It is difficult to find a monthly subscription beauty box that is completely free, though there are some services that offer a free introductory box; for example Julep, a nail polish company, typically offers a promotional deal for their monthly Maven box service that allows the customer to pay only the cost of shipping for their first monthly box. Other monthly beauty box services, such as Birchbox, may offer limited-time promotional deals that allow the customer to receive purchase points that have an equivalent value to the cost of a box, essentially offsetting the initial fee. Other than these types of promotions, though, beauty box subscription services tend to charge either a monthly subscription fee or shipping and handling costs.
Walmart offers a beauty box with product samples that is technically free, though customers must pay for shipping and handling, meaning the box is not wholly without cost. As of summer 2015, this fee is $5 per box. This box is issued quarterly in conjunction with changing seasons, with customers receiving a box in winter, spring, summer and fall. Other major big-box retailers, such as Target, may offer similar deals.
Though it may not be possible to get a completely free monthly beauty box, beauty box subscription services often offer promotional deals to entice customers. Box services such as Le Parcel may offer promotions that allow customers to get their first box for 50 percent off, for example.