RawBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Winter 2018
RawBox is a quarterly subscription box of raw, plant-based snacks and clean lifestyle products. Every quarter, expect 10-12 products, most of which are full-size, single-serving packages. (RawBox recently switched to a quarterly subscription model.)
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 + shipping or $151.80 for 4 quarters + shipping
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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RawBox Winter 2018 Review
RawBox is full of snacks with usually a few personal care or home items. And although I don’t follow a raw diet, I usually find the food in this box surprisingly good, and different from what you see in other snack subscriptions:
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. (It also helps locate the companies if you want to buy more of something. A lot of these manufacturers are quite small and I actually ran into two companies this month both making coconut jerky with surprisingly similar names. I had to refer to the information card to decide which was the correct one!)
Inspiral Smokin’ Coconut Pecks (25g) – Retail Value $1.69 USD (£1.19)
I think this is the first time we’ve received products from a British company in RawBox, but there really are quite a lot of interesting raw and vegan snacks coming out in Europe these days and I am happy to try them. (If you REALLY like these, they do ship to the US.) These were smoky and spicy and had a wonderful texture (if you have had Dang chips, the texture is similar). My husband and I were both fans.
Raw Food Central Curt’s Classic Nut Clusters (3.5 oz) – Retail Value $6.99
These are fairly standard trail-mix type snacks (though in clusters instead of loose). Sometimes I don’t care for the texture of raw nuts (especially almonds, which this product does contain), but they worked here. This was another hit.
Consciously Snacking Coconut Jerky (“naked” flavor, 2 oz) – Retail Value $9.99
However, this product was not a hit. I couldn’t bite into it and I couldn’t chew it. It had the texture of rawhide and, after attempting to gnaw on it for a bit, I gave up and took it out of my mouth and it didn’t look at all different. (I asked for a second opinion and my husband had the same problem.) I have had coconut jerky before that I enjoyed, but this was just too tough for me.
B.O.S.S. Food Co. Raw Superfood Smile Bar (1.7 oz) – Retail Value $3.39
You receive this type of product in RawBox fairly often, but it is something that is pretty hard to mess up. This apparently has cacao powder in it, but it was really the banana that was much more noticeable. I enjoyed this, though my price limit for most bars I would consider purchasing again is about $2.25.
B’Bites Peanut Butter Crisps (1.95 oz) – Buy an 8-Package Sample Pack for $21.95
These were bite-sized fruit and nut bars. They had an appropriate texture (not hard, not crumbly, not sticky) and the brand was totally new to me. I am a fan of peanut butter so the flavor was also a bonus. (For what it’s worth, if you have peanut or tree nut or coconut allergies, this subscription is definitely not for you.)
Abakus Jujube Crisps (20g) – Retail Value $2.83 USD (£1.99)
I have never had a jujube except through RawBox (and this is not my first time getting a jujube product from RawBox). These were pretty standard freeze-dried fruit in terms of texture. The flavor was a bit different from, say, freeze-dried strawberries. These were a bit starchy and a lot of the product ended up stuck to your back teeth, but it eventually washed away. These are super low in calories. (This is another snack from the UK.)
Classic RICH Bar Raw Candy Bar (1.3 oz) – Retail Value $2.99
No, this is not going to taste like a Snickers bar, but it was enjoyable. The texture was a little drier than I am used to for a date bar, perhaps because there were oats (oat flour maybe?) in here. The flavor was pretty good. This company has some lovely photography on their website that makes me want to try some of their other products.
Spinach Raw Wraps (soft taco size, 1.5 oz) – Retail Value $7.99
On the plus side, these do hold together and they are low in calories and high in fiber. But, I don’t think this is a good fit for my needs. I can’t imagine paying $7.99 for only six tortillas in real life (I buy 80 packs of corn tortillas at Publix for that much) and the flavor and texture didn’t work well for me. I guess if you regularly eat raw tacos, it is nice to know about a new possibility (other than lettuce leaves) for holding your ingredients.
Gypsy Soul Organics Niece Meadow Body and Room Potion (2 fl oz) – Retail Value $19.99
It is easy to forget that RawBox also has a lifestyle element to it, but you will usually get one or two beauty, personal care, or cleaning items. (I first thought “Niece Meadow” was a really strange name for this product, but it fits the theme of their other room sprays and fragrances, which start with “Mother,” “Uncle,” etc.) This can be used as a room spray or a perfume and has notes of chamomile, lavender, and rose. I think I will spray this on my pillow for nights when I am having a bit of trouble sleeping, as the scent seems perfect for that.
Sun Warrior Warrior Blend Plant-Based Organic Protein (chocolate, 25g) – Buy 15 Servings for $23.99 (on sale for $21.59)
This has several different plant-based protein sources, which I think is nice as most plants don’t have complete proteins, but if you mix plant proteins, you can get all the essential amino acids. This product has appeared in past RawBoxes and, in general, you’ll usually get a powder or two in any given RawBox shipment. But this worked well in my morning smoothies (I only use a little at a time, so a packet lasts me a few days) and didn’t make them gritty.
Sun Warrior Warrior Blend Plant-Based Organic Protein (vanilla, 25g) – Buy 15 Servings for $23.99 (on sale for $21.59)
I have basically the same things to say about this one as I do about the chocolate one. I am a chocolate fiend so I was a little more enthusiastic about the chocolate one, but the vanilla is not bad either.
Verdict: There were 11 items in the Winter RawBox, so you are paying about $3.63 per item. I think this was a representative RawBox (and three of the items, alone – the room spray, the coconut jerky, and the tortillas – equal almost the cost of the box) and I was happy with it overall, even though a few of the items didn’t work for me. There was enough there that I enjoyed for me to be happy with the box! I learned about a lot of new brands, as well, and it was fun to see some items from overseas, from small producers, etc.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? The RawBox FAQ is a little out of date (they refer to shipping from the 5th to 10th of every month, but they haven’t had a monthly subscription model for awhile). I’d recommend emailing [email protected] if you are interested.
Value Breakdown: This box is $39.95 and this month had 11 items, for an average value of about $3.63 per item.
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What do you think of the Winter 2018 RawBox?