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Culture Carton Men’s Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2018

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Culture Carton is a monthly lifestyle box for men. Each month you’ll receive curated lifestyle items and literature to enhance your gentlemanly status.

Reviewed by popular demand!

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Culture Carton has three subscription options: Essential (just the lifestyle items for $35 a month), Standard (lifestyle items and book for $45 a month), Book Club (monthly book shipped to you for $16 a month).

This is a review of the $45 a month Culture Carton Standard.

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

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About Culture Carton

The Subscription Box: Culture Carton

The Cost: $45 a month + US shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code CULTURE to use code CULTURE to save 20% off the first month of all subscriptions.

The Products: A curated selection of men’s lifestyle items and a book “that belongs on every man’s bookshelf.”

Ships to: US for a varied cost. Shipping to SC is $7.55. International shipping varies.

Culture Carton May 2018 Review

My husband, John, is helping me with this review by testing all of the products and giving me his perspective. The box is larger than normal this month so let’s see what’s in it.

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An info card with an introduction to the month’s theme and contents is included. This month is “The Sun and Shade Box”. The items are perfect for the transition from spring to summer.

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan – Retail Value $16 (Found on sale here for $11.29)

May’s book is a modern look at the music industry. Multiple characters with multiple storylines keep you on your toes and challenge you to keep up with the details. The print is big and easy to read. While neither John nor I are very music-centric, it’s always interesting to explore a world you don’t know much about.

Book summary on Amazon:

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

National Bestseller

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner

PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

A New York Times Book Review Best Book

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Prime Shades Venice Sunglasses, Black/Gold Blaze – Retail Value $29.99

I’m happy to say that these matte black acrylic sunglasses have polarized, reflective lenses. Very reflective! They’re lightweight and comfortable to wear. I think they look good, but John thinks they are too large and round for his face. So, I’ll probably be wearing these this summer until he decides he likes them. 🙂

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Hank Sauce Camouflage Hot Sauce, 8oz – Retail Value $14

This hot sauce is delicious! It has a sweet and tangy flavor but packs a punch with heat from the cayenne peppers. It works as a condiment or as a sauce to cook with and it adds so much flavor. We’ve used it on eggs, chicken, and tacos so far and it has been great for all of them. There are 0 calories and carbs, so it can easily fit into a keto diet like ours. I’m happy with the generous size too – it will last us quite a while.

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Wolf Clothing Co. Midas Feather Lapel Pin – Retail Value $12.99

With many summer weddings coming up, it’s nice for John to receive an accessory to snazz up his suit. This gold feather lapel pin is simple yet eye-catching and suitable for any occasion. Accessories are just not something John buys for himself, so he appreciates receiving them in boxes.

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Dude Shower Wipes, Pack of 10 – Retail Value $9.99

These big body wipes are 8”x9” and made from a thick, plush cotton-like fabric and loaded with enough product to scrub down your face plus any other less-than-fresh body parts. They truly are fragrance-free and made from ingredients that I feel good about. John likes that they are durable so don’t fall apart when scrubbing his beard and that they don’t leave behind any weird residue. For $1 a piece, they do a great job when a shower just isn’t possible.

The Verdict: This is another good box from Culture Carton. John is enjoying a book he hasn’t read before and we both love the hot sauce. The curation was great and really stuck to the “Sun and Shade” theme. I like that the items covered several different categories like body care, accessories, and food. I also like the emphasis on products from small, specialized companies. I’m excited to see what kind of items are included next month!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Sign up now for the July box.

Orders placed before the 15th of the month will be shipped on 15th-17th of month. all orders placed after the 15th will ship the following month.

Coupon – Use code MYSUB10 to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: The box costs $52.55 (including shipping) and I received $82.97 in value, That means I spent approximately the following on each item:

  • A Visit from the Goon Squad Book: $10.13
  • Prime Sunglasses: $18.99
  • Hank Hot Sauce: $8.87
  • Wolf Clothing Lapel Pin: $8.23
  • Dude Shower Wipes: $6.33

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Written by Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home…she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.

Posted in Book Subscription Boxes, Culture Carton Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Men| Tags: culture carton | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. Tiffany, your husband is such a neat and well- groomed looking man, it’s refreshing to see in a review here.

    I am sure he’d look good in any sunglasses. The two of you are a great looking couple- very well matched. 🙂

  2. Hank sauce is delicious and John is such a looker 😉 I love the photo of you waving in the reflection of his sunglasses!

    • I came to say the same thing! Such a cute couple and photo! And the sunglasses do look great!

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