All Around Vegan Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2019
All Around Vegan a monthly subscription box for vegans containing four categories of items: nutrition, lifestyle, bath and body, and activism.
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.)
About All Around Vegan
The Subscription Box: All Around Vegan
The Cost: $34.95/box (save with longer subscriptions) + $4.95 shipping
The Products: Nutrition items (think pantry items, supplements, and snacks), lifestyle items (clothing, books, kitchen gadgets), bath and body products, and activism items (think materials to educate and inspire others), all of which are vegan and cruelty-free.
Ships to: US ($4.95), Canada ($15), International ($20)
All Around Vegan January 2019 Review
All Around Vegan is a fairly new box for me. Let’s see what they sent this month:
There was a standard information card with more details about the items in the box, including how they fit the categories nutrition, lifestyle, bath/body, and activism. Sometimes there is product literature as well.
Health Warrior Chia Bar in Acai Berry (0.88 oz) – Buy 15 Bars for $17.99
I have had Health Warrior chia bars before, but I don’t think I’ve had these smaller ones, and this flavor also seems new to me. I am not sure I could pick out the flavor of acai, specifically, but this is generally fruity and a nice alternative to chocolate and dessert-y flavors. This is pretty gritty, as all chia bars tend to be.
Health Warrior Chia Bar in Banana Nut (0.88 oz) – Buy 15 Bars for $17.99
This had the same gritty texture as the previous bars, but the banana nut flavor was done really, really well, and I think this was my favorite of the two.
Splitz Split Pea Crisps Original (1.5 oz) – Buy 8 Bags for $15.99
The bag says “new look” but I’ve honestly never heard of these before. I did not have high expectations because most snacks that are majority pea protein are too powdery/plastery for their own good, but I was pleasantly surprised by these. There was a slight bit of spice that worked well with the texture, and the texture was great. I think maybe the fact that these were a little harder than most pea protein snacks (I tend to see a lot of bars) and also had a smaller volume compared to the surface area helped. Anyway, I was a fan and I’d be just fine with seeing other flavors in a future box.
I have had these before and they are pretty similar to how I remember although I think the packaging has changed since the last time I’ve seen one. These have a much better texture than a lot of other plant-based protein bars I’ve tried in recent memory, and the chocolate is really good, too.
If you know my feelings about coffee at all, you will probably guess that I preferred the Almond Noir bar to this one. But, the coffee flavor was muted enough (perhaps because of the mix with chocolate) that I could still eat my half (I share almost all subscription box snacks with my husband).
Forest Nymph Meli Soap – Retail Value $8
I have received Forest Nymph soaps in subscription boxes before, though I don’t remember if it was All Around Vegan or another one. At any rate, they are just beautiful. This has an apple scent and doesn’t irritate my skin (despite containing essential oils, which I sometimes have issues with) and is just fun to use. (You will get a fair amount of bar soap in this subscription, but it is always pretty artisan soap.)
This is the activism item for the month. It is printed on nice card stock and it gets the message across simply (although I don’t think rainforest trees look like those…). This is the kind of thing you can put up in an office cubicle and if people are interested, they can ask you more questions, but it’s also not really confrontational, which is nice if you’re shy.
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life by Gene Baur with Gene Stone – Retail Value $29.99 (found here for $16.34)
This book’s premise is that you can make the same kind of connection with a farm animal (that might be used for food) as you can with a pet (although it doesn’t address what you feed your pets, and cats are obligate carnivores). There are also recipes.
I find that there are two types of vegan and vegetarian cookbooks out there (this book is vegan). One is the “reduce or eliminate processed food” type that focuses on real, whole food ingredients (like the Engine 2 book from a few months ago). The other is the “better living through chemistry” type that focuses on substitutes (fake butter, fake meat, flavored non-dairy milks, etc.). I tend to fall somewhere between the two camps but this book is definitely the second type (there are really quite a wide variety of fake meat products mentioned in this book – some I’ve tried, and some I’ve never heard of). These recipes may be especially useful for someone making the transition to plant-based eating, who still has that mental connection of meat being the center of a meal.
The other thing I would say about the recipes is that they are not necessarily low-calorie or conducive to weight maintenance. I almost fainted when I read one that had 2 tablespoons plus ¾ cup of oil. That is like 14 tablespoons of oil, or 1680 calories of oil. In a single recipe. I don’t eat that much cooking oil in a whole week. It is OK to eat like that occasionally, but just be cognizant of the ingredients you are including.
Also, the photography is really good.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for All Around Vegan this month because many of the food items were not available for individual purchase. This subscription costs $39.90 (with shipping), and the book alone has a retail value of $29.99, plus the soap is $8, for a total of $37.99, leaving $1.91 for all the food items and the print, which makes them have an average cost of less than $0.50 each. That seems pretty good to me. (For what it’s worth, the food is usually pretty good with this subscription and this month was no exception.)
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up now, you’ll get the February box (ships February 1) as your first box.
Coupon – Use code ADDICTION to save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $34.95 + $4.95 shipping, which means that each of the 8 items in the box has an average cost of $4.99.
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What do you think of the January 2019 All Around Vegan box?