Brown Sugar Box Review + Coupon – May 2019


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Brown Sugar Box May 2019 - Closed Box

Brown Sugar Box is a monthly woman of color lifestyle subscription box offering tees, accessories, and lifestyle products designed by and made for women of color.

Brown Sugar Box May 2019 - Opened Box

Each Brown Sugar Box includes a graphic tee and 4-5 additional full-size products ranging from drinkware, accessories, bags, jewelry, makeup, housewares, and stationery. All items are from black-owned businesses.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Brown Sugar Box May 2019 - All Items Unboxed

About Brown Sugar Box

The Subscription Box: Brown Sugar Box

The Cost: $39.95 per month + $4.95 shipping

The Products: 1 graphic tee plus 4-5 additional full-size lifestyle products

Ships to: the US for $4.95 and international for $12.95

Good to Know: Boxes are shipped around the 15th of each month. When purchasing a subscription, you have the opportunity to select your t-shirt size and fit preference.

Brown Sugar Box “Home Refresh Edition” Review

Brown Sugar Box May 2019 - Magazine Cover

Each Brown Sugar Box includes a mini magazine that highlights the theme of the box, list the products included and offers interesting and inspiring articles. This month’s box is all about making your home a sanctuary for peace and relaxation.

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The warmer sunny weather is here so now is also a good time to switch up your hair and skin routine. This article offers great tips like hydrating and exfoliating your skin and getting a good hair trim. The next article provides tips for planning a top-notch staycation.

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Izzy and Liv will be at this year’s Essence Fest. This is less of an article and more of an ad highlighting Izzy and Liv tees that can be worn at the festival. Included is last month’s Clique t-shirt with a 40% off discount code for subscribers. Brown Sugar Babes are invited to share pictures of themselves on social media for a chance to win a free box. Highlighted are pictures from last month’s box.

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Finally, there’s an awesome “Don’t Kill My Vibe” playlist with all the hits! There’s also a page with Brown Sugar Box FAQs.

Brown Sugar Box May 2019 - Magazine Back

The back cover of the magazine has a picture of a beautiful black woman in a field of purple flowers and invites you to join the Izzy & Liv members-only lounge on Facebook.

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Sweatpants, Hair Tied, Chillin’” Tee – Listed Retail Value $28

In the song Best I Ever Had, Drake proclaimed that his girlfriend is the prettiest when she has on sweatpants, hair tied, chillin’ with no make-up on. I see Izzy and Liv has a thing for turning lyrics into t-shirts! I do like the sentiment, color, and lettering on this t-shirt. It’s super cute, soft, and relaxing.

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Wall Tapestry/ Lightweight Throw, 71” x 71” – Listed Retail Value $30

This large 71”x71” wall tapestry or lightweight throw features one of four dope illustrations seeping with Black Girl Magic. It can be hung on the wall to freshen up your décor or thrown across the loveseat and used as a light blanket. The material is thin and stretchy. It’s an odd choice, in my opinion, for a throw or tapestry. It feels more like a dress and in fact, many of the Brown Sugar Babes have turned them into wrap dresses! I received the tapestry of the gorgeous sister with the amazing afro. I love the colors and geometric patterns.

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Versatile Satin-Lined Turban – Listed Retail Value $18

I feel like satin-lined hair coverings is a black girl essential! This turban is already pre-tied and structured in such a way that it’s very easy to put on. The satin-lining keeps hair protected and frizz free. It comes in four colors and I got the black turban. It’s comfortable and cute and one of the few hair coverings I would wear outside the house.

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Pose Candle Co. Incense Sticks with Holder, Amber – Retail Value $12

Posh Candle Co. is known for its fragrant candles and is a subscription box fave. I was excited to see another product from this company – these incense sticks and wooden holder. The incenses are vegan, hand-dipped and come in a resealable bag. There are three scents and I received the Amber. I usually don’t like incenses because the fragrance is so strong but this Amber scent isn’t overwhelming and smells good.

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Brown Sugar Babe Pillow Cover, set of 2 – Listed Retail Value $25

I’m always swapping out my pillow covers. It’s a quick way to change up the vibe and move your décor from season to season. Included in this month’s box is two of four available designs. I received the Brown Sugar Babe with the faux locs and the one with the braided bun. The pillows have a silky soft texture and the material is thin. However, it’s sturdy and opaque which is great. There is a tiny zipper encloser. For some reason, the zipper doesn’t run the full length of the pillow so I ended up stretching the seams of the pillow trying to get my fluffy West Elm pillow inserts inside. Aside from this design flaw, these pillows are nice with a bold pop of color.

The Verdict: I’ve been a Brown Sugar Box subscriber from the very beginning so I’ve seen every box. It’s no secret that it’s one of my favorites and a brand with a mission that I love to support. I love the theme and all the items included in this month’s box.  

This “Home Refresh” theme is dope! I really like it and it’s unique compared to other Brown Sugar Box themes. There were fewer items than usual in this month’s box but everything that was included was nicely done. My favorite items are the t-shirt and turban but honestly, I liked all of the products. They are all well made aside from the short zipper on the pillowcases. Another thing I noticed, that many may have overlooked, was the design and layout of the magazine. It really was designed well and I especially love the layout for the article “5 Way To Make Your Home Brand New.”

For me, this box would rank among the best for 2019! I haven’t received a Brown Sugar Box in a while where I like and could see myself using every item. Looking forward, there was another vendor delay with next month’s box so those are expecting to ship a little later than usual. I hope it’s worth the wait!  

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today?: No, but sign up today to receive next month’s box.

Value Breakdown: The listed retail value of this box is $113. At $44.90 a box, you are paying approximately $8.98 for each of the 5 items in this month’s box – counting the sets as one item.

Check out all of our Brown Sugar Box reviews and more women of color subscription boxes, along with the best women’s subscription boxes of 2019!

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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.

Posted in A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail Reviews, Brown Sugar Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, Women of Color Subscription Boxes| Tags: brown sugar box | 3 comments

3 Comments

  1. This box looks like a good one! I’m tempted to sign up! I love those pillow covers and shirt.

    • Anatasia, this is one of my favorite boxes!

  2. I love that coffee station and I am liking this curation.

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