We’ve been (fully paid up) members of Degustabox for a while and it’s fair to say we love it. I’m a sucker for a subscription box anyway, no matter what it’s for; there’s an enormous appeal to receiving a fun surprise through the post, and Degustabox is a fantastic example. At £12.99 it works out as great value for a varied selection of goodies.
Unfortunately recently they had some issues with the boxes for July. Some were sent out with insufficient packaging, meaning that many people received damaged boxes or didn’t receive their boxes at all. While they must have had a backlog of emails to deal with, the lack of communication was quite frustrating, and wasn’t helped by their publishing posts about products in the box before people even knew whether or not they would be receiving it. Luckily this isn’t a regular occurrance, but hopefully they will have learned from this experience and will make sure that communication with their customers is far better in the future. If it happens again and the situation is the same, I would have to seriously reconsider my subscription and would struggle to recommend their service.
As it is, I DO recommend them This August box was fantastic, and there were even a few extra goodies packed in there from the July box, something which went a long way to repairing the damage to goodwill caused by all of this.
Selection of Dr Oetker Mug Cakes
I love this idea, and best of all all you need is milk and a mug to cook them in. Er, and a microwave. I received three sachets, Rich Chocolate, Lemon and Chocolate Chip, and I’m looking forward to trying them with Wee Girl. Really pleased to have received them in the box as I would never have tried them otherwise.
Life Tonics Hydration Plus: Dalandan Orange
This was a very pleasant, if slightly odd tasting, drink, made with coconut water and natural fruit extracts. Other flavours included Coconut & Mint, and Elderberry & Juniper. I wish I’d received the Elderberry one: it sounds very unusual and I would have liked the chance to try it.
Ryvita Crispbreads: Cracked Black Pepper and Sesame Crispbread
That’s the funny thing about Degustabox: just when I’m thinking I need to pick up some crispbreads, I find them in the box. It’s always handy having a pack of Ryvita in the cupboard, and now I’ve got two.
Bahlsen Choco Leibniz White and PICK UP! Dark Chocolate
Quite a biscuit heavy box this one, not that I’m complaining. Choco Leibniz are fab anyway, and I love white chocolate so much so was really happy to have the chance to try these. They were okay; the white chocolate didn’t have that vanilla-flavour that appeals to me, and I think I prefer the darker versions (or the caramel version, which is gorgeous).
Barilla Penne Rigate and Arrabiata Sauce
£1.50 and £2.00
We can always do with more pasta, and a sauce to go with it for an easy mid-week dinner. Very happy to give this a try.
Walkers: Selection of Shortbread Biscuits
The World’s Finest Shortbread, apparently. Always happy to try more biscuits
The Primal Pantry: Raw Paleo Bars
£1.49 x 2
The Primal Pantry’s mission is to make paleo food accessible to everyone. Their bars are raw, cold-pressed and free of both dairy and gluten. I’ve tried the hazelnut and cocoa bar so far, and found it tasty. This is part of DB’s Discoveries, a new scheme designed for smaller and lesser known brands, and the brands will differ from box to box. One of the alternatives was Delicious Alchemy’s Oaty Cookie Mix or Brownie Mix, and while they sound delicious, I’m glad I didn’t get them as I think there’s plenty of cake and biscuits in this box as it is.
I don’t drink a lot of energy drinks, and would never normally buy them, which is why receiving this in the box is a bit of a treat. This is sparkling spring water flavoured with organic pomegranate, elderberry and lemon juice, with a blend of raw green coffee beans, green tea, guarana and ginseng. Very drinkable and worth trying if you do buy energy drinks.
And finally a couple of products presumably left over from last month’s box, tucked in as an extra treat.
Fru Snax: Peach Slices with Vanilla Yoghurt Melts
Sounds like a nice idea
Original Sweet Chilli Sauce
Always handy to have a stash of sweet chilli sauce in the cupboard or fridge, either for dipping or for making up a stir fry sauce. I don’t think I’ve tried this brand before, so pleased this was included.
Did you get this month’s Degustabox? Interested in trying it? Do you love subscription boxes too? Please share what you think in the comments.