RawBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 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.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (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.
COUPON: Save 15% off your first box with code WELCOME15OFF
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 card – one of the best I’ve seen for a subscription box.
Pure Planet Best of Greens in Tasty Green Apple (8 grams, 3 servings) – Value $3.29
Pure Planet greens are a Rawbox staple. I have smoothies every morning (part of the reasons I started this was to make an effort at using up all the protein powders, powdered peanut butter, greens, and other superfoods I receive in subscription boxes) and these have gone in there. I don’t eat enough greens so hopefully I am still getting some of the benefits from products like this.
Biobag 13 Gallon Bags (box of 12) – Value $5.99
These are designed to fit into regular trash cans. You can put food waste in them and they are compostable. I don’t have a garden this year but am looking to start one next year, and I definitely want to do composting as a part of that. So while I haven’t used them yet, hopefully I will be set up to do so soon.
California Crisps Pineapple Crunchy Slices (1.7 oz) – Value $5.99
I wouldn’t call these crunchy, not exactly. They are paper-thin slices of dried pineapple and they are a little flexible. But, they are also pretty good, and one serving is only 30 calories.
Navitas Naturals Power Snacks in Blueberry Hemp (8 oz) – Value $9.99
I like getting this brand in subscription boxes because it’s a little too pricy for me to want to buy in the store, especially on untested/unfamiliar items. These have a good texture but I wish the flavor was a little more blueberry and a little less hemp.
Made in Nature Apricots in the Buff Super Snacks (6 oz) – Value $4.25
I bought some dried plums from this brand a few weeks ago and enjoyed them, so I am happy to have a chance to try the apricots now, as well. I just eat a few a day since dried fruit is pretty sugary. I like that there aren’t any additives.
Naturalzing Goji Berry Extract Powder – Value $7.50 (?)
Goji berries can be hard to take on their own. They are pretty tart. (Although not as tart as raw cranberries – if you have not tried a raw cranberry, I would not suggest you ever do so, by the way.) But, they have a lot of great antioxidants, and a powder like this can be mixed into a smoothie (which is what I have been doing). This goes pretty well with cacao powder, as well.
Hail Merry Lemon Macaroon Merry Bites (0.88 oz) – Value $1.25
I’m a big fan of macaroons and other coconut things, so these were enjoyed. They are fairly similar to other packaged macaroons (like Emmy’s or Laughing Giraffe).
Organic Living Superfoods Organic Raw Sprouted Pizza Almonds (1.4 oz) – Value $3.99
These do kind of remind me of pizza. I mean, flavor-wise. They are still raw sprouted almonds and the experience of eating them is not at all like eating pizza. But, I do like to eat nuts once in awhile (I don’t think I am getting enough fat in my diet) and these were tasty.
Rawmio Chocolate Covered Sweet Cherries (2 oz) – Value $5.49
I like Rawmio chocolate; have had it in a bunch of forms before. But. I would strongly recommend NOT shipping anything chocolate covered in August. These ended up in a big mass that was kind of difficult to break apart. (Didn’t affect the flavor much, thankfully.)
Oral Essentials Mouthwash (2 fl oz) – Value $1.50
This was an interesting take on mouthwash – it has dead sea salt and aloe vera juice in it, and some unusual flavors (tulsi, clove bud, and others) instead of just being straight mint. But, 16 ounces are $12 and you can get more than three times that much of the Up & Up brand at Target for under $4, so cost wise, this just isn’t doing it for me. (Yes, I realize the ingredients don’t directly compare. But if I am happy with something cheaper, I am unlikely to move to something more expensive.)
Oral Essentials Toothpaste (0.8 oz) – Value $2.28
This toothpaste is sulfate free, which makes me happy. Although most people do fine with sulfates in toothpaste, SLS gives me canker sores. This is also gluten free (people with celiac disease have to scrutinize EVERY product that gets in or near their mouths!). However, it is also fluoride free and that is a deal breaker for me. I ground my teeth a lot in grad school so I have some cracks and other damage and a tendency to get cavities, so I prefer fluoride-containing toothpastes. But, this item does fit the overall niche for this particular box.
There’s usually some product literature and/or coupons in Rawbox, too.
I will leave you with this photo. Madison REALLY wanted to investigate this box. I mean, he spent a long time sniffing it. I have no idea why, as it doesn’t contain anything that ought to be the least bit interesting to cats.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $51.52 for the August 2016 RawBox. That’s a little better than last month and definitely over the cost of the box. I liked the variety of items this month – most brands were new to me, and of the brands I already knew, most of the products, themselves, were new. I found pretty much every food item appetizing this month, as well, and would definitely seek out a few of them again. So this was a pretty successful month for me.
What do you think of the August 2016 RawBox?