RawBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 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.
COUPON: Save 15% off your first box with code WELCOME15OFF
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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.
Bearded Brothers Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla Energy Bar (2 oz) – Value $2.99
We’ve gotten Bearded Brothers bars in RawBox before but I seem to remember getting a different flavor before. This was a pretty standard date bar although I could taste the vanilla. Note: the front of the package says 100% raw but there is an asterisk on the back of the package that says the dried blueberries are not raw. Sigh. This was the first of two labeling issues I had with RawBox products this month.
That’s It Apple + Mango (1.2 oz) – Value $1.67
That’s It Apple + Pineapple (1.2 oz) – Value $1.67
I have had That’s It bars before. I have a hard time distinguishing the flavor of the second fruit but they are good for times when it is not convenient to have a fresh piece of fruit (and they have a longer shelf life than fresh fruit).
Sunbiotics Cheesy Almonds (1.5 oz) – Value $3.59
These are flavored with nutritional yeast (a pretty common vegan “cheese” alternative). I don’t really think they taste cheesy (I am not a vegan so I eat real cheese at least once or twice a week) but I do like them and they are a nice alternative to plain almonds.
Rhythm Superfoods Broccoli Bites in Zesty Nacho (1.5 oz) – Value $3.95
I had seen these in Whole Foods and was curious about them. But, it turns out I am not really a fan. These have the typical freeze-dried produce texture which means they stick to your teeth something terrible. And they have that tinge of bitterness that comes from roasted broccoli (or steamed, if you forget about it and let all the water boil off).
Nellie’s All Natural Wow Stick Stain Remover (2.7 oz) – Value $5.99
I held off on writing this review for a week in the hopes that I would get the chance to test this, but I didn’t get a single oily stain on any of my clothing in that time. (Based on the ingredients I would expect this to be better on oily stains as opposed to something like tea or wine.) Still, if it works I will be more than happy to use it!
Evolution Sole Lip Balm in Peppermint (0.2 oz) – Value $5.65
This is a good lip balm and the oval shaped sticks are growing on me but I do wonder if I can go a whole month without getting a lip balm in a subscription box. I doubt it.
Nutrasporin Ointment (1 oz) – Value $13.95
I am happy to see this. Regular Neosporin gives me a rash sometimes so it is nice to have an alternative product. This has chelated silver as the active ingredient and is supposedly safe to take orally, although I will probably stick to using it on cuts.
Evolution Gourmet Pink Himalayan Salt (0.5 oz) – Value $7.49
I like pink salt but I don’t like to buy it because it’s pricy. Always happy to get more in a subscription box, though!
Wildeflowers Beauty Radiance Tonic (3.2 oz) – Value $3.50
OK, I have been thinking for awhile about what to say about this item. It says “vegan” and “kosher” on the front of the package. But it contains pearl powder so it is NOT vegan. The pearl comes from a saltwater clam so I am guessing this does not count as kosher either. (It does not have a kosher certification anywhere on the label…) I am actually reluctant to try this since I am having pretty negative feelings about it due to the misleading label. I don’t know whether this was an oversight (e.g., copy-paste labels where they didn’t remember to change everything in the software) or a lack of knowledge about where pearls come from or something more deliberate.
There’s usually some product literature and/or a coupon in Rawbox, as well.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $50.45 for the May 2016 RawBox. That is maybe a little low for a RawBox but is definitely over the cost of the subscription, which is wonderful for a box containing a lot of food. I was happy with most of the products and I like that we generally get a few home or pantry items in addition to the foods. The only real miss for me was the mislabeled Wildeflowers Beauty Radiance Tonic (I don’t really count the broccoli bites as a miss because I’d been curious to try them so I’m happy to have had the chance, even if they weren’t my favorite). Overall, this is a box with a consistently high value and is probably a good fit for most vegans and vegetarians, even if they are not specifically following a raw lifestyle/diet.
What do you think of the May 2016 RawBox?