RawBox Subscription Box Review – November 2015
RawBox is a monthly subscription box of raw, plant-based snacks and clean lifestyle products. Every month, expect 10-12 products, most of which are full-size, single-serving packages.
Here’s a look inside the box.
The Subscription Box: RawBox
The Cost: $39.95 per month on a month-to-month plan. Save with longer subscriptions.
Good to Know: You can skip shipments by logging into your account.
The Products: Raw, plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan snacks and clean lifestyle products such as beauty products and household supplies that are free from parabens, sulfates, etc.
Ships to: US
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Included was a two-sided, full-color brochure containing information about the products. It was so big, I really couldn’t photograph the whole thing and have it still be readable. But it is a good, informative information card.
Navitas Naturals Cacao Lip Balm – Value $3.99
This is pretty moisturizing and has a wonderful cacao flavor. It has a good texture that’s not at all grainy (a problem I’ve had with other natural lip balms).
Raw Revolution Golden Cashew Bar – Value $1.89
This definitely tasted like cashews but it’s mostly a date bar. Whether you love it or not will depend on whether you’re trying to eat more raw, natural, etc. food. Because the texture definitely reminds me of something you eat because it’s good for you.
Rawxies Banana Nut Bread Cookie – Value $2
I’ve had Rawxies before and liked them. The texture of this one was a little hard and I think that may be a feature of this flavor, because these showed up in another box I got this month. I think the lemon poppyseed ones are a little better. But these are not bad considering they are totally raw cookies.
Bella Organics French Lavender Foaming Soap (1.7 oz) – Value $5.95
This is free of parabens, detergents, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, etc. It is supposed to be non-drying and good for frequent hand washing. It’s too soon to tell if it lives up to its claims, but winter always does a number on my hands so I’m hoping this will help.
Murchison-Hume Premium Glass Cleaner in Fig (full size!) – Value $9
Note: I’ve linked to an unscented variety. Although this doesn’t smell so much like figs to me, it does have a pleasant scent and it did a pretty good job of cleaning my bathroom mirror, getting rid of both oils and water/sink splatter. It’s not *quite* as good as Windex, but definitely very close for a natural product.
Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (0.5 oz) – Value $0.79
Coconut oil is a wonderful deep conditioner for hair. I’ve collected a couple of these packets from different boxes and that’s probably what I’m going to use them for. (I smear it all over my hair, put my hair under a processing cap, and sit in a hot bath for a half hour, then wash it out. Usually takes shampooing twice to get it all out.) That’s surely better for my waistline than frying plantains, which for some reason I really want to do whenever I look at this packet…
Pure Planet Best of Greens Apple Flavor (3 servings) – Value $2?
The Pure Planet site was down when I was working on this review. I have been mixing this in my morning smoothies so I can’t really taste the apple flavor, but I like the idea of incorporating more green foods into my diet and this is a good way to do it if you don’t really like to eat green foods.
KuliKuli Moringa Powder (packet) – Value $1.99
This is another sample that has gone into my morning smoothies. I’ve never been a huge fan of the flavor of moringa, but know it has a lot of health benefits, so powders like this are ideal. With a little flavored protein powder, some cacao, almond milk, and mixed frozen berries, I get the benefit of moringa without being bothered by the flavor.
Foods Alive Chia Seeds (8 oz) – Value $7.99
I buy tons of chia seeds to put in my oatmeal. So these are appreciated. They’re also a dollar or two cheaper than the Whole Foods 365 Everyday brand ones I’ve been buying.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts (2 oz) – Value $2.99
If you have subscribed to any food boxes at all in the past two years, you have probably seen these. I will use them in my oatmeal to mix it up so I don’t have chia seeds every day. (I have bought these in full size many times in the past.)
Living Intentions Superfood Cereal in Chia Ginger (9 oz) – Value $8.99
When I was in a hurry, I had this instead of oatmeal. I probably violated the spirit of a raw food box by using pasteurized cow’s milk, but you could just as easily have this with almond milk or rice milk or something instead. You might want to let it soak a bit because, while it had a good flavor, the clusters were a little hard and had me worrying about some of my dental work. This has lots of sprouted grain alternatives like buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, etc.
Navitas Naturals Maca Maple Cashews (4 oz) – Value $6.99
I thought these were all right. I am not the biggest fan of maca, I have decided. But I have been curious to try this brand after seeing it frequently at Whole Foods and now I have! These were a little sweet but not overly so, and the maple flavor was subtle.
BluApple Produce Freshness Extender – Value $5
This is supposed to extend the life of produce by absorbing ethylene gas. I have had it next to my bananas on the counter for a few weeks and I am undecided if it is effective. But it is definitely a good inclusion for a box dedicated to supporting a raw lifestyle.
Tribest Life Stainless Steel Julienne Peeler – Value $6.99
No joke, I have four vegetable peelers already, including two that also make julienne strips. But again, this is an excellent inclusion for a raw food/lifestyle box.
Verdict: I calculated a value of a around $66.56 for the November 2015 RawBox. For a box that has a lot of food, that is an exceptional value. There was a lot of stuff in here and it all did a good job of fitting the general theme of supporting a raw, clean, vegan, organic sort of lifestyle not just in the kitchen but elsewhere in the house. Also, the food was pretty good, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t even come close to approaching a raw diet! The only people who might want to avoid this box are people with nut allergies, since a lot of the products did contain nuts.
What do you think of the November 2015 RawBox?