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Black Girl Magic “Awareness” Box Review – October 2020

Black Girl Magic Box is a Black-owned bi-monthly subscription box that sends items to stimulate the mind, body, and soul. Every other month, you will receive a box that has 7-10 goodies totaling over $100.

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

About this Black-Owned Beauty Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Black Girl Magic Box

The Cost: $54.95 bi-monthly + $8.99 shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code BLKGRL10 to save $10 off your first box.

The Products: Lifestyle products selected by the Black Girl Magic Box team.

Ships to: the U.S. and worldwide (shipping varies)

Black Girl Magic October 2020 “Awareness” Review

 

This month’s Black Girl Magic Box came with an October newsletter that focused on breast cancer awareness and a Magical Affirmation card.

 

Extreme Fit USA Breast Cancer Awareness Knitted Mask

This month’s Black Girl Magic box focuses on October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, so all items go with that theme.  Masks have been essential to our day to day as of this spring, so I’m always happy to find one that I enjoy. A few of my top priorities for masks are: effective, breathable, and stylish. This Extreme Fit USA mask checks all three boxes!

 

The fabric print is super cute and stylish! The mask is light and breathable, so definitely one I can wear year-round. This mask is COMFORTABLE! It fits nicely over my nose and mouth and has adjustable earloops to help give the perfect fit. This is my first time having a mask with adjustable ear loops and I want more!  While I was unable to find this particular print of mask on Extreme Fit, browse the site a bit more. There are many masks to choose from that fit a range of personalities and styles!

 

Smpl Detox Bites (Coconut) , Listed Price: $24.00

Smpl “delivers real doses of functional ingredients in the form of crave-able, ready-to-eat snack bites.” This was my first time trying anything from this company, but it won’t be my last. Anything that is not only tasty, but healthy is always an A+ in my book. The taste of these detox bites reminds me a lot of a coconut granola bar. The coconut and almond taste is present, but not overpowering. Ingredients include activated charcoal, pine pollen, and Chaga. The best part- you can eat up to 4 packs a day! So go ahead and indulge in this healthy, tasty treat!

 

Black Girl Magic Box Magical Breast Oil – 4 oz.

Black Girl Magic Box is behind this fresh and fragrant breast oil. My mother is a 15-year (and counting) survivor of breast cancer (go mommy!), and she has always been a big believer in natural oils and products to support the prevention of cancers. This breast oil has a fresh and bold smell, kind of like lavender! The oil has perfect saturation consistency – not too heavy, not too light. This product is also versatile and can be used for therapeutic massage, too.

 

Natural Urbanity Herbal Hair Tea, 2 oz. -Retail Value: $4.00

The cause of breast cancer in women is still being researched but has been linked to things such as our diet, exercise, and products used (including but not limited to hair and beauty). Because of this and other reasons, I lean towards products that are natural and free of toxins. And like most women, I LOVE a new hair product and have a million of them 🙂 This herbal hair tea can be used as a rinse, leave-in conditioner, and even a shampoo alternative. I used it as a leave in conditioner, spraying my hair in the morning before styling and going about my day. The scent is minty and felt amazing on my scalp and hair leaving my hair feeling light, soft, and clean.

 

R. Drew Naturals Rosemary Lavender Natural Deodorant, 1.1 oz, Retail Value: $9.99

Rosemary and lavender are two of my favorite scents. I was very interested in how I would like this product, as I was already in love with the smell. The fact is, my body doesn’t do that well with natural deodorants, so my hopes weren’t too high. Unlike other natural deodorants I have tried before, this rolled on quite smoothly.  The smell of course was a scent I could smell on myself all day and not get tired of it. I REALLY wanted this deodorant to work for me, but because it’s not an antiperspirant, it isn’t too helpful in the fight against odor. If you’re unlike me however and don’t sweat as much, give this a try! It may just work for you.

 

Hope Strength Faith Courage Pink Silicone Bracelet, Retail Price:$6.99

I’m probably dating myself here, but I remember being in high school, and the Livestrong silicone bracelet was the trendy thing to wear on your ankle or wrist (paired with our atrocious school uniform). I feel like since then, silicone bracelets have been used to advertise everything; and everyone has at least one. This is a cute one to add to your collection. Cute and supportive of breast cancer awareness.

 

A portion of sales from each purchase goes to breast cancer patients and organizations. That’s a cause I can get behind.

 

Breast Cancer Pin

The breast cancer ribbon has become the symbol of breast cancer awareness. It was fitting that a lapel pin was included in this month’s box.

 

Natural Urbanity Herbal African Black Soap, 3.5 oz – Retail Value: $5.00

Black soap has been a staple in my household for years! It’s all-natural, non-drying, and smells good. This black soap was no different than most. It was moisturizing, felt soothing to my skin, and smelled amazing.

 

The Breast Health Checklist, Retail Value: $17.95

This was my favorite item in this month’s Black Girl Magic Box! This book provides checklists and resources to keep you organized and informed on all things breast health. Some of the topics include breast health screening, breast cancer facts, and treatments for breast cancer. The checklists make this book an absolute winner for me.

The Verdict: Breast cancer awareness is something near and dear to my heart as it has touched so many relatives and friends of my family. I watched firsthand as my mother battled with it. I remember all of the talks we had after she beat cancer’s butt. “Early detection is key, do breast checks every month in the shower and mirror…”. I appreciate this box because it was educational. It was a box fitting for someone like me who knows a bunch about breast health but could learn a few more things. And fitting for someone who knows absolutely nothing about breast health but wants to be proactive in the fight against breast cancer. Great job Black Girl Magic Box!

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Sadly, no. HOWEVER, if you have a favorite item, you may be able to find that item on its specific brand page. From Black Girl Magic Box:

Boxes ship bi-monthly on the 25th. Please order by the 15th of that month to receive the current shipment.

Value Breakdown: This bi-monthly box costs $63.94 ($54.95 + $8.99 shipping), which means each of the 9 items has an average cost of $7.10. I estimate that I received at least $67.93 worth of value inside, but that’s not counting the mask, breast oil, and lapel pin which I couldn’t find an individual value for. 

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Written by Brittany Beasley

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Black Girl Magic Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: black-girl-magic-box | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. While I like the idea of this box in theory, the value is just too low for the price point.

    • Agreed, maria. Even though I think these products do not make it worth the price, I am happy that this box exists! I hope the box curators can increase the value in future boxes.

  2. I can’t speak to the benefits of activated charcoal (paging Ragan for her scientific expertise!), but be cautious if you take any medications, as charcoal can interfere with medication absorption and effectiveness.

    • Thank you for that advice! 🙂

    • The interference with medications (even possibly some nutrients) is a concern. I have received some snacks from that company before and they are pretty much just charging $$$$ for some “wellness” gimmicks. Detox is not a scientific concept. If you like the flavor there are less expensive products out there with similar ingredients.

      Hope this doesn’t sound too harsh but I don’t have a lot of patience for the wellness industry these days, especially not in the middle of COVID. That being said, the box theme is important! Although Black women and white women get breast cancer at about the same rate, Black women are more likely to die from it, so early detection is key. (I have a benign fibroadenoma so I have to keep getting extra ultrasounds and diagnostic mammograms…)

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