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Robb Vices Subscription Box Review – April 2019

Robb Vices May 2019 subscription box review

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. 

Robb Vices May 2019 subscription box review

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

Robb Vices May 2019 subscription box review open box

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.)

Robb Vices May 2019 subscription box review all contents

About Robb Vices Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Robb Vices

The Cost: $389.85 for a 3-month gift box membership ($129.95 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 April 2019 Review

Included is a handy booklet with all of our product info. This one is filled with beautiful photographs, in-depth product info, and a huge section dedicated to the Robb Vice Mother’s Day shop and discounts.

This month is very much inspired by Japan and includes some Onsen skincare items, a Yuzu fruit beverage, and a beautiful bottle of Soto sake. Let’s take a closer peek.

Onsen Secret Japanese Beauty Nuggets Sample Kit

I have always wanted to visit an authentic Japanese Onsen, but since I don’t think that will ever really happen I was excited to try these skincare samples from a USA based company that sources many of its ingredients from an authentic Japanese spring. Our little box contains 5 samples of all different formulas, which is a great way to try out this line’s full range without making a huge commitment. Included were samples for an aloe cleanser, eye cream, wrinkle release cream, lifting mask, and body lotion. Although Onsen Secret does sell different varieties of these little sampler kits I couldn’t find this exact one and it looks like each has a different priced based on the contents you choose and each pack has 7 samples of the same product. Since ours was a mix of 5 samples, I wasn’t quite sure how to estimate value, though they can range from $2.95-$19.95 depending on the product you want to try.

Onsen Secret Japanese Hot Spring Mineral Bath, two 1 oz bags – Retail Value $14.95

I love a good salt soak, and this box includes two pouches so I can enjoy it twice! I generally use something like this in either a bath or a foot soak. I was really pleased to open the first bag and find that instead of loose salts, they are contained in some sort of mesh bag, which means less mess and I am going to attempt to use one of the bags twice and see what happens. These smell incredibly ‘healthy’ and herbal, like a treatment at a very high-end spa. These soaks contain rare minerals (tourmaline and coral!) and plant extracts from an actual Japanese hot spring. Along with being totally relaxing, they also help to detox your body.

Onsen Secret Healing Minerals Body Lotion, 6.8 fl oz – Retail Value $17.95

This lotion has a scent that somehow reminds me of sunscreen, but in a really light and enjoyable way and with an aquatic, fresh element. Formulated with Onsem Secret’s proprietary blend of Onsen hot spring minerals, seaweed, shea, rice bran oil, and vitamins A, C, and E, it is really moisturizing, but also super light! It absorbed easily and left my hands feeling velvety and pampered.

Onsen Secret Daily Hydration Moisturize+Protect Cream, 1.7 fl oz – Retail Value $187.00

This cream smells heavenly! This light cream is formulated with peptides, hyaluronic acid (BAE), resveratrol, green tea, aloe, lavender oil, and vitamins A, C, and E. It is very lightweight and absorbs almost instantly, leaving a slightly matte finish which I found perfect for wearing under my makeup during the day. Though it was not heavy enough for a night cream, I really loved that it wore well during the day and didn’t interact negatively with my makeup. Though it doesn’t contain SPF, I have no problem applying some separately or using an SPF heavy foundation to supplement. I love when luxury creams come in an air-free bottle because it keeps them fresh longer and protects from contaminants.

Yuzu Sparking Beverage – Estimated Value $4.00 (Buy a 3 pack for $12.00)

I thought I would reserve this sparkling beverage to mix with the included sake, but I am impatient and ended up drinking it alone at my desk. I love, love, love yuzu because it is a different kind of citrus, much less “sweet” than oranges or even grapefruit and much more flowery! It has a tart finish that is borderline bitter, but I just adore it, especially combined with the fizzy aroma of the florals. This was really good ice cold and tasted very fresh and healthy. Made with only three ingredients (water, yuzu, and cane sugar) it even tastes pure and minimal, and you can even see little rind particulates floating around inside.

SOTO Sake, 720 ml – Retail Value $44.99

I have only really ever tried sake at a hibachi restaurant and only because the chef kept yelling at me from behind the grill and squirting it into my mouth. While that experience was.. something.. I was excited to try a high-quality sake that I could sip from a cup rather than a squirt bottle. This is certainly some pure sake! Our booklet informed me that this bottle is filled with what is considered to be a Junmai Daiginjo variety, and while I don’t know what that actually means in terms of taste, it is considered pretty elite in the sake world. Soto literally means ‘outside’ in Japanese, and I enjoyed a cup of it in my backyard right after some spring rain. It has an immediate fruity taste and was smooth as silk, only getting a little hot at the very end when swallowed. It had aromas of plums and flowers but was also very fresh and light with a little green in there. The bottle includes a denim cloth that you can use as a coaster, which is great because I recommend it as cold as possible and that often means a sweaty bottle when shared over a meal. I didn’t mix this beautiful sake with anything because it was truly so good all on its own. I always appreciate a lovely bottle too, because I keep my bar on my kitchen mantle, so it better be pretty as well as tasty!

Verdict: This Robb Vices was another great one! I love when this box blends skincare and booze, and this month they accomplished this seamlessly, in a way that felt highly curated and very authentically themed. I didn’t even know I enjoyed sake until this box, but this incredibly drinkable variety really won me over and makes a beautiful addition to my mantle-bar. I think I might be a sake convert! The skincare items felt very “high-end spa” and I loved every bit of it. The yuzu soda was also delicious and I plan on ordering a few more if I can’t find anything similar locally. This box is worth around $268.89 without considering the sample pack. That is a pretty decent value for a $145 box in my book, especially one that was so well curated and contained such special items, though if you didn’t love that super expensive cream, you might not be as thrilled as I was.

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 costs $144.90 ($129.95 + $14.95 shipping to PA). Here is what you are paying per item (minus the sample pack!):

  • Bath salts $8.06
  • Onsen Lotion $9.67
  • Onsen Cream $100.77
  • Yuzu bevvie $2.16
  • Soto sake $24.24

Alternatively, each of the items has an average cost of $24.15.

Check out all of our Robb Vices Reviews and check out the best subscription boxes of 2019!

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Written by Megan


I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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Comments (36)

  1. I also love your reviews. I think they are honest and fun and don’t necessarily play to the vendor. This sub is too costly for me however.

    • Thanks so much Missann. <3

  2. I always love the curation of this box but the prices is too much. I can’t afford to prepay and I definitely can’t afford to do nearly 200/month on monthly.

  3. Love the new picture format! Honestly, I was getting a little frustrated scrolling through so many pictures of each item to get to the review. This is perfect!

  4. The sake in this box is a repeat from a few years ago. It would’ve been unhappy to get it again if I was still subscribing. Always seems like RV is trying to recycle old stock.

  5. Megan, just wanted to mention, you stated you were storing the sake bottle on your bar. It says “keep refrigerated” on the bottle. Don’t want that yummy stuff to go bad so I thought I would point that out in case you missed it.

    • EEP! I am glad I never took it out after opening. Thanks!

  6. Omg, loving the new photo slides!

  7. I wanted to chime in and say I also love the slideshow photo format – makes it much easier to navigate the review posts in particular. I love that you guys are always thinking about ways to improve the site!

    Also, about this box….do RV boxes ever go on sale for non-members? I’ve followed this sub enough to realize that it’s not a good sub for me (too many misses) but I love everything in this particular box.

    • Past boxes go on sale all the time. They just had a buy 1-get 1 free deal. It may still be going on. And no, you do not need to be a member. You log on as a guest. Just sign up for their emails to know when they have deals (which is all the time). The shipping is higher ($25, I believe) but the boxes are hugely discounted. I have bought 2 boxes and several items from their store in one order and I was charged $25 shipping for the entire order so it’s not $25 shipping per box.

      • Thank you! I just signed up for their emails and will have to keep an eye out for this box.

  8. I like the box, but this was the April box. They’ve been late the last three months, so it came in May.

    • Thanks for the heads up Carol! I was going back and forth but RV is so secretive with spoilers I couldn’t verify. I will get this changed! Thank you again <3

  9. I like this box, but this is the April box. They’ve been late the past few months.

  10. I agree with everyone that the photo slideshow format is HUGE! I hope this is a gentle format upgrade for all MSA reviews from now on.

    Also, Megan, you’ve really become my favorite MSA reviewer. Your reviews are thorough and honest, and you inject enough humor and personality to give it a truly authentic feel instead of sounding like a copywriter for the box. Please, keep these well done reviews coming! I wish all the reviews on MSA we’re as well done as yours.

    • This made me smile! I am thrilled you are loving my reviews. I try to write as I speak, and often times that means bt of silliness, but we are all pretty silly deep down, right?

      Ditto on the gallery love, I am pretty over the moon about it!

    • Hear hear! Love the honesty too.

  11. Love the new format too

    • galleries are my new favorite thing! Thanks for reading Adeline!

  12. Great review! I dropped RV many moons ago and have never regretted it, but this is a box I would have been very pleased with. If it ever goes on sale in their shop, I may pick one up. I like the new photo format too.

    • Thanks Sammee! Even if you don’t grab the whole box, you should totally get your hands on some of that sake!

  13. Another great review, Megan! I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a hibachi grill where they squirted sake into your mouth lol! All we get is the usually flip a shrimp on your plate and the volcano inside rings of onions.

    Also, I love the new arrows for the extra photos, less scrolling is so handy!

    • I got pretty tossed that night. There were many chants of SAKE! SAKE! SAKE! and I was too polite and also too much of a lush to decline.

      • LOL! You’re so funny. I would have done the same though! I love the new picture format. I quit reading a lot of the reviews because of all of the tedious pictures. Much better!

  14. Love the slideshow photo format!!!

  15. Forgot to say I love this month’s box.

  16. I came here to say the same thing about the format. Thank you! I put that in the survey – the number of photos for booklets but you solved the problem beautifully.

    • We are loving it too Zo! Thanks for the positive feedback <3

  17. I LOVE the new photo format! Definitely makes it much easier to scroll through the reviews.

    • Ditto!!!!

    • Yes!!! Great improvement

    • Yes! This format is great!! This month’s box is pretty good too.

    • Yay! Glad to hear it! Thank you for letting us know 🙂

      • Love the new photo format.

        This was actually the April box though, not the May box.

      • Hey Joy! Thanks for the heads up. We updated the month! 🙂

    • Same here, love love new format. Such a huge positive improvement

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