BREO BOX Subscription Review + Coupon – Fall 2020
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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 – Fall 2020
BREO BOX recently stopped including the heavier wooden boxes and they’ve switched to a more lightweight but still super giftable box with a lid that can be reused. This quarter, it’s light blue. It also comes in a drawstring dust bag, inside of an outer cardboard box so that the nice box is kept clean.
They’ve also recently switched to a more informative booklet to focus on each item included for a more in-depth look at how to use them.
Smart Loq – Listed Value $69.00
This little lock is pretty cool and a lot more heavy-duty than I expected. I downloaded the suggested app and then went through the steps of scanning in my thumbprint. The whole process was pretty straightforward and felt weirdly high-tech. My only issue is that I don’t know exactly where to use this lock. It does need to be charged before it hits 10% just so you can be sure you can keep on using it. That makes me a little worried if I choose to use it somewhere far from an electrical outlet. Either way, this thing is cool, and totally the sort of gadget I would expect to see in this subscription. If you also have one, where do you use it??
Freshetech Light Therapy Lamp – Listed Value $59.00
I always get what Will has termed “The Snow Sads”. I am originally from Tennessee and though I did see flurries as a kid, the long winters of Pennsylvania are still something I struggle with. He has been threatening to get me a sun lamp for years now, but Breo Box has us covered. This year has already been so up and down that I was worried about that rollercoaster of feelings combining with the winter blues. Hopefully, this lamp can help! It is UV free, has three brightness settings, and a built-in timer. I tried it using the dimmest setting because the two stronger ones are BRIGHT. There is something weirdly comforting about the glow from this light. Maybe it reminds me of a nightlight as a kid? I don’t know. There is a very handy stand on the back that folds out so you can set this up to shine on you at your desk, on the couch, wherever. The included cord easily plugs into a normal outlet for easy use.
If you aren’t someone that would maybe need something like this, I will say that it also makes a truly excellent lightbox for tracing purposes!
Here it is on the dimmest setting…
And here is the brightest!
YETI Rambler Mug – Retail Value $24.99
Will has a really, really random work schedule. He is on call for most of the week and two of those days are guaranteed super early mornings. As the weather turns colder, I always like to have his coffee situation set up for an easy start for him, because I plan on staying in bed as long as I can! That means lots of travel mugs that keep his coffee HOT. A YETI has been on his wishlist recently so I was ticked that this handsome navy mug appeared in the box this quarter. If I am being super picky, I could have done without the Breo Box branding. Makes it feel more like swag than a really great product. But Will doesn’t seem to care because this cup keeps his brew hot for hours and it is machine washable.
OXO Good Grips Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner – Retail Value $9.99
This is a handy little tool for anyone with a laptop they like to eat lunch over (guilty). One end has a brush that slides out top brush away any crumbs or dirt that might be on your keyboard and the red end is a microfiber top you can wipe along your screen to remove any dust or fingerprints. This was immediately stashed in my desk drawer!
OXO Good Grips Punctual Egg Timer with Piercer – Retail Value $19.99
I really, really love a good hardboiled egg. I eat them a little less often now that we no longer have chickens, but I still whip them up for egg salad or just a high-protein snack. Boiling the perfect egg has always been a challenge, and I know most of us have our own tricks that mostly work. Mine was to put the eggs into the cold water, allow them to head up with the water, then turn it off and let them sit in the hot water for like an hour. Sure, it worked, and the yolks were dreamy, but it took FOREVER. Flash boil them and you get grey yolks. This little timer does things a little differently. First, the top drops down to expose a very sharp point that creates a hole in the egg. You can then drop it in boiling water and use the little slider to set the size of the egg and a second slider for how ‘done’ you like your yolk. Both of these factors combine into the perfect time for your egg to boil. Simply press the timer button, and wait.
These eggs peeled like a dream! That used to be such a nightmare with farm fresh eggs. The one drawback is that my eggs weren’t really smooth. The water gets inside the egg through the puncture and creates a little bit of a bubbled effect. I could probably lessen this by boiling less aggressively. The yolks though? Perfection.
Tooletries Reusable Hook Tile -Retail Value $9.00
We only have one hook in our shower currently, which leads to a sort of low-key competition over who gets to hang stuff on it. This second hook will help with that and will give both Will and I designated spots for our loofas and cloths. This hook is on a silicone tile that holds up to 4 pounds! Simply peel and stick. It really couldn’t be easier.
Tooletries GoBrush – Listed Value $18.00
This toothbrush is ideal for travel since the head is completely enclosed inside the body when not in use. It’s a great alternative to a ziplock bag! I wasn’t sure how to open the brush itself but when I twisted the body it shot out like some sort of dental jack in the box! It is spring-loaded to pop up or collapse and the spring is powerful. While I think the suggested retail is high for what this is, I do have a trip coming up next month and you bet I am excited to take this along.
My last item is a smaller bottle of foaming hand wash. I thought this was a waterless foam, but from the directions, it does need to be washed off. Generally, when I am washing my hands there is soap around, so I think this might have been better if it was sanitizer or a waterless wash, but since this is plant-based and environmentally friendly it might be a great choice for camping. It smells really nice too, like sweet clementines and oranges.
Verdict: BREO BOX is really unlike any of my other subscriptions, but I think that is a good thing! It always has a mix of really fun and useful gadgets and products. There were some really great things this quarter that I loved, mainly the sun light, the YETI mug, and the egg timer. We have used all of these multiple times so far. I also thought the lock was really neat and the laptop cleaner and silicone hook have both been put to use. The toothbrush and the soap were both smaller additions, but both were well designed and functional. If I guesstimate based on the values provides combined with the values I could verify, the total value of this box lands somewhere around $220.00. That isn’t a massive deal for $159, but it does save you around $60. I do feel like value-wise, this curation needed another beefy item, but I also enjoyed this box a lot and if you do too, this would be a fun splurge!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, but these sell out quickly!
COUPON: Use code MSA to save $15 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $159 for this box, you’re paying roughly $19.88 per item.
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What do you think of the Fall BREO BOX? Which item are you most excited to receive?