When subscription box services first became popular, a majority of them offered introductory free subscription boxes to entice customers. But now that the fad has become mainstream, free trials are few and far between. While there aren’t a lot of free trial subscriptions anymore, most brands offer incredible low-cost deals to give you an idea of what to expect.
The following are just some of the best low-cost & free subscription boxes in the UK for 2020.
Subscription type: Beauty Box
Details: Are you tired of constantly putting on the same fragrances? If so, Scentful was made for you. Each month, you receive two designer scents delivered in 5 mL bottles. There’s enough product for you to enjoy 4 to 5 sprays per day before your next box arrives. The company guarantees genuine designer scents in each box—no imposters or knock-offs.
What makes it unique: Each fragrance comes with a scent card that breaks down the various notes and features. It’s a great way to discover why you prefer certain perfumes over others, and that can help you to better select future fragrances.
The deal: Not only does Scentful offer FREE UK shipping, but we have an exclusive coupon code that will get you 20% off your first month’s box (valid through 12/10/2020).
2. Cyrena Wellbeing
Subscription type: Wellness Box
Details: Cyrena is the ultimate pampering subscription. Each box contains a unique tea blend, an aromatherapy essential oil, a bath bomb or soap, and one surprise gift. Their luxury teas include classics like Earl Grey and English Breakfast as well as unique selections like pomegranate and hibiscus green tea. Their bath bombs range from cotton candy to lavender, and each one is a treat for the senses.
What makes it unique: If there are specific teas or essential oils that you’re partial to, you can contact Cyrena Wellbeing. They’ll try to include those options in your next box.
The deal. Get 10% off when you subscribe to their newsletter, and enjoy FREE shipping throughout the UK. Right now, we have a coupon for 15% off your first box (valid through 31/07/2020).
Subscription type: Beauty Box
Details: Birchbox is the ultimate beauty box. Just create your beauty profile, and the stylists at Birchbox will select five custom-tailored beauty products to include in your box each month. Samples include make-up, skincare essentials, haircare products, fragrances, and more, all from industry-leading and up-and-coming brands. You also receive The Birchbox magazine, which contains valuable beauty and lifestyle tips. Each month, you receive credits that you can put toward purchases in the Birchbox shop.
What makes it unique: If you really like to be surprised, you can choose to receive a curated selection of samples not based on your beauty profile. This is a great way to discover and fall in love with cosmetics you might never have otherwise considered.
The deal: Boxes start at just £12.95 per month (including delivery), and students get 50% off their first box. If you refer a friend, you get £10 toward your next box!
Subscription type: Food Subscription Box
Details: HelloFresh is one of the most popular and most flexible meal prep subscription boxes available. Each box includes all the ingredients and recipes you need to prepare delicious gourmet meals with ease. All of the ingredients are already portioned, so there’s no measuring required. Choose the recipes that appeal to you, and select between a range of subscription boxes including the classic Box, veggie Box, and family Box. For as little as £2.21 per meal, you can prepare foods just like a gourmet chef.
What makes it unique: Each recipe card includes complete nutritional information, so you can easily keep track of your calories, carbs, and other nutrients. View the recipes online for additional information, including allergens.
The deal: Right now, UK customers can get their first four boxes for 35% off.
Subscription type: Alcohol Box
Details: This one is a guaranteed winner for gin lovers. Each month, you receive two 50 mL craft gins and two 200 mL tonics or mixers. Also included is a guide for mixing and garnishing your drinks to perfection. It’s a great way to discover new gins without having to purchase an entire bottle. If you taste one that you truly love, you’re eligible for discounts on full-sized bottles.
What makes it unique: Unlike many subscription boxes, ILoveGin allows you to temporarily pause your subscription if you’re going out of town for a few weeks or just looking to tighten your belt when the bills pile up.
The deal: We currently have a coupon code to get £5 off your first box (valid through 31/12/2020).
Subscription type: Snacks Subscription Box
Details: Graze is the ultimate snack box, and all of their goodies are delicious and nutritious. Just create an online profile with your favourite snack type, and Graze will send you a monthly box with selected treats curated especially for you. There are already more than 100 snacks to choose from, and the company is constantly adding new selections to its inventory. Tempting goodies include cakes, nuts, dried fruits, and their famous honeycomb fibre flapjacks.
What makes it unique: As a member, you get to rate all of the snacks you receive. Graze uses this information to learn more about your tastes and curate future boxes to perfection.
The deal: Your first box is half price (usually £4.49).
Subscription type: Snacks Subscription Box
Details: Each month, SnackSurprise sends you a selection of delicious treats from a different country. Each box contains six to eight full-size snacks. Crisps, cookies, crackers, and beverages are just some of the snacks you might receive. Experience the most popular name-brand goodies from Japan, Australia, the USA, or whichever country comes next—it’s always a surprise. Best of all, they donate a portion of each sale to various cancer charities.
What makes it unique: It’s not just the largest or most populous countries that are represented. Recent boxes have showcased countries like the Netherlands and Poland, so you really do get to expand your sweet tooth.
The deal: Prices start at £10.99 a month, and every order qualifies for FREE shipping throughout the UK.
Subscription type: Audiobook Subscription
Details: Though not a “box” in the traditional sense, Audible remains one of the most popular monthly subscription services in the world. Nearly a billion audiobooks have been downloaded using the service. Each month, you receive one or more credits to download any of the 200,000+ audiobooks in their inventory. You also gain access to Audible original audiobooks and exclusive podcasts as a bonus.
What makes it unique: If you decide that you hate a particular audiobook, just return it and choose something else—no extra charge, and no questions asked. You can trade in that unwanted audiobook even if you already finished listening to it.
The deal: Every new Audible member gets a 30-day FREE trial. That’s one free audiobook that you can keep forever, even if you cancel. When the free trial is over, the service costs £7.99 per month for the basic plan.
Details: GreenEcoBox is a world leader in natural, environmentally friendly subscription boxes. They have three main boxes to choose from: The Gootea Box (featuring tea and biscuits), Beauty in the Box (featuring natural cosmetics), and the Bee Happy Box (featuring natural gourmet products, teas, and cosmetics). When you subscribe to any of these monthly subscription boxes, GreenEcoBox will plant a tree in your name and donate a portion of your monthly payment to an eco-friendly non-profit organisation.
What makes it unique: GreenEcoBox takes their environmental commitment very seriously. They use 100% recycled cardboard, 100% biodegradable waste, and carbon-neutral shipping methods.
The deal: The Bee Happy Box and Beauty in the Box both qualify for FREE shipping in the UK. Best of all, new subscribers qualify for 15% off their first box using our coupon code (valid through 31/12/2020).
10. Treat Trunk
Subscription type: Vegan Box
Details: Enjoy a varied selection of nutritious, low-calorie snacks every month—all plant-based and delicious. Treat Trunk boxes are loaded with chocolates, assorted nuts, dried fruit slices, artisanal teas, flavourful flapjacks, and much more. And you’re not the only one who gets to eat better. For each Treat Trunk sold, the company helps feed a child through the Share the Meal charity.
What makes it unique: Adult and kid-sized boxes are available, and you can also purchase a one-off box if you’re looking to sample the selection. Boxes start at just £19.99 per month, and each one contains a completely unique assortment of snacks.
The deal: Delivery is always FREE, and AllSubscriptionBoxes has a coupon code for 20% off your first month’s subscription.
11. The Pip Box
Details: For as little as £18.33 a month, you receive about £55 worth of cruelty-free cosmetics delivered to your door. The Pip Box guarantees a minimum of five samples in each box, including foundations, lipsticks, skincare essentials, and much more. Many of the products are full-sized.
What makes it unique: The company is committed to working exclusively with cruelty-free beauty brands, and 10% of the profit from each box is donated to Animal Free Research UK. This is a beauty box you can feel good about.
The deal: Shipping is FREE in the UK. Using our coupon code, you can get 50% off your first subscription box.
12. Butternut Box
Subscription type: Dog Food Subscription
Details: For as little as £1.60 a day, your furry friend can enjoy the ultimate gourmet diet. Butternut Box specialises in healthy homemade dog food made from high-quality ingredients. Each meal is specially tailored to the dog based on age, breed, and activity level. Pre-portioned meals are delivered every 2, 3, or 4 weeks depending on the nutritional needs of the dog.
What makes it unique: All of the food provided is fit for human consumption. It’s literally taste-tested by the team at Butternut Box. You won’t find any pink slime in this dog food.
The deal: FREE UK shipping. Use our 2020 coupon code to get 15% off your first box (valid through 31/12/2020).
13. Blink! Cat Food
Subscription type: Cat Food Subscription
Details: Speaking of pet food, Blink! offers nutritious, feline-approved cat foods with 100% natural ingredients. Natural fish fillets and shredded meats are the basis of each meal. You choose the size of your box and the flavours you want, and Blink! delivers premium, grain-free cat food to your door. It’s all made fresh in Northamptonshire and enriched with vitamins to support a cat’s balanced diet. Boxes start at just £25.
What makes it unique: If your cat is finicky about what she’ll eat, you can purchase a £1 trial box and test it out before committing to a subscription. You can pause (or “paws”) your subscription at any time if you need to go out of town.
The deal: Blink! is offering a FREE trial box to everyone who signs up. You just pay £1 for delivery. You should receive your first monthly subscription box 12 days after your free trial.
Subscription type: Meal Preparation Box
Details: The premise is simple: You receive four recipe kits with corresponding recipe cards. Combine the kits with a few basic ingredients in your kitchen, and create delicious homemade meals in about 20 minutes. SimplyCook has over 100 chef-inspired recipes from around the world, so each box is a new collection of flavour sensations. Each box costs just £9.99, and you can receive as many as you’d like.
What makes it unique: You decide how often you want to receive your subscription: every 2 weeks or every 4 weeks. It all depends on how frequently you want to cook. And unlike other culinary subscription boxes, SimplyCook includes allergy information right on the recipe card.
The deal: SimplyCook offers a £3 trial box, so you can try it out and decide if you want to create more homemade recipes.
15. The Honestly Good Smoothie
Subscription type: Grocery Box
Details: Receive blend-it-yourself smoothie kits, all hand-prepared and 100% organic. Choose between the Honestly Fruity Box, the Honestly Green Box, and the Variety Box. Kits are flash-frozen and ready for blending when they arrive at your door. Choose between weekly, fortnightly, and monthly delivery, with subscriptions as low as £27.50.
What makes it unique: Each smoothie is designed by an award-winning nutritionist. Each ingredient is uniquely selected for maximum flavour and nutritional value.
The deal: Sign up for their newsletter and receive £10 off your first order.
16. Secret Scent Box
Subscription type: Beauty Box
Details: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and Hugo Boss are just some of the designer names that have made their way into the Secret Scent Box. Receive three hand-picked fragrances each month, all from authentic designer brands. Men’s and women’s boxes are available, and there are no contracts or commitments to worry about. All scents are delivered in letterbox-friendly packaging, so you don’t have to be home to receive them.
What makes it unique: Their fragrances aren’t limited to perfumes and colognes. Boxes may also contain aftershave products and other high-quality scents.
The deal: Use the coupon code ALLSUBBOXES15 to get 15% off your first box. Shipping is FREE throughout the UK.
17. Super Loot
Subscription type: Geek Box
Details: Super Loot is all about geek and gamer essentials. With selections ranging from T-shirts to Funko Pop collectables and action figures, each box is an exciting mystery. One box might contain an assortment of Marvel-themed goods while the next box is all about Star Wars. Choose between Geek & Game box, the Comic Book box, and the Candy box. Monthly subscriptions start at just £24.99, and each box contains over £45 worth of products.
What makes it unique: Super Loot is closely connected to its online following. Post your unboxing video on social media, and the company might just send you an extra-special bonus gift with your next box.
The deal: Sign up today and your first box is only £19.99.
18. Pasta Evangelists
Subscription type: Food Box
Details: Pasta Evangelists is the UK’s premier pasta brand, and their monthly subscription box makes it easy to prepare authentic Italian meals at home. Each box includes a pasta selection, sauce, and garnish along with a recipe so you can prepare your meal to perfection. Dish up amazing creations like Amalfi Lemon & Mozzarella Ravioli with Sage Butter, and Beef & Truffle Tortelloni with Sage Butter and Hazelnut Crumb. Subscriptions start at just £13.
What makes it unique: All recipes are created by real chefs, so you can enjoy restaurant-quality pasta right at your own table.
The deal: Sign up for their newsletter and receive 20% off your first order.
19. Amazon Kindle Unlimited
Subscription type: Book Subscription
Details: With over 1 million titles and counting, Kindle Unlimited is the world’s largest e-book subscription service. For just £7.99 per month, you have access to best-selling novels, current magazines, and audiobooks. There are no contracts or commitments, and the content is downloaded right to your phone or tablet.
What makes it unique: There is no limit to the number of books you can read with Kindle Unlimited. Check out up to 10 books at a time, and swap them out when you’re finished with them.
The deal: Kindle Unlimited is FREE for the first 30 days.
20. Bloombox Club
Subscription type: Plants & Flowers Subscription
Details: This one is perfect for anyone with a green thumb or a love of interior decorating. For as little as £35.00, you can have a new exotic plant delivered to your home each month, complete with a unique ceramic pot or basket. From fishtail palms to horsehead philodendrons, each plant is different, so you can create the ultimate botanical display. You pay as you go, and there are no long-term contracts.
What makes it unique: You don’t have to have a green thumb to succeed with Bloombox Club. Each delivery comes with detailed care instructions, and the company’s Green Room blog contains a wealth of additional plant-care tips.
The deal: Sign up for their newsletter to get 10% off your first box. Your first box also includes FREE plant food.
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