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 skincare 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 brands 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 March 2021 Review
The Box By Fashionsta for Men usually comes with a simple info card that provides a short description and value for each product included in this month's box. This month, however, we did not receive one, so we are a little in the dark about the items and value.
Coil Charging Cable 3-in-1 Cable - Retail Value $26.00 (Currently on sale for $23.00)
I had never seen a charging cord quite like this. Not only does it come with three magnetic heads for different devices, but it also has magnetic rings spaced out on the cord itself so it stays coiled. It saves space and it's just fun to play with. It comes with Micro-USB (Android), Type-C, and Lightning-USB (iPhone) heads that connect to the magnetic end of the cord. This item would be a good thing to have at a family gathering since someone always forgets their charging cable. Or perhaps you are an Android v Apple family. This cord would work for either side. My first thought was that the magnetic head would get "stuck" in my phone, which it did. However, the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. It would keep pocket lint from getting into the charging port and immediately attach the cord when I bring the two together. I do wish there was a convenient way to store the additional heads when not in use. Right now they just bunch together in the bag. It took me a minute to find the brand name, which is located on the USB end. Seems a little strange to me there is no branding on the packaging. It just says things like "High Quality" and "Strong Magnet." While researching, I found this very popular Kickstarter from last year. If I didn't know any better, I would say this item is imitating that one. But I could be wrong. The cord certainly does charge and transfer data. Unfortunately, I have no way of testing the cable. So I cannot attest to the actual speed of charging or syncing of data.
R and Co. Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste -Retail Value $29.00
This product, according to the label, is part dry shampoo, part styling paste. It is rather rigid. So it seems to favor the styling paste side of things. It can be applied to "second-day hair" or can also be used to add volume to freshly washed hair. Whatever you choose, your hair will smell incredible. The paste has a fresh, zesty, citrus smell. I have been to Badlands National Park. I do not remember its smell, but feel comfortable saying I highly doubt the park smells as wonderful as this paste. Unfortunately, I do not have any hair at the moment. So I cannot speak to the feel of the product, but I am excited to use it.
Herbo Hemp-infused Relief Stick - Retail Value $8.00
This natural balm will "ease daily stress with targeted relief." I've received other stick balms for relief from bug bites or cuts. I guess this one is just for general aches and pains. True to its name, the balm smells unmistakably like hemp, but not in an overpowering way. I love the way it applies to the skin: thick, but not slimy. Like it will latch onto your skin without immediately wiping on your clothes. Unfortunately, I don't have any need for targeted relief. So I cannot convey how well it works.
SA.AL&CO. 051 Deodorant - Retail Value $24.00
I have never tried a spray deodorant. So I immediately gave myself a spritz for this review. The website says this is a "potent, reliable yet mild deodorant." I agree with the former. It smells like a citrus seltzer and at first, it is quite strong. It does subside, but I'm going to say this deodorant is not for me personally. I'd rather smell as little as possible, even if it's pleasant. This is definitely just a preference thing, in terms of the smell. I like the sleek look of the bottle. Seems like it'd last for a long time. Unfortunately, I did not do any strenuous activity today. So I cannot speak to how it prevents unwanted perspiration or odor.
SA.AL&CO. 031 Light Moisturizer and After Shave Balm - Retail Value $27.00
The second SA.AL&CO. item in the box is a light moisturizer and aftershave. The scent is mint tea, which I found to be much more pleasant than the deodorant. This was a blessing because I used what I thought was a reasonable amount for my hands, but it turned out to be enough for my hands, arms, feet, and face. The lotion is on the thin side, so a little goes a long way. However, it feels great now that it's all rubbed in. Next time I shave, I'll have to remember only to use a little bit. Unfortunately, I shaved prior to receiving this item. So I cannot express how well it works as an aftershave.
Verdict: This month's The Box By Fashionsta for Men was, again, heavy in self-care products. Like last month, there was nothing that wowed me. It would be easy for me to say that I like or don't like a box based on whether or not I enjoyed the items. This time I didn't, but you may. It's like cilantro. Some people love it. Some people, like me, are sane. If I reviewed cilantro, no one would ever buy it, because I hate it. That doesn't mean cilantro is bad, but it would mean I'm a bad reviewer. That is all to say, I think The Box By Fashionsta for Men does a good job of finding new, useful, and sometimes interesting products each month. Even if they are not for me personally, I appreciate what they are trying to do.
I'm going to pick the Badlands dry shampoo as my favorite item. Not only did it smell the best, but I think it may be the only item in the box I may actually use. The other products were nice, but not for me personally. I already know who I am going to give each item to and I know they will appreciate them more than me. The charging cord was really neat, but I can't shake how unofficial it seems. It is definitely going into my "everything" drawer for when a guest forgets their cable but isn't going to be my everyday item. See below for a value breakdown.
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 $114. At $29.99 for the box, here’s what you are paying per item:
- Magnetic Cord ($26.00): $6.76
- Dry Shampoo ($29.00): $7.54
- Hemp Balm ($8): $2.08
- Spray Deodorant ($24): $6.24
- Moisturizer/Aftershave ($27): $7.02
Alternatively, for $29.99 including free shipping, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $6.
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