5 Beauty Boxes for Women of Color

Finding the right beauty products through conventional methods (read: over-the-counter drug stores) can be a struggle for women of color. With women of varying hues, oftentimes choosing the perfect foundation or shade of red lipstick is a game of trial-and-error.  Essence magazine’s Smart Beauty research study revealed that African-American women spend $7.5 billion annually on beauty products, while paying 80% more on cosmetics and twice as much on skincare products than the general market.

Five years ago, Birchbox helped revolution the beauty industry by introducing a new way for women to experience products by offering a monthly product subscription box complete with 5 deluxe-size samples for a mere $10. Since then, there have been several beauty box services to hit the market specifically targeting the beauty needs of women of color.

Here are five we think are worth a look:

Essence Beauty Box
Essence Beauty Box

1. Essence Beauty Box: The legendary lifestyle publication, Essence, recently launched a beauty box chocked full of products for brown beauties curated by the magazine’s beauty experts.

Subscription options: Monthly ($15); 6-months ($90); 12-months ($165)

What you get: 5 sample or trial size hair and beauty products

Featured brands include: Smashbox, Eden Bodyworks, CURLS, Tarte, L’Occitane, Kimo Bentley, and Ginger and Liz

Cancellation policy: You can cancel your subscription at any time. The cancellation takes effect at the end of the month. Read the FAQs.

Onyx Beauty Box
Onyx Beauty Box

2. Onyx Beauty Box: In addition to their beauty box, Onyx offers subscribers and online lifestyle destination with video tutorials, beauty advice from industry experts and giveaways.

Subscription options: Monthly ($25)

What you get: 4 to 6 luxury sample-size hair, skincare and makeup products

Featured brands include: Coco Curls, Kinky-Curly, Brvelle, Herban Body Care, and Gleam by Melanie Mills

Cancellation policy: You must cancel your account by the 29th day of the current month if you don’t want to be charged for the next month’s box. Read the FAQs.

Curl Box

3. CurlBOX: Naturally curly girls this subscription box is for you! CurlBOX experts hand pick products for a variety of hair textures and patterns.

Subscription options: Monthly ($20 + $5 for shipping)

What you get: 5 to 7 natural hair product samples

Featured brands include: Shea Moisture, Ouidad, Deva Curl, and Brown Butter Beauty

Cancellation policy: You must submit your cancellation request before midnight (eastern standard time) on the 20th of the previous month if you want to cancel and/or receive a refund. For example, to cancel for December, you’ll need to notify CurlBOX by November 20th. Read the FAQs.

Our Shade of Brown

4. Our Shade of Brown: This company has not only created a beauty box that delivers quality brands, but also a web home that allows you to get beauty tips and advice, as well as purchase full-size versions of products.

Subscription options: Monthly ($10); 12-months ($110)

What you get: 4 to 5 premium-sized product samples

Featured brands include: Hair Rules, Essie, Juicy Mist, and Pooka

Cancellation policy: Month-to-month subscriptions can be canceled at any time. Yearly subscribers cannot cancel until their 12-month subscription has expired. Read the FAQs.

Bonnie Box
Bonnie Box

5. Bonnie Box: This box doesn’t require a subscription and targets women with textured hair and emphasizes “co-washing, styling, sculpting, and finishing.”

Subscription options: $25 per box (as needed)

What you get: 5 deluxe- and/or full-size hair products

Featured brands include: Twisted Sista and Tre Luxe

Cancellation policy: Not applicable.

Love, peace & beauty,

Kimberly, S&P Beauty Contributor

One thought on “5 Beauty Boxes for Women of Color

  1. Reblogged this on blushandsuch and commented:
    Hello All! Don’t forget in addition to my posts on “BlushandSuch”, I am a beauty contributor for “Stylin N’ Profilin” which is an awesome blog for those that are fashion challenged. Check out my post on beauty boxes for women of color, there are some awesome ones out there!

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