Saturday, 7 February 2015

Flowbox - Maxi Vegan Box February 2015

Maxi vegan Flowbox review

Before I went vegan I wasn't a huge fan of subscription boxes. I'd tried a Birchbox once and I liked it but I wasn't blown away enough to continue my membership past box one.

Once I became vegan I started looking for easy ways to discover new products and spotted The Vegan Kind on Facebook. It fit the bill from my very first box and I've been a subscriber ever since.

I love my TVK box, every month when it lands on my doorstep it's like Christmas as I unpack the contents and discover new products I might not have ever heard of otherwise. Obviously I would like this excitement to continue every day of my life, so I had a look around to see if there were any other vegan subscription boxes on the market, when someone told me about Flowbox.



I'm not going to lie, when I first heard about Flowbox I had a flashback to an old subscription service which delivered you a selection of products at that time of the month. I would like to reassure you - that's not what this is.

The Flowbox - maxi vegan box review

There are three different kinds of Flowbox; classic, vegan and gluten-free. All of the boxes contain a selection of natural, organic and eco-friendly products. The box is said to contain food, beauty and household products, although my box this month was all food.

Once you've selected which style box you want, you have two size options to choose from; mini (5 -6 products for £9.95 + £3.50 P+P) or maxi (8 - 10 products for £17.95 + £4 P+P). I went for the maxi vegan box and eagerly awaited its arrival.

The Flowbox - maxi vegan box review

It took every ounce of strength I had not to rip this open as soon as the postie handed it to me this morning. Instead, I was patient and took photographs for you (#bloggerproblems).

The first thing I love about the Flowbox is the packaging. My name was hand-written on the lid of the box in a gift-tag print. A really nice, personal touch.

Inside, the contents of the box are carefully wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a raffia bow. (Not opening this tissue paper until after I'd taken this photo may have been the hardest thing I've had to do in my life.)

The Flowbox - maxi vegan box review

As with other subscription boxes, there's a 'menu' explaining the contents of the box in a little more detail as well as listing its RRP. Adding up the RRP of everything in this particular box I see the contents is worth around £22 - not a massive saving considering what you pay for a box but I personally don't buy these boxes to save money, I buy them to discover new things.

The Flowbox - maxi vegan box review

There's also a guide to 'food that magically regrows itself' which is a really cute design and actually something I can see us using.

Now for the contents.

The Flowbox - maxi vegan box, February 2015 review

As you can see, when you peel back the tissue paper, the box is - quite literally - crammed full of goodies. As well as products, I also got some little postcards telling me more about some of the brands in the box and a couple of discount codes.

The Raw Chocolate Co Raw Mulberries

The Raw Chocolate Co Raw Mulberries (RRP £3.99)

I've never tried mulberries before but I was surprised at their appearance - I always assumed they'd look like cranberries! According to the info leaflet, these little berries are shaken from the tree when perfectly ripe and then sun-dried to optimise their natural sweetness. Purely in the interests of science (i.e. for this post) I tried one and they are absolutely delicious. Chewy and moreish with a definite toffee flavour. Must. Put. The. Bag. Down.

Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar

Vego Mini Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar (RRP £1.85)

To my fellow vegans, the Vego bar will require no introduction. Finding a Vego bar at the bottom of a subscription box is like finding Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket.
This stuff is like catnip for vegans.
And dads (almost had to physically restrain my dad from a bar last weekend.)
Not only is a Vego the most deliciously creamy, truffley, nutty chocolate you have EVER TASTED, it's also dairy free. I don't know what's in these but if I had to guess, I'd say it was magic.

Nothing But Sliced Beetroot & Parsnip Snack

Nothing But Sliced Beetroot & Parsnip Snack (RRP £1.20)

I'm not going to dwell on these. I hate beetroot and I hate parsnips. I don't hate any other vegetables - these are the only two I don't like and here they are, together, in a bag.

These are not for me.

I have tried the mange tout & red pepper and the pineapple & grape snacks from Nothing But and both of them were absolutely delicious so I'm sure if you like beetroot and parsnip these will be lovely. You can have mine.

O Bar Fruit and Oat bar with Apple and Cranberry

O Bar Apple and Cranberry Fruit & Oat Bar (RRP £1)

I've never heard of these but it looks good and not too calorie-heavy like some bars can be. It's also a good size for the price. Looking forward to trying this.

Savvy Date & Sesame Luxury Spread

Savvy Date & Sesame Luxury Spread (RRP £2.95)

A spread made from dates, tahini, carob, agave nectar and spices. This really intrigues me. Is it savoury? Is it sweet? I have no idea, but it is apparently good on toast, in sandwiches and stirred into porridge. I still can't work it out, but I'm looking forward to giving this one a go.

Stur Tea and Peach Natural Water Enhancer

Stur Tea & Peach Natural Water Enhancer (RRP £3.49)

This little bottle contains 30 servings of concentrated juice which you squeeze into 200ml of water.
I know that 'natural water enhancer' is just a fancy way of saying 'dilutey cordial' but this pleases me greatly. I am such a sucker for packaging and this is so damn cute. And I love peach tea, I can't wait to try this.

Teatonics Mind-Awakening Yerbamate & Laid-Back Botanicals

Teatonics Mind-Awakening Yerba Mate & Laid-Back Botanicals tea bags (RRP £0.50)

I had both of these teabags in a Vegan Kind box before but I wasn't disappointed to see them in here. The yerba mate is a lovely alternative to regular old tea when I need an afternoon perk-up at work.

The Chia Co. Oats + Chia Mixed Berry

The Chia Co. Oats + Chia Mixed Berry (RRP £4.99)

I always like a breakfast item in a subscription box. When I first went vegan I found breakfast the hardest thing because I was so used to Kellogg's cereals (none of which are vegan in the UK as they 'fortify' their cereals with vitamin D from sheep's wool).

I'm not a massive fan of chia, but these sound interesting and are filled with natural ingredients. At £5 for five sachets I've got high hopes.

Veggie-Go's Fruit & Veggie Strip

Veggie-Go's Fruit & Veggie Strip (RRP £1.50)

Handy, healthy snacks bars like these are one of my favourite things about subscription boxes, they are ideal to pop in your handbag for when you're feeling a bit peckish. This one sounds great because it's got the added benefit of veggies, keeping the sugar content down. It's surprisingly thin, too. Like a flat fruit leather.

Well done if you made it to the end of this post - there were so many exciting bits and pieces crammed into this little box! I'm definitely going to keep my Vegan Kind subscription going since it's a little bit cheaper than the Flowbox and I like that there's usually a good mix of household and beauty products alongside foody things, that's the only thing I was disappointed not to receive in the Flowbox.

Overall though, I'm really impressed with the Flowbox and can tell there's been a great deal of thought and care gone in to the packaging - seeing my name hand-written on the top was such a small personal touch that I really liked.

If you're thinking of trying the Flowbox, you can sign up for yourself here.

Emily x
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