10 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Women
Imagine every month you got to open a present from yourself. That is essentially what subscription boxes are. You don’t always know what you are going to get so here is a helpful guide about whichsubscriptions might light up your day. These are the best subscriptions for women either on the pathto healthier living or already living that active lifestyle. They feature clothes, food, beauty products, and fitness gear to motivate you to live a healthy and happy life!
10 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Women
1. Foxy Boxes
The box (usually pink) arrives filled to the brim with goodies. Different items come in the box every month and one box varies from the next depending on which box you subscribed to. Typically every box has 7-12 different items. Also the box usually includes an information card about each product. You don’t get to hand-pick what you get, but it is a great way to try new products that you might otherwise have never heard of. Items from previous boxes include granola, bars, drink mixes, protein powders, supplements, coconut milk and more. Recently Foxy Box started putting motivational tanks in each box that say things like “sweat now shine later”.
Unless you cancel your subscription, you will be charged on the 10th of the month every month. If you don’t cancel, your Foxy Box will be shipped out to you between the 15th and 17th of the month. You can cancel anytime by emailing customer support. Many subscribers have complimented Foxy Box on their customer support.
The value of the items that come in the Foxy Boxes vary between $40-$60. Foxy Boxes doesn’t make any promises as to what the value of the box will be. A subscription is $29.99 monthly or $27.99 monthly for 3 months. Either way, you are getting more from the box than what you pay!
How to Order
You can order your Foxy Box by subscribing online. Choose between ordering a box one time with no commitment for $37.99, a $29.99 monthly subscription, or $27.99 monthly for a 3 month subscription. At checkout you can select whether you want the regular Foxy Box or the vegan one.
To order a Foxy Box of your own, visit their website.
- Value of box
- Customer service
- Dedication to health and fitness
- Dietary restriction options
- Cannot skip months
- Questionable quality of some items
The shiny Ellie box always comes with a black drawstring bag, presumably to protect your Ellie outfit. It comes with a card with details about what is included in the box. The 2 pieces of gear are always fitness related. Items in past boxes have included headbands,
Once you sign up for a subscription you will be charged on the day you signed up. If you want
to cancel or skip a month, you must log into your account and do so 3 days prior to your charge date.
The value for the 5-piece Ellie box is almost always over $100, double the price of the subscription.
This is comparable to the Fabletics subscription except that you are also getting fitness equipment.
Though the argument can be made that you can choose your outfit with Fabletics. The fitness products are generally useful if you are an active woman and the clothes are good quality. Overall, as long as you like the outfits, there is good value in this box!
How to Order
When you go to place your order for your Ellie box, you are prompted to pick which plan you want to subscribe to. The most popular one is the 5-item plan which consists of the outfit plus 2 fitness items for $49.95 a month. There is also the option to only receive the 3-item outfit for $39.95 monthly. Once you have done that you select sizes for the sports bra, top, and leggings.
To order your Ellie box, visit their website here.
- You get to see what you are getting before you receive it
- You can skip a month
- Free shipping in the US
- Quality products
- You don’t get to choose your outfit
- You are automatically charged if you don’t log in to cancel or skip a month
- Sometimes customers receive varied products
3. Fun Run Box
When you subscribe to Fun Run Box, you choose between 3 options. The most popular option is the themed box. With this option you get a box filled with goodies and challenges relating to the particular theme of that month. Another option is the “Challenge Series”. This option is the same as the themed box option except you also get a t-shirt in your first box and a finisher’s medal and t-shirt in your box after 6 months. The final option is the Mini Fun Run Box. This is the “no frills” box with just running goodies and no challenges. In every Fun Run Box you get 5-10 running related items. You don’t get to choose which items you receive and they send you a good variety of items from different brands. Items from past boxes include Honey Stingers Waffles and Gels, socks, sweat wipes, and reflective gear. Examples of some of the challenges that are included are “run up a hill for 30/40/50 seconds and repeat 4/6/8 times” or “20 V-ups, 10 push-ups, 1 min plank, repeat 1/3/5 times”. Also with a monthly subscription you get to be part of a private Facebook group where you can post your progress with the challenges and communicate with other subscribers. So basically what you get with the Fun Run Box is a complete running experience!
When you subscribe to the Fun Run Box, your credit card will be automatically charged monthly unless you cancel or pause your subscription. You can pause your subscription by logging in and pushing back your renewal date. Cancelling your subscription can easily be done by logging into your account online. It can be done any time and all your remaining orders will still be shipped. The box ships out within the last 10 days of the month.
The total value of the items that come in the Fun Run Box is typically between $30-$40 and that doesn’t include the challenges and online community. For $35 a month, the Fun Run Box is a pretty good value.
How to order
To order your Fun Run Box, go to funrunbox.com. You will be asked to pick which box you want to subscribe to. Then you will be asked a series of questions like gender preference, shirt size, sock size, calf size, and bicep size. Then you will be prompted to choose which plan you would like to subscribe to: $35 for a month-to-month pay basis, $34 a month for 3 months, $33 a month for 6 months, or $32 a month for 12 months. The Fun Run Box Mini is $15 a month. Be aware that shipping is an additional $4 in the US and $8 outside the US.
- Includes motivational workouts
- Subscription options
- Running focused
- Shipping costs
Fitsnacks packs 7-10 different healthy snack items in each monthly box. They also include a guide to the items in the box. Usually they will throw in a workout challenge as well. Items you can expect to get are bars, drink mixes, supplements, chips, jerky, seeds, and more. With a subscription you also get music downloads and an online community of other subscribers. On their website Fitsnack also claims to donate one meal through Feeding America with the shipment of each box.
Once you subscribe to Fitsnack, you will be charged automatically every month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months depending what plan you selected unless you pause or cancel your subscription. You can pause your subscription for however many months you choose or cancel by logging into your account online.
Fitsnack claims their box is valued at least $32. Their claims are true and the value of the items that are in the Fitsnack box can be anywhere from $32-$40. The cost of the box is at most $19.90 plus $6 shipping and handling. There are cheaper options depending on how long you commit to a subscription.
How to Order
You can choose between 4 plans: 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. The longer you commit to, the cheaper the monthly price is. Plans do not include the cost of shipping which is an additional $6 in the US. With a 3 ,6, or 12 month subscription you get $5 off and a bonus $10 snack pack with your first box. You can also choose to send the box as a gift but it costs slightly more to do so.
To order your Fitsnack box, check out their site here.
- Consistency with value
- Workout challenges included
- Variety of healthy snacks
- Some snack items may not be suitable for those with diet restrictions
- Shipping costs
You can get up to 4 bottles of wine. If you get less than 3 shipping is added to the total, if you get 4, shipping is free. You can choose how many reds and how many whites you want. WinC works with winemakers all over the world to select the finest and most unique wines for you to choose from. You can go with what Winc recommends for you, or you can select your own.
To make sure your order is how you would like it, you must log into your account before your scheduled order date which is visible in your account settings. If you do not do this, Winc will send you 4 recommended wines based on your palette test. You can skip a month or cancel your subscription anytime by logging into your account.
Most bottles are priced at below retail price, making this box a good value. Bottles start at $13 so the lowest you will pay for a box of 3 bottles is $48 and $52 for a box of 4 bottles.
How to order
Winc asks you questions like how you like your coffee, do you like citrus, do you like berries, etc. Then you select how many red wines you would like and how many white wines. Then, after creating an account, Winc will reveal 4 bottles they recommend. Each bottle has their prices listed below them. Then you can remove or add other wines to your box (but no more than 4 bottles total). Once you have selected the wines you would like, you place your order.
To order your Winc, check out their website.
- Opportunity to earn credits
- Option to skip a month
- You get recommendations
- You get to choose what comes in your box
- Does not ship to 11 states
- Can get expensive; $9 shipping for 3 bottles
6. Purple Carrot
Each delivery comes with fresh ingredients that have been prepared and pre-measured. All you need are basic kitchen supplies and just follow the instructions on the colorful and illustrated recipe card. On the recipe card is the approximate cooking time and nutritional info. While Purple Carrot doesn’t make promises about whether all the ingredients are organic, they are committed to sourcing top quality ingredients. This shows in the quality of their meals. The box that the food comes in keeps the ingredients cool until they arrive and is also recyclable. Also included in the box is a newsletter that lets you know what’s on the menu for next week.
Though Purple Carrot is not technically a monthly subscription but rather a weekly one, you can skip or cancel your subscription anytime through your account online. If you don’t fancy what’s on the menu for next week and you want to skip a week, you must do so before Tuesday of the week before. You are charged weekly on Wednesdays.
The value of Purple Carrot really lies in the convenience and health components that the subscription provides. It is quite expensive no matter which plan you choose (Purple Carrot just recently increased their prices). Purple Carrot claims that each plate is valued around $12 which is actually a lot considering you have to put everything together yourself and do the dishes afterwards. You could get the same amount of food at a middle grade restaurant for the same price. But that is not the point of Purple Carrot. It reduces or eliminates the amount of grocery shopping you need to do saving money and food waste. Many subscribers have claimed that it has completely changed their health and lifestyle and who can put a price on that?
How to Order
Purple Carrot offers 2 basic plans and they just introduced a new “performance” plan sponsored by Tom Brady. When you subscribe on the website, you are asked to choose between a 1-2 person plan which is $78 a week and provides 3 meals a week, or a 3-4 person plan which is $80 a week and provides 2 meals a week. Purple Carrot takes $20 off your first weekly box and shipping is always free so your first box is only $60. The performance plan is $78 per week and provides 3 “high-performance” meals per week for 1-2 people. All the meals with this plan are higher in protein and gluten-free.
To sign up for Purple Carrot, visit their website.
- Sustainable plant based meals- better for health and environment
- Ingredients already prepared and measured
- Clear instructions
- Ability to view menus ahead of time and skip boxes if necessary
- Limited plans
6. POPSUGAR Must-Have Box
You don’t get to choose what you are going to get, but you can be sure you will get at least one thing that you’ll love. In their most recent box, POPSUGAR celebrated their 5-year anniversary. Subscribers got a mini lacquered tray that says “CHEERS!”, face mask cream, a friendship bracelet, glitter candles, a journal, cookies,and a $25 gift card to Shoptiques.com. Also included was a helpful list of how to have a productive morning. Previous boxes have included make-up, towels, and candles. The boxes also come with a classy guide to each item so that you know exactly what you are getting and how to use it. Occasionally there you might get a notification that there are add-ons available to add to your box for an additional price. To do this, you just need to log into your account before the end of the month and select the add-ons you want to be sent to you with next month’s box.
Once you order the box, your credit card will be charged automatically every month unless you cancel. You can cancel anytime by logging into your online account. However, you must cancel before the 23rd of the month in order not to be charged for the following month.
The price for the POPSUGAR Must-Have Box is $39.95 a month with free shipping. The actual value of the birthday box mentioned above is approximately $150! The average value of the Must-Have boxes is around $100, which is still more than double the subscription cost. The value is reason enough to subscribe to the POPSUGAR Must-Have Box. POPSUGAR also has a referral program where if you refer 3 friends you get one box free and $10 off a box for each friend after that.
How to Order
Subscribing to the POPSUGAR Must-Have box is as easy as clicking “SUBSCRIBE” on their website. You can choose between paying monthly, paying for 3 months at once, or paying for 6 months at once. The rate is always $39.95 per month. There is always a special promotion for your first box, like taking $5 off or 10% off.
To get your own POPSUGAR Must-Have box, visit their website here.
- Overall value
- Promotions for first time subscribers
- Variety and quality of products
- No option to skip a month or pause subscription
7. Tea Runners
The cute thin box comes with four pouches of loose leaf tea. Each pouch has information on it about the tea: the name and description, ingredients, where it came from, type of tea, brewing instructions, and caffeine level. Each resealable pouch has about 1 oz. of tea in it. Tea runners claims that you can make 30-50 cups of tea from each pouch and even more if you double steep the tea. Each month there is usually a mix of teas like green tea, black tea, and herbal tea.
You will likely be paying more for the actual value of the tea in the box, but if you think about it in terms of how many cups of tea you get from it, the value is actually pretty good. Tea Runners claims that since you can get 30-50 cups of tea from each bag, with a monthly subscription that is like paying $0.56 for a cup of tea. Also there is value in that you are being sent small quantities of fine teas for you to sample instead of having to buy individual teas in bulk.
How to order
You can choose to pay $25 monthly, a 3 month subscription for $22.50 monthly, or a 6 month subscription for $21.25 monthly. Shipping is free within the US and Canada. Note: This subscription has been so popular that they had to create a waitlist for new subscribers until they have more boxes. They estimate that they can accept new subscribers after mid-September.
Once you subscribe to Tea Runners, you will be billed on the 16th of the month for the next month’s box. This charge will be recurring unless you log in to skip or cancel your subscription before the 16th. If you would like to try Tea Runners for a finite amount of time and not have a recurring subscription, there is a gift option available.
To get on their waitlist, visit Tearunners.com.
- You get to sample small amounts of tea from all over the world
- Convenient packaging
- Gift options
- Free shipping in US and Canada
- Price is more than actual value
- Cannot choose teas (yet! New website relaunching end of 2017).
- Limited number of boxes
The SweatyBox is filled with health and fitness goodies. There is usually one food item and a mix of 4-5 beauty and fitness products. The products are usually from well-known or high-quality brand names. Items from previous boxes include a chia bar, sunscreen, nail polish, and a jump rope.
Once you order the SweatyBox, you will be charged $10 plus shipping every month. You can cancel your subscription anytime online and will not be charged for the following month if it is before the 15th.
The total value of the items that come in the SweatyBox ranges between $20-$40. That is at least double the $10 plus shipping that you pay. Also the items that you get are high quality and useful. This is the perfect box to subscribe to for a blend of monthly motivation and self-care. Who can place a value on that!
How to Order
Ordering the SweatyBox is very straightforward. They do offer a quarterly box that ships every 3 months for $50 plus shipping. Or you have the option to gift a subscription by paying for a 3 month, 6 month, or 1 year subscription all at once. Currently, you can get your first box free (plus shipping) with the code “1STSWTYBOXFREE” or save $5 off your 3, 6 or 12-month gift cards with coupon “SBGifts5Off”.
To learn more about the SweatyBox, visit their website.
- Woman and health centered items
- First time subscriber promotions
- Variety of products
- No information card
- Cannot skip months
With a monthly subscription to you get a two-piece outfit delivered to you every month. You choose the items that you wish to receive. Fabletics offers a multitude of high quality exercise tops, sports bras, and leggings. The designs are fun without being too loud and are just the right balance between cute and sexy. Exactly what you would hope for exercise clothes.
Ordering has been confusing for customers in the past because there is the option to buy the outfits in a single time purchase without paying for the monthly membership. But if you do the one time purchase option, you don’t get the “fab” prices and end up paying around $100 for a single outfit. To sign up for the monthly subscription, you have to select the “VIP Membership”. Doing so automatically charges your credit card $49.95 on the 6th of every month. To actually receive your items, you have to log into Fabletics sometime between the 1st and the 5th of the month to either select your outfit or opt to skip the month and not be charged. If you don’t, you will still be charged but Fabletics won’t send you anything. Instead, the credit will go towards another purchase. This can become frustrating especially if you forget to log into the website in that 5 day window. Subscription boxes are supposed to be convenient and this aspect slightly diminishes that. But the trade-off is that you get flexibility in what you are going to receive and how often. If you wish to cancel your subscription, all you need to do is call and you can cancel anytime.
Membership is $49.95 a month. However Fabletics has a first time VIP Member deal where your first month is only $25. For two pieces of high quality workout clothes, this subscription is worth the value. The actual retail value of the clothes that come in the box is usually between $50-$150 so you are getting more than you bargained for. Many subscribers compare the quality of the clothes to brands like Lululemon and Adidas.
How to Order
When you subscribe to Fabletics, you are asked a series of questions like whether you prefer to run, do yoga, cycle, gym, or all of the above. Then you are asked about where you workout (home, gym, outdoors, or studio). You will also be able to select a color scheme that best fits your style, as well as questions about your body type. Fabletics then curates outfits for you to select from based on your answers to the questions.
To get a Fabletics membership, visit their website here.
- Clothing is high quality
- You get to select your items
- Must remember to log in to place your order or skip a month
The Criteria We Used to Find the Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Women
What You Get
When compiling our list of the best monthly subscription boxes for women, we made sure to find out if the value of the products in the box was at least, if not more, than the price you pay per month for each box. One benefit of a subscription program is getting a price break on the products the company selects for the box. Many of the subscription boxes on this list contain products that were worth more than the monthly subscription price.
Ordering a subscription box, or cancelling a box for that matter, should be easy. The companies on this list allow customers to easily subscribe, cancel and in many cases pause or skip a month by simply logging onto their account.
Other Criteria We Considered When Choosing Our Top 10 List
We made sure to consider shipping cost as well as timeliness of shipping when compiling this list. Many of the subscription boxes above include free shipping or shipping at a reasonable price. Most of the subscriptions on this list are shipped at the same time every month. Some companies offer expedited shipping for an additional cost. Just make sure to read over the shipping information prior to ordering your box.
Since many of the boxes on this list come with products that are a surprise each month, we made sure to account for customer reviews. By looking at customer reviews, we could see if the products in the box were worth the price of the subscription or if the products satisfied a majority of the subscribers month after month. Subscription boxes who had customers that were continually disappointed with the products included in the box were not considered.
Q: If I sign up for a subscription box, is it easy to cancel?
A: Many companies make it easy to cancel your subscription. However, make sure to read all the terms and conditions prior to signing up for your monthly subscription. Many companies will have a specific cut off date that you will need to cancel by in order to avoid the next month’s cost. In order to cancel, many companies provide an online account to customers in order to access their account and cancel or pause their subscription.
Q: Do I really get a better value than what is in the box?
A: In most cases, the products in the box are more than the value of the subscription cost itself. Some companies will provide the MSRP of each product so that you will easily know that you are getting the best deal possible. As stated above, a perk of signing up for a subscription box is getting a great deal on the latest and best products on the market.
Q: Is shipping included?
A: It depends. Many companies either include free shipping or include the shipping cost in the subscription price itself. Some will charge an additional amount or offer various shipping options. Be sure to read about their shipping costs before signing up.