RawBox Subscription Box Review – April 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.
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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)
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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 card – one of the best I’ve seen for a subscription box.
GoRaw Raisin Crunch Bites (full size) – Value $12 (?)
This is a nice idea. It’s like pieces of a nutrition bar instead of the full bar. Great for if you are counting calories and the resealable package is better than eating half a bar and trying to rewrap the rest. They tasted pretty good, too. The value is a guess based on other GoRaw products, since this is apparently new and not available on their website yet.
Rawmio Simply Coconut Raw Chocolate Bark (full size) – Value $5.99
Chocolate is always welcome around here, as is coconut. This was one of my favorite things in the box. I’ve had other varieties of Rawmio chocolate before, but not this one, so I’m happy to experience a new product.
Emmy’s Raspberry Macaroons (2 oz) – Value $2.50
We’ve gotten these in Rawbox before, but I love them, so that’s OK. (There are three in there although they don’t show too well in the picture.) I am starting to see a few repeat products in Rawbox after reviewing it for 6 months or so, but I imagine it is quite difficult to come up with new brands and products for this box since it is such a niche market.
Skout Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds in Pacific Sea Salt (full size) – Value $3.99
These had exactly the taste and texture I’d expect from raw pumpkin seeds. They had just the right amount of salt and they were a good savory snack for work with lots of healthful plant fats.
Kuli Kuli Moringa Powder (2 packets) – Value $2
I don’t like the taste of moringa (like in tea) but these are great because you can get all the benefits by mixing it into something else. These have been going in my morning smoothies.
Juvo Vanilla Chai Organic Raw Meal – Value $3
Juvo raw meal is a staple in Rawbox. This has also been going in my morning smoothies. I will never have to buy protein powder between this and all the fitness boxes I review!
Earth’s Care Dry and Cracked Skin Balm – Value $3 (?)
This seems like more of a winter item to me but I guess I can use it on my heels in between foot peels. After a few uses, there’s nothing objectionable about it (smell, texture, etc.). The value is a bit of a guess because I don’t think the tub I received is full size but I seem to have misplaced it (or a cat knocked it down somewhere).
Regular Girl 7 Day Probiotic Sample Pack – Value $15
This is also going into my smoothies. I’m not sure how well a probiotic can establish itself in the gut when it is not enteric coated to withstand stomach acid. What I can say is this doesn’t seem to disagree with me, and that’s something. (Once I tried Activia yogurt and it gave me the worst intestinal cramps of all time, so there is some value in a 7 day supply of a probiotic just to see if it will work with your system.)
Bella Organics French Lavender Foaming Soap – Value $5.95
We’ve gotten this in Rawbox before, too. But I get excited for hand soap in boxes (and sometimes choose it from Honest Company) and I use a lot of hand soap like before putting my contact lenses in or after handling my pets. The bottle seems small but because it’s foaming, it’ll last awhile.
Truce All Purpose Cleaner (2 oz) – Value $2 (?)
This has a nice peppermint smell. It did not get off the ring around the bathtub (from oils in bath salts) but it was pretty good at cleaning off my bathroom counter. The value is a bit of a guess because if you buy the full size product, it is concentrated (you add your own water) so a size comparison is difficult.
There’s usually some product literature and/or a coupon in Rawbox, as well.
Verdict: I calculated a value of a little over $55 for the April 2016 RawBox. That is about average for a RawBox and is definitely over the cost of the subscription, which is wonderful for a box containing mostly food. I love that I got to try some new-to-market products and even though there were some repeats, they were things I enjoyed getting the first time around. Also, I think this box can be appreciated even if you are not trying to live a raw or vegan lifestyle, because I am a vegetarian who eats mostly cooked food and I still like this box.
What do you think of the April 2016 RawBox?