You may not have noticed, but there’s a new trend in town: subscription product boxes. Blissmobox, Julibox, Knoshbox, Birchbox, Glossybox™, and Bulubox™ are some of the subscription services that have popped up in recent months.
Each month, a new box is delivered to your door containing sample products and some full-sized products, depending on the subscription service. I’ve subscribed to all of the services above, to see what each has to offer. Most offer a low subscription fee – between $10 and $40 per month, depending on the company and free or nominal shipping.
Blissmo’s basic subscription is $19.95 per month plus $4.95 for shipping. I’ve received several months’ worth of boxes from Blissmo and love this service. Each month, subscribers have the option to choose from one of three themes: food, personal/beauty, or seasonal (some months even include an option for doggie products, mens’ boxes, or cleaning products). Subscribers receive a curated box of organic, non-toxic and eco products. Blissmo also offers some fantastic Office Break boxes. Blissmo packs each box with $20-$40 worth of products.
My October Knoshbox contained some fabulous finds including Skillet Pumpkin Sauce from Skillet Street Food in Seattle – a product I might not have otherwise sought out. Other goodies included Nate’s Happy Jack Pumpkin Granola from New Haven, Connecticut and Redhead Bacon Peanut Brittles, created by chef Meg Grace Larcom, co-owner of the redhead® restaurant in the East Village of Manhattan in New York City. A Knoshbox subscription runs $30 per month and shipping is free.
The November “Bourbon Box” is available to order through October 31st and features the following:
- Fat Toad Farm Farmstead Goat’s Milk Caramel limited edition Salted Bourbon from Brookfield, Vermont
- Hand-made artisan marshmallows coated in Bourbon barrel-aged demerara sugar by 240 Sweet™ of Columbus, Indiana
- Bourbon Salted Pecan pancake mix by Southern Culture Foods of Decatur, Georgia (Non-GMO project certified)
- Decadent Bourbon Pecan Brownies hand-crafted by Cacao Sweets & Treats of Grayslake, Illinois
Birchbox features well-known brands such as Kiehl’s®, Stila, and Smashbox® and offers free shipping on orders over $50. A monthly subscription costs $10.
Bulu Box is a monthly subscription sample box containing four to five premium vitamin and supplement nutrition samples, also for $10 per month, delivered to your door. Each Bulu Box contains a mix of products for both men and women, including vitamins, supplements, sports nutrition, meal replacement, diet, energy, protein, detox, digestion, sexual health, herbs, natural remedies, endurance and more.
Julibox was recently featured on the Today Show and I can hardly wait for my November box to arrive to try them out! Each month, subscribers are introduced to two great cocktails, curated by Julibox mixologists and designed for easy home preparation. Julibox provides the recipes and ingredients to make two of each cocktail – four cocktails total, complete with spirits and mixers. I can’t think of a better way to build a collection of spirits and recipes at home, not to mention an excellent reason to invite friends over to join in the fun. They’ll even email you in advance of your shipment to let you know if you need to grab any fresh items to embellish your cocktails (lemons, limes, etc.). A Julibox subscription costs between $36 and $40 per month, depending upon the type of subscription selected.
A Glossybox subscription runs $21 per month (with discounts offered for longer-term subscriptions) and delivers a box of five luxury travel-sized beauty products for subscribers to lather, blend, soak, spray, buff, and groom. Products from October’s SpaLuxe box included Carol’s Daughter Shea Soufflé, Nastassja Skin & Wellness Enzyme Facial Peel, Heartland Fragrance Co. Loofa Soap, basq skin care Calm Resilient Body Oil, ModelCo LIP DUO Lipstick & Ultra Shine Lip Gloss, and Alterna Professional Haircare BAMBOO Luminous Shine Mist.
I live in an area of the country where shopping is limited to a couple of local department stores, Target, and a handful of locally-owned boutiques, which is nice in some ways, but also limits my sense of experimentation with new products. Now, for things like spirits and food, we do have some pretty fantastic options, but I appreciate a service like Julibox, which does some of the homework for me. Many of us pack a lot into a week with work, kids, family, and other obligations, so it’s nice to “try on” products that we may not have the time to seek out – or otherwise have access to.