With more and more information available today on the toxic ingredients being adding to our beauty products, a lot of us have been choosing to move away, either completely or little by little, to healthier, cleaner, and more ethical beauty routines. Unfortunately, natural and organic beauty products are somewhat different to come by – you can’t just walk into every drugstore or department store and expect to find RMS Beauty, ILIA, Alima Pure, Soapwalla, One Love Organics, Rahua, or other clean beauty brands – at least not yet.
So where’s a good place to start? If you have local health food store near you, they may stock a few natural beauty brands and should have testers available too. Even still, the selections are often limited with only 2-4 brands on display (at least, that’s all I’m able to find at my local Whole Foods). Alternatively, you could pick up some organic and natural beauty samples online. The only downside is that the samples can be on the small size, particularly when it comes to skin, body, and hair care.
Then there are subscription boxes. In my opinion, they’re one of the best ways to try out a wide range of natural, organic, vegan, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and ethical products, saving you the time and hassle of searching for products and samples online, or locating a store to test them out. Not to mention, subscription boxes make for a fun and exciting little surprise to get in the mail and un-box each month!
So if you’re looking to add some cleaner, greener beauty products to your skincare or makeup routines, here are a few boxes that will introduce you to some amazing products…
Who is it for: Anyone looking to experiment with budget-friendly, non-toxic products from across the beauty spectrum
Cost: $22.95 per month (U.S.), $31.95 per month (Canada), $37.95 per month (international)
What’s Inside: 4-7 beauty items; mix of full size and deluxe sample sizes
The Deets: Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly box that includes a nice variety of beauty items ranging from makeup, hair care, skincare, nail care, and more. All the products are vegan and cruelty-free, and a majority are organic and natural. Inside are both full size and deluxe size products, with an average total value of $40-$60.
Check out my Vegan Cuts Beauty Box reviews here!
Who is it for: Makeup lovers looking to refresh their collection each season with new full-sized finds
Cost: $39.95 per quarter (U.S.), $48.95 per quarter (Canada), $54.95 per quarter (international)
What’s Inside: 4+ makeup products; all full size
The Deets: Vegan Cuts Makeup Box is a quarterly box that features makeup products curated for each season, with the option to customize your color preferences through their Beauty Profile Quiz. All the products are vegan and cruelty-free, and a majority are organic and natural. The products are all full-size, and each box has a total value of $70 or more.
Who is it for: Skincare lovers looking to swap out 2-3 of their everyday essentials with more plant-based alternatives
Cost: $49.95 bi-monthly (U.S.), $61.90 bi-monthly (Canada), $68.90 bi-monthly (international)
Ships: Worldwide (except for the Food box)
What’s Inside: ~3 beauty items (with a focus on skincare); mix of full size and travel sizes
The Deets: Boxwalla’s Beauty Box is a bi-monthly subscription that brings you non-toxic, nutrient-rich, plant-based beauty products. All products are cruelty-free. Boxes feature a mix of both full and travel-sizes, and typically have a total value between $100-150.
Looking to mix things up? Swap the beauty box for one of these options (or sign up for multiple boxes):
- The Food Box – includes artisanal goodies such as jams, chocolates, coffee, and more
- The Film Box – contains two films along with inserts with detailed information on each film
- The Book Box – contains 3 books and a fun book-related product or accessory
Who is it for: Beauty lovers looking to experiment with a smaller sampling of high-end, plant-based alternatives
Cost: $18 per month (U.S.), $23 per month (Canada), $25 per month (international)
What’s Inside: 4-5 beauty items; mix of full size and sample sizes
The Deets: Petit Vour is a monthly subscription box that brings you luxury beauty products, ranging from makeup, hair, body, nail, and skincare – with makeup shades and skincare formulas personalized to match your beauty profile. Products are vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic and plant-based. Inside is a mix of sample and full sizes which, on average, value between $45 and $60 total.
Check out my Petit Vour Beauty Box reviews here!
PHOTO: Botanic + Terre
Who is it for: Beauty lovers looking to experiment with a smaller sampling of products made with organic, wild-crafted ingredients
Cost: $40.99 bi-monthly (U.S. & Canada), $62.98 per month (international)
Ships: Worldwide (check their website here for a list of countries they ship to)
What’s Inside: 3-4 beauty items; mix of full size and sample sizes (past boxes have included all full size products)
The Deets: Botanic + Terre Box (formerly EsthoriaBox) is a bi-monthly subscription box that’s all about beauty, including makeup, skincare, body care and hair care. A majority of the products in the box are natural, organic, wild-crafted and hypoallergenic. They also offer a level of personalization – whenever different scents or shades are offered, you’ll have the option to choose which one you want to receive. You can check out most of the contents of their boxes beforehand on their “Inside the box” page, where they also include full ingredients lists.
Who is it for: Anyone looking to swap out a few of their beauty and everyday lifestyle products with more non-toxic, ethical alternatives
Cost: $29.95 bi-monthly (US), $44.90 bi-monthly (Canada)
Ships: US & Canada
What’s Inside: 4-5 beauty and lifestyle items; all or at least 4 are full size
The Deets: Love Goodly is a bi-monthly subscription box that features mostly beauty items (primarily makeup, skincare, and body care), with the occasional lifestyle items (1-2 unique jewelry, accessory, home decor, and/or snack items). Products are non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. A majority of the products (at least 4) are full size, and the total box value is always over $80. Even better, a portion of each sale is donated toward a worthy cause, which you can read about on their site.
Who is it for: Beauty lovers looking to experiment with a mix of non-toxic products from niche brands and artisans
Cost: $29.95 bi-monthly (US), $36.95 bi-monthly (Canada)
What’s Inside: 4-5 beauty items; all full size
The Deets: Nourish Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box that brings you a variety of items ranging from skincare, makeup, nail care, and more. Everything inside the box is cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free, and non-toxic. All products are full size, and boxes average at around $75-$100 in value.
Who is it for: Anyone looking for a more customized box of beauty and/or lifestyle products, with the option to pick 1-2 of your samples
Cost: $24.95 per month (U.S.), $33.95 per month (Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand)
Ships: US, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
What’s Inside: 4-5 items; mix of sizes (full, travel, and/or deluxe)
The Deets: Goodbeing is a monthly subscription service that brings you your choice of either all beauty, or a mix of lifestyle and beauty. (You can always switch and try a different box or plan in the future). Boxes may include full sizes, travel sizes (good for 5-10 uses), and/or deluxe samples, with an average value around $40-$50 per box. Out of all the beauty sub boxes I’ve tried, GoodBeing has the most detailed member profile – they’ll have you answer question based on your product preferences & unique skin/hair concerns to better match you with the right products. They also give you the option to choose 1-2 items for your box from a selection of products each month. (Goodbeing also offers a Mini box for $9.95 U.S./$15.95 international, which includes 2 items per month – either 2 travel size, or a full size and a deluxe sample. Average value is $15-$20 per box.)
Check out my Goodbeing reviews here!
Have you tried any of the above boxes? Is there another natural, organic, vegan, and/or cruelty-free box that you love that’s not mentioned here?
*Box prices, shipping prices, shipping countries, and product offerings may change over time. While I’ll try my best to keep the details up-to-date, please make sure to check the brand’s website for the most current information!