Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Vegan Kind Box | November 2013

The Vegan Kind box*
At the beginning of November I was kindly sent TheVeganKind box (TVK).  A brand spanking new monthly box featuring a very versatile selection of goodies all suitable for vegan lifestyles.  As some of you know, I am a very strict vegetarian and it's wonderful ideas like this box that are helping me take great leaps to becoming a fully fledged vegan.

The box
The contents
The box was a trove of goodies, including a recipe sheet, information about each product with special discount codes and a welcome letter which features this months chosen charity.  This month that charity is Farplace Animal Rescue and 10p from each box goes to them.  You can vote for which charity you'd like over on TheVeganKind's Facebook page.  A fantastic idea.  You can also send in your recipes to possibly be featured on a card in a future box.

The products in this months edition are:
The Soapnuts were a welcome surprise.  I saw a demonstration at Bristol Vegan Festival and was curiously impressed so I am happy that I've been able to try them out.  They actually work and last ages.  My clothes came out looking and smelling clean rather than the chemically fragrance I am used to.  Being natural they are great for your delicates but work hard enough to clean your dishcloths too.  Inside is a leaflet explaining that they can be used for a variety of cleaning needs too and there was even a tiny sample of hand soap.

Despite being the biggest tea fan, I had only tried Qi tea once before and I must say, I wasn't impressed.  However, the samples I was supplied with this time were delicious.  I especially liked the fruity Green Tea Plus so will be looking out for that in the health food shops.

I often make dishes that would usually contain egg by replacing it with oil, flax seed 'goo' or apple sauce.  Actual egg replacement powder is new to me, so when I woke up craving some french toast, I remembered The Vegg.  The only difference between using The Vegg instead of an egg was that one didn't come from a chicken.  It was delicious and I'll be doing further experiments with egg replacements in the future.

Salt of the Earth Travel deodorant was an interesting find.  I knew you could get solid deodorants but not in such raw form as pure salt.  It's great and doesn't leave any marks.  Beware that it is not antiperspirant so you'll still get sweaty but the magic of nature means that you won't be smelly.

I am familiar with Goody Good Stuff sweets because I eat them all the time, so was delighted when I saw this little bag waiting for me.  Needless to say, they were devoured instantly.  Goody Good Stuff, if you are listening, PLEASE make a 'fried egg' style sweet.

Conveniently the day TVK box came was also the day my boyfriends mushrooms were due for harvest.  That lunch time I chopped them up with some spring onions and carrots and added a sachet of Organic Miso Bouillon.  We had the nicest miso soup I've made to date.  I cannot express my love for this product.  It is just so full of flavour that you can make it into stock and drink it as it is.  Oh and this months accompanying recipe sheet nicely compliments this stock.  Yummy!

Finally the badge.  Pinned to my bag with pride.  Koolbadges is a North West company ran by a couple who are also vegans.  Each badge is handmade and if you can think of a design for a badge, you'll probably find it in their extensive collection and if you can't then then can design your own.  A cute little item.

TVK box is £10 per month with £2.95 p&p.  I am very happy with all the wonderful products I received in TVK box and will be continuing with them each month for the foreseeable future.  I cannot wait to see what is in the December box and share it with you.  My boyfriend was the one who excitedly opened the box and before I even had a chance to see the contents for myself he said "keep your subscription, this is fantastic".

Have you ordered your TheVeganKind box yet?  Have you ever tried any of the products I've mentioned?

Helen x


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9 comments:

  1. I'm really interested in trying out the soap nuts - do you rub them, or do they just naturally bubble? x

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    1. Even easier than that. They come with a a little material bag. You pop about 5 nuts into the bag, chuck it in the washing machine with your clothes et voilà! If you want to make detergents then you have to boil them, but it's all really simple and explained.

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  2. Every review I see of this this box makes me want to try it more and more! It seems like you get so many fantastic items :) xx

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    1. Do try if you can. I really cannot wait to see what I get in my December box. The contents are so random (in a good way) so it makes it a really nice surprise.

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  3. Nice review! :) Puts mine to shame ;) Loved the first ever vegan box!! x

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  4. This looks awesome, didn't know this existed!

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    1. It's fantastic. It only started this month and definitely worth it.

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  5. Lovely to see a subscription box for Vegans, I shall be watching this one as it's early days & I'd like to see a few more boxes before deciding whether to sign up :)

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