Best Crochet Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Crochet and knitting subscription boxes are not just for grannies. They are surprisingly popular for all ages. Kids quickly pick up the technique and can soon be making flowers and puppets out of yarn that they’ll proudly show off at every opportunity. Learning to crochet and knit gives you a new practical skill too. For the price of a few yarns of wool you can make your own clothes and with today’s choice of colours you can knit something fitting for any occasion.
So for our list of the best crochet subscription boxes in the UK we’ve included crochet kits for beginners and young knitters as well as crochet kits with challenging patterns for more accomplished knitters, plus yarn-only subscriptions for sock knitters.
The Hobby Box Knitting Yarn Bundles subscription is one of the few monthly boxes to include hooks and needles. Most others don’t. The Knitting Yarn Bundles Subscription is a complete set of a vibrant variety of 6 to 8 balls of yarn (depending on weight and size) along with the correct sized needles for each yarn plus decorative items such as buttons, lace, and ribbons so you can begin knitting straight away. Subscribe for £34.99 a monthly rolling subscription, including free delivery in the UK. Sign up for 6 or 12 months at a time and get two months’ worth free. You’ll also receive a free knitting bag. The yarns in each monthly box are enough for you to crochet dolls, baby clothes, shawls, throws and more. Patterns are not provided but can be easily sourced online.
There are three subscriptions available from The Crochet Craft Co for complete beginners. Kids love crocheting the cute animals and hand puppets with the ‘Amigurumi Subscription’. You’ll get a new character to make plus a surprise gift in each monthly box. With the monthly ‘Greeting Card Subscription’ you can make hand-made gifts for friends and family. The ‘Seasonal Wreath Subscription’ is for more practised crocheters as the wreaths are quite complex but you’ll have three months to complete each one, giving you delightful ways to decorate your home.
Subscribe for 12 months at a time to receive four crochet kits over a year – one for each season. Subscribing to The Crochet Craft Co also gives you access to the members-only Facebook group for sharing tips, chats and ideas with fellow crochet lovers. Subscription options vary depending on the frequency of the crochet kit deliveries but they are very reasonable; starting from just £5.99 a month.
The best thing about becoming a member of Amanda Bloom’s crochet club is the warm welcome you’ll get from Amanda and the other crochet enthusiasts sharing their project ideas and accomplishments in the Little Box of Crochet community, where you get access to video tutorials and the chance to sport your latest creation. This crochet subscription is for capable beginners or intermediate skill levels. Each subscription box is delivered every other month and comes packed with everything you need. Your box will include all the yarn you’ll need to make a specially chosen project, complete with a pattern book featuring lots of how-to photos. You’ll get a surprise treat in each box, which costs £37.90 plus postage. You can split the cost into two monthly payments.
The Crochet Society subscription box is brought to you by one of the UK’s top craft magazine publishers, giving you oodles of inspiration with new crochet ideas and the assurance of the highest quality products in each box, which includes: quality yarn, a bespoke crochet hook, a pattern book plus a special surprise collectible gift. If you can’t read a crochet pattern, fret not, as you’ll get at least 2 hours of expert video tuition with each box, presented by resident crochet expert Sarah-Jayne Fragola of Bella Coco Crochet, who personally puts together the themed boxes for her subscribers. Baskets, blankets, hats and patterns for babies are among the crochet projects you’ll get to try your hands at. A monthly subscription with The Crochet Society costs £18.99 per month and includes free delivery. Subscribe for 12 months at a time and you’ll save up to 25% on your subscription.
Choose from six subscription box options, from beginner to expert, when you subscribe for monthly deliveries of Mystery Yarn boxes from Diana’s Home of Crafts. Priced from £14, each monthly box has a colour theme. If you are a beginner and want to take your time, you can go for the ‘Basix’ subscription option to receive a skein of yarn and a stitch marker for a simple project. If you have a larger appetite for yarn, you might want to try the ‘Advanced’ and ‘Luxury’ subscription options, giving you merino or merino/nylon base 100g skein of yarn plus a stitch marker and other surprise knitting or crochet accessories.
You’ll need a Paypal account to pay for and receive reminders for your subscription, which you pay on the 15th of every month for the box to be posted by 2nd-class post on the 25th of each month.
Black Cat Custom Yarn makes crochet and knitting really cool! Their multi-coloured custom yarn colours come in trendy themes to make dazzling socks and other knitwear that wouldn’t look out of place at a grunge music festival or on the catwalk. Movie buffs love their Star Wars and Marvel coloured yarns, and they are continuously adding new colour combinations to their collections. Join the Yarn of the Month Club for one, three, six or 12 months at a time and get an exclusive custom yarn colour each month.
This is a yarn-only subscription so it’s really for those of you that can create (mostly socks) without the need for instructions. When you order, you have a choice of yarn types based on weight and thickness, such as fingering weight, lace weight, double knit, worsted weight, bulky and super bulky. Be aware when you order that the shipping price might seem a bit high but that’s because it covers the shipping for the duration of your subscription.
Make a stunning new pair of snug socks each month with a Felt Fusion Sock Yarn Club subscription. For £25 a month you’ll get a surprise 100-gram skein of variegated or semi-solid yarn, with or without a complimentary mini skein, which is enough to make a standard sized pair of socks. You might get a yarn blank or a cake of self-striping yarn along with some nylon for sock knitting plus a surprise edible treat. Each month’s yarn is a new colour but you will have to source patterns yourself.
The yarns are sock/4ply/fingering weight and will contain some nylon. The coloured yarns are hand dyed less than a month before they are shipped to subscribers to ensure you’ll always get fresh and vibrant colours. Subscribe for one, two or three months at a time. The longer you subscribe for the more you save with discount rates for long-term subscriptions.
These quirky crochet birds are challenging but fun projects for competent knitters from British wool yarn supplier TOFT, which also publishes a quarterly crochet and knitting magazine. Subscribe to the Bird Club for quarterly payments of £30.00 and every three months you’ll get a new pattern created by Kerry Lord to follow along with all the luxury 100% British wool yarn you need to create your bird. As these designs are for experienced knitters, you’ll need your own 3mm crochet hook, a wool needle and a handful of polyester toy stuffing.
A baby on the way in your family might be the kick up the backside you needed to start doing crochet. The Hook It Yourself subscription is an ideal way to start. Each box contains the pattern and yarn plus any buttons and other embellishments needed to create a crocheted garment for a baby up to 12 months old. The pattern and yarn are a surprise but suitable for baby boys and girls.
Crochet hooks are not included in the subscription boxes but you can order one separately if you wish.
You can opt for a monthly rolling subscription or pay up front 12 months at a time. Boxes are delivered in the UK using Royal Mail Tracked & Signed Service. International shipping is also available. You’ll also get exclusive access to the Hook It Yourself VIP Facebook group, where you can get tips and advice about anything crochet related and show off your handiwork.
Join a monthly knit and natter session on Zoom with a subscription to Crochet Me Time, which gives you everything you need to make a small crochet item each month. You’ll get the pattern, yarn and anything else you need for the monthly knit packaged in a discrete cotton reusable drawstring bag. You’ll need your own hooks though. The optional monthly virtual crochet club via Zoom is a very informal affair, held on the first Saturday of the month from 11am to 12pm and led by Sam, who demonstrates live how to make the project in your kit. There’s plenty of time left over to chat with the other like-minded subscribers while you crochet away. The rolling monthly subscription price is just £8 per month plus £3.70 postage payable through Paypal for first-class Royal Mail delivery 7-10 days before the Saturday club Zoom session.
Get a free crochet blanket bundle plus £70 worth of assorted yarns and more than 450 crochet patterns when you subscribe for monthly deliveries of the ‘Let’s Get Crafting Knitting & Crochet Magazine‘. Each issue features 40 crochet patterns and stitch guides plus advice from the pros and the large crochet and knitting community. The minimum subscription period is 3 months, which costs just under £27, or you can pay in advance for up to 10 or 20 issues, which entitles you to numerous giveaways and discount deals from the main store. The free crochet blanket bundle with your first subscription includes 6 balls of Caron Simply Soft Yarn and a Rich Ripple Crochet Afghan Pattern so you can get started right away.
Base your crochet subscription decision on your crocheting or knitting experience. If you are just starting out, start small with simple patterns like the ones provided by The Crochet Craft Co., which is also the cheapest crochet subscription on our 2021 list. Circular designs like coasters are among the easiest. Throws, shawls and table spreads are easily achievable once you’ve got the knack (Amanda Bloom’s Little Box of Crochet; Crochet Society).
Keep in mind that most of the subscriptions don’t include a crochet hook as they come in a variety of sizes so check first and buy one separately yourself, which you can easily do at your local haberdashery or through one of the subscription services’ online stores.
If you’re already a dab-hand at crochet and want to get more creative then you should definitely try the wild bird patterns that come with the Toft crochet subscription. For making your own socks, we recommend the Black Cat Custom Yarn or Felt Fusion Sock Yarn Club.
Now get crocheting!
Best Beauty Subscription Box In The UK (2021 Update)
Shaving kits, cosmetics and perfumes are by far the most popular subscription boxes in the UK, second only to food. We collectively spend about £2 billion a year feeding our fast-growing subscription box habit, forking out between £7 and £30 a box. But there’s no shame in spending a bit here and there to look and feel good, especially when you know you are supporting small businesses, many of which have blossomed over the past year, sourcing a plethora of new beauty products to discover that you won’t find in high street shops. So here’s our round-up of the best beauty subscription boxes in the UK for 2021. It’s a real mixed bag because we want to introduce you to a diverse variety of beauty boxes for all ages, from teenagers to mums and those of us with a good view over the hill that need a different kind of skin care routine to your average teen. As you’d expect, these beauty boxes are aimed mostly at women. If you’re looking for something for men, read our blog article on the best men’s grooming kits.
With a collection of press-on nails in each monthly box, which you can decorate with candy colours and cute emojis, the L’EMOi Beauty & Makeup subscription box gets our vote for teen beauty queens or anyone with a penchant for trying out new international brands. In each monthly subscription box you also get a hand-picked selection of top full-size US and UK beauty brand products for a full makeover for worth £160+ for just £25 per month. When we opened the June 2021 box we were chuffed to try out high-value beauty treats including Gerard Cosmetics lipstick, Hi Beautiful You lash grow mascara, eyeshadow, Skin Chemists Dr H Lip plumper and Dr Botanicals Coco Noir Serum.
You’ll have to hide these high-quality razors from the men in your life! The ergonomic designs with metal handles are really attractive in various pastel shades and are engineered to make shaving a pleasure. You can personalize the razors with your name when you sign up or a monthly or bi-monthly subscription to receive a brand new razor along with a selection of natural deodorants and range of a natural botanical beauty products for a 4-step shaving process. The products are 100% cruelty free and are approved under the International Leaping Bunny Program.
Treasure Tress is a natural hair product discovery box subscription founded by beauty entrepreneur Jamelia Donaldson and made exclusively for black women and girls with naturally textured hair. The stylish box is packed with full-sized products and is Europe’s largest natural hair product discovery box of its kind. Treasure Tress is more than just beauty products though. Subscribing connects you to a worldwide tribe focused on building relationships with communities and hair and beauty brands. The beauty boxes can be shipped internationally and include educational and practical steps for managing and styling your tresses.
We love this money-saving beauty product discovery subscription box exclusively for mums, which gives you six to seven skincare and cosmetic products worth twice the monthly subscription price. Every month you’ll be introduced to new stress-busting and rejuvenating products. Here’s what we got in the May/June 2021 box: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo; Tired Faace Mask; Probiotic Lifting & Radiance Eye Serum; nourishing Balance Me Stellar Balm for the skin, Starry Eyes heating Eye Mask; and Benefit Cosmetics 24-hour Brow Setter to shape and tame your brows. You won’t have to wait long for your first box, which is shipped as soon as you subscribe, and then you’ll receive monthly boxes after that.
The Mintd beauty box oozes luxury. If you love high-quality beauty products and are prepared to pay for the best, you’ll love these monthly or bi-monthly deliveries to your door of 4-5 full-sized or deluxe-sized luxury beauty products from the world’s most respected international brands that are hand-picked and tailored for you by the London-based team of beauty experts. The white and gold branded boxes are lovely keepsakes too. They make trendy storage boxes. Pay £70 per box for pre-paid plans ranging from 3 to 6 and 12 months at a time. Worldwide shipping available.
Beauty is also about smelling great so we’ve included this perfume subscription for you in our list of the best beauty boxes. Discover new seasonal scents every three months when you subscribe to The Perfume Society’s Seasonal Scents Subscription and Perfume Lovers Club or £18 every 3 months.
In each seasonal box (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) you’ll get eight surprise fragrances curated from leading brands for that season along with online smelling notes, unboxing videos, hints, tips and quizzes plus perfume parties. Choose a quarterly or yearly plan to receive deliveries o the fragrances every three to four months.
The Cohorted Beauty Box is the UK’s first 100% sustainable beauty subscription service partnered with the ecological organizations and charities Forward Ladies, Plastic Oceans and One Tree Planted. Each month you’ll receive a curation of at least six premium products hand-picked by their in-house beauty experts, ranging from makeup and skincare to fragrance and haircare worth £100 or more for a third of the price. Partner brands include Laura Mercier, Huda Beauty, Rodial, Color Wow, Elemis, MZ Skin, Verso and more. You’ll also get a monthly copy of the Cohorted Beauty Box Magazine.
Selfridges & Co. has a vast range of beauty products from the UK and EU to choose from, just like any big department store, featuring an eclectic collection of beauty brands. Subscribing to get Selridges deliveries works differently to smaller beauty box subscriptions. Instead, you pay a yearly fee of £10 a year so that you can select designated products and gift boxes for home delivery. We recommend the Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Ageing Discovery Kit for staying young, which is exclusive to Selfridges, cruelty free and suitable for all skin types. The beauty kit in an unbleached cotton drawstring bag includes: 10ml bottles of Hyaluronic Serum, Super Anti-Aging Serum and Sun Drop plus 20ml bottles of Anti-Ageing Primer, Face Cream, and a 50ml tub of Anti-Aging Body Cream.
The older you get, the more you have to adapt your beauty regime to the changes that affect your skin as you age. The Time of Your Life (TOYL) subscription box fits the bill if you are middle aged. The beauty box is designed by and created for women over 40 that need to take care of lines beginning to appear and dryness from loss of moisture after decades of weathering. The menopause also brings changes to your body and skin that call for particular beauty products. Expect a smorgasbord of up to 10 thoughtfully selected products each month. The minimum subscription period is three months. You can also subscribe for six or up to 12 months.
Get rid of blackheads, whiteheads and pus-filled spots with a personalized treatment plan to achieve clear skin with the Skin + Me subscription. Your subscription starts with an online consultation to assess the best treatment for your skin condition. You will be asked to send 3 photos of your skin so that the dermatology team can create your tailored plan or your skin type with clinically tested topical treatments (creams and gels with active ingredients) which are delivered each month.
The treatment may take a couple of months or more to clear up severe acne but you’ll be able to check in regularly with your Skin + Me dermatologist to check on progress.
Our list of the best beauty boxes is really just a small selection of the huge variety of beauty subscriptions available in the UK so finding the right one or you can be a bit of trial and error. When it comes to beauty, you can spend as little or as much as you like. Thankfully you can start by spending a small amount to give it a go if you are a first-time subscirber but if only the very best will do for you and you, be prepared to burn a few bucks. For a good value mix of beauty products, the L’EMOJi Beauty & Makeup subscription box gives you a lot of products for a full and fun-looking makeover at a low price. If you are looking for a more mature theme then we suggest you try the beauty boxes from Oh Mumma, Toyl and Selfridges.
Best Vitamin Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Do you often feel lethargic, depressed just generally under the weather? You’re probably suffering from a lack of vitamins and minerals. Living under grey skies most of the year means an alarmingly high number of us Brits are deficient in Vitamin D – one in every five – because we don’t get enough natural sunlight, leading to a high risk of weak bones, especially if you are over 50. In fact the UK Government recommends taking at least 10 micrograms of Vitamin D per day during autumn and winter months.
If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you risk having a deficiency in Vitamin B12, which we otherwise get from fish or meat. If you aren’t eating lots of raw greens, you are missing out on a bunch of essential vitamins and minerals, too. Our bodies need a regular supply of iron and folic acid to make healthy red blood cells, calcium to build strong bones and Vitamin D to absorb that calcium. Iodine, magnesium, Omega-3 fats, and lots of other minerals from natural sources, many of which we just don’t get enough of on a daily basis. Vitamin subscription boxes are a convenient solution to these maladies by making it easy to take your daily dose.
How do I know which vitamins I need?
Most of the vitamin subscription boxes that we’ve listed here make it easy for you to find out which vitamins you need and create your own tailored subscription from a blend of vitamin supplements based on goals such as improving brain power, bone strength, increased vitality and so on. Here are some general symptoms related to a lack of certain vitamins as a rough guide.
Selecting a vitamin subscription that is just right for you is easy with Everly. You don’t have to know what different vitamins do for you. First you simply choose what aspect of your health you want to target with your vitamins subscription such as digestion, heart, immunity, stress, energy and so on, or all-rounders.
We tried a mix of The Brain Warden, which is a Ginkgo Biloba Blend, the Vitamin D3 Sunshine Nutrient and The Body Supporter, which is an antioxidant with CoQ10. Each selection you make is enough for 28 days and they are put together in a monthly pack.
The monthly subscription packs of multivitamins from Feel are non-GMO and vegan friendly with no fillers, bulking agents or colourants so they get our vote as the best chemical-free multivitamin subscription. Their in-house formula contains 32 ingredients that are rapidly absorbed by the BioPerine™ included in the pills along with 13 vitamins, 10 Minerals, 7 Phytonutrients, Alpha Lipoic Acid and L-Glutamine.
The monthly letterbox size multivitamin packs contain 60 capsules (2 per day) for the competitive price of just under £10.
Get a subscription of freshly made 3D-printed personalized vitamin gummies from UK-based vitamin maker Nourished. The layered hexagonal gummies in rainbow colours are a fantastically fun way to encourage kids to down their daily doses of essential vitamins.
To get the right vitamins for you, take a quiz to tailor your personalized vitamin subscription. There’s a quiz for adults and one for kids. Or you can build your own personalised stack by choosing at least 7 nourishments from an extensive A-Z list. The pharmacists at Nourished then make the sugar-free and gluten-free vitamin gummies to order to be shipped out in monthly 28-day boxes. Save 25% on your vitamin supply when you order three months’ worth at a time. Get a year’s supply and you’ll save 30%.
Vitamin Buddy offers personalized vitamin subscriptions that you can order by taking a free, online quiz about your lifestyle, nutrition and health and any areas you wish to improve. But if you want to focus on improving your eyes, we recommend ordering a monthly supply of daily vitamin packs containing Vitamin A, Vitamin B Complex plus Vitamins C and E.
Your monthly supply of pharmaceutical-grade vitamins comes in individual daily packs of vegan-friendly, gluten-free capsules in a letterbox-sized box that’ll cost you between £25 and £30.
Best personalized vitamin subscription for convenience
With a personalized vitamin subscription from Alyve you get a month’s supply of your unique vitamin formula in a single small bottle labelled with your name. The best thing about this vitamin subscription that sets it apart from the rest is that all of the nutrients in your personal formula are packed into just 2 daily capsules so you don’t have to gulp down copious amounts of pills every day. The capsules are vegan friendly and gluten-free. They also include additional herbal extracts and amino acids to make the formula more effective.
Personalized Co. is one of the few vitamin subscription services with a live chat service that allows you to consult with a real human nutritionalist to discuss your vitamin plan before buying. Or you can take a quick quiz and they will bundle up vitamins based on your personal wellbeing goal and ship them in an eco-friendly box containing 30 daily sachets of vitamin pills.
The founders pride themselves on sourcing high-quality organic & non-GMO ingredients in packaging that’s 100% recyclable. They also supply personalized protein packs to complement your vitamin subscription. We love the personal touch in their customer service from like-minded well-being enthusiasts.
Future You Cambridge originates from medical research at the University of Cambridge to make a unique patented lycopene supplement derived from tomato skin. The UK based nutritionalists then went on to create their first food supplement, Ateronon Heart+ and have extended their studies into the health benefits of a vast range of other supplements.
Their Total Wellbeing Bundle is ideal for men and women aged over 50. The monthly packs contain omega-3 fatty acids; multi-strain probiotics for enhanced gut health and immunity; vitamins D, K1, K2 and calcium for bone fortitude.
Most vitamin subscriptions rely on your input through an online quiz or questionnaire to formulate your personal monthly vitamin supplement regime but Vitl gets right under your skin with a simple finger-prick vitamin and cholesterol blood test that you can do at home. Post your blood sample back to the nutritionalists at Vitl for a thorough analysis of the key nutrients that are best for you before ordering your vitamin subscription. You’ll get your test results within a week along with a list of lifestyle recommendations from a qualified nutritionist.
Alternatively you can dive right in and order monthly supplies of personalised vitamin packs based on your health goals or go for multivitamin subscriptions based on your gender.
Most of the vitamin subscriptions we’ve listed here are suppliers that have sourced their vitamins from third-party producers with the exception of Future You Cambridge and Nourished, who manufacture their own. The quality, potency and freshness of the vitamins from different suppliers may vary considerably. That’s something you’ll have to judge for yourself depending on the information they make available.
No fuss, low cost
If you just want to get a regular supply of multivitamins without too much fuss and without spending too much money then the Feel Multivitamin subscription for £9.95 is a cheap and simple solution for you as there’s no need to fill in any questionnaires.
Vitamins For kids
The colourful vitamin layered gummies by Nourished is a no-brainer as the best subscription for encouraging kids to take vitamins. They are sugar-free too.
For specific nutritional requirements
Almost all of the vitamin subscriptions listed here give you the option to tailor your vitamin subscription based on your goals. You don’t have to know exactly what vitamins you need. Just the aspects of your health and wellbeing that you want to improve and you’ll be presented with a subscription solution that best suits you. The Vitl subscription services goes the extra mile in giving you a way to find out exactly which vitamins you need for your unique DNA.
Best Skincare Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Why do we spend so much time and money on skincare? It’s because there just isn’t a single product that magically cleanses, tones and moisturises all in one go. You need a different product for each step of your skincare routine; starting with a cleanser followed by a toner and an antioxidant such as Vitamin C serum, then a moisturizer. The eyes need special attention, too, with a gentle massage of revitalizing eye cream – all very time consuming and sometimes insanely expensive.
Skincare routines change with the seasons. You need skin restoration and protection from the harsh winds of winter but cooling cleansing in the summer. Living or working in the city plays havoc with complexions in different ways. Grime gets in, dryness causes itchiness and cracks, and grease blocks pores causing spots. Skincare subscription boxes are a fun, convenient and cost effective way to keep up appearances all year round. Not just skincare but hair care and make up, too, while saving loads of cash with subscriber discount privileges on premium products much cheaper than in stores but delivered directly to your door.
Here’s our round up of the best subscription boxes in the UK. There are some old favourites but some fresh new boxes on the block too, especially for fans of natural and vegan friendly skincare brands.
Each month’s collection of beauty and skincare products in the Natural Beauty Box is a fresh surprise but you can rest assured that all the contents are vegan friendly and cruelty-free (not tested on animals), so you won’t be putting any harsh chemicals on your face.
The skincare and beauty products in Natural Beauty subscription boxes are sourced from ethical and eco-luxe British artisans and picked for seasonal skincare needs, all wrapped in eco-friendly packaging. You can get a monthly subscription of their ‘standard monthly boxes’ for £24.95 with a discount if you pay for three months in advance. Or if you want to spread out your box deliveries you can choose to get a bi-monthly or quarterly box.
In the Look Incredible Deluxe Beauty Box you get up to 5 high end skincare and beauty products that are currently trending in high street shops. You get different products each month with the assurance of full-sized products, no samples, so you’ll have enough to last you the entire month until your next box.
You’ll get some of the latest products on the market ranging from mascaras to skincare creams as well as some classics for £35.00 per box, delivered by Royal Mail and tracked all the way to your door.
Size is important with the Little Known subscription box, which introduces you to between five and six carefully selected beauty products and accessories from small, independent and emerging brands each month. The contents are a mix of full-size and travel-size products plus a few bonus goodies to try. They are guaranteed to be cruelty-free products and sourced with ethics and wellness in mind, mostly from organic, vegetarian or vegan friendly partner brands.
By subscribing to the Little Known box, you directly support independent and ethical businesses and you’ll discover new, bespoke brands all year round.
Best variety of skincare and beauty brands subscription box
LoveLula is an emporium of natural beauty products, stocking an expansive assortment of A to Z brands for every part of your body. With a recurring monthly subscription for just under £15 you’ll get a monthly supply of surprise products worth more than £50. And if you sign up for 3, 6 or 12 months at a time you can save up to 15% on the monthly cost of a box.
LoveLula subscription boxes are a cost effective way to try out an endless supply of different natural beauty brands and products from oils, masks and shampoos to long lash mascaras. The star of the box that we tried was the Black Cherry lip balm by Crazy Rumors with shea butter and jojoba oil. Deliciously fragrant!
The Look Fantastic x Nip+Fab Starter Kit gives you a full complement of products for a step-by-step facial skin care routine. The subscription box brings together six Nip+Fab products to transform and brighten your complexion: Glycolic Scrub; a Vitamin C Face Sheet Mask; Retinol Fix Sheet Mask; Liquid Blush ‘Sunset Glow’; Retinol Fix Eye Treatment and Glycolic Fix Daily Pads – all for half the price you’d pay if you bought the products individually.
Dija, the owner of West Room Aesthetics beauty clinic, was compelled to focus on sourcing skincare treatments exclusively for black women because so many of her clients couldn’t find products for their skin from mainstream sources so she launched the Skin Heroes Collection skincare subscription.
The premium products in the Skin Heroes collections are pricey. A box will cost you a hefty £345 for the privilege of getting your hands on the hand picked hero products in four individual collections based on your skin type – dry, oily, combination.
The Pip Box motto is, ‘the best things in life are cruelty free’. Each month they put together a bespoke, eclectic collection of full-sized skincare and beauty products (no samples) that are guaranteed to be cruelty free and vegan friendly.
The monthly boxes include five new vegan beauty products worth over £55 for just £25.99 and over a whole year you’ll never get the same product twice. You can make some big savings on long-term Pip Box subscriptions. Order six months in advance and you’ll save £40. Pay for a year’s supply up front and you’ll get three months free.
Best international skincare brands subscription box
Glossy Box is a stalwart among the UK’s beauty and skincare subscription boxes, sourcing skincare products from Paris, Milano, Tokyo and New York to send out five new products to subscribers in each monthly box. The pretty pink branded boxes with a folding lid are collectibles themselves, which you can keep and easily recycle as fancy storage boxes.
The low price and variety of cosmopolitan skincare and beauty products is an ideal subscription option to help newcomers discover new skincare concoctions. Each month’s collection of skincare and beauty products is based on a seasonal or festive theme for just over £13 a month with a rolling monthly subscription. Pay up front for a year’s subscription and each box costs you just under £12. Quite a bargain.
Roccabox has been delivering skincare and beauty products to subscribers since 2017 and has received rave reviews in the glam mags such as Grazia, Cosmopolitan and Elle. Despite the high society accolades, Roccabox subscription boxes are just £10 per month for a bundle of products with a combined value anywhere between £40 and £80, so it gets our vote as the best value beauty and skincare subscription box.
The monthly surprises in seasonally themed boxes are a mix of full-size and sample-size products from Roccabox trusted partner brands, including: HUDA Beauty, SugarBearHair, St. Tropez, Smashbox and Nip + Fab – a fun and inexpensive way to try out new tonics and creams on the beauty scene.
Latest in Beauty lets you completely customize your skincare subscription box by selecting as many products as you like from the hundreds of skincare, haircare and makeup products they have in stock from a wide variety of well known beauty brands. This way you know exactly what you’ll be getting in your monthly box, which you can edit as you go.
To personalize your box, chose at least six products from the Lib Box Beauty Counter with a combined value of £12.95. They can be a mix of skincare, haircare and make up. Look out for new products added each month.
If you’ve been through the list and are still scratching your head about which subscription box is best for you, that’s not surprising. The choice is bedazzling!
If budget is your main deal breaker then your two cheapest options are Roccabox and Glossy Box but you’re going to get products at the cheap end of the scale which you can find in most high street shops anyway. In the middle price range are: Look Incredible Deluxe Beauty Box; LoveLula Beauty Box; Look Fantastic and Pip Box.
If you area vegan or cruelty free skincare advocate then stick with Natural Beauty Box, Little Known Box and Pip Box. If you have dark skin and don’t care about the cost then the boxes from West Room Aesthetics are probably right up your street.
What do you wear at night to help you sleep well? Maybe you just throw on a T-shirt and some underwear but you could be getting a much better night’s sleep by slipping into something soft and silky that lulls you into a much more satisfying slumber.
Pyjama subscription boxes are a luxuriously affordable way to try out different kinds of sleeping attire. Most of the subscription boxes also include nice treats so you can really make an evening of trying out your new jammies and get a good night’s sleep. You’ll also discover brand new beauty products at the same time that help you get a rejuvenating beauty sleep.
What are the best pyjama fabrics?
Pyjamas made from natural fabrics are the best to wear to bed but your choice of nightwear is probably a seasonal thing. In summer months you want pyjamas that don’t stick to you. In the winter you want pyjamas that are cozy but a little airy – enough to stop you getting too hot under the duvet and let you hop out of bed in the middle of the night without getting cold. Here are some pyjama fabric suggestions to help you decide on the best pj subscription for you depending on the time of year.
Cotton is a good all round material for pyjamas. It’s a naturally soft and breathable fabric that’s naturally cooling on warm nights but as cotton doesn’t wick away moisture so well it can be too stifling on really hot and humid nights or if you sweat a lot in bed.
Silk is luxurious in its softness and works wonders at regulating your body temperature. With silk pyjamas you’ll stay warm on cool nights and won’t get too hot on balmy nights during the UK’s Indian summers. Although silk is wonderful to wear, keep in mind that it is expensive and should only be dry cleaned.
Linen is very lightweight and isn’t as slippery or as expensive as silk but is generally more expensive than cotton. Linen is really soft and breathable with moisture-wicking properties that soak up sweat and prevent you getting sticky on humid nights. One drawback, if you are really fussed about looking neat even when you’ve just woken up, is that linen creases and crumples very easily.
Flannel is lovely for wrapping up warm in pyjama tops and bottoms on cold nights. It’s breathable but can be stifling if you are a hot sleeper or have a toasty bedroom.
Bamboo fibres are the new cotton. It’s natural and eco-friendly, too, because bamboo uses much less water than cotton to grow (about a tenth). Pyjamas and nightwear made mainly from bamboo (at least 80%) are soft, breathable and absorb sweat well, making them ideal all year round.
Wool pyjamas are an obvious choice for staying warm in winter months but wool also keeps you cool on warm nights. The relatively loose knit of wool pyjamas makes them airy and breathable and wool has natural wicking properties to stop you getting sticky.
Pyjama Drama Box is a monthly or bi-monthly subscription of luxury feminine pyjamas plus a bundle of 3 to 4 self-care treats for a proper pampering while you sleep.
The pyjamas are seasonally suitable and chosen for you, along with a hand-picked selection of products to make you feel and smell good, including skincare, beauty, aromatherapy, fragrances, socks, sleep masks and even snacks and drinks from time to time. All you have to do is pick your pyjama size with a single click. Delivery is free in the UK.
The Beauty Sleep subscription is one of the best bargains we’ve found for a monthly delivery of luxury sleepwear and slumber products for under £20. Get a newly designed pair of smooth, soft and glamorous pyjamas delivered to your door every month along with a surprise hand-picked selection of beauty products and sweet treats for a blissful beauty sleep.
Here’s what subscribers got in a recent PJ subscription box: loungeable pair of satin pyjamas; Galaxy hot chocolate drink; silky satin scrunchie and scented wax melt. Delivery is free in the UK.
You can get your name or initials added to your pyjamas when you order from Jarma Box. You’ll also get 4 beauty treats in your stylish monthly or bi-monthly box, which is ideal for using as a storage box afterwards.
The boxes are just under £30 but you get jimjams and beauty products worth at least twice that. The surprise pyjamas vary each month and come in a variety of styles and materials. The beauty products accompanying your pyjamas are also a surprise. All you do to subscribe is select the right size for you, add your name or initials and let them know if you have any allergies so they can send you appropriate snacks and beauty products.
Dream boxes launched in 2020 to supply seasonal pyjama subscription boxes to ladies with an eco-friendly attitude. The pyjama boxes are climate neutral, recyclable, biodegradable and plastic free.
You get a lot of other products in each box too! Here’s what subscribers recently received in their monthly boxes: The Foot Factory foot soak, foot scrub and foot lotion; Face Facts clay face mask and body scrub; Co-Zee fluffy slipper socks; Mini Fabulosa wild rhubarb disinfectant; Mum in a millions candle duo and keep sake jar; Ferraro Roche eggs; Bostani white chocolate and raspberry mini bars; Bailey’s milks chocolate bar and tea. Oh, and a pair of pyjamas.
Subscription options are flexible. You can order a one-off purchase or for 3 or 6 months in a row.
Pyjamas Forever specializes in cute cotton sleepwear for women. The pyjamas have a new motif each month and come in a box filled with a few other things for your nightly ritual, which could be a face mask, night cream or a novelty bamboo toothbrush.
You can get a one-off delivery or sign up for 3 or 6 months at a time to get a fresh box of pyjamas every month.
My Slumber is another pyjama subscription exclusively for girls that love lounging around and getting pampered. Create our own box by choosing from three available options of increasing luxury starting with the Snooze subscription; Happy Tee & Shorts or a Bunny Set plus an eye mask. For the Dream subscription box you can choose from four different pyjama styles, including Lace Cami & Satin Shorts, Cosy Pink or Blue Check and Coffee Tee & Shorts plus a couple of surprise treats. Top of the PJ subscription options is the Slumber VIP box with a choice of satin pyjamas and at least 3 treats to snuggle up with for a luxury night in.
Although Bamigo doesn’t offer a subscription box service for their men’s sleepwear, they are worth a mention because we haven’t offered anything up for men in our best pyjama subscription list, and they focus exclusively on clothing made from bamboo fibres, which none of the others mentioned do. You can order T-shirts, pyjama bottoms and bath robes, all made from bamboo fibres, which make them very comfortable and breathable.
Another pyjama supplier just for men is Wood’s of Shropshire. Again, they don’t offer a monthly subscription but they do have a wide range of pyjamas, night shirts and other nightwear made mostly from brushed cotton and flannel.
They’ve got every pyjama style imaginable. Just filter your search by size, colour, pattern and price, which ranges from £10 – £128. You can also choose your pyjamas by brand and specifics like collars and garment type (tops and bottoms).
Most of the pyjama subscription boxes work in a similar way. You select your size and wait for your delivery of surprise pyjamas of the month along with a few beauty products and treats to relax with. For bargain hunters, the satin night shorts and shirts from the Pyjama Subscription Box are the cheapest. Although satin looks and feels like silk, it’s cheaper because it’s not a natural material and so it doesn’t have the same breathable qualities as silk.
For a regular supply of seasonal pyjamas we recommend the Pyjama Drama Box, which gives you flexible subscription options too. The My Slumber pyjama subscription gives you a choice of pyjama material with three tiers of price options.
If you like getting lots of extras with your pj subscription, we recommend you go for a subscription with The Dream Boxes. The monthly boxes will introduce you to lots of new beauty product brands to try out. Finally, Jarma Box UK is the only pyjama subscription provider that lets you personalize your nightwear with your name or initials.
Best Sock Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
If there’s just one life-saving subscription box worth getting it’s a sock subscription! We wear socks every day and they go missing more than any other piece of clothing. Dawn sock-hunting forays are the bane of busy lifestyles.
How many times have you been late for work because you spent half an hour frantically rummaging through your drawers and wardrobe for a pair of socks? And how often do you find just one sock, because the other has mysteriously vanished into another dimension; sucked into a black hole somewhere between being washed, dried and put away?
Let’s face it, socks rank very highly on the list of essentials for life: food, shelter and clothing. But shopping for new pairs of socks all the time is a total bore. Your choice of socks also has a hugely significant impact on others’ first impressions of you. The pair you wear to a job interview could make or break the deal, depending on what your prospective boss subconsciously assumes about your personality and work ethics just from the colours and patterns peeking out from under the hem of your trousers.
How to shop for a quality sock subscription
The quality of socks comes down to two things: material used and the needle count. Cheap socks that are made from inferior, artificial materials such as nylon and polyester are horrible. They are slippery, make your feet sweat, and you’ll soon find holes in them after only a couple of wears. Look for socks made from natural materials such as cotton or bamboo fibres. Socks made from bamboo are more eco friendly than cotton because bamboo requires only a tenth of the water used to grow cotton and it grows quicker than cotton.
Socks with a high ‘needle count’ are better quality because they have more stitches. The needle count is the number of needles inside the cylindrical hosiery machine making the stitches around the leg of each sock. A low gauge needle count is 96. A mid gauge is 132-180 needles and the highest gauge is 200-needle (fine gauge), which makes the socks hard wearing, light and breathable.
Before sending you any socks, the Sock Geeks want you to take a quick and fun personality test so they can get to know you better and pick the best socks to to reflect the inner you. First let them know if the socks are for you or as a gift and then check a few boxes to set up your regular delivery for a single pair of socks a month.
Ordering a box of socks as a gift is easy. You just choose between three different subscriptions based on the style of sock for the recipient. The ‘Extreme’ subscription socks are bold and striking socks for extroverts. The ‘Friendly’ subscription is a fun one for best friends and the ‘Statement’ subscription is for executive aesthetics with sophisticated socks ideal for business and the office.
Get a monthly supply of one to three pairs of quality brand name socks made from either cotton or bamboo fibres chosen for your taste by the Sock Butler. The Sock subscriptions for adult men and women start at £6.49 for one pair of socks a month.
The choice of categories includes: Classic socks to go with any style; Fashion socks bursting with colour; Fun socks in a variety of themes, plus Sports and Trainer socks. You can opt for a Surprise subscription too.
Order between one and three pairs of socks a month with a monthly rolling subscription or save a few pounds on the lot by ordering 6 or 12 months at a time.
Natural comfort is the selling point for the boxes of socks that are made from bamboo fibres from Bamigo. Ideal for curing issues with sweaty feet, the socks are silky soft and your feet stay fresh because the natural moisture wicking weave allows your skin to breathe and has antibacterial properties.
Choose either longish classic or ankle-hugging trainer socks for a subscription box with 4 pairs of socks. The choice of colours is limited to dark blues, greys and black with subtle patterns, making them ideal for everyday office or smart casual wear.
Socks In A Box offers monthly rolling sock subscriptions of one or two pairs of high-quality socks for men and women, including the option of a couples subscription for a pair of his and hers socks each delivered each month.
The socks are tastefully designed in the UK and made from bamboo that’s woven with a 200 needle count for a snug fit. Pay as you go month by month or save by paying up front for 6 or 12 months at a time.
Get good quality socks in bespoke, bold and vibrant designs that ‘put the soul back into your shoes’ from Henry J Socks, who are all about making men feel fabulous from their sock factory in William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon.
The socks are made from 80% cotton, 17% polyamide and 3% elastane in a 200-needle weave, making them a high quality buy. You’ll get a new pair of funky socks guaranteed to be a bit of a shock every month from £5.50 a month. Get a rolling monthly subscription or pay for 3, 6 or 12 months in advance.
This is a source of snazzy, sophisticated socks for you city slickers wanting to look hip and smart from tip to toe. The range of styles from London Sock Co promise to give you an ‘optimistic pop to your outfit’ and give you confidence with high quality design and materials.
Sign up for the Sock Club and get one, two or three pairs of knitted socks sporting their penny farthing logo delivered each month in a stylish box. Sock style options you can choose from include: Sock in the city; Socks for the creative; Socks for interviews; Socks for date night; and Socks for the weekend.
Swole Panda is another bamboo fibre sock supplier based in the UK with a variety of size options available for kids and adults (4-7; 7-11; 12-15). The 75% bamboo socks are seamless and they have reinforced heels and toes.
The bamboo fabric blend makes the socks comfortable because of the breathable material, which also has antibacterial properties to combat wiffy feet. Shipping is free anywhere in the world.
Club Sock is a wholesale buyer and distributor of socks from well known high street brands, buying in large volumes to give their subscribers prices that are up to 20% cheaper than their retail prices. The socks are unisex designs for men and women and they regularly bring new brands on board.
Sign up for a £7.99 monthly subscription to get one new pair of socks each month. You can choose your delivery date and postage is free. Other options include prepaid subscription for 3, 8, 9 and 12 months at a time.
Ideal for expectant mothers or anyone with children aged between 0 and 2 years old, the Little Sock Company specializes in stay-on cotton ribbie socks with frilly and non-frilly options for boys’ and girls’ little feet. Get a box for yourself or gift it to a new parent.
Each box contains three pairs of the small socks, specially knitted to gently hug baby feet and stay on all day. If you are a parent, you’ll know how often you have to bend down to pick up socks that have fallen off active feet. A nice touch with this sock subscription is that 10 pence from every pair of socks you buy is donated to charity.
Socks Mad has about 500 types of cotton-rich sock that you can order online. They’ve got long and short socks for men and women, stripey socks and socks with big polka dots, plus argyle and cartoon socks made from 75% cotton, 23% polyester and 2% elastane.
The one thing that sets these sock suppliers apart from the rest is the durable men’s work socks for all weathers made from thick cotton and wool and with cushioned ankles. You can buy the socks in 3, 6 and 12 pair batches.
When you buy socks you get what you pay for. It’s worth splashing out a little more for the assurance of really comfortable socks that will last a long time and let your feet breathe.
If you need socks for outdoors or work and aren’t too fussed how trendy you look then you can rely on the socks from Socks Mad. If you have an office job and need a mix of style and comfort but nothing too outrageous then you should try a subscription from the London Sock Company.
If you are buying socks to really stand out and make a statement and you want quality then the sock boxes from Henry J Socks should be right up your street.
Bamboo fibre socks are good for the environment and good for your feet by allowing them to breathe but they tend to be a bit more costly than most cotton socks. Find them at Swole Panda, Socks in a Box and Bamigo Bamboo socks.
If you are hunting for a bargain and don’t care too much about the cotton content then Club Sock is where you’ll find the best value sock subscription.
Best Beer Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
With the pubs opening and closing like saloon doors flapping in a storm, you ever know when you might get locked down and shut out of the pubs again so it’s a sensible idea to have a supply of beers on hand at home just in case. Getting a monthly beer subscription box delivered to your door is also a fun way to try out rare beers from thousands of micro and craft breweries dotted around the UK as well the spoils from Bavaria, Belgium and other continental craft beer creators.
Club 84 is a brew house on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors that’s been growing a range of craft ales, beers, largers and stouts for more than 30 years in an old quarry. Every month you get to try a dozen different craft beers from their own vats as well as the latest limited edition brews and single batch beers on the block. These beers come cheaper by the dozen, too, when you sign up for a long-term subscription. Save £20 on a six-month subscription and £60 on a year-long supply.
Each monthly box is a mix of their own branded beer from their ‘Projects’, ‘Heritage’ and ‘Core’ ranges comprising a splendid array of exotic flavors and blends. You’ll get at least three new releases from them along with guest beers from other breweries.
Honest Brew stocks lots of different types of beer but they specialize in sourcing India Pale Ale (IPA) for craft beer connoisseurs. IPAs originate from the days of the British Raj in India during the 1700s. The beers are traditionally high in alcohol and hop content and there are dozens to choose from.
The ales mostly come in cans, probably because they are lighter than bottles, to keep postage costs down. You can order monthly subscriptions of 6, 9 or 12 cans of ale at a time. Given the wide variety and new brews continually coming on line, it’ll take you a while to drink your way through them all.
Subscribe to the Craft Beer Discovery Club to try a box of themed beers each month. The only decision making you have to do is choose between mixed beers or exclusively light beers, which include vegan-friendly options.
For £24 a month you get 8 beers in each box plus a magazine and a snack. You can also earn points towards your subscriptions by rating and reviewing the beers sent to you each month.
Hop Burns & Black is a shop in South London with an obscure character which brings together a trio of obsessions: craft beer (the Hop), hot sauce (the Burns) and vinyl records (the Black). They are curators of natural wine, cider and small batch spirits, too, with a focus on sustainability.
In each monthly All Killer No Filler box you get 12 craft beers from ethical suppliers, including international rarities and small-batches from bespoke breweries. Subscribe for a monthly rolling subscription or get discount prices when you subscribe for 3, 6 or 12 months at a time.
The three choices of subscription are pretty straight forward. You get a dozen beers in each box, which you can subscribe to receive monthly or bi monthly. The Discovery subscription is the cheapest, giving you a mix of craft beers from small-batch breweries. For a few quid more you can get the Hop Hunters subscription, which is exclusively hop beers (no stouts or sours). Top of the range is the Premium subscription, which promises 12 top-notch beers, including three new collabs each month. Delivery is free.
Get a mix of 24 bottles and cans of pale ales, IPAs and a few dark horses sourced from all over the world in the ‘Big Beast Craft Beer Box’ for £99.95, including delivery, which works out to about £4 a beer.
The craft beer box isn’t really a subscription service; more of a one-off purchase, but you earn beer tokens to get discounts of future deliveries and you can sign up for their weekly shout outs by email of new beers they’ve discovered.
Brewdog is a contemporary beer club at the heart of a community of craft beer lovers. They claim to be ‘the world’s most sustainable beer club’ and consider social responsibility integral to their corporate vision to support independent businesses in the hospitality industry.
Sign up with the beer club and get a monthly delivery of 8 seasonal beers plus the latest copy of the Brewdog & Friends magazine for just under £20 a month. Each month they’ll send you four of their own beers and four beers from collaborating breweries with the assurance that you’ll be introduced to at least two new beers a month.
The best value boxes of beers we’ve found are the craft beer subscriptions from Flavourly. If you’re an average drinker you can subscribe to have a box of 8 hand-picked craft beers delivered to your door for just under £20.
If you’ve got a big enough fridge and appetite for an almost endless supply of beer, you can get the box of 20 craft brews for £26.99. Both these beer subscriptions include free delivery, a magazine and a snack. Choose to get your box once a month, every 2 months or every 3 months.
We’ve given BeerBods the year’s ‘best beer club subscription’ for nurturing widespread appreciation of beers sourced from all over the world. With this beer subscription you get 8 cans and bottles of carefully chosen beers delivered every two months (one beer a week) and you can take part in their weekly online beer tasting sessions with 7,500 other members to sample one of the beer’s together and hear the story behind the brew.
There’s no specific delivery date. You can subscribe any time and you’ll get your 8 beers within a few days. The online tasting sessions are held every Thursday. Pricewise, this subscription is reasonable with each beer working out to about £3.
The Best of British Beer subscription box brings you beers from more than 2,000 breweries based exclusively in the UK that are picked for you based on your preferences for particular types of beer (pale, dark etc.)
The monthly subscription box is a crate of 12 different full-size bottles of beer for 3, 6 and 12 months at a time, introducing you to new beers each month.
Hoppily is a UK-based beer supplier with a bit of a haughty attitude. They pride themselves on making beer drinking an art form with a craft beer and artisan snacks subscription. They like throwing in beer-lover collectibles, too.
Subscribe for 3, 6 and 12 months at a time to receive between 8 and 10 craft beers every month from an extensive range of beers from a variety of independent British breweries. There’ll always be a rare beer or two for you to appreciate along with trump cards with details about the beers.
The best beer subscription for you really depends on how seriously you take your drinking and any preferences you might have for pale ales or darker cousins. Price is of course a consideration too. You pay more for the assurance of premium beers like the ones you get with a Hop Burns & Black subscription.
The best value beer subscription is Flavourly’s box of 8 for under £20 but don’t be surprised if you are sometimes disappointed with a cheap, obscure beer from the Eastern Bloc that tastes like it was brewed in a rusty vat.
Beer is a lubricator for social gatherings. Drinking alone isn’t fun. But if you find yourself without a drinking buddy then the online beer drinking communities run by BeerBods and Brewdog Beer Club are a lifeline in lonely times.
Best Men’s Grooming Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Calling all millennial men! The age of equality is upon us. Unruly designer stubble and shaggy locks used to be cool in the 80s but today’s modern man is expected to care for his appearance with as much dedication to grooming and skin care as the fairer sex. Men’s grooming subscription boxes are a convenient way to discover the burgeoning range of hair and skin products dedicated exclusively to males that want to look good and smell nice. Grooming boxes focus mainly on morning hygiene and skin care routines. Some are exclusively for shaving or cultivating a stylish beard while other boxes contain creams, soaps and bath suds that are a crossover with more traditionally feminine products containing natural ingredients.
The choice in men’s grooming subscription boxes has grown a lot over the past year or so. New product ranges dedicated to men are emerging from start-up suppliers producing their own bespoke male-oriented and unisex products that leave you looking fresh and smelling like you’ve just had a romp in the hay. Here’s our list of the best 8 men’s subscription boxes for the year.
Slay Boxes sends monthly grooming boxes to subscribers containing premium products from brands such as Aesop, Lab Series, Anthony, Germaine and De Capuccini. Start by selecting your main grooming goal by answering a few questions about your morning routine so they can pick the products best suited to you. Is it shaving or beard maintenance, reducing oily skin or getting rid of blackheads?
Choose one of three subscription plans: Starter, Pride or VIP. Each comes with your personalized Slay routine guide based on the questionnaire. The Starter subscription gives you 2-3 grooming/lifestyle products plus a surprise. The Pride subscription gives you 2 premium grooming/lifestyle products plus a surprise and a pair or premium undies. For a few extra quid, you can get the VIP subscription featuring 2 or more premium grooming/lifestyle products, premium branded underwear, a surprise gift and VIP contact with the suppliers.
The male grooming specialists at Toppbox want to introduce you to premium products for men and help you make big savings.
The bi-monthly boxes include a personalised assortment of 5-7 hand picked full-size premium grooming products based on your age, skin type, facial hair preferences and hair type indicated in your personal grooming profile.
It’s a great way to keep up to date with the latest products without having to hunt them down in the shops so you have more time for actually taking care of yourself.
For just £24 plus postage (about £3.35) you’ll get a bundle of premium products with a retail value of value of £50-£70.
At just £10 a month, Birchbox is about the cheapest male grooming subscription box you’ll find on the market. The way they make it cheap is by sending monthly boxes containing up to 5 samples of grooming products such as beard oils, shaving essentials, shampoo, moisturisers and hair gel. It’s an ideal, inexpensive way to try new products without splashing out for the full-size version.
You’ll also get to try innovative products such as anti-ageing moisturisers, depending on your needs based on your personalized grooming profile.
Get proprietary growth oils, vitamin sprays and everything else you need to begin growing and grooming a stylish beard from The Beard Club. The one-stop shop for blossoming beards focuses on supplying beard grooming balms and oils made from nice-smelling natural ingredients, like their cedar wood and lime beard balm and peppermint & tea tree shampoo.
If you are just starting out with your own face bush, the Premium Beard Growth Kit has everything you need to cultivate a cracking beard or moustache. The kit is good for three months of beard growth and includes beard growth vitamins, beard growth oil, beard growth vitamin spray, beard shampoo, a straight edge razor, travel bag, mustache comb, and a wooden folding comb.
The Personal Barber is an ideal grooming subscription option for wet shave enthusiasts. Get going with the starter kit, which comes with their signature safety razor and 10 replacement blades plus a shaving brush and a step-by-step guide to the perfect shave. After that you can have the Discovery Shaving Box delivered every 6 or 12 weeks, depending on how often you shave, containing a premium selection of classic wet shaving goods including pre-shave oils, aftershave balms, scrubs, solid colognes and more.
Build your own monthly subscription of quality male grooming and lifestyle products created by dermatologists, engineers, chemists and nutritionists especially for Cornerstone’s subscription box. We’ve ranked the Cornerstone box as the best customizable male grooming subscription for the variety of products subscribers can choose from in the categories: shaving, sex, body, hair and mouth.
Some of the noteworthy male grooming products available for the boxes include a chrome-plated razor and shaving cream for sensitive skin; erectile dysfunction treatment tablets and ultra thin condoms; hair loss treatments and 48-hour antiperspirant deodorant.
Devised by 4 friends that were fed up with the pink/grey gender divide of body care products on supermarket shelves, the range of unisex Gruum skin and hair care products are inspired by Scandinavian simplicity and practicality. They’ve got good quality razors and shave bars of naturally scented soap (Aloe Vera, Orange & Lavender) plus bath soaks, oils and skin creams made from natural ingredients that are ideal for men and women.
They keep subscription costs low with minimum product packaging. Compile your kit by checking the product boxes then choose whether to have your subscription delivered monthly, every two months or every three months.
Esquire men’s magazine has jumped on the male grooming bandwagon by teaming up with Beast to bring you products from eight leading male grooming brands for a complete routine for male body, skin and hair care.
Priced at £50, you get eight full size top-notch products said to be worth £220, meaning big savings. Subscribers are also entitled to a discounted year’s subscription to the digital edition of Esquire.
Most of these subscription boxes are based on your personal grooming profile but you don’t always know what kind of scents to expect and whether they’ll really suit you. Relying on someone else to make those kind of intimate choices for you can be a let down if you had different expectations.
Birchbox is by far the cheapest out of all these subscription boxes for men. it’s an inexpensive way of trying out at least five products a month to find one that you really like. Esquire’s box is at the other end of the price scale for this type of subscription. You get a mix of premium brands in the box for about £50 but you get close to £200 worth of products.
The Gruum subscription box stands out as one that covers all the bases for male grooming, skin care and hair care. You can choose the products with fruity fragrances that cater to male and female tastes, so it’s nice to know what you’ll get in each box.
For a clean shave the traditional way, the wet shave razors and balms in The Personal Barber subscription box are reasonably priced at £24 for 6 weeks’ supply.
If you are in the beard brigade and have the time, patience and money to curate immaculate facial hair then you can’t go wrong with the Premium Beard Growth Kit from The Beard Club.
Best Cheese Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
Blessed are the cheesemakers. They bring to our tables a plethora of flavours from green pastures with exotic ingredients and names that make you sound educated and interesting at dinner parties if you can pronounce them properly.
The Greeks and the French are of course famous for their cheeses, especially the smelly ones, but that doesn’t make them the best by a long shot. Right here at home in the British Isles there are close to 1,000 different varieties of cheese made by independent farms and dairies, so if you are a turophile (cheese lover), our list of the best cheese subscription boxes in the UK will help you discover some of those lesser known cheeses from small producers that you won’t find at the supermarket delicatessen.
Read on to find out more about these local cheese suppliers, many of whom give you the option to choose vegetarian cheese as well as cheese made from raw milk, goat milk and sheep milk.
The Cheese Geek subscription is the subscription for true turophiles. You get four to five different cheeses weighing 600 grams in total each month, along with information about the cheeses, pairing notes for wine and a scorecard.
The Cheese Geeks aim to give you an eclectic mix of award-winning classics along with lesser known alternatives to ensure diversity in taste and texture in each box. Sign up for a quarterly subscription and you’ll save on the cost of monthly boxes.
The Fine Cheese Co specializes in supplying quality cheeses, deli produce and sweet treats for weddings and other prestigious events. You can have three of their finest seasonal cheeses delivered to your door each month with a monthly subscription box containing around 600g of freshly cut individual cheeses, which is enough for six to eight people.
You’ll also get a pack of their own crackers to go with the cheeses, which are different each month.
Run by a mother and daughter team, the Cheese Society has been in business since 1997. Founder and renowned cheese award judge, Kate O’Meara, selects five 200g cuts of seasonal, artisan cheeses from the UK and the Continent for your monthly subscription.
The family of cheese lovers are always on the lookout for new and traditional cheeses to add to their subscription service. The cheeses are wrapped and packed by hand and delivered with tasting notes.
You can subscribe for a month at a time, three months, four months, six months or a year at a time.
Based in London, Paxton’s Cheese Club sports royal warrants of appointment for their generations of commitment to quality. Cheeses are chosen for the season and the cheeses are sent to subscribers by overnight courier to ensure they reach you in peak condition.
Leave the choices of cheese up to the experts. All you have to do is select from a 3-month (Bronze), 6-month (Silver), or 12-month (Gold) subscription.
The Courtyard Dairy specializes in selecting award-winning cheeses for their subscription boxes. Three different cheeses are featured in each monthly box – all of them previous award and medal-winning cheeses at The British Cheese Awards, World Cheese Awards and International Cheese Awards.
You’ll also learn about the seasonal selection of cheeses in detail from the accompanying article and tasting notes, plus you’ll get a free packet of crackers in the box too.
Sign up for a rolling 3-cheese monthly subscription and you can choose as many cheeses as you like with options to choose ‘no blue’, ‘no goat’, ‘gluten free’ and ‘vegetarian’.
You’ll find dozens of different soft and hard cheeses lining the walls of the Cheese Shed, and you’ll find it easy to customize your subscription with a few quick mouse clicks.
The cheese subscription boxes come in four sizes, starting with 3 cheeses (about 600g in total) and going up to 6 cheeses (about 1.2kg in total). The cheeses you get in the boxes will be a surprise selection but you can let them know your preferences (vegetarian, no goat, no blue, pregnancy friendly).
You can also add some zesty edibles to your subscription, including organic vintage cider, biscuits and chutney preserve and olives.
The five bespoke cheeses from Bath Soft Cheese are hand made using traditional methods from a small herd of 160 mainly Holstein Friesian cows on Park Farm in Somerset, where no fungicides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers are used on the land; making the cheeses totally organic.
Steeped in history, the family farm dates back to 1914 and was even known to Admiral Lord Nelson. Today the farm produces five distinct varieties of cheese: Bath Soft Cheese; Wyfe of Bath; Bath Blue; Merry Wyfe of Bath; and Extra Mature Wyfe.
You can set up a six-month subscription for home delivery or get a monthly bag delivered to your door containing your choice of their cheeses. Delivery is free in he UK.
The people at Pong Cheese want to introduce you to the best and smelliest cheeses they can find that are produced by leading independent and artisan cheese producers in the UK, plus the odd classic from Europe.
Cheeses like the ‘Oxford Blue’ and ‘Stinking Bishop’ are hallmarks of Pong Cheese, which is run by two cheese experts based in Bath, Somerset, who have even served their smelly cheeses in the House of Commons as well as supplying Waitrose and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
When you order from Pong Cheese you’ll get four different cheeses weighing between 50g and 200g each month.
Most cheese subscriptions send you boxes of cheese totalling 600 grams but with a Cheese of the Month subscription from Neal’s Yard Dairy you get four different cheeses weighing at least 1.1kg in total.
Neal’s Yard Dairy specializes in providing subscribers with ‘hearty British farmhouse cheeses’ for entertaining, cooking or just having in the home as a snack that’s always on hand.
Subscribe for three, six or 12 months at a time and feel free to take part in the monthly live virtual tastings.
Cheddar, soft, hard, blue, goat, sheep, smoked, smelly and flavoured are among the cheese options with a monthly subscription from Cheese Etc (The Pangbourne Cheese Shop).
Featured in the Independent’s Best Cheese Subscription Box 2020, the monthly subscription boxes contain a hand-picked selection of three or four cut and wrapped cheeses along with tasting notes. You can also send the boxes as gifts including a personal note to the recipient.
Even if you are a true turophile, there are likely some cheeses that you don’t like. Most of the subscription providers listed here recognize that by giving you the option to not receive blue cheeses or goat cheeses for example. Most subscription box suppliers also offer vegetarian cheese options.
If you’re looking for a consistent supply of the same cheeses each month, go for a subscription with Neal’s Yard Dairy. For the assurance of totally organic cheeses through your letterbox, we highly recommend the Bath Soft Cheese subscription box, as the farm is registered with Organic Farmers and Growers.
To try new cheeses from beyond the borders of Britain, you should subscribe for boxes from The Cheese Society.
If you want to discover an endless range of cheeses, occasionally leave your comfort zone and learn lots about the cheeses then we suggest you sign up for boxes from Pong Cheese or Cheese Geek and you’ll be a cheese connoisseur in no time.
Best Book Subscription Box in the UK (2021 Update)
You can’t beat a book subscription box for value for money. Books last for years, indeed generations, and once you’ve read them, you can pass them on for others to enjoy.
The biggest challenge is finding a book subscription which gives you a choice that fits your taste in reading material. So to make it easy for you, we’ve categorized the 11 best book subscription boxes featured here by genre to help you quickly narrow down the one that’s best for you.
Beer Plus Books is a cracking concept for blokes that are into reading about real life and practical things with a craft beer in hand. What a way to appreciate two fine arts at the same time! You get a paperback book from your category of choice plus two cans or bottles of beer from innovative and emerging breweries in each monthly subscription box.
Subscribing is simple, which is probably a good thing for beer-loving blokes. Start by choosing from just two categories: Non-fiction and Crime. The non-fiction books are in subject areas right up the thinking man’s street, such as popular science, current affairs, business and self-development.
The books are new editions so there’s a low risk you’ll get a book that you’ve already read.
Girls, give yourself a good old pampering with subscription boxes from the Wildwoman Book Club. The themed monthly and bi-monthly boxes contain a book with a female theme along with a collection of curated self-care products put together to make your reading time a luxuriously relaxing indulgence.
In the boxes you’ll get gifts to reconnect you mind, body and spirit while you read, including products for the bath, beauty, aromatherapy and wellness. You’ll also receive a copy of the 16-page Wildwoman magazine and you might find some healthy snacks in the boxes too.
Sign up for three, six or 12 months at a time and save money on each box when you pay upfront for several months at a time.
We love the personal touch you get with a Crime Fiction subscription from My Chronicle Book Box. In each monthly book box you’ll get a first-edition hardcopy signed by the author and a letter or interview with him or her, giving exclusive insight into the books.
The books are lovingly wrapped in paper and tied with string, and you’ll get a few bookish gifts from UK designers too. Get monthly subscriptions or sign up for three, six and 12 months at a time to save on your boxes.
Shelterbox has been providing emergency shelter to families around the world that have lost their homes from disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and wars for the past 20 years in 97 different countries.
By joining their book club for just £10 a month you contribute towards helping those disaster-hit families and in return for your charity you’ll receive a book every six weeks. The book titles are inspired by people and places in the real world who have been helped by ShelterBox.
The Book Box Club is an excellent avenue for teens to get their noses into books instead of gawking at phone screens but they make the transition easy for social media addicts with short attention spans by having a dynamic online presence that keeps their young subscribers engaged and looking forward to the next book box.
The themed boxes are sent out each month containing a book aimed at young adult readers along with a selection of unique themed goodies. Subscribers are also invited to join the Book Box Club’s exclusive online membership so they can chat with the month’s featured author and other like-minded members.
Not for the faint hearted, the Abominable Book Club wants to scare the crap out of you with heaps of horror and thriller fiction. In the monthly box you get a brand new release and a second-hand book plus one of the club’s featured magazines (Black Static, The Ghastling and Hellebore) or an independent novella.
Another novelty included in the Abominable Book Club is an exclusive bookmark featuring micro-fiction written by Owen Morgan. You also get a luxury snack made in the UK and a handful of hot drink sachets.
If you only want the books and none of the extras, sign up for the ‘Bare Bones’ subscription.
We really like the personal touch that you get with the Prudence and the Crow book subscription. The aim of book curators, Abigail and Peggy is to share their love of the content and aesthetic of previously loved paperback books, which they’ve been doing for more than 20 years.
They select books just for you based on your preference in genres including Classic Fiction, Science Fiction, Classic Thriller and Classic Children’s. Subscribe for a month at a time or pay for three, six or 12 months in advance.
The book you receive each month from the Rare Bird Book Club is a complete surprise. You don’t have to choose a genre or tick any preference boxes. They’ll simply send you a random but carefully selected book that could be in any genre. The only thing in common with all the books in this subscription is that they each have a female protagonist, which actually opens up a whole new world of engaging reading.
Get a movie book and the DVD movie along with snacks and drinks in the Date Night With a Book monthly subscription box. Seeing a movie and reading the book are totally different experiences. This way you get to really know the story and characters more deeply than just watching it unfold on the screen, making for a much more fulfilling experience, filling in gaps in the story told in the movie.
You don’t choose the book and DVD. They do that for you, so each month’s box is a total surprise. They also throw in traditional movie night treats like popcorn, hot chocolate drink coasters and a bookmark.
What makes this the best movie and book subscription in our eyes is that you can choose to have one, two or three DVD and book titles delivered each month. Subscribe for three months, six months or a year at a time.
You can choose book subscriptions in a wide variety of genres from the Willoughby Book Club, including the usual choices such as fiction, non-fiction and crime but they also offer subscriptions for more niche readerships, including: natural history, gardening and food and drink.
We are really impressed with the choice of subscriptions for children, which includes subcategories for babies, toddlers, children and young adults. The Children’s subscription is aimed at 4 to 12 year olds, who will get a book a month for three, six or 12 months at a time.
Find every genre imaginable with a Teatime Bookshop subscription. As the name of the online bookshop suggests, you can also order ethically sourced tea with your book subscription. Coffee, hot chocolate and luxury biscuits are also on the menu.
First you choose your book subscription then you choose which drink you want to go with it. You can choose to receive one, two or four books each month from the wide variety of genres, which include best sellers, vintage, historical fiction, current affairs and children’s books.
We don’t want to tell you which subscription is best for you. Only you can decide that. Hopefully the ones listed above give you a good starting point. If you area real bibliophile then you’ll love the extras you get with subscriptions like author interviews and goodies in the My Chronicle Book Box of crime fiction. If you’re a no-frills bookworm and enjoy books in any genre then we recommend the Rare Bird Book Club, Prudence and the Crow, or the Bare Bones subscription with the Abominable Book Club.