OnyxBox is a women’s beauty subscription box. Products vary from hair, beauty, skin, and nail care suited to the needs of Women of Color (WOC). The company’s founders desire to educate WOC by expanding their beauty knowledge and encouraging them to try new products.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: OnyxBox
The Cost: $25 a month + free shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.
The Products: 5-7 beauty products geared toward women of color
Ships to: U.S.
OnyxBox April 2018 “In Full Bloom” Review
Each box comes with an info card with a beautiful illustration on the front of the card and the back of the card, the contents of the box and their prices. The theme for April is “In Full Bloom.” The beautiful illustration on the front of the info card and inside box is by VG Waymer. The box design is black with the mpatapo symbol on top of the box which is an adinkra sign of peace and unity.
Estēe Lauder-Modern Muse Rollerball Eau De Parfum, 0.2 oz Full Size - Retail Value $26.00
I am pleased to receive a full-size fragrance item in this month’s box and from an iconic brand. I prefer my fragrance in a rollerball or spray, and a rollerball is more convenient to pack in your purse or travel bag. The Eau de Parfum is lightly scented, and I picked up notes of jasmine, vanilla, and flowers. The fragrance has notes of sensual, sleek wood and sparkling florals. Since receiving this box, this is the second full-size fragrance included in their box; I received the Honey & The Moon No 10 Parfum in my September box. I appreciate the fragrance being lightly scented and not overpowering. I love the scent. This product covers the cost of the box, which is great. I love when I get a good deal on the box value of a subscription, and this box always delivers.
The Inspiration, from Estee Lauder:
Modern Muse was inspired by the complexity of a modern woman, with the same dynamic contrasts as her life and her personality. Her creative energy and magnetic femininity are captured by its multi-faceted, sparkling floralcy. Her sleek style, strength, and sensuality by its sleek woods.
Who is a Modern Muse? She's confident and independent, soft and strong, feminine yet dynamic. Stylish and original, she inspires everyone she meets—without saying a word.
Enclosed with the Eau de Parfum rollerball was a coupon code for 15% off on their website. The front of the card has their spokesmodel, Misty Copeland principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater. Check out 3 Minutes with Misty Copeland on Estēe Lauder’s Stories, here.
Sleek’e Micro Fiber Hair Wrap - Retail Value $18.00
This microfiber hair wrap consists of ultra-lightweight Sleek’e technology, with 85% polyester and 15% polyamide, which will reduce drying time, reduces hair frizz, and leaves hair ready to be styled.
My only problem with the wrap is the elastic loop that the button fastenings into, it may rip over time, it didn’t seem secure to me. It’s a nice change to have hair accessories included this month. Here’s a video of how-to use from their Instagram account found here.
Enclosed with the head wrap is an info card and on the back of the info card a coupon code for 40% off any hair styling tool at Sleek’e.
Cane+Austin Micracle Pad+30% Glycolic Acid Pad - Listed Value $10.00 (buy 60 pads for $88.00)
I received five small sized moist towelettes that intend to exfoliate, even skin tone, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores and the appearance of age spots. The medicated pad has the equivalent of 30% glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells and excess sebum and is best for all skin types. I swiped the pad over my clean face; there was a tingling sensation on my face which is normal. I didn’t notice any change, and there were no skin irritations. I received enough for two in half days, not enough time to notice a difference in my skin. It's recommended to use morning and night over clean skin and if you have sensitive skin once daily for the first week and then increase to twice daily. Also, it’s important with this product before exposure to the sun to cover face with sunscreen.
Everyday Botanicals-Natural and Curly Hair Nourishment Oil, 1oz. - Estimated Value $4.49 (buy a 4oz. bottle for $17.95)
This nourishing oil geared for natural or curly hair revitalizes and nourishes my hair follicles down to the root. I would massage the oil on clean damp hair to mid-length to my ends and blow dry or dry naturally. I can apply to my hair as a pre-shampoo or pre-styling to protect my tresses from wear-and-tear. The oil is lightweight, doesn’t have a heavy smell (the scent of the oil is faint, but it does remind me of a hair shop), and not greasy.
Doucce Cosmetics Mineral Matte Lipstick in “VIP”, Full Size - Listed Value $20.00
I didn’t find this particular lipstick on their website. I got the value and color of the lipstick from the info card. The lipstick was creamy and moisturizing, and the color lasted most of the day. The lipstick shade is a cross between a nude and a coral color. A nice color that catches my warm undertone and is not too light or dark on me, as told by my co-worker. The color grew on me, and I wore it to work twice this week. I tend to stick to my usual bold purples or nude color, so this shade was a departure from the usual shade I wear.
The Verdict: This month’s box has a value of $78.49 - a great deal for $25 a month plus free shipping, and similar to previous months' value. This month’s box covers products for my hair, body, and face. Onyxbox can get heavy on products for my hair and light on skin and makeup, so, I appreciate when its an even mix. This box sends at least five products that are deluxe, full size and on occasion sample size. The products I have received this month were a hit. I particularly enjoyed the glycolic acid miracle pads and the Eau de parfum rollerball. We Are Onyx gives out monthly spoilers for their boxes, so be sure to sign-up for notifications! We Are Onyx sends the best quality beauty products each month. So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive WOC subscription box with the majority of the products full size, this is the box for you!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the May box.
Value Breakdown: This box cost $25.00, but I estimate that I received $78.49 in value. That means I spent approximately on each item:
Modern Muse Fragrance Rollerball: $8.28
MicroFiber Hair Wrap: $5.73
Glycolic Acid Miracle Pads: $3.19
Hair Nourishment Oil: $1.43
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