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.
Best 10 Beauty Subscription Boxes in the UK
- Treasure Tress
- Oh Mumma
- The Perfume Society
- Selridges & Co.
- Skin + Me Acne Treatment
L’EMOJi beauty & makeup Subscription box
Best teen beauty subscription box
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.
FFS Female Shaving Kits
Best women’s razor subscription
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.
Best beauty boxes for black skin
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.
Best beauty subscription or mums
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.
Best luxury beauty subscription box
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.
The Perfume Society
Best seasonal perfume subscription
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.
Best sustainable beauty subscription box
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.
Best anti-ageing Kit
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.
Best beauty subscription box for over 40s
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.
Skin + Me
Best acne treatment subscription
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.
Beauty subscription boxes: The verdict
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.