Monday, December 22, 2014

Best Subscription Box of 2014




In January 2013, TME published “Battle of The Beauty Boxes: Round One,” with the aim of informing our readers about which beauty/lifestyle subscription box offered what. The market of monthly subscription box services exploded and this led us to publish “Battleof The Beauty Boxes: Round Two” -- a mere six months later. Since our initial “Battle,” the market of subscription box services continues to grow and we’ve seen our fair share of the good, the bad, and the “What were they thinking”?

Sure we could have done “Round 3,” but with all that we’ve witnessed it was time to give a huge shout out to the subscription services that continuously offer superiorly curated boxes. While there can only be one “Best Subscription Box,” we present the beauty and lifestyle boxes that are superior and deserving of acknowledgment. So, just who are the brands and which one took the Best Subscription Box of 2014? There were a total of 24 subscription services that threw their hat into the ring, but we’ve chosen the best of the best and here they are!


Most Improved Beauty Box - Beauty Army ($12/month – Shipping Included). In 2013, Beauty Army was a less then thrilling experience. With a revamped website (launched in January 2014), navigating the site to fill out your personal beauty profile and choose your own samples is a fun experience. Included in our Beauty Army box were seven real-sized samples that easily exceeded the $12 subscription price. Good Job Beauty Army!


Best Lifestyle Box PopSugar Must Have ($35/month – Shipping Included) Many of you may be familiar with PopSugar.com, a leading online source of women’s lifestyle information and a favorite site here at TME. Every Must Have box is expertly, and lovingly, curated by the PopSugar editors, which guarantees that you are going to be presented with top-notch lifestyle products. Proving that PopSugar Must Have truly is a superior lifestyle box with their fingers on the pulse of lifestyle -- the brand has launched Must Have boxes for specific life milestones such as bridal and baby!


Best Specialty Box - Escape Monthly ($49.95/month - Shipping Included) is an essential for anyone who, like us, loves to travel and learn about other places. Gigi, an extensive world traveler, was blown away by the accuracy of information and the stellar curation of the Escape Monthly box. Items included in each box range from informative travel books to cuisine and well exceed the monthly subscription price. Escape Monthly is perfect for the adventure bound … even if the adventure is from your living room.


Best Beauty BoxGLOSSYBOX ($21/month - Shipping Included) We have watched this brand for over three years and had the pleasure of interviewing GLOSSYBOX CEO, Charles von Abercron. From the industry insider perspective, we have witnessed many changes within this company … some left us believing that all hope was lost for this brand … but, with a major rebound GLOSSYBOX is back on top delivering beautifully and thoughtfully curated beauty boxes that leave us doing the “happy dance” upon the box’s monthly arrival!


Drum roll … please … Yuzen is THE Best Subscription Box 2014! With boxes arriving quarterly, Yuzen's tagline of "Sending you a little Zen" reminds us to stop and take time for ourselves. Yuzen Boxes ($33/qurter – Shipping Included) arrive each season -- winter, spring, summer, and fall -- and include high-end luxurious beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products that are carefully selected by Jen and Ted Ning, the owners of Yuzen.

The Ning's shared, "When making selections for each Yuzen box, we always look to quality, mission, and integrity before we put it to our Yuzen test -- evaluating its performance, experiencing the benefits first hand, and then sharing our favorites with others".

So what can you expect when receiving one of these boxes? To start, Yuzen is artfully packaged, making a perfect gift for any person -- especially the "hard-to-buy-for" in your life. As part of the packaging, the brand encloses a strip of authentic Japanese Yuzen paper, which can be used as a bookmark, for origami making, or for any paper crafts.

Inside the box, one will find a card with detailed information about each product and an explanation as to why it was chosen, a mix of nine full-sized and sample size products, and discount codes for each product. Plus the products are encased in a lovely reusable mesh drawstring bag. There isn't an aspect of Yuzen that hasn't impressed us -- from the Ning's philosophy of "pampering oneself," to the brilliantly executed packaging and, of course, the high quality, natural, organic products that are contained within. The $33 price includes shipping and product value is approximately $100, unless you count the needful pampering encouraged by Yuzen … priceless in our book!

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