The Self-Care Subscription Box Guide

10 Self-Care Subscription Boxes You Will Love (with reviews)

By Michael Gallagher
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What is self-care?

We all know that self-care can look a little different for everyone. But what exactly is self-care?

Self-care is deliberately setting time aside to do the stuff that makes us feel good. It is a process of focused individual action to maintain one’s physical, mental or spiritual health. Self-care can also be an avoidance of certain tasks that take away from your well-being, like deciding not to drink for the evening, or turning off electronic devices.

And with self-care being such an individual process that so many cherish, there’s a lot of companies trying to help facilitate the process in their respective niches. In fact, you’ve probably seen plenty of categories popping up in the subscription box world to try to serve these needs. Cue an infinite number of self-care subscription boxes!


What exactly is a self-care subscription box?

Self-care subscription boxes are repeating deliveries of products and/or experiences designed to assist in the process of maintaining one’s physical, mental or spiritual health.

Most self-care subscription boxes use thematic tie-ins as ways to more thoughtfully curate and select from the many products out there to properly meet the needs of their niche. Usually, self-care boxes can be filtered into one of the below categories of what to expect thematically from the product curators. The most common types of self-care boxes include (but are not limited to):

  • Beauty boxes - offer the best in skincare, makeup, haircare and other at-home spa inspired treatments.
  • Environment enhancing boxes - typically include products to help boost mood and aesthetic beauty, like candles, incense, decorative items, and the like.
  • Food boxes - in the self-care space offer healthy snacks, ingredients, recipes, etc. that make us feel good from the inside out.
  • Thematic product-centric boxes - might highlight unique stand-out products across the self-care space for a specific category. Perhaps these products are all Black owned, eco and Earth-friendly, or limited release.
  • Activity Boxes - provide outlets and lessons to entertain or improve oneself throughout the activity supplied in the box.

Now that we know the basics, how do you know how to sort through the endless sea of options?

We've got you covered.

Here’s 10 self-care subscription boxes worth checking out this holiday season!

Master Peace Box, Copyright 2020

1. The Master Peace Box

Price

$89 / month or $79 per box if you pre-pay seasonally ($273). This art subscription box is packed with self-care and self-expression goodies. It also includes access to professional healers and artists with a virtual workshop format at no extra charge.

Description

The Master Peace Box brings the best of self-expression as a form of self-care. Each box comes with an artistic or craft activity that pairs with a virtual class. The classes are meditative in nature, helping people access a mindful flow through creativity. This box combines the best of mindfulness, art therapy, and excellent self-care items that all work in tandem to help the participants find peace.

Our Thoughts

Of course, we are very biased, but we really love the Master Peace Box! It’s a unique way to find peace through creativity. The products are premium quality, and you get access to truly one-of-a-kind events with healers, artists & other guides that may typically charge upwards of $100 alone per session. So we think it’s a great value: $100 retail value of products plus an artistic activity with a guide. We also love the belief that creativity is integral to our well-being and can be used as a moving meditation to get us into a feel-good flow.

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2. Laurel and Reed

Price

$527.40 for 12 months, $143.85 for 3, and $49.95 for month to month.

Description

Want to look and feel pretty with no-guilt about the products you use? Laurel and Reed is the perfect box for clean beauty. They are committed to bringing you a monthly box filled with all-natural, non-toxic and cruelty-free products that can substitute the toxic products that crowd the beauty marketplace. From lip butter and face glow to organic deodorant, this box has you covered for your beauty consumables.


Our Thoughts

This mission is one we can all get behind. The packaging and presentation is minimal, but overall, this is still perfect for those who value cruelty-free and don’t want to spend time looking for products in that category. To caveat, I would only recommend this box if you are okay with receiving fewer products. If you love the "wow factor" of going through a lot of items, this may not be for you; but if you're okay with a smaller selection, the overall quality of these products are great!

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3. Hygge Box

Price

$48.50 / month (deluxe)

Description

This self-care box is all about getting cozy! In their words, “It’s a hug for the soul. Embrace life’s simple pleasures and bring the Danish lifestyle of cozy happiness into your home with monthly handpicked goods from around the world.” This box somehow maintains a worldly, yet homey feel with seasonal handpicked items like snack indulgences and candles. The Hygge Box is certainly true to its name, which originates from the Danish word meaning "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being". It helps us find peace and joy in the little things on a monthly basis.

Our Thoughts

This box is great for sophisticated and homey items, perfect for those looking to feel a little more comforted in their daily life. We think this box does one of the best jobs sourcing unique, quality products with widespread appeal. The attempt to market coziness doesn't give them a strong differentiating factor on the surface, but that doesn't take away from this box being truly great! This team also really cares, and values giving back. In fact, they pledge to plant trees in areas in need around the world for every box sold.

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4. Feeling Fab Box

Price

$321.90 for 12 months, $86.97 for 3 months, and $29.99 for month to month.

Description

The Feeling Fab Box aims to keep spreading wellness and self-love through clean, balancing self-care products and spiritual tools. This box is designed to make you feel good, and comes with a self-care guide or stress-reducing activity in every box. The theme for this box is simple: self-care for all women. As an added bonus, subscribers get discounts on products from partnering brands.

Our Thoughts

We think this box is fun! A low price point seems to be the biggest competitive edge this box has over others. The Feeling Fab Box is a great self-care gift for anyone working within a tight budget, but still offers some wonderful goodies. We like the variation of products they come up with too!

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5. Earth Love

Price

$64.90 per quarter, or $59.95 per quarter with annual membership ($239.80).

Description

Earthlove is an eco-luxe lifestyle subscription box that helps you live more sustainably and mindfully with the Earth each season. They champion clean and safe food, beauty, wellness, and home products. Every box also includes a magazine with eco tips! And to show just how down to earth this company is, every purchase helps give back to an environmental cause.

Our Thoughts

A beautiful concept and execution. This box has excellent branding and wonderful products, which certainly justifies the premium pricing. We think this is one of the best options on the self-care curation market, and recommend this box for the perfect gift for your eco conscious friend! Keep in mind, this box is seasonal, not monthly, so if you're looking for a more frequent delivery of goods, you might consider another option.

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6. Hope Box

Price

$89.00 per month (premium), classic is $63 and lite is $48 per month.

Description

The Hope Box contains uplifting and handcrafted artisan gifts, each sure to bring encouragement, cheer, and hope when it’s needed most. The team at Hope Box says this is the perfect gift when you don’t know how to express your love, concern, sympathy, or gratitude. Every box comes with self-care products, assorted gifts, and the option to include a personalized letter--which is a great touch for showing how much you care.


Our Thoughts

We really appreciate the message and mission of this company. We also love that this is founded by a family team. The Hope Box is also great for those who want to support other faith-run subscription box businesses. So there are certainly many pluses with this business. In terms of potential drawbacks, the treasures included don't seem to be as premium as others on this list, so to really get the bang for your buck, we recommend the premium membership over the lite membership (as you get 9 more items, 15 as opposed to 6). The 15 definitely make the box worthwhile and feel fairly priced.

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7. FabFitFun

Price

$49.99 per quarter or $179.99 per year.

Description

FabFitFun offers $200+ in retail value of products for $49.99, all in one stylish box delivered seasonally. This is one of the most popular subscription boxes out there, inviting many women to indulge in the best in beauty, fitness, wellness, home, and everything in between. You also get the option to order add-ons, getting products you select at discounted wholesale prices.

Our Thoughts

We're always a little cautious when things start to get mainstream and profit hungry (rather than mission focused),  but FabFitFun has been able to maintain its quality and integrity all throughout! They do a nice job of creating a community feel and we love the add-on menus for those who want to continue their shopping. The luxury of this box hitting a large scale also means it's able to keep things super affordable, which we all love. This is a no-brainer recommendation in the world of self-care. Pro tip: you get to enjoy more customization options if you have the annual membership.

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8. CandyClub

Price

$39.99 per month (deluxe), $29.99 per month (standard).

Description

A monthly subscription box of, you guessed it, candy! First, choose your taste preferences (salty, sweet, or a yummy surprise). Then, select the best size for you (small or large). Finally, discover new candies regularly and finally satisfy that sugar addiction. With novelty items like gummy octopus legs, to the classics of all things chocolate, this box is sure to make any sugar lover smile.

Our Thoughts

Remember how we said self-care varies from person to person? Well, we don't necessarily think candy falls into the self-care category, but others disagree. If a little candy here and there makes your sweet tooth sing, go for it, this is a fun box! We think it makes for a great gift, and we appreciate that they offer discounted first-time orders. My grandma thinks people were happier when they ate more candy, and maybe she is right ;)

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9. Bath Bevy

Price

$419 per year, ships monthly. Or $38.95 per month.

Description

This is the ultimate subscription box for bath lovers, with carefully curated bath (and body) goodness, delivered to your door. You can send a box to a loved one or enjoy a subscription yourself. Bath Bevy also offers handmade care products available for a la carte purchase on their site.

Our Thoughts

We love that the founder handcrafts many of the products that go into this box. Of the ones on our list, Bath Bevy might not clock in at the highest retail value, but it certainly still has a lot of charm and appeal. This is a fun and thoughtful box you’ll enjoy if you’ve got a bath ritual you love, so we ultimately do recommend this box to those who value small businesses, care about handmade items, and love self-care.

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10. Therabox

Price

$191.94 6 month prepay (most popular), or $34.99 per month

Description

This subscription box is therapist-curated and filled with joyful delights delivered straight to your door. Therabox is sure to make you feel good and is one of the most popular self-care boxes on the market. Everything is designed to move you toward happiness, whether a self-care journal, mantra necklace, healing candle, or other gem you'll love. Every item is cute, fun, and will be sure to make you smile. Therabox not only comes with great products, but also comes with many practical exercises to boost happiness too.

Our Thoughts

This box is awesome! It's one of our absolute favorites because of the thoughtfulness that clearly goes into every box. We also love that this comes from therapists, so we trust the product selection and are always impressed by how helpful and healing each package is. The world could use a therapist's dream box right now, right? We'd recommend this as a gift to close friends or loved-ones, but may not make the best gift for casual friends, just due to the implication of a therapy box. However, we think this is one of the best gifts you can give yourself (which is what self-care is REALLY all about).

Conclusion?

Well, there you have it. You may be wondering why we would write this article with all these "competing" boxes on our site. The truth is, we realize that self-care means different things and IS different for everyone (and, yes, we're happy to share more reasons why we believe in our product with a little self-promo). But overall, the intention is to share what we like and trust that it may be of value to others. So, we hope this was helpful to you, and we would love to see you in one of our member sessions.