BREO BOX Subscription Review + Coupon – Winter 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 are always really cool items I probably haven’t seen or wouldn’t normally buy for myself but end up loving after using! Case in point- I’m still enjoying basil that I’ve been growing from last quarter’s 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.)
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 in a giftable box.
Ships to: The continental US for free ($20 to HI, AK, and US territories), Canada for $35, and worldwide for an additional cost
BREO BOX Review – Winter 2019
BREO BOX has gotten a makeover with the Winter box that will continue forward! Instead of the heavier wooden boxes, they’ve switched to a more lightweight but still super giftable box with a lid that can be reused. When opened, you’ll see the phrase “YOU DESERVE THIS.” I concur! It also comes wrapped in a drawstring bag to contain the surprise a little more, and that you can use for piling holiday gifts into. 😉
In addition to the box changes, they’ve upgraded to a booklet that goes into more detail about each item included, how to use it, and its key features. Since a lot of the items are gadgets and things that are new to me, I find this really helpful!
Trip Wipes x1 – Estimated Value $0.57 (Buy a pack of 30 for $17.00)
They also included a single-use sample of Trip Wipes which is an anti-bacterial towelette you can pop in your bag to use while traveling. The info card came with a coupon code as well.
Tesla X Arc Lighter
Well, this is the coolest lighter I’ve ever seen. Megan got something with a similar lighting mechanism (using two conducting electrodes) a while back but this one has an extended neck that bends which makes it super versatile and great to use on candles or something more tricky like starting a campfire or a grill. Since this doesn’t use any sort of butane or fluid, you’ll never need to refill- just recharge it using the USB cord that comes with it. That makes this a lot easier on the earth since you’ll likely never throw it away! It’s also super easy to ignite- all you have to do is push and hold the silver button to get the electric current going at the end and get the wick of the candle (or whatever you’re trying to light) in its path. There’s even a small switch near the charging port that locks it to make sure it won’t accidentally ignite when you don’t mean it to.
It also has a bottle opener on the end so it can run double-duty! This makes it ideal for BBQs or camping trips.
Detroit Wick Candle in BREO BOX Signature Scent, 4 oz.
How thoughtful was BREO BOX to include an item to try out my new lighter with? This 4-ounce candle comes in a tin with a lid which also makes it easy to travel with. I’m having a hard time putting my finger on the “signature scent” but I will say that it’s pleasant and reminds me A LOT of a perfume I have by Maison Louis Marie called “Antidris Cassis.” That perfume is described as a “fresh, spicy, and woody” scent with fruity elements and I’d go as far as saying it has some grassy elements as well. I quite like it!
Ace Of Spades Wireless Power Bank
I’ve been wanting a wireless charger for a while now so this is just perfect. The fact that it’s a power bank I can use while traveling is a bonus and it’s even slightly smaller than my iPhone. I know- it’s not so hard to just plug a phone in at night, but it’s also so much easier to just place my phone on the surface of this power bank and have it charge even if I forgot a cord while out. It makes for a simpler charge with fewer items needed. The power bank comes with its own USB cord to charge while not in use so that it’s fully ready to go when you need it (about 5-7 hours). This power bank worked wonderfully with my iPhone XR and as the internet tells me, any iPhone models 8 or higher can charge wirelessly and thus are compatible with this item. As long as your phone can be charged wirelessly (give it a google), you’re good to go!
OXO Press and Pour Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker – Retail Value $29.99
Around the holidays, I tend to do a bit more drinking and consume many more cocktails than the rest of the year. My mother may be one of those reasons, but I digress. This sleek stainless steel cocktail shaker makes mixing drinks a lot less messy than the traditional kind I already own. Somehow, my old one always leaks and doesn’t have a tight seal. This one, however, has a cap that screws on and with just the push of a button allows me to pour my shaken drink into a glass without needing to open the lid or worry about ice coming out and splashing my alcoholic creation everywhere. It’s doubled walled so it keeps ingredients cold and holds 18 ounces of delicious liquids.
Peak Silicone Crushed Ice Tray – Retail Value $14.00
Crushed ice is my preferred type of ice so I was really pumped when I saw this silicone tray. The vestibules in this tray are long and skinny so that once the water is frozen, it’s easy to crush by simply squeezing the silicone in my hand and dumping into a glass. Voila! Crushed ice! It even has a lid to keep things from spilling in the freezer. I’m a big fan of different ice shapes (I have a round ice mold that I use OFTEN for cocktails), so I’m happy to add this to my slowly growing arsenal. If nothing else, I’ll impress my dinner guests when I can offer them crushed ice as an option!
Ekho X49 HD Video Drone – Retail Value $149.87 USD ($199.00 CAN)
Here’s something I’d never thought I’d own- a DRONE! Honestly, I think this is a super cool thing to get in a subscription box and would make a really neat gift for anyone who’s into gadgets or remote-controlled toys. When I first opened it, I was a little worried about assembly but it was SUPER easy. I pretty much figured it all out just by looking at it for a few minutes. I had to extend the arms that were folded, seat them into the rounded plastic pieces, and plug the battery pack in. It also came with four extra propellers, an extra (chargeable) battery pack, and a small screwdriver.
Here we have the drone fully assembled. The power button is right on top and only needs to be held down for a few seconds to power it on or off. It has two headlights and a red tail light that illuminate once powered on and blink when you’re in pairing mode. The instructions are a little weird because of translation, but in about 10 minutes I had it mostly figured out. There’s an operation manual that comes with a QR code that takes you to the app that you’ll need to download to your smartphone fully take advantage of the camera (1080p HD) on the drone. Again, this took a few minutes to grasp, but once I got my head in the game I figured it out. You’ll need to connect your phone to the drone’s wifi network and then you’ll be able to stream live video or take photos from the app. I’m pretty excited to get this outside a bit more to take some cool aerial shots!
Here’s the controller it comes with so you can fly it. It takes three AAA batteries (not included) and has a stand that clips in to hold your phone so you can see what the drone’s camera sees as you fly. There’s also a controller on the app as well. I am horrible at video games in general, especially ones past, say, Super Nintendo, so the double joystick situation was awkward for me to get a hang of. If you’ve ever played newer first-person shooter games though, you’ll be able to fly this thing flawlessly. What I’ve learned so far: 1. I am really bad at flying this drone. 2. My cat, Gregg, really hates it. I know with some practice I’ll get a lot better at it though. It’s really fun to play with and I can’t wait to break this thing out for my family to play with over the holidays!
Verdict: This year’s Winter BREO BOX is pretty gosh darn awesome if you ask me. They covered all sorts of different items that are fun, functional, and travel-ready for the holidays. I always found this subscription to be extraordinarily giftable and this delivery is a prime example. I think someone like my brother would love EVERYTHING in this box. The drone is fun to play with and master, the drink shaker and ice tray are great for entertaining, and the power bank is great for using on trips. The candle and lighter will be perfect to set the mood at home this winter, but I’ll be bringing the lighter on my next camping trip as well. While I was not able to find everything online for a value the drone alone is worth the cost of the box and I’d estimate the rest of the items to total up at least another $100. To me- this is well worth the $159 cost (especially if you grab the Black Friday deal for $40 off or the $15 off we normally offer with our code).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, you can pre-order this box now!
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 $24.00 per item.
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What do you think of the Winter BREO BOX this year? Will you pick one up?