8 Black-Owned Subscription Boxes to Check Out ASAPNov 24, 2021 03:00PM ● By Boitumelo Masihleho
Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving. Subscription boxes are the perfect way to treat yourself routinely and introduce new brands into your regimen. Curated to give you a taste of several products, subscription boxes give you the thrill of shopping at multiple brands all in one compact package. You'll be thanking your past self for signing up whenever the box lands on your doorstep. But, the best thing about this is that all that testing and trialing comes at a fraction of the price of individual product purchases.
Founder Alisia Ford suffered from migraines for years until she switched her beauty routine to non-toxic products. Through this process, Ford realized that there was a significant lack of skin experts who treat melanated skin and non-toxic products for all skin tones. She decided to launch Glory Skincare to fill this void. Before your first Glory box, you take a quiz to find out what your skin needs are. Based on those results, you'll get three to seven full-sized natural skincare products. You can sign up for the Glory Skincare essential box or go all out for premium, and begin a routine that will take your skin to a new level of glow.
If you have natural hair, you know that trying new products can get pricey. And you also know how disappointing it is when those costly products don’t work on your curls and coils. CURLBOX offers something special to the natural hair community. Each month, the box is filled with four or more hair care products from a single brand.“I started CURLBOX as a means to save you the drive and the money. CURLBOX gives women the opportunity to try several products for the price of one,” said founder, Myleik Teele.
AKA Beauty was created by Tracey Akamaguna. Launched January 2021, out of her frustration with trying to find quality beauty and skincare that was suitable for her skintone, Tracey created the brand to meet the beauty needs of Black women. Every quarter, AKA Beauty will deliver at least four to five full-size high-quality products. From popular K-Beauty skincare brand COSRX, to body tools like the jade roller, and the warms toned illuminator, suitable for dark skin, you can customize your beauty box to cover all your beauty needs. Each product is chosen with darker skin tones in mind, with the aim of allowing Black female consumers to easily discover established and emerging beauty brands that cater to them.
With the perfect mix of beauty, lifestyle, self-care, and wellness products, this subscription box is always a hit. Dana Hill began her career in the fashion and entertainment industry over 25 years ago. Before launching Cocotique, she founded Divine Marketing Group, a boutique PR agency specializing in fashion, jewelry, beauty and lifestyle brands. Cocotique is a deluxe beauty box subscription service for women of color. Each month you’ll receive a specially curated deluxe box filled with 5-8 deluxe travel-size and full-size beauty, self-care, wellness and lifestyle products.
Ujamaa Box is a subscription box service that makes it easy to support Black-owned businesses every single month. In each box you can choose items from Black-owned fashion, beauty, art, and health brands. Ebony Costain, the CEO and founder of Ujamaa Box, has a degree in fashion merchandising, and she researches, curates and promotes an array of products. Her ten years of corporate experience in product development, production, and buying gave her the opportunity to harness her knowledge and develop a tool that focused on the importance of intentional spending within Black communities.
Founder Lordine Marie began this subscription box after the make-up artist she trusted for her wedding showed up late, didn't stick to the agreed make-up look, and even forgot to apply false eyelashes on her big day. My Bridal Beauty Gift Box contains essential beauty and planning tools for the bride's big day to feel prepared, confident, less-stressed, and beautiful! It includes bridal lashes, bridal make-up and beauty tools, a wedding planning guide, as well as a beautiful handmade lace and crystal bridal garter. “As my reach has expanded, I have a growing number of customers who aren't brides but love my make-up products,” said Marie. “My mission for my non-bridal customers is to make sure my items also make you feel more confident, empowered and beautiful.”
Founder Bili Balogun set out to champion fellow female entrepreneurs when she launched Tribe Beauty Box in 2017. Every product included in the bi-monthly subscription hails from a woman-owned brand. Sourced from both established and emerging brands, the curation of handpicked items can bring something new to the table for even the most seasoned beauty buffs.
Serenity Box Co. comes with three subscription plan options, with the longest subscription commitments saving you the most money. This box is more wellness orientated and offers trusted CBD products to include in your daily routines. The products are hand-picked and sent to your doorstep every month if you so choose.
Boitumelo Masihleho is a South African digital content creator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes University in Journalism and Media Studies and Politics and International Studies. She's an experienced multimedia journalist who is committed to writing balanced, informative and interesting stories on a number of topics. Boitumelo has her own YouTube channel where she shares her love for affordable beauty and lifestyle content.
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