How a vegan subscription box helped manage my vegan shopping obsession
Grocery shopping is a hobby for me. I spend my spare time going to speciality shops in and out of my area code, in search of unique new vegan products. Look, even border guards are surprised when I tell them I WILL travel for snacks. So rather than succumbing to an intervention, I was introduced to Vegan Cuts, a vegan online marketplace and subscription service. For the first time since going vegan, I let someone else do the shopping.
It’s as exciting to eat through as it is to open
Vegan Cuts offers unique, curated boxes that can be ordered for once, or for three, six or twelve month packages. The monthly boxes are stuffed to the brim with rotating foods and products, some of which are shared in sneak peek YouTube videos, while others are left a surprise.
The Snack Box holds 7-10 pantry items, like bars, pasta, protein powders, and chips. The Beauty Box highlights 4-7 sample and full-sized toiletries including make up, creams, and hair products. They also have a vegan starter kit, a vegan athlete box, jerky packs, juice cleanses, and many one-off items available on the site. Thanks to the Vegan Cuts team, you can be ahead of vegan trends without wasting time, effort, or money. And in my case, without having to travel far and wide.
Libby thinks they should make vegan pet boxes
Jill and her partner John are co-founders of the site, leading a team of vegans to test and trial all the box contents for worldwide purchasers. They unite hungry vegans with vendors who want to feed us, and are making some harder to find vegan options more accessible worldwide for a small shipping fee for those of us outside of the US.
Forget snacks, there’s meals in the box too!
I decided to double down with a March Snack Box and a Beauty Box. The Snack Box held what a normal person would consider a week’s worth of snacks, although I got through it over a weekend. A helpful insert lists the companies involved, as well as their Twitter and Instagram handles, reinforcing that Vegan Cuts is interested in connecting happy customers with retailers. I may have let out a soft whimper upon seeing Upton’s Chili Lime Carnitas Jackfruit, a product unavailable in Canada. The largest item of the box, it shared space with a bag of Deep River Snacks chips, a D’s Naturals No Cow Bar, a box of Banza pasta made from chickpeas, and several other items. Banza was missing from the vendor list, and a soup company that was listed wasn’t found in my box. This mix-up was forgiven when I discovered the 1 oz serving of Organic Living Superfoods Raw dark chocolate coconut chunks, an easy favourite for my sweet tooth.
The Beauty Box is actually neatly nestled into a highlighter-pink sack, to save on materials and shipping. The smell is intoxicating, likely a combination of the Pacifica Tunisian Jasmine Lime Rollerball and the camomile and a clover scented soy tea light from October Fields. Heat protection spray, eyeliner, cleanser, and eye cream join in, keeping me busy with a new morning spa routine. The Beauty Box insert outlines the cost of the products involved, in this case, totaling a $68 value. That might help justify the $22.95USD it costs to order, but I’m just appreciative to save the label reading time.
Why haven’t we figured out smell-o-vision yet?
I may have unwittingly started a new obsession; ordering subscription boxes. I think they would make a great gift for friends and family members, or for anyone who misses the thrill of receiving package notifications at their front door. A word of caution to anyone who plans on sharing their Vegan Cuts box though, don’t. With only one of each sample in there, you’re better off getting your own. I might not be ready to give up my fanatical grocery hunting for good, but at least I have a new resource that doesn’t require an up-to-date passport.