I’ve just eaten the tastiest almond white chocolate bar! A vegan, fair trade, organic, gluten-free, palm oil free and eco-friendly almond white chocolate bar to be precise! This particular chocolate bar came as part of a ‘Vegan Lifestyle Box’ from The Vegan Kind company.
Recently, after going back to the “student lifestyle” and starting van dwelling, I’ve been pondering a lot about sustainability and my usage of non-recyclables etc. I’m proud that we’ve managed to become a household that has consistently recycled for about three years+ now but on my last teaching placement I was shocked at the amount of paper that was being used weekly; on average we were using a ream of paper (500 sheets) per 10 trainees, so that’s 6% of a tree. Doesn’t seem like much for 10, but multiply that by 100 staff and even more students and it just doesn’t bear thinking about. Then I got to thinking about meat consumption, expensive outdoor gear, diesel within the van etc. etc.
The conclusion I came to was small significant changes need to be made to make my life more ethically based. Being at a centre placement has made me reconsider a few bits of my lifestyle – one being meat consumption. A little known fact about me is that I went 9 years as a vegetarian in my student days and largely my diet is vegetarian based now with the only meat consumption happening during the sandwiches provided by the centre, the rest of the time it’s largely non-meat. The result, I do feel a lot healthier! Small steps to get back to where I once was…
I’ve been back home for a couple of days and decided I wanted to try cooking some small, simple recipes. I found “BOSH!” at a stupidly cheap price on Amazon and liked one of the recipes so decided to order it to look at more (plus, this book was highly recommended by another friend). A day later, I had managed to successfully cook the Crispy Chili Tofu and you know what? It looked exactly like it did on the picture! Inspired! My cooking NEVER looks tasty!
So anyway, when you tend to purchase things those hidden website ‘cookies’ then tell your social media what you’ve purchased or browsed and they then recommend things to you; for me, Instagram recommended The Vegan Kind. A one-stop shop and box subscription service to all things Vegan. There’s lots here, new products, products you won’t find the local supermarket, high-quality products… such much in one place! It also runs a subscription service, which I wanted to try.
The Vegan Kind has two subscription boxes, a Lifestyle (food) box and a Beauty Box. Knowing that I would probably eat all the food items from the Lifestyle box in one day, I’ve opted in to the beauty box (not for consumption, for value for money reasons and wanting to find products right for me); the previous boxes from the company showed a strong consideration of choice in their products, rather than just random items and price wise… these boxes are good value for money!
As mentioned, I haven’t subscribed to this box but you can purchase previous boxes The Vegan Kind Supermarket if they still have them available. I purchased the March box, the 65th(!) box of theirs for about £8 (using a ‘newbie’ code voucher) to see what it was all about.
First off, let’s just say, after a quick royal mail delivery, the Vego almond chocolate bar was devoured which such gusto that I blinked and it was gone! I actually felt a little sad not to have any more bars for a later snacking. The bar was creamy, melt in your mouth delicious!
Next to be devoured was the smokehouse bbq flavour of the Üfit Crunchers crisp snack. The pack contains 10g of protein (20% of the snack) and tastes delicious! I would happily purchase these again as they are also very filling (RRP £1.29). I think my other half would like them as well.
The Bircher Muesli with apple and raspberry breakfast pot by Deliciously Ella (RRP £1.49) It felt heavier compared to regular breakfast pots but OMG, the taste was AMAZING! I’ve had these before and they are very high-quality food products. Your tummy will thank you!
The Rocky Road was great – so great in fact I already took a bite out of it before I thought I’d get a photo. This has such a pleasing aftertaste. Now, I’ve eaten a lot of Rocky Road in my time and they always leave me craving for more because they aren’t satisfying, THIS I found to be very satisfying. Its thick cake bar takes a while to get through!
It would have been nice to have an accompanying drink to this box however, I can imagine the additional weight and possibility of spillage would cause issues with the postal service and increase the price for the consumer, so with that in a mind I did browse what current options are out there on their Supermarket that can be purchased at local retailers. My favourite energy drink, Tenzing is on there! Yay!
Looking at the overall value, all the products in the box, including the book, was £17.40 combined.
- Vego White-Almond Bliss. 50g (RRP £2.09)
- DK Vegan On The Go book by Jerome Eckmeier and Daniela Lais. (RRP £6.99)
- Natur Compagnie Organic Asian Veggie Noodle Snack Pot. 55g (RRP £2.20)
- Mummy Meagz Sea Salt & Honeycomb Rocky Road Cake Bar 55g. (RRP £2.15)
- Indie Bay Snacks Spelt and Easy Cheesy Pretzel Bites. 26g (RRP £1.19)
- Deliciously Ella Breakfast Pots. 90g (RRP £1.49)
- UFIT Crunchers Smokehouse BBQ. 27g (RRP £1.29)
Lifestyle boxes are shipped monthly and there are 4 subscriptions you can choose from, everymonth, every 3 or 6 months or one annual payment. At £10 (+p&p), you get some fantastic food items at great prices! Check them out here: The Vegan Kind.
The subscription I’ve signed up for is the beauty box. I’m starting to become a lot more aware of what animal items are within our cosmetics and bathroom products and wanted to find out more companies that are ethically minded about their items.
The leaflet that accompanies the boxed states it’s overall value of items to be £65+ (£68.18 to be exact)
- Skin Radiance Retinol Moisturiser Cream. 50ml (RRP £14.99)
- Official B. Fan Brush. (RRP £6.99)
- PHB Superfood 2-in-1 Face and Eye Serum. (RRP £1.20)
- CODE Beauitful SSL liner (RRP £18.00)
- BYBI Beauty Prime Time Facial Polish. 60ml (RRP £24.00)
- SHOBU Indulgence Bath Bomb for the Shower (RRP £3.00)
Which, at a subscription rate of about £18 (including p&p,) bi-monthly*, is really good value for money – even better when you find out there is NO contract and you can cancel at anytime.
The product I liked the most out of this box was the Skin Radiance Retinol Moisturiser Cream. Smells nice, easy to apply and boasts of anti-aging properties! It just sunk into the sink and left it feeling lovely and soft. The primer was easy to apply and left my skin feeling fresh before I applied the mosturiser. I’m curious to know how the ‘bath bomb for the shower’ by Shobu will work, once I’ve tried I will come back and update this blog post.
The other two items, the brush and lip liner. I’m not a bit fan of make up but as I’m getting older I’m trying it out some more (hiding those wrinkles) and I love the lip liner colour! I’m glad the box contains about 90% of the items I will use (and 1 item to make a friend happy!) and am already looking forward to what the next one will hold!
With each box a different charity benefits from its purchase – for the Lifestyle box one, 10p is dontated to sponsoring Coppershell Farm Sanctuary in Corsham, Wiltshire (They currently have a gofund.me page to raise the running costs of the farm), in the Beauty Box, 20p is donated to Animal Free Research UK who are aiming to assist in the eradication of using animals in medical research.
Overall, I’m impressed with both these boxes. I just have a curiousity about them like I did with the KlifBox subscription, but I think I will keep the subscription for the Beauty Box going. I’ve enjoyed the products and will keep using them and now I have a curiosity to find out what else will be sent out.
If you’re interested in these boxes or any other Vegan product then I would highly recommend you visit: The Vegan Kind. Enjoy.