4 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Vegans
Subscription boxes are the next big thing - it seems like any items, from shoes to snacks, you can get delivered in a convenient little box to your work or home.
There’s logic behind this - first, and maybe most importantly, we’re busy people.
Between work, responsibilities at home, and trying to fit a social life somewhere in the cracks, it’s hard enough to figure out grocery shopping for the week, much less have snacks planned, packaged, and ready to go when we need them.
When 2 pm rolls around, you want a better option than that sad bag of chips from the vending machine.
Let’s face it, I’m not going to spend $15 on a pound of Goji berries on a regular basis, no matter how many antioxidants they have.
If I love a particular snack, I can request more of it or like it in my next shipment, and if I hate it, I have the option to make sure it isn’t included in further boxes.
It’s the perfect blend of convenience and customization.
Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the joy of getting a subscription box delivered to your desk. But which subscription boxes are best for vegans? How can you make sure you have enough options? We’ve broken down the best cruelty-free boxes, so you don’t have to!
from $12.99 per month - Our Top Recommended Pick
While Urth Box is not a strictly vegan subscription company, it does clearly mark its products and make it easy for you to designate what kinds of ingredients you need to avoid.
There’s no reason to click through hundreds of snacks and choose “do not send” - simply sign up for a Vegan box option and everything is taken care of. A straight snack box, Urth Box includes things like bars, cookies, juices, and sweets.
One of my favorite things about Urth Box is that you can see examples of what to expect right on the site. They feature an entire gallery of sample boxes where you can click through real photos submitted by users and see exactly what kinds of products you can expect to receive.
I also liked that Urth Box offers different tiers of subscription pricing depending on how many snacks you want. Someone who’s just looking to have a few snacks to tuck into their desk drawer at work can pay $12.99 per month for the “casual snacker” box, while “pro snackers” can pay $40.00 per month for 25+ snacks per box.
You can even spend $199.00 on 100+ full-size products for your office. The Urth Box ships free to the United States and offers paid shipping to Canada and the rest of the globe.
Another unique aspect of Urth Box is its loyalty program, which allows customers to purchase what they like at member discounts, and accumulate points that can be redeemed for products in their store. The layout of the website makes it easy to research and sign up without ever having to look around elsewhere on the internet.
Although the Urth Box is advertised at a seemingly low price, you have to sign up for longer terms plans to get that price. An example is, if you want to get the "Small" package at $19.99/month, you need to sign up for 6 months. Otherwise, it's going to cost $29.99/month.
But you can always try it for a month, and if you love the experience, you can just upgrade your service to a 6 month or yearly plan to take advantage of the lower pricing.
from $11.99 per box
Like most people, graze was my first foray into subscription boxes, with the 8-snack variety box. At a very modest $11.99 per box, this is a lower-cost, low-commitment box if you’re just looking for a few fun snacks to keep in your desk drawer at work.
I like graze because they allow me to try foods I wouldn’t usually try myself, or have seen recipes for and am too lazy to make them at home. It’s also nice that each snack comes in its individual package - I find one of the most challenging aspects of snacks like chips and dried fruit is having to portion it out or risk mindlessly eating out of a big bag.
Graze is wonderful in that you can pick out a pre-portioned snack and see the calorie content printed clearly on the packaging. It takes all the guesswork out of how much you should be eating - no measuring cups needed!
Graze isn’t an entirely vegan program. However, they do try to make it easy to make sure you only have vegan-friendly, plant-based snacks delivered to your door by noting any food allergies/dietary restrictions.
They also get a nice mix of sweet, salty, and savory food options and, like most subscription boxes, you can note if you like more of a particular flavor. If you’ve got a strong sweet tooth, they’ll put more dried fruits and chocolate into your monthly box, while chip-lovers can get a box filled with crunchy, salty snacks. They also offer nut mixes and fun, different products like shiitake mushroom broth, to keep you from getting bored.
Graze is one of the least customizable boxes available. While you can mark off that you want snacks without animal products, you don’t actually get to choose the eight products that make it into the final box.
If you really don’t like a particular snack, you can go in and mark it as “do not send”, but considering they offer over 100 snacks, it cancels out the convenience a little to have to click this for each and every option.
Ultimately, Graze is what gets a lot of people into subscription boxes in the first place, and is one worth considering.
$28-$29.95 per 2 months
For around $30 bi-monthly, Love Goodly delivers 5-7 natural, eco-friendly, non-toxic products right to your door. Beyond just snacks, the Love Goodly box includes items like lipstick, tea, and samples of Ayurvedic toothpaste.
Everything is 100% vegan, so you don’t have to worry about receiving something you can’t use, and a portion of each purchase goes towards a cause.
Each box contains at least $60 worth of products, which includes full-size products as well as samples.
The beauty of Love Goodly comes in its variety of products. Whereas a service like Graze can get old, there is always the chance of receiving something new in one of the Love Goodly boxes, which keeps it from getting dull.
Will it be jewelry this month? Makeup brushes? Natural hair ties? There is an element of fun and surprise in each box delivery.
Additionally, Love Goodly boxes are gorgeous on a purely aesthetic scale - the packaging is just lovely, and they come with personal touches like handwritten notes from the curators. It feels like receiving a thoughtful gift from a friend, with the classiness of a posh store.
However, Love Goodly is not without its faults. Firstly, the box is very clearly marketed to women - from the products included, to the wording used on the notes, this isn’t the box for a couple or family who want to be able to share products between a man and a woman.
It'd be good if they had a way to designate the types of products to receive so vegan men could try out different snacks and products, too.
Also, I find this box to be a little pricey for the number of items, and the fact that I can’t choose them on my own. While I’m aware the products are natural, vegan, and earth-friendly (which means more expensive), it’s a good chunk of change to put down on possibly receiving blush or lipstick in a color that doesn’t match my skin tone, or isn’t to my taste.
$42.49 per box
Another subscription service that isn’t entirely vegan, Healthy Surprise caters to multiple “healthy” lifestyles, including Paleo and plant-based, and offers subscriptions in varying sizes, which can be useful for ordering for individuals or families.
Additionally, Healthy Surprise gives you the option of ordering a snack box, a personal care box, or a gift box to give as a present.
All Healthy Surprise’s snacks are free of gluten, soy, corn, wheat, and genetically modified organisms. This makes it a great option for people with multiple food allergies who may have a hard time finding tasty snacks that fit their lifestyle.
Because Healthy Surprise caters to Paleo eaters as well as other “healthy” lifestyles, I sometimes find images on their website a little jarring.
It can be hard to log in to change the preferences in my vegan box to see giant slabs of beef jerky on their home page. This may not bother you, but I find it to be a big turnoff - especially when I’m trying to pick out yummy plant-based snacks!
Additionally, I find Healthy Surprise’s website to be tough to navigate. It takes some exploration to figure out exactly where you need to go, and it can be frustrating trying to get a sense of exactly what snacks were available, how much customization you can do, etc.
Due to the overwhelming nature of the site and a lot of unanswered questions this box wouldn't be my first option, but it is an option worth mentioning.
When it comes down to it, while there are so many great options available for vegans as far as subscription boxes go, I have to recommend the Urth Box as a perfect blend of price, ease of use, and customizability.
Subscribing to a snack or personal product box service can be a fun, easy way to keep your home or office stocked with snacks and beauty products you feel good about.
Treat yourself to a monthly or bi-monthly delivery of fun treats and samples, and enjoy taking in the world of vegan products one nibble at a time.