RawBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Spring 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
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.
Good to Know: You can skip shipments by logging into your account.
RawBox Spring 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.)
There were also some coupons.
Rawkin Raw Truffle Superfood Supreme (85g) – Buy 3 oz for $7.99
These were tasty (as date-bar-type snacks go) and they do contain a lot of superfood ingredients (almonds, hemp seeds, goji berries, maca powder, spirulina, etc.). But I am not sure I would pay $2 per truffle, to be honest. These were fun to try once, though, for sure. (I didn’t know they contained cayenne until after I ate them – they’re not spicy or anything.)
Rawxies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookie (1.5 oz) – Retail Value $1.39 (Buy a Case of 36 for $50)
I have had Rawxies a lot of times before, and they are usually pretty good at mimicking a cookie for something that is totally raw. That being said, this is not my favorite flavor ever. The chocolate was not so detectable. I think the lemon ones are some of my favorites.
These are the same Rawrev bars as ever, just in different packaging (they made the rounds in food and fitness subscription boxes last year). I like them, and have bought several cases in the past (I had oral surgery last year and there were complications and anyway, I ended up cutting dozens of these things up into tiny pieces and placing them delicately between my molars just so I could eat something besides soup…). Despite the sheer number of these I have eaten (probably more than 100) in the last year, I actually still kind of look forward to getting them. I like all the flavors I’ve tried so far, too, including (especially) this one.
Raw Crunch with Organic Blueberries and Lemon (1 oz) – Buy 12 Bars for $30
There are not so many textures achievable with raw food. You have your date and nut butter products (represented in this box with the truffles and Rawrev bar, respectively), and then you have your harder seed products, which is what this is. This does have raw honey so it’s not vegan (but it is vegetarian). I liked this all right, but found the flavor wasn’t too strong, and think it would’ve tasted better with a bit more of something sweet added (more honey or agave nectar or something).
The Preserve Company White Cherry Basil Body Butter – Buy 4 oz for $15
I am not sure the size of the jar we received, but it was enough for quite a few uses. I’m still working my way through it. This is very thick and holds its shape, as you can see, and it smells AMAZING. (But cherry/almond scent is one of my favorites, ever.) I am a fan. They also make wax melts in this scent and I think I am going to have to get some now.
Raw Lip Balm in Vanilla Bean Plus Blue Chamomile (0.15 oz) – Retail Value $5
This has a beeswax and coconut oil base (so another one that’s not vegan). It also smells pretty good and it works well, though I think it’s going to be more of a warm weather product for me because it just feels a little grainy when it’s cold out. (That is just what coconut oil does, nothing wrong with the product at all.) It is moisturizing once it warms up.
The Art of Broth Savory Chicken Flavored Sipping Broth (2 bags) – Retail Value $5.99
This is actually vegan; the “chicken” flavor comes from yeast extract. Does it taste like chicken? I have no idea since I haven’t eaten meat for almost 25 years. I am not sure I would consume this regularly because it feels too much like drinking savory tea, which is something I can’t really get behind, but I did try it one day when I felt a cold coming on and it soothed my throat. (This comes in tea bags.)
Barnana Crunchy Banana Brittle with Toasted Coconut (3.5 oz) – Buy 3 Bags for $14.99
This is crunchy and a little sweet without being overly so. The banana flavor is more evident than the coconut flavor. The package says “made with upcycled bananas,” which honestly sounds kind of gross (because something being “upcycled” means it has BEEN USED BEFORE), but what it actually means is that bananas that wouldn’t otherwise have made it off the farm and would’ve become food waste (for example, because they were too ripe to ship) get made into a product instead.
These are lightly flavored raw almonds. They are savory but neither the turmeric nor the tamari is too strong. However, I would not recommend eating them after Halo Top ice cream, which my husband and I did one night, because that is a weird, weird flavor combination. Better to enjoy them with other savory items instead.
Verdict: There were 9 items in the Spring RawBox, so you are paying about $4.44 per item. Quite a few of the items were generously-sized and had values more than $4.44, and this is a pretty niche market for a box (making products harder to find and more expensive when you do find them), so I feel like this box had a good value. I was familiar with some of the brands (Navitas, Barnana) but all of the products were new. I think my favorite item was the body butter. I really love that scent.
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.
Coupon – Save 15% off your first box with code WELCOME15OFF
Value Breakdown: This box is $39.95 and this month had 9 items, for an average value of about $4.44 per item.
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