Birchbox, Consciousbox, Merchbox…so many companies these days are getting their hands on the product-to-door market that only started budding in the last couple of years.
Naturebox is my first foray into this service. My coworker roped me into Naturebox when she offered me some of the sweet blueberry almonds that are only available via Naturebox. I really only wanted the almonds, but I decided to take a chance and sign up for a full subscription. For only $10 (thanks to a referral coupon from my coworker) I got five bags of snacks, plus a surprise gift.
Of course, before I signed up and threw my wallet at Naturebox I did some research, and found some not so good reviews. Being me, I went ahead and signed up for the subscription and tried Naturebox for myself.
Not everything in the box made me gag, but this did. I couldn’t take more than a bite out of the cranberry almond bites. When I added them to my box, I expected a granola cluster of sorts, but this is a puffed rice cereal snack. It has a lingering sesame seed taste, even though that isn’t listed as one of the ingredients. I couldn’t get rid of that sesame taste in my mouth. It has a weird crunchy, crumbly texture that is hard to swallow.
I added the Cherry Ganache Granola to my box because it was the only thing that Harlot Beauty liked in her review. I expected a sweet, chocolatey granola that would be good with some cherry flavored Greek yogurt. The granola clusters include whole walnuts and almonds, but I was expecting chunks of whole cherries and chocolate. This snack isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t satisfy my chocolate craving. It is okay, but not wonderful. I like food that is wonderful.
This is the product that made me subscribe to Naturebox, and this is still the snack that I liked the most. I like how the almonds are covered in the sweet blueberry powder. It’s sweet but not too sweet. I planned to throw out the rest of my Naturebox snacks, but I will keep this one. Still, it’s not perfect enough though for me to renew my Naturebox subscription.
This was my surprise gift (thanks Naturebox crew), but I did not like it at all! I like chickpeas (in hummus), but not to snack on. The chickpeas are so dry and crunchy, and taste old. I do not like roasted chickpeas so I may be biased. I will give it to the Naturebox crew, though, for adding the surprise gift. It was a nice touch of customer service.
This was my second favorite snack, at first. I actually ate a good amount of these dried cranberries, cherries, and blueberries. They are nice and sweet and I love fruit medley mixes. I brought this to my job and stored it in my desk for casual munching throughout the day, but I noticed after a couple of half handfulls that my head started to hurt. I’m no Pavlov dog, but after that association I couldn’t bring myself to eat any more. I wondered how a sweet and yummy fruit mix could give me headaches, so I checked the nutrition label so see exactly what I was eating. I could not believe that each serving had 30g of sugar! Yikes! The fruits themselves infused with sugar! The few times that I buy packaged dried fruits (I prefer fresh) I always buy them low-sugar or sugar-free. The stamp on the packing says the product is “Nutritionist Approved”, but how could a nutritionist approve that much added sugar?
I actually did not pick out the sante fe corn stix, but they were added as my “surprise me!” snack. I couldn’t decide which fifth snack to buy so I wanted to opened my fate to the Naturebox deities. I am not sure how well those deities know me, but I am not a fan of these spicy corn sticks. They are quite savory and taste vaguely of Doritos. I like Doritos better. I couldn’t imagine snacking on these for fun.
After sampling all of my snacks, I had to cancel my Naturebox subscription. These snacks are just not for me. I just didn’t love any of these products enough. Maybe you will like Naturebox, but I advise you get a $10 off referral code so that you can save a little money as you sample.
Have you tried Naturebox? What was your experience?