Subscription Box Insanity: Bespoke Post (Nov. ’14)

One man's subscription

One man’s subscription

Oh happy day! My husband’s second Bespoke Post has arrived!

Hubby doesn’t take a shine to much…he doesn’t have the shopping bug like me. So of course when he decided that he wanted to sign up for this subscription, I was very supportive.

He loved his first box, which I reviewed here. Being camera shy (as am I), there is his hand with the box. When he saw this picture, he laughed and said that perhaps he (his hand) would be “discovered” because of it and soon he would be traveling around the world as a hand model. As his agent, I’m the best person to contact about booking him. ;o)

Okay, so on to the review!THE DETAILSBespoke Post is a monthly subscription box that caters to men. According to their website, they “scour the world for time-tested, small-batch, or otherwise remarkable gear”. They then put together two, themed boxes each month and the subscriber can choose one or the other, or to skip that month’s offerings entirely. This works just fine for the hubby, who actually isn’t a big fan of surprises and is always poking around looking for the holiday/birthday gifts. The monthly fee is $45, which includes shipping costs. Bespoke Post ships to the U.S. and Canada, as well as military addresses if you email them first. Their site is very man-friendly. Honestly, the language is just way more straight-forward and “guy-speak” then some of my subscription box sites. I actually prefer it, myself. They do accept returns of whole boxes within 30 days of an order placed in the continental U.S.; you can choose either a store credit or true refund, less a $6 restocking fee. They will also pay return shipping and the entire box must be returned in mint condition.

First look 1

First look 1

First look 2

First look 2

Here’s the first look. My husband chose the “Refresh” option which was apparently pretty popular as it is now sold out! It came chock full of mostly travel size items, with a few full size as well.

Dr. Squatch Soap

Dr. Squatch Soap

The first thing hubby pulls out is a bar soap which smells amazing. It also apparently is very appealing to dogs as when we let Wednesday take a sniff, she then tried to take a bite out of it! My husband loved the smell and put it in his travel kit. This Dr. Squatch Gold Moss Scrub soap is a full size bar soap that retails for $6.

Drinkwel Hangover Relief Capsules

Drinkwel Hangover Relief Capsules

The next item he pulled out was this double pack (6 capsules) of Drinkwel – the Multivitamin for People Who Drink. According to the website, one is to “Take 3 capsules once daily with food and water. When drinking, take 3 additional capsules with water before bed”. This has a retail value of $2.66.

Gold Bond Body Powder

Gold Bond Body Powder

This is a travel size version of Gold Bond’s Medicated Body Powder. My husband has never tried this product but he decided to give it a try and stuffed it in his kit. This size has a retail value of about $0.80.

Mitch by Paul Mitchell Construction Paste

Mitch by Paul Mitchell Shampoo

This is also a travel size version of MITCH by Paul Mitchell Heavy Hitter Shampoo. It’s also not a product my husband has tried before but he squirreled it away for future use. I guess I like his utilitarian ways? This size has a retail value of approximately $8.76.

Marvis Toothpaste

Marvis Toothpaste

The next item was this Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste; a travel size. It retails for approximately $1.38.

Gold Bond Hydrating Cream

Gold Bond Hydrating Cream

Also included is a travel size of Gold Bond’s Ultimate Hydrating Cream. This size retails for about $0.41.

Cremo Face Wash

Cremo Face Wash

This is a full size version of Cremo’s Face Wash. My husband’s verdict was, “Yeah, it was good”. If he really likes something he will say so, so I’m guessing that this is decent enough to use up but probably not buy again (in his opinion). It has a retail value of $6.99.

MITCH by Paul Mitchell Construction Paste

MITCH by Paul Mitchell Construction Paste

The MITCH by Paul Mitchell Construction Paste hasn’t been used yet but my husband was very taken by it. For a former military man who still keeps his hair pretty short, I’m stumped by this. But as noted previously, he doesn’t get too excited by much so I usually just go with it in these situations. This size retails for approximately $4.71.

Blue Claw Co. Dopp Kit (Rustic Olive Green)

Blue Claw Co. Dopp Kit (Rustic Olive Green)

The last item is of course this Blue Claw Co. Dopp Kit in Rustic Olive Green. It has a waxed canvas outside with leather and brass accessories and inside it has a pretty, royal blue lining. He really, really liked it and before I could stop him, he ran to the bathroom to drench it in water just to test out if it was truly water-proof. (Lucky for us both, it was! Eesh.) This item is made in the U.S. and has a retail value of $75.

Alfred Lane Solid Cologne - Vanguard

Alfred Lane Solid Cologne – Vanguard

Again left to his own devices, hubs added an extra item to the mix. He apparently got some kind of deal on it though, so instead of paying $18, he only paid $4 for this Alfred Lane Solid Cologne in Vanguard. It smells really nice!

Ok, it’s time for the grand total rundown! This box included nine items that had a total retail value of $106.71. That’s almost triple what the monthly fee is and he again loves all the items, including his now proven, water-proof dopp kit. His smile always puts one on my face!

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