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OnyxBox Women of Color Subscription Review + Coupon – August 2018

Nich Baviera
ByNich BavieraAug 18, 2018 | 9 comments

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4.7 overall rating
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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.

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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).

Onyxbox August 2018 review

About OnyxBox

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 August 2018 “A Tour Of Africa” 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 August is  “A Tour of Africa.” This month’s box concludes the summer “Travel Series” of beauty products, We Are Onyx took us to Brazil in June, July was all about travel tips and this month they take us to Africa, enjoy. The beautiful illustration on the front of the info card and inside the 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.


Noyah African Nights Lipstick - Retail Value $18.00

Every woman needs a red lipstick for those special occasions or when you want to be fierce and bold. I own a variety of red lipstick shades, and this hue is slightly different from what I own. The lipstick, for the most part, lasted the majority of the day, and it wasn’t moisturizing. Its all natural (no sulfates, parabens, or phthalates) has a semi-matte, cream finish with 60% earth-friendly bamboo packaging, not tested on animals, and made in the USA.

I received a full-size lipstick in color African nights.

NCLA Designer Nail Wraps –

NCLA Designer Nail Wraps – Listed Value $18.00

These nail wraps are exclusive to this box and Kente is a pattern native to Ghana which is the birthplace of the co-founder Delali. The kit has twenty-six nail wraps and a mini file. I must admit I’m reluctant to try on my short nails as it probably would be a hot mess of me attempting to adhere to my fingernails. I tend to polish my toes and have clear polish on my nails, plus I’m trying to get them to grow again. I will attempt when my nails are longer.

Here is a photo of the nail wraps courtesy of We Are Onyx.

African Black Soap Exfoliant Spot Treatment

African Black Soap Exfoliant Spot Treatment – Retail Value $12.99

This African black soap exfoliant spot treatment intends to clear apparent blemishes and obviate future breakouts. Some of the ingredients include aloe vera, oats, and vitamin E.

Unfortunately, I tend to get blemishes when I’m stressed and haven’t had a breakout in a while so; I will save for when the time comes. Subscribers either received the facial toner or exfoliant spot treatment.

From Nubian Heritage:

After cleansing, apply a thin layer to affected area(s) once per day. If dryness or irritation occurs, reduce application to every other day.

Here’s the applicator tip up-close.

Rich Collagen Face Mask-2-pack-

OUiGLO Rich Collagen Face Mask, 2-pack - Estimated Value $6.00 (buy a 5-pack for $15.00)

I love sheet masks so whenever I receive them in a subscription box, I’m happy! I received two facial sheet masks made of collagen, licorice, apricot, cucumber, and grapefruit. OUi GLO doesn’t use sulfate detergents, parabens, DEA or UREA and they don’t test on animals. These sheet masks intend to moisturize, brighten, nourish, firm and tone my face, as well tighten my pores and control the oil on my face. I applied the sheet mask on my face for twenty minutes, and the mask fits firmly on my face without slipping, and I absorbed the excess essence into my skin. My skin does well with sheet masks, and I haven't had a bad reaction, so far. The sheet mask worked well and no noticeable difference after using just a clean face.

Almond Marshmallow Hydration Serum-2 ounces

Almond Marshmallow Hydration Serum, 2 ounces – Estimated Value $2.25 (buy an 8 fl oz. bottle for $8.99)

This hydration serum intends to smooth out tattered hair and split ends as well as nourish dry, brittle hair from the harsh eliminates and harmful heat damage.

Almond Marshmallow Therapy Leave-In Conditioner 2 ounces – Estimated Value $2.25 (buy an 8 fl oz. bottle for $8.99)

This leave-in conditioner is safe for color-treated, chemically treated, and natural hair, that intends to rid my hair of split ends and hair damage. I will use this to treat my damaged hair. I can’t speak to the effectiveness since I only used a couple of times and with hair products, it takes time to see results. This subscription tends to send well know hair products in their boxes to keep our tresses looking good.

Enclosed is an info card about Almond Marshmallow products from Eden BodyWorks.

The Verdict: This month’s box has a value of $59.49, which is double the cost of the box. Lately,We Are Onyx Beauty Boxes have been around the $55 value range. Hopefully, the value will increase, and a “hero” item will be included, such as a cult favorite or a luxury beauty product that’s a must have or newly released. This box ends the travel series for the summer, and I received products for my face, lips, body, hair, and nails all items to keep me sun-kissed, bold, and fierce.

I look forward to the themes for fall and hopefully a hero item and a value that triples the cost of the box. My favorite items in this box are the lipstick and facial sheet masks. 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 September box. Sign-up for notifications for our spoilers! 

Coupon – Use code ONYXBOXH320 to save $9 off a 3-month subscription! (Regularly $69) or code ONYXBOXH619 to save $12 off a 6-month subscription! (Regularly $126)

Value Breakdown: At $25.00 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Lipstick: $7.57
  • Nail Wraps: $7.57
  • African Black Soap Spot Treatment: $5.46
  • Facial Sheet Mask-Set of Two: $2.52
  • Hydration Serum & Therapy Leave-In Conditioner: $1.88

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We Are Onyx is a monthly chic, urban subscription service dedicated to women of color. In each ONYXBOX, you receive 5 deluxe-size or full size hair, skin, makeup and lifestyle products from around the world. Every month they curate 4 products and you get to select your 5th from a hand-picked selecti... read more.
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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I miss my boxes so much

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Those nail wraps look amazing! Not sure where I’d wear them, but still.

Great review 🙂 They always provide a good variety of products. I hope I get the spot treatment and not the toner, though both would be interesting to try.

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I love the nails!!!! Too fab!!

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Toni Marie

I have never tried this box, but i have tried cocotique which is great

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I love this box however this month’s box is not appealing to me. It’s in route but I will probably give away most of the items.

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Tanya M.

Dang… totally sorry I missed this one..see I can only get September now… Great review.

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Their Instagram posts say you can subscribe now and still get the August box. FAQ section of their website also says your first box is always the same month you subscribe. Might not be too late!!

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Thanks for the update!

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