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The Black Box Subscription Review + Coupon – Spring 2019

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Update 6/10: The Cost was updated to reflect $74.95 per quarter instead of per month.

The Black Box is a quarterly lifestyle subscription box offering the unique opportunity to discover and directly support black-owned businesses.

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The Black Box includes a curated selection of items ranging from lifestyle, dining, bath, body and home goods products. All items are from black businesses highlighted in each box.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About The Black Box

The Subscription Box: The Black Box

The Cost: $74.95 per month quarter + $5.00 shipping

ACTIVE DEAL: Get free shipping off your first box
CODE: ADCTN

The Products: full-sized products from 4-6 different businesses each quarter

Ships to: the US for $5.00

The Black Box Spring 2019 Review

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Each The Black Box contains an information card highlighting the hand-picked items included in each box. It lists the item name, price, and website. This card also uniquely features the black-owned business owners, their logos, and a quote from the business owner describing their products.

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Butta Natural Body Care Whipped Body Butter – Macadamia + Shea, 8 oz – Retail Value $15

Butta Natural Body Care creates products that are handmade in small batches with quality ingredients. This moisturizing whipped body butter promises to remedy dry, dull skin leaving a gorgeous natural glow. It’s made with shea, macadamia, almond, jojoba and mango butters, and sweet almond oil.

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This whipped body butter is everything! It’s lightweight but ultra-moisturizing. It smells fantastic and the scent last throughout most of the day. The best part is that it leaves my skin looking and feeling well hydrated. This is the perfect butter for sandal season!

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Butta Natural Body Care Lip Balm, 0.5 oz – Listed Retail Value $5

Butta Natural Body Care Lip Balm is made with almond butter and almond oil and promises to leave lips soft and hydrated. I really like this lip balm. It’s lightly scented and leaves my lips soft, smooth and moisturized. I’ve been using this lip balm for over a week now and it looks like barely any of it has been used. A little goes a long way.

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Oatmeal Beauty Gentle Oatmeal Soap, 4 oz – Retail Value $5.75

Oatmeal Beauty creates quality beauty products developed for people with a variety of skin conditions such as sensitive skin, redness, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. The make clean products with no detergents, sulfates, parabens or silicones. This gentle oatmeal soft is handcrafted . with colloidal oatmeal, coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oil for all types of sensitive skin.

This soap has a light sweet oatmeal scent, excellent lather that is soft and silky, and it left my skin feeling clean and moisturized. I recently got a bad sunburn while doing rooftop yoga on this soap helped soothe my dry, red and itchy patches.

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Posh Candle Co. Create Hustle Repeat Candle – Fresh Squeezed Lemon, 8 oz – Retail Value $15

Posh Candle Co. makes handcrafted 100% soy wax candles with custom blended fragrances in glass jars. I’ve had the pleasure of receiving Posh Candle Co. candles in other boxes but never this full size. This candle has a light, fresh and clean lemon scent. I love it!

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Posh Candle Co. Stay Lit Matches – Mini – Estimated Retail Value $0.56 (buy full size here for $3.50)

Thank goodness for the info card because I almost missed these cute matches buried in the box confetti! I love the wordplay with “Stay Lit” on the candle box. The box contains 16 wooden matches that are easy to light and the perfect size for lighting candles.

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Reflektion Design Kenyan Olive Wood Salad Servers with Bone Inlay – Retail Value $25 (found here for $20)

I am enamored with Reflektion Design and their broad range of products, especially the household items, inspired by the African diaspora. Her site is chock-full of beautiful and vibrant pieces, some of which I have the pleasure of owning. These salad servers are handmade in Kenya with wild olive wood that is carved with skilled precision. I can’t wait to show them off at my next dinner party!

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Utopia Tea House Travel Tea Tumbler, 12 oz – Retail Value $30

Utopia Tea House is owned by a black mom and entrepreneur whose goal is to offer a healthier alternative to bad-for-you beverages and spread the good word about the numerous benefits of drinking tea. This 12oz tea tumbler has a built-in diffuser perfect for creating single servings of hot or cold loose-leaf tea. This bottle is well-made and sturdy. The bottle is glass, the top is wood and the filter is stainless steel. I’ve enjoyed using this tumbler over the last few weeks – especially for iced tea.

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Utopia Tea House All-Natural Loose-Leaf Tea, Thin Mint, 1.5 oz – Retail Value $11.50

This loose-leaf Thin Mint tea is made with all-natural rooibos, dried apple pieces, vanilla chips, chocolate, peppermint, and natural vanilla flavor. I’ve been diffusing this tea both hot and cold in the tea tumbler included in this month’s box. The tea tastes great hot but it is amazing cold! I drink it without any added sugar – it has a slight natural sweetness. The most prominent flavors are peppermint and vanilla which are two of my favorites. I’m looking forward to trying other flavors from Utopia Tea House.

The Verdict: I am super excited to get the opportunity to review the newly released The Black Box – a high-end lifestyle box featuring products from black-owned businesses. This box is unique in that it not only offers the opportunity to directly support black-owned businesses and try their luxe products but it also makes an effort to feature the businesses, faces, and names behind the products.

The goodies in this quarter’s box are top-notch featuring products that are handmade with high-quality ingredients in small batches. I’m currently using every product in this month’s box! The body butter has my skin glowing. My lips are moisturized and my inflamed sun-kissed skin is calmed with the lip balm and oatmeal soap. I’m practicing self-care with a good book, my fresh squeezed lemon candle and sipping sweet tea from the pretty tumbler. It’s hard to choose favorites but if I had to pick, I’d say the whipped body and the salad servers are my top two. The salad servers are high quality and handmade in Kenya but more than that, they are beautiful and unique. I love them! I love all the products! Was this box made specifically for me?! It certainly feels like it!

This box has an estimated retail value of $107.81 which represents a saving of about 25%. At $79.95 a quarter, this box is expensive but I think it’s worth the price. I appreciate the opportunity to discover and support black businesses and I love the idea of a high-end black box featuring high-quality products. This is an impressive first release and I can’t wait to see whatThe Black Box has planned for their summer box!

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today? No, the spring quarterly box is sold out but sign up by June 17th to secure The Black Box Summer 2019 release.

Value Breakdown: At $79.95 a box ($74.95 + $5 shipping), here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Butta Natural Body Care Whipped Body Butter: $11.12
  • Butta Natural Body Care Lip Balm: $3.71
  • Oatmeal Beauty Gentle Oatmeal Soap: $4.26
  • Posh Candle Co. Create Hustle Repeat Candle: $11.12
  • Posh Candle Co. Stay Lit Matches: $0.42
  • Reflektion Design Kenyan Olive Wood Salad Servers: $18.54
  • Utopia Tea House Travel Tea Tumbler: $22.25
  • Utopia Tea House All-Natural Loose-Leaf Tea: $8.53

Alternatively, each of the 8 beauty and lifestyle products in the box has an average cost of $10.

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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.

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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36 comments

Gale

Awesome review!! Thank you so much.

Chanell

I would like to see this box succeed and will spread the word about it but I do think they need to give much more value in comparison to the price of the box. It A savings of about 25% is not enough especially when you’re talking about an $80 box.

Shatae

That would be nice but I imagine it’s difficult for smaller boxes to deliver FFF-like savings. There are also a bunch of boxes in the 25% savings range and even some that come in at cost. On the other hand, big savings are a part of the appeal for sub boxes so, I understand that aspect too.

NYAmicas

I would like to see this box succeed and will spread the word about it but I do think they need to give much more value in comparison to the price of the box. It A savings of about 25% is not enough especially when you’re talking about an $80 box.

Patricia S Garrett

I would *love* to afford this box. Supporting Black-owned business is super important!
Shantae, your reviews are great and I specifically love how you do your pics.
Thank you.

P.S. I love that one of the owners featured in this box read your review and replied <3

Shatae

Thank you Patricia! And, yes, I had a total #fangirl moment!

Zara

Those salad servers are GORGEOUS.

Shatae

Right! Now I need a matching bowel, platter, counters, kitchen, life! LOL

Anitra

Wonderful review glad you love our salad servers! Looking forward to your next review.

Shatae

Thanks Anitra! Your products are amazing!

Connie

This looks like a great box and appreciate the support of small business. I may have to try this box out.
Your review was great!

Shatae

Thanks for the comment and compliment Connie!

SusanY

Wow! What a stellar box. I hope you keep reviewing it. This looks like a winner! I’m sorry I missed the spring box. Would have loved everything in it. But…like someone else mentioned, it’s great that we can order directly from the businesses featured in the box. 🙂

Shatae

Heyyyyyy Susan! This box was stellar! And I love that it promotes the businesses in the box too.

Chris

There are a few spoilers for their Summer box on FB! I am going to sign up for this, such a great box!

Shatae

Yay Chris! I’ve been trying to avoid the spoilers. It’s sooooo hard not to take a peek!

Lea Collins

Lots of wonderful items. I wish I actually liked tea because that tumbler is super cute. Thanks for sharing.

Shatae

Thanks Lea! So many of my colleagues at work have asked me about the tea tumbler. I make sure to not leave it in the kitchen! 😉

Nina

Very well curated box! Love those salad servers 😍

Shatae

Nina, aren’t they everything! So dope.

Noelle

Oh gosh, this box is amazing! I’m sad I missed out on it. Seriously though, I may have to order that tumbler and tea.

Shatae

Noelle, they are totally worth it. The quality is excellent!

Kevans

What a great new box! Would love to see more reviews, so I can keep my eyes on this.
In the meantime, going over to the Reflektion website. Those salad servers are stunning!

Shatae

Kevans, I could spend all day on the Reflektion website! I hope to review the Summer box too!

Alex

Ooooh what a beautifully curated box!

Shatae

Alex, it is no exaggeration when I say I’ve loved every item! The butter is almost gone and I’m super sad about it. I’m checking this week if they can ship the butter to me or if the Atlanta heat would destroy it.

Marion

Wow, that photo of the body butter makes it look soooooo fluffy! I am into it!

I love the vibe of the box. Everything is sort of classic & streamlined in design, and everything is super useful.

I agree with Jamie — this sub isn’t in my budget (yet!) but I am very interested in this box’s curated businesses.

Shatae

Marion, super soft and it smells so good! This box definitely has a vibe.

Jamie

Please keep reviewing this box! I won’t be able to subscribe at this price point, which I feel is totally reasonable pricing, but I can purchase the items I absolutely love directly from the makers. I’m pretty sure I need those salad servers and that travel tea tumbler looks awesome!

I always enjoy your reviews. 😀

Shatae

Ahhhh, thanks Jamie! I really do my best to provide good, fair and honest reviews. And, you can’t go wrong with either or both of those items!

Ks

Omg, this box looks very promising 😍

Shatae

Right! I think at this price the curation and the products have to always be on point. I have faith that The Black Box can pull it off. I’m already anxiously awaiting the summer box.

Keshia

I love this review and it’s very nice to meet you. Please keep this one coming monthly. 👍🏼
I can not wait to try this body butter and lip balm.

Shatae

Thank you Keshia! It’s a quarterly box and it would be my pleasure to continue reviewing it. The lip balm is fantastic alone and under lipstick.

Becca

What a great box and review! I am always searching for an amazing body cream that produces visible results. I’ll add this to my “to subscribe” list.

Shatae

Becca, I can’t even go back to the store brought lotions. Butters is definitely the way to go and this one is fantastic!

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