RawBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Spring 2017
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.)
I had a helper for the unboxing. Who sat in the box.
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
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.
Sunbiotics Chocolate Almonds, 1.5 oz – Value $3.05
I’ve had a lot of different flavors of Sunbiotics almonds and I have to say, the sweet ones work best. These had a light dusting of cacao powder. What was nice was that it didn’t transfer to your fingers too much when you ate them. Apparently, these also include dairy-free probiotics.
Barnana, 1.4 oz – Value $1.68 (buy a 3.5 oz. bag for $4.19)
Best I can tell, this is just gently dehydrated banana (done at a low temperature so as to remain “raw”). It is a nice alternative if fresh bananas aren’t available (like at the end of the week when the peel is brown and they’re only suitable for banana bread) or if you need some extra potassium in your diet. These are chewy but not too sticky and they taste just like a banana, which makes sense since that is the only ingredient.
Rhythm Superfoods Original Kale Chips, 2 oz – Value $4.50
These aren’t cheesy, obviously, but they do a passable job at replicating a cheesy flavor and texture with other ingredients (seeds and such). I like kale chips and these were good (and they are much, much better than the broccoli bites from the same company) and not bitter at all.
Life’s Nuts Coconut-Crusted Macadamia Nuts, 1.4 oz – Value $3.99 (buy a 2.8 oz. bag for $8.29, a 5.6 oz. bag for $15.29, or a 1 lb. bag for $38)
I’m familiar with this brand, although this product was new to me. This was more of a bar than individual nuts. (FYI, macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.) I thought the texture was great; perhaps macadamia nuts are especially suited to be consumed raw. I had a sinus infection when I ate this so I can’t say as much about the flavor.
Rawkin Raw Superfood Blonde Macaroon, 2 oz – Value $3.99
I love coconut so I am never sad to see macaroons in subscription boxes. We received this brand from RawBox before but I think a different flavor (I remember an odd green tint to the other one). I liked this but can’t say much beyond that because I had a sinus infection that completely destroyed my sense of taste for a few days. It has a different texture from some of the other macaroons you see in subscription boxes and is more likely to stay all in one piece, so there’s that.
Orglamix Sun Kissed Whipped Lip and Cheek Tint, 2.5 g – Listed Value $18
I am familiar with this brand because Orglamix has their own subscription box that I also review! This is a cream product so I am putting it in my blush train case since I don’t really like to use my finger to apply lip color. This is buildable and should be suitable for a lot of different skin tones. (This product doesn’t seem to be available on the Orglamix website so I’ve taken the suggested retail value from the information card.)
Evolution Salt Co. Gourmet Pink Himalayan Salt, 5 oz – Value $7.49 (buy a package of 4 for $29.95)
I have received this from RawBox in the past. We still have some in our kitchen (we are minimizing salt intake lately since both my husband and I turn 40 this year). I am sure this is a horrible misuse of an expensive product but I have put this in the bathroom to do saltwater gargling since I have this awful, drawn-out sinus infection that is draining into my throat. (It is working well for that. It is also a nice garnish for homemade pretzels, though I guess those are not raw…)
Here is a swatch of the Orglamix product. This looks light but I found it buildable.
Sun Warrior Classic Plus Vanilla, 25 g – Value $0.90 (buy a 1 kg package from Vitacost for $35.99)
Sun Warrior Classic Plus Chocolate, 25 g – Value $0.90 (buy a 1 kg package from Vitacost for $35.99)
RawBox does tend to send at least one powdered product per month. Since I make smoothies every morning, I am happy to receive these. (I literally use whatever I have gotten from subscription boxes in my smoothies.) These are plant-based and contain pea protein as well as a few seeds. I don’t think I would drink this in almond milk or water or something, just straight, but they blend pretty well when you add some frozen fruit, coconut oil, etc. Of course I like the chocolate better but the vanilla is not bad.
Rawxies Curry Chipotle Crunch, 4 oz – Value $4.29
It is nice to get something from Rawxies other than their cookies (which are good, but I’ve had like a whole case of them from subscription boxes at this point). This is a savory snack and I like the curry chipotle flavor. Don’t eat the whole bag at once, though, because it is like 3.5 servings. (We’ve received this from RawBox before but it has been awhile and it might have been a different flavor.)
Oral Essentials Toothpaste, 0.8 oz. – Value $2.28 (buy a 3.5 oz. tube for $9.99)
I’ve received this product in several subscription boxes. Unfortunately, it is fluoride-free, so I won’t be using it on my teeth. It will work perfectly well for cleaning my mouth guard, though (I have a tooth grinding problem…).
Oral Essentials Mouthwash, 2 fl oz. – Value $1.50 (buy a 16 oz. bottle for $11.99)
I’ve also received this in several subscription boxes before, including a past RawBox. However, this is actually quite useful to me and is something I regularly buy on Amazon anyway. I have had some issues with my gums and this has saltwater in it, which I find quite soothing. It also has xylitol, which is good for preventing tooth decay and lowering acidity in the mouth, which fights against plaque. It also has a milder, better taste than some other salt water mouthwashes.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $53 for the Spring 2017 RawBox. That is definitely over the cost of the subscription (including shipping) by a fair amount, which is great for a box consisting of natural food, health, and beauty items. I was familiar with a lot of the products and brands from previous RawBox shipments, but I did discover a few new items as well. Overall, this is consistently a good box for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free folks.
What do you think of the Spring 2017 RawBox?