Subscription boxes are taking over the market. There are new ones all the time- it’s hard to keep up and it seems a bit daunting to choose the right one. I currently subscribe to four: Birchbox, Ipsy, Citrus Lane, and Graze. Birchbox and Ipsy are for beauty product lovers (I’ve written about them both here), Citrus Lane is for children, and Graze is all about snacks. Here’s a bit more detail:
Birchbox started the trend. Once a month (around the second or third week), I receive a box of 4-5 samples of makeup, skincare, and/or hair care items. I received my first box in April 2011- obviously I’m a fan. I like some months better than others, but am satisfied overall.
Sorry for the picture quality; pictures from iPhone.
|June box reveal.|
Cons: So. Many. Hair. Oils. My hair is oily and fine yet I receive hair oil several times a year. And I don’t remember the last time I received a full-size product, aside from a lip balm.
Is it worth it? At $10 a month, it’s definitely worth it. I’ve discovered many brands I would never have heard of otherwise. They also make a concerted effort to include organic and cruelty-free products, which I appreciate. These are not products you’ll find at your local drugstore. Birchbox offers great incentives for members: you earn points that accumulate as dollars you can use to purchase full-size products in the Birchbox shop.
Ipsy is similar to Birchbox in that you receive 4-5 samples or full-size beauty products around the middle of the month. I received my first bag in May and plan to continue. While Birchbox and Ipsy are comparable, I prefer Ipsy because it ships in an adorable, reusable cosmetic bag (different designs!) and there’s at least one full-size product per month.
Cons: Some of the makeup is a little wild for my taste (i.e. blue eyeshadow and eyeliner) but it will help you step out of your comfort zone.
|July bag reveal.|
Is it worth it? Yes. Like Birchbox, it’s only $10 per month. You will receive a mix of familiar and unfamiliar samples and full-size products. Brands like Revlon and NYX are Ipsy staples, and you get more than $10 worth of products.
Citrus Lane is for parents and children. I order one for my sister and niece every month as a fun treat. They seem to enjoy the products, which often include snacks, books, and toys. The contents are tailored to suit the age and sex of your child. Citrus Lane also makes an effort to send organic and healthy items.
Cons: It’s a bit pricey at $29 a month. Once you see the amount and quality of the products, you’ll understand the price.
September box included Mrs. Meyer’s dish washing liquid, boats for the bath, a onesie, and snacks. Sorry for the picture quality- this is a blown-up iPhone picture!
|September box reveal. Photo courtesy of mom.|
Is it worth it? Yes. My sister, mom, and niece are satisfied customers! They’ve received sunscreen, first aid items, and this month, clothing. My niece is partial to the books and toys! For 50% off your first box, order here.
Snacks sent to your door! I was particularly interested in this because I’m constantly searching for portable snacks for work. According to their site, each snack is nutritionist approved and you can choose from 90 options. You’ll receive four snacks once a week and the box can be shipped to home or work.
Cons: Graze costs $6.49 per WEEK.
Is it worth it? Eh. I received my first box for free, but have yet to decide if I’ll continue. A couple of the snacks were good (though I’m not sure they’re as healthy as they claim), but some were not my taste. If you’d like to give it a try, and want your first box free, go to graze.com and enter code M3FT5ZHPB.
I’m curious: do you subscribe to any product boxes? What’s your favorite?