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Robb Vices Subscription Box Review – October 2018

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Robb Vices is a monthly luxury subscription box that sends subscribers a carefully curated assortment of high-end lifestyle goods that help you indulge your vices. Look forward to accessories, home decor, electronics, food, kitchen gadgets, and booze, booze, and more booze! The subscription is somewhat geared towards guys, but we’ve found that most of their boxes are perfectly unisex. 

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The packaging is a real showstopper. It’s kind of like opening a suitcase in a Bond movie.

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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.)

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About Robb Vices Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Robb Vices

The Cost: $159.95 per month + shipping, or save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: Each box contains a curated selection of products and experiences and provides subscribers with a taste of the good life!

Ships to: Robb Vices ships to all states except ND, UT.

Robb Vices October 2018 Review

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The box comes topped with a thorough booklet about the items inside.

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robb vices mezcal info

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There are brand spotlights and recipes, all paired with beautiful photos.

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Mezcal Añejo by Illegal Mezcal – Retail Value $109.99 (found here for $98.99)

Before this box, I don’t think I’ve ever had mezcal straight before. I’ve had it as part of cocktails, but having it alone really helped me understand the nuances of this drink. I can only speak as a mezcal newbie, but I found this cocktail to have the same smoky zap as scotch tends to give off. Apparently, this recipe is aged in American oak, French oak, and used bourbon casks, which explains the campfire vibes of this potent spirit. It’s definitely an acquired taste, but it’s piqued my interest!

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Nude Glassware Skull Whiskey Glasses – Buy 4 for $115.00 here

OooOOOooo! These glasses are perfect for Halloween, though I wish there were more! You only get 2 packaged loosely (though safely), despite the fact that there are sold elsewhere in sets of 4. They have a nice heft to them, thanks to their thick bottoms. But the real showstopper is the skull face in the glass—it’s a spooky surprise as you take a sip, especially if you’re not expecting it!

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Habanero Kill Sauce, 5 fl. oz. – Retail Value $7.00

I’m not the biggest hot sauce fan—I don’t enjoy the sweat and sniffles I get when I go anywhere above a medium heat—but I’m not opposed to dribbling a teensy bit on my scrambled eggs or burrito, either. This hot sauce brand has a rather intimidating name, but I found this garlicky blend to be rich and flavorful. I could see this filling in just fine when I run out of Cholula.

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Jalapeno Kill Sauce, 5 fl. oz. – Retail Value $7.00

This version of Kill Sauce has a slightly lighter, crisper taste than the habanero style. The best way to describe it is that it literally tastes a bit more green than the other one. The site suggests using it on things like tacos, veggies, salads (whoa… like in a dressing? I’ll have to try this…), and margaritas (also going to have to try this—I haven’t ever put hot sauce in a marg, but it sounds interesting…)

Verdict: The items in this month’s Robb Vices box were a lot of fun, but I’m not sure the value is really there for me, compared to the cost of the box. The mezcal is a cool addition to my bar, but I’m kind of meh on the hot sauces. (They’re good, but I’ve got more than enough hot sauce in my pantry right now—some of which came from past Robb Vices boxes!) I wish I’d gotten a full set of the glasses, rather than just two, but I suppose it is typically just my partner and I drinking together at home. Maybe he and I will cheers to Halloween with a cocktail tonight! I will say that I feel like this box was a solid representation of Robb Vices’ vibe—it’s typically a combo of booze + something edible/fancy.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Sign up by the 1st of the month to receive that month’s box.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $174.90 (cost + $14.95 shipping to PA). The retail values for the hot sauces and mezcal add up to $123.99, but there are still the high-end glasses to consider. (A full set of 4 costs over $100, so I’d bet that two are around $50.) That means that the average cost per item based on the cost of the box would be $34.98 (and that’s counting each individual glass and each individual hot sauce bottle as one item, rather than a set).

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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 Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: vices | 40 comments

Comments (40)

  1. Spoilers are posted on their instagram. I hate not having the forum anymore because my box arrived today (will pick up tomorrow) and I of course want to see spoilers before opening! I think my husband will like the box but not sure of the RV for the items included to see if it was worth it. Can’t wait for the review!

    • If anyone wants $25 off their order from their reserves site (enter “vicesmember”) you can use my one-time code gx9w3h-peq7ch ends Sunday December 2nd at midnight. I won’t be using it so anyone can have it.

  2. Should have included 4 glasses. With just two it’s not nearly as usable almost forces you to buy more to complete the set. Hot sauces were also lame. Agree one of the weakest boxes so far.

  3. Wow I just seen the price increase and the shipping went up from 7.99 to 15ish. I can believe they went up around 60 dollars. I understand shipping completely but I am really shocked right now. The boxes have gone down a bit compared to their first year.I read comments and not to many are even subscribed anymore and they surely aren’t gonna get many new subscribers with that huge jump in price. Gosh this box was the box to beat a while back. I feel bad for them honestly.

  4. Man, I was grandfathered in at $69/month and even then I couldn’t justify keeping it. I got screwed so.many.times. The art gift certificate, the prime beef certificate, the gym membership, the fake fondue pot, I could go on. I am curious who is paying at this rate.
    It’s too bad, because the idea of it was great, I thought.

    • Ditto

  5. I think this is a great box if it was at the old price. For nearly $200, I’d rather just go wild and go to a liquor store during sales.

    I would love the mezcal, the skull glasses, and the hot sauce. But not $200 love them.

  6. I can’t even believe the cost of this box?!? I cancelled almost a year ago and haven’t missed it at all. We got maybe 2 great boxes and the rest were so not worth the cost. I honestly can’t believe they’re still in business.

  7. This box lost my complete respect after the art debacle last year and the way they handled it. I thought it was shameful.

    Oh and the price is like, WHAT?!!!

  8. I quit this box last year, although we had enjoyed most of the ones we received. The best one was the Stelle speaker, we use it all the time.

    I was disappointed they never sent me the free gift that was promised when I signed up. Also, when my paid subscription was up and I canceled, the price to rejoin was much higher. I could not justify it knowing how much more each box would cost me. I can’t believe how much higher the cost has increased since then, with much less in a box!

    • Oh golly, the Stelle speaker box was the first and only box I got. I ended up with the wood one and it looked like 70’s wood grain wallpaper, it was also heavy and not as good as the Bose my boyfriend had already. Glad some liked it though. I still have not been able to get rid of it and its sitting in the box with the vouchers and headphones in the hall closet lol.

      I have been watching the sub climb in price as well. While some boxes might intrigue me most are just fails for my life style.

      I will say I have gone out and bought (at much cheaper prices) some of the booze seen in the reviews!

      • If you’re on the swap site the stelle speaker was a highly coveted item. I’m pretty sure you’d still be able to swap it for RV have more space in your closet and have something you truly want instead.

      • I was accepted but then I was reading one review and a ton of people were talking about how they were ripped off on the swap site in large swaps by people not shipping….. made me chicken. Perhaps I will have to actually try it myself. Thanks for the advise!

      • Start off small. I know some people have taken advantage of new people. Swap samples and things that won’t cost a lot to ship and you won’t care if the swap fails till you feel comfortable and read reviews about the person you’re swapping with! Those tell you a lot! Not just the rating but what people say. I haven’t had a bad swap yet, granted I’ve only done about 40 but at the end of the day the speaker isn’t doing anything for you anyway so at least this is a shot at something better. Good luck!!

  9. So Cult Crushes $3 price increase was worth a blog post but Robb Vices almost doubles their month to month price and there’s no mention except a line in the review. I don’t understand the logic.

    For $174 this is ridiculous.

    • Right? I was wondering when the price jumped up so much.

  10. This is actually the September box. They are a month behind in shipping boxes at least to those of us not buying a one off box.

    • They skipped September and they’re adding a month at the end of your current sub

  11. The value is dubious at $100+ shipping and non-existent at the new month-to-month price. At this point why even have that option, since it’s clear they don’t want people to sub the way

  12. You can get similar skull glasses at most dollar store, granted not artisan made but they have a skull at the bottom. Hot sauce, ok there are bottles I have bought for $7 so I will give them that. But basically I could buy the bottle of Mezcal for the $95 (less if I use BevMo points), 2 dollar store glasses and the hot sauce all for $111. Sad you paid $174.90 (well technically you didn’t but if you sub’d instead of reviewed you would have.).

    • The glasses are very heave and well made, not at all what you can find at the dollar store!

  13. Was considering but now a hard pass. No way

  14. Too booze heavy to be of interest to me. And I like booze. This makes me reconsider the Breo box.

  15. So you’re essentially paying full RV for this stuff now. Heck no

  16. Those skull glasses are super cool and look solid and expensive. Would love to get some, but am not sure about that price point. 🙁

    • A set of 4 at WIlliam Sonoma is $95.

  17. When did this box go up to 160$????? Plus shipping? I thought it was like, 100$ ish plus shipping? Its redic if thats not a type-o. None of their boxes are worth that price, specially in the last year….

  18. So actual breakdown because this isn’t magic hot sauce for $35 a bottle you would be paying the low awesome price of (182 RV I rounded up on the glasses) not counting sale prices for each item:

    Mescal $105.71
    Glasses set 55.73
    Hot Sauce 1 $6.76
    Hot sauce 2 $6.76

    Also they sell the old boxes and this one in particular on their site for $129 so not sure what the point of subscribing to them would ever be at this point.

    • I didn’t see a shop on their site – can you point me? Thanks!

      • The shop is on a completely different site from the subscription site for some reason. It’s vicesreserve dot com.

  19. I think the price calculation might be incorrect! I thought it was $99.95 a month?

    • I was shocked too… nope. Month to month is $159 PLUS shipping. It’s $100 a month is you prepay for the year. Apparently they kicked up the price by $60 over the last month!!

      Not sure why that wasn’t mentioned in the review… They practically doubled in price from last month to this month!

      • That’s insane for the price to go up so much as their boxes get lower in value. I check in on their Facebook page every now and then. I looks like they’ve been having ongoing shipping issues as well. My guess is that this sub is in trouble.

    • The price averages to $99.95 a month if you have a prepaid annual subscription. If you’re on a month to month subscription then it’s $159.95 a box.

      • That’s absolute insanity!

      • I am grandfathered in at about $75 a box. Otherwise I wouldn’t continue to subscribe. Same with luxor. Also, I’ve received great. Customer service from them when I’ve had a problem.

      • I am also grandfathered in…but I haven’t been really impressed with the boxes for a while now (although this was a pretty good box for $60). I don’t know whether to resub or not.
        Any thoughts?

      • I’ve been a member for two years now. I cancelled my renewal. I’m moving to Japan so that was the main reason for cancelling but even if I wasn’t moving overseas my husband and I still decided that it wouldn’t be worth keeping. I’ll enjoy my last two boxes and hope things start to get better for them in the future.

      • Don’t and if you really love a box you can still get it after the fact for between $99-129. They will send you email after email about the secret sale. Or at this rate if you really love any or even all the items you can still probably grab them on sale for cheaper than even the granfathered in rate.

        I got rid of them last year and honestly 0 FOMO.

      • Wow, I honestly had no idea that it was so high monthly. I am grandfathered in on a month-to-month basis and with shipping, it’s around $80. I’m keeping it for now, through the end of the year I think. I really liked this box in particular, but I agree that it’s taken a dive this year.

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