The Best Niche & Specialty Beauty Boxes
Our readers nominated their favorite subscription boxes,
There are so many beauty subscription boxes today– hundreds, in fact! And while we love a good $10 box filled with a variety of samples to try, there’s nothing better than finding a good subscription that delivers exactly what you need or want.
We define “specialty beauty boxes” as those with some kind of niche or focus on a particular product, for example: boxes that focus on skincare products, subscriptions for just nail wraps, and vegan or cruelty-free boxes.
Since this category is so widely varied, were grouping the results into these categories by popularity– and each box listed under each category is in order of popularity, too.
- Clean & Green Beauty
- Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty
- Holistic Beauty
- Bath Products
- Curly Natural Hair
- Japanese Beauty
These boxes were hand-picked by our readers, but we’ll be sharing what differentiates them so you can find the best ones to try yourself for your particular beauty routine.
The Best Niche Beauty Boxes of 2018
We’ll help you find a box no matter what you’re into! Here are the top specialty beauty boxes by category, as ranked by real subscribers:
BeautyFIX – The Monthly Box with a Skincare Focus
The Cost: $24.95 per month ($34.95 for non-recurring purchase). Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: Avene, Paula’s Choice, Skinceuticals, ByTerry, Jane Iredale, Juice Beauty, and more.
About this box: Beauty starts with gorgeous, healthy skin, which is why BeautyFIX by Dermstore.com primarily focuses on can’t-miss skincare– including prestige brands and new product releases. You’ll get over $100 worth of beauty products per box, including hair care, cosmetics, useful skincare tools, and of course, nourishing treats for your skin. Check out all of our Beauty Fix reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US
The Detox Box – For Green Beauty Brands Every Month
The Cost: $49.95 a box ($39.95 a box with a 6-month subscription.) Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: Skinowl, Josh Rosebrook, Odacité, OSEA, Tammy Fender, and more.
About this box: If you’re looking to make a switch to clean beauty or explore new green brands, The Detox Box from Detox Market is a popular option to check out. Each month, you’ll get a box featuring one or more green beauty products from their selected brand of the month at a value of at least $90 with complimentary shipping. Check out our Detox Box Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US only
Beauty Heroes – Clean Beauty Free of Harmful “Villain” Ingredients
The Cost: $115 for three months (which breaks down to $38.33 per box). Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: OSEA, Josh Rosebrook, Siam Seas, Fitglow Skin, Ayuna, Skinowl, and more.
About this box: Beauty Heroes also features a single brand each month, with one big full-size “hero” item and an additional deluxe sample “sidekick” (or sidekicks) in each box. Beauty Heroes adheres to a strict set of guidelines when curating their products, ensuring that you’ll never receive a product containing parabens, synthetic fragrance, GMOs, or ingredients banned in the US, EU, Canada and Japan– plus 20 more harmful chemicals and ingredients on their Villain Ingredient List. All of their brands are also cruelty free (and source ingredients from cruelty-free companies, too). Members also receive 15% off in their shop. Check out our Beauty Heroes Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US, Canada and Worldwide! (Additional shipping: Canada – $11.95, All Other Countries $18.95)
The Clean Beauty Box – For Luxe Non-Toxic and Cruelty-Free Brands
The Cost: $39 a month. Sign up here!
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with code MSA10
Brands included in past boxes: One Love Organics, Luxe Botanicals, Lilfox, Kahina, and more.
About this box: The Clean Beauty Box by Art of Organics features just a few select luxe brands each month, similar to Beauty Heroes and The Detox Box. Their full-sized products are carefully selected by their team and have an average retail value of $70+. Members also receive a 15% off discount in the Art of Organics store, too. Check out all of our Clean Beauty Box Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: U.S., Canada, and International
Boxwalla Green Beauty Box – Artisanal Clean Beauty from the U.S.
The Cost: $49.95 every other month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: AMLY, MUN, Dafna’s, H is for Love, Odacité and more
About this box: Boxwalla is a subscription box company dedicated to sharing the best food, books, films, and green beauty items: They actually curate bi-monthly boxes in each of those categories! The Green Beauty Box contains luxurious and effective green beauty products for your skin and body. The products are crafted by artisans from all over the US (often brands not seen in other boxes), and all products are full-sized or large travel-sized products and are cruelty free. Check out our Boxwalla Green Beauty Box Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US for free, Canada for $11.95, Internationally for $18.95
Goodbeing – Customizable Organic Beauty Box
The Cost: $24.95 a month. Sign up here!
Brands included in this box: Bella Pierre, Art Naturals, MyChelle Dermaceuticals, Osea, Ursa Major, Rutz and more
What you’ll get: Goodbeing is a natural and organic beauty box that lets you customize: Each month you’ll get to pick two of your products, and you’ll be surprised by the rest! In addition to beauty products, they also offer some natural wellness brands and accessories, so you can mix it up each month too. Check out my GoodBeing reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US only
Yuzen – A Quarterly All-Natural Zen Beauty Box
The Cost: $35 per quarter. Sign up here!
Brands included in this box: Derma-E, SpaRitual, Shamanuti, Lakur, and more
What you’ll get: Yuzen is one of the original eco-friendly subscription boxes. They have a definite “spa” vibe and send products that will help you pamper yourself and relax, beauty products, and the occasionally small snack, too. Check out our Yuzen Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US Only
DIY Organic Beauty Box – For Create-Your-Own Natural Skincare
The Cost: $40/month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: This box is all about making product yourself, so you’ll receive ingredients instead of branded products.
About this box: “DarNaturals is a DIY, Eco-friendly, zero-waste, and minimalist inspired company, focused on collecting and curating simple yet effective natural and organic ingredients for beauty and personal care.” Each DIY Beauty Box includes recipes for 4 recipes, and enough ingredients to make 2 batches of each one, as well as glass containers to hold the finished product. (Note: The contents of this subscription repeat itself after 6 months, so it’s a great learning experience if you’re just getting into DIY beauty.)
Ships to: US
Goddess Provisions – For The New-Age Beauty & Wellness Guru
The Cost: $33 per month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: Pacifica, Kailo, Element Botanicals, The Seaweed Bath Co, Pax Apothecary, and more
About this box: Yup, this box is in a category of its own. Goddess Provisions is a wellness and lifestyle subscription box that regularly features beauty products from indie brands, with a focus on holistic health. You can expect to get 1-2 items every month in the natural beauty category: think products that feature essential oils, mineral makeup brands, botanical bath soaks, and even jade facial rollers. You’ll also receive a variety of other lifestyle items such as sage smudge sticks, tea and snacks, candles, aromatherapy products, and even crystals. Check out our Goddess Provisions Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: U.S. for free, $15 to Canada and $25 everywhere else.
Vegan Cuts Beauty Box – Monthly Vegan Beauty Products to Try
The Cost: $22.95 a month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: Both well-known and indie brands, like Yes To, Mr B’s Necessities, Cosmedica, Saiva Naturals, and more.
About this box: Each Vegan Cuts Beauty Box contains a mix of 4-7 full and sample size cruelty-free beauty must-haves, ranging from bath & body products to skincare to haircare. They will sometimes include a makeup item as well, but Vegan Cuts also has a separate quarterly box ($39.95 every three months) dedicated to vegan makeup. All items are void of toxic ingredients and animal byproducts.
Ships to: U.S. for free, Canada for $9 CAD, and Worldwide for $15
Medusa’s Make-Up Beauty Box – For Bold & Bright Vegan Beauty
The Cost: $15.95 a month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: Exclusively Medusa’s Make-up products.
About this box: This monthly box from Medusa’s Make-up features 3-5 items from their house brand every month, including vegan eyeshadows, lipsticks, and more. Medusa’s catalog is notoriously full of bold colors: think deep dark reds, neon eye dusts, and products with a lot of sparkle. If you’re curious to try their products and experiment with bolder looks, this is a great way to try out some new ideas without breaking the bank. Check out all of our Medusa’s Make-up Beauty Box Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: Worldwide. Free shipping for US, $4 USD for International.
Love Goodly – Vegan Beauty, Wellness & Lifestyle Every Other Month
The Cost: $29.95 a box (Or $47.95 for the VIP subscription, which includes an additional full-size beauty product with a value over $35). Sign up here!
COUPON: Use coupon code LOVEMSA5 for $5 off any purchase on LOVE GOODLY including any box subscription.
Brands included in past boxes: Well-known and indie brands.
About this box: LOVE GOODLY sends a mix of beauty and skincare products and samples, wellness products, healthy snacks and eco-friendly style or home accessories. Some boxes are almost entirely focused on beauty products, but more often this box includes accessories and snacks and other items, too. All products are vegan and cruelty-free. Check out all of our Love Goodly reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US only
Benevolent Beauty Box – Cruelty-Free Beauty & Makeup
The Cost: $29.95 a month. Sign up here!
COUPON: Use code MSA2017 for 15% off your first month!
Brands included in past boxes: Cruelty-free brands like Vapour, Laritzy, Nomad Cosmetics, and more.
About this box: Benevolent Beauty sends out strictly cruelty-free items in the categories of cosmetics, hair care, skin care, and beauty tools. The Monthly VIP box contains 4-7 full-size items each month, and the Monthly Mini box contains 2-3 full-size items each month. Their cruelty-free standards ensure that no featured brand tests on animals, is owned by a company that tests on animals, or includes ingredients from companies that test on animals. Check out all of our Benevolent Beauty Box Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US (for free!) and Internationally for an additional cost
Petit Vour – “The Creme de la Cruelty Free”
The Cost: $18/month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: Juice Beauty, Analou Naturals, Everyday Minerals, Derma-E, Ursa Major, Odacité and more
About this box: Petit Vour is a monthly vegan and cruelty-free beauty subscription box that sends out 4 makeup and beauty products in each box, including both full-size and sample-sized items. They only send non-toxic and plant-based products, making this the most affordable box in this category if you’re interested in trying many different green beauty brands. Check out all of our Petit Vour Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US & Worldwide (+$5 for Canada, +$7 for Worldwide)
The Vegan Beauty Box (AU) – A Cruelty-Free & Non-Toxic Box from Australia
The Cost: $49.95 every other month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: Keeko, Luna Bronze, Hanami, Tribe Skincare, ACURE, Medusa’s Make-Up, Sugar Venom and more
About this box: Our friends on the other side of the globe have limited options when it comes to boxes that ship internationally, but The Vegan Box is coming to their rescue. Based in Australia, this box offers affordable $3.95 shipping to AU and ships worldwide, too. Boxes contain full-size and sample-sized products with each box guaranteed to be worth at least $70: You can expect “5 to 8 of the best new natural, chemical free and palm-oil free beauty products. No nasty parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, paraffin, lead, SLS, PABA….. or other dodgy ingredients you can’t pronounce!”
Ships to: Australia ($3.95) and Worldwide ($ varies by destination. Shipping is $10 to Pennsylvania, plus an additional $5 if you’d like a tracking number.)
Lavish Bath Box – Cruelty-Free & Vegan Monthly Bath Products
The Cost: $38.95 a month + shipping. Sign up here!
COUPON: Use code ADDICTED to save 10% off your first box!
Brands included in past boxes: Both well-known bath brands and smaller indie products.
About this box: Lavish Bath Box supplies you with everything you need for the ultimate bathing experience each month. Each box contains 5-7 full size products including bath bombs, bubble bars, bath salts, soaks, scrubs, and more– all curated around a fun new theme each month. Check out all of our Lavish Bath Box Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US for $6.99 and Canada for $15.99
Bliss Bathhouse Box – Natural Bath Products Each Month
The Cost: $29.99 a month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: This box only sends products made by Bliss Bathhouse.
About this box: Bliss Bathhouse is a homemade natural bath product company based in Ohio. Their subscription box includes a 5 full size bath products such as bath bombs, scrubs, soaps, and lotions, plus additional lifestyle items that go along with the monthly theme.
Ships to: US only.
curlBOX – Curly Hair Care for $20/month
The Cost: $20 per month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: DevaCurl, African Pride, Curls, Eden Bodyworks, Shea Moisture and more.
About this box: Each month, curlBOX sends you 4+ samples of hair products designed specifically for curly hair– ideal if you’re new to wearing your hair natural and want to try different products to see what your curls like best. (We haven’t reviewed this one ourselves, but it looks like some boxes contains both sample and full-size products.) CurlBOX also offers a Premium box as well as limited edition non-subscription boxes at a higher price point, which may be brand-takeover bundles or boxes curated around a theme like the current Lavender Box and Shea Moisture Baby Box.
Ships to: US
ZenPop Beauty Pack – A Kawaii Beauty Box Straight from Japan
The Cost: $29.50 a month. Sign up here!
Brands included in past boxes: Popular and drugstore Japanese beauty brands.
About this box: ZenPop Japanese Beauty Pack is a monthly subscription from Zenmarket that sends Japanese drugstore skincare products, popular cosmetics, and a few kawaii accessories, too. Check out our ZenPop Beauty Pack Reviews to learn more.
Ships to: Free shipping worldwide
Kira Kira Crate – Kawaii Beauty from Japan
The Cost: $29 a month. Sign up here!
COUPON: Use code MSA3 to save $3 off your first Japan Crate Premium, Doki Doki Crate, Umai Crate, or Kira Kira Crate
Brands included in this box: Various Japanese beauty brands.
What you’ll get: Kira Kira Crate sends you a variety of Japanese beauty products each month, in categories like Daily Care, Cosmetics, Pamper, and Bath & Spa. All boxes come with an booklet with instructions translated to English, and they usually have a theme, too: Year of the Dog, Sakura, Treat Yourself, and more. Check out all of our Kira Kira Crate Reviews to learn more!
Ships to: US and most international countries.
Nexus by Espionage Cosmetics – For Geeky #NerdManicure Nail Wraps
The Cost: $15 per month. Sign up here!
COUPON: Use code MSANEXUSZONE to save $4 off your first box!
Brands included in past boxes: Nexus only ships Espionage’s custom, nerd-inspired nail wraps
About this box: Each month, Nexus will send you two brand new nail wrap designs– and subscribers get to vote on which one they love more! Boxes typically have a theme with two competing designs (like the “yellow submarine” vs “jellyfish” designs pictured above) and, thanks to their nerdy subject matter, are sure to be a unique conversation starter. Check out our Nexus Reviews for more info.
Ships to: US & International
That wraps up our list of the best unique & specialty beauty subscriptions of 2018! Which boxes do you recommend?