hen it comes to discovering new beauty favourites, the sheer volume of choice out there can be a little overwhelming: step forward beauty subscription boxes. No matter how high or low maintenance your beauty routine may be, there’s a pomade, balm or moisturiser to suit everyone, making it that much harder to cut through the noise and find something truly special. Thankfully, beauty boxes eliminate all the guesswork, offering you the opportunity to test-drive luxury beauty heroes from the comfort of your home, without forking out on full-sized products that risk missing the mark.
Whether you’re a fragrance lover or a makeup junkie, beauty subscriptions make it simple to stay clued up on all the latest cult favourites and viral trends. All you have to do is wait for it to drop through the letterbox each month. From Perfume Society’s seasonal scent selection, to Mintd’s luxe skincare edits, here’s our pick of the best subscription boxes bringing beauty directly to your door.
Lauded as the UK’s number one luxury beauty box, Cohorted subscribers receive a monthly curation of at least five full-size premium beauty products from cult-favourite brands including Verso, Nars, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Rodial. As well as keeping you up to date with all the latest beauty trends, Cohorted is also committed to being 100 per cent sustainable with its Beauty for Conservation movement, which spotlights products that are made consciously, and brands that are devoted to working towards a cleaner planet.
£39.99 per month, cohorted.co.uk
Offering a smoother way to shave, Estrid’s cute and colourful stainless steel razors are vegan, cruelty-free, and designed to last a lifetime, all while eschewing outdated gender-based pricing. Starter kits include a razor handle, shower-friendly mount and two interchangeable heads, and replacement cartridges are delivered on a schedule that suits you. Using only natural botanicals formulated to be kind to skin, Estrid’s range now includes a body scrub, shaving jelly and post-shave moisturiser, which can be added to your monthly delivery for an extra dose of self-care. Subscriptions are totally flexible: you decide how often you’ll receive replacement razor heads depending on how frequently you shave, so you can bid farewell to the mid-shower panic of blunt blades.
Starter kit, from £7.95; razor blade refill subscription, £9.95, estrid.com
Helping you to discover and experiment with new niche fragrances from independent perfumeries, Hoohaa is doing away with the binaries of fragrance for him and her. With more scents added to its roster monthly, the unisex fragrance subscription allows you to select from three distinct edits (Easy Does It, Buckle Up, and Take Me to Mars) that vary in intensity and adventurousness and can be switched out as your tastes shift and evolve. Each month, you’ll receive a 10ml vial of fragrance to test drive, which will then be available to buy in full-size on Hoohaa’s site with 10 per cent off for subscribers, making it that much easier to find your new signature scent.
£14.95 per month, hoohaa.co.uk
The Beauty Drop by Liberty
Much more than your regular letterbox beauty subscription, Liberty London’s Beauty Drop is so popular that membership is currently waitlist only. For just £20 each month you’ll receive four luxury discovery boxes throughout the year, each of which is jam-packed with premium products curated by the department store’s expert beauty buyers. Each month your fee accrues and is fully redeemable against future purchases, which also earn you points, vouchers and exclusive access to members-only offers and rewards. Think of it as your personal beauty bank account, but with extra bang for your buck.
£20 per month, libertylondon.com
Light Box Candles
Whether you’re settling down with a good book and a cup of tea, or easing yourself into the evening after a long day at work, lighting up a scented candle is an excellent way to add a little ambiance to your interiors. The monthly subscription plan from Light Box Candles offers you the chance to discover hand-poured artisan candles that are free from toxins and harmful parabens. Blended using naturally-derived waxes and essential oils, each jar is meticulously researched and picked to ensure it delivers a whole host of wonderful wellbeing benefits.
£19.99 per month, lightboxcandles.co.uk
Boasting collaborations with brands such as Sunday Riley, Kate Somerville and Oskia, Mintd is on a mission to deliver high end, cutting-edge, positively impactful luxury skincare products direct to your door. Every month, the team at Mintd curate themed edits of technologically advanced, clinically-tested, must-have products designed to be used together, as well as with products from previous edits, as part of a comprehensive skincare regimen. A dedicated beauty profile allows you to customise your preferences, so each month you can rest assured that your box will be perfectly suited to your individual skincare needs.
£70 per month, mintdbox.com
Perfume Society’s seasonal subscription boxes feature a selection of scents tailored specifically to the time of year. Every three months subscribers receive a collection of at least eight samples – and, occasionally, miniatures – from high end fragrance brands, with previous selections including Malin + Goetz, Lalique, Eccentric Molecules and Maison Crivelli. The subscription also offers access to exclusive online content including smelling notes and unboxing videos that give extra insight into each scent. Perfume Society keeps each month’s selection under wraps, so you’ll have to subscribe to discover what’s inside.
£18 quarterly, perfumesociety.org