Beauty box subscriptions are an ideal way to stay abreast on the ever-increasing selection of natural products in the marketplace, whether you are a makeup junkie or just want a foolproof, efficient tool to avoid non-toxic, greenwashed brands. If you tend to splurge on soaps and the like, they can help you budget a regular rotation of treats without breaking the bank on beauty products. They’re also a perfect present for a hard-to-please recipient, and a no-fuss way to give a monthly reminder to your girlfriend, mom or sister of how special she is to you with a sweet surprise.
Eco makeup artist Kristen Arnett recommends Goodebox, where she is among the team of professional green gurus charged with scouring shelves to find only the most qualified product options on your behalf. For $16 a month, you’ll receive a carefully edited box of a beauty samples that get two thumbs up for both their effectiveness in the end product and their conscious business practice from manufacturing to shipping, and everything in between.
More than Just Makeup
If you would prefer to stock up on sustainable stuff beyond your bathroom and beauty bag, Conscious Box blends natural beauty product samples with ethical, sustainable brands of food, beverage and care products for your body and home. Subscribe for a monthly membership for $19.95 and cancel anytime, or pre-pay a three-, six- or 12-month subscription in advance to receive a discount. Vegan or gluten-free boxes are available. You receive ten points a month as a box subscriber and can earn a penny a point when you take polls, review products, share pages or give gifts. Your points can be redeemed for exclusive items in the shop and access to member-only giveaways. The company participates in the 1% for the Planet program and uses 100 percent post-consumer recycled cardboard boxes, packaged with recycled tissue paper, and printed with vegetable-based inks.
Treats with Tutorials
Green Grab Bag was created and is curated by the founder and beauty editor of the online eco newsletter White Apricot. Each month, you’ll receive at least half a dozen samples of natural or organic beauty products tested and trusted by the White Apricot editorial team. Refer your friends and get a free monthly box for every five people who subscribe. Use tips are included in your box, and a Tips and Tricks section on the company’s website can help you get the most out of your beauty loot. Products are randomly picked, and are not personalized based on your preferences or needs. The $15 box is available in a month-to-month subscription, with a 20 percent discount if paid in full for the year. The eco-friendly box, filler, tissue and stationery are 100 percent recycled.
Full-Sized with Flexibility
The True Beauty Box comes from LoveTrueNatural – a cruelty-free collective of brands that includes Benecos, Lavera and True Beauty. Natural and organic products are pre-tested and approved by a team of estheticians and beauty experts, then handpicked for you based on one of four different beauty profiles you select when registering. Boxes are available in three options: The “Flirt” box is $30, and comes with at least three to four full-sized cosmetics along with a selection of samples and a monthly goodie from a brand partner. For an extra ten bucks, you can get the “Indulge” box that includes an additional full-sized product such as a self-tanner or anti-aging remedy. The “Veganista” box is also $30 and comes packed with a mix of full-sized certified vegan body and beauty products. The flexible subscription plan allows you to skip a month if necessary. Shipping is also available to Australia, Europe and Canada for an additional fee.