Oh, fitness. I didn't get much of you so far this weekend (other than a bit of lost wandering in a massive cemetery). Thankfully, Bulu Box showed up yesterday as a reminder to get off my butt.
Here's how BuluBox works, for those of you who are new to it:
- Bulu Box is a monthly subscription that costs $10 per month (including shipping). Look for a 50% off coupon code at the end of this post if you want to try it for just $5!
- Each box contains at least 4-5 health and nutrition samples to try. Based on my experiences, it's not atypical to get a sixth "bonus" sample too. You can choose from the standard Bulu Box (geared towards fitness and general wellness) or Bulu Box Weight Loss (which will contain fitness, wellness, and weight loss items).
- Bulu Box has a very generous rewards system, and you can earn points by reviewing the products you get in your boxes. I'll elaborate at the end of the post.
- Bulu Box ships within the USA via USPS. Boxes go out around the 15th of the month, so you need to sign up by the 5th of any given month to get that month's box.
I'll be reviewing the Weight Loss box, just FYI. First exercise of the day: Open BuluBox. Ignore any papercuts. No pain no gain.
1. Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar - French Vanilla Creme (1x 9.5g bar, approx. value $0.53):
The bar pictured above was sample-sized, but the full sizes have 13g of protein in them - that's pretty darn good for a bar. I gave this to Stan and he said "It's OK, maybe a little chalky..." Well, I guess you can't win them all. That's why it's good to try samples first!
2. Top Secret Nutrition Pump Igniter in Cherry Limeade (1x 11.7g sample, approx. value $3.56):
This is one of those supplements that's supposed to give you a pre-workout boost of energy and endurance. I don't have too much experience with this type of thing so I can't really offer too much commentary, but I'm starting to get curious about them so I guess I'll read up on this a bit!
3. Smarty Pants All-in-One Kids Gummy Multivitamin (2x 4 gummy samples, approx. value $1.47):
I don't have kids, but I gave these to Stan because he's young at heart. Or a manchild. Whichever you prefer. Anyway, the ingredients seem similar to regular Smarty Pants gummy vitamins but in smaller doses, so I don't think he'll die from taking them. His detailed review: "These taste good." Well-said.
4. AminoActiv Pain Relief Capsules & Cream (4 capsules/3ml cream, approx. value $2.59):
Pain relief cream and capsules that are supposed to be an alternative to NSAIDs. Very, very interesting. I do end up popping ibuprofen and aspirin more often than I probably should (curse you, menstrual cramps) so I'm very curious to see if these work. I could also see these being useful for muscle aches from exercise (for all the non-womanly types out there reading).
5. FitMiss Burn (2x capsules, approx. value $0.87):
Appetite-reducing/fat-burning tablets. I don't have tons of experience with this type of product, and the few I have tried gave me jitters, but who knows, maybe this one is better. Again, this is why it's great to try samples before you get a massive bottle of something!
6. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 Protein Powder (15g sample, approx. value $0.89):
A non-chai flavored protein powder?! Thank the heavens! Seriously though, I do use protein powders but really prefer to use unflavored or vanilla varieties, so I'm thrilled to be able to test this one out.
In addition to the samples listed above, there was also a coupon code for $40 off an annual subscription to Men's Health StreamFit. That doesn't add to the value of the box for me personally, but if you're interested in that service then it's a nice extra.
Total value: Approximately $ 9.91
I thought this was a good box. Not the highest in terms of value I've received, but it was about on par with the subscription cost so I don't think that's a big deal. One one hand there were a couple of things in here I'm not sure if I want to use, but on the other there were a couple of totally new-to-me things that I'm really excited about (like the AminoActiv products and hemp powder) so I think that makes it worth it. I've also learned that Stan will actually take multivitamins regularly if they're in gummy form - good to know.
Get Bulu Box for 50% off:
Coupon time! New subscribers can get your box for 50% off by signing up here and using code BULUGAN896 at checkout. That makes this sub a mere $5 per month (or less if you sign up for the annual subscription). That's less than a lot of people would spend on coffee and snacks in a day. Just FYI, month-to-month subscribers will only get the 50% discount off their first box, so it's a much better value to buy one of the multi-month subscriptions.
Bulu Box reward points system:
In case the ultra-cheap $5 per month price wasn't convincing enough for you, BuluBox also has a rewards system that allows you to earn credits towards purchases in their shop. Here's how it works:
- 10 points = $1 in Bulu world. Points can be used towards full-sized items in the Bulu Box shop and must be redeemed in increments of 50 points.
- You get points for filling out the surveys for the samples in your monthly box, making full-sized purchases, filling out your profile, referring people, etc. All the stuff you'd usually expect.
- Points expire 90 days after you earn them.
You can read more about points in the Bulu Box FAQ. But the point is that it's worth filling out those monthly product surveys, because even if you're not referring people you should be able to rack up at least 150 points ($15 credit) in 90 days. There are plenty of things in the BuluBox shop that are around the $15 mark - I see you, Clif bars.
What do you think of my May Bulu Box? Which of these samples sounds most interesting to you?
Disclosure: The box featured above was provided to me for review purposes, however the opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.