Cocotique “Self-Care Essentials” Review + Coupon – March 2019


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Cocotique is a monthly subscription box delivering beauty and lifestyle products for women of color. Each month you receive a curated box of 5-8 full size or deluxe sample sized products.

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Cocotique Beauty Box delivers a variety of products ranging from hair care, skincare, nails, fragrance, makeup, lifestyle products and more. Cocotique wants to help you “discover your ultimate beauty arsenal”.

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About Cocotique

The Subscription Box: Cocotique Beauty Box

The Cost: $25 per month with discounts for 3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions

The Products: Full size and deluxe sample sized beauty products.

Ships to: Ships free to the Contiguous US. Cocotique does not ship to AK, HI or outside of the US at this time.

Cocotique “Self-Care Essentials” March 2019 Review

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We all know the importance of self-care – one of my favorite box themes! This month’s Cocotique “Self-Care Essentials” box has products that will get you ready for your big spring reveal. It includes pampering products like a body sponge, body cream, foot gel, hair products, and an inspirational card.

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The back of the Cocotique info card describes all the products included in this month’s box, provides information on where to purchase the products online and offer exclusive discount codes. I really appreciate when boxes make the extra effort to provide this information.

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Unique to this month’s box is an inspirational message card. It reads “The secret of success is that we never never give up.” I like it and it’s a nice touch to this month’s self-care themed box.

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Suave Professionals for Natural Hair Natural Shea Butter & Pure Coconut Oil Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo, 16.5 oz – Retail Value $4.99

Suave recently released a new line of products for natural hair. This sulfate-free moisturizing shampoo claims to gently cleanse hair, remove buildup, make hair easier to detangle, reduce breakage, tame frizz and enhance shine. This shampoo does not contain parabens or dyes and is color safe.

African Americans spend billions of dollars on hair care products and accessories. Many of the major beauty care companies have tapped into this market so I’m not surprised to see that Suave launched this natural hair care line.

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Daily Concepts Multi-Functional Soap Sponge Charcoal, 1.60 oz – Retail Value $8.00

This multi-functional sponge is infused with detoxifying charcoal soap to detoxify, exfoliate and deep cleanse skin. To use, wet, lather and cleanse skin in a circular motion.

I used this soap sponge and it’s very rough! It should be marketed as an exfoliator which is how I intend to use it going forward. It smells great and washes away clean but this little bar is expensive. In one shower, I used at least 25% of the soap in the sponge. If used daily, which I would not recommend, it wouldn’t last a week.

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Suave Professionals for Natural Hair Natural Shea Butter & Pure Coconut Oil Moisturizing Curl Conditioner, 16.5 oz – Retail Value $4.99

This moisturizing curl conditioner, from the newly released nature hair care line by Suave, claims to leave hair deeply moisturized, frizz-free and shiny. The slippery texture makes it easy to finger detangle and prep natural hair for styling.

I’ve used Suave products in the past and didn’t have a great experience. The quality of the products was questionable and it left my hair feeling stripped and brittle. I hope that this new line, designed specifically for natural hair, will have better results.

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Kamedis Hydrating Foot Gel, 3.4 oz – Retail Value $10.99

Nourish cracked feet and heels with this foot gel that provides relief to irritated skin, locks in moisture and restores the skin barrier. This foot gel is suitable for those with eczema and diabetes.

At bedtime, I applied a generous amount of the foot gel and covered my feet with socks. It didn’t feel like the gel really absorbed into my skin. My feet looked shiny and the gel feels super silky but it just sat on top of my skin. I didn’t notice any difference in the morning. I also think it’s odd that the product is meant to be stored in a cool and shaded area below 30 degrees. So, in the fridge?

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Suave Professionals for Natural Hair Define & Shine Serum Gel, 4.75 oz – Retail Value $4.99

The new Suave natural hair line features this define and shine gel serum that holds curls, locks in moisture and enhances shine. It’s meant to be applied to damp hair to enhance and hold curls while the hair dries.

I love a good curl enhancing jelly so, this product was the most tempting to try! However, it’s not enticing enough to disturb my fresh blowout. Moreover, Suave isn’t a brand I trust and I’m having difficulty finding reviews of this new line that are not associated with a promotion. I do hope that other Cocotique Cuties have a great experience with these products.

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Vitabath Heavenly Coconut Crème Body Cream with Coconut Extract, 2-1oz – Total Estimated Value $1.98 (Buy full-size for $7.95)

Containing shea and cocoa butter, coconut oil, antioxidant-rich superfruits, and skin conditioning vitamins, the body cream is clinically proven to improve skin moisture by 82%.

I applied this ultra-rich moisturizer after the shower. It absorbs very quickly so I ended up using a lot of the body cream. The smell is odd. Out of the container, it smells great but when initially applied to my skin, I didn’t like the smell at all. But, during the day, I would smell a hint of coconut and that scent was pleasant. The jury is still out on this lotion.

The Verdict: When the theme for this month’s Cocotique box was announced, I was so excited! I love all things self-care. I pictured bath bombs, body butter, scented candles, and aromatherapy oils. I was not expecting more hair products!

The last three months have been overrun with hair care. Many of us wear our hair in locs and braids in other protective styles. I get a blowout every 2 – 3 weeks in the salon and would honestly prefer to have my stylist manage my hair. It’s not every day that I’m looking to try a new hair product or switch out hair products so frequently that I haven’t had a chance to really determine if the product is working well.

The liked the other products in this month’s box. The soap, lotion, and foot gel were all OK but nothing spectacular. Of the three, the soap was my favorite. I love a good exfoliator and have had good experiences lately with beauty products containing charcoal.

Cocotique costs $25 with free shipping. I estimate the retail value to be $35.94 which is a decent value and higher than last month’s box but contains one less product. All but one of the products in this month’s box was full-sized and I appreciate that.

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today? If you sign up for a subscription, you have until April 23rd to start with the May box. One-time boxes are usually available in the Cocotique shop for $25.00 here.

Value Breakdown: At $25 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Suave Professionals Shampoo – $3.47
  • Daily Concepts Soap Sponge – $5.56
  • Suave Professionals Conditioner – $3.47
  • Kamedis Hydrating Foot Gel –$7.64
  • Suave Professionals Gel – $3.47
  • Vitabath Body Cream – $1.38

Alternatively, each of the 6 items in the box has an average cost of $4.17.

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Written by Shatae Hutchinson

Shatae Hutchinson

Hi, I’m Shatae; pronounced shhh-tay! I work in IT Healthcare, I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 cool kids. I am obsessed with black culture, lifestyle, travel and art made by and featuring women of color. I also love trendy plus-size fashion and accessories, eclectic and bohemian home décor and all things self-care, mental health and fitness. My favorite box is Izzy & Liv’s Brown Sugar Box; a monthly box offering tees, accessories and lifestyle products designed for black women. I also subscribe to TheSelfCareBox, FabFitFun, CauseBox and Merkaela. Being a wife and full-time working mom, subscription boxes are one of the few things that are just for me! They are fun, convenient, reasonably priced and full of surprises.

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11 Comments

  1. I’ve wanted to try this box for awhile but I don’t like how they do brand takeovers especially ones that I don’t use. I miss Onyx boxes too….and Essence. 🙁

  2. Omg no no 25.00 that’s totally wrong in this box you expect to be treated like you can have the experience of being able to try products that are out of the normal products we’d get help i was going to sign up for drugstore stuff I would GLAD I DIDN’T GET THIS BOX what a waste

  3. I really wanted to love COCOTIQUE when I started my subscription last year. I ended up canceling when almost every box was focused on hair care, not what I wanted.

  4. I would be so disappointed to receive Suave in a sub box. It’s a brand that I associate with bargain basement pricing and quality.

  5. I will try everything in the box, but I’m also wary about Suave hair products (I do use their body washes, though). I think that last month’s box was better, but I will use everything in this month’s box, which is a good thing when it comes to subscription boxes.

    • Hey Tamichiko! I’m wary too. Suave has had highly visible incidents with their hair products in the past. I also like EdenBodyWorks products from last month’s box better. I’ve actually liked just about everything I’ve tried from them.

  6. Most of these are drug store brands and I would see them as something you get from a $7 Target box not in a $25 box. Especially when drugstore brands can be had with coupons and sales.

  7. This box should strictly be for hair care. I cancelled this sub last year, glad I did.

    I really miss my Onyx boxes.

    • ReeRee – it’s feeling like that lately!

  8. Is the foot gel from a non-U.S. company? Because I would assume that it means 30 degrees Celcius which is 86 Farenheit. 30 degrees F would be frozen.

    • TPOP, I thought may that too but 86 degrees would we HOT and definitely not cool and dry. The gel probably has a lower freezing point but why would you want to put ice cold gel on your feet? Odd.

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