Step up your personal grooming game with these essential subscription services
Developing a personal care routine is one thing, but maintaining it is a completely different struggle. The proliferation of subscription boxes over the past 10 years or so has changed how we discover and shop for beauty and grooming products. But with so many to choose from, which are the best beauty subscription boxes that are worth your money? We rounded up our favorite subscriptions that both men and women can enjoy when improving their self-care.
Men’s best personal grooming subscription boxes
Encouraging men to take pride in having a personal care routine, this LA-based skincare, hair care and body care service offers individual products and at-home kits to improve their daily lives. Lumin offers a variety of skincare sets including a Classic Maintenance Set that includes a moisturizing salm, charcoal cleanser and exfoliating rub that’s perfect for dehydrated and damaged skin. The Anti-Fatigue Essentials Set helps remove everyday impurities from pores and refreshes exhausted skin. And for those looking to upgrade their bathroom essentials, the Modern Bathroom Set contains the Moisturizing Balm and Charcoal Cleanser as well as a Body Wash and Keratin Recovery Shampoo and Strengthening Conditioner to help with all your skin, body and hair care needs.
Manscaped main product line includes humorously named devices that aid in men’s personal grooming such as the Lawn Mower 3.0 for full-body trimming and the Weed Whacker electric nose-hair trimmer. The service offers two deluxe sets. The Performance Package comes with the Lawn Mower 3.0 and the Weed Whacker along with disposable shaving mats and “down-there” deodorant and toner. The Perfect Package 3.0 is the same but without the Weed Whacker. Both packages come with a Peak Hygiene Plan, which is where the subscription comes in. For $14.99, subscribers will receive replacement blades every three months. Subscribers may also choose to customize their Peak Hygiene Plan with refills of other Manscaped products if they like.
Women’s best beauty subscription boxes
Offering personal shaving kits, skin-care products and feminine hygiene products, Athena Club is a true gift from the gods. The subscription service is super easy. Just choose the products you want and how frequently you want to receive them. Every product featured is backed by science, influenced by customer feedback, environmentally friendly and contain only natural ingredients. The site offers four sets. The Go-Tos ($25) includes a body lotion, face wipes and deodorant. The Dailies ($50) contains a multivitamin and probiotic. The Smooth Skin Trio ($26) features shaving foam, body lotion and body wash. And The Monthlies ($26) is a period care set which includes organic tampons, pads and liners, and TLC wipes.
With an average value of $175 worth of beauty products, this service offers a one-time kit with 5 full-size products for $25 / month (or choose a monthly plan from $22.92-$23). The site features a compare option so customers can determine their best subscription-kit offer between a Premium Box ($35) with six products or a Luxe Box ($49.99) with eight products. While offering access to a wide range of beauty products and make-up tutorials, reading BoxyCharm’s fine print reveals users may gave to go on a waiting list to receive their first box and have to rely on “sneak-peeks” on social media to know which products the company is shipping.
Unisex best beauty subscription boxes
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Beautifully decorated with seasonal-inspired packaging, this monthly box contains three full-sized skincare products. A one-time purchase costs $54.95 while a month-to-month subscription is $49.95. The site also offers monthly plans ranging from $143 to $527. There is a limited selection of skin-care options, the majority being various facial creams and serums ranging from $16-$140. The site offers two body treatments, a Dermatological Strength Shea Butter ($20.50) and Jasmine and Grapefruit Organic Deodorant ($26).
Designed for both men and women, this service offers monthly collections of three fragrances in “deluxe-sized samples” that last for 15 to 20 wears. Subscribers have the option of choosing a gendered collection at $20/month or a Deluxe Collection (with six fragrances) for $38/month. Olfactif preselects each fragrance based on a user survey of favorite scents. Perks of the service include in-depth guides and descriptions of each fragrance to boost your product knowledge, and discounts of 10% to 20% on featured and sample scents.