ZaaBox Women of Color “Natural and Sweet” Subscription Review – March 2019
ZaaBox is a luxury WOC spa box with 100% all natural ingredients and products from black–owned retailers and black artisans; “that 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!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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 “Natural & Sweet” March 2019 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.
Asili + Co, Sweet Pea Bath Salts – 1 oz – Retail Value $4.00
This sweet aroma from the bath salts consists of pink sea salts, vitamin E oil, Epsom salt, and essential oils. The fragrance from the bath salts was lovely and reminded me of being in a field of flowers. I opted for a foot soak as opposed to a bath. The foot soak was relaxing and left my feet soft and rejuvenated. Also, enclosed on the back of the info card is a code for 15% off that expires on 4/25/19.
Tasha Hussey Body, Lemongrass Lavender Lotion – 4oz – Retail Value $10.00
Tasha Hussey’s body collection started in 2013 of “natural and animal free ingredients mostly made up of vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, olive oil, oatmeal, shea butter and essential oils mixed with other wonderful moisturizing and exfoliating ingredients”. I received her Lemongrass Lavender Lotion made from jojoba oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, silk amino acids, sunflower oil, vitamin E, avocado oil, fragrant oils, and essential oils. The lotion is intended for men or women and states it’s super emollient. The lotion was thick and creamy with a faint lemon scent that paired well with the lemongrass lavender carrot extract shea butter soap that I received this month. Even though the lotion states it’s emollient, after applying the lotion to my body the product wasn’t absorbent and the lotion just sat on my skin. It felt as if I had this heavy cream that was weighing on my skin as opposed to being absorbed into my skin. This may differ and yield opposing results for subscribers. Let me know your thoughts on this product in the comments below.
Pontie Wax, Lemon Lavender Sugar Soy Wax Candle – 4oz –Estimated Value $9.00 for 4 oz (buy an 8.5 oz jar for $18.00)
“Lemon Lavender Sugar is a refreshing blend of lemon, lavender and pink sugar. With the sweetness of baking grade sugar, the zest of lemon and the refreshing scent of lavender oil, this candle will leave a refreshing aroma in the air.” This travel size, 4 oz candle has a 24 hour burn time and has a lemon scent that faintly engulfed my desk area. This brand was in the December box and the holiday scent was festive.
From Pontie Wax:
Pontie Wax is a line of scented hand-poured soy wax candles founded in 2015. Made from 100% plant-based soy wax, each candle features non-toxic fragrance and essential oils. There are no parabens, plastics or additives included to Pontie Wax candles, making each burn pleasant and safe. Each candle is hand-poured with love in Brooklyn, New York, and crafted in small batches to ensure quality.
Tasha Hussey, Lemongrass Lavender Carrot Extract Shea Butter Soap – 6.5 oz – Retail Value $9.00
This bar of body soap felt refreshing on my skin as I showered. The soap wasn’t as sudsy and lathering as other bars of soap I used, though it did yield some suds as I lathered my body. The soap intends to help fight the aging process and provide elasticity on my skin. The ingredients consist of saponified coconut, shea, and safflower oil, RSPO palm oil, purified water, essential oils, and carrot extract. The soap paired well with the body lotion I received this month.
Phillip Ashley Chocolates, 2 pieces – Estimated Value $8.00 (buy a 12-piece box for $48)
I received a small box with two chocolates, Woodford Reserve Double Oak Bourbon, and Champagne Lemon curd in the shape of a heart and leaf. The green heart-shaped chocolate with a creamy center had a lemony flavor and was yummy. The leaf-shaped chocolate with a creamy center had an intense dark chocolate aftertaste which lingered on my palette. I didn’t detect any other flavors since the dark chocolate was overpowering; it was not my favorite.
The chocolate is handcrafted in small batches using the finest ingredients with fair trade chocolate. I didn’t find this particular set of chocolate on their website, so the value is an estimate. Also, chocolates from this manufacturer are a monthly staple in this subscription box, which is a nice treat.
The Verdict: As usual, the majority of this month’s box products were geared for the body with the exception of the candle and chocolates. With this being a spa-like box, I’m still waiting for full-size products, as well as bath and body tools/accessories such as an exfoliating body mitt, foot mask, or a body exfoliating brush. I feel encouraged and pampered (as well as blushing!) from the handwritten note from Mr. Strong that’s included monthly.
This month’s box was okay, the two items that were a hit for me where the lemon lavender sugar soy candle and the lemongrass lavender carrot extract shea butter soap. I appreciate how this box keeps to its theme by using corresponding scents and products that pair well together. Overall, another decent box with future potential to continue to bring me more black-owned brands and to seek out and curate upcoming, must-have products for women of color. This month’s estimated $40.00 value is lower than previous boxes.
The Wrap Up:
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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 $34.95 + $5.00 shipping, which means that each of 5 items in the box has an average cost of $7.99.
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