From fishing tackle to Japanese candy, it seems there’s a monthly subscription box for every hobby, quirk, and lifestyle. For the uninitiated, a monthly subscription box works just as it sounds: you sign up online and pay a monthly fee to receive a curated sampling of products based around a specific theme (beauty, food, etc.). While I don’t care to have a stranger picking out new panties for me every month, I can definitely understand the hype around beauty boxes. With so many new products making bold claims about their effects, it’s great to try a sample without having to splurge on something that might be a dud. Unfortunately, many of the big name boxes don’t ship to Canada. But I’ve done a little bit of sleuthing to find out which ones will deliver the hottest new beauty products to your Canadian address each month.
Released quarterly, Luxe Box gives you a taste of luxurious beauty products without breaking the bank. They partner with high-end brands like Prada and Philosophy. For $25 each quarter, you receive a beautiful box of 7-8 decadent samples.
GlossyBox subscribers choose a plan tailored to their beauty needs and, for $21 a month, receive 5-6 luxury-sized cosmetic and wellness samples. GlossyBox describes itself as “the leading purveyor of luxury beauty samples on a global stage.” Their staff works hard to gain exclusive first access to new beauty products from around the world.
For just $12 a month, Beauty Box 5 will send you 4-5 sample products ranging from cosmetics and nail products to fragrance and smile care. Plus, if you’re having a tough time figuring out what to do with your samples, they post beauty tips from their featured brands each month.
Topbox combines the best new beauty products from brands like Benefit and Stila with luxurious packaging. For $12 a month, members receive 4 sample-sized products. You’ll also receive special discounts from their partner brands, so if you sign up be sure to keep an eye on their web site.
The True Beauty Box is perfect for any woman looking to make more ethical choices with her beauty purchases. New members complete a one-question survey about their ethical priorities and for $30 a month they receive 3-4 full sized beauty products tailored to your answer. Each product featured in the box comes from a premium brand and is guaranteed to be natural, cruelty-free, and made without synthetics.