So you have visited South Korea, you are planning your trip, or you are simply dreaming about getting there one day. No matter in which of the above settings you find yourself, you are definitely looking for the best Korean subscription box that will bring the country’s flavors to your door.
After living for one year in Seoul, we know how that feels because we always look for good Korean restaurants or shops that carry some of our favorite Korean snacks. On top of that, Ingrid is obsessed with K-Beauty and is always looking to try the latest products.
If you are just like us, we have gathered here some of the best subscription boxes you can choose from. They get delivered from South Korea directly to your address, and you can choose between different frequency options.
By subscribing to one (or more) of these you can bring Korean flavors home, without having to spend so much money on travel.
Korean snacks, Korean beauty, and even KPop – there’s a subscription box for anything!
But let’s see our top choices!
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Best Korean subscription box options
Best K-beauty subscription box
Korean skincare products are by far some of the best in the world. Before traveling to Seoul, we had no idea what a worldwide phenomenon this is, but after living there for one year, Ingrid tested hundreds of products.
Brands like Innisfree, Suwlhasoo, Cosrx, and Missha have taken the world by storm and you should try them at least once.
A customizable k-beauty skincare box that allows you to choose it depending on your skin type, your area of focus, and the frequency.
Each box includes at least 4 full-sized products, an accessory item, and 2 mask items.
This box caught my attention because it included some of my favorite beauty products, that are incredibly popular in South Korea, such as Real Barrier, Innisfree, and Missha.
Previous customers loved the products, the cost-benefit ratio, and also the fact that you get surprised by the selection. Packaging is another plus, along with the fact that you get detailed instructions.
Another Korean skincare box focuses mainly on sheet masks, each month you will get 1-2 skincare products + 4-5 sheet masks to glow your skin.
They also include a detailed guide with the best practices for using a sheet mask, but also details on each product’s key ingredients, skin benefits, directions, and photos.
Additionally, if you are in the US, you cat take advantage of the free shipping with tracking information.
Previous customers loved the variety of sheet masks you get from this box, but also how well everything was packed.
A slightly more expensive k-beauty box, that offers plenty of great full-size products.
While they say you can choose from monthly, quarterly, or gift options, at the moment of writing this post, only the 1-month option was available. Even so, you should give it a try and then stick to buying your favorite products separately.
You cannot choose the products depending on your skin type, but they say each box contains skincare for all skin types.
It seems to be one of the most popular k-beauty subscription boxes out there, with plenty of great reviews.
They also include an info card in each box, explaining the ingredients for each product, and how to use it.
Their aim is to make you look forward to having a mini celebration with a box full of goodies every month when your period comes rather than saying to yourself ‘oh great, she’s back. That’s why, along with tampons or sanitary pads, you get a whole lot of skincare goodies for your at-home SPA.
Ingrid really loved the idea, mainly because the creator of this box specially curates it each month to help you reduce stress, look and feel confident with beautiful skin.
You get 5+ full-sized items including skincare, body products, and tools.
Other places where you can find the latest K-beauty products
Yesstyle is one of Ingrid’s favorite go-to websites for Korean cosmetics. They ship worldwide and carry most of the important and popular brands you will find in places such as Olive Young or Chicor.
Use INGRIDZEN when you place your order and get an extra 5% discount
They don’t only carry skincare, but also k-fashion, and Korean food and snacks.
StyleVana is another great website where you can find the latest and most popular k-beauty brands and products. They always have sales, and flash deals, or you can shop by brand.
They ship to the US, Australia, Canada, and Europe.
SokoGlam offers you the chance to personalize your skincare journey, on top of choosing from some of the coolest Korean skincare products. Here you will find best sellers but also some of the latest brands and products, directly from South Korea.
They ship to the US, but also internationally to Australia, the EU, Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand.
LookFantastic is one of Ingrid’s favorite skincare websites. They carry brands like Sulwhasoo or Huxley, offer discounts to new customers, and ship almost anywhere in the world.
Korean snack box subscription
To be honest, neither one of us is a big Korean snack fan. That’s mainly because we are used to snacks being salty, not sweet. However, there are some things worth trying, and there are plenty of people out there who absolutely love these things.
Step inside any convenience store and you will be impressed by the variety of snacks you can purchase, along with tens of types of instant noodles.
If you cannot travel to South Korea just now, there is always the option of K-Snack subscription boxes. And here are some of our favorites, based on what is popular in Korea.
This option is massive because you get between 10 and 13 of the trendiest premium snacks directly from South Korea, along with some instant noodle options (ramen or something else).
Previous customers loved the variety of snacks, enough to share with family and friends, but also taste a little bit of everything.
A vegetarian or halal option, with no meat or products containing it. Each month products change, so you get surprised without getting bored.
With this box, you will get: 10-12 Snacks free from meat, 1 K-Beauty treat, 1-2 K-Pop merch, 1-2 Korean lifestyle items, 1 Full-sized Korean drink, and the Seoulzine. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
The box has tons of reviews, with pictures so you can make an impression. Most people were happy with what they got, especially since there aren’t only snacks but also things that they can use and remind them of Korea.
This is not really a subscription box, but it is a super cool snack box that will feed your curiosity.
By ordering this, you get a bundle of 2 items: one box with 42 types of candy, chips, cookies, and treats; and one bundle that includes various types of Oreo cookies in the Korean limited edition.
All snacks are individually wrapped and packed into our elegant snack gift box, making this convenient and ideal for gifting.
When all those things sound too much, you can also purchase them separately:
As they call it, this is a Korean Mystery Box. That’s because you won’t know what you get until you receive your box. They will pick the latest and the most popular high-quality Korean snacks for you to try.
What you get:
- 15-20 authentic Korean snacks (including chips, candies, ramen, drink, and cookies)
- Free Korean souvenirs as a thank you gift
Previous customers appreciated the note they got with the subscription box, explaining each snack.
While we lived in Seoul we always had a kitchen cabinet filled with Korean ramen. That was our go-to place when we were hungry and didn’t feel like cooking or ordering. Once again, convenience stores carry tens if not hundreds of types of instant noodles and ramen, and it is hard not to find at least one type not to love.
What you get:
- 5, 10, 15, or 20 ramens depending on the size you choose
- a gift
KPop subscription box
While some of the above options also contain k-pop merchandise, this option is specifically made for k-pop lovers.
Unfortunately, you cannot pick the group for the monthly subscription box, but they also provide a custom box option.
What you get:
- 1 album by the featured artist of the month
- 3-5 k-pop related items
Other places where you can order Korean goods along with subscription boxes
Cokoyam is your go-to place for anything Korea-related, from k-beauty to k-pop, k-snacks, or k-drinks. You find them on Amazon, which makes this even easier for you to place an order. See more here!
Daebak Box is a quarterly box full of trendy authentic Korean goodies! Each box includes 10 or more items of K-pop/drama goodies, K-beauty products, K-snacks, and K-lifestyle products. See more here!
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