15 Subscription Box Services That Will Change Your Life One Month at a Time
If you've struggled to find your "holy grail" beauty product in your local drugstore, then Hawthorne is your one-stop solution. Through an quick (and fun) quiz that measures your hair type, scent preferences and concerns, the subscription services creates a tailored bathroom with personalized scents, hair and body products. You can snag the set of seven products, or pruchase the individual items, such as a custom shampoo and conditioner or a set of fragrances for your every mood.
Buy It! Hawthorne Subscription, $15; One-Time, $17; hawthorne.co
If you consider yourself a candle connoisseur and constantly adorn your home with seasonal scents, then Vellabox is for you. The candle subscription box delivers seasonally curated scents from local artisans to your doorstep every month. Starting at $10 a month, Vellabox takes the guesswork out of hunting down the best, all-natural scents.
Buy It! Vellabox, $10/month for a 4 oz. candle, $20/month for an 8oz. candle, $30/month for a both; vellabox.com
FASHION: Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway is many stylish women's go-to service for renting special occasion clothes, but here's a little secret: It’s also one of the best ways to keep your closet stocked with the latest designer styles every day. For a monthly fee, you can select up to four items at a time from over 600 designer fashions. If you sign up for RTR Update, you can only swap out your picks once a month — but If you sign up for Unlimited, you can update those four pieces as often as you’d like.
With designers like Tory Burch, Badgley Mischka, and See by Chloe, the style possibilities are endless. And if you use promo code RENT100, you’ll get $100 off your first two months of Unlimited.
Buy It! Rent the Runway Unlimited, $159/month; renttherunway.com
FASHION: Frank & Oak
Sustainably-minded, wallet-friendly Canadian fashion brand Frank And Oak recently launched a subscription service, so you can have expert stylists hand-pick items for you to approve and then try on in the comfort of your home. Take up to seven days to decide what you’d like to keep and send the rest packing. There’s no service fee, just a $25 styling surcharge that gets credited back to any items you choose to purchase. With services for men and women, there’s something for everyone!
Buy It! Frank And Oak Style Plan, $25/box styling fee; frankandoak.com
If jewelry is your go-to accessory, you need a Rocksbox membership. For $21 per month, you can browse from thousands of designer styles — including Kendra Scott, Kate Spade, Alex and Ani, and more — and wishlist your favorites. A personal stylist will then send you three options based on your preferences to try. If you can’t bear to part with something, you can purchase your faves using your membership credit, send the others back, and get more when you’re ready.
Buy It! Rocksbox Membership, $21/month; rocksbox.com
BEAUTY: PLAY! By Sephora
If only we could test the most sought-after products from buzzworthy brands before dropping the big bucks on them — well, thanks to Sephora’s monthly beauty box, we can! The PLAY! By Sephora subscription box comes filled with five skincare, makeup, hair care, and fragrance trial-size samples (which can double as travel-size beauty products) picked for you based on your PLAY! profile. As an added bonus, you’ll also get a pass for 50 bonus Insider Beauty points that you can redeem in stores or online for even more samples.
Buy It! Play! By Sephora, $10/month; sephora.com
BEAUTY: Macy's Beauty Box
The beauty junkies in our midst will love Macy’s beauty box, which comes at a cool $15 a month price tag. For that tidy sum, you’ll get monthly deliveries of five deluxe-sized samples (and one bonus) from brands including Philosophy, Clinique, Laura Mercier, and Smashbox. Should you require further enticement, each box comes with a $5 off coupon to use towards your next Macy’s beauty purchase plus a chic pouch to hold all your newly-discovered essentials.
Buy It! Macy’s Beauty Box, $15/month; macys.com
FASHION: Trunk Club
A personal-styling service from Nordstrom, Trunk Club is the perfect antidote to the “I have nothing to wear” doldrums. Create a style profile online or by phone, and then receive a digital preview of the pieces your stylist pulled for you to try. Approve or reject them accordingly, and then receive the pieces that got your thumbs-up delivered to your home. Pay for just what you keep — the $25 styling fee is credited back to your purchase. Even better, it works on your schedule, so you can order trunks as often as you’d like.
Buy It! Trunk Club, $25/trunk; trunkclub.com
BEAUTY: BeautyFIX by Dermstore
There’s a reason the BeautyFIX by Dermstore subscription box is highly coveted and sells out every month. With each box, you’ll receive a curated collection of six or more innovative makeup, skin, and hair care products picked by experts from the industry. There’s a mix of full and travel-size products in each box, all of which retail for a total of $100 — but you can get a box shipped to you monthly for a quarter of the cost. If you’re not ready to fully commit, you can get one box for $35.
Buy It! BeautyFIX by Dermstore, $24.95/month; dermstore.com
LIFESTYLE: The Zoe Report
Celebrity stylist-turned designer Rachel Zoe and her team of Zoe Report editors puts together their kit of favorite things each season, which means you get over $400 worth of beauty and fashion finds vetted by pros for just $100. Recent discoveries include a chic Zoe-worthy silk scarf, a sleek black leather clutch, and an all-natural eye balm.
Buy It! Box of Style, $99.99/quarter; boxofstyle.com
FASHION: Stitch Fix
If you love looking fashion-forward but hate darkening the door of a retail store, Stitch Fix is for you. This futuristic styling service matches you with a personal stylist to curate a box of hand-picked pieces that fit your taste, needs, and budget. Keep what you love and send back anything that’s not quite doing it for you.
Buy It! Stitch Fix, $20/box for stylist fee (not including products you keep); stitchfix.com
FASHION: Gwynnie Bee
Size-inclusive fashion subscription service Gwynnie Bee offers a variety of plans for women sized 0-32. Choose your membership level and then pick the corresponding number of pieces from an array of great brands — they’ll be delivered to your door to borrow for as long as you like. Or, if it’s true love, you can opt to buy favorite gems for less than retail.
Buy It! Gwynnie Bee, from $49/month; gwynniebee.com
LIFESTYLE: Cratejoy BloomsyBox
Let’s face it — there are few pleasures in life more mood enhancing than a bouquet of fresh flowers. So why are we not treating ourselves on the regular? Cratejoy’s BloomsyBox makes buying fresh-cut flowers a no-brainer with monthly, bimonthly, or even weekly deliveries of handpicked, sustainably-farmed seasonal stems shipped direct to your doorstep. Plus, there's tons of other subscription boxes worth checking out at Cratejoy including fitness, books, and several options for your pets!
Buy It! BloomsyBox, $39.99/month; cratejoy.com
FOOD: Blue Apron
If you dream of being a gourmet chef but lack time, inspiration, or even cooking skills, Blue Apron is just the thing. Arrive home to your weekly delivery — an insulated box full of perfectly-portioned, farm-fresh ingredients accompanied by chef-designed recipes specifying exactly how to use them. Follow the directions and impress your family.
Buy It! Blue Apron, from $27.95/week; blueapron.com
Enjoy fine liquors (and discovering new and obscure ones)? This connoisseur’s club might just be for you. You’ll receive curated samples of whiskey, bourbon, gin, cognac, rum, and beyond on a quarterly basis and access to an edited online store where you can buy big sizes of your favorites.
Buy It! Flaviar, $60/4 months; flaviar.com
FOOD: Try the World
Dried berries from Peru, shortbread from France, and Sriracha banana chips from Thailand are just the tip of the gastronomical iceberg at this international food subscription service, which delivers delights from around the world on a monthly basis. Choose the Country option to receive shipments of seven to eight gourmet items, or the less expensive Snacks option for — you guessed it — novel nibbles from six countries.
Buy It! From $15/month; trytheworld.com