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CurlKit Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2016

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CurlKit is one of very few subscription services dedicated to hair care.  Mainly focused on the needs of curly hair, they provide a variety of quality products that can be hard to find in stores.  CurlKit also has an online shop where you can purchase products found in their subscription.

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These past months, CurlKit has been stuffed beyond belief.  Same goes for this month, this box is heavy!  I love that.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: CurlKit

The Cost: $20 a month + $5.00 shipping

COUPON: Save 20% off your first month’s membership with code CURLYFIRST

The Products:  A variety of 6-9 hair care samples

Ships to: US (and International fees apply)

Check out all of our CurlKit reviews!

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Each box comes with a “CurlLife” pamphlet and a few info cards. This month, the featured article is about maintaining dreadlocked hair.  I don’t remember seeing any articles in the past about locs like this, but I’m really curious about the style.  I’ve never loc’d my natural hair before, and I don’t know many people locally with them.  My brother in law thinks I should be the first of my sisters to do it, in hopes that at least one of them follows suit. LOL.  We’ll see!  Also, the Editor, Heather Cummings highlights a few natural alternatives to shampoos.  She talks about cleansing curls in tea, apple cider vinegar, soap nut, aloe vera and clays.  I’ve tried a few of these, tell me down below if you bring these into rotation on wash day.

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True – Conditioning Styling Cream – Full Size – 8oz – Value:$9.99

Oh wow! This leave in conditioner smells really great.  I don’t recall seeing this brand before, and I’m loving the ingredients.  I’ll try to keep my super picky opinions about the packaging to myself.  Anyway,  I haven’t tried this on the kiddos, just myself.  And honestly, I don’t think I’m going to share it with them!  LOL, I really love it and they have so many products that work great in their looser curl patterns.

Curls-R-Us – Moisture Rich Leave-In Conditioner – Full Sized – 8oz – Value:$13.99

I picked up this conditioner from Curlkit before, almost a year ago I think?  I actually gave it away from my back-stash to a curl-friend in need.  So, I’ll keep this one to try out.  It smells, different. I can’t really place the scent.  One of the top ingredients is green tea, maybe it’s that.  Also, this is what leaked during shipping.  The spray nozzle top was not screwed properly and make a tiny mess.  I had to clean off a few other items before photographing.

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UR Curly – Still Control for Edges – Full Sized – 4oz – Value:$5.99

We have a ton of hair gels in stock thanks to LottaBody and Creme of Nature.  I don’t have one from this brand so, I tried a little bit on my 4c edges and it’s just not thick enough for me.  So I’ll add this to the Donation Pile.

UR Curly – Tight Curl Enhancer – Full Sized – 8.5oz – Value:$9.99

I’m on the fence with this product.  It really could be the weather.  I found it very drying to my curls, not necessarily enhancing.  I should probably put this on the back burner and try it again when the weather warms up.

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UR Curly – Soya Shampoo and Quinoa Conditioner – 1.75oz ea- Value:$8.00

I’m not a fan of foil packets, but UR Curly is doing it right. These are some hefty sized samples!  I also definitely remember getting these a while ago.  But I ended up never using them and swapped them on MSA for something else. #winwin  Since I have two of each this time, which is amazing when you have a sheep on your head for hair, I can really give both a go. The shampoo boasts relieving itchy scalps with tea tree oil and the conditioner has lavender and quinoa protein which they say promotes hair growth.  Both are free from harmful alcohols, parabens silicones, sulfates and dyes.

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ORS Curls Unleashed – Shea Butter & Honey Curl Defining Creme – 1.75oz – Value:$2.00

I can’t wait to try this one too!  To avoid the nuisance of the foil packaging, I’m going to transfer the creme into an empty travel sized hair container, when I’ve used the next one up.  The first few ingredients are coconut oil and shea butter and I use these in my hair constantly all year long.

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Hask – Macadamia Oil – Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Sample Set – 10ml ea – Value:$1.00

So these are super small next to the deluxe samples I just got. LOL.  I’m not the biggest fan of Hask, the last hair oil I used up as an after bath oil.  These are going to the giftbox pile.  I’m not going to waste any effort on samples that are too small to wash one full head of curly hair.  I just don’t get it.  What are we supposed to do with it, wash half our heads?

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Shea Moisture – 10-in-1 Renewal System Shampoo 15ml & Hair Masque 30ml –  Sample Set – Value:$1.50

I wish these we also a little bit bigger for me to try.  They’re worth trying on Abigail since there’s a bit more product than the Hask samples.  I really enjoyed the scent from this line and John loves when Abigail’s fluffy hair smells delicious!  These samples are both made with Marula Oil, Biotin and are said to have a bounty of benefits when used on a weekly basis with the other 10-n-1 Renewal System products.

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Verdict:  This month CurlKit had an estimated retail value of nearly $53.00.  I’m impressed with the inclusion of four full sized items and 5 deluxe sized foil samples.  I may not be familiar with every brand included, but I’m happy to give a number of oldies and newbies a test run over the next few months.  If any of these products are a favorite, let us know down below. Hair tips are welcome too!  Who else is rocking a protected style all winter long?

Written by Celicia Gantz

Celicia Gantz

Celicia was introduced to both The Honest Company and CurlKit in March 2013 and has been addicted to subscription boxes ever since. Always on the hunt for the undiscovered family staple, she loves trying new skincare, natural hair care, makeup, and finding delicious snacks with hidden veggies for her kids (and Hubby too). Favorite finds: Body Oil, Stuffed Animals, Books, non-GMO Tortilla Chips and Perfume Samples.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

10 Comments

  1. I used to get Curlkit, I had to stop because I had way too many products to use and I only try one new product at a time just in case I have a reaction. Have you tried the Curls Understood box where you fill out a quiz about your hair and they send you different products? Also, try CurlMix box. It’s by a husband and wife team. It’s a great box for DIY people. In fact, I just received my CurlMix box, for January it’s a Coconut Honey Deep Conditioner. After making the hair product for anybox I receive I recycle all the mason jars for other DIY projects I do. So far the November box was my favorite (even though I love them all). It was a collaboration with blogger HeyFranHey, it was a wonderful Whipped Mango Hair & Body Butter which I’m going to remake.

    • I’m the only wavy-curly hair in my family and among my close friends… (plus I usually straighten my hair) and I only wash my hair twice per week… so my hair product stash is OUT OF CONTROL. I have so many things I haven’t tried yet and others that didn’t work well for me and no one to give them to. I would feel weird donating items that I’ve opened and used 1-3 times. 🙁

      • For me it can take a while to try new products, especially since I have sensitive skin, even with my children I have to be extra careful. I personally don’t believe anyone should try anything new (whether it be from a salon or drugstore) until you do a patch test. Since I don’t work outside my home I give products I know I won’t use to my girlfriends or to my husband who puts it in a box at his job. It’s a big box that co-workers put samples from hotels when they traveled. The items I put in are just full size products. If I’ve opened but not used I’ll still donate just inform the person I wanted to check out the fragrance, if I actually used some I just keep it for a while longer just in case I change my mind. Most of the time they’re taken pretty quickly. If none of the above works, I’ll sometimes put stuff in a cardboard box and try to figure something out later.

    • That Curl Mix box sounds like something I would love ! Thanks for mentioning it. Also, MSA, could you review the CurlBox ?

  2. I don’t have curly hair (I’m relaxed) but I find that products for natural hair help to keep my hair hydrated and happy . I got this box as the first in my new subscription to curl kit and LOVE it!

  3. FYI, I literally just got back to my office from Target… I happened to notice a bunch of clearance beauty stuff on an inside endcap (meaning the endcap butted up against the front wall of the store, not the main aisle that goes past the beauty stuff – in my Target it was near the cleaning products, not near the beauty stuff, so look around).

    Anyway, there were a BUNCH of Shea Moisture products there on clearance! I remember seeing a sea salt texturizing spray that was normally about $11 marked down to $4 and change, and there were probably 4-5 other products mixed in there. (It was all kind of a mess from being looked through, sorry.)

    Of course not all Targets may have the same products on clearance, but there were a few goodies in there. If anyone got the Target beauty box, you can use your coupon for $3 off $15 or more in beauty products.

  4. Thank you for the review. I decided to drop the subscription for now, but I enjoy being able to get a detailed breakdown and an honest and useful review as I may return to this sub at some point.

  5. Great review, thank you! My 9 yo daughter is a super curly girl and I’m always looking to get the softest, most hydrated, natural curls for her. It’s gorgeous! And being a wavy girl myself, I can also use alot of the same products if they’re on the lighter side. But my girl needs the full control 🙂 So I appreciate the knowledge you bring!

  6. I purchase a 6 month subscription when it was on sale. I have a 9 year old daughter with some serious hair! I’m Caucasian, my grown children are biracial, and my 9 yr old is African American. I had no problem with my grown children’s hair, but my 9 yr old….ughhhhh. I love the fact that we receive so many types and brands of products. I appreciate their pamphlet, and the info it provides. I read your reviews on the products, and rely on most of your input.
    My daughter takes much more interest in her hair and enjoys trying the products. We have found a few go to products. I’m looking forward to the next shipment.

    • That’s awesome Bonny. Thank you for sharing. That’s so cool that she has opinions about her hair and wants to learn to take care of it on her own. Sometimes, I feel like I do hair as a part time job with all these curly heads around here. Sometimes William wants to try to detangle it on his own, but he hates when wet hair gets in his face. LOL.

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