The Quaintly & Co subscription is a British lifestyle box for women that delivers a curated box full of themed or regional gifts from UK brands, including beauty, accessories, apparel, home essentials, crafts, and luxurious edibles.
This is an overview and review of the Quaintly & Co subscription. Click here to see our monthly unboxing and review posts.
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The Quaintly & Co subscription box is a monthly or bi-monthly subscription (you choose!). It offers three different subscription options: Classic, Quintessentials, and the Tea & Book Box.
The Classic subscription is the smaller box, and it includes up to 5 or 6 full-sized products in every box.
The Quintessentials subscription is the largest box, and it includes up to 10 full-sized products in every box.
The Tea & Book Box subscription is just how it sounds: a box of tea blends, treats, and a book. You can choose between “Mostly Black Teas” or “All Tea Types.”
Both Classics and Quintessentials box subscribers receive the same core items, and the Quintessentials box subscribers receive a few additional items. The box’s information card is shared between versions. This is great because it allows you to check out what you would have gotten had you been on a different plan, but it does seem like it would invite a bit of FOMO for the Classic box subscribers.
Cost of Subscription
The Classic Quaintly & Co subscription box costs:
- £22 (~$29.06) per month for monthly billing
- £21.50 (~$28.40) per month for a 3-month prepaid subscription
- £21 (~$27.74) per month for a 6-month prepaid subscription
As you can see, you save ~$1.32/month or ~$15.84/year by committing to and prepaying for 6 months of boxes. That is a 5% discount, which is on the low end for subscription box discounts. But with Quaintly & Co, you get this discount with only a 6-month commitment, which is better than the typical subscription that requires an annual subscription in order to access the best discounts. Be sure to sign up for a 6-month Quaintly & Co subscription if you can afford it!
The Quintessentials Quaintly & Co subscription box costs:
- £52 (~$68.69) per month for monthly billing
- £50 (~$66.05) per month for a 3-month prepaid subscription
- £50 (~$66.05) per month for a 6-month prepaid subscription
For the Quintessentials subscription, you save $2.64/month or $31.68/year by committing to and prepaying for 3 months of boxes. That is only a 4% discount, which is even lower than the prepay discount for the Classic and on the low end for subscription box discounts. But it’s nice that you can access this discount on a 3-month plan, because with pricier boxes it can be difficult to manage a full year’s prepayment. So there is no real benefit to subscribing for 6 months, unless you are either bullish on GBP from a currency exchange perspective or you want to eliminate the hassle of tracking your subscription transactions several times a year.
Tea & Book Box
The Tea & Book Box Quaintly & Co subscription box costs:
- £14 (~$18.49) per month for monthly billing
- £14 (~$18.49) per month for a 3-month prepaid subscription
- £14 (~$18.49) per month for a 6-month prepaid subscription
For the Tea & Book Box subscription, you get no discount by committing to a longer subscription. So again, there is no real benefit to subscribing for 3 or 6 months, unless you are either bullish on GBP from a currency exchange perspective or you want to eliminate the hassle of tracking your subscription transactions on a monthly basis.
All subscriptions renew automatically for the same term as your original subscription. For example, a 3-month subscription will roll over into another 3-month subscription.
For the Classic box, international shipping to Japan costs £6 (~$7.93) per box.
For the Quintessentials box, international shipping to Japan is FREE! It doesn’t get much better than that, folks.
For the Tea & Book box, international shipping to Japan costs £4.50 (~$5.94) per box.
These shipping fees are outstanding, especially considering the weight of the items they are sending! Quaintly & Co uses untracked Royal Mail to keep the costs down, and we must applaud them for making their subscriptions so accessible for subscribers around the world!
The total cost of an annual subscription (billed every 6 months) shipped to Tokyo is:
- Classic: £324 (~$428.04), or £27 (~$35.67) per box
- Quintessentials: £600 (~$792.60), or £50 (~$66.05) per box
- Tea & Book Box: £222 (~$293.16), or £18.50 (~$24.43) per box
Quaintly & Co claims that they are able to ship to over 200 countries worldwide, and that they will work with you if you live outside of their service area. So let us know in the comments below if you had a different shipment experience!
Damaged Items & Refund Policy
Quaintly & Co does not maintain a clear damage resolution policy. Fortunately, I haven’t yet had to deal with any damaged items. But let us know in the comments if you have an experience to share!
Quaintly & Co international packages are shipped out of the UK via Royal Mail. You will receive an email when your box ships, but shipments are not tracked.
Average time from shipment to delivery: 15 days (as of March 2019). Click to learn more about average delivery times on Expat Box Life.
International shipping rating: 4/5. FREE shipping to Japan for Quintessentials box. Cheap shipping for other boxes. No tracking. Slow delivery speed. No clear damage resolution process.
Quaintly & Co subscriptions ship in a cute branded box that directly holds the items, and the box is protected with a plastic sleeve.
The box is on the simpler side, with no branding on the inside, but it fits with the black and white aesthetic of the brand.
As usual, the items are wrapped in tissue paper, and there is no crinkle paper.
Packaging Rating: 4/5. Low-waste design. Cute branding. Box is well-designed. Simple.
After subscribing to a Quaintly & Co box, you will receive a standard welcome email.
Quaintly & Co uses the Cratejoy platform with a branded UI for subscription management. So the website is both user-friendly and transparent about your subscription details. For example, you can log into your customer dashboard at any time to review your billing information, address, and renewal date. You can even change your shipping address or payment information without contacting customer service.
Customer Experience Rating: 4/5. User-friendly. Can edit current subscription online. Great UI. No special surveys or social media engagement with subscribers.
Quaintly & Co does not ask about allergies during the subscription sign-up process, nor does the website contain information on requesting allergy accommodations. So we don’t know if they will accommodate allergies.
If you have reported an allergy to Quaintly & Co, give a shout in the comments below about whether and how they accommodated you!
Allergy Friendliness Rating: 2/5. No clear process for requesting accommodations. No information about whether change requests will be granted.
Other Accessibility Issues
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Quaintly & Co focuses on delivering cute and quaint British items to its subscribers. As such, it does not advertise any charitable giving programs in connection with its subscriptions.
Charity Rating: 0/5. No charitable giving.
What do you think?
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