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CurlKit Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2015

Celicia Gantz
ByCelicia GantzFeb 4, 2016 | 11 comments


3.2 overall rating
14 Ratings | 7 Reviews

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.


CurlKit is again popping at the seams!

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The Subscription Box: CurlKit

The Cost: $20 a month + $5.00 shipping

ACTIVE DEAL: Get 20% off your first month's membership

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

Ships to: US (and International fees apply).

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Each box comes with a “CurlLife” pamphlet and a few info cards.  I’m loving the cool hair cut on the model wearing shades...I love itl!  My baby sister rocks a cut similar to it,  but with 4c curls!! She’s brave like that.  The theme for December is “Haute Holidays”.   Included are guides for various curl styles and a descriptive list of this month’s products.



Eden BodyWorks - All Natural Cleansing CoWash - Full Size - 16oz - Value: $8.49

I’ve been using this co-wash in all our hair.  It’s really nice!  I see this brand in my local Sally’s and never picked it up.  I was a little concerned with the ingredients listed, so since I’ve got it, I had to try it!  It says there’s no sulfates, but halfway down the list, there is one listed.  I tried this on my kiddos first.  It suds, but nowhere similar to that of a typical shampoo.  However, rinsing was a problem when I used too much of it in Abi’s fine strands.  In my 4c coils,  I actually enjoyed the slippage and was really impressed.  After some reading, I learned that the sulfate listed is considered very gentle and is actually curly-girl approved!   So, maybe some sulfates aren’t so bad after all.  I learned something new!

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Curls - Blueberry Bliss - Twist N Shout Cream - 2oz x2 - Value: $7.50

Curls has been climbing up my list of favorite hair care products.  They smell amazing and are always full of organic ingredients.  I have an open leave in conditioner from the Blueberry Bliss line,  I’m putting these away for later.  I love having small hair creams like this.  I can keep some in different bathrooms around the house.

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Acure - Moroccan Argan - Triple Moisture Repairing Shampoo - 1oz - Value: $1.00

Acure - Moroccan Argan - Triple Moisture Repairing Conditioner - 1oz - Value: $1.00

It’s not a foil packet but it’s basicly the same thing.  I can’t do much with only 1oz of conditioner.  I’ll either gift this pair away or use it on the kiddos.  Considering, the full sized version comes in at 24 ounces,  I wish the sample not for sale version was a little bigger.  The backing says this brand is cruelty free, free of sulfates, paraben, silicone, vegan and etc!

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Adore Botanicals - Flourishing Scalp Nectar - 2oz - Value: $7.95

John really likes this oil.  His scalp gets extra dry in the winter and he loves the pointed applicator to push the product directly to his scalp.  I like it too!  The ingredients are all great in my opinion and it smells very clean.  I only wish that we had received a full sized version like the insert previously stated.  The full sized bottle is 8 ounces and cost $29.95.  I would love to try more from this brand in future subscriptions.

African Pride - Olive Miracle - Moisturizer Lotion - Full Size -12oz - Value: $2.99

One of the larger items this month, and unfortunately it’s lacking in quality.  The majority of the final ingredients are silicones and parabens, but it smells really nice!  There’s so much of it, I tried it on the kiddos.  John really loved the way it made their hair smell after baths.  Now what do I do?! LOL,  I hate to waste it, John loves it, maybe I can work this in with the Honest Company Oil as an after bath DIY lotion?! I don’t know.

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Earth’s Nectar - Honey Curls Curling Agent - 4oz - Value: $7.90

Yes!!  I was so excited to see this in our box.  I’ve been curious about the brand after sampling their mint oil a few month’s back.  It’s not bad at all and the ingredients seem alright too.   I wouldn’t look to this for holding power, but it slicked my hair back and didn’t once leave me with flakes or an itchy scalp.  Fingers crossed for a takeover in the future from this brand!  I want to try it all!

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LottaBody - Control Me - Edge Gel - Full Size - 2.25oz - Value: $6.00

This edger works much better in my son’s hair type than mine or Abi’s.  If you have bouncy, Slinky descending the stairs kinda hair, you’ll like this!   Anything thicker than that, you have to set it heavily until it dries.

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Clique by Roble - Perfume Sample - 2ml - Value: $2.00

I love getting perfume samples!  I’ve sampled this fragrance before about a year ago.  It’s very nice.  Top notes are of Citrus and the base notes are Chocolate Dessert?!  Yummy, no wonder I liked it.  I should have known that, Roble is a Celebrity Chef and BravoTV Reality Star.  I’m behind on a ton of shows, ya’ll.  I don’t watch much tv.

Vivas - Toasted Coconut Body Bar - 1.5oz - Value: $1.00

I’m not big on bar soaps, but John likes them.  I find most soap bars dry my skin out and I have to moisturize much more after I’ve showered.  If he doesn’t use it first soon, I’ll put it in my shower rotation.

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Hask - Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment - 1.75oz - Value: $2.99

Hask - Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment - 1.75oz - Value: $2.99

Fans of foil packets, cover your eyes.  Oh, how I loathe thee!  Hair care and foil packets don’t mix.  My hands are normally wet while doing hair and it makes it nearly impossible to handle these in the shower or alongside the tub.  Even though the Acure samples are nearly half the size of these, I’d reach for them before I would ever think about grabbing these.  The Macadamia Oil treatment has a few parabens and the Argan Oil treatment appears to be just fine.

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Doo Gro - Mega Long Extreme Reconstructor Conditioner - 1.75oz x2 - Value: $2.00

Ingredients list mineral oil and parabens. I’m curious to try this one, but I just can’t get past my instincts saying, “Just Say No”.  So, I’ll pass this along or put it up for swaps.

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Verdict: December’s CurlKit had an estimated value of $54.00, doubling the total cost of the subscription.

Overall, I’m happy to have received products from Earth’s Nectar and Eden BodyWorks that I really wanted to review.  At the same time, I’m disappointed that CurlKit appears to no longer adhere to original values of only providing customers with quality curly-girl friendly ingredients.  What are your thoughts on CurlKit for December?  Did you received different products than this?

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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.

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I highly encourage everyone reading this blog to do your own research on ingredients. This site’s bloggers are opposed to using multiple ingredients that scientific studies show are effective and bin-harmful.

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I love reading the comments on your curly box posts! I’m mixed and my mom didn’t know anything about curly hair (and didn’t have the internet hah!) so she would brush the curl out of our dry hair. The upside was that I always had pretty french braids, a crown braid, or a fishtail braid.

Anyway, I am looking for a great curly box so I will pass on this for now. The Acure stuff is okay, and because I wash my hair twice a week it has lasted quite a while but I won’t be buying it. I did get some SheaMoisture Professional Curl Leave-In Conditioner from Sally Beauty and love it, but I need something for my itchy scalp! It’s killlling me right now and I have to wash my hair more often. Any suggestions, curl friends??

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Speaking of braids this is one of my curly hair tips. On the days I wash my hair I put them in two French braids. This helps in keeping them from getting too tangled. Gives them a day off from elastics (I tend to wear my hair in a poufy bun the other days – hey, give me some slack I have two high little ones 😉 ). and if I want to wear my hair out the day after the wash then my curls are nicely defined from the braid and tend to be more manageable.

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Yeah, it’s rare to see curl-related products on this site so I like reading the comments too just too see if anyone has any new recommendations or need help. Speaking of help, get a good scalp oil for itch relief but only if it’s a “dry scalp” problem and not a dandruff or yeast inflection issue. If the latter, you have to go to a dermatologist immediately for medicinal treatment. If the former, you can buy one from the beauty supply store or various curly shops online. You can also make one (something I just finish doing lol) at home; search on youtube for “natural hair scalp oil” and see which one fits your specific problem best. Good luck!

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Regarding the Acure shampoo… I got those same samples in a Target box a while back and tried it out of curiosity. I will say that normally I don’t let shampoo touch my hair, but that surprised me in that my hair didn’t feel dried out when I was done. The conditioner was thinner than I’d prefer, but they did both smell wonderful. I still wasn’t impressed enough with either to purchase it, but I think if you’re dead set on using shampoo, the Acure was one of the better ones I’ve tried.

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Would appreciate input from anyone who’s subbed to CurlKit, OnyxBox, etc… we’ve adopted a curly headed toddler, and neither my husband and I have any experience with textured hair (no joke — I’m Asian with stick-straight, oily locks). I’m thinking of subbing to a WOC box to help us find new products to care for our kiddo’s needs. I was leaning towards CurlKit since I read Celicia’s recent Onyx review and wasn’t wild about the idea of a whole brand takeover… any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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There is a line of products called Mixed Chicks (they have a kids line as well) and I love it for my daughters long curly hair.

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Thanks for the advice, everyone! Definitely stepping into new territory and appreciate the comments (and I’m sure kiddo will, LOL)

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The best advice I can give you is this… DO NOT brush curly hair. EVER. As a curly girl whose mama knew naught of curls and insisted my hair be brushed regularly, I will tell you… This is bad. Instead, detangle and arrange curls with fingers, preferably while the hair is wet and while using conditioner. Lots of people with curly hair have dry hair, and if that’s the case you might consider forgoing shampoo (as it’s way too drying). Instead, rinse hair well with water and condition. Yes, this is fine for cleansing hair. If you absolutely MUST use some shampoo, use it on the scalp only and try to stick to maybe once a week at most and follow up with a good conditioning treatment. How dry the hair is will determine what other products you use, but it’s mostly going to be more conditioners. Keep leave-in products on hand, as you might need to use these in between washes. If the hair isn’t too dry, you can get away with something light. If the hair is very coarse, you might need something heavier. Dry hair more than anything will cause frizz and split ends. You may or may not need an additional styling cream. Between your leave-in and your styling cream, those will be your two that you might consider spending a little extra if you find one you love. Another tip is to wash hair at night and give it a couple of hours to air dry. You can use a diffuser to blow dry hair, but it won’t be as pretty. If the hair is long, try having her sleep with it in a loose ponytail on top of her head so that it doesn’t get too out of place. Use a little spray leave-in or water and some creamier leave in to revive curls the next morning.

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It will really depend on the hair type. There is so much variation in curly hair. I will say for curly hair you should look at sulfate free shampoos at least. Curly hair also typically should not be washed every day. As far as dealing with frizz, tangles, styling, etc. I find a great line to try that has a reasonable price point is Carol’s Daughter (I used to go gaga over Miss Jessie’s then I tried a couple of products from their line and for less money with similar or better results, personally). My favorite is the hair milk but I sometimes use the hair mimosa and the sacred tiare detangling frizz spray. My sons’ have less frizz and more manageable curls so I’ll use that detabglibg on them or Honest Company’s detangling on their hair.
You might want to Google naturally curly hair how TOs (and check Pinterest) and see what tips are given for hair similar to your child’s.

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I tried Curl kit for a couple of months and was seriously disappointed in the products. It was sulfate city and we do not do sulfates in this house anymore. I tried once when I ran out of my go to shampoo and the difference in my hair was astonishing. So when I got my first shipment and saw the ingredients I was really disappointed. I had high hopes for this subscription.

Also, due to their slow shipping and cancellation by date, after the first package I was stuck with two more shipments because even though I cancelled as soon as I saw the first shipment I was on the hook for the other two.

I would not recommend this product to curly haired people. I recommend going to websites and learning how to take care if your curls. It may be trial and error but after 3 shipments of the Curl kit I can say; better spend your money elsewhere.

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