By Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org
Beauty Boxes are the new “it thing” when it comes to how women discover and try out new makeup and beauty products. Mass retailers, such as Walmart and Target, have jumped on the beauty box bandwagon with the release of their box subscription services. However, like in most things related to makeup and beauty, Black women often find that they are overlooked in the beauty box department.
The products that are included in the boxes of most major retailers usually don’t work or look good on darker skin tones and those with natural or textured hair. If you’ve had no luck with the other beauty boxes out there, here are 5 of the best beauty box subscription services that cater to Black women.
CurlKit has been arriving at doorsteps and in mail boxes since 2011. A monthly subscription to CurlKit will run you about $25 (includes shipping) and you can expect to receive a mix of samples and full-size products that are perfect for all natural hair textures.
If you’re a Black woman, then you most certainly know of or have read Essence magazine. The editors of this popular magazine have now developed a unique beauty box subscription service that is sure to be as popular as the magazine itself.
A subscription to the Essence Beauty Box is $15 and you’ll receive 5 products, ranging from hair and makeup to fragrances and skincare. The best thing about the Essence Beauty Box is that every package will include a product from an independently Black-owned brand.
Onyx is a beauty box subscription service that is dedicated to serving Black women. Although created for Black women, Onyx now has a large multicultural following. The Onyx beauty box is shipped monthly and you can expect to receive 4-6 full-size trendy, boutique quality beauty products. A basic monthly membership is $25 and each box contains over $70 in products.
This deluxe beauty box subscription service is focused on providing beauty products to women of color and women from all ethnic backgrounds. Cocotique also promotes healthy lifestyles by providing health and lifestyle related products in each shipment. A monthly subscription to Cocotique is $20 and shipping is free.
Curlbox is a beauty box service that delivers hand-picked natural hair care products each month. A subscription to Curlbox is $20 per month and you’ll get at least 4 sample size products from both well-known and up-and-coming natural haircare brands.
They all seem amazing and while I’ve only tried the ONXY Beauty Box I’m eager to see how the others fare.