I was recently given the opportunity to review the August Black Box, which I was really excited about! When I first learned about Black Box, I cannot tell you how ecstatic I was to discover that someone had finally created a sample subscription service like Birchbox for men. Like many guys, hubs (my nickname for my husband) tends to only try products I purchase for him. The problem is, I don't follow men's skin/hair/cosmetic trends as closely as I do women's. A service like Black Box will allow my husband to try some of the newest, hottest products to figure out what he likes with me having to lift a finger! Believe it or not, as soon as I told hubs about this service and the fact that we were going to review the Black Box August box he was so excited. He is what many would consider a very masculine guy, but he has no problem trying hair products, skin care products, cleansing products, etc. Getting something in the mail every month with products for him was something he was vocally excited about ;) Subscriptions to Black Box are $12/month.
Black Box caters specifically to men and everything from the products to the website have male appeal. You can see the post I did on Black Box as soon as I learned about the service HERE. All thoughts/opinions from hubs will be italicized and bold, that way you can easily reference his male perspective. Also, he was the first to open the box and he went through the products on his own. I simply observed :)
Let's jump right in!
|Black Box packages come in a hard platinum-colored box with a magnetic flap. Hubs thought this was very "slick" and interesting.|
|On the backside of the insert is a list of the products in the Black Box along with brief descriptions. We actually received one additional product that was not on the list, which was the Art of Shaving Shaving Cream.|
|First glimpse of the inside of the August Black Box|
Here are the individual products:
|Anthony For Men, Shaving Cream: This shaving cream is supposed to provide a great shave for all hair types while minimizing much of the unpleasantness. Price: $16 for 2-month supply|
|Anthony Shaving Cream Ingredients|
Hubs: This was far better than the drugstore shaving creams that come in cans, but there was a slight pull while shaving. This does allow for a decently close shave.
|The Art of Shaving, Shaving Cream: This was the extra item in our Black Box. It is an unscented shaving cream for sensitive skin that can be used with or without a shaving brush. Price: $14 (2oz tube), $15 (1.7oz pump), or $22 (5oz tub).|
Hubs: "Truly amazing! It was the smoothest shave I've ever had in my life, literally." There was no pull while shaving, skin wasn't sore after, and there was no razor burn.
|Baxter of California, Bravado 2: This sample cologne is described as the big brother to #3 and differs slightly because of its slight musky undertone--a great fall transitional scent. Price: $80 for 100 ML|
|Bravado 2 Ingredients|
|Back of sample packaging|
Hubs: "Unbelievable." The initial scent is citrusy and refreshing and overall appealing.
|Billy Jealousy, White Knight Gentle Facial Cleanser: This is a facial cleanser made specifically for men. Price: $20 for a 1-2 month supply|
|Directions & Information|
Hubs: Nice. This doesn't smell overly powerful and feels like it does a great job cleaning your face.
|City Cosmetics, Lip Plumping Treatment: Apparently in a recent AskMen poll lips ranked as one of the most attractive male features. Price: $40 for 3-month supply|
Hubs: This was too painful and not something I'd use.
Conclusion: We both felt this was well-worth the $12/month and signed up within a couple days of receiving this.
So there you have it! Our first husband-wife review and our first Black Box review. What do you think? Would you subscribe to this service for your husband/boyfriend/father/brother? Or if you're a man, would you sign yourself up for Black Box?
You can sign up at: www.hisblackbox.com
This Black Box was submitted for review by the company. All opinions above are our own (mine and my husband's).