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The 23 Most Popular Subscription Boxes of 2018 Consumers Love

Here’s a list of the most popular subscription boxes in 2018 with the best monthly subscription services.

  1. Try The World
  2. Freedom Japanese Market
  3. Club W
  4. NicelyNoted
  5. FabFitFun
  6. Blue Apron
  7. Birchbox
  8. MistoBox
  9. Barkbox
  10. Graze
  11. ChocoCurb
  12. The Cravory
  13. Taste Trunk
  14. Bespoke Post
  15. Loot Crate
  16. Candy Club
  17. Macaron of the Month Club
  18. Kiwi Crate
  19. Dollar Shave Club
  20. Sock Fancy
  21. Tea Box
  22. Ozone Socks
  23. Ipsy


I love getting packages in the mail.

It doesn’t matter what season it is, a package makes any day feel like Christmas morning.

Fighting through bubble wrap, taking inventory of the goods, maybe laying them out for an Instagram photo.

I can’t get enough of any of it, and with the surge in popularity (and profitability) of the 23 monthly subscription boxes in this article, it’s clear I’m not the only one.

According to Forbes, Birchbox began the subscription box movement back in 2010, delivering its monthly care package of beauty samples for only $10.

Since then, the beauty and grooming company has grown to offer a men’s box, serve more than 800,000 subscribers worldwide, and earn over $96 Million in sales annually.

Today, there are over 600 subscription box services like Birchboxrunning in the United States alone, and even retail giants like Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Amazon, and Lancome have entered the market.

With them proving to be a hot ticket holiday gift, this year, let’s take a minute to unbox the secrets behind their success and talk about 21 we can’t resist.


How Do Subscription Boxes Work?

The process is simple. A new user signs up for a monthly fee (could range anywhere from $10 to hundreds depending on the service) and usually completes a short survey about their tastes and preferences. After that, the subscriber gets a box of personally selected goodies automatically delivered right to their doorstep.

They’re the holiday gift that keeps on giving — at least for a few months. 

Why are They So Popular (and Profitable)?

Targeted Buyer Personas

Whether you’re a chocolate lover, a wine connoisseur, or even a comic book geek, there’s a subscription box for you.

Most subscriptions (with a few, rare exceptions) are catered specifically to very distinct interests. These distinctions allow brands to curate products as well as create content and overall experiences that will truly resonate and delight their buyer personas.


Aside from providing the brand with their tastes and preferences, subscribers have no say in the products they receive each month.

Each package becomes a mystery waiting to be solved. Psychologically, the anticipation and suspense created by this “curiosity gap” makes receiving the box each month that much more satisfying.

Value & Convenience

While this depends on the brand, a large part of the consumer appeal of subscription boxes comes from value and convenience.

With a Birchbox subscription, for example, subscribers get five high-end beauty samples for just $10 a month for women and $20 for men.

Not only is this a fraction of the cost of purchasing all the products individually, but members also get to try out and shop for products, all from the comfort of their own home.


Overall, like every consumer business venture, the secret to subscription box success is customer delight. If you can wrap a usually ordinary task (like shopping for your grooming products) in a unique, easy, and overall “delightful” experience, people will not only pay for it, but spread the word.

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