The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa

An inside peek into the 12 best subscription box services in South Africa and whether they’re worth their monthly fees.

 

 

There’s something quite awesome about getting a monthly delivery of goodies catered just for you. Subscription box services have been popping up in just about every market from food to books, wine and even underwear. Some offer savings, others offer convenience and others boast the novelty factor of introducing you to products and brands you’ve never heard of. We’ve done some serious legwork to find the best subscription box services in South Africa (plus a couple of giveaways thrown in). We’re letting you know what exactly goes into them, how to know if it’s the subscription box for you and how they stack up in terms of value for money.

 

If you’re into food we’re looking at Daily Dish, Tuck Box, Good Snacks, Wine of the Month Club and the Delight Box.

If you have kids we’re sharing Poppet Post, the Book Owl and Bundle Box.

And for the ladies we’ve found Lingerie Letters, Little Black Bag and Every 28 and Fond of Jane.

For an unfiltered, honest opinion scroll on.

 

Food Subscription Box Services in South Africa

 

1. Daily Dish

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa - The Daily Dish

What is it?

The Daily Dish is a weekly meal kit subscription box which arrives every Monday morning. You select between 5 different menus – The classic, Vegetarian, Low Carb, Pork Free or Budget – and you get fresh ingredients plus recipes to create 4 simple and wholesome meals. You can also choose how many servings you need (2-4 people).  All ingredients are sourced from Fairview Farms in Paarl, so you’re getting locally produced seasonal ingredients.

What’s in it?

The ingredients you need to make 4 meals and the recipes. We got the vegetarian box which had ingredients to make Green Fig and Camembert Sandwiches, Mushroom and Basil Linguine, Quesadillas and a Lentil Casserole.

What we love about it

Daily Dish sends you an email on Monday morning to remind you about delivery. They also recommend the order you should make the meals in based on which ingredients last longest, so you don’t get stuck with bad produce. Pretty genius, if you ask us!

The ingredients are locally sourced, in season and fresh from Fairview Farms in Paarl. They also most importantly look fresh and clean. This was a major win coming from a person who doesn’t like buying pre-cut produce.

The meals are wholesome and balanced. The vegetarian options were healthy but not restrictive and made from wholefoods. Most meals had a protein, carb, fat and fresh produce. In addition, it’s easy to identify all the ingredients in the box, so you can skip ones that you don’t like. The meals are also simple enough for a beginner cook to make them, but nice enough for seasoned cooks to appreciate.

Each meal comes with a recipe card with exact ingredients and instructions. You can even save the recipe cards that come with your box to remake your favourite dishes. You can also find them on their website here.

The packaging was minimal which reduced the waste that meal kits subscription boxes are hated for. They also give you instructions on recycling the ice packs and boxes that come with your delivery.

It’s the box for you if…

  • You don’t have time to plan meals, shop for the ingredients or decide what to make. Or if pre-planning meals is something you struggle with.
  • You don’t know how to cook but want to learn. If you find the idea of cooking intimidating, Daily Dish is a great place to start. You don’t need to figure out recipes or ingredients; you just need to follow a few simple instructions.
  • You find yourself throwing away produce that went bad every week. No wastage here – it comes with exact amount you need.

How much does it Cost?

Prices vary from R660 – R1270 per box depending on the menu and amount of servings.

Value for Money

The Daily Dish Subscription Box we got worked out to R58.75 per serving, which we thought was a very reasonable amount to spend on a good meal.  The most expensive option works out to R79.40 per serving, which when compared to the average fast food (far less healthy) and the cost of sitting down at a restaurant, is very reasonable. Aside from the potential of saving you food costs, it also offers a huge convenience. Daily Dish provides you with something you actually need and will make use of.

9.5 /10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What you should know before buying

You need to have a basic pantry to make the meals. Ingredients like olive oil, butter, salt and pepper are not in the box, so make sure you have those at home. (for tips on stocking a basic pantry click here)

If you register here before ordering you’ll get R250 off your first box

 

2. Tuckbox

 

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa -TuckBox

What is it?

Tuckbox is a healthy snack subscription box that delivers healthy portion controlled snacks to your door once or twice monthly. Tuckbox sources and manufacturers everything you find inside the box and puts a focus on the taste, nutritional value and quality of the goods. You can customise according to your dietary needs and they select from a variety of nuts, dried fruit, crackers, biltong and more.

What’s in it?

10 individually packed and portion controlled snacks. In the Tuckbox we received, there were 8 various nut and fruit mixes, a fruit and nut bar and a guava and pear flat bar. Despite not being able to choose the exact snacks that come inside the box, there was nothing in there that we didn’t want to try!

What we love about it

The packaging! Packaging is not always everything, but Tuckbox does it so well. The portions are perfectly sized and in clear packaging so you can see what you’re getting.

You can customise your Tuckbox according to dietary preferences (vegetarian, kosher). Being able to get a snack box tailored to your needs and being able to enjoy everything in it makes a huge difference.

The mixes were different from what you find in stores and the fruit was incredibly soft. There was also dried Kiwi in two of the packs which is not something you see often. Spoiler alert: It tastes amazing dried. There’s also a nice variety inside the box, so if you’re getting it for a family, everyone will find the snack they like.

It’s the box for you if

  • You want healthy and convenient snacks pre-packaged into perfect portions perfect to fill lunchboxes, keep in your bag or desk drawer for when you need it.  There’s also enough variety in one box that everyone in your family will find the snack they like.
  • You’re going hiking, camping or on a road trip and want healthy snacks.
  • You’re an endurance athlete that prefers fuelling with real food. If you prefer nuts / dried fruit over gels and chews, these are perfect. They’re natural, so are unlikely to cause you any stomach troubles. The containers are too bulky for cycling / running pockets, but you can easily transfer them into ziplock bags. They would fit in a hydration pack, if you do stage races.

How much does it cost?

R190 per Box

Value For money

At R190 per box and 10 snacks per box you’re paying an average of R19 per snack. Similar snacks at a store cost anywhere between R10 – R30, so this falls in the middle. There’s also a big convenience factor of getting pre-portioned snacks delivered to you without having to go out and source them. If you are a big snacker, it’s great value.

9/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What you should know before buying

They only deliver subscription boxes in Gauteng.

You can buy hand crated wooden gift boxes which can be delivered anywhere in South Africa here.

You can order customised Tuckboxes for your events.

 

3. The Delight Box

 

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa - The Delight Box

What is it?

The Delight Box is an artisanal food subscription box that delivers locally sourced treats from South African artisans once a month. Many of the items come from small South African businesses so it’s not the type of things you find in your local grocery. The Delight Box also has a social entrepreneurship model incorporating the buy one, give one principle into each box sold. For every box sold, they donate a month’s worth of food to someone in need.

What’s in it?

6-8 food items and 2 foodie novelty items. Our box contained 7 gourmet food items – Wedgewood Everything Biscuits, Ouhuis Rooibos Tea, Rhino Roastery Espresso, Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge, The Drakensberg Chocolate Memories Milk Chocolate, A thyme to dine chocolate Balsamic and The Mustard Shop’s Mustard. These came with a set of beautiful ‘meet the maker’s’ cards which introduced us to the artisans behind each product. In addition there was an egg separator and egg poaching gadget from Anzo.

What we love about it

The meet the maker’s cards were a lovely addition and emphasize the concept of the box which is to introduce you to local artisans and their products.

The foodie gadgets whilst novel are actually useful and will last long after the food is eaten.

The Delight Box is big on giving back. For every box you buy, they give 30 meals to someone less fortunate (if you sign up for a year you feed someone for a year). They work with the Food Bank of South Africa to ensure the packages get to the right people.

It’s a proudly South African box and supports both small businesses and local charities.

It’s the box for you if

  • You’re a foodie and are always looking to discover new flavours and new products.
  • You spend your weekends at farmers and food markets.
  • You want to give a gift that’s unique.

How much does it cost?

R499

Value For money

The total sum of the goodies in the box fell below R499 so it’s not a saving. Although products differ every month, it’s unlikely that you’re going to be saving on individual items if you would have bought them in store. However, this is a novelty box – it’s giving you things you probably have never seen and would not know existed (the only brands we recognized were Wedgewood and Anzo). It’s nice for discovering new brands and it also allows you to give back while getting something for yourself.

7/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What you should know before buying

You can buy a once off box just to try without the commitment of a subscription or as a gift.

You cannot customize your box.

 

4. Wine of the Month Club

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa - Wine of the month club

What is it?

Wine of the Month Club is South Africa’s oldest and largest wine club. They deliver expert approved wines to your door as often as you want. Every wine listed on wine of the month club has been (blind) tasted by a panel of wine experts, with only the best making their way online. There are 4 selections to choose from platinum, reserve, WOM select and best value. You can customise each box to suit your taste (white, red or a mix) and can choose between 6 or 12 bottles.

What’s in it?

A selection of 6-12 wines according to your preselected preferences. We got the Club Selection Box which came with 6 of their most popular wines. Included was a bottle of Giant’s Peak Merlot, Cloof Shiraz, Glenelly Grand Vin, Journey’s End Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenrust Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and Morton’s Reserve White. Each bottle comes with a custom neck tag which tells you about the wine, the vineyard it comes from, what to serve it with and a QR code you can scan for more information or to reorder. Each box is also accompanied by a Good Taste Magazine.

What we love about it

The neck tags which explain each wine and not only teach you about wine but also tell you what to pair it with, allowing you to show off some wine knowledge.

Along with the wine, comes a reorder sheet which gives you the opportunity to reorder your favourite bottles (at a discount). You can also shop them on their website here.

You are able to customise each box according to your taste and budget.

It’s the box for you if

  • You love wine – wine delivered to your door is a wine lover’s dream. It is also a great way to discover new wines.
  • You want to learn about wines – if you want to learn about wines; the flavours and pairings, this is a great way to do it.
  • You know a wine lover – perfect gift!

How much does it cost?

Boxes of 6 bottles range from R450 – R2200 and boxes with 12 bottles range from R650 – R4200.

Value for money

Depending on what you choose, you can expect to pay an average of R54 to R360 a bottle, but this is determined by how much you want to spend on wine, so the value is up to you. The bottles are also discounted so you are making a saving by getting them in the box as opposed to buying them in store. There’s also the convenience of not having to go out and buy wine, figure out what wine is good and the novelty of discovering and learning about good wines.

10/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What you should know before buying

If you don’t like wine, Wine of the Month Club has other lifestyle clubs you can join. There’s a coffee club, olive club, Champaign club, brandy club and whiskey club too!

It’s alcohol so you need to be over 18 to order and you will have to put down your ID number when it gets delivered.

DISCOUNT VOUCHER: Click here to get R200 off your next order at Wine of the month Club (you’re welcome!)

 

5. Good Snacks

 

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa

What is it?

Good Snacks is a healthy snack subscription box that arrives once a month. It’s filled with unusual and different healthy goodies. There are 6 boxes to choose from, each catered towards different dietary needs as well as a different quantity of snacks per box. There’s the Mover, Pure Delight, Vegan, Munchkin, Banter and Home Sweet Home.

What’s in it?

Depending on the box you get between 15-35 snacks. We got the Mover box which had 18 different snacks. It included snacks we knew of and completely new ones.

The following snacks were included: Trek Berry Burst Energy Bar, Nakd Cocao Mint Bar, Rush Berry Burst Bar, O’ Natural Superfood Bar, The Superbar, O’My Goodness Mushroom Biltong, Oat Rounds and Sweet Potato Flax Crackers, Luv Sum Cashew and Coconut Naked Protein Ball, The Primal Pantry Brazil Nut and Cherry Paleo Bar, a Buttanut almond Butter Sachet, Dried Mango, Dried Cherries, Droewors, Cashew Nuts, Earshine Cacoa Cookie, Spicy Thai Nuts and a Raw Earth Bar.

What we Loved about it

There was a large variety! There were so many different brands in the box and a nice combination of sweet, salty and savoury snacks.

You can customise your box. There are 6 different boxes which helps them cater the box to your eating preferences. This means that you’re happier with your overall purchase and are more likely to enjoy the entire box.

It’s the box for you if

  • You want healthy snacks without the hassle of sourcing them.
  • You want your kids to snack on healthy foods – the munchkin is a box devoted to kids.
  • You want to discover new health foods and brands.

How Much Does it Cost?

R595 per month or R650 once off

Value for money

Depending on the snacks the value of the snacks in the box may be less than R595. However, you do need to take into account the ‘hidden cost of shipping, which while “free”, has to be accounted for in the box price. The box does offer you a convenience factor in not having to go shop for them individually. In addition, many of the items in the box are not easily available and you can’t get them all in the same place. There’s also the novelty of discovering new items (mushroom biltong is a thing).

7/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What You Should Know Before Buying

You can buy a once off box – great for gifts or trying it out without the commitment.

You may not be able to find some of the snacks in the box easily – google will become your best friend!

They’re coming out with a corporate box soon, so you can have healthy work snacks.

WIN! Click here to win a box of healthy snacks from Good Snack Subscription Box

 

Parent and Kid Subscription Box Services

6. Book Owl
The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa - The Book Owl

What is it?

The book owl is a children’s book subscription box service delivering a selection of children’s books once a month.  Boxes are personally addressed to your child and are tailored to your child’s age and interest. The books that are selected are by well-known children’s authors and have been well received by children around the world.

What’s in it

Each box comes with 2 picture books, an activity book and special activity or craft page. The box we received was tailored for Leah, a two year old girl who loves to read, loves animals and loves to show off her counting skills. Addressed to her by name on the front, it included a letter from the Book Owl and 3 individually wrapped books. There was “Chocolate Mouse for Greedy Goose” which came with an activity sheet containing a recipe for a chocolate mousse, “Orange Pear Apple Bear” and a favourite “the Sticker Activity Numbers book”.

What we Loved about it

Reading is crucial for child’s development and the box makes reading fun and exciting.

It’s personalised to your child – from their interests and age, to the letter from the Book Owl. It makes them feel special, and gets them excited about reading.

Each book is wrapped, which makes it feel like they are receiving a gift, so the excitement begins with unwrapping the books.

There’s an activity included in every box which is related to one of the books, which is a sweet way to integrate reading into other activities.

It’s the box for you if

  • You want to encourage your child to read – presenting books as a gift is a great way to encourage reading and make it a fun thing to do.
  • You’re never sure what books to select for your child.
  • Looking for a present for a kid – books can be reread and enjoyed a hundred times and this makes a great gift to give.

How Much Does it Cost?

R255 for a single delivery, R705 for a 3 month Subscription and R1320 for a six month subscription.

Value for money

Depending on your subscription you pay R73-R88 per book. The books in the box were about the same price, so it’s not a huge saving but the books are valued at the price of the box, and you do not pay for shipping. There’s also a huge convenience in not having to choose books. It encourages your kid to read and introduces them to new material every month.

8/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What You Should Know Before Buying

The Book Owl caters for children from the ages of 0-6 years old.

If you’re ordering it as a gift, make sure to let them know so that the Book Owl can wish them happy birthday.

The book Owl can cater for Afrikaans readers.

You may get a book you already own, like Leah who already had Chocolate Mouse for a Greedy Goose. However, before sending you your pack The Book Owl confirms which popular author books you have to avoid this. If you do get an extra book,  you can also give the extra book away to someone in need.

 

7. Poppet Post

 

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa -- Poppet Post

What is it?

Poppet Post is an educational and stimulatory subscription box service for children aged 0-5 years. Every two months you get a box of toys, books and activities suited to your child’s age. Each box is themed and tailored to assist in the development of a child of that specific age. Boxes also include a card which tells you what milestones you can expect at the selected age.

What’s in it?

Each box consists of toys, books and activities. We got a Zoo themed box which included a book “The Best Cow in the Show”, a farm themed colouring book, an animal puzzle, a pig painting activity and an animal Velcro activity. The items in the box were suited for very wide range of ages and not one bracket in specific. We had Leah, who is 2 years old try it out and she loved some of the activities, but some were suited to a younger child and others like the colouring book more suited to an older child.

What we Loved about it

  • The Theme – having one theme encourages learning and is a great way to learn about one specific idea (like farm animals) in one box.
  • The Variety – the box included paint, puzzles, books and toys – it has a lot of different activities to stimulate and occupy your child.
  • Customisation – you can choose a box based on age. However, the box we got was a bit too broad in terms of age so you may not use all the toys.

It’s the box for you if

  • You want to buy your child toys that are stimulating the right things at the right age. Each box includes toys, books and activities for a specific age range.
  • You buy toys that often go unused or forgotten – Leah’s mom pointed out that by buying a box there is a much bigger incentive to carve out time with your child to do the activities than when you just buy toys.
  • You’re looking for a gift. Because you can buy them once off, they make great children’s party gifts.

How much does it cost?

R 349

Value for money

The box is a bit pricey in terms of what you are getting. You’re not going to save money but if you don’t have time to go out and buy toys or don’t know what to get, this box offers a great convenience.

7/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What You Should Know Before Buying

Poppet Post offers special occasion boxes. They do boxes for parties, baby showers, travel boxes and holiday boxes.

Make sure to fill in the age and gender of the child you are buying it for, so the box can be tailored to them.

 

8. Bundle Box

 

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa -Bundle Box

What is it?

BundleBox is a monthly subscription box of carefully selected goodies for Mom & Baby from pregnancy to preschool. It is developed by a panel of mommy experts and provides you with the items you need for each stage of pregnancy and your children’s childhood. It includes the best brands and products in the market for each stage of parenthood.

What’s in it

Each box has a selection of full-sized items tailored to a specific stage of pregnancy or parenting. The box we got was tailored for the final trimester of pregnancy. Inside was a note with what to expect and top tips for this stage. There was also a R100 voucher for BabyGroup, Elizabeth Ann’s Disinfecting Solution, Pure Organics Baby Wipes, Oh Lief Aqueous Cream, Natural Beauty Baby Bum Balm and an Avent Bottle. All of these were full sized and items you would need and use.

 

What we loved about it

We loved that with your first box you get a R100 voucher to BabyGroup, which is an online store where you can find every item in your box to purchase again. This makes it simple to reorder items.

We love that it comes with full sized practical products – no samples. You are able to try them out properly and use them well.

It gives you things before you need them – talk about being organised!

It’s the box for you if

  • You are pregnant or have a child up to the age of two.
  • You know a mom or mom-to-be – a BundleBox would be an incredible Baby Shower gift.
  • You don’t know what products you need or get confused about choosing between brands.

Cost

R295

Value for money

The items in the box including the voucher would set you back R434.80 if you went to buy them in a store. From a monetary perspective alone this box is worth every penny. The items are also practical and there’s the convenience of not having to figure out what to get along with the novelty of being able to discover new brands.

10/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What You Should Know Before Buying

You can cancel when you want, but if you don’t your subscription will automatically be cancelled when your child turns two.

It costs R1 to subscribe to BundleBox and then R295 per box.

 

Women Subscription Boxes

9. Lingerie Letters

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa - Lingerie Letters

What is it?

Lingerie Letters is an underwear subscription service that delivers a pretty pair of designer knickers to your door in a discreet little envelope every month. You are able to select your size and style preference and based on those choices, you get a new pair of delicate underwear every month. All their underwear is made in South Africa and is high quality and perfectly fitting.

What’s in it

One pair of knickers in the style you chose. Ours arrived in a delicate little pink envelope that opened to reveal a delicate pretty knicker.  To get an idea of what you can expect browse their past pairs here

What we Loved about it

The packaging. Yes it’s called lingerie letters but we were still delighted when it arrived in a pink envelope.

You can buy past pairs online here so if you get a pair you really love you can purchase more of them. It also lets you see the type of styles and material you can expect, so, if there’s nothing there you like, you’re probably not going to enjoy their monthly letters.

It’s the box for you if

  • You want to add something special to your underwear drawer – a once a month pair of sweet and sexy lingerie.
  • You’re looking for gifts – it can either be the sweetest or creepiest gift. Only give this to someone you know will love it.
  • You are not super specific about your underwear. If you have a set style, make or brand of underwear that is your go to, you may not like receiving an unknown pair once a month.

How Much does it cost?

R149 per month. Sign up for 3-6 months and save up to 10% per pair.

Value for money

Depending on how many months you sign up for you’re paying between R134-R149 per knicker. For a designer piece of lingerie it’s not cheap but it’s not an unreasonably expensive amount to spend. It’s not a saving but it is a practical item you will use and has the big novelty factor of getting a surprise once a month.

7/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What You Should Know Before Buying

You can buy once off letters or shop last letters. We’d suggest starting with one letter or purchasing a past pair before going for a full subscription. Underwear is a personal thing and everyone has the style and fit they like so make sure it’s something that feels good to you.

Lingerie Letters also has an entire Boutique with other items like lingerie, cami sets, hosiery and more you can shop here.

They’re launching more products like pyjama sets, bralettes and an updated bridal range in the next few months.

WIN! Click here to win a 3 month subscription to Lingerie Letters

 

10. Every 28

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa - Every28

What is it?

Every28 is a monthly subscription service catered to women. It delivers all the essentials you need from tampons and pads, to shower gels, deodorants and condoms. It’s all the essentials you need on a monthly basis delivered in a discreet little box. Unlike other boxes, you select every item you get from their shop. In addition to being a subscription box company,  Every28 places a strong focus on giving back. Along with your subscription, you have the option to purchase a monthly care package, which is delivered to school girls around South Africa who cannot afford crucial feminine hygiene products. The care packages line up with 28Reasons, an organization within Every28 which is focused on keeping girls in school. It addresses the big issue of 1 out of 10 South African girls being forced to skip school during menstruation because of a lack of access to sanitary products.

What’s in it?

Exactly what you want. You select the exact items you want and they get delivered to you every month. You can change your profile as need be to exclude or include more items. In addition, every box comes with a sweet surprise, like Jelly Beans, Skittles or the like.

What we Loved About it

No surprises – you get what you want. Aside from additional sweets (which are never a bad thing) you’re paying for the items you selected.

They’re committed to giving back to girls and give 10% of sales to 28Reasons to prevent more schoolgirls from missing school.

The name. It’s smart play on the standard 28 day monthly cycle.

The packaging is discreet and simple enough to get a box delivered to work.

It’s the box for you if

  • You are female – it’s got everything women need on a monthly basis
  • You often run out of essential toiletries
  • You find yourself running to the store multiple times a month to pick up 1 or 2 products you need. This reduces that wasted time

How much does it cost

R29 shipping fee + the value of your order

Value for money

Every28 is a convenience box, it allows you to get the things you need on a monthly basis in one order without having to think about it month to month. Prices of items are comparable to what you get them in store, and the R29 shipping fee is comparable or lower than most online shops. You’re also helping girls around South Africa with each box you purchase, which adds a feel good factor.

9.5/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What You Should Know Before Buying

You can subscribe to give a monthly care package without getting anything else and it’s only R89.99 per month and can make a huge impact on a young girl’s life.

It’s more than just a period box. They have many other items you may need on a monthly basis like razors, gels, toothpaste, nail polish remover and more.

There’s a monthly subscription charge of R69 – this includes shipping and making sure you get exactly what you want every month without any reordering admin.

 

11. Fond of Jane

Best Subscription Boxes in South Africa - Fond of Jane

What is it?

Fond of Jane is a subscription service that delivers curated boxes filled with exciting new products across fashion, beauty, fitness, health and wellness. It’s aimed at women who know that healthy living isn’t only about fitness and can include beauty, fashion and of course food!

 

What’s in it?

 

Every box contains a variety of full-sized items relating to health, fitness, wellness, beauty and fashion. We got the March box which arrived in a brown box and included a copy of the Yoga Journal, A Raw C coconut water, a Lilli heart pendant necklace, A Liberty Bespoke mini journal, Thomas Robert Smackaroon lipbalm and Skin Creamery moisturiser sample.

 

What we loved about it

The presentation – there was so much attention to detail, like the stunning paper describing the box and included a note to drink the coconut water by a certain date detail. It made it feel like you were receiving a personally curated box.

The products were also all branded (some had the company’s website on them) which means you can find the items you liked and repurchase them.

Aside from one sample, everything was full sized and the lip balm smells yum and is moisturizing – not greasy or sticky. And in line with the wellness themed box, it’s a natural lip balm with ingredients like Jojoba Seed oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, cocoa butter, Vitamin E and beeswax.

 

It’s the box for you if

You’re a woman (or have a lady in your life you want to treat) – it is a box very targeted at women.

Healthy living is important to you, but you also enjoy girly things like beauty and fashion.

You are constantly trying new products and brands – this box does the legwork for you and costs less than buying them yourself.

 

How much does it cost?

R299 per month

 

Value for money

The actual monetary value of the box may vary depending on that month’s products. Based on the retail value of the items we could source, the box we got came out over R300. When you include shipping and packaging it hits over R400, so you are spending less than you would if you went and bought the products.

 

There’s also a novelty factor in getting a box filled with new products targeted to your interest that you don’t have to go out and source. It is a luxury box in that it’s filled with things that while nice to have are not necessities.

6/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

 

What You Should Know Before Buying

You can purchase previous boxes as a once-off gift and have it shipped to a friend. You can even include a personalised message.

You can purchase a once off box without committing to a monthly subscription.

 

12. The Little Black Bag

The Best Subscription Box Services in South Africa - Little black bag

What is it?

The Little Black bag is an online lifestyle subscription service for women which sends you a little black bag once a month.  Each month has a different surprise theme and contains little items from the worlds of fashion, beauty, home décor, food and fitness. The Little Black Bag also gives back 10% of their sales to skills development programs.

What’s in it?

Every bag contains 5-6 full sized items. We got the Glam Themed bag which arrived in a little black reusable shopper bag (a mini version of the material shopper bags you get at pick ‘n pay or woollies). Inside was Mamamac’s Shortbread biscuits, swiss cross wall art, a double sided coin purse, 2 pairs of blossom earrings and Fruits of Nature Body Moisturizer. Most of these items were unbranded so if you did like them it would be hard to find them again.

What we loved about it

The reusable shopper – instead of a box, which will most likely be thrown out, the shopper can easily be reused as a lunch bag, to keep a spare pair of flats when you go out or even a small laundry bag when travelling.

It’s the box for you if

  • You like trinkets
  • You are looking for a gift
  • You are young. The items in the box are suited for teens and young twenties.

How much does it cost?

R249 per month

Value for money

Most of the items were unbranded so we couldn’t work out what it would cost if you bought them alone. The bag came with a pamphlet which priced each item, pricing the total value of the bag at R400. However, some prices seemed a bit high when compared with similar items (a woollies full sized shopper is sold for R12.95 and the little black bag shopper is valued at R39). In terms of value, it’s not a need box, but more of little things you may like, making it more of a novelty box.

5/10 (rated on pricing, convenience, likelihood to use all items in the box and usefulness)

What You Should Know Before Buying

You can send it as gift along with a personalized message here.

WIN AND SAVE! You can win a little black bag here and a R50 discount off your next order.

 

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Zissy Lewin

Zissy Lewin

Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. A Wits University graduate, she earned a Bcom (Hons) (Cum Laude) in Business Management. She’s a writer, runner and passionate about the 3 f’s – food, fashion and fitness. When she’s not inhaling the latest news, trends and ideas you can find her in the kitchen figuring out how to turn a broccoli head into a meal.
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1 Comment
  1. Wow what I love about these boxes are the Variety!

    As per my comment that I would love for my Dad, Kelvin Lee to win as he lives at the Salvation Army, in Cape Town – he does not have access to ‘cooking equipment’ ie stoves or hotplates, so warm up meals (microwave) are possible as some residents on his floor depending on their medical conditions do have microwave ovens; also he can share – and snack boxes would be more ideal for him however obviously no alcohol is allowed.
    Land he loves snacks!

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