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


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This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

Brown Sugar Box is a monthly women of color lifestyle subscription by the shop Izzy & Liv that promises a total retail value of $85+. Here’s how they describe it: “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.”

This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

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This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

The Subscription Box: Brown Sugar Box

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

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use code GIVEMESUGAR to save $5 off your first box

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.

Good to know: August and September boxes are sold out, but sign up here to get on their waitlist for October now to secure your October box!

Check out all of our Brown Sugar Box reviews and more women of color subscription boxes in the Women Subscription Box Directory!

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This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

This month’s theme is the “Music Edition”, and it’s all about 90’s Hip Hop.

This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

Queen Baseball Hat – Listed Value $22.00

It’s rare to have a baseball cap in a women’s lifestyle box. The last time I saw a baseball cap in a box was the June PopSugar Must Have Box. The black cap has “Queen” embroidered on the front with a crown above the letter “Q”. The backing is adjustable and 100% cotton. I don’t wear baseball ball caps, but I’m sure this will be welcomed by those subscribers who prefer this style.

This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

4 Pack Pin-Back Button Set – Listed Value $8.00

This four-pack of pin-back buttons features four sayings: “Love A Black Woman From Infinity to Infinity”, “Never Trust A Big Butt And A Smile”, “I Put My Game Down Flip It & Reverse It”, and “French Vanilla, Butter Pecan, Chocolate Deluxe”. These pins would be good on a denim jacket, baseball cap, tote bag, or anywhere you want to make a statement. I don’t tend to wear buttons, but I may play around with places I can display this set.

This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

“Peace Love & Hip Hop” Vintage Look Tee – Value $29.99?

This crew neck tee has “Peace Love & Hip Hop” printed on the front. My tee is a crew neck unisex X-Large. (When you subscribe, you indicate your shirt size.) The tee I received this month wasn’t found on the website, but I did find the same print in a women’s v-neck. I linked to that tee above to give an idea of value. I’m a jeans and t-shirt gal, so I’m loving the assortment of tees I receive.

This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

”Don’t Be A Hard Rock” Straw Tumbler – Listed Value $18.00

This 22 oz blue tumbler has “Don’t Be A Hard Rock When You Really Are A Gem” printed on it. These are lyrics from Lauryn Hill’s song, Doo Wop (That Thing). I have received a ton of tumblers, travel mugs, and water bottles in subscription boxes, so I wasn’t that excited about this item.

This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

“Crazy Sexy Cool” Cosmetics Pouch – Listed Value $13.00

This medium-sized cotton cosmetics pouch has a “Crazy Sexy Cool, reference to TLC ‘s album, printed on the front. This pouch was big enough to hold my small Ipsy bag inside, and it left for some room to add a few things. I love to change out my cosmetics bags monthly so this will go in my rotation.

This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color! This month's Brown Sugar Box has so many fun lifestyle goodies just for women of color!

Mermaid Kisses Whipped Body Scrub4 oz – Value $10.00

BONUS: Cherry Lip Balm – Value $3.00

The lip balm was moisturizing to my lips and tasted like cherry. I’m always using lip balm, so I can add this to my existing pile.  The body scrub smelled of candy and perfume and had an exfoliating lather. The scrub wasn’t grainy like other scrubs I tried. As I showered, there was a residue of blue dye as the water drained. It didn’t stain the tub, though—it was just a subtle hint of blue that I noticed. The scrub did leave my skin feeling soft.

Verdict: The Brown Sugar Box has an estimated value of $103.99. That’s more than double the cost of the box ($39.95 + 4.95 shipping). The box held to its hip-hop theme with the various 90’s lyrics. The box brought me an assortment of accessories such as the pins and cap, a cosmetics pouch that’s roomy and fits all my essential items, a body scrub that left my skin soft and smooth, and a moisturizing lip balm. So the items in this month’s box were a hit except for the tumbler and baseball cap. This box delivers on being a lifestyle box that sends a variety of items geared for WOC. Each month I’m receiving at least 5-8 products. The products are fashionable and fun. For the most part, I have been enjoying my products (especially the monthly t-shirts).

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

Written by 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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6 Comments

  1. Nich, I always enjoy your reviews of the Brown Sugar Box 😀

    But I’m still on the fence about subscribing. I think I’ll definitely consider next month.

    • Shay, thank you!

  2. LOVE this box & would personally use the buttons (esp. the “Poison” one) the scrub, lip balm & the hat – heyyy 👑

    I know exactly who I would gift the rest & they would DIE.

    But $40 is still a bit steep.

  3. I saw TLC at the I love the 90’s concert last month – they’re amazing! I’m very much a child of the 90’s and have always loved hip hop.

    I only wear hats when I take a walk on a sunny day and that would love this Queen one. And I’m not normally a button person but I can’t decide which I love more: the Missy Elliott reference (I put my game down flip it and reverse it) or the Bell BIv Devoe one (Never trust a big butt and a smile)! I immediately started singing the songs when I saw those two!!

    I’m not a WOC but would love this box. I need that shirt in the women’s cut… 🙂

    • Yes! I agree with everything you said!

  4. Cute box! Love the theme!

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