Breo Box Subscription Review + Coupon – Fall 2019
Breo Box is a men and women’s lifestyle subscription box that costs $159 ($144 with our coupon) with a focus on the latest tech, home goods, and health & fitness items. 5-8 products arrive each quarter that always seem to surprise me and they come in a sturdy reusable box. I’m thinking of using mine for a planter!
The wooden box ships in an outer cardboard box to keep it neat so you’ll want to reuse it!
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 this Quarterly Lifestyle Box
The Subscription Box: Breo Box
The Cost: $159/quarter. Save with a pre-paid annual subscription.
COUPON: Use code MSA to save $15 off your first box!
The Products: 5-8 essential home, tech, and fitness products a handcrafted, customized wood box.
Ships to: The continental US for free ($20 to HI, AK, and US territories), Canada for $35, and worldwide for an additional cost
Fall 2019 Breo Box Review
We didn’t get an info card in our box this time, but Breo Box sent us an image of the card with their listed prices.
Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 – Retail Value $99.95
This is the perfect way to ease a notorious plant killer like me into a small kitchen garden. I loooove basil (which the Smart Garden comes with) but currently have three dead basil plants on my front porch. A green thumb, I do not have. It has a very clean design that is really easy to set up and it looks pretty cool in my dining room where I have it displayed.
The Smart Garden has three spots to plop in the basil (or other pods available) and an LED lamp above. It even comes with two extensions to add to the lamp as your plants grow taller. In the booklet and on the little plastic tag, you’ll see that the lamp has an automatic timer that is on for 16 hours, then off for 8. They suggest that you plug it in as soon as you wake up in the morning for the first time so that the light doesn’t disturb your slumber. Once plugged in, it’ll do its thing without any assistance needed.
The basil seeds come already in soil, in three convenient little pods packaged together. You can order more (as well as many other seeds) from their website. Each spot in the base of the garden has a plastic reusable K-Cup-looking container that will hold the soil pod as well as a tiny cover and dome to help it begin to grow.
I plopped the soil pods into the containers and placed the lid and dome on top, as instructed. Each one then went into the base of the garden. The little rounded plastic rectangular doohicky you see on the left of the base of the garden in the 3rd photo (that kinda looks like a button) is where you pour the water. It will float up to the top when it’s full. When you see it dip down- that’s your cue to add more water. The final photo in the group above shows my tiny little budding babies if you look closely. That happened after just about four days! Very exciting! Once the plants start to hit the domes, I’ll remove them so they can grow tall. I’ll have to report back, but for now- this gadget seems Marne (read: fool)-proof. I can see this being a fun thing to do with kids as well, but I enjoyed it as an adult all on my own too.
As someone who loves to keep things organized as well as travel, this vacuum storage set is a great item to see in the box! I’ve tried the cheaper ones that you only roll to get the air out of, but those never stay compressed for long. The kit from Dr. Save includes eight bags total in two sizes to use for storage or travel. I’ll most likely use these when I’m traveling cheap and want to save on paying extra for a carry-on or checked bag.
The bags have a resealable edge that opens like your standard resealable sandwich bag so you can pile in as much clothing as will fit. There’s also a valve on each bag, similar to an inflatable device, that you’ll be attaching the vacuum to remove air.
The kit also comes with a chubby little vacuum that takes AA batteries. Once you have the bag filled with the clothing you want to store, simply squeeze out as much of the air as you can through the valve and attach the vacuum. One press of the button turns it on and starts sucking out all of the extra air which compresses the bag and everything inside of it. I tossed the cardigan I have in my office into a bag and vacuum sealed it about four days ago and it’s still super compressed. Success!
Air Lock Bag Resealer Lite – Retail Value $12.95
I eat a lot of chips. Potato, tortilla, you name it. This handy little device takes freshness seriously and can reseal any plastic bag permanently to make sure my pretzels and kettle-cooked chips don’t go stale. I currently just use a rubber band to keep my various bags shut, and let me tell you, it doesn’t do the best job. Using micro-thermal technology and a couple of AA batteries, all you have to do it press the two ends together gently (kind of like a stapler) around the bag and drag it along the opening you want to be sealed (check out a video here for a slightly different version). The other end also has a cutter you can use to reopen as needed. Even better- there’s a magnet on the back of it to keep it handy on the fridge! I’ve tried this on several different bags and it does a great job. What I’ll be using it for the most it resealing open bags of veggies and dressings from my Hungry Root deliveries (which a few of us here at MSA subscribed to after reading Lacey’s review). Perfect!
Lave Classic Shoe Cleaning Kit – Retail Value $14.00
I’m actually pretty pumped about this shoe cleaning kit! I have a TON of shoes from sneakers to heels to oxfords and I’ve NEVER cleaned them once! Lave’s “classic” kit contains a brush and a 4-ounce bottle of premium shoe cleaner which says it’ll clean 100 pairs. The package says that the solution is safe to use on leather, canvas, and suede which means that I can use this on my handbags as well. Score! I’m excited to test this one out on some suede, specifically, since that is a material I seem to mess up the easiest.
Sous Shop Portable Infuser Bottle – Listed Value $25.00
This infuser bottle is a really cool idea. I’ve always been tempted to buy the ones I see at the store to put fruit into because I am way into “spa water” but this one is more specifically for tea. It’s made of thick glass that is shock resistant from -4 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and holds 13.5 ounces of liquid. Both the top and bottom caps screw off. The lid has a rubber loop for easy carrying and the bottom is where the tea infuser basket is located. There’s a faux-leather sleeve on it that slides off but when using really hot water, it doesn’t do much to protect your hand from the heat. I used some of the tea that Breo Box included (more on that below) and followed the directions to add a little under 2 tsp of tea to the basket and screwed the bottom cap back on. Once my water was ready, I poured it in through the top and allowed it to steep. The only awkward part is that with many teas, you’ll only want to steep for a certain amount of time before removing the tea so it doesn’t get bitter. The Ginger Grapefruit tea I used only needed 2 minutes, so I had to tip the bottle rubber loop side down, remove tea basket from the other end, and screw the bottom lid back on to enjoy the tea from the bottle itself. I suppose it’d be easier to simply pour the tea into a mug once it’s done steeping, but this is supposed to be a travel bottle to use on the go. Alternately, I could still put some fruit in there and just go the spa water route which wouldn’t require me to remove it until I was done.
To help us enjoy the infuser bottle, Breo has also sent a tea sampler with three teas from TeaHaus (who also happens to have a monthly subscription). Ginger Grapefruit, Nepal Mystic, and Roasted Almond are the three featured teas in this cute little gift box. They all smell fantastic and include a description and brewing instructions for each right on the bag. Depending on how big of a cup you like to have, each bag has at least 2 servings, I’d say. Probably more. They aren’t labeled and I am bad at estimating volume, but they each weighed around a half ounce, give or take. So far, I’ve tasted the Ginger Grapefruit which is a green tea and quite yummy. These will be great to try on cool fall nights.
*Note: Since neither the bags here or the bags on TeaHaus’ website are marked with weight or volume, I can’t confirm that they are the same size and thus if the listed value is correct or not.
The sampler also comes with a tasting note booklet as well as how to brew the perfect cup of tea.
The last item in this season’s box is a yoga manual targeted towards men. It’s written by a woman (Jen Murphy) but has a forward by Chief Spokesperson for Yoga Alliance, Andrew Tanner. He explains why this book fills a void in the market for “regular guys” to get into the practice of yoga. Throughout the book, there are profiles of many different types of men, easy to understand instructions with cool illustrations, and many answers to questions on etiquette, form, styles, definitions, and other helpful tips. I’ll definitely be gifting this book to my Dad, who years ago took up yoga by learning it from a used book he purchased. This one is probably a lot more updated with lots of great advice from yoga experts he’ll identify with.
Verdict: Breo Box hooked it up! The seven items I received were all super cool or would make great gifts and have a total retail value of about $243.48. Some of the listed values seemed a little off, so I used a mix of what I could find with what was listed if I couldn’t confirm a value online. If this were to be your first box, the cost would only be $144 when using our $15 coupon, which gives you a considerable discount. My favorite has to be the Smart Garden since I am plant-challenged and the vacuum bags and resealer will come in handy all the time for me. I think this would make a great gift for those who like new technologies and discovering tools to make life easier.
To Wrap Up:
COUPON: Use code MSA to save $15 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $144 for this box ($159 for the first box minus the $15 coupon), you’re paying roughly $20.57 per item.
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What’s your favorite item from the Fall 2019 Breo Box?