Your Guide to Monthly Subscription Boxes

It’s not a secret that I love to shop. I especially love shopping when I don’t need to leave my house! Monthly subscription boxes… they’re everywhere these days. Beauty products, crafts, beer, toys… Honestly? I never really knew these types of services existed a year ago. One day, a friend told me about Birchbox and my world was forever changed. I am a product whore. I was sold the minute I found out I could have new, exciting beauty products delivered to my mailbox each month. Who doesn’t love mail? FUN mail?

Since that day, my eyes have been opened to the exciting world of monthly “surprise” boxes. I love them. So much that it might be my new addiction. It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t share my new-found love with all my favorite friends, now would it? You’re welcome. These subscriptions almost make wonderful gifts!

My tried-and-true subscription box loves:

birch-boxBirchbox:  Hand-picked beauty and lifestyle samples delivered monthly to your door. Think cosmetics, lotions, perfumes, hair products, even surprise gourmet chocolate products. Samples may include up-and-coming brands and longtime favorites. You receive points for reviewing the products in your Birchbox each month; 100 points = $10 to spend in the store! There is also a man box available for your special someone! From $10/month, free shipping.


NatureBox: Delicious, healthy, nutritionist-approved snacks each month. You can choose 5, 10, or 20 snacks. They are also working on a new feature where you can customize your monthly box to your own preferences. Use code FB50 for half off your first order! The country ranch peas are to die for. Really. From $19.95/month.


Citrus Lane: A box of new, awesome products for your little one, customized for your child’s age and stage. Mom-recommended! Sign up with this link and get $10 for your first order! From $21/month.

us-microbrewed-beer-clubMicrobrewed Beer of the Month Club: Yes, I said beer. Delivered to YOUR DOOR. Of course, you must be 21 or older. I bought this for my husband, but I loved it, too. You can choose U.S. brews, International brews, or both. 12 bottles will be delivered each month, along with information about the breweries! This one had me at microbrew… Starts at $23.95/month, plus shipping.

On My Must-Try List:



Glossybox: A curated box of 5 luxury travel-sized beauty products for you to lather, blend, soak, spray, buff, and groom. Indulge and experience luxury at its finest. Free eyeliner with any subscription, enter code COLOR. $21/month, free shipping.


Julep:  Look good and feel great! The latest in trend-setting, toxin-free nail colors and products! Use code COLOR2012 to get your first box for a penny! $19.99/month, shipping extra.


Ipsy: Receive a glam bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products each month. You can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. $10/month, free shipping.



Barkbox: For your canine friends, four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog will be delivered to your door – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets! Use code BarkBox10 for $10 off!  $29/month, free shipping.


Umba Box:  Handmade surprises! A box of 2-3 women’s handmade goods: jewelry, accessories, home goods, bath products, or stationery. Included with the items is a story about who the created the goods. $25/month, $5 shipping.


Tota Press:  Handmade letterpress card subscription. Ohmy, have you seen these cards? I’m in love. I have a soft spot for any letterpress goodness. $10/month for 2 cards with envelopes.



Craft Coffee: Who doesn’t love coffee? The world’s premium beans freshly roasted and delivered straight to your grinder! You choose your grind, and each month, 12-oz of coffee from three different roasters will be sent to you. Great way to find your new favorite brew! $24.99/month, free shipping.



Blissmo:  Each month, expect a box full of exceptional organic & eco-friendly products from a mix of established and up-and-coming brands. From $19.95, plus shipping.

honest-coThe Honest Co.: Founded by celebrity mom, Jessica Alba, The Honest Co. aims to bring the best in savvy style, sustainability to essential family products,  all wrapped in a passion for social goodness, tied with a bow of integrity and sprinkled with a little cheeky fun. Put together a bundle of products -anything from cleaners to diapers to lotions- and save! Get a free trial! Prices vary, bundles start at $35.95, plus shipping.



Gemlevo: Gemlevo travels the world to search for undiscovered local artisans in underdeveloped countries, working with only fair trade-certified cooperatives to bring you unique pieces of jewelry that make both a fashion and social statement. From $30/month.



Wittlebee: Amazing clothes for amazing kids. No malls. Brand new clothes from the hippest brands for you little one. You pick your size and color preference. Receive $10 off your first order!  6 items/$39.99.


The Little Book Club:  Your child will receive 3 age-appropriate books each month. These books will be a combination of classics, bestsellers, and educational books, coming in hardcover, paperback, and board book format. $24.95/month, free shipping.



fancyboxFancy box:  A box of fancy goodies in categories of your choice {think clothing, tech, beauty, workspace…} will be delivered to your door each month, with a value of over $80! Use code 25OFF1 for $25 off your Fancy box! $39/box, plus shipping.

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About melissa

Melissa is the Founder of ROW and has been an oilfield wife for 14 years. She has been married to a wonderful man forever and is mother to six amazing children (17,14, 10, 10 and 2 and a foster baby!). Melissa knows the struggles that come along with the oilfield life. When Melissa isn't helping her little girl battle her brain tumors (Love for Jazmine Joy), she loves to travel, laugh, tend to her chickens, and dream of sunshine and mountains.


  1. nice! I LOVED nature box. I didn’t so much like BirchBox after a while. Have you checked out KlutchClub? I love them for trying out new health/fitness products.

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