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Robb Vices Subscription Box Review – February 2020

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, booze, booze, and more booze! The subscription is somewhat geared towards guys, but we’ve found that most of their boxes are perfectly unisex. 

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: $389.85 for a 3-month gift box membership ($129.95 per month) + shipping, or save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code LUXURY50 or TURNTABLE to save $50 off your first subscription (LUXURY50) or receive a FREE Altec Lansing ALT-500 Bluetooth Turntable valued at $149 (TURNTABLE.).

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

Ships to: All states except ND and UT.

Robb Vices February 2020 Review

 

Included is a handy booklet with all of our product info. These are always filled with tons of useful info and great images. This month our box is full of spicy treats, which is certainly NOT my scene, but Will loves heat! I will be relying on him for some of the insights below.

 

Cutino Hot Sauces 4 Pack, 4 fl oz each – Retail Value 34.00

These hot sauces were the first thing Will pulled from the box. Ironically, it was also taco night so the timing couldn’t have been better. I always feel a little bad for Will because I don’t ever season the beef we use with anything that could be remotely described as a ‘kick’ so he is always adding hot sauce to his meals. He was pretty tickled there were 4 included: Jalapeno, Habanero, Verde, and Chipotle. His first reaction was that the heat is really nice on all of them, and they taste super fresh. These sauces are indeed made fresh, and they have an end of May expiration date, so he will have to enjoy them fast. He is more than up to the challenge. His favorite was the Chipotle blend because he adores smoked flavors. He also tried the Verde on shredded chicken and rice one night and was very enthusiastic about this combination. He had both the Jalapeño and Habanero on some nachos and I swear I saw him sweating a little. Though this was 100% not my cup of tea, I am really happy he enjoys them so much.

 

Portland Syrups Mango Habanero Liquor and Soda Mixer, 16 fl oz – Retail Value $14.00

The only time I tend to enjoy spicy anything is when it is combined with sugar. Well, I will take most things with sugar… AHEM, I also love a good cocktail! This mixer is delicious with your favorite booze, or alone with soda if you are craving something alcohol-free. I also want to highly recommend mixing it with orange juice for some seriously tropical vibes, champagne optional but encouraged. I did have this mix one morning this last week (what even is a day anymore?) with biscuits and the spicy honey you will see lower on in this review. It was a sweet + spicy dream!

 

Elements Truffles Spicy Cayenne with Cinnamon Chocolate Bar, 50 g – Retail Value $7.00

With life being a little bit repetitive and unexciting lately, Will and I have been trying to do new things and spend more time outside. When I saw this chocolate bar and remembered we had graham crackers and marshmallows in the house, I knew we had to try some spicy s’mores! We have a fire pit in our backyard and the night was chilly, so we went for it. We used cinnamon grahams and I also drizzled a little spicy honey on mine. This bar combined with these flavors was insanely good, and extremely messy, as all good s’mores should be. This was really rich and flavorful chocolate, so we found one s’more each was plenty for us to enjoy. The rich dark chocolate mixed with the cinnamon and cayenne and marshmallow was so freaking good and it made a normal night at home feel a lot more adventurous.

 

Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha, 10.5 oz – Retail Value $9.99

Bees Knees Spicy Honey, 10.5 oz – Retail Value $13.99

I am not someone who messes around with hot sauces, and I certainly won’t touch sriracha, even if it does have a little sweetness hidden inside. Will was up for the challenge though. I made eggs over easy with toast and homefries one morning and he sprinkled some of this on top of everything. He loved it and said it was really hot if you used enough. I feel like one drop would be too hot for me!

Finally, here is the honey I keep talking about! It is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet, and though there is some heat there, it isn’t anything that I can’t handle with my mild palette. I have put this honey on literally everything: s’mores, biscuits with butter, in my tea, cocktails, chicken thighs, the list goes on. I am glad it is a decently sized bottle because I really love it with almost anything!

 

Terrapin Ridge Buffalo Ranch Sauce, 7.75 oz – Retail Value $6.50 (currently on sale for $4.55)

Terrapin Sriracha Horseradish Garnishing Squeeze, 9 oz – Retail Value $6.50 (currently on sale for $4.55)

These sauces were substituted for two others that didn’t quite make it into the box. I like buffalo ranch everyso often, especially with chicken strips. This did have a little more heat than I expected, but it was pretty darn delicious with chicken. It is also a great condiment on sandwiches and even pizza.

Again, I don’t play with sriracha and this potent garnishing sauce is combined with horseradish! I knew this would be a Will test item. The smell alone made me fear the spice! Will paired it with some french fries, and, as expected, enjoyed it very much. He liked the unusual pairing of sriracha and horseradish because it was like a “two-punch heat.” While that sounds like absolute torture to me personally, apparently it is a bonus for spicy sauce enthusiasts.

 

Terrapin Ridge Mango Habanero Jam, 10.5 oz – Retail Value $8.30

Ok, I can handle this next item. My Nana always made me pepper jelly and cream cheese crackers for afternoon snacks growing up and this feels like a very fancy version of that. The cream cheese mellows out the spice and the whole package is a sweet + salty + spicy dream snack. I like to use good old Ritz crackers, but any will do! This jelly is sweet and spicy, and the mango flavor is a perfect mix with the spice. I feel like it would also make a great marinade for chicken if I could quit eating it with crackers for long enough to cook chicken.

 

Maddy & Maize Bourbon Barbecue Popcorn, 4 oz – Retail Value $5.99

Popcorn is a favorite snack in my home. We tend to buy kettle corn because that mix of sweet + salty is irresistible. This popcorn shares that feature, but with the addition of nostalgic BBQ flavors and bourbon. This popcorn didn’t stand a chance in our house. We enjoyed it together while binge-watching Tiger King on Netflix.

 

Chateau Bianca Northwest Comfort Wine, 10.5 oz – Retail Value $12.00

Our last item is a bottle of red wine that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Hey, I appreciate both wine and versatility, so I decided to try this both ways. Cold, it feels very much like a fruity red sangria, and I feel like apples and oranges would make total sense floating in it. Very summery, very yummy! I liked it hot even more. I added in cinnamon powder and some of the spicy honey, and a dried orange slice from last month’s box. Whoa! It felt like something you would drink at a wildly expensive ski lodge. Alone, the wine already had notes of cinnamon, apples, and cloves and it is perfectly delicious by itself too!

Verdict: Even though I don’t enjoy spicy things, this did really feel like a Robb Vices box. My only real issue is the overall value (around $118.27) that continues to be well below the subscription price. The Robb Vice website promises:

With respect to your leap of faith, we deliver products that greatly exceed the cost of each box.

Which this box just didn’t do. I do think much like last month, this is a big step in the right direction in terms of products. This box showcased small brands that I loved getting to know more about and had a bottle of wine/booze/liquor. That is what I expect from this box! If they can get the value right (and speed up shipping!) I will be really thrilled to see what comes next.

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.

COUPON: Use code LUXURY50 or TURNTABLE to save $50 off your first subscription (LUXURY50) or receive a FREE Altec Lansing ALT-500 Bluetooth Turntable valued at $149 (TURNTABLE.).

Value Breakdown: This box costs $144.90 ($129.95 + $14.95 shipping to PA) meaning each of the 13 items (the hot sauces can be purchased individually) has an average cost of $11.15.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

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 (17)

  1. I would of kept my annual subscription if 1) the boxes were NEVER on time….only twice in 12 months did the box arrive on time…2) of the boxes they NEVER were exceptional on the value they promised….3) all items are easy to get and could of bought direct for even less than they get directly off their website…..4) on the website of these products most the time, it would read 4 for $12 and Robb would have 2 or 3 of them in there, thus not even the whole quantity you get online. cancelled my subscription and waiting on my last box from April and here it MAY…..I even contacted them and stated I would rather one of the last years boxes still unstuck per website than the any of the 11 boxes I have go to date

  2. The sauce looks good but I have no idea how they are justifying a $129.99 price for this. Glad I unsubscribed.

  3. I am In the minority here. I loved This box. I have The grandfathered starter price so the value was there for me.

    I thought It was well curated and loved the products. Made the spicy honey glazed chicken from the 6 sisters food blog and used the spicy honey and it was outstanding. Agree with Wilson the hot sauces. All good for different reasons and you nailed this review.

    • The grandfathered price is ~55% of why I keep my subscription. I enjoy getting random stuff for about the price of a cell phone bill, but I do wish they were more punctual about shipping/communication and didn’t delete related comments off of their social media (because that’s shady).

      I really enjoyed this box, even if the hotsauces will end up in backlog. I’ve been putting the honey on buttered toast as my quarantine snack.

  4. The value isn’t here.

  5. I liked this box but agree the value is not what Robb Vices promises. Hopefully the next box will be great. If not, I may have to finally cancel.

  6. Would someone at MSA be able to reach out and get a real response about the box values? It seems like a reoccurring issue. It’s really too bad; the last two boxes have felt more like a return to form for RV, but the high price they are charging and then not delivering on the value is frustrating.

  7. I purchased a 3-month subscription a couple of years ago when they offered a free Breville Smoking Gun and even back then I demanded a partial refund for the value of 1 box being well below the cost combined with it being months late. I did receive a partial refund but I don’t see myself going back. I did order 2 boxes last year when they had a BOGO offer.
    I love the idea of Robb Vices, but I don’t see the value in it. I would like to acquire the Anna New York box, but I’m not willing to pay the $185 they are asking for it on the Vices Reserve site.
    I hope those who are subscribed love it.

  8. I agree, this looks like something I can snag at the “gourmet foods” section at TJ Maxx.

    • No you can’t get these kind of items at TJ Maxx. But you can get them online or at a specialty shop for less.

      • I didn’t say the exact items, I said it looks like. I’ve purchased similar items there: flavored popcorn, sauces, cocktail mixes, flavored jam are all offered at TX Maxx. Maybe not the $12 bottle of wine.

  9. I think if this box was say, $50 it would seem exciting and fresh. Even at $75, it would seem like a deal. The curation is fun, there are definitely some unique and interesting items – but the price point is too high for a box full of sauces.

  10. I can’t believe they can’t even get the boxes contents up to atleast to price of box. I can understand once in a blue but this is nuts. Years ago this was the box to have and I don’t drink alcohol. I am sad watching this box month after month.

  11. This is like an expanded “California Found” box. No bottle of liquor? Not even a starchy item to drip the sauces or jam on?

    • Who’s the Wonderbread who can’t handle Sriracha? It’s more garlic than spice

  12. I love the contents of this box, but at the RV price point? No way!

  13. From their website: ‘Robb Vices are hand-curated luxury items delivered directly to your door.’

    Not one of those items is close to being a luxurious. Especially not a $12 bottle of wine. I can’t believe this box is still operating.

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