The Best Subscription Boxes for Women of 2020

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The Curateur

The Curateur 

Subscription boxes are hardly a new concept. They are the modern-day gift that keeps on giving, and it’s not hard to understand the allure. From a box filled with the most buzzed-about newness to a collection of products handpicked to match your style, the convenience and fun of an ongoing surprise delivery is the kind of pick-me-up we all need.

It’s clearly a concept that works, as it’s spanned to just about every category imaginable: from food delivery subscriptions to fragrance, beauty, bookworms, and more. But finding the best boxes that deliver on value and don’t leave you with a pile of products cluttering your space takes some finesse and digging.

We’ve scouted the endless sea of options to bring you the best subscription boxes for women that deliver the best value, the most consistent assortment of products you will actually use, and a memorable unboxing experience that is the feel-good boost you need these days. Whether you’re treating yourself (because yes, you deserve it), getting a jump-start on your holiday wish list, or gifting a friend, these subscription boxes for women are sure to impress time and again.

The Best Subscription Boxes for Women

Best Overall: The Curateur

The Curateur

The Curateur

Formerly known as Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style, the Curateur is the newly rebranded, revamped, and totally re-imagined box of pure luxury. But calling this a subscription box would be doing a major disservice. It feels more like an exclusive membership into an elite world of luxury.

In addition to the five, spot-on Rachel Zoe favorites that you’ve come to expect from the Box of Style seasonal delivery, the new Curateur membership now includes a Rewards Program with some pretty sweet incentives (think birthday perks and bonus points for reviews and referrals). Plus, members will now receive access to their new vertical, The Collective, which provides discounted offers on services from home design, entertainment, spa, florals, and more. The popular Member Marketplace has been rebranded with a fancier name—The Shoppe—featuring a more luxe collection of products to choose from with members-only pricing.

While the roughly $99 seasonal price tag may be higher than most other subscription boxes, the quality and value delivered do not disappoint. The fall box was valued at more than $700 and checked off everything on your fall fashion wish list including a vegan leather Rachel Zoe Collection Bordeaux tote (about $115) and a link collar Eddie Borgo necklace (around $350), which more than make up for the seasonal cost. Added bonus, if you opt for the annual membership (approximately $350), you’ll score an additional $50 in savings.

Best Philanthropic: Causebox

Causebox

Causebox

Everything about this box feels intentional—and that’s precisely how it’s designed. From the artsy box design to the responsibly sourced products tucked inside, this bundle is the definition of feel-good. And that’s before you even dive into the exclusive Good News Magazine included in every delivery, which reveals how your membership is impacting the greater good of the world.

The seasonal bundle includes roughly six to eight products carefully selected for meeting the five core criteria at the root of the Causebox brand: community-focused, ethically made, environmentally conscious, for women, and impact-driven. Each box includes a delightfully balanced assortment of beauty and lifestyle products ranging from fancy home scents and stylish fashion accessories to chic kitchen gadgets and clean beauty standouts that help to fill your space with thoughtful goodness.

Memberships are available annually (about $200 billed once per year, averaging roughly $50 per box) or quarterly (around $55 billed quarterly) with each box promising to be worth at least $250 in value. An added bonus if you opt for the annual membership is that you have the opportunity to customize some of the selections by choosing products and colors that best fit your preferences. This seasonal treat will surprise and delight with every delivery, making it the perfect pick-me-up to give and receive.

Best Variety: FabFitFun

FabFitFun

FabFitFun

There’s a reason your social media feed is flooded with FabFitFun chatter with the arrival of each new box—they’re really good.

The seasonal box is stocked with 8 to 10 full-sized goodies, and that’s only part of the addicting FabFitFun experience. The other draw comes from the access you get to its insanely supportive digital social community, incredible flash sales, and the on-demand streaming platform that broadcasts thousands of beauty how-tos, workouts, cooking tutorials, and self-care videos—providing context and purpose to each and every curated product included in the box.

Each season, the brand aligns with a celebrity (Venus Williams, Eva Longoria, and Padma Lakshmi, for example), an empowering theme, and a heartfelt charity (like No Kid Hungry) to which it curates a perfectly synced selection of products across beauty, fashion, home, lifestyle, and tech. With feel-good product picks from beloved brands like Stila, Kate Spade, PJ Salvage, and Pottery Barn, it’s the kind of product selection that will quickly turn into everyday favorites.

Subscriptions are offered seasonally for roughly $50, or annually with savings of about $180, which is quite the bargain considering the value delivered inside each box is upward of $200.

Best Experience: Rent the Runway Memberships

Rent the Runway Unlimited

Rent the Runway Unlimited

If fashion is life—even when working from home in your pajamas is a feasible option—this forever-rotating closet of designer goodness is a fashionista’s dream come true.

The selection is unmatched, with designer brands including Philip Lim, Badgley Mischka, and Prabal Gurung, and more variety than any other fashion rental service. While you have the option to rent special occasion gowns and formalwear, you can also choose from outwear, accessories, and everyday staples to spice up your daily wardrobe. The shipments come impressively fast—two days from the time you make your selections—and arrive in a zip-up bag that keeps your picks wrinkle-free and makes for convenient storing and packing when it’s time to swap out.

The company also offers a cross-ship feature, which allows you to select new products before your return shipment is scanned to ensure a very short transition in between shipments. Additional perks include free shipping, free dry cleaning, and the option to pause or cancel at any time.

The subscription is scalable depending on just how many statement pieces you are looking for. There's a four-item plan for about $89 per month, an eight-item plan for $135 per month, and a 16-item plan for approximately $199 per month. But if those benchmarks don’t quite meet your needs, you also have the opportunity to customize and add additional items (roughly $25 to $29 per month) to any shipment.

Best Discovery: OuiPlease

OuiPlease

OuiPlease

This female-founded, French luxury subscription service is a favorite for many reasons. For starters, it’s packed with a whole lot of newness you’ve likely never seen before, which makes the discovery process one of the best.

It also sends your mind on a magical daydream to Paris as you unwarp and discover the products inside. Each box feels like a special delivery of France’s finest, with 10 to 12 full-sized, French-made items tucked inside a chic white, ribbon-tied box. Francophile or not, it’s not hard to fall in love with the gorgeousness of each delivery.

The selection of products is curated by a team of French influencers and spans beauty, apparel, jewelry, accessories, home, and epicure, making for a beautifully balanced and versatile combination of luxury goods. From a delicate gold Les Nereides bracelet and a gorgeous Maradji throw blanket to a jar of deliciously sweet Hedene honey with an accompanying honey dipper, each and every product feels special and unique.

The company also regularly team up with noteworthy French brands, such as Laduree, for special edition collaborations that are worthy of getting excited about. Its membership is offered bimonthly (one box every two months for about $150) and annually (six boxes in 12 months for around $650), with the option to purchase a single box for roughly $165 to get a taste of the experience (no strings attached).

With more than $300 of pure French indulgence included in every box, it’s a real treat to dive into the contents. And whether you keep every item for yourself or pass on the love, these products are a thoughtful and welcome surprise to anyone lucky enough to be on the receiving end.

Best for Style: Nordstrom Trunk Club

Nordstrom Trunk Club

Nordstrom Trunk Club

First, let’s address the obvious. A trunk sounds large, and allow us to set the record straight, Nordstrom is not overpromising here—this shipment certainly lives up to its name. Secondly, while this isn’t a traditional, reoccurring subscription box, it’s the type of service that lets you pick the frequency whenever the mood strikes—one of the many reasons it makes our best-picks list.

As with any Nordstrom-related experience, the customer service is top-notch, and this personal shopper service is no exception. If the idea of shopping IRL or browsing a department store isn't your idea of a fun shopping day, Nordstrom Trunk Club delivers a personalized shopping experience that cuts through the chaos and clutter to find products picked just for you. The Trunk club delivers to your doorstep a selection of handpicked items to match your personal style so you can try on and “shop” your favorites at home.

To start, you fill out a short style quiz with sizing, budget, and preferences (you can also share Pinterest boards or play Style Swipes which make it easy and fun to build out your style selects.) Then, you will be connected with a team of Nordstom’s stylists who select 10 to 12 items for your review before they are shipped out to arrive at your doorstep. That way, you can try on in the comfort of your home, keep what you want, and return what you don’t.

This service delivers the convenience and thrill of a personal stylist, at a fraction of the cost. The roughly $25 styling fee is waived for Nordstrom cardholders, and can also be credited toward your purchase.

Best Black-Owned Box: Tribe Beauty Box

tribe beauty

 Courtesy of Tribe Beauty

The awesome selection of indie brands found inside this bimonthly shipment is only half the obsession. The other half comes from the simple fact that the empowering female founder, Bili Balogun, created this box to celebrate fellow all-star, female-owned, beauty brands.

With Tribe Beauty Box, the curated bundle of beauty products is selected with purpose and intent. That thoughtfulness beautifully translates into a memorable unboxing experience, where you will discover some truly game-changing beauty finds that are quick to become tried and true favorites. The focus is on quality above all else, with a mix of cruelty-free products from brands like Beautyblender, PUR Cosmetics, and Rodial.

Each box includes a balanced mix of five to eight products hand-picked by Tribe’s Beauty Team, covering all your bases from face and skin prep to products for eyes and lips, as well as tools. The box is valued at over $125, which makes the bimonthly fee of roughly $35 feel like a steal. A small price to pay for the box of wonders that will arrive at your doorstep in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Best for Natural Hair: Curlbox

curlbox

Courtesy of CURLBOX 

Finding game-changing hair products that work can be quite the quest. But this curly girl subscription box curated specifically for natural curls turns that daunting search into a surprise and delight experience.

Each monthly box includes at least four buzz-worthy hair care products (including the occasional tools and accessories), all from a featured brand that is made specifically with the curly girl in mind. With coveted new launches from brands like Tracee Ellis Ross’ Pattern line and pampering staples out of Palmer’s coco butter collection, to newly discovered favorites from brands like Wakati, every month delivers on products that play nice with curls, coils, and waves and are sure to become instant favorites.

Memberships are limited, which automatically makes this box feel extra special—especially when you make the cut. Each month (usually the third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. ET) new subscribers have the opportunity to sign up (set that alarm, because spots full up fast.) You can always snag a place on the waitlist, and even if you don’t make the monthly cut, you can still browse individual products featured from past, future, and special-edition boxes, to help serve your curly girl needs.

Boxes are available for roughly $20 a month.

Best Health and Wellness Box: Vaana

vaana

Courtesy of Vaana

This feel-good self-care subscription box is one of the more positive things to emerge from 2020.

Vaana’s female-founder, Sree Kolli, embarked on a mission to help others live a more intentional and fulfilling life during an otherwise challenging and disheartening time. Vaana, the Indian word for “fulfillment,” is a means of delivering wellness cultural practices through a thoughtful selection of products, serving as a reminder to treat yourself to a mental cleanse when you need it most.

There are three monthly boxes to choose from, each targeting a different facet of Hindu life: Prana for energy; Shanti- for relaxation; and Vipra for sleep. Each of the three boxes come stocked with a hand-picked assortment of clean, sustainable, and thoughtfully curated products that inspire you to take a moment of self-care, finding peace and happiness during times of chaos.

Products found in boxes include a charcoal toothbrush, metabolism-boosting granola, soothing bath and body soaks, and essential oil blends to heal the mind, body, and soul.

These bundles are available for about $40 per month.

How We Chose the Best Subscription Boxes for Women

It all started with a shortlist of favorites across categories—fashion, food, beauty, lifestyle, you name it. For the record, even the shortlist is a long one when you’re expanding cross-category. To narrow things down further, we dove deeper into value and variety and took a closer look at what the loyal members were saying about their experiences. Then, we dug deeper with undercover investigations, signing up and navigating the membership experience for ourselves. That’s where these six standouts made their lasting impressions.

From a box full of hard-to-find French luxuries (OuiPlease) and a thoughtfully-curated collection of sustainable and environmentally conscious picks (Causebox) to the ever-buzzed about FabFitFun experience, there was something undeniably special about the products—and bonus services— delivered with these subscriptions.

While the product selection was most certainly important, we also considered the most memorable unboxing experiences (looking at you, Rent the Runway), the best customer service like Nordstrom’s Trunk Club, and the most coveted membership experiences that spanned well beyond a box of goodness (like Rachel Zoe’s newly rebranded Curateur). Whether you’re gifting yourself or spreading the love, the aforementioned services were total standouts.

What Are Women's Subscription Boxes?

In short, these are shipments of curated goodness that arrive at your doorstep exist to treat yourself (or others) to a bundle of surprises every month, season, or whenever the feeling strikes.

What Products Come in Women's Subscription Boxes?

There are women’s subscription boxes for just about any category you can dream up—coffee lovers, beauty junkies, fashionistas, wine snobs, fragrance buffs, foodies, yogis, and more. You name it, there’s likely a box for them.

How Much Do Women's Subscription Boxes Cost?

On average, a women’s subscription box can range from $25 to $100 per box. Most subscriptions offer additional discounts if you commit to an annual membership and pay upfront. While The Curateur is roughly $99 seasonally, FabFitFun can cost about $50 each season. It really depends on the type of box you want and the value of the products inside.

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