MeUndies: September 2016

Today I’ve got an awesome subscription for you guys, an underwear subscription that claims to be the “world’s most comfortable underwear”.  Seriously. The folks at MeUndies graciously sent me a box to review.  Strangely enough, I’ve been hunting for the perfect underwear for awhile.  My go to has been a seamless boyshort style from Target, but my terrible washing machine pretty much makes them disintegrate so it was time to try something new.  Cue my MeUndies box.

About the Brand:
MeUndies wants you to build the “freshest, funnest, underwear drawer” with “new limited edition designs every month.”  You can skip a month or cancel at any time.  You can also just buy their products individually from their site, but you do get a discount by signing up for the subscription.

How the sub works:
This sub offers four styles for men or women.  First you choose your cut:
Options for Women: Women’s Cheeky Brief, Women’s Bikini, Women’s Boyshort, Women’s Modal Thong
Options for Men: Men’s Boxer Brief, Men’s Trunk, Men’s Boxer, Men’s Brief

Next you choose your fabric and size:
Sizes for Women: XS – 2XL
Sizes for Men: S – 3XL
Fabric options are in three categories: Classic, Bold, and Adventurous.

Cost: Men’s pairs are $16 a month and Women’s pairs are $14.00

So my undies arrived in this cute little bag.  I opted for the boyshort style in XL because I have a bit of extra junk in my trunk.
bag
These styles appear to be the “adventurous” kind, which suits me just fine.  These felt super soft and really well made.  The real test was when I wore them.  They were in fact very very comfortable and I felt the sizing was a little generous.  I think I could have worn a large as well, so if you’re between sizes you may want to go down to the lower one.
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The finishing on the edges of this underwear are much better quality than my usual kind and I think they’ll hold up better in the wash.
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Verdict:
Love!
I think MeUndies has me hooked.  I’m definitely going to turn to them when I need to replenish my underwear drawer.  While $14 a pair might seem a bit pricey, these are great quality and I think they’ll last longer than the ones that cost just a few dollars less.  They also are amazingly soft and come in so many fun prints.  This is also a wonderful gift idea – perfectly suited to the guy in your life who never seems to remember to buy underwear or just hates doing it.  The MeUndies site also offers some lounge wear options although the current sizing seems more limited than their underwear offerings.  I hope they do expand their sizing cause I’d gladly buy some tshirts in their super soft fabric.

BACKSTORY
MeUndies wants you to build the “freshest, funnest, underwear drawer” with “new limited edition designs every month.”  Each month they’ll send you a new pair of underwear in your selected cut and size.   You can also just buy their products individually from their site, but you do get a discount by signing up for the subscription.

COST: Women: $14.00
Men: $16.00

Shipping:
Free Shipping
You can skip a month or cancel at any time

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MorningClub Co: May 2016

I’m back from a busy July 4th holiday which included my anniversary and a lot of house hunting (keep your fingers crossed I don’t give myself a heart attack as I attempt to actually purchase a home).  I’ve got another new box for you and this time it’s one for the fellas.  The wonderful folks at Morning Club Co., a men’s grooming subscription, sent me a box to review so let’s get down to it.

A little about this sub:

“MorningClub Co. is a no-nonsense, no gimmicks subscription-box company with a mission to ensuring that men never run out of the personal care products they know, use and trust….Monthly subscription prices range from $17.99 to $45.59 per month (all prices in USD), with extra shipping and sales tax in Canada.  Depending on your monthly subscription package, you can opt to customize your preferred brand or product selection to better suit your needs.” Boxes include 5 – 7 products, plus socks and a free gift.  This box allows you to choose from boxed sets of grooming products and also offers the option of adding on razors.  Currently, you can get 25% off your first box.

Since this is a practical grooming subscription for men I’ll be considering this one from more of an overall gifting perspective.

Now let’s get to grooming:
Box Open Box

Body Wash
Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash, Clean Comfort 18 oz
(Estimated Retail: $5.32)

Deodorant
Dove Men + Care Deodorant Stick, Extra Fresh, 3 Ounce

(Estimated Retail: $3.86)

Q-tips
Q-tips Cotton Swabs, Blue Purse Pack, 30 ct
(Estimated Retail: $3.62)
I have to say I find it a little amusing that this is called a “purse pack” and is in a men’s box.  I feel like Qtips are something you want to buy a big box of and just have on hand.  That being said, this size is perfect for travel or keeping in your gym bag.

Shave Gel
Dove Men Plus Care Shave Gel Hydrate
(Estimated Retail: $5.59)

Toothbrush
Colgate Wave Soft Manual Toothbrush
(Estimated Retail: $4.70)
I feel like so many folks use battery operated or sonic toothbrushes that this would be a good product for customers to be able to exclude.

Toothpaste
Colgate Max Fresh Liquid Toothpaste with Mini Breath Strips, Cool Mint, 4.6 oz
(Estimated Retail: $2.50)

Socks
Conceited Cowboy Socks
(Estimated Retail: $????)
I couldn’t find this one online, but they look like cute socks and I love the name.

Our Free Surprise Gift…
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MILWAUKEE 24-Piece SHOCKWAVE I
(Estimated Retail: $22.45)
This is a drill bit set…but you need to have a drill first.  I’m not sure what type of quality this is, but it’s a cute little set.

OVERALL
Morning Club
I’m not sure how much this box would cost as it seems most similar to the “Feel Energized with Dove” set which is currently priced at $25.19, but it doesn’t have quite as many items.  Since the lowest cost listed is $17.99 we’ll assume this box costs between that and $25.19.  Excluding the socks which I couldn’t price, our total comes out to an estimated $48.04 (although a lot of that comes from the cost of the extra gift).

I think this sub would be a great gift for a teen guy going off to college.  Their budget is limited and this would be a great way to give them the necessities each month plus a couple fun extras. The value is definitely there, but you could also buy these items in bulk via Amazon for a bigger discount overall and a bit more customization.  However, you don’tget the fun of the free gift and socks, which is probably a nice bonus to your monthly pharmacy purchases.  I could see a busy guy who’s really brand loyal enjoying this sub.  I do think MorningClub Co should consider some additional add-on options like shampoo/conditioner, electric brush head replacements and so on.  If a guy could get all their grooming needs from this one box, then I think it would have an even bigger appeal especially factoring in that you would now know exactly how much you need to budget for your grooming items each month.

Have you ever purchased a box subscription for a man in your life or tried one yourself?

BACKSTORY
MorningClub Co. is a no-nonsense, no gimmicks subscription-box company with a mission to ensuring that men never run out of the personal care products they know, use and trust.  Depending on your monthly subscription package, you can opt to customize your preferred brand or product selection to better suit your needs.  Boxes include 5 – 7 products, plus socks and a free gift.

COST: $ prices range from $17.99 to $45.59 per month (all prices in USD),
(Extra shipping and sales tax in Canada)

Spiffster Tie Box: June 2016 & 20% off Coupon

Been procrastinating on Father’s Day?
If so, I might have just have a solution.   The wonderful folks at Spiffster, a premium tie subscription, sent me a box to review and a fabulous 20% off coupon.
Just use SUBSCRIPTIONTHERAPY to save 20% off your entire subscription (not just the first month, but the whole sub)!

How it works:
After you become a member, they send you a short survey that allows you to build your profile and deliver ties tailored to your preferences.  A fresh tie gets delivered to you monthly.  All ties are shipped on the 16th of each month.

What really sets this sub apart is that you get to customize the tie you receive, plus it’s super affordable.  A month to month sub is only $8.95, with discounts for prepaying 3 or 6 month subs.

Spiffster also offers the ability to purchase ties separately from the subscription in their Spiffster One Time Shop.

Now you may be wondering what $8.95 will get us?
(Me too).  Let’s jump in.

We start with really cute packaging:
Box

Print Tie
The Tie

Now subscribers typically choose their own tie, but mine was selected by Spiffster.  It’s a nice classic style and the quality is excellent.  I’ve gotten a lot of ties from men’s boxes and this is one of the few my boyfriend actually wanted to keep.

Also included was a card, with instructions on how to tie a specific knot.  I thought this was a great inclusion and I think a lot of guys would be interested in learning some of the different methods that they may not be accustomed to using.
Card

Verdict: Hit!
Spffister Tie Box
I’m really impressed with the quality you get for only $8.95.  I also really appreciate that this subscription is completely customized.  For a gentleman that needs to wear a tie every day, this is an easy, inexpensive way to build up a tie wardrobe.  I could also see this as a great gift for a recent grad that is heading into the business world.  If you’ve been looking at tie subs, this is definitely one to move to the top of your list.

Have you ever purchased a subscription as a gift?
If so, tell me about it in the comments!

BACKSTORY
After you become a member at Spiffster, they send you a short survey that allows you to build your profile and deliver ties tailored to your preferences.

A fresh tie gets delivered to you monthly.  All ties are shipped on the 16th of each month.

“Our neckties are trendy and fashionable. Handcrafted from premium materials and created to instill a sense of success.”

COST: $8.95 Month to Month
$24.95 Every three Months
$56.95 Every 6 Months

Shipping:
Free Shipping on all U.S. orders.
Cancel at Any Time
Free US Shipping

COUPON CODE: SUBSCRIPTIONTHERAPY – save 20% off for the duration of your subscription

ONLINE SHOP: Ties are also on sale for Individual Purchase in the Spiffster One Time Shop

Gentlemen & Co Noire Style Box: May 2016 & $5 off your First Box

Since Father’s Day is fast approaching, I figured for this lovely Monday, I’d focus on a Men’s subscription.  The wonderful Gentlemen & Co Noire Style Box, a men’s fashion accessory subscription, graciously sent me a box to review.

A little about this sub:
The Gentlemen & Co. Noire Style Monthly Subscription costs $28 per month, with free US shipping and you can cancel at any time.  (International subscriptions are available for $35 and do not include Esquire magazine.)

“Each monthly box will contain anywhere from 4 to 6 dapper accessories, such as pocket squares, lapel pins, tie bars and more… alongside the recent issue of Esquire Magazine. Each box will be completely coordinated by the members here at Gentlemen & Co. and easy to style, making it simple to dress to impress those around you. “

Something really special about this box is that 25% of recurring sales are also donated to a scholarship program set up to help students from low income families afford college.  So not only does Gentlemen & Co help you “dress to impress”, they are helping make the world a little better, box by box.

In addition to the items I received, subscribers will also get an issue of Esquire magazine.

Unfortunately, this box didn’t include an insert with info on the items and because I’m a lady (at least some of the time) I’m just going to leave out a verdict on each piece and instead comment on the overall box as a gift option.

Very stylish box, nice graphic logo:
Box
Open Box

Tie pin
Tie Bar
This is a very classic tie bar that would match any tie or outfit.  A very nice professional choice.

Pocket Square
Cotton Pocket Square

A simple white pocket square is another very classic choice. It will go with everything.

Tie
Skinny Necktie

Skinny neckties seem to be in fashion and I actually think the fabrication of the tie makes it a bit unique.  It seems like a wool blend and it gives a sort of casual chic vibe.

Pin
Lapel Pin
Not sure about this one.  I don’t know too many guys who would wear it, but it’s definitely a fun piece and the red would be a nice pop of color against a dark jacket.

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Beaded Bracelet

My boyfriend doesn’t wear jewelry but I’ve known quite a few guys that do, and I thought the colors of this bracelet were nicely understated and it had some lovely detail.

OVERALL
Noire Box May 2016
So let’s start with the value.  For $28, you receive all of the above plus an Esquire magazine.  The items all seemed well made and the colors would complement a wide variety of suits, so I think $28 is a more than fair price. The box itself has nice packaging for gift giving, and I feel like the guy who really enjoys dapper accessories would dig this box.  These types of subs are a fun way to keep fashion fresh and fun for men who need to wear suits regularly.  I personally love companies that give back, so knowing a portion of the sales go toward scholarships is a great bonus.  My one small criticism is that I’d really want an insert with info on the items and perhaps some suggestions for styling.  Hopefully future boxes will include that.

Have you ever purchased a box subscription for a man in your life?  If so, what did they think?

BACKSTORY
“Each month, Gentleman & Co Noire Style Box will send a box containing, ”anywhere from 4 to 6 dapper accessories, such as pocket squares, lapel pins, tie bars and more… alongside the recent issue of Esquire Magazine. Each box will be completely coordinated by the members here at Gentlemen & Co. and easy to style, making it simple to dress to impress those around you. “

25% of Recurring Sales will be donated to a scholarship fund to assist low income students.

COST: $28 per month for US subscriptions
((International subscriptions are available at $35 but do not include Esquire magazine.)

Shipping:
Free Shipping on all U.S. orders.
Cancel at Any Time
Free US Shipping

COUPON CODE: USE CODE WELCOME5 TO SAVE $5 OFF YOUR FIRST MONTH.

Selected by Harrison Blake: February 2016 & Coupon Code!

So I promised you all you’d see more men’s subscription boxes and today I’m delivering. The lovely folks at Harrison Blake Apparel Co. graciously sent me their February box to review.

A little about this sub:
“SELECTED by Harrison Blake is a $25/mo. subscription club that delivers 5 classy accessories and unique products. Each box will contain 1 necktie and 4 additional accessories, such as pocket squares, lapel pins, tie bars and more… – each box will be completely coordinated and easy to style, making it simple to dress to impress. Each of these items will be exclusive and hand selected – not just items currently for sale on our website!”

This box costs $25 per month and shipping in the US is free. This sub ships to Canada and internationally but that will cost additional in shipping. For 30% off anything on the Harrison Blake website use code MAR11 at Checkout.

Now let’s check out the box.  Super cute logo.
Box Open Box
Tie Bar
H.B. Scissors Tie Bar
(Suggested Retail: $14.00)
I thought this was a really fun and unique tie bar. Definitely not a run of the mill style.

Pocket Square
Cotton Pocket Square

(Suggested Retail: $10.00)
I loved the print on this pocket square and the finishing at the edge is really lovely. Definitely a nice quality item and I think I’ll be stealing it for myself and keeping it in my purse for a classier alternative to a Kleenex.

Tie
Knit Necktie

(Suggested Retail: $16.00)
I thought this tie was another unique style and had some hipster type charm to it. It’s a younger style and I think it’s definitely a fun choice as we head into spring.

Socks
H.B. Polka Dot Socks
(Suggested Retail: $12.00)
I couldn’t find these on the Harrison Blake website so I’m going with the value listed on the included card. I’m a sucker for polka dots and these coordinate nicely with all the other items.

Bracelet
Beaded Bracelet
(Suggested Retail: $15.00)
This one also wasn’t available on the website so I’m using the value from the included card. I don’t know too many guys who wear these style bracelets, but this one seems comfortable and matches back with the other accessories.

OVERALL
Harrison Blake February 2016
Obviously I’m not a guy so I can’t really review this the way I do a lot of my other boxes. So to start with let’s look at the value. The cost of the box is $25 and I get a estimated retail value of $67. Now that can be tricky since these items appear to be exclusive to Harrison Blake, however just looking at the quality of what’s included I do think $25 is more than a fair price for this box.

I really like that the accessories have more unusual styling than a lot of other boxes I’ve seen. These seem to skew a bit younger and more fun and I appreciate that they all coordinate with each other.

The March box is currently sold out, but I’m sure there will be more available for April. If you know a guy who has a lot of fun with his accessories, I think he’d really enjoy this box.

Do you any of the men in your life purchase subscription boxes? If so, which ones?

THE BACKSTORY
SELECTED by Harrison Blake is a $25/mo. subscription club that delivers 5 classy accessories and unique products. Each box will contain 1 necktie and 4 additional accessories, such as pocket squares, lapel pins, tie bars and more… – each box will be completely coordinated and easy to style, making it simple to dress to impress. Each of these items will be exclusive and hand selected – not just items currently for sale on our website!”

COST: $25 per month
Shipping: Free Shipping on all U.S. orders.
Canadian shipping is a flat rate of $12.
International shipping is a flat rate of $20

COUPON CODE: For 30% off anything on the Harrison Blake website use code MAR11 at Checkout.

Bespoke: January 2016

So it’s been quiet over here at Subscription Therapy, unless you count my hacking cough from catching the flu. I’m finally past the worst of it and ready to get back to my boxes.

I had mentioned before that you’d see quite a few Men’s subscription boxes coming up and today I’ve got Bespoke, a men’s lifestyle sub. I’ve been eying this one for a while and I finally decided to jump in and grab a box for my boyfriend.

How it Works: Each month we assemble a new collection of themed goods to create the Box of Awesome”

Who doesn’t want a “Box of Awesome”?

What’s inside?: “Each box is a limited-edition, themed collection of men’s lifestyle gear from up-and-coming brands that we admire, spanning all areas of your day-to-day.”

Cost: “Join the club and boxes always cost $45 – there’s no commitment and you can skip a box anytime. Otherwise, boxes cost $55.”

Now here’s the great part about this sub, you can choose your first box from their existing collections, opt to skip any month or purchase additional items for upgrade. It’s really designed so you don’t end up with stuff you don’t want or use and I really appreciate that.

Because I wanted to try to go on some weekend trips this year and my boyfriend really didn’t have a nice bag, I nabbed their Weekender box as a gift.
Bag Pic

This cost $45 if you sign up for a subscription and $55 if you just want a one time purchase.

My pictures aren’t quite so great since I was trying to sneak them before I wrapped this one up as a gift.
It came in a nice long box.
Box Open Box Bag in Box
The canvas and leather bag seemed quite sturdy and included a detachable strap. The design was simple and nicely sized for a weekend trip.
Bag Inside
It also came with a little bag of extra freebies including cards and body wipes.
Bag of Extras Extras
OVERALL
Verdict:
Hit!
This is my favorite male subscription box that I’ve seen so far. Not only is it very customizable but most of the boxes are unisex. I’d happily use this weekender bag and there are tons of boxes they offer that I’d love to have for myself. If there’s a special guy in your life, I think a gift sub to Bespoke would be a great option. He can pick and choose the items he likes for himself and they offer everything from toiletries to booze to accessories.

 

BACKSTORY
Each month Bespokeassembles a new collection of themed goods to create the Box of Awesome.”

“Each box is a limited-edition, themed collection of men’s lifestyle gear from up-and-coming brands that we admire, spanning all areas of your day-to-day.”  Box value of $70+.

Cost: “Join the club and boxes always cost $45 – there’s no commitment and you can skip a box anytime. Otherwise, boxes cost $55.”

Tie It On!: December 2015 & 20% off Coupon Code

So today I’m kicking off what is soon to be a flurry of men’s subscription box reviews with the Tie it On! Box.

A little about this sub:
“Tie It On! is a subscription service based out of Central Texas and our goal is to offer men stylish accessories at an affordable price,  without all of the hassle of driving to the mall or searching for hours online for that item to wear to work or your next big event. Essentially we’ll do all the work to keep you looking good so you don’t have to.”

As I’m sure you can guess this is a tie subscription, along with the traditional neck ties they also feature bow ties and socks. There are a variety of box options (jump down to the Backstory for details). To get 20% off your first month (new customers only) use the code Tieiton20.

The box I received was the Tie It On! & Socks Style Pack which costs $25.00 and includes one tie and one pair of socks.
Box

Merona Socks
Merona Socks

(Suggested Retail: 3 for $9.29)
I know Merona as a Target brand so I was a little surprised to find it in this box. I sort of expected more independent or unusual brands. It’s an interesting print, but not one that my boyfriend really liked. I ended up donating this to a sock drive at my work.

TieTie Label
JF J. Ferrar Tie

(Suggested Retail: $30 for set with tie bar)
It looks like this brand is available at JC Penny, but most come in a set with another item. I didn’t see a tie bar in my bag, but it’s possible I missed it. This seems like a nice quality tie but nothing special enough to be included in a sub box.  I’ll pass this along to a friend who wears ties enough to make use out of this.
Tie & Socks
OVERALL
Tie it On 12.2015
Tie it On! offers higher end options and I think that type of box makes more sense. I think most men could probably grab a pair of socks or a tie when they are already at a department store shopping for other items. Higher end or indie makers offering coordinating accessories each month would be a lot more interesting and something a lot of men might not have the time or interest to explore for themselves. This box retails for $25 and when you exclude the additional set items from the suggested retail of similar items I found, we seem to break even so I don’t see a ton of issues with the actual retail cost. In addition to the more interesting brand options, I’d also love to see an insert that tells us about the items and why they were chosen (the one included did not mention the items). I think this sub has a lot of potential, but based on this box alone I’m not convinced that most men would be interested in subscribing.

For my guy readers – what would you think of this box? Would you want to pick it up for yourself?

And for the ladies, what do you think of this as a gift? Would you consider signing up that favorite guy in your life?

BACKSTORY
Tie It On! is a monthly subscription service that sends stylish accessories such as neckties, bow-ties, and socks to gentlemen looking for great items at affordable prices.”

COUPON CODE: 20% off the first month’s subscripton to all new customers with the code Tieiton20.

There are various box options with a discount for prepaying:
Tie It On! Style Pack: Receive one our amazing neckties handpicked by our stylists for you every month “
Cost: $18 per month; $51 pre-paid 3 months

Bow -Tie It On! Style Pack :
“Super Stylish and Super Cool Bow-ties selected just for you!”
Cost: $18 per month; $51 pre-paid 3 months

Premium Tie It On! Style Pack:
Receive a great designer necktie from J.Crew, Perry Ellis, Pierre Cardin, Banana Republic, Express, or other great designers every month.”
Cost: $27 per month; $79 pre-paid 3 months

Premium Bow-Tie It On! Style Pack: Receive a great designer bow tie from J.Crew, Perry Ellis, Pierre Cardin, Banana Republic, Express, or other great designers every month.” (Choice of Self-Tie, or Pre-Tie).
Cost: $30 per month

Bow-Tie It On! & Socks Style Pack: “Get one of our great bow-ties and a matching pair of socks each month!”
Cost: $25 per month; $72 pre-paid 3 months

Sock It Too Me! Style Pack: “Receive a great super stylish pair of socks delivered to you every month!”
Cost: $10 per month; $27 pre-paid 3 months

Tie It On! & Socks Style Pack: “Get one of our great ties plus a matching pair of socks each month!”
Cost: $25 per month; $72 pre-paid 3 months