RawBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2017
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 a quarter or $151.80 for 4 quarters
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 of parabens, sulfates, etc.
Ships to: U.S.
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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. There was also some product literature.
100% Pure Bright Eyes (1 package) – Value $7
These have caffeine to de-puff the under eye area. They are made from mostly water and plant cellulose and are vegan, so they are also a nice alternative for those who are avoiding other eye gels, which often have non-vegan ingredients. I think they are more effective if you store them in the refrigerator for awhile first!
100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream (0.3 fl oz) – Value $15
If you have subscribed to Birchbox in the past, you are probably familiar with this product. I am sure I have 2 or 3 more tubes of this in my stash. But, I like it. Some eye creams irritate my skin after using for a few weeks, but this one is super gentle. (It is also vegan and gluten free if you are concerned about that.) My main under eye problem is puffiness and I do think this helps.
Bearded Brothers Colossal Coconut Mango Energy Bar (2 oz) – Value $2.99
This is a pretty safe inclusion in a box like this. The first two ingredients are dates and almonds and this does taste like a date/nut bar, but it also has mango and coconut (which are apparent) as well as chia seeds. (Thankfully it is not dry and gritty like most chia bars.)
Kona Body Stimulate All Natural Face and Body Scrub (3 uses) – Listed Value $7
I don’t like coffee, but I find coffee scrubs are good at increasing circulation to the skin as well as exfoliating. I used this as a body scrub. I am not sure of the package weight so I am using the value from the information card. I believe we have received a Kona Body scrub from RawBox in the past, but I think it might have been a different variety.
Dardiman’s California Crisps Lemon Crunchy Slices (0.3 oz) – Value $5.99
Dardiman’s California Crisps Mandarin Crunchy Slices (0.3 oz) – Value $5.99
These are paper thin slices of lemon and mandarin, respectively. (We received the pineapple ones in a past Rawbox.) I kind of just like looking at them (and I can’t find the ones with chocolate drizzled on them that you see when you first go to the California Crisps site, but I totally want to try those.) Anyway, this is a wonderful alternative to traditional dried fruit (and low in calories).
Natierra Chia Crunch in Blueberry (0.7 oz) – Value $4.49
These are freeze-dried and low in calories and have really quite a nice texture for something containing chia. They are pretty light and airy (they do have some tapioca starch as well, but it is far down on the ingredients list). They have something of a tendency to stick to your teeth, though.
Made in Nature Figgy Pops Cranberry Pistachio Supersnacks (4.2 oz) – Value $4.99
This brand shows up fairly often in RawBox but that’s OK because I like it a lot. I buy their prunes from Whole Foods all the time. I will admit I was curious about these when I saw them on store shelves, and now I know they are delicious (taste a lot like a date or fig bar), if somewhat high in calories. They are gGood for an occasional treat.
Doctor in the Kitchen Flackers Organic Flax Seed Crackers in Sea Salt (5 oz) – Value $5.99
I liked these more than I thought I would. They are mostly made from flax seeds, but they have a hint of apple cider vinegar that works really nicely with the seeds and gives them just a touch of flavor. I ate them plain but they would go with some savory spreads.
Navitas Naturals Golden Berries (4 oz) – Value $6.09
This brand is always so expensive at Whole Foods that I am reluctant to buy it, but luckily I get to sample their products through Rawbox fairly regularly. We used some of these in muffins and others in a crock pot recipe (I know, not raw…) that called for dried fruit. These were a nice change of pace from the usual raisins and apricots and dried cranberries that we usually use.
Hum Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder in Mint Chocolate Chip Infusion (3 x 0.28 oz) – Value $3.85
As with pretty much all powdered ingredients I receive in subscription boxes, this went into a smoothie. I do typically add powdered greens to smoothies and this includes a lot of them including barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa, several types of algae, broccoli, spinach, kale, and more. Although this is expensive, it is cheaper than buying all of the individual fruits and vegetables that are included in the blend!
Regular Girl (7 days’ supply) – Value $12.25
This is a probiotic that also includes guar fiber. Taking fiber with a probiotic helps ensure a healthy environment where gut bacteria can flourish. Because this is a powder, I mix it into smoothies. It is a bit pricey for everyday use and only contains one strain of bacteria, but not every probiotic is right for every person and you should definitely try different ones before settling.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $81.62 for the January 2017 RawBox. That is an amazing value for a subscription consisting mostly of food and over double the price of the box. It is also one of the highest RawBox values I’ve ever seen. I thought this box was very well put together and included so many items (many full size). I am usually impressed by RawBox but this month, I think they outdid themselves.
What do you think of the January 2017 RawBox?