We Are Onyx Beauty Box Subscription Box Review – September 2015
We Are Onyx Beauty Box is a women’s beauty subscription box. Products included will vary from hair, beauty, skin, and nail care suited for the needs of Women of Color (WOC). The company’s founders desire to educate WOC by expanding their beauty knowledge and encouraging them to try new products.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
THE BOX: We Are Onyx Beauty Box
THE COST: $25 a month +free shipping
THE PRODUCTS: 5-7 beauty products geared toward Women of Color
SHIPS TO: US Only
Each box comes with an insert card listing the enclosed products. This month’s theme is “Fresh for Fall.” The cover girl is French beauty blogger/Instagrammer Fatou N’Diaye.
Creme of Nature – Style & Shine Foaming Mousse – Value: $5.19
Wrapped up outside of the We Are Onyx box was this foaming mousse. I’m still working on another mousse so this will go into my stash for another time. I appreciate the effort that’s taken to ensure products aren’t damaged or leak during shipping.
Creme of Nature 100% Pure Argan Oil Sample – Value: $1.00
Placed just above our products are some brand booklets and a freebie sample from Creme of Nature.
Curl Keeper – Leave In Conditioner 1oz – Value: $7.50
Curl Keeper isn’t one of my favorite hair care brands. I’ve never tried their conditioner before, but this one is full of parabens. It’s sealed which will make this a great addition to my swap pile. This conditioner claims to tame frizzy hair and to leave hair soft and shiny without feeling greasy.
Inahsi Naturals – Aloe Hibiscus Leave In Conditioner 2oz – Value: $3.75
This conditioner can be used as a heat protectant and detangler. I’ve been using it as a conditioner after co-washing and I love it. The scent is very subtle and the ingredients listed are no cause for alarm. I’ve also never seen or heard of this brand before, so this is a real treat for me! I’m looking forward to seeing more from this company.
Creme of Nature Anti-Humidity Gloss & Shine Mist 4oz- Value: $7.45
Interesting! I didn’t have anything like this in my hair routine, so I tried it right away. I really like it. It works well in my thick hair during braiding and gave a nice shine without feeling heavy or slippery. This may sound weird, but I sorta want to keep this at my desk. Sometimes when it’s humid outside, our office gets muggy and my hair starts looking crazy if it’s not braided down. I wonder if this will help in those situations. Let me know if you’ve tried this product before.
Creme of Nature Heat Defense Smooth and Shine Polisher 4oz- Value: $7.69
I don’t use heat in my hair – personal preference. (And I’ve used a blow dryer on my kids once every blue moon). It may not be a bad idea to start since “somebody” likes to keep the AC on at night. LOL. Anyway, this protectant claims to protect hair wet or dry during any type of heat styling.
Earth’s Nectar – Mint Leaves Scalp Oil 1oz?- Value: $4.60
I can’t tell how much product is in this glass bottle, but I know it’s not enough! I can never have enough oils. LOL. I thought I wasn’t going to like this since I’m not a fan of peppermint in hair products, but luckily for me, it’s listed first to last in ingredients and it wasn’t overpowering at all. I have to say I enjoyed this product because it is new to me and I can pronounce all five ingredients. I was surprised to learn that this brand is available on Sephora too, along with other scalp oils from this brand!
Verdict: September We Are Onyx Beauty Box had an estimated value of $32.00, coming in just $7.00 over the asking price. This is my first box, so I don’t know if my estimate is low for a typical month. I can’t help but notice that most of the items this month were all from one brand, which is fine if it’s a takeover. I was disappointed to see that the argan oil freebie was indeed the sample meant for this box. I would have thought I was missing an item had it not been for social media.
I would also hope that in the future there is more diversity within the brands and would love to see a mix of hair, beauty and nails all in the same month. On a positive note, all the products have never been in my stash before, and 3 of the 7 products are sure to be used in this home and will probably be purchased again.
What did you think of the We Are Onyx Beauty Box? If you use heat in your hair, do you always use a protector?