In February I was in contact with the lovely people at TheVeganKind (check out their website here) and I’m super excited because I’m now part of their blogger program! This means monthly you’ll see monthly posts all about their £10 p/month (+ postage) lifestyle subscription box* that has 5-8 items Vegan friendly products from a range of companies they have partnered with.
*they also do a quarterly beauty box for £15, which looks amazing too!
As usual when I was taking pictures for this post, Ozma came to join in and demand attention. I know that the internet likes cats, so I’ve gone with it (there’s also some pictures featuring Argo, my housemates other cat at the end of this post – it’s his debut on my blog)!
Before I get into what’s in the box, I just have to say that I love the fact TheVeganKind includes a letter with an explanation of everything inside, with RRP’s and website/social links. I’ve tried two (non-foodie) subscription boxes before, and neither of them did this – I think it’s a really thoughtful extra addition and I’m a sucker for a company that thinks of customer friendly things like this!
Candy Kittens and Hello Kitty Sour Apple Sweets – 150g (RRP £3.00)
Possibly my favourite item of the box – Candy Kittens and Hello Kitty Sour Apple Sweets, shaped like actual cats… These are absolutely delicious, the flavour is sour; without being bitter, and when chewing them they’re so so juicy… It was very pretty tough not to eat the entire packet in one sitting. Even my housemate who usually screws her face up at anything a little different, absolutely loved them (and that’s when you know you’ve done good)!
Check out Candy Kitten’s website here
Simply7 Bruschetta Lentil Crisps – 85g (RRP £2.10)
When I first saw the Simply7 Bruschetta Lentic Crisps in the box, I thought I knew what they were going to be like. I expected the flavour to be quite mild and similar to some other lentil/quinoa crisps I’ve tried before. However, when I opened them I was pleasantly surprised. They had a lovely kick – clearly inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours, and with real hints of freshly picked vegetables. Not what I was expecting and it would be very easy to eat these plain without the need for a dip (although dip is always good too – I finished these with some hummus).
Check out Simply7’s website here
Quinola Mothergrain Express Quinoa and Indian Style Chickpeas – 250g (RRP £2.50)
I absolutely LOVE this brand. At Vegfest in 2015 I spent some time at the Quinola Mothergrain stall and ended up coming home with packets and packets (had to take advantage of the special offers, didn’t I?). This packet of Fairtrade Peruvian quinoa is a flavour I hadn’t tried before though, but it was really good and not at all overpowering with the Indian Style Chickpea flavour. I had this for dinner one evening alongside some roasted vegetables.
Check out Quinola Mothergrain’s website here
Virtue Peach and Strawberry Ice Tea – 330ml (RRP £1.75)
Confession: I am not a tea (or coffee) drinker. Never have been. I don’t really understand the fascination with either, so I’ve never been tempted to try Iced Tea. Out of everything in the box, this Peach and STrawberry Ice Tea from Virtue Drink, was the one I was least excited about. But after trying it, I think I’m a changed woman! I’m not sure if it’s the fruitiness (I’m a particularly big fan of peach flavoured things) over powered any remnants of tea flavour, but if I see this on the shelf in the future, I will definitely be buying one. I can imagine it would be particularly amazing on a hot day over some crushed ice (perhaps with a dash of gin?).
Also worth mentioning that this 330ml can is only 63 calories, with no refined sugar, no artificial ingredients, and packed full of antioxidants, vitamins & minerals.
Check out Virtue’s website here
Human+Kind Warmelon Hand+Elbow+Foot Cream – 50ml (RRP £7.50)
The first thing I noticed about Human+Kind’s cream is the gorgeous packaging. The beautiful geometric floral design with a few simple bold colours is just lovely. When opening the tube the smell is quite strong, sweet and well, melon-y. This one is Watermelon scented, and whilst using was a little more full on than I expected. However I tried it on my hands, elbows and feet (as the name instructed), and the formula (that includes Shea Butter, Calendula and Aloe Vera) is wonderfully soft. It’s definitely something I’ll be keeping handy for when I’m needing a bit of nourishing on rough/coarse skin.
Check out Human+Kind’s website here
Ombar Centres Raspberry and Coconut – 35g (RRP £1.99)
Ombar’s another brand I discovered and loved at Vegfest 2015 (+ I got some in my Christmas stocking from my mum), so I was very pleased to see a bar of their new “Centres” range in the box! Raspberry and Coconut flavoured with 60% Eduadorian cocoa, the raspberry gives a little zing and coconut is wonderfully creamy. The methods Ombar use ensure their bars are “raw”, which you would never guess from trying. This is the kind of melt in your mouth chocolate that I have missed a little since being Vegan.
Check out Ombar’s website here
As well as the 5-8 vegan friendly products, there is also a very cute little vegan recipe, this months is a Raspberry Chocolate Truffle by My Fruity Kitchen! The letter that comes with the box advises keeping your recipes in a safe place, as after 6 months you get sent a ring binder to keep them all in. There’s also a featured charity/campaign that TheVeganKind donate 10p from each box sold monthly. The money raised this month goes to the Scottish Animal Behaviour and Rescue Centre.
The value of everything in this box was £18.84, so for £10 (+pp) it’s great value for money, and you get to try a whole range or products you might not have thought to before. On the website they also have a tab that shows what’s been in past boxes, so you can get a feel for what kind of things are gunna be in next months box.
And that concludes my wordy first post all about my first TheVeganKind lifestyle subscription box. Now that you know what these boxes aren about, I’m hoping the next one about March’s box (which will be arriving sometime this week I think) won’t be so long! Are there any brands in here that you think you’ll try out?
If you want to get yourself (or gift a friend) TheVeganKind subscription box, follow this link to get started & I would love to know what you think in the comments!
… Before I go, I’ll leave you with two more photos of my housemates cute cats. The brown one on the left with a funny haircut is Argo, you’ll be seeing more of him I think.
* I believe in 100% transparency, and with this in mind: this blog review was created in collaboration with TheVeganKind & contains affiliate links, which means if you buy something from their website through my link, I will earn a tiny little bit of money. However regardless of this all the views & opinions expressed in this blog are my own and a completely honest portrayal of my opinion of the products.