Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Best Subscription Boxes In The UK: Gift Guide

One of the questions that I am asked a lot by friends and fellow bloggers is which subscription box is the one. The one worth having, the one worth the money, the one which constantly surprises you, the one which has the best products and one which goes that extra mile.
Uk Subscription Boxes

We are blessed here in the UK that there are subscription boxes for beauty, nails, books, food, drink, perfume, dogs, cats, babies, children, flowers, tea, coffee and there are even boxes for that time of the month! I think they make a great gift for people as an alternative birthday, anniversary and Christmas present. I have tried quite a few in my time and have a huge list of those I am yet to try.

Glossybox costs as little as £8.50 per month depending upon the subscription you decide upon (here). - GlossyBox have a minimum box value of £33 which includes at least five products a month. Brands include Caudalie, Decleor, Cowshed, DHC, Essence, GOSH, Givenchy and Jurlique to name a few. So you get a nice mixture of high end v highstreet.


Birchbox - costs as little as £10 per month (here) and has 1million subscribers worldwide which is quite incredible. Each month a box of four to five products will arrive to your door and you can expect to find brands such as Aromatherapy Associates, Balance Me, Balmi, Crabtree & Evelyn, Egyptian Magic and Illamasqua again to name just a few.


You Beauty - From £6.95 a month (here) and is the one I am still subscribed too.  What I love about this box is that you get to choose the products you want as opposed to them being totally unknown until you open the box. Depending upon your subscription you are able to choose 2,3 or 4 products from a shortlist and there will always be a few treats within the box.  I find this box really good value for money and you can expect to find brands such as Nuxe, Caudalie, Mandara Spa, Aromatherapy Associates, Foreo, Philosophy, NIP+FAB and St Tropez to name a few.

Latest in Beauty - from £8.99 (here). With LIB there are quite a few options. You can either build your own box with 3,6 or 9 products from a short list and your box will then be sent to you. The Collection aspect for LIB can cost anything from £15+ and they are put together with a theme, you might have had a box from Jane from British Beauty Blogger or you might have had the Sleep Box which sold out really quickly or The GQ Grooming Power Pack which my husband had and reviewed here. For me, the collections are well worth keeping an eye out for because there are some amazing deals to be had.


LookFantastic - Costs as little as £11.25 a month depending upon your subscription (here). With Look Fantastic you get to decide whether you want a 1,3,6 or 12 month subscription sign up and everything else is done for you. Within your box, you are likely to find some big brand names such as Murad, Mio, Bliss, Lord & Berry and Bare Minerals.


Dollibox: £10 a month (here). This is very similar to the original beauty box services, but with slightly more unusual brands great for discovering little-known gems and from my experiences so far, the products have been mostly full-size. There is the option to complete your beauty profile online so you get products that are better suited to your taste and style.


Cohorted - £35 a month (here). When these boxes first came out it was a scramble to get one because they were limited in numbers. Now they are still popular and contains some amazing high-end beauty products. So in the box you might find The Balm, Chanel, Bobbi Brown, NARS, Dior and Lancome to name a few. Cohorted also have some limited edition boxes from time to time which are also worth looking out for.


NailBox - £15 a month (here). Nail Box was the first subscription service in the UK to deliver polishes from the brands mani-pedi addicts know and love. Each month if you are lucky enough to get one because they sell out so quick, you will get a box packed full of nail products. Each nailbox contains five items (including three or four nail polishes and one or two nail tools or treatments) and you can expect to find brands such as CND, Essie, Elegant Touch, OPI and Rimmel to name a few.


The Perfume Society - £15 a month (here). Ideal for those who prefer perfume to beauty or those just looking to find a new scent. The Perfume Society boxes bring you a range of sample fragrances with accompanying smelling notes for each. In the boxes you can expect to find brands such as Elie Saab, Moschino, Bvlgari, Miller Harris, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss and Penhaligons to name but a few. There is also sometimes a complimentary item such as a hand cream


Those are just some of the boxes I have tried but there is a whole lot more such as - Nourish Beauty Box, A Little Bit Lavish, Pamper Me Box, The Libbie Club, My Little Box, Tili Box from QVC, Lovelula, Love Me Beauty, Look Incredible, So Susan, Moi-Meme, Powder Drawer, Little Known Box and K Beauty. All of which are available here in the UK to subscribe too.


So if you are looking for a gift this Christmas that is a little bit different and gifts that little bit more, then a subscription to a beauty box might just be that very gift!






*this post contains PR samples unless indicated otherwise

39 comments:

  1. These would make different gifts for Christmas. I've not heard of a few and it's good to see some originals included xo

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  2. I've never tried any of those subscription boxes, but I agree with the first comment, would indeed, make lovely Christmas presents.

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  3. I haven't ever subscribed to a beauty box, as a control freak I don't like surprises lol, but I think I am slowly changing my mind! Some of these look fab. x

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  4. OMG, love beauty boxes so much! I used to have a Glossybox and a Birchboox subscription and both Look Fantastic a couple of times. Also I always wanted a Cohorted box, they look amazing, but never was on time to order one what frustrated me a lot!
    Great post :)

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  5. I would so love a subscription to a beauty box, only trouble is I would not know which to choose. Would it be greedy to want them all?

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  6. Lookfantastic and My Little Box are great options for gifts x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  7. This is a fab guide - I've been thinking about getting one but didn't know where to even begin. Now I just need to drop some hints in time for xmas... ;)

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  8. I used to get the Glossybox every month for about 2 years but eventually started getting repeat products so I stopped. But I really miss my monthly treat so I might subscribe to another x

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  9. I'm not s huge beauty collector basically I've no idea with products. I would be interested in a subscription either non beauty or a beauty one that explains how to get a certain look in simple steps and includes everything you need to do it. I like the idea of giving them as gifts though x

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  10. What a fantastic little guide! I think giving a subscription box is such a unique and loevely idea!

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  11. I haven't heard of some of these before; what a fab list!

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  12. I love beauty boxes and I would highly recomment the My Little Box and Love me beauty. Great post x

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  13. Great selection, I would love to try a beauty box subscription they look great.

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  14. Fantastic selection, definitely would make a great Christmas present, ive never tried a beauty box but im going to take a proper look at some of these. :)

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  15. I think subscription boxes make great christmas presents. I try a lot of products anyway so dont have one myself xxx

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  16. I think monthly subscription boxes are such a fantastic thing, and it's great that there are so many to choose from. I would highly recommend the Just Us Box - a monthly date night box. It's like Christmas morning every time one arrives!

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  17. I've never tried monthly boxes but I think they're a fab way to try new products

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  18. Although i've never tried a subscription box before, I am loving all of the fab selections that are available now. Will be looking into some of these for gifts. Thanks for sharing :) x

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  19. I haven't ever tried a subscription box they look awesome though i love the idea of getting a surprise xx

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  20. I'm always tempted by the cohorted ones when they come out. I recently cancelled my Birchbox and My Little Box and now only have Glossybox. I find sometimes there's only so many samples you can take x

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  21. Oh this is really helpful, thank you! I never know whether they are any good but these all look great and something I would like for myself and as a gift for others!

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  22. This is such a definitive guide, thank you so much!

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  23. What a great range of boxes, these would be great as presents for Christmas.

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  24. I have never tried a subscription box but I am tempted by the NailBox. I have a weakness for nail polish.

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  25. I think this has got to be the best subscription post I've seen. A brilliant idea to bring them all together with a mini description

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  26. I've not heard of some of these. Your birchbox always look lovely, when I've read the post. I like the sound of the nailbox x

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  27. i think right now, cohorted is the best one out there at the moment

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  28. I have to say I've tried most of these and while I love to get them each month, I find I hardly actually use the minis, in fact my beauty room is just full of miniatures at times! x

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  29. I'm really tempted by a glossy box, I keep seeing great things and I just want to try one!

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  30. I like the sound of the perfume box. Think I need that.

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  31. Love this post! There are so many beauty boxes these days.

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  32. Thank you so much for this. I have been deliberating on taking on a box or two but couldnt decide which. This makes it much easier xx

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  33. I love a subscription box! There are so many amazing ones! I have a gin one and love it!

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  34. I love this post because this is exactly the question I ask, think the You Beauty for £6.95 is a bargain.

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  35. I've never tried a subscription box before but want to so much!! All of these looks lovely - I may have to forward this post on to my mum for my Christmas list... x

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  36. These subscription boxes look amazing! I must get one for myself!

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  37. These boxes look great. Perfect idea as a gift this Christmas

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  38. Cohort sounds like the perfect subscription box for me!

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  39. A lovely collection here - I am going to set one up for my daughter for Xmas

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