The Birchbox Man’s June 2013 theme is Off Duty with the flavor text of the provided cue card being:
Harry Houdini, Steve McQueen, Andy Dufresne, Ferris Bueller. These legendary escape artists all knew how to make a quick, well-timed exit, and they always covered their tracks. Now it’s time for you to plan your own summer escape — whether that means a leisurely workday lunch or a full-fledged sabbatical. This box is filled with products to keep you looking and feeling great, even when you’re off duty, including some vacation-ready picks from our friends at DETAILS magazine.
To keep the process relatively simple, I’ll list the contents and then go over them in detail. So without further ado, my June 2013 BirchBox Man box contained the following:
2 Pairs of Socks from Richer Poorer
- A 0.35 Oz Sample of Proraso Shaving Cream
- A 0.5 Oz Sample of Towel Dry All-in-One Thickening Shampoo
- 2 Samples of Niche Male Deodorizing Wipes
- 1 Old Spice Pure Sport Bar Soap
Birchbox Man Picks
My large items for the month of June were 2 pairs of executive style socks from Richer Poorer that retail for $12 each. I received a pair of Veteran – Green/Navy and a pair of Horn Blower – Blue. These particular socks are meant to be a bold fashion statement by pairing them with your cuffed up jeans or khakis. As far as my personal preference, I like the Veteran – Green/Navy, while the Horn Blower – Blue may be a little too expressive for me. The socks are made of 68% Combed Cotton, 16% Polyester, 13% Nylon, and 3% Spandex so they feel light and stretchy. I’ll definitely add this to my rotation of dress socks as they add a little spark to my work khakis.
The second notable item in my BirchBox Man was a sample of Proraso Shaving Cream – Refreshing and Toning Formula. This particular product is made in Italy and contains Eucalyptus Oil and Menthol to provide a nice refreshing fragrance and cooling sensation for your shave. This particular sample is 0.35 OZ compared to a full product which is 5.2 OZ and sells currently for $10 retail. I usually do not have to shave often since my typical shave routine only requires me to shave every 2-3 days, but I went ahead and let my facial hair grow out for 2 weeks to really put this product to the test. UPDATE: I went ahead and gave this product a test run. It worked really well and left my skin fairly soft. The menthol was slightly underwhelming for me in particular. The one thing I noticed was that after I shaved off my primary stubble, my skin felt really firm and tight. When I was trying to touch up some of the smaller trouble areas around the corners of my mouth, I noticed that the razor head started to stick to my face. Also after I finished rinsing and wiped my face clean I noticed that a very thin layer of my skin may have buffed off. To combat this, just rinse and make sure you pat your face dry.
Details Magazine Picks
In this particular month, Birchbox had some assistance from the people at Details Magazine to help them pick out some great items to put in the Birchbox Man Box. The following 2 items were their picks for my particular box.
The Towel Dry creates professional hair care products for men. This particular product is a All-In-One Thickening Shampoo for men with Fine or Thinning Hair. It contains pro-vitamin B5 to help add thickness, body and shine to your hair as well as natural amino acids, creatine and keratin to help strengthen and repair your hair. This sample came in a 0.5 FL OZ sample while a 12 OZ retail bottle will cost you $16 retail. I particularly do not need this product as my hair type is fairly thick and full, so I’ll probably pass this item on to someone who can fully review and appreciate this product. I’ll go ahead and contact support to ask them why they didn’t provide me with the Conditioning or Hydradting version, but it’s possible that Details Magazine only recommended the Thickening Shampoo version.
The final item from the BirchBox Man Guide was 2 samples of Niche For Men Male Deodorizing Wipes. I was actually looking forward to trying this product and came really close to purchasing it from the website before trying the trial. These Deodorizing Wipes are oversized wet naps for adult men and contain aloe and ginseng to purify and soothe skin on the go. They are meant to help you refresh your body when you don’t have time for a full shower but may need to freshen up post-work, gym, or maybe after being stuck in a hot subway car. I actually could have put this to use today as I was working on some dance choreography for a talent show at work, but I did not have time to squeeze in a shower. I received 2 samples while Five 2-packs will run you $15 retail.
Birchbox Man Score
Bonus Item Time. As a bonus, it looks like I was given a sample of the newly launched Old Spice Pure Sport Bar Soap. It has a pretty good fragrance and I currently use Old Spice as my body wash. My wife loves the fragrance. Personally, I don’t prefer Bar Soap because I find that stray shower water tends to make it stick or wash away. I’ll go ahead and give it a try though.
I hope you enjoyed this review of the contents of my June 2013 Birchbox Man box. If you are interested in subscribing, please use my subscription link, so that I get credit for helping launch another Birchbox Man. http://birch.ly/12Q6KQs