Once upon a time, two industrious grads from Harvard Business School got together and hatched a business plan. They thought women would be willing to pay $10 per month to receive a goody box at home containing sample sizes of luxury beauty products. They were right. Because in just three short years, their company, Birch Box, has gone global. They’ve added a subscription for men’s products as well and now deliver to the UK and France. Not surprisingly, copycat businesses have been cropping up all over the place, which is a good thing for us. Who doesn’t like the idea of receiving a package in the mail, a present to yourself? Beauty products were only the beginning. Take a look at what entrepreneurs have been cooking up to deliver right to your door for an affordable monthly fee.
Ipsy's Glam Bag
The Glam Bag draws from Birch Box in that you're asked to create a profile of beauty preferences and needs, so your box can be personalized. But unlike Birch Box, which only delivers sample sizes, Glam Box includes both deluxe samples and full-sized products, for the same price. Glam Box $10.
If you've got curly hair, managing it can be time consuming. And it's hard to know if the newest products to keep it under control are going to work. That's where this box comes in. For $20 you get a box that only contains hair product samples for curly locks. If you love hair styling and have hair with texture, this could be the one for you. Curl Box, $20
POPSUGAR's Must Have Box
This is actually one that I fantasize about. You know when you're on the fence like I don't "need" it, so I shouldn't, but I so want it! For a little more than other boxes, this one delivers all full-sized products, and it's not limited to beauty. Their most recent box had an adorable sarong and House of Harlow sunglasses, in addition to other goodies. Must Have Box, $35
A* Por Toi
I have a couple of cousins who are serious Francophiles. (Isn't there always one in the family!?) They would go nuts over this box. Sure, it's expensive compared to the others, but each one contains a mix of French gourmet treats and food items that Americans can't buy at their local Kroger. You may feel indulgent buying this for yourself, but as a wedding, graduation or birthday gift for a loved one, it's the gift that keeps on giving. You can buy one box at a time or sign up for a monthly scrip. The least expensive is $240 for a monthly delivery that spans three months at $35 per month. A* Por Toi, $240
Admit it, you'd like to own some of your fave celeb's favorite things. No, you can't have their car or million dollar pad. But you can nosh on their favorite snacks or boutique products only they're privy to. Fancy is a company that allows you to actually subscribe to monthly boxes that are curated by celebrities. Currently, Ashton Kutcher, Coco Rocha and Pink are sending out some of their favorite things. Not into celebs? Tell Fancy about the things you're into (like fashion, and home decor) and they'll send you a box of goodies picked by them. Cool Ts, games, treats and accessories are all on the docket. Fancy, $39
Tell Yarn box whether you're a knitter, a crocheter, what colors and types of yarn are your favorite, and you'll get a box of high quality skeins in the mail. You can pick monthly or bi monthly delivery for $21 or $39. Yarn Box
Back to the business of beauty, Petite Vour's angle is to give you the highest quality beauty products that are vegan and ethically produced. They say samples are "generously" sized, whatever that means. Not full-sized, but perhaps bigger than your average tiny sample. Petite Vour, $15
For the Makers
If you'd like to get into DIY land, but haven't made it to the overwhelming experience that is craft store shopping, this box is your ticket to DIY heaven. Each box contains high quality materials (and instructions) to make something. Whether it's a pair of earrings or bracelets, you can say it's done by you. For the Makers, $29