The Best Subscription Services You Haven't Tried Yet
Whether you're a beauty junkie, a fashion fanatic, or just in the mood to treat yourself, there's a plethora of subscription services that will ship you a little something special each month. Here are nine worth trying. (After all, how nice would it be to get something in the mail besides bills?)
What it is: An easy solution to the constant "I have nothing to wear" promblem.
What to expect: Five fashion pieces -- three articles of clothing and two accessories -- from big-name labels like Vince Camuto, Sanctuary, and Rebecca Minkoff (choose what you'd like, or go with the site's stylists' picks). Keep them for as long as you want, then return for a new box of options; you can also purchase items at 20%-50% off the retail price. There's even a special maternity option for mommas-to-be.
Price: $59 per month ($69 for maternity)
What it is: A one-stop beauty shop for women of color.
What to expect: Five to eight full and deluxe-size products (hair care, skin care, makeup, and fragrance) specifically geared toward the beauty needs of ethnic women. The featured brands are both mainstream classics and indie favorites (think Carol's Daughter, SheaMoisture, and Mizani).
Price: $20 per month ($220 for 12 months paid up front)
Hello! Bliss Box
What it is: An array of unique items ideal for gifting (or treating yourself!).
What to expect: Three to five seasonal, specialty items, ranging from accessories to beauty products to homewares to food, many from small and artisanal brands. Looking for a unique present? Birthday and bridal boxes are also available.
Price: $29.95 per month; bridal and birthday boxes $34.95 each
Elizabeth & Clarke
What it is: Classic, wearable shirts at a fraction of what you'd pay in stores.
What to expect: A variety of versatile tops, including silk blouses, cotton tees, and classic white button-downs. You get to select the style(s) you want to receive, all machine-washable and available in sizes 00 to 14.
Price: $30 for 1 shirt; $50 for 2 shirts; $60 for 3 shirts (delivered four times per year)
What it is: The easiest way to try out new perfumes before committing to a signature scent.
What to expect: An 8-milliliter sample (30-day supply) of any one of 450 designer fragrances of your choosing, housed in a reusable cartridge. Once you find one you love, you'll get a $15 credit toward any full-size fragrance purchase.
Price: $14.95 per month
What it is: A sampler pack of vino, tailored to your tastes.
What to expect: Four bottles of wine -- a mix of varietals and types from small wineries around the world. Take a quick quiz when you sign up, and thanks to a unique algorithm (the founders are MIT grads), you'll receive only bottles that are sure to please your palette.
Price: $68 per month
What it is: Beauty junkies will love the wide range of options, many from lesser-known brands.
What to expect: Four to five full-size products -- across all categories -- from a mix of high-end and niche brands, like Tatcha, Kevin Murphy, and NCLA.
Price: $21 per month
What it is: Everything you need to look good and feel good.
What to expect: All kinds of wellness, tech, fitness, beauty, and home goodies, geared toward living a healthy lifestyle (recent offerings include an herb garden, yoga mat strap, and bath bombs).
$179.99 per year (four boxes)
What it is: Samples of the greatest hits in luxury beauty.
What to expect: Five deluxe-sixe products (all from prestigious brands, like La Prairie, Sisley, and Bulgari), along with a card detailing the ingredients in each item and how to use it.
Price: $21 per month