By Arwa Lodhi
Attention Beauty Junkies: it’s now easier than ever to get organic pressies in the post every month! The trend for subscription boxes has really taken off, thanks to subscribers getting quickly addicted to the anticipation of getting a veritable cornucopia of beauty treats delivered right to the door every month. Shampoo? Perfume? Eyeliner? Skin cream? Who knows? Every month holds a new surprise (or five!).
Apart from the obvious pleasure of receiving a lovely monthly package, a good subscription box can also save you a lot of time, money and hassle in finding new organic beauty products that work for you, especially if you don’t live in an area where organic products are widely available.
Here, we’ve found a dozen gorgeous organic beauty boxes that come packed with everything from luxurious lippies to natural nappies. As an added bonus, many of these boxes can be delivered anywhere in the world.
Cost: $15 a month gets you over $20.00 worth of products
Ships: North America only
What’s Inside: Vegan-friendly makeup, including eye shadows and liners, lipsticks and balms, as well as bath and body items. You will also receive a bunch of free product samples.
What we love: There’s more makeup in this baby than just about any other box we know of.
Cost: £21.95 (though products inside can be worth up to £45!)
Ships: UK, Globally
What’s Inside: At least 6 natural and organic products, including at least one full sized. These are normally British brands, allowing us to big up the many emerging organic and natural brands coming out of this tiny nation.
What we love: Includes some of our favourite brands, like Organic Surge and Mitchell & Peach
What’s Inside: This French brand sends you 7-9 gorgeous mainly natural and organic beauty skincare and makeup brands every other month. Most are full sized; when samples are given, they are generously sized indeed.
What we love: This is the perfect box for those who love to try exotic French beauty brands. Just make sure your Google Translator is on if you only speak English (it will translate the site fully in seconds)
Ships: USA only
What’s Inside: A monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products for health & home that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet.
What we love: A huge variety of stuff will be delivered, from food to grooming products and even cleaning products.
Cost: $19.95 per month (U.S.), $27.95 per month (Canada), $34.95 (international)
What’s Inside: 4-7 products (mix of full and sample size products). But be careful: while 100% of the brands are cruelty-free, not all are fully natural, and some of the ingredients may not even be approved as safe in the EU.
What we love: Free shipping on all U.S. orders, can cancel anytime
Cost: $24 bi-monthly.
Ships: USA only
What’s Inside: Your monthly box will be packed with natural and eco-friendly goodies from businesses that care for the planet and our health with a focus on healthy, natural, organic products exclusively for moms, moms-to-be, and babies.
What we love: Makes a great gift for an expecting or new mom!
8. Love Lula
What’s Inside: Some of the most premium organic and natural niche brands in the world. Think Rahua, Pai and Ren, for example.
What we love: The more boxes you order, the lower your subscription cost is.
9. Esthoria Box
Cost: $69 bi-monthly, but products are worth over $100
What’s Inside: Esthoria Box have collaborated with brands such as RMS Beauty, Tata Harper and Vapour Beauty to bring you 2-3 full sized organic, ethical and vegan friendly products (makeup and/or skincare) every other month.
What we love: This is a posh box for beauty loving babes. Only the best of the best here. We tried Vapour Beauty’s lipgloss, illuminator and blusher – and now we want more! And the best part? You can choose the products and colours you want, meaning you never get a dud.
Cost: $35.95/month for an Essentials Bundle or $79.95/month for a Diapers Bundle
Ships: USA and Canada
What’s Inside: This is beauty for your baby from the company co-owned by Jessica Alba. The Diapers Bundle is a monthly supply of eco-friendly nappies, whilst the Essentials Bundle is comprised of natural & organic baby care & home cleaning products.
What we love: You get to pick 5 products you prefer for the Essentials Bundle each month
Cost: $18-21 per month (you can also choose to get a box every other month)
What’s Inside: Based on your hair needs, skin type, and other personal preferences, 5-6 deluxe sample sized health & beauty products will be packed into the box.
What we love: There are also Limited Edition Deluxe Boxes to choose
Cost: $33 per month
Ships: USA, Hawaii & Alaska
What’s Inside: Akamai is dedicated to simplifying natural personal care. All products are 100% natural, and are multipurpose essentials delivered to you at a monthly convenience making it easier than ever before to have full control over maintaining healthy teeth, skin and hair with minimal effort.
Inside every box are 3 essential products that are everything you’ll need for clean and healthy teeth, skin and hair. You’ll find a mineral toothpaste, a 3 in 1 bar that can be used to wash, shave and shampoo hair, and a skin fuel moisturizing oil. All 3 of these products are created to replace at least 10 in your typical beauty routine.
What we love: Whilst many companies are trying to sell us multiple products, Akamai is built upon the ethos of wanting to sell you less.
Cost: $39-95 Australian dollars per quarter (you can also choose to get a box every other month)
What’s inside: Between 1-3 full sized, luxury organic products, based on how much you pay for your box. You have the option of buying full sized items any time, too.
What we love: There’s a huge variety of seriously gorgeous stuff on offer here, from vegan makeup brushes to organic natural tanning lotions and your usual staples, like shampoo and skincare.
We had to add one more here at the end for our friends down under! You don’t need to live in North America or Europe to receive awesome beauty samples – Australia is home to some of the best beauty brands ever, including Zuii Organics, The Divine Company and more, and this box is the perfect showcase for these great products.