Bulu Box Review: Are Subscription Boxes Worth It?

Posted on Apr 8 2013 - 4:39pm by Susan Bewley

If you have been around Budget Earth for awhile, you know I am someone who focuses quite a bit on my health. While I may not have been the healthiest in my youth, I have been striving to not only lose weight, but increase my overall activity and address my health needs. I have always been reluctant to try most dietary and vitamins supplements since there are so many on the market and they always come in huge containers. Like most people, my husband and I live on a budget, meaning we can't dump $20 – $60 on something we can't guarantee will work.

Like me, you probably also spend quite a bit of time on other blogs – reading articles, tips, recipes, and sometimes even reviews. Even before I started Budget Earth, I was fascinated with the idea of a subscription box. I really wanted to know how they worked, but very few people seemed to actually focus on how they worked – just a quick opinion of how the items worked.  Luckily, my curiosity was satisfied when I had a chance to try out the Bulu Box for review through a Tomoson.com. If you were as curious as me about the Bulu Box – I think you will love this review!

Bulu Box: What Is It & How It Works

For those who haven't heard of this subscription box, the Bulu Box is a monthly subscription box that sends a sample of different vitamins, supplements, and health products. They advertise themselves as the best way to discover vitamins, health supplements, and different healthy products. The whole goal of this box is to introduce you to different products that will help you feel amazing. Within each box, you will find four to five different samples of premium products. While they aren't full size products, they give you a taste or general idea about the product to see if it's a good fit for you.

As well, the Bulu box doesn't charge you shipping or extra fees, allowing you to have new products right at your door for as little as $10 a month.  What also intrigued me about the Bulu box is that you have the potential to get full sized products by turning in points you get for being part of their community, which includes reviewing products, sharing them through social media, and doing short surveys. Since these products are designed to be for men and women, you can get a full spectrum of reviews that allow you to see what other thought of products – including products from Bulu boxes you didn't personally receive.

 

Bulu Box: What's Inside

If you are one of my Youtube subscribers, you probably saw my teaser for the March Bulu Box. My first box was actually unique since it contained items not only for the traditional Bulu Box, but their new weight loss supplement box. I will be honest, I was pretty hyped up about this box. I really wanted to try a subscription box and I was anxiously watching the mailbox. When it arrived, I was happy to find the follow products.

  • Pineapple Flavored Dream Water
  • QSpeed CoQ10 100 MG
  • Prolab Quick Fire Supplement
  • Red Remedies atEase PM
  • AeroShot Energy
  • $50 iTrain Gift Card

Before I go any further, I want to make it very clear to everyone that some of the items in this box I loved, while others I couldn't find a positive thing to say about them. The purpose of the Bulu Box is not to give everyone products they will love, but allow you to experiment with a wide range of products without spending a huge amount of money buying full size bottles.

 

 

Bulu Box: Pineapple Flavored Dream Water

 

 

Bulu Box: QSpeed CoQ10 100 MG

 

 

Bulu Box: Prolab Quick Fire Supplement

I have heard quite a few people online rave about this product. Many bloggers have said it really helped their exercise routine. In the advertisement that came with my Bulu box, it claimed it could bring your workout to the next level by giving your body the extra nutrients it needs.

Like many exercise supplements, you mix this supplement in water and take it 20 to 30 minutes before your working. I can't tell you how well it is for working out since I couldn't get past the taste. The fruit punch flavor was so artificial that it tasted nothing like fruit punch. It tasted more like chalky tutti frutti flavor.  I tried drinking it and eventually had to just give up because the texture and taste turned my stomach.  Based on the taste and texture alone – I was very disappointed in this product. Since I could not test its effects as an exericse supplement, however, I can't give it a fair review.  

Bulu Box AeroShot Energy

I'll be honest, I probably should have contacted Bulu Box about this sample. I'm pretty certain my AeroShot Energy shot was a dud that came from the manufacturer. It just won't shoot and doesn't seem to have any air in it. I played with it for about a half hour and eventually gave up. For this reason, I am going to be fair to AeroShot Energy and not give a review of this product.

Bulu Box: Redd Remedies atEase PM

 

 

Bulu Box: iTrain.com

Bulu Box: Opinion of Box Itself

While the Bulu Box itself had mix results when it came to products, I think it did exactly what it was meant to do – allow me to try a variety of products without spending much money. While I got mine for free, I think it is a great value! I am seriously considering signing up for a membership box myself since I enjoyed my first so much. As for my own personal rating system, I give it an A – its a great value for those of us on a budget and introduces everyone to some amazing products!

Bulu Box: Where to Purchase & Deals

If you would like to try out one of these boxes for yourself, head over to Bulubox.com. Here you can subscribe to one of their programs  – either the traditional Bulu Box or Weight Loss Box. If you use our referral code, you can also get a FREE Box or $10 off! Just makes sure to use the code below  –

BULUGAN160

Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive monetary compensation for this review but did receive a free Bulu Box for review purposes through Tomoson.com. All of the opinions on this blog are the opinions of said author and these opinions may differ from your own.

About 

Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

71 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Andrew L. April 8, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    This is one subscription box I think I would enjoy more then my wife (she is usually the sample box person). Very neat idea!

  2. Elle Briarson April 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Looks like a fantastic box, with great products! Great review! With all these new subscription services popping-up, it's hard to know which one to go with.

  3. lametria Brooks April 9, 2013 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Didn’t know these were out there.

  4. Jessica Snow April 10, 2013 at 12:39 am - Reply

    These are such great ideas.  I love the fact that you get to try so many great samples. 

  5. Rinkesh April 10, 2013 at 7:45 am - Reply

    This the first time I've heard of something like this. Would love to try it out someday.

  6. Debra C April 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of these but it is a great idea to be able to try out products before you spend money on them.

    • Susan Bewley April 11, 2013 at 11:08 am - Reply

      I agree. I try to keep us on a tight budget and am always afraid to try new products for that reason – I don’t want to waste the money. I think the concept is pretty spiffy!

  7. Anna Memphis April 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Great review, liked the videos.  I have no idea what I'd do with a few of those items either.  Do you plan on reviewing several types of boxes, not just the Bulu?  I've seen ones for cosmetics, gourmet food, clothing, kids' activities — they seem really attractive but my frugal self isn't so sure about buying a $25+ 'surprise' that I may or may not like every month.

    • Susan Bewley April 11, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

      That has been my issues with a lot of the subscription boxes. Part of me likes to be ‘surprised’, but a cynical part of me wants to know how much money they are making off of me. I liked Bulu since the products are high quality and it doesn’t break the bank ($5 a month is a cup of coffee when I’m on long drives every other week). I want people to show me WHY their box is amazing, not just tell me why. As you saw from the videos, I’m not afraid to say exactly what I think about a product. If something works and will improve my life though, I will work it into my family’s budget.

      As for reviewing other subscription boxes, I’m hoping to in the future and trying to get a list of boxes together that look like they may be worthwhile. Are there any specific ones you are interseted in learning about?  I think some companies though are scared off by my honesty. In my opinion, that says enough about their products 😉

  8. rebeccabasset April 11, 2013 at 6:39 am - Reply

    I am a subscriber of the Conscious Box, and a Beauty Box, (which I have tried plenty), and I got a Crave Box this past Month and I  also tried the Julep Box, but the only one that I love is the Conscious Box, but I will keep this one in mind. Thank you for the review!

    • Susan Bewley April 11, 2013 at 10:56 am - Reply

      I just recently found out about the Conscious Box. My only concern is the cost. Is there enough in it to make it worthwhile?

  9. Maria Iemma April 11, 2013 at 8:27 am - Reply

    I did not know about this service – I am not much for subscribing to things but the items in the box seem to be of high quality and very different so it gives you a variety of products to try.  I will think about placing an order.

    • Bella August 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      I never  heard of this before, great products and i would want to try it.Thanks for the info.

  10. Vickie Couturier April 11, 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

    this one looks good but ive heard of some that arent so good,,not worth the money

    • Susan Bewley April 11, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Yeah, there are a lot of scammy ones out there. Its why I have avoided them. This one though really surprised me. I enjoyed this enough that I bought a six month subscription after my free box (same price you guys get it, not anything special because I’m a blogger).

  11. Shauna April 11, 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Okay, am I living in the dark ages? I had never heard of Bulu Box – thank you so much!!!

    • Susan Bewley April 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Don’t feel bad, Shauna! Subscription boxes are a relatively new thing. 🙂

  12. Alaina Bullock April 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    i was wondering about this service.  I love all that came in that box, especially since it is allgeared towards  "health".  I would love to try the weight loss one!

    • Susan Bewley April 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Actually, I am going to be going over that one in May. I subscribed to the the weight loss one for 6 months (paid for it, not a blogger promotion) and can’t wait to get it. Seems worth a shot for $5 a month 🙂

  13. Alison April 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I think they can be worth it or it could be a waste – I have tried ones for new moms – and some of the items, like you, I really like and others I try and throw away. I have gotten good discounts on some of it and I like the fact that you can write reviews and share with others and the company, but if your baby grows and the items don't then you have to cancel it, especially if you don't have any more kids. I am not sure I would use this one, since I have dietary restrictions, but this is a good idea and the price is not too bad. Thanks for the review.

    • Susan Bewley April 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      I didn’t know this until I subscribed after I wrote this review but they do work around dietary restrictions. You tell them during sign up if you are on a paleo diet, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc. I don’t know why they don’t make a big deal about this on their website. I should add this to my review. 

  14. Nickida April 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    I got a Bulu box and had hubby try it out.  He used the dream water and felt it worked for him.  Most of out items were natural cold and flu items and he didn't use any of it yet.  Overall its a cool idea.

    • Susan Bewley April 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      It’s so interesting that we got such different stuff! Did you get the April box?

  15. Tara A. April 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I love subscription boxes! I am, however, a reluctant user of vitamins and supplements (other than those I get naturally by eating a healthy diet). I used to subscribe to the Klutchbox but canceled my subscription due to too many of these. However, I've found my love in other subscription boxes, like healthy foods. 🙂

  16. Kelly R April 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I loved my Bulu Box, I think it is a great idea to try things before you buy and this gives you that option..

  17. Loreina April 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I love subscription boxes! The Bulu box sounds interesting. I'll check into it! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Anna at Mama Writes April 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I have been hearing a lot about these subscription boxes lately and they sound interesting… I like that the Bulu Box comes for under $10 a month and the products seem like stuff I would like. Thanks for the review!!

  19. Miranda W April 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks. This looks great. I'll have to see if it's available for Canada.

  20. Liz April 12, 2013 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Interesting – never heard of a subscription box before!

  21. Chelsea April 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Great review! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Yvonne April 14, 2013 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I am about to get my first one in the mail…should be interesting.  Thanks for doing a review!

  23. akbj April 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I've been seeing a lot about subscription boxes lately but hadn't heard of this one yet, it is definitely the lowest cost one, and looks like it would be worth their initial offer which is generous. Not sure just how much I'd use this particular one but am glad to see it reviewed! Thanks!

  24. ANN*H April 15, 2013 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I been seeing so many subscription boxes of all sort lately online but this is the first one I seen that has this type of thing in them. So are alittle bit pricey but this one is reasonable. But for me on a fixed income it would be hard to do this. Thanks for telling us about this one

  25. lisa April 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    The price is good. Do you have any say as to what you get? Like a questionaire as to your likes and dislikes?

  26. Susan Smith April 17, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    I have received a couple of boxes that I won and have been disapointed that most of the product where samples that they company got free.  I'm not going to pay to get samples that they give out free.  I wouldn't pay for a subscription to one of these services,

    • Susan Bewley April 18, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Some of the services are samples, some are full products. The other way to look at it is that subscription boxes are mostly filled with products from small companies. Many of these companies can’t afford to give out free samples. Its usually a perk we get from big companies.

  27. Laura P. April 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I think subscription boxes are a great way to try new products as long as they offer a lot of products to try. Even when you get products you don't like at least you know now to avoid them. I love seeing reviews like these because some of the boxes it is unclear what types of things you'll get but the Bulu looks pretty neat. I may consider signing up at one point.

    • Susan Bewley April 18, 2013 at 9:57 am - Reply

      So glad you liked our review. I am getting something like another five subscription boxes for review in the next month to two months. Some of the boxes really are unclear and do a terrible job advertising themselves. Hopefully I an help take some of the mystery out of these boxes 🙂

  28. Tara GAuthier April 18, 2013 at 3:06 am - Reply

    I have not tried any subscription boxes yet..this one looks quite good.

  29. annie page April 22, 2013 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Like you i live on a small budget and don't really sign up to anything that will take money from my account every month because you never no what will come up and tou need that money but cannot use it don't get me wrong i have my bills come out auto just don't need another but the system use talk about sounds like a good deal for those the can afford to have 10 come out each month

    • Susan Bewley April 22, 2013 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Right now to try it out I paid for one of their gift services that is 6 months and that’s it for 5 months. It sounds like a spiffy deal but I’m not sure if I will be able to afford it long term. We will see 🙂

  30. md kennedy April 29, 2013 at 12:42 am - Reply

    I am a Bulu Box subscriber.  I like i OK – the problem is that with supplment samples, you cannot really tell if they are effective or not because there aren't enough.  However, I have received some items that I now depend upon, including a homeopathic sinus remedy.  I never would have tried it unless I had Bulu Box, and that one alone is worth a year's cost!  And the price is great so i t is a cost-effective "gift that keeps on giving" (right, Clark?! :-)) for ME every month.

    • Susan Bewley April 29, 2013 at 12:51 am - Reply

      I have to agree! Some of the supplement are a bit tiny but once you find something great in the box its worth it!

  31. Rachel N June 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Interesting, might be better if they let you choose a focus for the box (weight loss, body building, vitamins, ect.)  There is a lot in that box that I would never use.

    • Susan Bewley June 19, 2013 at 10:37 am - Reply

      You can choose either a vitamin or weight loss box. I am currently subscribed to the weight loss box. It came out the same month I did my review 🙂

  32. Cassandra Huber August 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I got a bulu box for free and they really do give you a bit of stuff in them. 

  33. Angel August 13, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Never heard of this box before, but thanks for the dream water review! I have been on the fence about trying it, now i know not to!

  34. Maria Iemma August 14, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I am sure they are worth it for some. I myself prefer not to subscribe to anything…I like to see/touch/taste by myself.

  35. Nathalie's Talons August 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    IMHO.I think that this kind of box is sort of a ripoff.Supplements have to be taken for at least 1 to 2 weeks before you can actually tell wether they really work for you or not.These samples don't provide you with enough samples to know if they will actually work,although taste certainly would play an important factor in my book.

    • Susan Bewley August 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      Some of the samples are better than others. Sometimes they are supplements, others energy drinks, candies, food, etc. Its different things each month. The ones that are just one use though are not as useful in evaluating, you are right!

  36. lisa August 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I've never subscribed to any boxes before. They seem to be quite popular right now. Give me a monthly jewelry candle box and I'm in!

  37. Doreen Lamoureux August 21, 2013 at 8:15 am - Reply

    I have not heard of a subscription box.  I find it very interesting that you get to try out different products.  Not sure how you can find out if you like a product from just a sample though.  That is just me.  Really enjoyed your review and videos. Luck your honesty.  I am guessing this is just for U.S.

  38. Jutta P. August 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of subscription boxes. I just can't bring myself to spend the money on something that I have no idea I will get. Maybe I'll work up the courage soon.

  39. bogdan mohora August 22, 2013 at 1:08 am - Reply

    It's a good ideea, with great products, i thing i will try some of them . good work.

  40. kelley wood August 23, 2013 at 8:24 am - Reply

    As with many of the other readers, I wasn't aware these were out there. It is a great idea i think to be able to try products. I am very thrify and probably overanalyze everything  i buy so this would be perfect for me!

  41. Brandi August 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    This box has many options to chose from, which is nice and easy to follow

  42. Cj August 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    I have seen ads for bulu box, but never knew what they were, until now. Thanks for laying it out so clearly. I appreciate your honesty too about loving and NOT loving some of them!

    • Susan Bewley August 24, 2013 at 12:53 am - Reply

      I’m glad you enjoy it. I”m one of those bloggers who are pretty blunt about products 😉 If I don’t like something, I tell my readers. I am very picky about what I review and try picking things I think all of you will enjoy or be curious about 🙂

  43. Adriane August 24, 2013 at 3:13 am - Reply

    I like the idea of subscription boxes in general, but I doubt I woulod get one that is health products and suppliments.  There are things I have no need to take, so I would have no use for samples.

  44. Sherry Compton August 24, 2013 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Quite a variety of products you received.  Subscription boxes look like fun and a great way to try new things.  I had never even heard of Pineapple water before.

  45. krystel August 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    wow there is alot of good things in that box 

  46. Bethanny August 27, 2013 at 1:17 am - Reply

    I really like this. I like the variety and the ability to try products I have never heard of. 

  47. natalie nichols August 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I think I'd really enjoy this, if I could afford it.

  48. Michelle S August 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    I tried out the Bulu box in it's early stages so I didn't think it was worth it, and I'm allergic to any diet pill ever made. The athletic wipes were pretty good, though. It's a hit or miss with these types of boxes.

    • Susan Bewley August 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Yes, the boxes are very hit or miss. I have had some good boxes with Bulu and some that were so so.
       

  49. Sarah L August 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I'd rather find products through my doctor or chiropractor than play Russian roulette with this kind of products.

    • Susan Bewley August 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      I personally avoid a lot of the stuff recommended by doctors in their office. They usually get a cut from the company, which makes them a bit biased, IMO.

  50. stacy September 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I too would prefer to choose my own items, but for many this would be a good thing.

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