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!) for subscribers to natural and organic beauty boxes.
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 beauty products are widely available.
Here, we’ve found over a dozen gorgeous organic and natural 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.
15+ Of The Best Natural & Organic Beauty Boxes to Try
Cost: £14.95 – £112 – you decide the kind and quantity of products you would like
Ships: UK based, but delivers to Europe and North America, too
What’s Inside: It depends. You can opt for the vegan-friendly makeup box, including eye shadows and liners, lipsticks, perfumes and balms, or the vegan-friendly skincare box, including creams, shampoos, bath and body items.
What we love: There’s a super cool ‘Willy Wonka’ touch here: you may get the ‘winning ticket’ – the randomly placed voucher that gives you your next box for free! Also, get 10% off your first order for a limited time.
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, vegan and natural brands coming out of this tiny nation.
What we love: Includes some of our favourite brands, like Organic Surge, Saachs Organics and Mitchell & Peach
Cost: $19.95 per month (U.S.), $27.95 per month (Canada), $34.95 (international)
What’s Inside: 4-7 vegan makeup and beauty 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. Undoubtedly the best of the natural and organic beauty boxes for animal lovers.
What we love: Free shipping on all U.S. orders, can cancel anytime
10. Botanic + Terre
Cost: $69 bi-monthly, but products are worth over $100
What’s Inside: Botanic + Terre 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 high-end 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: $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. Good Being promises that there will be zero nasty ingredients in all of the products they offer!
What we love: There are also Limited Edition Deluxe Boxes to choose
Cost: $33 per month
Ships: USA, Hawaii & Alaska
What’s Inside: 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, thus saving you money in the long run.
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! What they do deliver is stuff you will definitely want to use.
13. My Made in Box
Cost: £35 bi-monthly
What’s Inside: My Made in Box recognises the importance of buying locally and supporting independent craftsmen and women from around the globe. They take pride in sourcing items that not only reflect the country they’re from, but that are also cruelty free and good for us.
Inside the box is 5 locally handmade items that range from organic and natural skincare to fashion accessories and even jewellery. With the products is a lifestyle city guide, so you can learn more about where your box is coming from that month. Inside the guide is the story behind each product, allowing you an insight into the hands that crafted the items, who they are and how to use the products.
What we love: That these beauty boxes are a complete surprise; you’ll never know where the goodies inside are coming from – so every two months you’re getting treats from around the world. We also love how personal these boxes feel; the fact each item is handmade is wonderful.
Cost: $39-95 Australian dollars per quarter (you can also choose to get a box every other month)
Ships: Australia only
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.
Cost: £37.00 bi-monthly
What’s Inside: Vertue focuses on products that are clean, green and cruelty-free, and all items are good for both your health and the planet. The bi-monthly subscription box offers a mixture of award-winning products and up-and-coming brands, so you get to trial lots of diverse goodies. Being a green brand, Vertue carefully selects the most ethical and natural brands, which also have eco-friendly packaging.
Every 2 months you’ll receive 5-7 products based on a theme. Not quite sure you want to commit? Vertue have a trial box available in their shop for those who want to sample a beauty box before subscribing.
What we love: There’s a beauty profile to fill out before you choose your subscription, catering the boxes to individual needs. You can also specify that you only wish to receive vegan products, so you don’t have to worry about using products that aren’t suited to your lifestyle.
Cost: Choose one of the curated box options ($51 for over $90 worth of stuff) or custom-make your own, choosing any 3 (three) items from their Shop.
Ships: Free shipping to the USA only for now
What’s Inside: A seasonal RosePost box includes 3-5 exclusively selected rose-based beauty products. The brands may vary, but they’re always 100% clean, cruelty-free and plant-based, chosen from small beauty brands from around North America and Europe – and of course, the other thing they’ll have in common is that they’re all rose based. We got rosewater, rose lip balms, and rose oil. Divine!
What we love: No contracts, skip a delivery, cancel anytime. And every month literally ends up smelling like roses with a subscription!
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