“Crunchy Crate is a membership subscription service that delivers monthly “crates” of natural lifestyle products, samples, services, recipes and information to our members. “Crunchy” defines a lifestyle of choosing products and practices that are sustainable (eco-friendly), socially aware, organic, non-toxic and healthy.”
In other words, it is a service for eco-friendly, green and naturally minded people who like to try out new things.
It is a service that people can sign up for on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis. Each month you will receive some great hand picked goodies that are healthier and safer products than what you might find in a “normal” home.
“Crunchy Crate curators comb through tons of scientific research, information and product reviews to find exceptional products that are better, healthier and/or safer than their conventional counterparts. We then introduce you to the products and brands – some well known, others up and coming, but all meeting our exacting quality standards – in our monthly Crunchy Crates.”
When I was asked to review Crunchy Crates I was a bit hesitant because they are such a new company. After seeing how quickly her following on Twitter and Facebook are growing, the fact that she has sold out October and November boxes and talking to the owner who assured me they weren’t going anywhere I decided to give it a try and boy am I happy I did!
I received the November Crunchy Crate to review.
Each month the crate contains different products following a theme. This month was “Making Natural Sexy”
The box included:
- Lush figs & Leaves handmade soap and “token to the forest gods” toner
- doTERRA Lemon Oil with a great handy card as to how to use the lemon AND how to use other oils for common ailments
- The Kitchen Stone Cleaning Block
- Soap Nuts and a muslin bag to use in the wash, along with directions on how to use them on her blog.
- Perfect drinking water
- Nutrilite fruits & vegetables tube
- Baked Snapea Crisps
- The wool yarn and roving to make 3 wool dryer balls along with directions on her blog.
- Informational pamphlets/advertisements for the different people who contributed to the box. Some professionally printed, some printed off of a printer at home.
- A well designed monthly news letter describing the contents of the box.
The things I like:
- I received a notification when my package shipped. It is always nice to know when to expect something!
- I love that she focuses on natural products that the whole family can use.
- She uses eco-friendly packaging in every aspect of their service.
- She does a good job at avoiding toxic junk.
- I asked about gluten and she said that although she can not guarantee that the food items will be gluten free, most of the ones she has used so far are gluten free. If there is enough demand she might offer that as an option like she has her vegan box! I am all for that idea.
- I love that she has “how to” posts on her blog every month. This month she discusses other uses for soap nuts other than laundry (because she was not in love with the results she had in the laundry-honesty is great) and how to make wool dryer balls. By posting this information on her blog it is easily accessible, does not get lost, and reduces waste in the packaging.
- You get your moneys worth! The items in this box, if purchased would easily add up to a value of over $25 (my brief calculation counting on my hands estimating comes to about a $28 value but I could be off) but you can purchase a box for as low as $16 a month!
Things that could use improvement:
- I am not a fan of the printed at home quality of some of the informational brochures handed out. I am all about advertising and getting your name out there but having those printed on regular paper directly from a web site was a turn off to me.
All in all I am loving this service. It is so nice to get a package full of goodies you can actually USE at your door. It was well put together and these services are definitely taking off in popularity!
How can you get your hands on a Crunchy Crate?
I am doing a giveaway on the blog for you to get your very own crate. You can enter to win here.
Want to buy one and try it out or order a monthly, quarterly or yearly subscription for someone for the holidays?
Check out your options on the site here.
Have you ever used Crunchy Crate? What would you like to see in a service like this?
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