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How To Get These 9 FREE Subscription Boxes

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanOct 22, 2019 | 65 comments

How to get subscription boxes for free

Our readers often ask — or beg — for information about free subscription boxes. Here’s the bad news: The subscription lifestyle has become much (much, much) more popular in recent years, and many brands no longer offer free boxes upfront.

Now, the good news: With a little digging, you can still find plenty of excellent options with free promotions for new subscribers. We’ve listed some of the best services currently offering those types of trials.

After the list, we’ve also included tips for finding other ways to get those top-tier subscriptions without paying a dime (other than shipping, in some cases).

First Month Free Subscription Boxes

If you haven’t already, make sure to take advantage of all the first-month free subscription box offers. You aren’t committed to keeping these subscriptions, and you can always cancel before you’re charged for the next month. While you may have to pay a small amount for shipping, this is the easiest way to start getting free subscriptions immediately.

Some important notes: Most first-month free subscriptions deliver a trial-sized version of the product(s) in question. Services offering these trials tend to offer something that you’ll need regularly or something that you’ll need to purchase outright. For example, many personal stylist subscriptions will waive their fees for your first box, but you’ll still need to pay for any items you decide to keep.

If a service has a free trial, note the timeframe for cancelling or modifying your subscription. Finally, remember that you’ll need to enter credit card info for all these offers. Some companies may place a small charge on the card to verify it’s working. (This charge is immediately refunded, but still may show as pending for a few days.)

With that in mind, here are some popular subscription boxes with free first-month deals:

Nadine West

Nadine West

About the Box: Nadine West is a subscription styling service for women, offering trendy apparel in sizes from S to 3X.

Subscribers fill out a style quiz collecting basic info about their preferences. They’re matched with a stylist who hand-selects an outfit (2-4 items) every month.

There is no styling fee, but there is a shipping fee ($9.78) that is credited toward the cost of anything you keep. Their items are priced lower than other styling services, ranging from $10 – $25 per piece.

As we mentioned above, many clothing subscription boxes offer free trials. The catch: You’ll still have to pay for anything you keep. However, if you’re not sure whether a stylist will work for you, Nadine West gives you a risk-free preview.

Free Subscription Box Offer: Use referral code NADINE to waive shipping fees on your first box. That means you can get your first box with no styling fee and no shipping fee. If you’re looking for ways to experiment with your style, this is a great place to start.

Check out our Nadine West reviews to see what you can expect from this subscription box.

This deal is completely free, no shipping charges. But you will have to pay for any items you want to keep. Think of it as a completely free way to try a styling service.

Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club

Regular Price: Subscriptions start at $7 a month for their most popular model — pricing varies depending on what you order

About the Box: Dollar Shave Club is a monthly razor blade subscription service. They were one of the first major shave clubs using the subscription box model, and they’re still one of the best.

In addition to razors, they offer unisex grooming products like shaving cream, shave butter, and other essentials.

Free Subscription Box Offer: Get a starter kit including razor handle, blades, and trial sizes of several shower & shave products for free – just pay $5 shipping! No coupon needed, just use this link!

Check out our Dollar Shave Club reviews to see what you can expect with this subscription.

 

Rocksbox

Rocksbox

About the Box: Rocksbox (regularly $21/month) is a monthly subscription box for jewelry rental. Yes, you read that right — you rent jewelry, wear it as long as you’d like, then return it in a prepaid shipping envelope when you’re ready for something new. 

If you decide to keep a piece, your monthly fee goes towards your purchase (the fee doesn’t roll over from month to month). It’s an affordable way to keep your accessories fresh. 

Free Subscription Box Offer: Use this link to get your first box for FREE with coupon code mysubaddictxoxo! You won’t even pay a shipping charge (just remember to cancel before the trial period ends if you’re unsatisfied with your subscription).

Check out our Rocksbox Reviews to learn more about this box.

Curology

Curology

Regular Price: $19.95 per month

About the Box: Curology is a personalized prescription skincare subscription service that targets acne. On signup, you’re paired with a licensed dermatologist. From there, you’ll receive products specifically designed for your skin, including prescription medications (if appropriate). 

Deliveries arrive on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Curology takes the stress out of acne care, and our users give the service high marks. 

Free Subscription Box Offer: Get your first month of Curology for free. No coupon needed! You’ll pay only $4.95 in shipping.

Check out our Curology Reviews to learn more about what to expect from this box.

 

Lumin 

Lumin - men's skincare

Regular Price: $48 every two months (or $60 for a one-time 2-month order).

About the Box: Lumin delivers luxurious skincare products for men — there’s nothing quite like it on the subscription market, and options are available for younger men, athletes, older men, and any guy who’s ever wanted a better skincare routine. 

Free trials are available for each of Lumin’s skincare subscription boxes. Past that point, the products are reasonably priced, but you can cancel within 30 days to avoid charges.

Free Subscription Box: Get a free trial with samples of Lumin products for free! Pay only $3 shipping. No coupon code needed (though you can use coupon code APRILFUN15 for 15% off your first box). Just use this link to sign up.

Check out our Lumin page to learn more about what to expect from this box.

 

Hubble Contact Lenses

Hubble Contact Lenses

Regular Cost: Starts at $36 per month.

About the Box: Hubble is a monthly subscription box with premium (yet affordable) contact lenses. Produced with state-of-the-art injection molding, Hubble lenses are an alternative to those expensive dailies you’d get from your local optometrist’s office.

If you already have a prescription, Hubble’s free trial well worth checking out (and if you don’t have a prescription, their site provides resources for finding a cheap eye exam). We’re never going to complain about free stuff — and given that you’ll get 30 lenses (15 pairs total) in your trial box, the $1 shipping fee is well worth the expense. 

Free Subscription Box Offer: Get your first box (15 pairs) for just $1 shipping. No coupon required — just use this link.

Check out our Hubble Contact Lenses Review to learn more about what to expect when you sign up!

 

Blue Bottle Coffee

Regular Cost: Starts at $11 per shipment.

About the Box: Blue Bottle Coffee is (you guessed it) a coffee subscription service. Their products ship within 48 hours of roasting, so you’ll always enjoy a fresh cup, and with a wide assortment of single-origin beans, blends, and espressos, Blue Bottle has something for every coffee drinker.

Chances are, the rich, deep flavors are much better than what you’re currently drinking. The site also has accessories and brew tools, but the free trial is certainly the best place to start.

Free Subscription Box Offer: Get your first bag of coffee for free! You’ll only pay for shipping. No coupon required — just use this link.

Check out our Blue Bottle Coffee Review for more info!

FREY

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The Cost: Plans start at $27 per month. Subscribe here

About the Box: FREY Laundry Detergent is an eco-friendly detergent, delivered on a regular schedule. The formula is free from harsh chemicals and features a delightful fragrance (the company describes the scent as a blend of cedarwood, oakmoss, and fragrance). 

The subscription box includes enough soap for 40 loads, usable in both regular and HE machines. You’ll also get some delightful dryer sheets. While the standard subscription costs $42 every three months, you can try a free sample to determine whether FREY will work for you (spoiler: it’s pretty awesome). Their products are vegan and cruelty-free

To make sure your free trial is actually free (apart from a $1 shipping charge), cancel within 12 days of setting up your subscription. Alternately, you can stick with FREY and never worry about running out of laundry supplies again.

Free Subscription Box Offer: Get a free 2-load sample of FREY concentrate when you sign up for a subscription here – just pay $1 in shipping. 

Check out our FREY review for more info!


And if you want even more deep discounts + cheap boxes, check out our list of 39 subscription boxes you can try for $10 or less.

Note that some subscriptions will email you a reminder before you are charged after your free trial, but not all of them. Make sure to add the date you’ll be charged again to your calendar so you have a reminder to cancel if you decide you don’t want to keep it.

Subscription Box Referral Programs


Here’s one extra strategy for boxes you are interested in that don’t have a free box offer: Create an account! This doesn’t work with every subscription, but I’ve found a page of referral programs. Many subscription boxes offer free boxes or sizable discounts to users who refer new subscribers. Share your links on social media — or send them directly to friends — and you may be able to take advantage of these offers. 

Here are some popular subscription boxes that have referral programs. Remember, companies change their referral programs regularly, so research each option carefully:

  • FabFitFun: Get $15 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • CURATEUR (formerly Rachel Zoe Box of Style): Get $20 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Haverdash: Get $30 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Birchbox: Get $5 credit to use in their shop for every friend that signs up.
  • Ipsy: Get 250 points you can redeem for free beauty products for every friend that signs up.
  • Boxycharm: Get $5 credit to use in their shop for every friend that signs up.
  • Home Chef: Get $30 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Gwynnie Bee: Get $25 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Candy Club: Get a free box for every friend that signs up, up to 5 free boxes.
  • Love with Food: Get a free bonus snack box and $10 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Hello Fresh: Get $20 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Winc: Get $26 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Allure Beauty Box: Get a free gift when a friend signs up.
  • Daily Harvest: Get 3 free cups when a friend signs up.
  • Le Tote: Get $25 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Kiwi Crate: Get $10 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Nature Box: Get $20 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Fabletics: Get $20 in credit for every friend that signs up

One thing to keep in mind: Most of these boxes require you to have an active subscription to earn free credits. If you’re thinking of canceling at any point, cash in your credits first!

Subscription Box GiveawaysWe host giveaways every weekend on MSA!

Enter subscription box giveaways. This method isn’t a sure thing, but there’s no risk and your odds are pretty good in the subscription box industry. After all, the companies producing those boxes want new subscribers — they’re often willing to give away free stuff for a long-term customer.

To get started, make a wishlist of all the subscription boxes that interest you. You can create a wishlist on our site and add boxes while browsing the directory

From there, you can find giveaways in several different ways:

  • Follow the companies on social media. Many companies offer free boxes for followers. These promotions don’t last long — by following boxes that interest you, you’ll stand the best chance of receiving early notifications about contests, giveaways, and limited-time coupon codes.
  • Sign up for newsletters. When brands launch free trials, they typically don’t give advance warning. If they offer a newsletter, however, sign up (and make sure it doesn’t hit your email’s spam filter). You’ll be first in line for announcements.
  • Inquire about opportunities. Try emailing the company’s customer support team. Ask whether they’re planning any promotions or giveaways in the near future — hey, it never hurts to ask!

Finally, one important tip: The most popular companies receive hundreds of emails each day asking for free subscription boxes. They’ll give you a quick answer, but don’t be pushy; don’t discuss how many followers you have on social media or what you can do for their brand.

They’ve heard it all, and unless you’re a major review site (like MSA, for instance), they probably won’t give you free boxes to help them with their marketing. Use a simple, direct approach, then follow the company’s announcements to look for deals and giveaways.

There are lots of small-scale subscription boxes that want to beef up their social media following, and they use giveaways as a way to do that. Since a lot of these boxes have followers in the thousands or only hundreds, you have pretty good odds!

Sign up for our daily newsletter for more tips and to learn about the latest promotions from subscription services. We’re always on the lookout for a deal — and we’re always ready to pass the savings to our readers that occasionally I’ll get a completely free offer to try a subscription via email if a company sees that I’m interested. If you sign up without completing your order, you might receive an offer.

Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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65 comments

Subscription Snob

Is anyone of you people on here asking for followers even listening??? They are trying to tell you that these companies won’t give you anything for free! There are sooooooo many people trying to do this. You’ll find out like we all have…they don’t care about your reviews and neither does anyone else. This niche is oversaturated and just a dying industry. Sorry

CARRIE WALDEIER

Most if us d9nt get any assistance. Ive had seziures my whole life. You would think i can get help haha nope they want more wrong with you. I cant work. So um stuck. I got blamed cause my youngest kid died having a seziure.

Wendy

I love receiving my boxy charm and I use everything that I get I get the $25 one a month and it is great I’ve it only had one complaint out of six months so I’m pretty satisfied with what I get

Shayna Pieri

Hi! I just wanted to say first thank you so much for the subscription boxes.. especially BoxyCharm bc it was my FIRST one and started my obsession and now job with beauty, makeup, fashion etc… And I had to stop for a year nc I was very sick and almost didn’t make it but I’m back and my first time starting AGAIN! Yay jj so definitely I will be trying more new and I recommend this to all not only just to get things .. but to learn, write, express yourself, get Hope and strength from excitement, and even get work like me🤗 can’t wait and that k you! I’ll be blogging alllll the time!
Love- Shayna Pieru

Katie Garland

Hi Liz and everyone who sees this post! Im obsessed with sub boxes and i would love to try this. Im having a hard time with putting myself out there as I had my foot amputated a few months back so i can not work and im stuck at home most days and im self conscious about my leg my body just everything really so just the thought of putting myself out there scares me but i truly want to face my fears and do this bc its what i truly love and i know that if i push myself i can do this. All i have atm is fb but i want to set up new accounts on all the other social media platforms. If anyone can help me thru this process and follow me its be so very appreciated!

Much love to all! I will follow anyone who wants me too!! Once ive got it all ready ill update info here.

Bell Susan

Does vlogging count?

Alicia

This is just a tip everyone to watch out when trying out the “risk free” Nadine West subscription! I went on their site through the link on this website (completely not Subscription Addictions fault) and made sure it said risk free and it did when I was signing up! They still charged my card after for the styling fee so it was completely false and if I hadn’t checked would have never known! So please be careful with this offer and others that are supposedly free!

Jody

Hi! I am part of a small group of Mom’s & Dad’s who all have older children that were born with unusual/rare disorders that have left them physically &/ or developmentally disabled. Although our children bring us unimaginable joy & happiness, it has been a rough ride. As we ( & our “kids”) get older it’s become worse & very frightening- most of us do not have anyone we can leave our children with once we are gone.So they can continue to enjoy at least some of the things they enjoy- like cell phones & cell service, computers & laptops, etc. we must leave money in an irrevocable trust- the state will only allow them about $2000.00 per month- most of which goes to whatever agency they are placed with. Essentially, they will have a bit over $20. 00 per month & that will need to cover all personal needs- shampoo, deodorant, clothing, etc. Any “ extra’s” like entertainment will only come from what is in their trust & most of us have very little to save for it, since it is so difficult to manage on one income. I can not describe how terrifying this is- it is like torture by proxy. Most of the Mom’s have been unable to work since our kids have been born. For instance I am a nurse, but we have received only a small amount of hours each week of unskilled nursing. It makes no sense for me to hire a licensed nurse so I can work- I would essentially be handing over my pay to the nurse I hired. Today, most families need two incomes. A few years back we began pooling our money to purchase some of the most popular boxes to use as raffle prizes at fundraisers we hold. They are incredibly popular & we sell a lot of raffle tickets for them. Do you think there is a chance that if we reached out to them- subscription box companies- they would consider donating some boxes? I can’t possibly fully explain how frightening & frustrating our situation is. To make matters worse, I have 2 cousins who became pregnant at 15 & 16 respectively- they have received an awful lot of money over the years, including ( as last I know) a $7000.00 yearly supplement for clothing & other needs, in addition to the regular amounts they receive. Each year- NO exaggeration , they have used that money to take trips to Florida or Hawaii. They have also had educational opportunities ( hair dresser, nail technicians, etc.) & they quit each time, with the social worker telling them not too worry- they can try again next year. This is all paid for by the taxpayers .They have done this repeatedly with no consequences. It is awful that we pay taxes for these types of shenanigans when I am unable to work. My husband & I did the right thing & were educated, had good jobs & waited until we were fully settled before starting a family & these girls (& many others, I’m sure) get benefits for doing the wrong thing. There is no “ welfare” for folks like us. Sorry for the rant- it felt good to get it off my chest! It would be so very helpful to have a few boxes donated as raffle prizes. What do you think? Any chance they would consider it? Thanks all & again, sorry for the rant. Jody

Becky

Jody,
How hard this must be for you and the others in your group! My suggestion would be to let folks know (I’d start with the swaps page here) you are interested in items they don’t want from their boxes. You could then put together your own boxes or baskets for your raffle. My grandsons’ preschool auctions baskets full of goodies a couple times a year and raise a good bit of money.

Angel Kent

I am disabled with a head injury and cannot work mostly due to short term memory loss. I am not having luck getting donations for a box even offering a free link to their website. Any suggestions?

lisette

Hello, I don’t know who reads these but I must express how Ellen lifts me every day no matter what I’m feeling!
Thank you so much to everyone on the Ellen show!!!

Amanda Harb

Thanks for the tips Liz!! I actually do written reviews for sub boxes and actually before I finished ur tips list I was thinking to myself I wonder if companies would send me boxes since I only do written reviews or instagram and you kinda answered that for me:)
I used to be a model a few decades ago😪 so my image is actually still owned by a few companies but I finally got the ok to do subscription boxes!! Before I wasn’t able to take pictures with me in them so I went the next best route and wrote. I think I know just about every product there is and probably used them all too lol. But I’d love to actually take pictures and review subscription boxes since I’m such a huge fan and I also know what really works and what’s an overpriced over promoted useless product but have a way of writing it that makes it not sound like I’m calling the product junk. I’m glad I ran across your article because I really wanted to start doing reviews on Instagram. Now let’s see if my charm works and I can get some free boxes lol. Any tips on charming these companies into believing that you’re the perfect person to review their items?!? Lol 😉

Kathleen Dougherty

Sell yourself to them! Tell them exactly why you’re a great fit to promote their brand and product and exactly what you will do for them that will benefit them! Good luck!!

Jaclyn Beckerman

Hey Liz & all! I have a new Insta page reviewing sub box items. I love all things fashion, beauty and home. I would love and appreciate any follows!

Drop me a DM and I’ll happily follow you back.

My IG is subboxchick

<3

Annalisa

Would you please follow my IG account? It is only for sub boxes and make up. I would love that. I only have 354 followers. Anyone is welcome to follow me. I am a Dutch woman of 55 years old and do a lot of skin care and high end sub boxes from the UK for example. Thank you so much. X X X

Monique

what is the name to follow on IG?

Molly

Wow. There are alot of people doing this.

Anita

No kidding! Glad someone else noticed.

Polina

Please follow me on Instagram @galfindsgreenlilacs. I focuse on clean beauty and ethical fashion and consumption. Xxx

Milena

Thank you for this helpful post!

I’m trying to start a subscription box review & beauty deals Instagram account and I’d greatly appreciate anyone who wants to follow along! The Instagram name is “electric.s0ul”. 🙂

MayaMrt

Would appreciate a follow at maya_thebeautyboxaddict on Instagram

Jolena Fitzsimmons

Would really like hair products? ANYTHING

Keli

I would love if you followed me on instagram .My handle is kelireviews

Heather D.

Follow me at subboxes308 on Instagram please!!!

KRISTEN

Liz, I’d be so grateful if you followed me on my unboxing channel on youtube: “Sincerely, Kristen” and on my Instagram page as well! @Kristensarah79 🙏 I’m a newbie but Not to the subscription World if boxes 😉 and any feedback would be so helpful! God bless! Sincerely, Kristen 😉😘🙌

Brittney Grammer

I just started my YouTube channel where I mostly do unboxings. It’s a slow process growing my channel, but I love doing it! YT is just my name and my IG is @brittney_grammer. I sometimes do box pictures and thoughts on my Insta.

Hannah

Follow me at subboxhannah on Insta!

Hannah

I’ve thought about starting an insta/blog for boxes/makeup reviews but that it’d be pointless, and now I have some confidence! Comment below if you’d like to follow and I’ll ket y’all know when it’s ready 😬

Sarah

If anyone would like to follow me on Instagram my handle is @sarahsuboxes

Angie

I will follow anybody whose up for following me I’m getting the confidence up to go out with my look a lil at a time .I’m truly interested in sub boxes makeup, grooming , jewelery , all sorts my passion is makeup tho creating wearable looks for the average everyday lady ,mom , stressedmom who just wants to look passably okay lol aka me at times lol . I would enjoy the follow please. If I’ve overstepped my bounds here I truly don’t intend to as I love n respect your opinion and love your content !

Britt LaGalbo

Angie you didn’t leave your Insta address! How are we to follow you?

tina stockett

hi, i will follow everyone, im starting too. so we can help each other..
instagram [email protected]

Cecelia Macias

Could this be done for YouTube?

Olga

If anyone could support me on Instagram by giving me a follow, that would be appreciated!

@mkolenka

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