Robb Vices Subscription Box Review – January 2019
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.
The packaging is a real showstopper. It’s kind of like opening a suitcase in a Bond movie.
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.)
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 January 2019 Review
This month’s box is “fountain of youth” themed!
The box comes topped with a thorough booklet about the items inside. This little booklet is photographed and printed beautifully, and explains more details about all of the box contents. This sub s generally filled with a hedonist’ dream mix of products but it looks like this month we are going to be experiencing a more demure selection, full of healthy and revitalizing items. Interesting!
I know a few people were really bummed that this month’s box didn’t have its customary bottle of booze, and I kind of agree. This sub is pretty much known for it! I get why they included this non-alcoholic option in terms of keeping on the theme, but I am looking forward to next month’s libation. If they had to send a non-alcoholic option though, this was a great choice! I loved the dry and barely sweet flavor and the bubbles. The mix of white tea, cranberry, and ginger was super refreshing. Admittedly, I added gin to it. Delicious.
Cocoa Bliss, 8.34 oz – Retail Value $59.95
Firstly, the sticker price of this cocoa is a little insane. I get that it is no ordinary hot chocolate, but that is REALLY expensive. Because if this, I wish I could report that it isn’t delicious, but it really is. In addition to being super chocolaty and rich, it is also full of beneficial things like turmeric and cinnamon. Interestingly enough, it also contains Anandamide, a molecule which triggers a dopamine release, and is likely where the Bliss part of this product’s name stems from. It was really delicious in an almond milk and banana smoothie. Another random thought is that I could have done without the style of the website which basically makes you scroll down forever to find a price and floods you with so much information that its a little frustrating.
Also included were some recipe cards to try with your new ceremonial chocolate.
Turmeric Tea Drops, 1.6 oz – Retail Value $10.50
I have gotten so many turmeric products within the last few months that I am admittedly a little burnt out. The novelty of this one is the handy individual serving pucks that easily dissolve in water. I actually really loved them because they are less spicy than the others I have tried and just sweet enough to be tasty on their own. I also managed to dissolve these in cold water without much trouble! It was also very tasty with warm vanilla almond milk.
Now, this I can get excited about! We received a trio of skincare products from Hommage. Technically, this is a men’s skincare line, but as a skincare junkie, I was more than a little excited to try it out. My husband also agreed to test these out, which I think is helpful since his skincare routine is non-existent and he will give a novice’s opinion.
Hommage Purify Face Cleanser, 120 ml – Retail Value $50.00
The smell if this face wash is incredible. It smells like a man who could fight a bear and build a fire out of wet logs. It is truly delicious. The formula itself wasn’t as great, though admittedly I have different needs than most men do when they wash their face. I need a wash that can easily remove my makeup, which this did not do. I am a big double cleansing advocate though, so I just started with one of my stronger cleansers and then followed up with this one. Along with the incredible scent, it did leave my skin incredibly soft. While I would not buy this for myself again, my husband really liked it and I have no problem enjoying the scent while my bottle lasts.
Hommage Awake Eye Serum, 28 ml- Retail Value $90.00
This eye serum had no scent and was a light, clear, gel formula. It burned just a little bit on the delicate skin under my eyes but I have to admit it did make me look mighty awake! I would guess this stems from the healthy dose of caffeine in this formula. It also has Sodium Hyaluronate, which is a difficult to pronouce molecule that holds up to 1000 times its weight in water, meaning this serum gives your eyes an immediate hydration boost which makes it look more firm and plump. The serum absorbs almost immediately and leaves no residue. Will thought the product was fine but did not understand why he would need to use it. Adorable.
Hommage Fortify Face Moisturizer, 28 ml – Retail Value $30.00
This also has that incredible masculine scent that I loved in the face wash. It seriously is so strong and wonderful. If you dislike a strongly scented facial moisturizer, this might not be for you, as the scent is bold and lasts for at least an hour. The moisturizer itself is not as heavy as I personally like, but my husband loved it. He doesn’t wear a daily cream so the lighter feel is probably more in line with his preference. I did find this moisturizer to have a matte finish and reduce redness.
2GOBRAND Shoe Cleaning Kit – Retail Value $19.99
I feel like this sub always includes at least one item that makes me scratch my head and wonder how it fits the theme. This is that item this month. Though I have no idea why it was included, I actually really needed a shoe cleaning kit because my favorite boots are covered in mud from a recent forest photoshoot. They are a weatherproofed nubuk leather, so getting them wet will not stain or damage them. I brushed most of the dried mud off then applied some water and cleaning solution to the brush. I then scrubbed the remaining mud off the shoes with ease. Although this is an odd choice for this box, I have to admit I used it immediately and it worked well. This makes it a win for me personally.
Verdict: This Robb Vices box was kind of a departure from the normal gluttony I have come to associate with it. I have mixed feelings about this. Last month we got a $100 bottle of wine, chocolate, and cured meats, while this month we got an alcohol free option, tea drops, and healthy hot cocoa. Depending on your lifestyle, this might be an upgrade, but this box didn’t really get exciting for me until the skincare. I did really enjoy each of the three Hommage products and love the idea of my husband getting more into skincare through this line. The shoe cleaning kit was super random, but I did find it useful immediately, so I can’t complain. I am estimating the value of this box to be around $267.44, which is a good value for a $174.90 box IF you love the products inside. If you were super set on booze and other darker delights, this month might be a little health conscious for your liking.
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 ($159.95 + $14.95 shipping to PA). The average cost of each of the 7 items is $24.99.
Alternatively, here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- TOST $4.58
- Cocoa Bliss $39.21
- Tea Drops $6.87
- Hommage Face Wash $32.70
- Hommage Eye Serum $58.86
- Hommage Face Moisturizer $19.62
- Shoe Kit $13.07
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