In January I started my first subscription to a monthly delivery service, GlossyBox. It was a 6 month gift subscription from P and I’d chosen it carefully, after weighing up pros and cons between Glossy Box and its competitors which offer similar things. There seems to be an increasing number of these, companies who will send you beauty products, or coffee, or even socks through the post on a monthly basis.
The appeal is obvious. You get a little treat every month and it’s a bit of a surprise because they don’t tell you exactly what they’ll send you. It’ll probably be a nice surprise though, no one subscribes to a box promising geeky t-shirts if they actually want to be sent craft ale. Occasionally you’ll get a product that you’re not too fussed about but usually it’ll be things you’re pleased to try out.
Certainly that was the case for me with GlossyBox. I have tried so many things that I would never have just gone to the shops and bought. My default status on beauty products is intrigued bewilderment, so its been quite educational and has encouraged me to try things I wouldn’t normally bother with. Plus, getting home to a treat is just fun. It’s something to look forward to. If I had a great enough income I’d subscribe to all kinds of services like this and end up filling my home with junk.
However, all good things must come to an end and this was no less true of my gift subscription. It ended when I had just found a new job, a few months after my PhD stipend had run well and truly dry. While I did have an income again, I hadn’t actually had a paycheck yet and justifying the cost of a new subscription was impossible.
I’m 90% sure I’ll resubscribe when I get paid at the end of the month. However, maybe now is a good time to look into their competitors again, after all, the subscription service market in the UK is booming. Without a doubt, there must now be more options available. When I initially investigated the options last year the choice was pretty much between GlossyBox and Birchbox. I think Cohorted was available but I have a feeling it was outside my price range.
So, after 10 minutes of Googling, here’s what I’ve found:
- Glossybox: £10 a month
- Birchbox: £10 a month
- Look Fantastic: £15 a month, but no subscription
- Cohorted: £35 a month
- You Beauty Discovery: £6.95 a month
- Nailbox: £15 a month
- Love Lula: £12.50 a month
- Nourish Beauty Box: £25 a month
- Latest in Beauty: £8.99+ a month
- Dollibox: £10 a month
Wow. Ok, this is going to take more than 10 minutes of research. I’m going to go ahead and rule out Cohorted and Nourish for being too expensive, Nailbox for only doing nail polish and Latest in Beauty because you choose your own items and I like a surprise. Even so, that leaves 6 beauty boxes to read up on, 5 if you assume I don’t need to read up on GlossyBox… I’ll get back to you on that.