The Box By Fashionsta for Men is a monthly men's box brought to you by the online beauty store, Fashionsta, for $29.99/month with free shipping. Each box will include 5-7 full-size skin care and other self-care products for men with an $80-$150 value. They seem to focus on smaller indie brands that may be new to you, so it's a great way to discover companies that haven't blown up in popularity yet. Fashionsta also offers The Box For Women ($24.99/month) as well as a mystery box that costs $40 as an add-on with a subscription or $50 as a one-time purchase.
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About this Indie Brand-Focused Box For Men
The Subscription Box: The Box By Fashionsta for Men
The Cost: $29.99/month + free U.S. shipping (Internationally for $65.00 USD/month w/ free shipping)
The Products: 5-7 full-size products worth $80-$150 in value.
Ships to: The U.S. and worldwide for free
Good to Know: With each purchase, Fashionsta donates makeup, beauty, and self-care items to 1736 Family Crisis Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving vulnerable community members in the greater Los Angeles area.
The Box By Fashionsta for Men February 2021 Review
The Box By Fashionsta for Men comes with a simple info card that provides a short description and value for each product included in this month's box.
Jimmy Anti-Aging Serum - Retail Value $29.90
This product is supposed to relax surface lines, erase expression lines, and lift tired, tense skin in seconds. The gel didn't have much of a smell, which I prefer. It was a good consistency. It wasn't pouring off my hand nor did it feel slimy on my face. As the instructions said, it did indeed tighten up as it dried. My face feels smooth and slightly squeezed. Overall, I like it and will use it, but don't have enough evidence to comment on its long-lasting effects.
Note: Don't use this around your kids, anyone humorous, or someone who makes you happy. The directions specifically say, "Do not smile or otherwise move surface skin until product is dry."
Kiko Magnetic Money Clip -Retail Value $18.00
I received a Kiko wallet in the October box and I am still using it. This money clip is black genuine leather and measures 1-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches. The magnets are very strong. In fact, I felt like I was fighting them for my money when I tried it out. Maybe that would dissuade me from spending it? In addition, I thought the magnets may demagnetize my credit cards. It is possible through prolonged exposure, but not easy to do. Hotel keys are a different story. While I am all about minimizing one's wallet, I personally need more than a money clip. However, if a clip is more your style, I think this magnetic clip is a nice choice.
Original Copy Co. Matte Molding Paste - Listed Value $15.00
I need to start by saying that I did not use this product because I actually buzzed my hair the day before I got it. So I don't really have any hair to mold. Having said that, I am excited for my hair to grow back so I can try this. The paste comes in an aluminum tube, much like toothpaste. It is a water-soluble paste with a medium hold and matte finish. Honestly, this sounds, looks, and smells exactly like something I would use. If I only had the hair to use it.
True Brands Double-hinged Corkscrew - Retail Value $5.49
The main attraction is the opener's double-hinged design. It gives you better leverage to make popping the cork even easier. In addition, the item has a flat blade foil cutter, bottle opener, and what they call a "5-turn worm" Truetap – a non-stick, stainless steel corkscrew. I have a very generic wine bottle opener that I've dealt with for years. This item is an immediate upgrade with its hefty weight and rounded design that fits better in my hand. Although we do not drink wine often, I like knowing we have this sleek and mature opener now.
Anthony No Sweat Body Defense - Retail Value $22.00
Tired of using messy powder to prevent chafing? This lotion is to be applied before getting dressed and will help prevent friction and chafing. No mess. The directions say it's great for hands, feet, thighs, under sports straps, and "down below." It is not, however, good for your face. The lotion uses tapioca starch for protection, aloe vera for cooling, and vitamin E to soothe and nourish. I used it and liked it, although I must admit I am not very active these days. So I cannot speak much on the anti-chafing properties, but it certainly cools and soothes. I can't wait to try this during a hike or disc golf round this summer.
Nude Sexy Spearmint - Retail Value $4.00
The mints claim to freshen your breath AND cleanse your gut. You are supposed to let the mint dissolve in your mouth for three seconds and then swallow the remainder for "gut freshness." I think my fingers might be a little too fat for the dispenser, but I do like how it reminds me of those handheld games where you have to get the little metal balls into pockets. Sort of think these? The mints certainly packed a punch and I can feel them in my stomach. Maybe there is something to them. Now I just have to explain to my wife why "nude mints" in my search history.
Brothers Artisan Oil Lip Balm - Retail Value $6.00
I've been receiving a lot of lip balm in my subscriptions. It's something always good to have around, I only wish I had gotten them before winter instead of in March. The info card for this box even says, "keep your lips hydrated all winter long." I digress. This organic, hydrating lip balm is made from natural beeswax. True to its label, it tastes exactly like brown sugar. The label also says it's also great for cuticles. I had never heard of that before. So I Googled it and sure enough, there is a thing called cuticle balm. So I guess this balm doubles as both. I learned something today.
Verdict: This month's The Box By Fashionsta for Men was heavy in self-care products. I thought every item was nice, but there wasn't a real stand-out for me. It could have been the money clip if it was more my style. The mints and lip balm were OK. I anticipate enjoying the hair paste. The anti-aging serum was really nice. I like the corkscrew and suspect wine-drinkers will like it even more. That leaves the anti-chafing lotion, which I will pick as my favorite. Since I have always been one of those messy powder guys, I'm excited to try a lotion that does the same. I just need warmer weather for me to be more active. Overall, it was a good box, but not too exciting. It felt like they went with more items instead of bigger ones and that's OK. This is one of my favorite boxes, in part because it opens me up to products I wouldn't normally buy or use myself. I will use each of these items, except the money clip. But, again, that is just a preference thing.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Your box will ship within 1-3 weeks from the payment processing date, so you'll likely start with next month's box. It's best to reach out to customer service and ask.
Value Breakdown: The listed value of this box clocks in at $101.00. At $29.99 for the box, here’s what you are paying per item:
- Anti-Aging Serum ($29.00): $8.70
- Money Clip ($18.00): $5.40
- Hair Paste ($15.00): $4.50
- Corkscrew ($7.00): $2.10
- Anti-Chafing Lotion ($22.00): $6.60
- Mints ($4.00): $1.20
- Lip Balm ($6.00): $1.80
Alternatively, for $29.99 including free shipping, each of the 7 items has an average cost of $4.29.
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