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ZaaBox Women of Color Subscription Review – May 2019

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ZaaBox is a luxury WOC spa box “that delivers 5 of the finest all-natural, full-sized products directly to your door every month” from black-owned retailers and black artisans.

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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.)

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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 “Lush Tropics” May 2019 Review

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Enclosed in the box is an info card describing the products and the product ingredients.

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Each month the founder Mr. Strong sends a handwritten note.

Gavin Luxe Kāma Travel Candle, 4 oz – Retail Value $15.00

Kāma Hindu god of love and desire.

This travel-size candle has a woodsy masculine aroma. The candle has an intoxicating blend of fir balsam, smoked spice rose, patchouli, sandalwood, amber, musk, and vanilla. The candles are individually hand-poured in small batches using only the finest quality ingredients and carefully blended fragrances. The candle burns clean and produces a rich, long-lasting bouquet between 10-15 hours.

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Kisse Girl Hair and Body Oil, 2 oz Travel Size – Retail Value $5.00

This 3-in-1 oil is intended for my hair, skin, and nails. I generously applied the oil to my soft skin, and the oil was non-greasy and there was a faint scent. I occasionally use body oils and having a product that has multiple usages is productive and can save on time when I’m getting ready for work. The oil is available unscented.

From Kisse Girl:


💋Hair Growth (massage on scalp, or use as a sealant, or use as hot oil treatment)
💋 Makes Hair Shiny & Frizz-Free
💋 Prevents Itchy Scalp and Dandruff
💋Skin Moisturizer (use on hands, legs, and arms instead of lotion to prevent dry skin)
💋Healthy Nails & Nail Growth (massage on cuticles)

2 oz is currently available also unscented!
NO Mineral Oil. NO Parabens. No Petroleum.
Made with Natural Ingredients.

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ZaaBox Fresh Eucalyptus Flower Bar Soap

This moisturizing soap is a ZaaBox exclusive, a surprise to include the brand’s own manufactured product in my box. The bar soap was lathering, sudsy and had a faint scent. The info card indicates an aroma of a lively rainforest freshness. The moisturizing ingredients to get my skin soft included olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and organic shea butter.

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Gavin Luxe Sugar Room Body Elixir, 2oz – Retail Value $18.00

This elixir is a blend of saffron, black currant, and blackberry, with a base of patchouli and amber, as stated on their website, even though those ingredients aren’t listed on the bottle (maybe it’s the fragrance). The aroma has a woodsy scent and it was okay. Not something I wouldn’t use on body, but maybe as a room spray. It intends to be used in the air, on my body, and my linen. Also, it’s made in small batches in Long Beach, California.

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Here’s a side view of the product ingredients and the spray pump.

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Phillip Ashley Chocolates, 2 pieces – Buy a 6-piece signature box for $23

I received a small box with two creamy, sweet chocolates: “classic lime margarita añejo™” and “peach mango margarita añejo™”(strange names for the chocolates). The two creamy “sweet tropics” chocolates have hints of salt and lime. These are the most distinct flavors I picked up, unfortunately, which were not pleasing to my palate. Plus, as I picked up the chocolate, food coloring was all over my fingers and the plate, which was unpleasant. The chocolate is handcrafted in small batches using the finest ingredients with fair trade chocolate. Also, chocolates from this manufacturer are a monthly staple in this subscription box, which is often a nice treat.

The Verdict: As usual this month’s products were geared toward my body except for the candle. I feel pampered each month as well as blushing from the handwritten note from Mr.Strong that’s included monthly. Subscribers can opt out of the note if they like. This subscription is a hit with an assortment of bath and body products, but I would like to see more of a variety of pampering, beauty, and spa-like products that are full-size. I got a total value of $38.00 from the three of the items that had a retail value.

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 $34.95 + $5.00 shipping, which means each of the 5 items costs approximately $7.99.

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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.

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Comments (5)

  1. Nice box (except the chocolates) and it’s good that you can opt out of receiving the note.
    I like the box concept…just wish they didn’t send chocolates every month. I imagine mine would arrive as a glob considering the heat here in the south.

  2. Yay! ZaaBox is the best. So glad to see more reviews.

  3. I’m mildly fascinating by these notes. Does everyone get called a cocoa goddess, or does Mr. Strong do a search of his subscribers to see what they look like? I mean, the box is definitely marketed toward WOC, but the contents seem like they would appeal to women of any ethnicity. Or what if a Pat or a Jamie ordered? That could be a woman or a man ordering for his SO (or even himself perhaps!). What sort of note do they get?

    Yes, I am sure I am overthinking it, but these thoughts go through my head every time I read a review for this box.

  4. Decent review. The soap is the most interesting to me. The note is creepy, imo. I definitely would opt out of that. It’s nice they have that option.

    • I’m with you. That note creeps me out. Like he’s peeking in the window or something.

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