Life isn't just a box of chocolates

The Blissybox (above), one of the many subscription boxes that are on the rise on the market.
PHOTO: Lydia Lam

Subscription boxes, parcels of curated items delivered to your doorstep monthly for a subscription fee, are on the rise here, with goodies ranging from books and perfume to snacks.

My Paper checks out five subscription boxes you can get here.

PERFUME

Club Code Deco

Photo: Lydia Lam

www.clubcodedeco.com

What's in the box:

Three sampler Code Deco perfumes: Blanc One, White Oud and Happy Blu and a "special" - Mysore Sandal Oil

Price:

$48 for a trial box

$45 per month for a minimum of three months

Gift $135 for prepaid 3-month plan

Value for money:

3/5

Timeliness:

Delivered within a week

Verdict:

I got the same perfumes in a row for two months, which was disappointing. However, the prices are fairly affordable for local artisanal perfume, and are good for those who want to sample made-in-Singapore scents.

BOOKS

The BooksActually Box

Photo: Lydia Lam

http://box.booksactually.com

What's in the box:

One book, a Hush lavender soy candle, a BooksActually drawstring bag, a tin, a dried sprig

Price:

$129 for three-month plan

$229 for six-month plan

$369 for 12-month plan

Value for money:

2/5

Timeliness:

Delivered next day

Verdict:

Very expensive as you essentially pay $43 for a book under the first plan with a few other items thrown in. However, the surprise/customisation factor could be appealing for some, as customers get to pick book "elves" or curators according to their reading tastes.

The second book I got was one I had been meaning to get.

CLOTHES

Lowinsky

Photo: Lydia Lam

http://www.lowinsky.com

What's in the box:

One top, a jacket, a skirt and six rings

Price:

$38 monthly

$204 for six-month plan

$384 for yearly plan

Value for money:

3/5

Timeliness:

Delivered more than a month later

Verdict:

Relatively affordable considering blogshop items cost $30 each on average. However, the items were not really what I would wear despite filling in a detailed questionnaire on my preferences.

I also got a late response to an e-mail query on the delivery date of the box, after waiting for four weeks. Still, it is good for those keen to experiment.

PERIOD SUPPLIES

blissybox

Photo: Lydia Lam

https://blissybox.com

What's in the box:

Five pads, five pantyliners, 10 tampons, a Kit Kat Chunky, two mini Toblerones, two custard creams, a postcard, an organic herbal tea bag and a pouch.

Price:

From $9 per month for pads only to $25 per month for Madame Organic

Value for money:

4/5

Timeliness:

Delivered within the week.

Verdict:

An interesting concept but the surprise factor is somewhat dampened by the fact that you pre-select the sanitary products you will get. However, the extras are random and women may like getting monthly customised perk-me-up parcels.

JAPANESE SNACKS

Kimochbox

Photo: Lydia Lam

https://kimochbox.com

What's in the box:

One Bourbon soft pineapple cookies, one Calbee potato mini chips, a Glico Caplico mini mp, a Fujiya home pie, one Fujiya shio vanilla, one Kameda ebi mayo, two Kanro cream candies, one Ebara kimchi-chicken soup base, one Umaibow mentai aji, one Nabisco Ritz crackers

Price:

$15 monthly

$84 prepaid six-month plan

$165 prepaid one-year plan

Value for money:

4/5

Timeliness:

Delivered within a week

Verdict:

This box is ideal for sharing and good for breaks at the office. The variety means that the chances of getting at least one item you like are high. Good for the adventurous snacker.

lydialam@sph.com.sg

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