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“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”

crunchy crate contents

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?

About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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38 Responses to Crunchy Crate Review

  1. Cat Slate says:

    I would LOVE to win! I really want to try those soap nuts!

  2. Terri Babin says:

    I love Doterra essential oils, Crunchy Crate is a neat concept!

  3. Lori Davis says:

    This looks like my kind of goodie box!

  4. abigail says:

    You know its a good box when I use and love half the stuff you listed! Love it. Would even be a good Christmas gift for someone who is interested in making changes.

  5. Christie says:

    I LOVE this idea! These subscription boxes/crates seem to be all the rage these days! I love that they have one for eco-friendly lifestyles!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Christie
    http://satisfactionthroughchrist.blogspot.com

  6. Oh! I would love to win this 🙂 I would use every thing listed, and it’s cool there are even ideas for using them if you didn’t know how to use something.

  7. This is so neat, Amanda! Great items in your box this month and would be a great way to give a thoughtful, green gift to someone. Thanks for sharing this review!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    This looks like such a neat subscription. I love the Green Craft Kids subscription we get, perhaps it is time to get one for this mummy.

  9. michele p. says:

    I have been wanting to try soap nuts for some time now, and was happy that you received some in your box. It does look like there was quite a nice assortment of items for everyone, which is another plus.

  10. Pamela Brouillard says:

    What a wonderful idea! I would really like to win one of these boxes!
    Thanks for the cool review!

  11. Wow, this seems like a very cool product! I will have to check it out!

  12. Alanna Brunner says:

    I love this idea! I will have to give it a try someday!

  13. Melissa K says:

    This sounds like a really diverse selection of great products.

  14. Ann says:

    What a great idea! I like the variety of products offered.

  15. They sound amazing! I have never heard of them! Thanks for sharing!

  16. christianmotherof5 says:

    This is great. I would like to look into this further. I am very interested.

  17. This is fantastic! I am so excited to learn about this company!

  18. Kelley Johnsen says:

    I love learning about more companies that are making a difference! Thanks!

  19. Ashley says:

    Woah, I love this!!! And the wool to make dryer balls?? So cool! I’m definitely going to be checking out Crunchy Crate!

  20. What a cool idea. I love finding new eco-friendly companies and the wool dryer balls sound awesome.

  21. Robin Hawkins says:

    Sounds like a very cool box, I would love to have one!

  22. Christy says:

    I had no idea such a kit existed! It looks like there’s a wide variety of products included, which I would love! Thanks for the info!

  23. Christy says:

    This is probably WAY too involved for the company, but it would be awesome to feature products specific to where the box was being shipped, i.e. local for the recipient. Maybe when the company is more well-established, this would be feasible, as it would take many more employees. Either way though, looks awesome!

    • Ayieta says:

      Christy,

      I am all about local sourcing, but you’re right tailoring boxes to a region would take extensive research each month and quite a few more employees. However, we have some ideas in the works to on occasion have themed crates – say one that is all about baby products or one that is all about snacks. We also are working with a few bloggers to create crates specifically for them – say if they are encouraging their readers to sprout seeds, then we would create a crate with the tools and information to do that. The one we are working on now is a hair growth challenge and it will include lots of products the participants will need to use for their hair during the 3 month event.

  24. Kat Wishard says:

    What a great idea. Shopping and floundering around the web for these unique items is just to time consuming for me. Thanks for the leg work!! Kat

  25. Cyndy says:

    This looks great! I think it would be a little adventure to see what you receive each time

  26. Brandy says:

    really neat business idea and I am impressed with her honesty

  27. desiree says:

    wow the stuff is great and then the it all eco freindly

  28. Jamie English says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I need to check out her blog….hadn’t heard a negative review on soap nuts before….

    • Ayieta says:

      Jamie,

      When I was first introduced to soap nuts, I was just given some to put in the washer. I didn’t do much research. So I put them in the muslin bag and tossed it in the washing machine. My clothes just didn’t get as clean as when I used commercial detergents, so I just kinda gave up on them. It wasn’t until I did more research on how to boost the cleaning power that I got better results and the best results came when I made the soap nut solution.

  29. I love these box services, it is a great way to find products that you normally wouldn’t know about! Plus, it is delivered right to your door!

  30. Brooke Adametz says:

    I am a HUGE fan of subscription boxes. I love that this one lets you try new all natural products that I may not have tried otherwise! This looks like a fun service!

  31. Melanie Schemanski says:

    I love that there is a theme with the box! I love subscription boxes as you get to try new things and learn about new companies without having to search for them.

  32. Laura B says:

    I’ve never heard of this crate before, and I love it! It would be such a great way to learn about new products that I might not be familiar with , that are all Eco-friendly!

  33. Lisa M says:

    Interesting idea… I like the variety of items. Seems like a great value

    Thank you for a great review and honesty

  34. Andrea says:

    Wow, that sounds like a great deal! I love that they included Doterra oils! Lemon is one of my favorites. I am definitely going to check out this company, this looks like so much fun!!

  35. Nancy W says:

    What a great bunch of products, I love that they are all geared toward natural living.

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