All Around Vegan Subscription Box Review – February 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 February 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.
Blake’s Seed-Based Chocolate Chip Snack Bar (1.41 oz) – Buy a Box of 12 for $26.99
These bars are made without the 8 major allergens (two of which are dairy and eggs, hence these being vegan, plus they are sweetened with evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, and cane sugar, so no honey) and are produced in a dedicated facility so no worries if you have a multi-allergen household. The *do* taste like they are good for you (and are much lower in sugar than I would expect plus they are high in fiber) and have a bit of a rustic texture, but they are not bad for seed bars, to be honest. The chocolate ones were the best, in my opinion.
Blake’s Seed-Based Pineapple Snack Bar (1.23 oz) – Buy a Box of 12 for $26.99
I have had this one before from another box although I cannot remember which one. Anyway, these, like the chocolate ones, are free of the top 8 allergens. The pineapple flavor is definitely evident (and good) but I think the reason I preferred the chocolate ones was because the chocolate modified the texture of the seeds a little bit. Still a good way to get more seeds in your diet if you are looking to do that.
Blake’s Seed-Based Raspberry Snack Bar (1.23 oz) – Buy a Box of 12 for $26.99
I felt like the raspberry was definitely raspberry here, and not a generic fruity flavor, so they get bonus points for that. This one otherwise had a lot in common with the pineapple bar. I do appreciate getting three flavors to try because if one doesn’t work for you, one of the others might.
“Vegan for the Animals” Magnet – Retail Value $3
This is the activism item for the month. It’s nice to get a magnet instead of a sticker because you won’t ruin your car’s finish if you decide to put it there. And as a means of sharing a message, including potentially with people you don’t know very well, it’s tasteful and not pushy.
This is a new brand for me. At first, I was kind of bummed about getting a lip balm that you have to stick your finger in, but I realized that if you are making an attempt to get away from using plastic and be more sustainable (as this brand is), this is pretty much what you have to do. This smells subtly of chocolate and it is pretty moisturizing.
Vive Vanilla Almond Coconut Soft-Baked Granola Bites (1.6 oz) – Retail Value $3
These make for a much easier way to eat granola (no spoons or tipping directly into your mouth required), which is great for travel (or hiking, as they suggest). They have a good texture and don’t fall apart too easily, and I am already a fan of vanilla, almond, and coconut flavors, so I liked these. They’re lower in sugar than you would expect, as well, but they still taste sweet.
Vegan Original Gezellig Cookies (34g x 2) – Buy a Box of 16 for $25
Non-vegan stroopwafels have eggs, and sometimes have dairy and honey as ingredients. This is an attempt to make a stroopwafel that is vegan. I believe that the cookie part works quite well, but the inner syrup is harder to duplicate, and it is not *quite* right. But it is very close.
Vegan Print T-Shirt
This is custom for All Around Vegan (as far as I know; a quick check in Google images did not reveal this design) but it is not in their shop. Anyway, this is the lifestyle item for the month and obliquely relates to Valentine’s Day, I suppose. You’ll get some t-shirts in this box, but not every single month, so you won’t become overrun with them. I was in need of new t-shirts anyway, as some of mine were so old they had holes, so this comes at a good time.
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 $42.45 (with shipping) and there were eight items, giving an average price of about $5.30 each. Obviously, some of the food items don’t cost that much, but the lip balm is more than that, and the shirt is probably easily 3-4 times that much in value, so I think it all averages out. The food in this box is always good and usually new to me, and I have to say, the enthusiasm on the information card when the box curators are talking about the items is great as well.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up now, you’ll get the March box (ships March 1) as your first box.
Value Breakdown: At $42.45 for this box (subscription cost plus shipping), the average per-item cost is $5.30.
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What do you think of the February 2019 All Around Vegan box?