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Brown Sugar Box by Izzy & Liv Subscription Review – July 2017

Nich Baviera
ByNich BavieraJul 28, 2017 | 9 comments

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Brown Sugar Box by Izzy & Liv
4.8 overall rating
4 Ratings | 4 Reviews

Brown Sugar Box is a monthly women of color lifestyle subscription that promises a total retail value of $85+. “As a Brown Sugar Box Subscriber, you’ll get a box filled with the BEST of Izzy & Liv including best sellers, new releases, and limited edition (subscriber-only) products.”

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

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Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Brown Sugar Box

The Cost: $39.95 a month + $4.95 for shipping

The Products: “Your box will include 5-6 products every month. You will always get at least one Izzy & Liv tee, tank or sweatshirt along with other fabulous items — and as often as we can, we will include items from other black-owned businesses we love!”

Ships to: The United States for $4.95 and International for $12.95.

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Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Included in the box is a mini magazine with various articles that include, “4 Black Films We’re Watching This Summer”, “Summer Good Reads: 4 Books To Add To Your Reading List”, to “3 Reasons To Practice The Art Of Forgiveness”. This is a welcome departure from a two-sided info card.

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

A letter from the founder, Nicole W. Brown was also included, indicating her disappointment in the “beach read” that was intended to be in the July box and the box being delivered late. There were issues with the vendor not delivering as promised. As a token of appreciation subscribers were given a $5.00 off coupon to be applied to any Izzy & Liv purchase. I appreciate Nicole’s kind gesture and her heart felt apology.

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

“It Must Be The Melanin” Tank Top – Value $27.99

I received a blue racerback tank with “It Must Be The Melanin” written on the front in yellow. This is an appropriate shirt for the summer. Subscribers indicate their shirt size when ordering and I went with the men’s sizing in their shirts since they tend to run small and I need the extra room in the chest area. I’m mentioning this because my tank is slightly different from the one I linked above. My tank was roomy and had extra space under the arm area, so I may wear another thin tank underneath. I’m enjoying having an article of clothing in the box each month.

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Beach Roundie – Listed Value $30.00

This 60-inch multi colored beach roundie with tassels has “kissed by the sun” written in the middle. This light weight roundie can be used as a throw, beach/picnic blanket, or as a decorative tapestry. This is my second roundie that I own. I received the Gypsy 05 roundie in the Spring FabFitFun box.

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Drawstring Backpack – Listed Value $18.00

This exclusive tribal print drawstring backpack is exclusive to Izzy & Liv. The texture is a mix between canvas and cloth. I have an assortment of bags but no drawstring backpacks. The backpack is roomy and the right size for the beach or festival season. I look forward to using this on my next adventure.

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Key Necklace – Listed Value $25.00

This small key necklace is 16-inches with gold plated zinc alloy. Brown Sugar Box reminds me through this symbolic key that I’m “beautiful”, “unique”, and “have something special to offer this world”, “confidence is key”. I appreciate the reminder! The necklace is delicate and small enough to layer with other gold plated necklaces I own.

Brown Sugar Box July 2017 Women of Color Subscription Box

Bonus items: Enclosed is a bookmark intended for the book that we didn’t receive and an “all shades heart sticker”.

Verdict: The Brown Sugar Box has a boxed value of $100.99, which is an incredible deal for a $45.00 box. This box is my new favorite, their boxes so far have been well curated! This box definitely screams summer from the tank top to the beach roundie to the drawstring backpack – all items needed to make my next beach trip enjoyable. The necklace is a nice reminder to believe in me and to exude confidence. This is definitely what I like and need in a lifestyle box. I especially admire how they find staple items in creative designs and a box targeted to my melanin is a welcome addition. This is not to say that this box is not universal because it is. However, I appreciate a box with me in mind. So, if you are looking for a lifestyle box that’s a bit different check out Brown Sugar Box!

What do you think of this month’s Brown Sugar Box?

"As a Brown Sugar Box Subscriber, you’ll get a box filled with the BEST of Izzy & Liv including best sellers, new releases and limited edition (subscriber-only) products. Your box will include 5-6 products every month. You will always get at least one Izzy & Liv tee, tank or sweatshirt along with o... read more.
Nich Baviera
Nich Baviera
Nichelle has been obsessed with subscription boxes since 2012, when she received an email to subscribe to PopSugar Must Have Box. Since then, she has subscribed to Glossybox, Allure Beauty Box and GoodeBox which is now called GoodeBeing Box. She currently subscribes to: Birchbox, FabFitFun, Essence Beauty Box, PopSugar Must Have Mini Box, and Play! by Sephora. She is an avid admirer of PopSugar, so much so that she had an office tour of their San Francisco headquarters in April of 2015.

Nich Baviera
Nich Baviera
Nichelle has been obsessed with subscription boxes since 2012, when she received an email to subscribe to PopSugar Must Have Box. Since then, she has subscribed to Glossybox, Allure Beauty Box and GoodeBox which is now called GoodeBeing Box. She currently subscribes to: Birchbox, FabFitFun, Essence Beauty Box, PopSugar Must Have Mini Box, and Play! by Sephora. She is an avid admirer of PopSugar, so much so that she had an office tour of their San Francisco headquarters in April of 2015.
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9 comments

Alexis

While I don’t fall into the targeted audience of this box, I think it’s so thoughtfully curated! I love the product offerings on the website & I think Nicole has done an awesome job. Nich, as always, your reviews are so well written and honest.

kali

I really liked June’s box and your review, so I subscribed 🙂 This box was a miss for me. I selected the same unisex style shirt as you, and it is seems more fit for a man. It is tight in the hips, and large in the armholes. Maybe I can tuck it in. Im not sure. I tried to style it yesterday and gave up. I am not a fan of the roundie or the necklace (seems really inexpensive). The bag is cute though. I would not have purchased any of the items for $10 each though. Also, the $5 coupon code, means that I have to spend more money to save money. Not a fan. I am giving this box one more month, it seems tailor made for me. Maybe this month was just an anomaly. I am optimistic about the August box. Come on!!! Don’t let me down 🙂

Tunisia

Kali, I feel the same as you about this box. It was a real miss based off of the June box. I’m hoping the August box is better or I will probably be canceling my subscription.

Tashante

I would love to swap you for the roundie if I have anything you’re interested in!

Sharon in SE TX

I like the graphics and items in this box. I think it’s so cool it comes with a little magazine too. Great review Nich!

dmg

I like the bookmark and the drawstring backpack. Both items I have not yet seen which is nice.

CHanell

Never heard of this box before but it does look promising. Thank you for the review!

Jessica

Great review, Nich! And I love the artwork on the box itself. So cool!

Nich

Thank You, Jessica!

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