Monday, October 20, 2014

Bulu Box Review - October 2014

Whew, what an eventful weekend. Macho just turned 3 and I made him the Mutt Meatballs we got in a previous Barkbox. We also barely escaped a hurricane this weekend and it rained for 36 hours straight instead. But I had lots to keep me busy indoors because my mailbox was full! Well full in my terms anyway. Two non-rubbish mail pieces = full mailbox to me. One of those parcels was the last Bulu Box in my subscription that I gifted to myself. Because I'm self-serving like that.

What: Bulu Box is a health, wellness, and (optional) weight loss subscription box containing 4-6 premium samples. Two box curations: Regular and Weight Loss. This review is for the Regular box.
When: Ships monthly on the 15th
Cost: $10/month (free shipping)
Extra tidbits: Earn points for purchasing Bulu Boxes/items in the shop, reviewing box items, and referring friends. Every 10 points counts as $1 credit in the Bulu Box shop

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Okay, although October's box was not as flat as July's pancake curation it was still pretty two-dimensional, but I've come to expect that from Bulu Box. 

They say you can't judge a book by its cover so maybe there are some gems hiding in here?

WellFood Double Chocolate Chip Paleo Cookie (Value: $2.50 sale value $2.25) - If there was one item giving this box some dimension this was it. It's a 1/2" thick cookie that I would not pay over $2 for. I have an internal battle every time I contemplate buying a cookie from The Cookie Corner at the mall, but those at least taste good. This is a paleo cookie. Unfortunately, I love my glazed pastries, rice, and ice cream. Nothing will ever change that, even the promise of 500% more energy and 25lbs weight loss. That said, I will never go paleo. And if this cookie is any hint at what paleo indulgences taste like, I definitely don't want any part of it. This cookie had a hint of chocolate, but it mostly tasted dry and chalky. Like chewing flavored cardboard. So not worth $2.

Nuvia Cafe Instant Coffee (2 sachets value: $2.20 $1.76) - I received this in Bulu Box's Taster's Box (they closed it off to reviews by removing it completely from their site shortly after shipping it out, I'm guessing because they were overloaded with complaints after promising over a $100 value but only giving $20 worth of samples plus a $100 wine gift card with purchase...and mine didn't even have the gift card in it). This is a "healthy" coffee. In addition to caffeine it has African mango seed extract and green tea for a dose of vitamins and antioxidants. Ganoderma mushroom extract also supports heart health. I don't drink coffee so I probably didn't like it as much as the next person would, but it's okay I guess. I also drank it straight since I don't keep cream or sugar at my desk so that might have something to do with me not loving this.

Simple Being Sleepy Beans (Two serving value: $0.93 $0.67) - Geez, it seems like Bulu Box decided to throw all the sale items together and make a box out of it. Makes you wonder if these are all the clearance items that didn't do too well in the Bulu shop? These sleepy pills are like the solid form of the Dream Water I got in my August box. It's a non-habit forming pill with key ingredients melatonin and GABA (both found naturally in the body), which regulate the sleep cycle and elicit a calming effect. It also has 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) which increases serotonin (and in effect, melatonin) production. The past few weeks I've been having problems falling asleep and I keep forgetting to take these pills. I should tape it to the fridge or something.

Barlean's CoQ10 Swirl - Island Fruit (Single serving value: $0.14) - It's things like this that could really use a bigger sample, especially since this is one of those things where you can't feel an immediate effect after a single dose like the Sleepy Beans or the coffee. CoQ10 is an antioxidant naturally found in cells and energy-hungry organs such as the heart, kidneys, and liver. It plays an important role in energy production but probably is best known for its heart benefits. CoQ10 promotes good circulation, heart function, and integrity of vessel walls. This concoction is also rich in omega-3s (EPA & DHA) thanks to the fish oil. I'm not even sure you'd be able to feel an effect after using a whole bottle of this, but definitely not after a single serving. Pretty much all I can tell you is that I'm glad this doesn't smell like fish oil. It smells and tastes like passion fruit. If you mix this into a drink I recommend it be room temperature or warmer. I added it to a cold glass of milk and some of it stayed in globs (it is oil, after all).

This is how the gummies don't look
Smarty Pants Adult Complete Gummy Multivitamin (1/3 serving value: $0.80) - This is what I don't get. Why put in a sample if you're not going to provide even a single serving (which in this case is 6 gummies)? Again, all I can judge is the taste since I won't know if this actually works for me or not. It's high in omega 3s and vitamins A & D. Plus one serving has 6g of fiber. Unfortunately, I got only 2g in my fraction of a serving packet. Sample size rant aside, the website (which also sells 1/3 serving size packets for some reason) makes this gummy look like sugar coated gumdrops. Not true. It really just looks like gumdrop-shaped fruit snacks. No fun sugar coating (sorry I ate them before I could take a pic). But it does taste good - exactly like fruit snacks, so you wouldn't know you're taking vitamins. This multivitamin comes in three flavors - orange, lemon, and strawberry banana. My packet had two lemon flavored gummies so I have no idea how the others taste. I really don't see myself paying $50 for 120 gummies (a mere 20 servings), but it was nice to try.

BiPro Whey Protein (Single serving value: $1.22) - Welcome to the second item with dimension. Not quite as 3-D as the cookie but at least it's not paper thin. This sample just reminded me that I need to get my okole back to the gym. With wrestling starting up again I've been telling myself that I'm getting a good workout at the high school practices when in reality all I do is stand on the side and pretend to teach. This protein comes in chocolate, vanilla, and unflavored in case you want to add your own flavors. With 20g of whey protein, this is on the lower end of protein workout supplements I've seen. But at least this one's fat free!

YouTheory Turmeric Advanced (Two servings value: $2.25) - Ahh Bulu Box, don't just come right out and tell me you're throwing in a free sample (see top of packet), at least leave it open for speculation! You've probably eaten turmeric before in curries or mustards. It's part of the ginger family and contains curcuminoids, antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits. This pill also has olive leaf extract which helps to break down toxins as well as lower blood pressure. I'm glad they gave two packages of this because even though I won't know if it works or not, at least it shows Bulu Box is trying. Plus, they're free samples, there better be more than a single serving.

Every month Bulu Box also includes a bunch of cards with discount codes to their shop and other retailers. Here's what you can get right now:

25SHAPE - 25% off all Shapeology products in the Bulu Box shop
25SIMPLE - 25% off all Simple Being products in the Bulu Box shop
15% off all Fit & Fresh products in the Bulu Box shop (I don't think any code is needed)
Bulu1Free - One free download at
BULU - 15% off your first order at Pinks and Greens designer apparel
BULUBOX - 20% off at HipsSister

This month's box value barely made $9. Not worth the $10 price tag. Some months you really get your money's worth and others you don't, but I find that you get more misses than hits. Nothing in here really stood out this month. It seems like every box has multivitamins and energy supplements.

Do you want to Bulu? If so, use my referral link to start receiving supplements to help you live a happy, healthy lifestyle! You can choose either a regular or a weight loss box. I just found out that when I extended my sub 3 months ago it defaulted to the Regular box (all this time I thought I was still getting the Weight Loss one). Now that I know, I can tell you that the Weight Loss box is heavy on fat-burners while the Regular is heavy on multivitamins. That might help you decide which one to go for. Like I said boxes can be pretty hit or miss. But the points system is pretty great! 

Note: Post contains referral links. All opinions contained within this post are my own.


  1. This box definitely seems like a festival of leftovers. Also, I find it funny that they seem to send out EVERY version of Smarty Pants over time. Nothing wrong with them, but I'm not sure one can really tell the difference with a sample?

    1. To their benefit, at least it's a colorful leftover festival. I'm not sure two gummies is enough to tell the difference between regular vs ultra-fiber gummies vs kids gummies either. Maybe if I hoard all the Smarty Pants I get over 6 months then I'll have enough for a single serving of frankengummies and get the benefits of all worlds.

  2. When I opened my Bulu Box ( I got it today), I had to rifle through all the paperwork/coupons to find my samples. All packets. I'm guessing Bulu Box is going to bite the proverbial dust soon because who wants to resub for a bunch of crappy free samples ( pun intended because I received some ex-lax tea...) anyway? Even $5 is too much (I got the 3 month sub for half off- $15 instead of $30) because how much are you going to really use? And I can find better uses for that $15 :D

    1. HAHA on the's almost like the Zestra...if you try to swap it who's actually gonna be ballsy enough to request it? Well it was interesting while it lasted, but I cancelled yesterday. My 3-month gift sub expired, but if you look on the 3-Month Gift Sub page it says it auto-renews. Those sneaky guys.