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Brown Sugar Box by Izzy & Liv Subscription Review – February 2018

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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.

Brown Sugar Box February 2018 box inside

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Brown Sugar Box February 2018 review

About Brown Sugar Box

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.

Brown Sugar February 2018 Review

Included in the box is a mini magazine with various articles for my reading enjoyment. This month’s theme is “Her Story Edition.”

Black Power Shirt – Listed Value $28.00

This month’s shirt is a bright mustard yellow with the silhouette of a woman symbolizing the power of a black woman. The shirt is 100% ringspun cotton, and the fabric is soft. This particular shirt design is not my taste plus; I’m still in the process of getting a bigger shirt size. I prefer my t-shirts to be roomier.

Black History Flashcards, Vol. 2 Women 

Black History Flashcards, Vol. 2 Women – Retail Value $24.99 (Found here for $14.99)

The deck starts with Ahosi/Mino, Dahomey-The Dahomey Warriors c. 18th-19th Century; an all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey, which is present-day Benin.

And it ends with Zora Neale Hurston January 7, 1891-January 28, 1960, author, folklorist, and anthropologist, known for her famous novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. The flashcards were educational and enlightening. I knew about half of the women in the deck. The stories were rich and weaved a tapestry of encouragement and empowerment. The 53rd card(there were two cards in the deck) suggests giving to a friend so they can receive $2 off their Black History Flashcards. The flashcards are timely with February being Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month.

From Urban Intellectuals:

Urban Intellectuals is proud to present volume 2 of our Black History Flash Cards, designed to combat the miseducation and suppression of Black achievements around the globe.

This volume’s 52 cards gives a strong foundation to the many untold stories, achievements, and unknown women that have given shape, color, and definition to the worlds of academia, science, civil rights, business, the arts, and more.

Enjoy learning about the revolutionary contributions of our people. Take pleasure in sharing all that you learn with friends, educators, and most importantly, our youth. It is imperative that they understand Black history, become inspired, and take action to build their own greatness!

Satin Bonnet  Listed Price $18.00

This satin bonnet came in assorted prints. I was pleased with my zebra print. I’m not sure if this is worth $18.00, the satin bonnets I have come across range from $3.00-$9.00. The satin bonnet fit over my braided hair, it was snug around the edges of my scalp and ears, after some adjusting it was fine. The bonnet has no lining inside, and the fabric is lightweight. I’m glad to see this in this month’s box; this is a must-have for my nightly bed routine.

Spiral Notebook

Spiral Notebook – Listed Price $14.00

The spiral notebook is another item paying homage to women in honor of women’s history month in March. The spiral lined notebook has a glossy paper cover, and the back cover is heavy cardstock. The front cover has twelve photos of phenomenal black women such as Billie Holiday, Dorothy Dandridge, Nina Simone, and Eartha Kitt.

Heavenly Hydration Grapeseed Hair Mist, 4 oz – Retail Value $12.00

The hair mist is great for all hair types and intends to soften, hydrate, strengthen, condition, and add shine to my hair without a greasy buildup. The mist has grapeseed oil and avocado oil to soften and moisturize my hair. I sprayed my hair with the mist working on my scalp and lightly misted my braids. It’s too soon to see any results, but the mist was lightweight and has a faint smell, it was hard to decipher the scent, it smells like a typical hair product. The website had numerous reviews of customer who used the product over multiple times.

Here’s an up-close view of the spray cap that’s specially designed to cover my entire head in 3-4 sprays.

Gold Feather Quill Fine Point Pen 

Gold Feather Quill Fine Point Pen – Listed Value $10.00

I also received a real feather pen dipped in gold paint, that’s lightweight.

Here is a close up of the pen in action. This fine point pen glided across the paper making for precise writing, unlike a ballpoint pen that can be a little heavier in weight and not have a precise stroke. The pen was fun to use; I felt all fancy and ready to do some important work.

Verdict: The Brown Sugar Box has a total value of $106.99 – an incredible deal for a $44.90 box $39.95 + $4.95 shipping). Their boxes are typically over $100.00 in value which makes this worth it and you receive an assortment of lifestyle products that are useful and a “must have.” They support black-owned businesses, and there’s always a product that’s needed that I wouldn’t find in another subscription box. I haven’t seen a satin hair bonnet in any other sub. I have seen hair wraps but nothing that I would use daily such as a hair bonnet. I applaud this subscription in meeting my beauty needs, so many times I have received beauty products that didn’t match my skin tone or not useful for me such as, tanning towelettes or dry shampoo, products I don’t use and have no interest. The price is on par with other lifestyle boxes, and you receive at least 6-7 items monthly. Brown Sugar Box by Izzie & Liv is one of my favorite WOC beauty/lifestyle boxes!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but there are a limited number of March boxes available!

Coupon – Use code GIVEMESUGAR to save $5 off your first box

Value Breakdown: At $44.90 a box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item: 

  • Black Girl Power Shirt: $11.75
  • Spiral Notebook: $5.87
  • Satin Bonnet: $7.55
  • Heavenly Hydration Grapeseed Mist: $5.04
  • Gold Feather Pen: $4.19
  • Flashcards: $10.49

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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. I have been very happy with each box that I have received. Each is a fun and usable item. I especially loved the December long sleeve t’shirt which read “I came to sleigh”.

  2. I don’t think specialized boxes can get or give as steep of discounts as general boxes. And what other boxes are celebrating POC?

  3. Thanks for the great and honest review. I’m so happy that you noted what I’ve expressed to myself several times, especially when I came to the decision over the holidays that I needed to unsubscribe from several boxes due to the contents not jibing with practicality for a woman of color with natural hair and a deep skin tone.
    I’d really love for you to appear in those helpful posts when other MSA reviewers get together to display how certain style items looks on others… a la the PSMH boxes
    That being said, I’m still on the fence with this box. The value is there, but that pen will sit in a drawer somewhere and not get any use from me. Can’t take it to work because it will disappear that same day. The shirt oval neckline makes it a hard no for me and the color may be off putting for me to gift it to someone else. The cards, notebook and bonnet are a wonderful win, despite being horribly overvalued.

    • You’re welcome and thanks for your comments and being a part of the MSA community.

  4. Overall I’ve enjoyed the 4-5 boxes I’ve received. I want to love it, but the cost + shipping just isn’t doing it for me. You’re value breakdown makes it even more evident that I’m not getting the most bang for my buck. I do love the t-shirts, and I’ve like the additional wearable items and hair products. The bonnet was a big letdown because the elastic wore out before I’d worn it a full 2 weeks, so it definitely wasn’t worth $18. Such a bummer since I was way more excited when I saw it than what was probably called for. Lol! The miscellaneous items, have been just “meh.” Even though they’re cute, I don’t need anymore coffee mugs, pens that may or may not be refillable, or other trinkets. Love the brand and fit of the shirts, so I’ll get the March box as a little bday present to myself, then cancel but order at least one shirt/tank a month to build up my collection.

    • Thanks, for the comment and additional insight on their boxes. I hope my elastic doesn’t wear out on my bonnet.

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