ZaaBox Women of Color Subscription Review – June 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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My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

ZaaBox June 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, Summer, Summertime!” June 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.

Sunshine Exfoliating Soap- Sea Buckhorn | Brightening, Full Size! – Retail Value $10.00

This exfoliating bar soap with shea, cocoa, and mango butters was invigorating. The soap was lightly scented, not as sudsy or rich a lather of other bar soaps I have used in the past. The bumpy part of the of soap, I’m assuming is for exfoliating my skin, but I didn’t get an exfoliating experience. Overall, I was pleased with the product effectiveness.

Blue Hawaiian Shower Icing with Apricot Kernal Oil-Whipped Soap, 4oz – Estimated Value $7.38 (buy an 8 oz. jar for $14.75)

This product was new to me, or as they describe, whipped soap, which is the second bath item in this month’s box. I received the showering icing with apricot kernel oil. I applied the bath product onto my washcloth and massaged product onto my skin to get a rich lather. The whipped soap was creamy and slightly sudsy but the right amount to get me clean. I will need to give it a few more tries to see the moisturizing effects.

From Indulgence Spa and Body Products:

What in the world is Shower Icing?? Well, we’re so glad you asked! It’s whipped wonderfulness in a jar! It’s both cleansing and moisturizing. The lather is fantastic, and you don’t need a lot! We recommend using a loofah sponge. 

Ingredients: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Argan Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Distilled Water, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Colorants

Shai’s Five Free Nail Polish, 0.5 ounces – Retail Value $8.00

This incredible teen has created nail polishes free of camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and formaldehyde resins, check out her story here. This color screams summer.

Here I am with the color Peaches & Cream on my nail. This color is perfect for summer, and I will use this color for my next pedicure.

Dame Botanical Body Mist in Sunshine 1oz– Estimated Value $5.00 (buy a full-size bottle for $15.00)

This is a product with little info on the bottle and website but it won me over with the pleasing scent. The website didn’t have the ounces of the body mist or any specific info on the product, and the info card said the body mist I received is 1 ounce, so the value is an estimate. This body mist reminded me of apricot. The scent is light and refreshing not overpowering. The info card indicates the body mist has distilled water, vegetable glycerin, aloe, and essential oils. The product came with a label on the lid of the mist indicating the name. The product didn’t have the ounces, description of the product, its notes or scent or ingredient listing. I applaud subscription box companies for patronizing small-business and entrepreneurs but can they please have the appropriate information on their products and websites.

Phillip Ashley Chocolates

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

I received a small box with two heart-shaped chocolates, in the flavor “Smoked Rum Pecan and Cookies and Cream, indicated on the info card.”  The first chocolate tasted like a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups and the second was bitter and had an intense dark cholate flavor, this one I disliked. 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: This was another enjoyable box and they continue to pamper me monthly as well as leaving me blushing from the handwritten note from Mr.Strong. ZaaBox gave me another low-value box, the products are good quality, in my opinion, and from small-business owners/entrepreneurs but the $40.38 total value breaks just above even with the $39.95 box, including shipping. There is no indicator of what their boxes will value, and it says it will send luxurious, pampering products from a black-owned business which they have fulfilled and five full-size products which they have not fulfilled as stated on the first page of their website. This sub has me torn, I have enjoyed receiving but want more in value and sizes.

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 $40.38 in value. That means I spent approximately the following on each item:

  • Bar of Soap: $9.89
  • Whipped Soap: $7.30
  • Nail Polish: $7.91
  • Body Mist: $4.95
  • Chocolates: $9.89

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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.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, Women of Color Subscription Boxes, ZaaBox Reviews| Tags: zaabox | 5 comments

5 Comments

  1. I am sure it is just me but that note is creepy.

    • Ew, yeah – not just you.

    • I think a little poetry is okay as long as every one is getting be kinda odd if it was just her getting I see it as a black artists adding a flirty poem

  2. Seems a bit underwhelming😐 However that polish looks beautiful on you!❤️

  3. That nail color is gorgeous! It is crazy that they advertise as 5 full doses products and counted 2 chocolates and a deluxe sample size towards that count. With all the other choices in sub boxes, I want to be made to feel like the company is at least doing what they say. Also, a couple of those products didn’t seem to be as high end as they claimed.

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