I am so excited to tell you about The Really Good Box, which is a wonderful vegan, cruelty-free subscription box. Yay! Vegan treats sent directly to your home! I had the pleasure of receiving one a couple of weeks ago when I was home in the UK. This business is run and owned by the lovely Hannah Gittings (with help from her amazingly cute head of logistics, Shogun the dog) and she kindly sent me a box out to review for The Green V.
The Really Good Box is dedicated to sourcing amazing cruelty-free and vegan products each month that will guarantee to put a smile on your face. The boxes are all from recycled cardboard and Hannah even donates part of the packaging costs to the Depaul UK charity which is working towards eradicating homelessness and also works with people who find themselves without a home. I LOVE this, because it’s so important to remember that there are so many people that struggle with aspects of life that we might take for granted, and it’s good to promote a talking point about these topics – and even better, to inspire action.
The main thing that really stood out to me straightaway was that it feels like a great deal of thought and effort goes into these boxes. It’s more than just collating some fabulous vegan items, boxing them up and shipping them out. The theme of this month’s box was the heart, and all the items fit nicely together, complimenting each other, but adding their own unique extra bit of magic too! I’ve tried out a couple of subscription boxes before, but this is the first one I felt was really personal, you know? From the handwritten note, to the packaging, to the cute and thoughtful gifts inside – it felt like this was a box from a really good friend, but without it coming across as trying too hard.
As you know, kitty cats, I am a huge fan of branding and I really enjoyed the fact that the style of the graphics on the site matched the stickers and notelets inside the box. I also thought the note Hannah sent me was super cute and loved that she signed off with the inspiring line of: “Let your heart be your compass and take you on wild adventures”.
What’s in the box
The theme for this month’s box is ‘the heart’ so let’s take a peek at what’s inside!
Introduction: The welcome sheet gives an introduction to all the products that can be found inside the box and this is (naturally) on recycled paper and gives some great detail on all the items. I also have to mention how great it is that for every item, there’s a pamphlet or leaflet that offers further reading so you can really get to know the mission behind the products.
The Really Good Box Pen and Stickers: As I writer, I’m always scribbling notes to myself wherever I am, so I get through a lot of pens and I’m always happy to receive a new pen. The recyclable elements of this pen made me a happy lady, and it has taken up its position as the resident pen in my handbag. The stickers are also now on my MacBook and I’m looking forward to building my sticker collection!
Yogi Cards: I’m really trying to get back into regular yoga practice as part of my self love mission, so I was thrilled to see these little cards that help run through different poses, teaching you how to perform each one and the benefits you will experience from doing so. Again, the style of the images on the cards is really on-brand and has a lovely aesthetic. I keep my cards on my desk as a reminder and gentle prompt to move my body and step away from the computer!
ChariTea Red: I actually wasn’t feeling 100% on the day my box arrived… I drink 3 litres of water most days, but I find that when I’m feeling below par I always crave juice – sometimes water just isn’t enough! Anyway, I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this little cheeky, and it really hit the spot. I enjoyed it so much that as soon as I got back to Brussels I got my paws on some yummy rooibos and cinnamon tea bags from Hema – YUM! ChariTea is vegan, fairtrade and helps to empower communities across the world by supporting local projects.
VitaCoco Coconut Oil: I had no idea that these teeny handbag-sized sachets even existed, but they are perfect for on the go. Dry lips? Coconut oil. Unruly brows? Coconut oil. Dry skin? Coconut oil. Need to take off your make up? Coconut oil. Need to fry your tofu? Coconut oil. Ok… you’ve gathered I’m a fan. And for me, this is the perfect item to carry in my Mat and Nat bag when I’m out and about. I’ve been using it solidly every day and there’s still plenty left – I really recommend it for dry lips!
Heart Magnet: So adorable. I am in love with this. Again, perfectly on-brand and I love the sentiment: “Showing gratitude is one of the most simple yet powerful things we can do for each other. When you focus on the good that surrounds you, positivity will spread. A thankful heart is a happy heart. Use this magnet to remind you of what you are thankful for today and everyday. Share love”.
Seed & Bean Sicilian Hazelnut Chocolate: This was the first time I’d tried chocolate from the folks over at Seed & Bean and oh lordy, lord – it was amazing. The perfect sweet treat and it goes very well indeed with a fresh cup of coffee. I actually was in Natural Corner in Brussels (my favourite bio store) today and found the whole range in there, so stay tuned for flavour updates!
Crunchy Seeds Original: Ok so truthfully, I’m not a huge seed character (I said seed, not seedy. Well, I’m not seedy either…. Right – anyway, back to seeds. I know they are good for me, and I enjoy them on bread and in salads etc, but I’ve never been one to chow down on a handful of seeds. But saying that, these ones were actually delicious! They are really flavoursome and I genuinely did find myself pouring some into my hand for a snack – big result. They are all gone now, and I have my beady eyes on trying out the Mexicano Chilli and Curry Crunch ones next!
New Haven Project Soy Wax Candle – Lavender & Rosemary: I love a good scent, and as Mr Green V will attest, I’m really into essential oils and candles right now – seriously, there are candles all over the apartment at the moment! This candle smells fantastic – lavender is one of my favourite scents as it is so calming and reminds me of the south of France (ah, le sigh). New Haven Project candles are all vegan, cruelty-free and without palm oil, and they also offer a great selection of soaps and lip balms which I think would be ideal for gifts too. Plus they even add homegrown or foraged petals and leaves to their products – amazing!
Marshside Tea – Pharoah’s Brew (Camomile): I enjoyed this tea on several different levels. Firstly, I’m a bit of an Egyptology geek and I fancied myself as an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, sipping on my tea à la Cleopatra. Secondly, I loved the taste and it’s always a bonus to have a stash of caffeine-free tea for evening time. The flavour is subtle, yet extremely pleasant, and there are myriad health benefits to regular consumption of camomile tea, as you can read here.
Faith in Nature Pomegranate & Rooibos Handwash: This smells beautiful, is long-lasting and comes from ethical company Faith in Nature who offer products ranging from haircare, to home cleaners, to baby care – everything is vegan, cruelty-free, organic and reasonably priced. I’ve also found that since using this I haven’t been slathering on the hand cream as much!
If you’ve been looking for a subscription box that will send you thoughtfully collated products that are in alignment with your lifestyle, whilst also supporting a great charity, then The Really Good Box is for you! International shipping is available (hooray!), each box is £20 and if you prepay for 3, 6 or 12 months you can save up to £20!
I absolutely adored The Really Good Box, and I’m excited to see what goodies are in the next boxes. I can’t recommend the box and the wonderful customer service from the lovely Hannah enough.
Click here to order yours, and let me know in the comments!