Beauty Box 5 offers its subscribers five beauty item every month in a pretty green box at the rate of $12 for a month, $30 for three months or $99 for a year. They don’t have any point or reward system at the moment. According to their web site they are working on it, but I haven’t seen any updates in my 6 months with them. They ask subscribers to fill out a short survey in an attempt to customize individual boxes. However, from what I’ve seen variation between boxes is minimal, so I’m not sure how much customization takes place. At the time I signed up for it I was looking for a beauty subscription not as widely known as Birchbox and Ipsy, but in the same price category. Beauty Box 5 met these criteria. From the first box I got an impression that this subscription is very practical, but not very exciting. The following boxes confirmed this impression. The items they sent me were useful and usable, but more often than not they weren’t something I would look forward to.
I ended up canceling Beauty Box 5, mostly because I could not longer justify spending money on it. I wasn’t exited to know that it’s on the way, and I wasn’t eager to open the box once it arrived. I was majorly peeved by two sets of toe separators that I received two months apart and too many hair products that are totally useless for my temperamental hair. Two lifestyle products in my November box (Refillable Travel Bottle and DenTek Floss Picks) were the last straw. It made me realize that Beauty Box 5 was not a good fit for me.
With that said I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying out Beauty Box 5. They’re not a “bad” subscription – I was getting my boxes in a timely manner and boxes always had more value than cost of the subscription.