Subscription services can often be a bit of a bore, but what if you had something exciting to open every single month? Delivered right to your door, beauty boxes are a great way to test out new products and treat yourself to something special every month.
From the beauty-editor favourite to the box dedicated to natural products, we’ve handpicked the best beauty subscriptions and boxes guaranteed to make you look out for the postman each month.
Great for: bonafide beauty junkies who know their hyaluronic from their salicylic acids and everything in-between.
When Beauty Pie launched less than four years ago under the direction of serial entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore, it turned what we know about the beauty subscription on its head.
Using the highest quality ingredients, from the best cosmetic factories in the world and a team of skincare scientists at the top of their game, the brand started to produce product that actually worked. But the best bit? They cut out middlemen, expensive celebrity advertising and bricks and mortar stores, letting the products speak for themself and taking the price down considerably (up to 80%) for the customer.
It worked and now Beauty Pie is loved by just about every skin-fulencer out there. They also do makeup, fragrance, body care and hair care, and it’s all comes beautifully packaged to your door in their now signature millennial pink branding. It’s safe to say we are obsessed.
Great for: banishing your adult acne effectively once and for all
Helping to change the face of the skincare world is Skin+Me. Set up in 2018, the subscription service delivers on bringing powerful, personalised solutions to its users. Their team of in-house dermatologists, pharmacists and direct-to-customer experts use their years of experience to create a really strong, skincare subscription that’s actually worth investing in.
All skin types are different so from the get go, users are invited to have an online consultation with the team to set up a personalised package, using scientifically-proven ingredients that’ll see visible results over time. They are also really affordable too, offering your first month free and £19.99 per month after the first month.
lookfantastic Beauty Box
Great for: editor-approved brands and some of the best limited collections out there.
With a retail site that practically stocks any beauty brand you could ever want, these guys know what they’re talking about.
Their monthly Beauty Box regularly sells out and often partners with an exclusive brand to create a one-off edit – previous collaborations have ranged from eye makeup brand Anastacia to cool Scandi skincare from REN and luxe soap makers Molton Brown. You could even find full size products in some of the boxes if you’re lucky.
Great for: getting at least £50 worth of product to your door every month for just £10
Glossybox is simple – they do one thing and they do it well. Simply choose your plan (they start from as little as £8.50 per month) and you’ll receive five beauty products to your door at the beginning of each month. Some will be minis giving you the chance to try out new products and brands before committing to the full-size, but you’ll also discover some full-size and luxe sample sizes in there too. The edits span every beauty need too, from makeup to skincare, hair to nails.
Subscribers will also automatically be included in the Glossy Community, where they can enjoy beauty tips, tutorials and exclusive offers. Complete the monthly survey sent to your inbox and you’ll earn GLOSSYcredits to spend at partner site, Lookfantastic, too. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Great for: Cutting out the useless product that you won’t use thanks to their tailormade curations.
Birchbox are savvy at making sure you don’t receive products you don’t want, so they try to tailor each delivery to your needs. The boxes themselves are also pretty gorgeous and worth stacking up as dressing room or beauty cabinet storage.
Thanks to the inclusion of a wide range of brands – everything from the well-trusted NUXE to the cult vegan-approved name Grace & Stella. Birchbox is sure to up the ante in your beauty arsenal and expand your knowledge tenfold. And if there’s a product you find you like, you can rebuy it on the Birchbox site as many times as you like.
Great for: trying out the hottest new and all-time best beauty brands, in one place
From HUDA Beauty to Smashbox, Nip + Fab to St. Tropez, expect the hottest brands in one place. Roccabox, set up in 2017, is an exciting beauty subscription box that sees its subscribers delighting in the biggest and best names in the beauty business.
They offer a whole range of subscription plans, as well as one-off boxes and gifting sets, perfect for whether you’re looking to treat a loved one or fancy giving yourself a little ‘me’ gift. Each box contains five products, ranging from beauty to skincare and haircare.
The Perfume Society – Discovery Box
Great for: smelling good without forking out for full-sized bottles.
The Perfume Society is an online space for anyone who is passionate about smelling good, but like finding the perfect pair of jeans, the journey to finding your perfect scent isn’t always easy.
Enter the brand’s Discovery Boxes – a great way to try out new scents and find the one you love. This month’s includes some great summer scents, from Escentric Molecules to Lalique and Kenzo.
Great for: those who can’t get enough of Lush’s bath bombs
Who doesn’t love trialling out all of Lush’s new products? From bath bombs to body lotion, we’re obsessed with their fresh flavours, natural ingredients and energising products. And thankfully, we can now get their products on demand, via their new subscription service.
They’ve launched two boxes. First up is the Fresh and Flowers box, which comes packed with cosmetics that are made with fresh fruits, veg and herbs to help nourish your skin and a beautiful bouquet of flowers to brighten your morning. While the Lush Kitchen beauty box is filled with products voted by you. Sign up, vote for your favourites and you’ll receive a box full of goodies every month.
Get the freshest and most ethical cosmetics delivered straight to your door.
Friction Free Shaving (FFS)
Great for: when you’re sick of saying “FFS” to blunt razors.
If you can’t remember the last time you changed your razor, you probably need to. Friction Free Shaving takes the faff out of defuzzing bar actually doing the job for you.
Simply sign up and fill in a couple of details about how often you shave and they will send you fresh, top of the range razors to suit your needs. That’s not all. The brand has made the beauty industry sit up and see how bad for the environment buying cheap, plastic razor after cheap plastic razor really is.
They come with a reusable metal handle so you’re only changing the razor and a blade recycling scheme, as well as recyclable packaging. They also never test on animals and the razors themselves are genuinely great – less rash, more control and a closer shave with fewer strokes.
Oh, and we love the fact that FFS’s branding speaks to women – no airbrushed legs or razors infused with moon collagen – just real legs, chicken skin and all.
Great for: finding high-end beauty brands with hard working ingredients.
If you know your stuff about beauty, Cohorted might be for you. While it’s on the more expensive end of the spectrum, it’s warranted with one of the coolest edits of brands ever to be posted through a letterbox.
Previous boxes have included the likes of 2019’s most talked about brand, Drunk Elephant, science-driven Perricone MD and luxe haircare brand, SHOW.
Guaranteed, you won’t be disappointed each month.
The Natural Beauty Box
Great for: a dedicated edit of natural, vegan and cruelty-free skincare and beauty.
While many beauty boxes promote a wealth of incredible vegan-friendly, natural and cruelty-free product, you can’t be sure you’re going to get that through your letterbox each month.
That was until The Natural Beauty Box. You can guarantee every product ticks those boxes and you’ll discover a cornucopia of trusted names and new cult heroes to add to your conscious beauty collection.
Great for: those wanting high end products at affordable prices
Fancy uncovering the best luxury products in one place? Look to Mintd, the subscription service that’s designed to help women reveal their inner beauty, one product at a time. They have monthly and bi-monthly subscriptions available, and each box is packed with 4-5 full/deluxe sized products. Once you’ve signed up, subscribers can then tailor their monthly boxes to suit their needs and lifestyle, from bath and body products through to nail care, hair products and makeup,
Expect products from brands like MZ Skin, Farmacy, Kora and Oskia Skincare.
Great for: all your vitamin essentials
How often do you remember your daily vitamins? Get into the habit of incorporating them into your morning routine with Nourished, the vitamin subscription that personalises the gummy vitamins to suit your daily life.
Working on a subscription basis or one-off boxes, Nourished is a vitamin service that allows you to tailor your healthy gummies to your individual needs. You can select your requirements through an online consultation questionnaire and they’ll then create bespoke vitamin and supplement recommendations which are delivered to your door.
Looking somewhat like a rainbow coloured sweetie, the gummy vitamins are vegan, sugar-free and allergen-free. They also use plastic-free, recyclable packaging too which is an added bonus.
Great for: Finding your signature scent
It can be difficult to move away from our favourite perfumes, especially ones we’ve worn religiously for years. The Fragrance Shop had the brilliant idea to launch a subscription where you can try and test over 500 different fragrances, so you can keep your scent changing with the seasons.
Some of the classic scents on offer include Armani Sì, Tom Ford Velvet Orchid and Paco Rabbane Lady Million Empire. Found your perfect match? Subscribers get a £12 voucher every month to spend on a full-sized bottle of your special scent at The Fragrance Shop.
Liberty’s The Beauty Drop
Great for: Luxury beauty from one of London’s leading retailers
Liberty’s Beauty Advent Calendar is a bestseller every Christmas, so it’s no wonder they’re launching the next big beauty box. Deposit £20 a month to get 100% redeemable credit to spend in store or online straight away, or save it up and spend big on beauty whenever you want. Plus you’ll get £300 worth of regular beauty Discovery boxes absolutely free, and no delivery charge all year.
Rituals Summer Box Of Joy
Great for: Giving your skin some TLC
The pioneers of luxury body lotions, scents and at-home spa treatments, Rituals have bundled up their summer best all into one beauty box.The limited edition box has 13 products ready to be unwrapped, and the zesty lemon box itself will bring a little summer sunshine into any duller days!
Great for: Anyone looking for more than just a beauty box
Yes beauty boxes are a great way to try out new products, but FabFitFun raises the bar and let’s you choose items across lifestyle, home, beauty and wellness.
Brands include Coach, Fenty Beauty, Kate Spade and many more.
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