Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Bespoke Post Review - June 2016 "Slice" - Men's Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

Canadian Box Addict pays for this subscription. This post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Bespoke Post Box of Awesome
How Much? $45 per month + tax, plus $10 shipping to Canada (US dollars)
What's in it? Fresh & interesting lifestyle brands for men built around a central, unique theme   

Bespoke Post is a lifestyle subscription box for men. Each month, Bespoke Post sends a new "Box of Awesome" - a box filled with a limited edition collection of products built around a specific theme. To complement the box, Bespoke posts how-to-videos, tips & tricks, and interviews with the makers. Their goal is to introduce men to something new. Many of the boxes could appeal to women as well, which is why I subscribe. You can also skip as many months as you wish, so I've been subscribed for a couple years, but only get the box a few times a year.

Over the years, Bespoke Post has worked to lower the Canadian shipping charge. Originally I was paying $20 a box for shipping to BC. Last year they managed to get the cost down to $10 per box (or for shop orders $45 and up) Canada wide. They also cover the brokerage fees and duties, so there are no additional fees due upon delivery.

There were four new boxes to choose from this month:

I'm a fan of food boxes, and I already have Charred (from its April 2015 appearance), so I opted for Slice.

The  product card has instructions and suggestions for using each item. On the reserve side is a recipe for mouth watering pizza dough.

First look

SPARQ Soapstone Pizza Stone 12" ($44.95)
This pizza stone is what sold me on Slice. It's worth the cost of the box! I used to have a ceramic pizza stone, but didn't like that I couldn't wash it. This soapstone one is non-porous, stain-proof, naturally nonstick, and dishwasher safe. It also looks nice resting on a counter top, and could double as a serving platter or cheese plate.

Close up!

Mike's Hot Honey (12 oz, $10)
This is dubbed the "world's most versatile condiment". You can try it over pizza, chicken, ribs, biscuits, fruit, cheese, and even ice cream.

Caputo 00 Chef's Flour (1kg, $4)
Good pizza starts with good dough so Bespoke Post sourced the best. Saveur Magazine even named Caputo 00 the best flour for making pizza dough! The "00" means the flour is an extra fine grind. 

W&P Design Walnut Pizza Cutter (~$15)
This pizza cutter is stylish and functional! I couldn't find it for sale on the W&P Design website, so I'm estimating the price. I wonder if it's a Bespoke Post exclusive.

The "Slice" box from Bespoke Post includes four products, valued around $74 US. This box cost me $60.40 US, including tax and shipping. This box was delivered via Canada Post and there were no additional fees due upon delivery. I love the pizza stone and the extras are great additions to complete the pizza theme. I'm curious to try the spicy honey. You really can't go wrong with Bespoke Post. I've been happy with every box I've received from them!

Interested in trying Bespoke Post? New subscribers can save 20% off their first box by using promo code BOX20 at checkout. There are several great boxes available right now so be sure to check them out. New collections will be revealed July 1st.

Click here to check out Bespoke Post

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.  

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Gentleman's Box Review - June 2016 - Men's Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Gentleman's Box
How Much? $33/month, including postage. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? 4-5 products for men, plus a 1-year subscription to GQ Magazine 

Gentleman’s Box is a subscription box for men providing essential items for today's gentleman. The monthly subscription box may contain a range of items from grooming supplies to wardrobe accessories – each selected to complement your or your man's lifestyle and align with our monthly theme.

Each box is themed around a noteworthy gentleman from past or present. The products inside each box are picked to reflect the class and style of that month's featured individual.

Over the years, many renowned individuals have defined what it means to be a modern gentleman. Through courage, charisma and admiration, these men have become icons to fellow gentlemen.

Along with the monthly box, subscribers are also enrolled in a one-year subscription to GQ Magazine at no additional cost! A one year Canadian subscription to GQ is worth $22 US and the Canadian cover price is $4.99 per issue.

You can check out all my Gentleman's Box reviews here

This month, Gentleman's Box honours dads and father figures!

First look

Product info booklet

Harry's The Truman Razor & 4 Blades Free Promo Code ($10 + $8)
This is great! My boyfriend uses Harry's products and I reviewed their subscription service once before (check it out here). There is no minimum purchase to redeem the blades and the card is valid for one year. I'm going to save it for Christmas time.

La Fresh Travel Lite Sunscreen Wipe (2 x $1)
Sunscreen wipes are such a great idea. Quick, mess-free, and convenient.

Sock Fancy Green Stripe Socks ($12)
These socks are thick and cozy. They're made from quality combed cotton and have a reinforced heel and tow. Sock Fancy also has a subscription box, which ships to Canada for free!

Something Strong Striped Tie ($30)
This is a fun tie for summer time and this 100% cotton tie is exclusive to Gentleman's Box!

Woodchuck USA Wooden Tie Clip ($30)
This clip is made with walnut wood and stainless steel. We've received a few Woodchuck products from Gentleman's Box over the last year. They are all well made, unique pieces.

The June Gentleman's Box included five products, with a retail value around $92 US. This box costs $33 US for Canadians, so it's a great value. This box is pretty representative of what you can expect from Gentleman's Box each month - a tie, socks, an accessory, and a grooming product or two.

If you are interested in trying Gentleman's Box for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, you can save $5 off your first box using promo code 5OFF. This brings your first box down to $28 US (for Canadians), including shipping.

Click here to check out Gentleman's Box.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.   

Monday, 27 June 2016

Nerd Block Classic Review - June 2016 - Geek & Gamer Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Nerd Block Classic
How much? $19.99/month, plus tax and $8.75 shipping. Prices in US dollars.
What's in it? Comic-con in a box. Includes 4-6 collectible items, including a custom t-shirt and a $10 credit for

Nerd Block is a Canadian subscription service that sends a monthly mystery package filled with nerdy apparel, toys, and collectibles. The products chosen represent all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more! There are 7 Blocks to choose from: Nerd Block Classic, Arcade Block, Comic Block, Horror Block, Sci-Fi Block, Nerd Block Jr. Boys, and Nerd Block Jr. Girls. The Jr. Blocks are $13.99, plus shipping and the other Blocks are $19.99, plus shipping. While boxes ship from within Canada, keep in mind that Nerd Block bills in US dollars.

You can skip or cancel any time, and you can even change your block from month to month. Classic, Horror, and Arcade Blocks can be switched between each other. To switch your block all you have to do is log into your account to view your switching options
See all my Nerd Block reviews here.

The June sneak peeks showed we would be receiving items from Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, and The Goonies!

The product card doesn't specify a theme this month, but given that they are items from Ghostbusters, The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, The Goodnies, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Game of Thrones (phew), it feels like a bit of a fantasy/mystical theme.

Shirt Punch The Legend of Zelda Rupee T-Shirt ($20 value) 
Along with a cool (and exclusive) new t-shirt, we also received a custom code for $10 off at Shirt Punch. There is no minimum purchase required, but the credit does not cover shipping. Shirts are $10-$20, plus shipping. Each promo card is also a piece to a puzzle. Save all 9 promo cards (over the next 9 months) and you could receive a $100 Shirt Punch gift card. Learn more here. I have to remember not to toss the card!

Dorbz Guardians of the Galaxy Starlord Vinyl Collectible ($7)
Can you believe I haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy? I have no idea who this character is! Subscribers received either Starlord or Groot.

Harry Potter Gryffindor Crest Bookmark ($9)
I would like to think I would be sorted into Gryffindor House, but you know, sometimes I'm just not sure. I was in London last fall and visited the Harry Potter display at King's Cross Station. I came so close to buying a wand (or letting the wand choose me). I kick myself for passing it up. Hopefully this little bookmark will fill the void.

Tobin's Spirit Guide: Official Ghostbusters Edition (Nerd Block Exclusive ~$10) 
From the Amazon description:
This dynamic in-universe book takes fans inside the world of Ghostbusters like never before. In the first Ghostbusters movie, Tobin’s Spirit Guide is a comprehensive supernatural encyclopedia used by our heroes to research ghouls and ghosts. For the first time, this fully illustrated tome will allow fans to pore through the pages of this legendary guide to learn all about the things that go bump in the night—from Class 5 Free-Roaming Vapors to giant Sloars! 
The hard-cover edition will be released on July 1st (click here to pre-order). This soft cover version is a Nerd Block exclusive! 

Goonies Rolled Map (Nerd Block Exclusive) 
This map is printed on vinyl and has a faux-leather tie. It would look pretty cool framed as an art piece! I wonder if I could take this with me on my next trip to Oregon and try to find the treasure hidden in Astoria (kidding)!

Shire Post Mint Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen Copper of Meereen Coin ($7.50)
This is listed as a Nerd Block exclusive, but it's actually part of a 4-coin set. Check the detail of the coin here and check out the entire Game of Thrones collection here. I received a Targaryen coin, while other subscribers received Lannister or Stark (I'm not sure if there were other variations).

The June Nerd Block Classic contained six products, valued over $54 US. This box costs $28.74 US for Canadians. In addition, the box also included a $10 credit for Shirt Punch. I already redeemed my credit and picked up a cool Game of Thrones shirt for my boyfriend (It ended up costing $17 US with tax and shipping).

Looking for a spoiler for July?

Every Nerd Block Classic will have a "psychotic exclusive" from Suicide Squad.

There will also be items from Transformers and Attack on Titan.
Order before July 15th to receive the July box. Boxes ship between July 15th and July 20th. Interested in trying Nerd Block? Use promo code SAVE15 to get 15% off your first block.

Click here to check out Nerd Block.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.    

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Little Life Box Review - June 2016 - Canadian Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Little Life Box
How Much? $19/month plus $8 shipping. Tax extra. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Up to a dozen organic, natural, health conscious samples.

Little Life Box is a Canadian subscription service that sends a box full natural and Eco-friendly
samples of carefully selected products, including non GMO, gluten free, and raw or vegan choices. Products may include snacks, cosmetics, supplements, vitamins, and more. Items included in the box vary each month, and Little Life Box guarantees that you will never receive the exact same product sample twice. A vegan option is available for purchase as well. 

Little Life Box allows health conscious amateurs and epicureans to discover new healthy and organic items without having to blindly pay the full price. Their mission is to encourage people to make better choices with their everyday staples by helping them discover new ones every month.

Click here to see all my Little Life Box reviews.

 Little Life Box is always packaged up like a gift and the tissue changes monthly to match the season!

First look

Four O'Clock Tea - Jasmine Green Tea ($4.29)
If you’re trying to cut down on your caffeine intake, there’s no better way to start than with a refreshing jasmine green tea. Made of jasmine flowers from a small farm in Jiangsi province, located at more than two thousand meters of altitude.

Crunchy Rob's Brand Brazilian Coconut Popcorn ($1.50)
We all love eating popcorn when watching tv. Whether you're enjoying a flick at the drive-through, watching Finding Doris* at the movies or rewatching Orange is The New Black on Netflix, this healthy popcorn alternative is delicious and ready to eat. We can’t get enough of that flavour!
( *I think they mean 'Finding Dory')

Three Farmers Roasted Chickpeas ($5.49)
Created by a Canadian company that also makes amazing cooking oils, these chickpeas are the perfect balance between savoury and sweet. Featuring their camelina oil, this snack is a tasty and crunchy snack that can be eaten straight out of the bag or added to many recipes. Just use your imagination!

PUR Mints ($2.79)
These mints come in a cute little bag and are great for our nights out when having fresh breath is necessary.  We love this company and the fact that they offer a great and healthy alternative to products that contain aspartame. 

Simply Protein Bar in Lemon Coconut ($2.87)
We’ll admit it: we don’t always have time to make food. On the days when we need a few extra minutes of sleep, we’ll reach for this protein bar. It totally satisfies our cravings and the flavour is summer fresh and light.

Clif Trailmix Bar in Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond ($2.39)
Remember that time you wished you had a healthy sweet snack in your bag mid-day? Filled with chocolate chunks, but good for you at the same time? Now you can bring the perfect snack with you with this Trail Mix Bar.

SBT Seabuckthorn Sunburn Soothing Salve (Sample)
A natural treatment for sunburned skin. Immediately reduces redness and flaking. Soothes and cools sore sunburned skin. Provides a natural barrier to lock in moisture.

Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil ($4.29)
This tension-taming oil is rich with organic lavender oil, known for its balancing and soothing fragrance. Sweet almond and sesame seed oils ensure that the high content of essential fatty acids are extremely well-tolerated and easily absorbed to protect it from drying.

Fourmi Bionique Beatitude Gourmet MĂ©lange (~$7)
For a tasty wholesome snack or for dessert, at work or play, let yourself be tempted by our exquisite and perfectly balanced blend of oven roasted almonds and toasted coconut tossed with dried apples, cranberries, raspberries, blueberries and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt.

M'Nonga D'Amour Savonniere Rose Bath Bomb (~$5)
When we decide to take a bath - we make sure we totally indulge. This handmade bath bomb has rose petals. It makes for a perfect setting to relax and take some me time.
This bath bomb smells lovely. The label and tag both say Happy Mother's Day (in French & English) so this appears to be left over stock from May. 

Beekeeper's Naturals Throat Relief ($12.99)
This throat relief spray is all-natural and a great source of antioxidants to help soothe your throat pain. It's made with bee propolis that has antiviral properties. This spray is also good for colds & flus, stamina & energy and canker sores & gum health.

My June Little Life Box included eleven items, with a retail value around $50 Canadian. This box costs $27 per month, including shipping, so the value is just about double. The product sizes are very generous this month, and the mix of items is perfect for me. I like when they include a mix of snacks and body products. Those are the things I use the most! My favourite this month is the Brazilian Coconut Popcorn. It was sweet and salty like kettle corn, with a hint of coconut. I must find more!

If you are interested in ordering Little Life Box, use promo code jill10 at checkout to save 10% off your first month of monthly subscription. This is valid for new subscribers only, with the purchase of a monthly plan (not valid on 3 or 12 month terms). 

Click here to check out Little Life Box.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.  

Friday, 24 June 2016

Good Luck Sock Review - June 2016 - Canadian Sock Subscription + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Good Luck Sock Active Fit Sock of the Month Club
How Much? $102 for 6 months or $192 for 12 months. Shipping is included. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? A funky pair of socks for men or women.

Good Luck Sock is a Canadian service that sends a funky pair of socks to your door each  month. All their socks are a high quality and designed by the Good Luck Sock team in Edmonton, Alberta. Good Luck Sock offers sizing and designs for men and women.

I've previously reviewed the men's and women's crew sock subscriptions (here and here). Now I'm reviewing the "Active Fit" subscription.

Active Fit socks are made with luxurious combed cotton and have mesh vents with a reinforced heel and toe. To cradle the contours of your feet, the sock sports a Y Gore Seam, deep heel pocket, and an elastic arch band. Active Fit socks fit men and women with shoe sizes 8-13. There are three subscription plans available for the Active Fit socks:
  • 6 months - $102 ($17 per pair)
  • 12 months - $192 ($16 per pair)
  • Bakers Dozen - $198 ($15.23 per pair)

All plans include free shipping. For the Bakers Dozen plan, within one day of placing your order, Good Luck Sock will send your bonus pair plus a welcome card. If you order it as a gift subscription, you have the option to send the bonus pair to yourself, then have the next 12 months go to your gift recipient, or have all 13 go to your gift recipient.

The socks come tucked inside a cardboard mailing envelope which fits in a condo sized mail slot.

The Active Fit socks are made from 56% polyester, 37% cotton, 5% elastane, and 2% spandex. The feel is very different from the crew socks. The Active Fit socks are softer and have more stretch. These are considered unisex and will fit men and women with shoe sizes from 8 to 13. I am a women's size 9 and I found these socks a little bit big, especially in the heel area, but they were still wearable and quite comfortable.

Surfing Sloth Active Fit Socks ($18)
All the designs on the Active Fit socks are pretty funny. Instead of being woven like the crew socks, they are screen printed. Many of the designs feature pretty elaborate art work. They are way more interesting than boring old white gym socks!

My June Active Fit Sock of the Month Club package form Good Luck Sock contained one pair of unisex Active Fit socks, valued at $18 Canadian. The monthly cost for this subscription is anywhere from $15.32 to $17 per month, depending on your term. The Active Fit socks retail for $18 a pair, so there is a bit of savings, depending on the subscription term you choose.

Interested in trying Good Luck Sock?  You can save 10% off any subscription using  promo code BOXADDICT10 at checkout.

Click here to check out Good Luck Sock Sock of the Month Club.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.