’t have a chemical smell like some logo printed items are known to have (I got a similar backpack at a conference once that stank up my condo for weeks). I don’t work out at a gym so I have no need to transport dirty clothes, but I use bags like this for carrying shoes (either flats so I can climb the stairs at work before putting on my heels, or for protecting clothes from shoes in a suitcase for travel) or separating out dirty laundry while traveling, so this will get used for one of those purposes.
Sports Research Bone Broth Protein with Collagen – Buy 20 Servings for $40
Well, I thought I was supposed to be getting a vegetarian version of this box, and this item is certainly not vegetarian! I suspect the Sports Research “takeover” of Buffboxx mandated that certain samples be put in every box, regardless of preferences. (We got an email that another item contained fish/shellfish allergens.) Anyway, if you are not vegetarian, collagen can be great for hair, skin, and nails. I am actually trying to find something vegan or vegetarian with a similar amino acid composition.
Your Magic Book for Life by Robert L. Kushner, MD – Estimated Value $5
This is a really weird inclusion, to be honest. This book is hard to find online (Amazon doesn’t have it). It appears to be from a vanity press or very small press from the early/mid-1990s. The advice in the parts I skimmed seems reasonable, but health and medical information changes a lot with ongoing research and this is at least two decades out of date.
Sports Research Marine Collagen Peptides (1 serving) – Buy 12 oz for $32
Here is another collagen product; this is the one to avoid if you are allergic to fish or shellfish. This is unflavored so if you are so inclined, you could use it in coffee or something (it may clump in cold water). I will pass this along to someone who is not vegetarian.
Bite Fuel Power Bites Protein Cookies in Double Chocolate (3 oz) – Buy 3 Bags for $9.99
Ah, Bite Fuel. These are cookies with extra protein and are soft but not too crumbly (despite being a little dry). But, I can’t recommend ordering directly from Bite Fuel. Because once I did (my husband likes their granola), and THIS is the label on the package I received.
Remix Disposable Supplement Shaker – Buy 28 for $28
If you don’t like washing shaker cups, here is a disposable alternative. (On the other hand, if you don’t like generating waste, this may not be for you, because although it is recyclable, you have to rinse it clean before recycling…) This seems to work, especially for something I knew in advance blended easily, but be very careful when applying force because it is NOT as secure as a more solid plastic product.
Sports Research MCT Oil in Creamy Coconut (2 fl oz) – Buy 32 fl oz for $32
Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are supposed to be available for immediate energy use. These are derived from coconut oil and are vegan (and paleo). I started putting these in smoothies way back when because I needed more fat in my diet. These days, I usually buy coconut oil instead (it’s cheaper) but this is easier to measure and I will definitely be using up the remainder of the bottle this week.
Under Armour HeatGear Armour Long Sleeved Shirt – Retail Value $32.99
You’ll get a piece of Under Armour clothing in every BuffBoxx. This month it is a long-sleeved shirt, for a change. This is pretty comfortable and it actually fits me quite well since BuffBoxx lets you choose XS shirts (most fitness subscriptions only go down to S). This is breathable and it does have thumb holes in the sleeves although I don’t typically use those (but they are there if you like them).
Sweet Sweat Workout Enhancer in Coconut (3.5 oz) – Buy 13.5 oz for $49
This is a gel that is supposed to increase circulation and sweating during workouts. It is also fragranced (which I suppose could be beneficial if you are sweating). I am not sure why you would want to sweat more during a workout unless you are doing some potentially dangerous weight cutting practice (like for MMA or wrestling). I tried this out and I guess it worked (it’s also getting warmer where I live, and I sweat more in the heat, so I can’t say which is actually the cause in this instance), but I don’t like sweating and don’t feel it is connected to a better workout, so I will probably not use the rest of the container.
Goodwipes “Down There” Wipes (2 count) – Buy a 32 Pack for $4.99
These are hypoallergenic and alcohol free. They are supposed to be flushable, but I have heard that in general, it is not good to flush anything but toilet paper, so I’d hesitate before testing that aspect of things. As they are scented, I won’t be using them in sensitive areas, but I do always like to keep wipes around, especially for hot days. (I’ve tried other items from this brand before and been happy with them.)
BuffBoxx Drawstring Pouch
There’s always one piece of BuffBoxx promotional merchandise in this subscription and I have to hand it to them, they have never sent the same type of item twice. This month it is a little drawstring pouch.
Verdict: I didn’t calculate a value for BuffBoxx this month because there were a lot of samples and small items, including quite a few values I had to estimate. There were 11 items (counting the wipes as one and counting the promotional pouch), which works out to $4.54 per item. Looking at it another way, the box costs $49.99 and the main item, the shirt, was well over half the value, with everything else on top of that. There were some odd items this month, that’s for sure (like the little book and the gel that makes you sweat), but hey, I liked the cookies and the MCT oil, especially, and the shirt is useful, and some of the other small items will be nice to have on hand.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the April box. There is a lot of customization with Buffboxx, so in a given month, someone else’s box contents might not match mine.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $49.99. The average cost per item (counting it as 11 items) is $4.54 per item. Looked at another way, the shirt is $32.99, which leaves $17 in value to spread out over the other 10 items, making them about $1.70 each, which is a pretty good deal for most of them.
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