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ZaaBox Women of Color Subscription Review – May 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. ZaaBox “delivers 5 of the finest all-natural full-sized products directly to your door every month.”

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

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ZaaBox May 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 “Summer Rose” May 2018 Review

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

Each month the founder Mr. Strong sends a handwritten note, which leaves me blushing.

Iyoba Body Essentials Hair and Body Butter 4oz

Iyoba Body Essentials Hair and Body Butter, 4oz – Retail Value $14.00

I love body butters, and I enjoyed using this product. This body butter wasn’t heavy or greasy. It was creamy, lightweight, and a little goes a long way. I did notice somewhat what of a greasy residue on my legs as I applied too much. There was an assortment of scents, but the scent blackcurrant rose that I received was not on their website. From Iyoba:

When applied to the skin, our Hair & Body Butter penetrates the tissue to deliver moisture to dehydrated skin cells, leaving the skin feeling softer and suppler. The conditioning body butter can be used to minimize the appearance of stretch marks and decrease the likelihood of them forming during pregnancy. For the hair, the butter makes for an excellent deep conditioner or sealant for the ends. With regular use, the hydrating formula can help restore strength and pliability to damages tresses, making them less likely to break.

Blue Lotus Candles – Golden Petals, 4oz – Estimated Value $6.00 (buy an 8oz candle for $12.00)

This travel size candle was lightly scented and the aroma of the bath bomb overpowered the room as the aroma of the candle wasn’t strong. If I light the candle again in my room, I may get a stronger aroma. It was nice to indulge myself after a long day with a foot soak by candlelight. I believe having a candle always makes any occasion spa ready and of course romantic.

Mitra’s Grace Rose Toner, 4oz

Mitra’s Grace Rose Toner, 4oz – Retail Value $8.00

I love a product that has ingredients I can pronounce and recognize. This toner has witch hazel, rose water, and rose oil. I cleansed my skin and sprayed my cotton swab with the toner and swiped my face with the product. The toner was gentle on my skin; the only drawback was the scent of the witch hazel, it was strong. I haven’t used witch hazel in a long time so the scent was overpowering at first but I soon adjusted.

Iyoba Rose and Sandalwood Bath Bomb – Retail Value $4.00

The fizzy bath bomb includes baking soda, Epsom salt, citric acid, jojoba oil, rose petals, and Iyoba’s essential oil blend. It suggests creating an at-home spa bath or foot soak. I opted for the foot soak. OMG, the aroma of the bath bomb was breathtaking. The scent of the rose petals was intoxicating, and the bath bomb’s essentials oils left my feet smooth and soft. I received a bath bomb in last month’s box, the Kiss Bath Bomb. I always find it unusual when subscription boxes send the same product two month’s in a row; it may be a difference in style or color or scent; it’s like the team couldn’t be more creative and bring subscribers a new product not seen in the box before. Both bath bombs were a hit for me, but I would have liked to have seen a new luxury spa product or tool.

Here you can see the flower petals in the bath bomb through the wrapping.

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

I received a small box with two chocolates, in the flavor “Rosewater Orange Blossom Champagne.” The chocolate has a creamy filling and taste of lemon and orange. I believe the flavors are infused with white chocolate, not sure, but the chocolates were delicious. 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.

The Verdict: Another enjoyable box and they continue to pamper me monthly as well as leaving me blushing from the handwritten note from Mr.StrongZaaBox is still new to me, and I’m impressed by their mission to deliver luxury products that are all natural by black-owned business. This month’s products are larger in size which is an improvement. I enjoyed the foot soak, the toner, and the candle in this month’s box. I received four luxury products for an at-home spa experience that valued at $42.00, a tad low in value for the $39.95 subscription price ($34.95 + $5 shipping). This subscription has me torn, I have enjoyed the luxury bath and body products, but I expect more, full-size products an array of spa products and tools to take my at-home spa experience to the next level. A few ideas: a portable massager, hair wrap, robe, towel wrap, essential oils with a diffuser, loofah sponge, lavender soap, bath caddy, or pumice stone. Let’s see what’s surprises bring subscribers for June.

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.

Value Breakdown: The box cost $39.95 after shipping, but I estimate that I received $42.00 in value. That means I spent approximately the following on each item:

  • Hair and Body Butter: $13.31
  • Soy Wax Candle: $5.70
  • Toner: $7.61
  • Bath Bomb: $3.80
  • Chocolates: $9.51

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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.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

2 Comments

  1. Very nicely curated 👍🏼☺️

  2. love the products… but agree it quite low on value.

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