RawBox Subscription Box Review – February 2016
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.
RawBox sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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 – for free!
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 card – one of the best I’ve seen for a subscription box.
Wildeflowers Longevity Divine Chocolate Super Tonic (0.5 oz) – Value $3.50
This has a whole bunch of superfoods (maca, lucuma, goji berries, and of course cacao). Although this can be added to water and make a hot chocolate type beverage, I mixed it into a smoothie since the contents are the sorts of things I add to smoothies regularly anyway. This was more convenient because it got fewer teaspoons dirty!
Fulhum Mineral Infused Alkaline Water (0.75 oz) – Value $1
This is something you add to water to provide trace minerals. The minerals are extracted from beneath the earth’s surface where there is less pollution. I haven’t tried this yet – will save it for a time when I have done a ton of sweating or am feeling dehydrated as the extra minerals should really help there. It does appear to turn the water a dark brown color based on the company website.
Ecolips Mongo Kiss with Mongongo Oil Lip Balm in Pomegranate (0.25 oz) – Value $2.49
I’m not going to lie, I have at least 25 open lip balms right now thanks to subscription boxes. But, this one was new to me so I opened it as well. It is a super large lip balm and is pretty moisturizing. The pomegranate scent/flavor is nice, too. I’m a fan of the Ecolips brand after getting one of their lip scrubs from somewhere (Yuzen?).
Macrolife Naturals Miracle Reds Nutrient Rich Superfood Bar in Fresh Berri Berri (1.5 oz) – Value $2.99
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this brand in RawBox in the past, but I think it was powders. I like the bar form – it has the texture of a fruit bar and a berry flavor and you can’t tell that it’s packed full of stuff that’s good for you.
Bearded Brothers Colossal Coconut Mango Energy Bar (2 oz) – Value $3.29
I liked this. I am starting to appreciate that there is a lot more to raw food than I previously thought (even though a lot of it does involve energy bars and supplement powders!). I didn’t think this had a super strong flavor but I would definitely be interested in trying some of the other available varieties.
Rawmio Dark Chocolate Hearts (2 oz) – Value $5.99
This brand was new to me as of this month and now I’ve had at least three of their products (I think the mint dark chocolate hearts were in the Yogi Surprise jewelry box). These were pretty standard for dark chocolate. I love how low in calories they are (about 9 calories per piece) – you can get a chocolate fix without going overboard.
Rawmio Hazelnut and Fig Raw Chocolate Bark (2.2 oz) – Value $2.25
I didn’t see a ton of fig here but the hazelnuts were definitely obvious. I’m not totally sold on the texture of raw nuts yet (take note, Graze…). But I am warming up to them, I think. The chocolate was similar to what you’d find in the hearts.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts (2 x 2 oz) – Value $5.98
I have had these so many times! But they are kind of expensive on their own and they are good in oatmeal and smoothies to add some healthful plant fats, protein, and fiber. So I am happy to have more.
Natierra Nature’s All Foods Organic Freeze Dried Strawberries (1.2 oz) – Value $6.14
I’m a big fan of freeze dried fruit. If you put it in oatmeal and let it sit for a bit and absorb water, it’s a great way to add a bit of flavor. Strawberries are good freeze dried because they’re sliced thin. And freeze dried fruit is so expensive, I’m always happy to see it in a box!
Health Force Myco-Immunity Dietary Supplement (8 caps) – Value $4.95
I can’t eat mushrooms because I absolutely cannot stand the texture. It just makes me gag. But I know they have a ton of nutrients in them. This mushroom extract comes in vegan capsules. It’s not technically raw, because fire is used in the extraction process. These are supposed to help support the immune system. I’m saving them for the next time I think I’m coming down with something.
Shea Terra Organics Nilotica Shea Butter (1 oz) – Value $4
This is a rare type of shea butter from East Africa. It is unrefined and is totally soft, which is not what I’m used to (usually raw shea butter is as hard as a rock…). This shea butter is supposed to have anti-aging properties.
This month included some product literature for some of the items in the box.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $42 for the February 2016 RawBox. This is a somewhat low value for a RawBox compared to past months, but is still a good value considering the subscription is mostly food (since food boxes have notoriously low values). If you subscribe for a longer term and get a discount, you’re still getting a bargain. One other thing I will say about this box is that the curation is very good. Although a few brands were familiar to me, most of the products were completely new. It has to be difficult to find suitable items, month after month, for a box with such a specific niche. And yet this box always arrives at the same time and is always packed full of items.
What do you think of the February 2016 RawBox?