Subscription Services

There are a lot of monthly subscription services out there, and I've tried many of them.  Before I sign up for one, I like to read other peoples' reviews to see if it's something I'd like.  I created this page so that you could access all of my reviews easily from one place, and see a quick rundown of the services.  Check back often, since I'll be adding more as a I try them!

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Beauty Army
Monthly beauty samples / $12 per month, $132 per year


What - You'll receive six beauty samples
How - Sign up for monthly or yearly subscriptions at their website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, click "skip" link underneath your sample options at any time during your five day selection window
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy, click the "deactivate" button at the bottom of your account page
Special points - You can choose from nine possible samples that are generated after you fill out a questionnaire
Pros - Option to choose your samples
Cons - My experience was that the samples provided for you to choose from were never that great and from brands I had never heard of
Why I cancelled - Samples weren't good enough to justify continuing with the subscription
Overall grade: C, read all of my reviews

Birchbox
Monthly beauty box / $10 per month



What - You'll receive 4-5 deluxe beauty samples from high-end brands
How - You can sign up for a monthly subscription, or pay $110 for a whole year at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Included in the $10
Ease of cancellation - Very easy, just click a link on the website
Special points - You fill out a beauty profile, and Birchbox uses that to match you up with samples each month.  You can also earn points to use towards full-sized products.
Pros - For only $10, it's a good value if you like your samples
Cons - Shipping for me was painfully slow.
Why I cancelled - I cancelled most recently in September of 2016 because I was getting overloaded with samples and Birchbox stopped giving rewards points for leaving product reviews.
Overall grade: B+, read all of my reviews

BookCase.Club
Monthly books subscription, with quarterly options / $9.99 per month



What - Two books from the category of your choice
How - Sign up at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - $5 for all plans, does not ship internationally (only to U.S.)
Ease of cancellation - Easy, send them an email 24 hours prior to the charge date
Special points - They donate a book through the Books for Keeps charity each month for each new and recurring subscription.
Pros - Two brand new books for only $9.99 is an incredibly value! Plus, there are great themes to choose from.
Cons - Books are not new releases, which may be a con for some
Why I cancelled - n/a, I receive boxes to review
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

Book of the Month
Monthly book club / $14.99 per month


What - You'll choose on book from five selections per month
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? -Yes, you can only skip during the book selection period and your credit will roll over to the next month
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, email or call them 1 (888) 784-2670 or member.services@bookofthemonthclub.com
Pros - New titles selected by guest judges, plus you can add an extra book for $9.99 per book
Cons - You'll still be charged if you skip a month and the credit rolls over to the next month
Why I cancelled - I had too many books I needed to read
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews
 
The Bookworm BoxMonthly book box / $32.99 for one book, $39.99 for two books per month



What - You'll receive one or two autographed books and other accessories
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? -Yes, skip on your account page
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Pros - Books are signed by the authors and 100% of profits are donated to charity
Cons - You don't get to choose the genre of books you receive
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

BoxyCharm
Monthly beauty and skincare items / $21 a month or $231 a year


What - You'll receive four full-sized and one luxury beauty item
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy, you can unsubscribe on your account page.  More details here.
Pros - Boxes contain only full-sized items
Cons - Brands featured are not always incredibly well-known
Why I cancelled - I really like BoxyCharm, I just couldn't afford to stay subscribed and wanted to try other boxes
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Cate and Chloe VIP
Monthly jewelry box / $19.99 per month for one piece, $29.99 for two pieces, $39.99 for three pieces



What - 1, 2, or 3 pieces of jewelry (depending on what box option you choose) and a free VIP Perk item
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, you can put your account on hold for up to six months
Shipping? - Free to U.S.
Ease of cancellation - Easy, email them at membership@cateandchloe.com
Pros - Each piece is chosen based on the style survey you fill out when you subscribe and you get the extra VIP Perk item each month
Cons - None, in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A+, read my reviews

Chroma.Club
Monthly adult coloring books / $8 per month, $21 every three months, or $39 every six months


What - An adult coloring book with 11+ illustrations from indie artists
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - Not sure, couldn't find answer on the website
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy, go to the cancellation page
Pros - Full-sized coloring pictures from a variety of artists
Cons - None
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my reviews

Daily Goodie Box
Free sample boxes / no charge, but they are sent based on availability


What - If you are selected for a box you'll receive a free box of samples in exchange for reviews of the products inside
How - Create a profile on the website. Interacting with Daily Goodie Box on social media also seems to increase your chances of being selected for a box.
Option to skip a month? - n/a
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - n/a
Special points - This is not a subscription box. Boxes are sent out monthly, but you have to be selected by Daily Goodie Box to receive one. Boxes are not guaranteed.
Pros - Completely free products to try
Cons - Boxes are sent out based on availability and creating a profile does not guarantee you'll receive one
Why I cancelled - n/a
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

Degustabox USA
Monthly food and snacks box / $19.99 per month



What - You'll receive at least 10 full-sized food items each month
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Included in the $19.99 charge
Ease of cancellation - Easy, send a message via the contact form before the 15th of the month
Special points - Earn bonus points for reviewing the products and referring friends. You can get a free box with 100 points.
Pros - All items are full-sized and the price is a great value
Cons - Honestly, I don't think there are any cons to this box!
Why I cancelled - n/a I receive boxes to review
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

Dispatch by Breakout Games
Monthly mystery/puzzle box / $24.99 per month



What - You'll receive a box of clues that are tied to a story that you'll use to investigate the crime
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No, since you'll need to receive each box in order to complete the story
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Pros - The items are high quality and really fun to read and look through
Cons - If you have to cancel before the story ends, you'll obviously not be able to complete the story
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

Dollar Scent Club
Monthly home scents box / Price varies (see below)


What - You'll receive a box of home and auto scent products. $5.50 for two home styles and one auto style, $11 for three home and two auto, or Build Your Own for any quantity (price varies)
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free for orders of $5 or more
Ease of cancellation - Unsure, the website says you can cancel at any time but doesn't specify how
Pros - Lots of different scents and product types to choose from at affordable prices
Cons - Scents do not last for a very long time
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: B+, read my review

Emma & Chloe
Monthly jewelry box / $35 per month



What - You'll receive one handmade jewelry piece from an up-and-coming French designer
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy, email support@emma-chloe.com
Pros - The jewelry are handmade and come with a certificate of authenticity, you'll also receive 20% off everything in the shop with your subscription
Cons - You can choose either gold or silver pieces and specify if you have pierced ears, but you don't get to choose exactly what pieces you receive.
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my reviews

EsianMall
Monthly geek/anime boxes / starting at $14.96 per month



What - You'll receive a box of geeky items (choose from Snack, Cosmetics, or Mystery T-shirt boxes)
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - Yes
Shipping? - Free to the U.S.
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Pros - Three box options and price points to choose from to fit your interests and budget
Cons - None, in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: B+, read my review

FAIR Treasure
Monthly fair-trade crafts box / $35 per month, $95 for 3 months


What - You'll receive a shipment of fair-trade, handcrafted items
How - Sign up for a monthly or 3-month subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - Unsure
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, contact using their form.  Unable to cancel 3-month subscriptions.
Special points - Items include an informational card with more details about the organization and people behind the items.
Pros - All items are certified as fair-trade
Cons - May not include enough items to reflect the box price for some
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received boxes to review
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Freedom Japanese Market
Monthly Japanese snacks / $12.99 per month (Puchi Pack), $24.99 per month (Original Pack), $45.99 per month (Family Pack)



What - You'll receive a box of authentic Japanese snacks straight from Japan
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free worldwide
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Special points - You'll receive approximately a pound (lb.) of treats
Pros - The snacks are straight from Japan
Cons - None in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received boxes to review
Overall grade: A+, read my reviews

Flicker Box
Monthly candle box / $25 first month, $34 following months


What - You'll receive a box of artisinal, handcrafted candles from all across the U.S.
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - $5.95 per box
Ease of cancellation - Easy, send them an email at flickerboxcandles@gmail.com
Special points - Your first box costs $25 plus shipping, and then after that the regular price of $34 a month plus shipping kicks in.
Pros - I love that they feature artisanal candles from smaller companies in the U.S.
Cons - It may be a lot of candles each month for some, so if you don't love candles this probably isn't the subscription for you
Why I cancelled - I did not cancel, I only received one box to review
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Fly Threads
Monthly men's clothing / $60 per month



What - You'll receive three to four pieces hand-selected by a personal stylist
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free, including returns
Ease of cancellation - Easy, send them an email at support@flythreads.com
Special points - Your clothes are hand-selected by a real person based on your style profile, which you can change at any time
Pros - High quality, high value clothes and easy returns if anything isn't your style/doesn't fit
Cons - None, in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

Goodbeing (formerly Goodebox)
Monthly eco-friendly beauty box / $18 per month

What - You'll receive 6-7 eco-friendly beauty samples
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy once you find the cancellation page, which is not easy to find at first.  Navigate to their FAQ page and then find the question that says "Can I cancel if I need to?," or just click here.
Special points - You can sign up for a bi-monthly subscription as well
Pros - All of the items are eco-friendly and the samples are decently sized
Cons - The box is a bit expensive in my opinion
Why I cancelled - I didn't feel that the box was worth the price.  The samples were nice, but it wasn't better than Conscious Box, so I didn't keep it.
Overall grade: B+, read all of my reviews

Hammock Pack
Monthly lifestyle box / $32 per month for Regular, $60 per month for Deluxe


What - You'll receive 5-6 artisan lifestyle items that are based on a theme
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website, you pay through PayPal
Option to skip a month? - Not sure (I think the answer is no)
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Not sure
Special points - Subscriptions do not auto-renew. You need to purchase a box each month.
Pros - Very high-quality of items and a good variety to go with the theme
Cons - Having to purchase a box each month (no auto-renewal) may mean you miss out on a box if they sell out or you forget to purchase.
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one box to review
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

The Happy Life Rocks
Monthly handmade bath and body / $25 per month


What - You'll receive 4-5 pampering products made from natural ingredients, including bath bombs, soaps, wax melts, and candles.
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Varies depending on your address, it was $8.32 to me in NY
Ease of cancellation - Cancellation information is not explicitly listed on the website, but a contact email and phone number are provided in their FAQ
Pros - All items are handmade with natural ingredients and are cruelty-free
Cons - Information on how to cancel is not clear
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

Harrison Blake Apparel
Hand-selected menswear accessories / $25 per month



What - You'll receive one necktie and four coordinating accessories
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to U.S. and Canada, $40 anywhere else
Ease of cancellation - Easy, either call or email them or click the link that is sent in your monthly email (an invoice letting you know your box has shipped)
Pros - The items are hand-selected and all coordinate for one outfit
Cons - Inability to choose the items means you may receive styles/colors you don't like
Why I cancelled - n/a, received one box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

Hasbro Gaming Crate
Quarterly board games / $49.99 per quarter



What - You'll receive three brand-new, exclusive board games. The Party Crate has games for adults and the Family Crate is for kids/all ages.
How - Sign up at the website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, you can skip up to two consecutive shipments
Shipping? - Varies depending on where you live
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Pros - Games are exclusive to the Crate
Cons - You don't get to choose the games inside
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received boxes to review

Overall grade: A, read my reviews

Julep Maven
Monthly nail polish box / $24.99 per month for My Maven ($19.99/month for 3 months) or $39.99
per month for Maven Luxe ($34.99/month for 3 months)

What - Products vary, but you will always receive nail polish + another item
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Yes
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Moderate, you have to call their customer service department by 11:59 pm PST on the 24th of the month.
Special points - Selections are based on a beauty profile you fill out, but if you like a different profile better you can always switch to that selection.  You can also gift one of your months to a friend.
Pros - This is the ultimate subscription service for nail polish junkies
Cons - I felt that the quality of the nail polishes was not worthy of their retail price
Why I cancelled - I just wanted to give this a try and I had a coupon, but I didn't care for the formula of the nail polishes so I cancelled.
Overall grade: B, read all of my reviews

JustFab
Monthly shoes, bags, or accessories / $39.95 a month VIP pricing


What - Purchase a pair of shoes, handbag, accessories, or apparel
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Yes
Shipping? - Free on orders over $39, so VIP purchases will qualify
Ease of cancellation - Moderate, you have to call their customer service line
Special points - A stylist selects items for you based on your style survey, and you can rate these selections to ensure more accurate picks the next time
Pros - Large selection of merchandise, ability to skip any month
Cons - If you have a more simple style like me, you may find a lot of the styles to be too flashy or trendy
Why I cancelled - I only needed one pair of shoes and the skipping option is annoying each month
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Keep it Simple SocksMonthly socks box / $10 to $20 per month, depending on amount of socks



What - You'll receive one, two, or three pairs of socks. The three pair box also comes with sunglasses.
How - Subscribe at their website.
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to U.S. and APO/FPO boxes
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Pros - High quality, fashionable socks in sizes 7-13
Cons - You don't get to choose the designs
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

KitNipBox
Monthly cat toys and treats / $19.99 per month for single cat, $29.99 for multi cat



What - You'll receive 4+ goodies in the single cat, and 6+ goodies in the multi cat box
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to U.S., $6.95 for Canada, $7.95 for Europe, Mexico, and Australia
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Special points - You can opt to receive boxes without food/treats, these items will be replaced with non-edibles
Pros - Many of the treats are all-natural and organic, and each purchase helps support shelter partners
Cons - None in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A+, read my reviews

Le Tote
Monthly fashion styling service / $49 per month


What - You'll receive a box with three clothing items and two accessories picked out for you by a personal stylist.  Add clothes from their shop to your "Closet" that you wish to receive.  You can receive as many totes as you want per month.
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Included in the $49, free to return items (they give you a pre-paid envelope)
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, email hi@letote.com at least three days prior to your next billing date
Special points - You can choose to keep items for as long as you want, and you can purchase any of them at discounted members-only pricing by simply keeping them when you send back the rest of your tote.
Pros - Large selection of clothing to choose from, option to purchase items at discounted prices
Cons - I had a terrible experience with Le Tote.  My package was damaged, the clothes were stained and wrinkled, and I just overall was not impressed.  I can't say whether this is true of all of their subscriptions, or if I just got unlucky.
Why I cancelled - See above
Overall grade: F, read my review

Love With Food
Monthly organic and all-natural snack box / $7.99/month for Tasting Box, $16.50/month for Deluxe Box, $19.99/month for Deluxe Box


What - You'll receive a box of organic and all-natural snacks. 8+ snacks for the Snack Box, 16-20 snacks for the Deluxe Box, and 8-12 gluten-free snacks for the Gluten-Free Box
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website. Get 40% off your first box with this link ($5.99 for a Tasting Box).
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Included in the fee for U.S. and its territories
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel in your account page.
Special points - For each box purchased, Love With Food donates a meal to charity
Pros - All of the snacks are from great organic and all-natural brands, plus you can give back with each purchase since Love With Food donates a meal to charity
Cons - For those on a gluten-free diet, it may be an issue that the gluten-free box is more expensive than the others
Why I cancelled - Had to cut down on my boxes due to budget contraints.
Overall grade: A+, read my reviews here

Maiden Moon Apothecary
Monthly all-natural, handcrafted herbal health, beauty, and home products / $28 per month, $81 every 3 months, $150 every 6 months



What - You'll receive a box of 5-7 all-natural, handmade skincare, cosmetics, home products, or more.
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Additional charge based on where you live
Ease of cancellation - Not sure, I couldn't find an answer on the website
Special points - Products can range from lip balms, teas, beard care for men, exfoliating masks...lots of variety with this box!
Pros - All-natural, handmade products
Cons - None! I loved this box.
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one box for review
Overall grade: A+, read my review here

Mishka Mail
Stationery packs / $26 AUD for Australian customers, $30 AUD for international ($22.90 USD)


What - You'll receive a package full of stationery, stickers, tags, and more from Graceful Avenue
How - Sign up at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - n/a, boxes are a one-time purchase
Special points - Each package is a one-time purchase, so if you wish to receive a monthly package you'll have to go back to the website and buy one each month.
Pros - I think the price is very affordable for international (U.S.) customers and the stationery features adorable characters!
Cons - International shipping can take 6-18 business days
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a package to review
Overall grade: A+, read my review

ModCloth Stylish Surprise
Apparel and shoes from ModCloth at discounted prices / price varies depending on item


What - Each season ModCloth offers "Stylish Surprise" boxes.  They are a one-time purchase of dresses, apparel, accessories, or shoes.  I have only ever purchased a dress box, and they usually cost $10 per item.
How - Boxes are a one-time purchase, keep checking ModCloth's website to see when they're available (only available seasonally)
Option to skip a month? - n/a, boxes are a one-time purchase
Shipping? - Extra charge, varies depending on what you buy and where you live
Ease of cancellation - n/a, boxes are a one-time purchase
Pros - Deeply discounted prices!  You can get a pair of shoes, dresses, clothes, and accessories for incredibly cheap prices.
Cons - Obviously since the items are selected at random, there's a chance you won't like what you get.  Also, the sizes are geared more towards juniors, so even though I normally wear a size medium, I found that their medium in dresses was way too small for me.
Why I cancelled - n/a
Overall grade: B, read my review

MunchPak
Monthly international snacks box / $9.95 per month for Mini, $19.95 per month for Original, and $39.95 per month for FamilyPak



What - You'll receive a box of snacks from various countries
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Extra, mine cost $6.89 and I'm not sure if that's a fixed rate or variable based on where you live (my box was shipped to NY).
Ease of cancellation - Easy, click the "cancel" button on your account page
Special points - You can customize the box based on your snack preferences
Pros - Box contains a variety of different snacks from different countries
Cons - This is not a "healthy snacks" box, so you'll get candies, cookies, etc.  Those who are more health-conscious may want to look elsewhere.
Why I cancelled - This box is a ton of fun, but I cancelled because if there are unhealthy snacks around, I will eat them.  I wanted to give my waistline a break.
Overall grade: A, read my reviews here

Nature Box
Monthly healthy snacks box / $19.95 for 5 snacks, $34.95 for 10


What - You'll receive either 5 or 10 bags of healthy snacks, depending on what subscription you choose
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, you can pause your subscription by emailing their support team
Shipping? - Included in the monthly charge
Ease of cancellation - Moderate, you must call or email them five days prior to your next billing cycle.  They prefer that you call, but email is accepted.
Special points - Your first box is a "discovery box," but after that you can choose which snacks you want to receive.  You can also add on more bags for an additional charge.
Pros - Great variety of snacks to choose from, big bag sizes
Cons - Cancellation may be a bit of a hassle, shipping also has taken a long time in my experience (close to a week or more)
Why I cancelled - n/a, I am still subscribed
Overall grade: B+, read all of my reviews

Nicely Noted
Monthly letterpress cards / $20 a month for three cards, or $220 for a year



What - You'll receive three letterpress cards a month
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, email their support team
Shipping? - Included in the $20 charge
Ease of cancellation - Moderate, you have to email their support team
Special Points - The cards are from different artists each month
Pros - An easy and enjoyable way to ensure you have beautiful cards for any occasion
Cons - The type of cards is a surprise, so you might not have a use for them right away
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a pack for review purposes
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

OddSox The Sox Box
Monthly socks box / $10 to $75 per month, depending on amount of socks



What - You'll receive one, two, four, or 10 pairs of socks each month
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - Unsure based on info on their website
Shipping? - Free to U.S. and Canada
Ease of cancellation - not sure, site says "Cancel anytime" but does not say how
Special Points - Socks are created with exclusive collaborations from brands like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Pepsi, and more
Pros - Socks are fun and strange designs
Cons - The socks I received were not exactly a soft material
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: B, read my review

Olfactif
Monthly fragrance box / $18 a month, $17/month for 3 months, $16/month for 6 months, or $15/month for 12 months


What - You'll receive a collection made up of four perfume samples
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website.
Option to skip a month? - Yes, email their customer service team and tell them which month you need to skip
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Moderate, you have to email their customer service team
Special Points - Each month you'll receive an $18 credit to spend on a full-sized bottle of one of the featured perfumes
Pros - They sample niche perfumes that you won't find at your standard department store counter
Cons - If you aren't someone who wears fragrance daily, these samples might start to pile up quickly
Why I cancelled - I tried one box during a free box promo, but I'm not interested enough in perfumes to stay subscribed
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Orange Glad
Monthly sweets box / $25 per month for Single Portion box, $40 per month for Double Portion


What - You'll receive five deluxe gourmet desserts each month
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website.
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Moderate, you have to email them to stop your subscription from automatically renewing
Pros - Sweets!  It's a box of delicious, artisan sweets!
Cons - If you have dietary restrictions this may not be the best option for you since you can't choose which snacks you receive and many contain gluten and other allergens
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a three month gift subscription from a friend
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

Petit Vour
Monthly beauty box / U.S. prices: $15 per month, Canada: $23 per month

What - You'll receive 5-6 beauty "minis" that are cruelty-free and vegan
How - Sign up for a subscription at their website, as of 5/31/13 you need to request an invite
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to U.S., couldn't find info for Canada
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, email contact@petitvour.com before the 1st of the month to ensure you aren't charged.  3- and 6-month subscriptions can't be cancelled.
Special points - All of the items are cruelty-free and vegan.  You fill out a beauty profile so they can better tailor products to your needs, and you can earn points to purchase products by reviewing the items in your box.
Pros - All items are entirely cruelty-free and vegan
Cons - Texas residents are charged tax
Why I cancelled - I did not cancel, I only received one box to review
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

PB&Jealous
Monthly peanut butter and jelly box / $27 per month


What - You'll receive chef-selected nut butters and fruit spreads
How - Sign up at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - free to continental U.S.
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Pros - Artisanal and small-batch brands are featured
Why I cancelled - Value of items may be lower than box cost
Overall grade: A, read my review

Play! by Sephora
Monthly beauty box / $10 per month


What - You'll receive 5-6 deluxe samples of products available at Sephora
How - Sign up at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Included in the fee
Ease of cancellation - Cancel at your account page or by calling 1-844-PLAY-HLP before the 1st of the month. If you cancel after the 1st, your cancellation will go into effect the following month.
Special points - Each box contains a Play! pass that is good for a tutorial at any Sephora store using the products in the box, plus 50 extra Beauty Insider points with any purchase. They also hold events called Play! Dates at certain Sephora stores.
Pros - The featured brands are higher-end
Why I cancelled - Boxes became too redundant
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

PopSugar Must Have
Monthly lifestyle box / $39.95 per month

What - You'll receive 7-8 items worth over $100
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - no
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Very easy, you just have to click a link in your user profile
Special points - The box is curated with different "sugars" in mind, i.e. Beauty, Fit, etc. and the retail value of the items adds up to at least $100
Pros - Full-sized, high-quality items
Cons - The box is a bit more expensive than other subscription services
Why I cancelled - I wasn't thrilled with my only box (December 2012) and I decided that it was too expensive to receive items that I may or may not like each month
Overall grade: B, read all of my reviews


PostBox by Postmark'd StudioMonthly stationery box / $25 per month


What - You'll receive a box of handcrafted, artisanal cards, one postcard, stamps, and an extra "artsy" item
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - no
Shipping? - $5.95 per month
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel on your account page
Pros - The cards are beautiful and high-quality
Cons - none, in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received boxes to review

Overall grade: A+, read my reviews

RamenPak
Monthly ramen box / $25 per month



What - You'll receive a box of six packs of ramen curated from a variety of countries (Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, etc.)
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free shipping worldwide
Ease of cancellation - Not sure, the site says cancel at any time but no instructions on how to do so
Pros - A variety of ramen from different countries
Cons - Price of box may be more than the value of the ramen
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: B+, read my review

RawSpiceBar
Quarterly spice box / $26 every three months



What - You'll receive six fresh spices
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - no
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Pros - You'll receive spice blends from all over the world, plus 25% off all purchases in the spice shop
Cons - None, in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

RLB Art Box Studio
Monthly art projects box / $25 per month



What - You'll receive all the supplies and tools you'll need to create a complete art project
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Not clear from the website
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Not clear from the website
Special points - Learn new art techniques and skills, there are also video instructions on the website for each project
Pros - A complete art project for a great price
Cons - The projects are geared towards adults, so if you are looking for a kids' crafts box this may not be the one for you
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one box for review purposes
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

RocksBox
Jewelry box, unlimited shipments / $19 per month

What - You'll receive 3 jewelry pieces that you can keep for 60 days or purchase at a 20% discount
  • Use code seeshoplovexoxo to get your first month for free!
How - Sign up for a subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - Not sure, but I think no
Shipping? - Included in the $19
Ease of cancellation - Easy, email members@rocksbox.com or include a note in your last box when you ship it back
Special points - You can receive unlimited shipments for as long as you are a member.  Each time you send back a RocksBox, they'll curate a new one for you and have it shipped.  Shipping is very quick, I live in NY and the boxes arrive from CA in about three days.  You also fill out a style profile to let them know what kind of pieces you like.
Pros - Unlimited shipments, ability to earn credits to use to purchase pieces, and discounted member prices
Cons - The pieces are often on the more expensive side ($100-$200 range is what I've experienced so far), so I haven't purchased any outright yet.
Why I cancelled - I am currently a member with a 6-month subscription
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Sticker Swaps
Monthly stickers / $9.99 per month



What - You'll receive a pack of at least 10 high quality vinyl stickers from various artists
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - Unsure, doesn't say on website
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Unsure, doesn't say on website
Pros - Fun stickers from a variety of artists
Cons - If you live in the U.S., note that the box ships from England
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my reviews

Soulistic Life (formerly Sapphire Soul)
Monthly beauty/lifestyle box / Several price points for different box options, just check the website



What - You'll receive beauty and lifestyle items that promote body, mind, and soul balance.
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - Yes
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel or pause on your account page
Special points - Comes with information on how to use the crystals, oils, etc in the box
Pros - A great way to learn about alternative healing products
Cons - Doesn't explicitly say how to cancel your subscription
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one box for review purposes
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Allure Beauty box (formerly Sample Society)
Monthly beauty box / $15 per month

What - You'll receive 5 deluxe beauty samples and a $10 off coupon (with stipulations)
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Easy, I clicked a link on my profile page
Special points - Comes with a bonus year's subscription to Allure magazine
Pros - The magazine was a plus, and I felt that the brands were higher-quality than other services
Cons - A bit pricey for what you receive
Why I cancelled - I didn't think the products I received justified the $15.  It's basically a more expensive Birchbox, but with slightly better products.
Overall grade: B+, read all of my reviews

Scent Trunk
Monthly perfume box / $18 per month



What - You'll receive three hand-selected perfumes based on your scent profile
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to Canada and U.S. addresses
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel on your account page
Special points - You can change your scent profile at any time to receive different types of perfumes
Pros - Perfumes are truly hand-selected by Scent Trunk staff
Cons - Full-sized versions of the perfumes are a bit pricey
Why I cancelled - I received one box that I paid for and one to review. I cancelled because I really liked the subscription but couldn't afford to stay subscribed (I had to cut down on my boxes).
Overall grade: B+, read all of my reviews

SCOUTbox
Monthly scouting box / $40 per month



What - You'll receive scouting gear, accessories, educational materials, and more
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to Canada and U.S. addresses
Ease of cancellation - Easy, email info@scoutbox.us
Pros - High quality, full-sized items for scouts, selected by scouts
Cons - None, in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

Sips by
Monthly tea subscription / $15 per month



What - You'll receive four teas for 15+ cups or 45+ cups if you re-steep them
How - Sign up at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to the U.S.
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel on your account page
Special points - Teas are selected for you based on the preferences survey you fill out
Pros - Boxes are personalized to your preferences and needs
Cons - None, in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

SnackNation
Office snack delivery / starting at $299 per box (140-160 snacks)



What - This box caters to offices and sends healthy snacks to fit your office's size and needs
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to contiguous U.S., $50 to Alaska and Hawaii
Ease of cancellation - Easy, call or email their office two days prior to your billing date
Special points - 10 meals are donated for every box sold, you can try a sample box for $9.95 (shipping) by clicking here.
Pros - Tons of healthy, delicious snacks for your office!
Cons - Definitely not affordable for individuals, but if you want to try a sample box you can do so for a decent price (see above)
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one sample box to review
Overall grade: A+, read my review

Snakku
Monthly Japanese snack box / $38.95 per month



What - You'll receive hand-picked, authentic Japanese snacks that you can only find in Japan, plus more widely available ones (like Pocky, etc).
How - Sign up for a monthly subscription at their website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, but only for month-to-month subscriptions
Shipping? - Free to U.S.
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page on the website
Special points - They send snacks that are only available in Japan and include lots of information about the history behind them as well.
Pros - Delicious, authentic Japanese snacks, plus more well-known ones too
Cons - The price point is a bit higher than most snack boxes, but well worth it in my opinion.
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one box to review
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Sock Panda
Monthly sock delivery / $19 per month for two pairs, $12 per month for one pair


What - You have the choice to receive a shipment of cool socks, bold socks, or both.
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Couldn't find an answer on the website, but I think no
Shipping? - Free to U.S., $2 internationally
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, there are directions on your account page
Special points - They also have a kid's subscription for $11 per pair per month
Pros - Fun and unique socks
Cons - Not a subscription for everyone, I guess it depends on how many socks you really need
Why I cancelled - I think that this service is really great, but I just don't have a need for a monthly shipment of patterned socks
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Something Sweet Undies
Monthly women's underwear / $11 per month


What - You'll receive two pairs of women's underwear
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to U.S., $10 internatinoally
Ease of cancellation -Easy, cancel at your account page
Special points - They donate to Hope for Paws Animal Rescue Organization with each subscription
Pros - Ability to choose thong, non-thong, or both.
Cons - You don't get to choose the designs beyond thong or non-thong
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: B+, read my review

Spicy Subscriptions
Monthly adult intimacy box / $34.5 per month for The Spice Box, $24.95 per month for Toy of the Month, and $10 per month for Lube of the Month

What - You'll receive an intimate toy and an assortment of massage oils, beauty products, lubricants, fragrances, and more each month
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Not sure
Shipping? - Free within the U.S., $3 for Canada
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, email info@spicysubscriptions to cancel
Special points - Packages arrive very discreetly, so you won't have to worry about others seeing your package and knowing what's inside
Pros - Beautiful packaging and a discreet way to shop for intimacy products
Cons - None
Why I cancelled - I was never subscribed to this service; I received one box to review for free.  I didn't order a subscription because I don't have a need for a monthly delivery of intimacy products.
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Sports Crate (MLB/Chicago Cubs)
Bi-monthly sports team box / $29.99 per box



What - You'll receive a box of exclusive memorabilia and other items from your team of choice
How - Subscribe at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Not clear from website, but there is an extra fee
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, submit a ticket with their customer service here
Pros - The box started out a bit rough, but they ended up sending a lot of nice quality items
Cons - Shipping issues with the launch of the MLB Crate
Why I cancelled - I signed up for a Season Pass for 2017 that expired and I didn't renew because of the cost and the ongoing shipping issues
Overall grade: B, read my reviews

Square Hue
Monthly nail polish box / $16 per month for Box No. 2, $21 per month for Box No. 3



What - You'll receive three limited-edition nail polishes (.50 fl oz) that are cruelty-free and Big 3 free.
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, you can suspend your account for as long as you'd like
Shipping? - free to U.S., $5 to Canada
Ease of cancellation - Easy, you just have to click a cancel option under your account status
Special points - The fact that the nail polishes are limited-edition is really cool.  They're only made for that month's box and you can't purchase them retroactively.
Pros - The polishes have an amazing formula and are cruelty-free, and I love that I can skip as many months as I want.
Cons - Not knowing what colors you'll be receiving may be a con for some.
Why I cancelled - I am still currently subscribed.
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

SquintBox
Monthly handcrafted miniatures / $29.99 per month


What - You'll receive six handcrafted collectible miniatures
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, you can suspend your account for as long as you'd like
Shipping? - Free, only ships to U.S.
Ease of cancellation - Unknown, the FAQ outlines the cancellation policy but doesn't specifically state how to cancel
Pros - All of the miniatures are made to scale and are really high quality
Cons - Unclear cancellation steps
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received boxes to review
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Stitch Fix
Stylist clothing and accessory box / $20 styling fee per box



What - You'll receive 4-5 clothing items (and accessories) hand picked for you by a personal stylist based off of your style profile. There is a $20 styling fee, and if you choose to keep any items the $20 goes towards the price of the item. Each item has a special price lower than the retail price.
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - n/a, you can order a Stitch whenever you want
Shipping? - Free, but only ships to U.S.
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel any scheduled Fix on your account page
Special points - The style profile is extensive and you can even link to a Pinterest board that shows your style preferences.
Pros - The stylists have been very responsive in my experience and really try to fit your style!
Cons - It might take a few Fixes before your stylist really adapts to your preferences. Also, the items tend to be on the higher end of the price spectrum.
Why I cancelled - n/a, I don't order Fixes often but I plan on doing so whenever I need/want to.
Overall grade: A, read all of my reviews

Stylogic
Stylist clothing and accessory box / $25 styling fee per box



What - You'll receive five hand-picked clothing and accessories chosen by a personal stylist based off of your style profile
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - n/a, you can order a box whenever you want
Shipping? - Free both ways
Ease of cancellation - n/a
Special points - You have three days beginning on the day the box is delivered to try on everything. Return what you don't want in a free shipping package that is included. If you keep everything you'll receive a 20% discount off the total price.
Pros - Hand-picked items chosen by a real person
Cons - It might take a few boxes for your stylist to really nail down your style, but the more detail and feedback you provide, the better
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

Tea Runners
Monthly loose leaf tea box / $25 per month


What - You'll receive four loose leaf teas
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, do so at your account page
Shipping? - Free to U.S. and Canada, $8 anywhere else in the world
Ease of cancellation -Easy, cancel on your account page
Pros -Beautiful packaging and high quality teas
Cons -None, in my opinion
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review
 
Unbound
Quarterly adult box / $65 per quarter


What - You'll receive a curated box of adult products geared towards women
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Yes
Shipping? - $10, or free with orders $100+
Ease of cancellation - Easy, cancel at your account page
Special points - The boxes contain items that can be used together for a cohesive experience
Pros - The boxes contain quality, full-sized items and are sent in discreet packaging
Cons - The price may be expensive for some
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A+, read my reviews

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box
Monthly cruelty-free makeup box / $18.50 per month


What - You'll receive a box of 4-7 deluxe samples and full-sized vegan, cruelty-free beauty items
How - Subscribe at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to U.S. and APO addresses, $8 to Canada and Mexico, $15 elsewhere
Ease of cancellation - Easy, log into your account to cancel
Special points - All of the items are vegan and from cruelty-free brands
Pros - The box features excellent brands with a good variety of item types
Cons - None for me!
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received boxes for review purposes
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

Vegan Cuts Snack Box
Monthly vegan snacks / $18.50 per month


What - You'll receive a box of 7-10 vegan goodies
How - Subscribe at their website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to U.S. and APO addresses, $8 to Canada and Mexico, $15 elsewhere
Ease of cancellation - Easy, log into your account to cancel
Special points - All of the items are vegan and many are GMO- and gluten-free as well
Pros - The box features excellent brands with a good variety of item types
Cons - None for me!
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received boxes for review purposes
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

Vitafive
Weekly and bi-weekly vitamins / starting at $14.99


What - You'll receive weekly or bi-weekly packs of gummy vitamins of your choice
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, you can do so at your account page
Shipping? - Free
Ease of cancellation - Not clear from the website
Pros - They  have lots of different packs to choose from, plus a custom option
Cons - Price may be a bit more expensive to some
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received packs for review
Overall grade: B+, read all of my reviews

Vellabox
Monthly candle box / $10 per month for one 4 oz, $20 per month for one 8 oz, $30 per month for one 4 oz and one 8 oz candle



What - You'll receive a hand-picked, high quality candle or candles with scents to fit the season
How - Sign up at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free, only ships to U.S.
Ease of cancellation - Log in to your account page and click "cancel"
Pros - Artisan, high quality candles
Cons - None, at least to me, because I'm obsessed with candles!
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade - A+, read my reviews

Wet Shave Club
Monthly wet shaving goods / $24.99 per month, $23.99/month for three months, $22.99/month for six months, $21.99/month for a year


What - Your first box will include a premium double-edged razor, boar brush, premium soap samples, and aftershave.  Subsequent boxes will include soap, razors, and aftershave.
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - Yes, email hello@wetshaveclub.com
Shipping? - Free to U.S. and APO/FPO, $9.99 to Canada, $16.99 everywhere else
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, email hello@wetshaveclub.com
Pros - They have a mens' and a ladies' box available.
Cons - Price may be a bit more expensive to some
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one trial box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

WhiskerBox
Monthly cat subscription box / $39.95 per month


What - A themed box with 4-6 premium items for your cat
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Ships free to U.S. and Canada (not available in other countries)
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, email info@thewhiskerbox.com before 5 PM EST on the last day of the month
Special Points - When you sign up you can provide your cat's name, size, and the option to replace food items with non-food
Pros - All of the items are hand-picked and tested by the WhiskerBox 
Cons - Honestly, none based on the box I reviewed
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received one trial box to review
Overall grade: A+, read my review

Yogi Surprise
Monthly yoga/mindfulness box / $44.95 per month for the Lifestyle Box


What - You'll receive a box of yoga accessories and more
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a month? - No
Shipping? - Free to U.S., $15 to Canada and Mexico, and $25 everywhere else ($10 for jewelry box to Canada and Mexico, $15 for jewelry box everywhere else)
Ease of cancellation - Easy, email support@yogisurprise.com
Special Points -They have a Lifestyle Box and a Jewelry Box ($24.99 per month)
Pros - Good variety of items and a chance to win a yoga retreat each month
Cons - High price point
Why I cancelled - n/a, I received a box to review
Overall grade: A, read my review

Yuzen
Quarterly eco-friendly lifestyle box / $33 every three months


What - You'll receive 4 to 5 full-sized makeup products
How - Join at the website
Option to skip a box? - Couldn't find an answer at the website, but I believe no
Shipping? - Included in the $33 charge
Ease of cancellation - Fairly easy, do so via their contact form
Special points - Each box includes a strip of yuzen paper, a traditional Japanese pattern
Pros - All items are eco-friendly
Cons - Quarterly shipments may not be recurrent enough for everyone
Why I cancelled - I am currently subscribed
Overall grade: A+, read all of my reviews

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4 comments:

Rachel S said...

Thanks for the great list! You've been an enormous help :)

Danielle S. said...

You're welcome Rachel! I'm glad I could help, and I hope you enjoy the services if you sign up for one :)

Britanie said...

I really enjoy your product reviews and how you thoroughly touch on each important subject like ease of cancellation & pros/cons have been very helpful. I was going to keep naming the specific things I enjoyed about your review but realized I would've listed just about everything you've covered :P thank you!!
The only thing - was wondering what type of jewelry was picked or what it looked like from Wantable Accessories box

Danielle S. said...

Thanks Britanie! I'm glad my reviews are helpful for you. I've only purchased one Wantable Accessories box, but you can see what kind of jewelry I got here:

http://seeshoplove.blogspot.com/2014/12/december-wantable-accessories-review.html

I think they do a pretty good job of matching up peoples' style profiles with the items that they send.

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  1. Thanks for the great list! You've been an enormous help :)

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    1. You're welcome Rachel! I'm glad I could help, and I hope you enjoy the services if you sign up for one :)

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  2. I really enjoy your product reviews and how you thoroughly touch on each important subject like ease of cancellation & pros/cons have been very helpful. I was going to keep naming the specific things I enjoyed about your review but realized I would've listed just about everything you've covered :P thank you!!
    The only thing - was wondering what type of jewelry was picked or what it looked like from Wantable Accessories box

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    1. Thanks Britanie! I'm glad my reviews are helpful for you. I've only purchased one Wantable Accessories box, but you can see what kind of jewelry I got here:

      http://seeshoplove.blogspot.com/2014/12/december-wantable-accessories-review.html

      I think they do a pretty good job of matching up peoples' style profiles with the items that they send.

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