Topbox is a monthly Canadian sample subscription box. For $12 a month (plus provincial sales tax; S&H is free), you receive 4 deluxe beauty samples in a tube delivered to your mailbox. There is currently a waiting list a few months long, but in my opinion, it's worth it once you start receiving the boxes (tubes). Unfortunately, you cannot skip a month and if you cancel your subscription you will have to go back on the waiting list if you want to resubscribe.
What I love about Topbox is that they include more makeup samples than other kinds (as of September 2012, there will be at least one makeup item per box!), and often include full-sizes and bonus items. The boxes are actually tubes and are compact enough to fit in an apartment mailbox. Each month, they email a survey for customers to customize the following month's box (samples are not revealed, but there are occasionally questions like what your hair type is, whether you like neutral or neon nail polish, etc.) Each month you can choose whether you want your box in the eco-friendly packaging or the original style.
|Original tube (left) and eco-friendly tube.|
At this time, they do not offer fragrance-free boxes but in each month's survey they will ask if you're allergic to perfume to try to accommodate you. The boxes are mailed around the 10th of every month, which they have been consistent with. They are shipped via Canada Post Expedited Parcel, which can take up to a week to get to you, depending on where you live. Here in Atlantic Canada, I usually get my boxes within 2-3 business days, with the occasional delay (which is CP's fault, not Topbox's). Unfortunately, Canada Post only tracks when the box is accepted and processed at the outgoing post office, and when it arrives in your town and is out for delivery. So, you may think your box hasn't moved when in fact it most likely is making its way to you.
|A handful of the samples I've received since December 2011.|
The document is divided into 7 categories: Month, brand, product name, type (e.g. makeup; each different type is colour-coded), full size & price, sample size & price*, and notes (anything I feel like adding that doesn't fit in the other categories). Below each month, I included the total value of the box.
Keep in mind, the stats are what I received in each month's box. There are sometimes variations in the samples given; however, the overall value is generally the same or around it. I highly recommend googling reviews of boxes to see the variations, and also to get a good idea of the sizes of the samples.
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*Note: Some of the sample prices are estimates and they may vary between other bloggers' calculations. The overall total of each box may vary by a dollar or two because of this.
I hope this has been helpful and interesting for you! Please feel free to ask any questions or give constructive criticism on the stats. Do you subscribe to Topbox (or are you on the waiting list)? What was your favourite box? Let me know!
Subscription bought myself. I am not affiliated with Topbox.ca -- just a fan! All opinions are my own.