This is a list of the best subscription boxes for adults in the UK.
Latest in Beauty
There are a number of beauty subscription boxes available however my absolute favourite is Latest in Beauty. The reason I prefer this one is there are no end of options and you get to pick what is in the box. You can order between 3 and 9 products in your box and you can chose from hundreds of different products (with new products added all the time.) This is my second box from them and I absolutely love it. In fact the second subscription box I think was even better than the first. I opted for the beauty guru box which has 9 items and only costs £18, which is incredible. In my second box the value of the products was a staggering £77.94:
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Duo £14.99 from Superdrug (I ordered 3 of these)
- MUA Twelfth Night Winter Shades £4 from MUA
- Speedy Blush £3.99 Boots
- Dirty Works Pucker Up Lip Gloss £4 Sainsburys
- St Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower 50ml £5.99 Look Incredible
- Nude by Nature Loose Powder 2g. I couldn’t find this size but the 10g is £25 from Debenhams (so assume £5)
- Burt Bees Lipstick £9.99 John Lewis
Secret Scent Box
This is a perfume subscription box sending 3 different perfumes (or aftershaves) each month. They are miniature bottles but there is enough for a whole month. It is a very small box which is perfect for fitting through your letter box. In the March box there were 3 perfumes I had never tried before, which I loved about it. I received the DKNY Delicious Night, Stella Mccartney Peony and Burberry Brit. They are all nice strong smells again something I love and they all last a long time.
I always wear perfume, but I often stick to one bottle at a time. The downside of that though is you get so used to the smell it doesn’t smell like you are wearing any by the time the bottle has finished. This is a great alternative.
The price is very reasonable from £13 per month with free postage.
Male Grooming Boxes
This is a monthly subscription box filled with the essentials for every modern man. Every month they select between 4 and 5 mystery products that are tailored to you. Before you subscribe you fill out your grooming profile, with age, style, skin type, facial hair, hair length and texture.
The cost of the box is £19 and the RRP of the contents are between £50 – £70. The first subscription box we received the contents amounted to £50.
In our box we received:
- Moo Goo Skin Care Soothing Body Cream
- Pure Konjac Wave Bath Sponge
- Anatomicals World Pore 3 Strips
- Good Day Organics Witch Hazel Water
- Cool Question Deodorising Face & Body Wipes
I have to say if I was to purchase them all separately that really would be the cost, as I checked! They tell you what you have received in your box and where you can buy them from, and for how much. This is a great touch and perfect if you fall in love with a product as you know where to actually buy it from. You can order this box bi monthly if you prefer at the same price.
Food Subscription Boxes
Best Alcohol Subscription Boxes
As we love alcohol in this house I have not been able to chose just one box! But here are the best subscription boxes, and at budgets for all.
8 Craft beers delivered monthly with an exclusive £10 off your first order.
This is a monthly subscription box sending out different spirits. The box we received included a Swedish Single Malt Whisky, Mackmyra Gruvguld Swedish Single Malt Whisky. We had some friends over on Halloween and decided to crack it open, it was certainly a hit. Well, you know its good when it all gets finished in one sitting!!! There were 6 men drinking it I might add! All of them agreed it was delicious and nothing like they had tasted before. This is exactly what is great about this subscription club. All of the spirits sent are not something you could fine in the supermarket. In fact I have just done a google search for this whisky and I can’t find it anywhere yet. We have a lot of parties so we don’t keep alcohol long in our house, BUT this is a great subscription box to stock up your drinks cabinet.
The cost of this subscription is £50 which I think is very reasonable. BUT I have an exclusive discount code which gives you £5 off for the first month subscription. Use code Freddies5(Valid until 28th February 2019).
Le Petit Ballon
We are now on our 3rd Le Petit Ballon wine subscription box, and this one does not disappoint either. I absolutely love white wine, but always stick to either Sauvignon Blanc (preferably a Marlborough) or Sancerre if I want to push the boat out. But what I love about this box is I am sent one bottle of red and one bottle of white, that could be any grape, that I can not buy in the shops. It is perfect for us, Stuart prefers red wine, so he drinks that one, and I have the white wine.
Please read my previous review, but as this is my third subscription box I am yet to be disappointed. The price is only £24.90 per month which in my opinion is absolutely worth the money. I know you can buy wine cheaper in the supermarkets, but this wine is absolutely delicious, and if you prefer could be saved for a special night in. These are carefully selected by a Master Sommelier. He was recognised as one of the best tasters in the world after participating in Starwine in the US, a wine competition that brings together the top 60 tasters in the world.
I am pleased to announce that there is a competition running to win a 1 months subscription to this great wine subscription at the bottom of the page.
Craft Gin Club
This is our second craft gin club subscription box and I absolutely love it. It is only £40 a month and includes a full size bottle of the most fantastic gin along with tonics plus nibbles. There is a magazine telling you all about the gin plus some ideas of how to drink it. In this box we received a full sized bottle of Salcombe gin which we have not tried before, I love trying new gins, especially as there are so many out there.
Along with this we received a tonic water which is infused with grapefruit (we have been experimenting recently and our favourite thing to mix with gin is grapefruit so this was just perfect.) The fudge we received is infused with gin and tasted absolutely delicious. The choco moments of course were eaten the minute I had taken this photo and Freddie has eaten his favourite popcorn. As always this box is excellent value for money, the bottle of gin alone costs £36.40 and with the other goodies it is well over the £40.
What I especially love though is the fact we are trying new gins each month which we wouldn’t normally have. Before this subscription box our favourite was probably Tanqueray (which we still love) but we just stuck to this. I also love the magazine that gives some great tips as to how to drink gin and what it tastes nice with.
Here is yet another awesome alcohol subscription box, this one sending wine!!! Yes I know you all know by now I am a big wine fan, and this box didn’t disappoint. I received the 3 wine box and what I love about this subscription box is I can chose what colour I get. I opted for 2 white (my preference) and 1 red (Stuarts preferred choice). You can also chose to receive 2 bottles or 3 bottles per month. The in house sommelier for this box is Raul Diaz who is the wine presenter for Chanel 4’s Sunday Brunch. They select wines from all over the world, and in my box I got a French, a Greek and an Italian.
Now the French wine was a chablis which I have had before, although not this production. My least favourite grape is a Chardonnay, however, this was not like any other I had had before it was delicious. I only had a glass, as it was a school night and I needed to try all (not the red though I left that to Stuart!) but it was really tasty. I’m looking forward to drinking the rest with friends on Friday night. I had never drunk Greek wine before and out of the two white wines this was my favourite. Stuart really enjoyed the red wine, in fact he finished the bottle. All I can say about it is though that I absolutely loved the label (sorry I know that is a very girly thing to say!). It was called Never Walk Alone and had a picture of a family on it.
The price of the box is £29.95 for 2 bottles or £42 for 3, at £14 per bottle I think these were well worth it.
I Love Gin
This is my favourite budget gin subscription box at only £14 per month. For this you receive 2 small bottles of gin plus 2 full size tonics which makes 4 gin and tonics (well actually only 2 in my house, but you get the point!). The price is very reasonable as I am not sure where you could purchase a double gin and tonic for only £7! I had not tried either of these gins before but they were really nice, and the tonic is one of our favourites. I prefer the classic tonic but Stuart really enjoyed the orange and elderflower.
This is a UK subscription box company sending French wines direct to your door. Each month you will receive 3 bottles of wine along with tasting cards. In your first subscription box you are sent a binder to keep your tasting cards in. These tasting cards are fantastic, they tell you all about the wine and what you should pair them with. This month we received 3 bottles of red wines which should be eaten with red meat. They have even included a recipe card to make beef bourguignon.
The price of the box is only £36 which for 3 bottles of wine is excellent value for money. The wines were all delicious.
Micro Bar Box
It is not a secret that we enjoy socialising with friends, so this was right down our street. We took it to friends on Saturday night and had lots of fun making the 6 cocktails. We all tried a sip of each cocktail, and although some were a little sweet for my liking (I am a usual wine and gin drinker) they were delicious. I think the most surprising for us all was the Chambord Kiss which was Baileys with a shot of Chambord. We were all convinced it would taste disgusting as we didn’t think it would mix well, but I think that was all of our favourites!
I loved the fact that the box came with everything needed (well except the ice!) and also had some nuts which we enjoyed with the drinks. I am obsessed with the quality of the packaging (as personally I think it makes a big difference) but this was excellent. In fact easily in the top 3 of all of the ones we have tried.
The price of the subscription box is £29 which makes 6 cocktails. I think this is great value for money and also we all enjoyed making the cocktails, as it was a bit of fun.
Discount Code – freddiesmummy5x3 (exclusive discount of £5 off first 3 monthly cocktail club boxes.)
Sock Subscription Boxes
Again I have struggled to chose a favourite sock subscription box, but here are the top 3 (in my opinion!)
Monthly Funky Socks
This sock subscription has the most options from the others I have reviewed and collaborates with other great sock companies (for example Happy Socks). You can chose what size socks you would like from either 4-7 or 7.5-11.5, how many socks you would like delivered each month ( I opted for 4, as we love socks – sad I know!!), you can add sock insurance (I will come back to this!) and write a personalised gift message. The price is £9 – £32 each month and can be cancelled at any time. I think this is excellent value for money.
The quality of the socks is excellent and as we love colourful and funky socks these fit the bill perfectly. Not that you will be disappointed with a pair of socks, but if you are they will swap them for you in the next order.
Sock Insurance! – Sorry this really makes me smile (I need to get out more!) for £1 you can insure the socks, so if they are damaged you can send them back and get a new pair. So if your dog chews them you can send them back! I think this is a great touch.
Happy Socks, like I have already said we love socks so I know the cost of Happy Socks as I have previously purchased some for Stuart. These are £10 from John Lewis, so if you are ordering a subscription and get these in your box you are quids in already!
Socks in a Box
With this sock subscription you can order either for 3 months or 6 months, and these are available for both men and women. I also like the fact that you can chose traditional socks or snazzy socks! Now Stuart only wears snazzy socks, it is his own way of rebelling under his business man attire!! In the first box you receive a personalised message which is a nice touch. The quality of the socks is very good and they are very nicely packaged. The price of these is either £19.99 for 3 months or £34.99 for 6 months so it is cheaper to order for longer. But I think £6.66 for a pair of socks is great value for money, of course I know you can buy packs of socks for cheaper than this, but this is not comparable in my opinion.
Henry J Socks
Who doesn’t love wearing funky socks? Well Stuart certainly does, and this is such a great subscription box. Each month they send you a new pair of bold and beautiful socks, fresh from the needle and thread straight to your door. You will never have to buy another pair of socks again. These are only £4.99 per month which in my opinion is excellent value.
This is the UK’s number 1 couples subscription box. Every relationship requires time, effort and intimacy. Love Drop help by sending a bi monthly box with adult toys, games, sexy gifts, and activities for you and your partner to explore, either in or out of the bedroom. Each box is a surprise and cleverly on the outside of the box it is written “We promise to try everything that arrives”.
The price of the box is £45. This is excellent value for money, the products in the first box amounted to nearly double this price. The worry I had with being a prude is would the box be obvious to the delivery man? Well they had thought of that, the box came in a plain white envelope so it just looked like any other delivery. I get a lot of deliveries, so it wasn’t obvious what it was.
This is a rolling subscription and boxes are sent out every other month. This can be cancelled at any time.
Purchase (for £10 off your first box!)
Best Subscription Boxes – Other
The At Home Box
I absolutely loved this subscription box, it is full of awesome products for the home. What I especially like is its nothing you would normally buy your self. In this box my favourite item was the Blomus bread basket. I did not have one, but I am not sure how I managed without one. We socialise a lot at home and have a lot of friends round and bread has normally been served just on a boring plate. Blomus is a German company which I had not come across before, but I am already hooked. Along with the bread basket there was also a Blomus candle, which looks really stylish and smells delicious. My kitchen is very black and white and this grey candle looks fantastic in it.
The Lucys dressings gift set at a cost of £10 was also included, the ginger sesame dressing was my favourite out of the two, but I also loved the raspberry dressing. As this is the February box it came with a gorgeous red heart which I have now hung in my downstairs bathroom as it is super cute.
This box is only £45 on a monthly subscription and I think it is fantastic. You could order for 12 months at a cost of only £456 which is only £38 a month.
Sew Mine Box
This subscription box is perfect for anyone who loves to sew. You don’t need to have any sewing experience as there are detailed instructions suitable for all abilities. The price of the box is only £12.95 which is excellent value and comes with 2 different projects. To read the full review please click here.
Bloom and Wild
This is a fantastic floral subscription box that can be posted through your letterbox.
Prices start from as little as £18 per delivery and can be either ordered weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
I couldn’t have a subscription box list without featuring Freddie’s Flowers as it combines 2 of my favourite things! Freddie and flowers! Now of course you will not receive my beautiful son in the post but you will receive some beautiful flowers! The cost of this box is £22 a week, which you can cancel at any time. You can also postpone orders if you are away on holiday. To read my full review of Freddies flowers please click here.
So these are a list of the best subscription boxes available now in the UK. Which ones are your favourites? Am I missing any?
If you have children you might like my post on educational subscription boxes for kids
** These boxes were sent for free of charge for an honest review**