10 of the best beauty subscription boxes

Gabrielle Dyer, Keeks Reid
·5-min read
Photo credit: Treasure Tress/ Friction Free Shaving
Photo credit: Treasure Tress/ Friction Free Shaving

From Cosmopolitan

Trying out the latest and greatest in beauty without the hassle of faffing around in store or trawling through beauty websites? Sounds like a dream, but also like something that would only exist in a parallel universe. But it’s not, it’s all accessible in the world of beauty subscription boxes.

Let us kindly introduce you to the best of beauty subscriptions – delivery services that sends the latest and greatest bits in beauty every month, without you having to do diddly-squat.

From polishes to vegan beauty essentials, there really is something out there for every beauty lover. Boxes like Mintd are great for beauty maven’s that want to dive further into the world of high-end, specialist beauty. Mintd boxed feature brands like Oskia, Sunday Riley and Oribe – super-luxe and high end.

If you’re new to the beauty game or are looking for a more guided route to your staple beauty regime, boxes like the Lookfantastic box offer well-known brands from high street to high end.

As an introduction into the realm of beauty subscription boxes you might want to head to the much-loved Birchbox, with prices at just £10 (including post and packaging). You'll get a handful of personalised goodies (you can often pick the shade that suits you when it comes to lip and face products), but you can also easily access products that you grow to love, thank to the Birchbox shop. This is where you'll find full sizes of the products from previous boxes, making it so easy to top up on your new faves.

There really is something for everyone in here, so go forth and subscribe!


If you're a skincare aficionado, MINTD will bring you endless (well, monthly) bundles (boxes) of joy. Created by people that really do know what's good, inside you'll find a selection of 4-5 deluxe-sized products from some of the biggest names in beauty, including Oskia, Votary, MINTD, Farmacy and Omorovicza. It's also great for those looking to expand their shelfie with some newness, as they have their finger on the pulse with amazing niche brands, too.

Subscribe from £70


One of the original subscription boxes, GLOSSYBOX offer an unrivalled mix of makeup, haircare and skincare. Each month you'll receive new products with some boxes worth over £50, which, considering prices start from £10, is a bargain. They're brilliant at including a big variety of products with previous boxes selling out in seconds. If that's not an indication that it's one of the best boxes in the biz, we don't know what is tbh.

Subscribe from £10


We assumed Lookfantastic would whip up a stellar beauty box, and they really came through. Being one of the biggest beauty websites going, you just know they've got all the best products. You'll find everything and anything you could ever want in here, with names like Neom, Nuxe, James Reed, Emma Harding, and Paula's Choice to name a few. They're also offering a pretty sweet deal, including 6 products a month, a copy of Elle, various discounts and limited-edition collaborations with brands.

Subscribe from £13


The UK's No.1 beauty box, Birchbox pride themselves on tailored beauty treats. You create a personal profile, and they will select products they think you'll love. Plus, each month you get to hand pick one element of your box, be it the design or a specific product, so there's no surprises, or things you need to palm off to friends and family.

Subscribe from £12.95 (inc. p+p)

Friction Free Shaving

Shaving works out as being relatively expensive (go figure), and is also bad for the planet (boo plastic razors). Friction Free Shaving or FFS for short, are a savvy shaving solution that take care of all that jazz. Their razors have reusable metal handles and they offer a blade recycling scheme. Having personally used them, we can vouch for their impeccable precision, achieved by 6 diamond coated blades, a moisturising aloe vera lubrication strip and flexible head. Sign up today and you'll get a free rose gold razor handle (you can also engrave it for nada), as well as monthly refills delivered straight to your door. Dream.

Subscribe from £9.95

Fab Fit Fun

This might sound like a fitness box but it's actually jam-packed full of the best in beauty, wellness, home and pretty much everything else in between. Kate Somerville, Beautyblender, Grown Achemist and Oribe are some of our fave contenders. Be warned, the boxes are hefty, so you get a lot for your money - 8-10 full sized products to be precise. Rather than a monthly deal, you'll receive a box (and be billed) every three months. Don't be put off by the dollars on the site, it's an American brand, but they convert all costs to pounds and ship to the UK.

Subscribe from $49.99

Treasure Tress

If you have Afro-textured hair you know that discovering new products that slide neatly into your washday routine can be like finding gold, so Treasure Tress have taken the hassle of the search out for you. With their monthly box they'll pretty much fulfil all your wash day and haircare needs. They've also done box collaborations with much-loved brands like Shea Moisture, Crème of Nature and Imbue.

Subscribe from £20

Candy Coat

Nail addicts unite! If you enjoy a DIY at-home gel manicure look no further than Candy Coat. The fun polish brand offers a subscription service for £15 where each month you receive three new gel polishes, a secret special gift and of course candy, or sweets as us Brits call it.

Subscribe from £15

Curls Club

Ever wanted to replicate the haircare routine of your favourite curly-haired beauty influencers? Now you can! This new hair-themed beauty box is taken over by a curly guru each month and is filled with their full-sized product picks for you to try. From Boucleme to Imbue, there's some real natural hair faves in the mix.

Subscribe from £45

The Natural Beauty Box

Is organic and sustainable beauty the main factor in your product choices? This box is for you. The Natural Beauty Box picks natural, organic and vegan beauty products each month to come directly to your door. Each box contains between 5 and 7 products and is always worth at least £50 but costs from just £23.

Subscribe from £23

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