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ZaaBox Women of Color Subscription Review – March 2018

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ZaaBox is a luxury WOC spa box with 100% all natural ingredients and products from black-owned retailers and black artisans.

This month’s box is being reviewed thanks to an MSA reader request!

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ZaaBox March 2018 review

About ZaaBox

The Subscription Box: ZaaBox

The Cost: $34.95 + $5 shipping

The Products: “ZaaBox is a unique monthly collection of 5 surprise luxury-themed and expertly curated all-natural spa products to awaken the senses, soothe the body and awaken your inner goddess!”

Ships to: United States

ZaaBox “Winter Royalty“ March 2018 Review

Enclosed in the box is an info card describing the products and the product ingredients.

What a nice touch: a sexy personalized note accompanying my box. I feel special!!

So Posh Beauty-Facial Steam- Sample Packet 

So Posh Beauty Facial Steam, Sample Packet – Retail Value $6.00

I’m familiar with this brand I received their body oil in a previous box and was pleased with the results. I have tried facial steams at home once before; I received a facial steam in my We Are Onyx box last year. So, I was happy to receive this product. The facial steam has calendula flowers, thyme, sage, rose petals, rosehip, jasmine flowers, chamomile flowers, dandelion root, witch hazel leaf, comfrey leaf, yarrow leaf, and elderflowers.

I received a sample packet good for two uses. I poured half the packet into a pot and added 3 cups of boiling water and draped a towel over my head and engulfed my head in the steam for 10 minutes. The floral blend intends to open my pores, cleanse my skin, and reduce inflammation. I can refrigerate and use the excess water with a clay mask or as a toner. I felt refreshed after using the facial steam, and I believe my pores are happy, too.

Momma Makes Scents-Snow Kissed Sugar Whipped Sugar Scrub-4 oz.

Momma Makes Scents Snow Kissed Sugar Whipped Sugar Scrub, 4 oz. – Retail Value $5.00

This sweet smelling handmade sugar scrub has a blend of sweet almond oil and refined sugar. The sugar scrub is less harsh and granular than a salt scrub. The scrub felt like whipped body butter. It’s lightly scented and has a rich lather and left my skin soft.

Gorgeous Glo Body Care-Luxe Whipped Body Butter-4oz

Gorgeous Glo Body Care Luxe Whipped Body Butter, 4oz. – Estimated Value $7.50 (buy a full-size jar for $14.99)

This body butter in vanilla cupcake is thick, and a little goes a long way. It has no greasy residue, and it tackled my dry skin. It’s lightly scented, and the scent reminded me of almond oil. The body butter has marula oil, argan oil, and shea butter. I’m not a fan of body butter; each body butter seems to be too thick for my taste, and this body butter was a disappointment. I’ve yet to find a body butter I like, any suggestions, please let me know. If you like your body butter thick and creamy, and it hydrates your skin, then this is the product you need.

Kiia Bath and Body-Essence Body Mist-4oz

Kiia Bath and Body Essence Body Mist, 4oz. full size! – Retail Value $8.00

This body mist is perfect for my after shower routine or as a hair mist. The mist is not alcohol based like most body mists; instead, it has fragrance oil and Cyclomethicone. The mist has scents of lush florals and woodsy elements; I picked up the floral scent. It’s cool, refreshing, and the scent is barely noticeable.

Phillip Ashley Chocolates

Phillip Ashley Chocolates – Estimated Value $10.00 (buy a 12-piece box for $49)

I received a small box with two chocolates, “cabernet balsamic and chardonnay triple crème cheese.” The cabernet balsamic is shaped in a heart and has a dark chocolate cream filling it was rich and had a strong chocolate aftertaste.The chardonnay triple crème cheese chocolate has a cream filling and taste of vanilla, lemon, and there was a familiar sweet taste that I couldn’t pinpoint the actual flavor, either way, this one was better than the heart-shaped chocolate. The chocolates were handcrafted in small batches using the finest ingredients with fair trade chocolate. I didn’t find this particular product on their website, so the value is an estimate.

Bonus Item: Single Rose

Enclosed in the box is a rose. ZaaBox nows how to pamper its subscribers!!!

The Verdict: OMG, this was the best box I have received that aims at pampering its subscribers, and they delivered!! Plus, the steamy handwritten note from Mr.Strong had me blushing. ZaaBox was new to me before reviewing, and I’m impressed by their mission to deliver luxury products that are all natural by black-owned business, which they succeed in doing. As indicated on their homepage, they will send five full-sized products and this box sent out deluxe size products. For the price point, I would have expected more full-size products, so this is a disappointment. Even though the products weren’t full size, the quality of the products are impressive, and sometimes the quality of the products curated in beauty/lifestyle boxes overrides the retail value of the box. The personalized handwritten note was an encouraging gesture, and I wonder if the note is for first-time subscribers or if I will receive a note each month. I wouldn’t mind receiving a sexy personalized note each month.

The Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? From ZaaBox:

Once you order you will receive your initial welcome box within 1 week and then your monthly recurring charge will occur on the 1st of the month every month until you decide to cancel.

Values Breakdown: The box cost $39.95 after shipping, but I estimate that I received $36.50 in value a little below the cost of the box with shipping. That means I spent approximately the following on each item:

  • Facial Steam: $6.57
  • Sugar Scrub: $5.47
  • Whipped Body Butter: $8.20
  • Body Mist: $8.76
  • Chocolate: $10.95

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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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Comments (7)

  1. Thank you for the review, looks like a nice quality box. Please do another review.

  2. I would keep some and share some!

  3. Thanks for the review. I’ll definitely keep my eye on this one. If they start to deliver more on value and their promise of five full sized products, I’ll likely give it a try.

    I happen to love rich, thick body butters and lotions, so I would probably like the one in this box. Bath and Body Works has a new line of body butters that are actually more of a gel consistency. I don’t like it because it’s too light for me, but it be up your alley Nichelle.

    • You’re welcome and thanks for checking out the review and the recommendation on body butters at Bath n Body Works!

  4. I like the concept of this box and I’m looking forward to more reviews. Hopefully the value will be better for the next one. I like the added touch of the personalized note. 🙂

  5. Looks like a great box and I’m happy to support WOC businesses. But I want higher value than the cost of the box.

  6. I would be upset if they advertise full size and I received deluxe size, that’s very misleading because not only do I want the whole spa experience but I want the value as well

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