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Birchbox Black-Founded Brands Review – February 2021

Naomi Pandolfi
ByNaomi PandolfiFeb 8, 2021 | 1 comment

3.7 overall rating
670 Ratings | 201 Reviews

Birchbox sends samples (and sometimes full-sizes) of new and exciting beauty products from top brands for $15/month. Birchbox is one of the original beauty subscription boxes and is a great way to discover new makeup, hair care, and skincare products without breaking the bank. I received one of the two curated Black-Founded Brands options.

FYI: As of June 2020, in addition to the surprise sample box option, there will be two curated boxes offered in greater quantities than the previous curated options: The Clean Beauty Box and the Katia’s Picks box. Get all the details here.

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About this Beauty Box

The Subscription Box: Birchbox

The Cost: $15.00 per month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!

The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.

Ships to: The U.S., France, Spain, and the U.K.

Birchbox Black-Founded Brands Review February 2021


As always, this month's Birchbox came with an info card that lists the products on the front, with a Birchbox Tip listed on the back.


PATTERN Leave-In Conditioner, 3 fl oz - Retail Value $9.00

I've had the opportunity to try PATTERN's Leave-In Condition by Tracee Ellis Ross in a previous subscription box, and I am ecstatic to have received it again. This product is literally the holy grail for us curly-haired ladies. A serious game changer. My curls have never been so frizz-free. This leave-in conditioner is ultra lightweight, intensely hydrating, and has a sophisticated yet delicate natural scent that I really enjoy. Everything about this product works for me. It doesn't weigh down my curls, there is no sticky or flaky residue left behind, and it makes even my most unruly curls manageable and more open to styling. I adore the packaging. I love the bright coloring and modern tribal design.


Specific Beauty Advanced Dark Spot Corrector Pads, 30 Pads - 19.00 Estimated Value $ (Buy a full-size 90 Pads for $57.00 here)

I tried Specific Beauty's Advanced Dark Spot Corrector Pads and I've noticed a subtle but visible change in the overall complexion of my skin. I have spots of hyperpigmentation from scarring on my lower chin and neck from an incident with a firecracker back in the days of my youth, and these pads are slowly but surely creating a more even skin tone. The one thing I will say is that consistency is key; this is a product you CANNOT forget in your skincare routine because the efficacy depends on it. The product has a light scent that is almost clinical but not unpleasant. With a multitasking formula that includes kojic acid, arbutin, and bear berry extract, this product brightens and evens skin tone, soothes skin, and protects against environmental damage, leaving behind healthy and radiant looking skin.


Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream, 1 fl oz - Estimated Value $2.36 (Buy a full-size 8.9 fl oz for $21.00 here)

This Ohemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream is an absolute godsend for anyone with super curly or coily, coarse hair that is a struggle to keep hydrated. The rich formula features a nourishing blend of olive and castor oils that will leave dry, brittle hair feeling soft and supple. One of my absolute favorite things about this product is that it can be applied to wet OR dry hair. Sometimes my hair be thirsty and I just don't feel like washing it but I want to apply a hydrating product... Most of the products out there on the market require wet hair, but not this one! I've found this product to be incredibly useful in saving the ends of my hair that have been damaged by coloring. With no mineral oil, no silicone, and no artificial dyes or fragrances, this natural, lightly citrus-scented hair cream is revitalizing my ends.


KNC Beauty Retinol Infused Eye Mask, 1 Pair - Estimated Value $5.00 (Buy a full-size 5 Pair for $25.00 here)

Your girl is out here burning the candle at both ends- seriously. Up at the crack of dawn for international Zoom meetings, and up late working on my side hustle. So, naturally eye masks have saved my booty many a time. It's fine to be tired, but none of us want to look tired. This KNC Beauty Retinol Infused Eye Mask is not only absolutely adorable with it's bright yellow color and shooting star design but also über effective. The perfect little retinol-infused wake-me-up, this product refines texture, stimulates blood flow, and has aloe to sooth skin and reduce redness. You pop these on for 15-20 minutes and you look like a beauty sleep queen on vacation. I definitely want to repurchase this product.


tgin Rose Water Curl Refresher, 2.0 fl oz - Estimated Value $2.50 (Buy a full-size 8 fl oz for $9.99 here)

Amazing, amazing, amazing! We all know that curls are water-activated and that towards the end of the day we can all start to look like a sweaty poodle head and not a single one of us wants to wet those curls again for that evening look... So, this tgin Rose Water Curl Refresher is my new best friend. I simply spritz the product onto my hair, give it a little shake, and my curls are back to the bomb-ass bounce they had back on wash day. Specially formulated with enriched rose water and hydrating coconut oil, this product takes dull, lifeless curls and quite literally "refreshes" them. It enhances shine, reduces frizz, and leaves hair hydrated and soft.


Verdict: I love, love, love how this Birchbox option highlights Black-founded brands. I find it so incredibly inspirational that there are so many beautiful black people out there thriving and creating incredible products. The PATTERN Leave-In Conditioner is now my absolute go-to for a wash-and-go style, and the tgin Rose Water Curl Refresher is my secret weapon for keeping that style lookin' fly all day long. I also really enjoyed the Ohemet Biologics Heavy Cream. I'm super impressed with how this moisturizer penetrates even the thickest, most dense hair, and I love that the product can be applied on wet OR dry hair. I absolutely love the efficacy and the style and design of the KNC Beauty Retinol Infused Eye Mask. These masks kept me looking like I had 8-10 hours of sleep and I feel absolutely adorable while they do it. Specific Beauty's Corrector Pads are a convenient and effective approach for my hyperpigmentation and I'm happy to be using them again. With a total retail value of $37.86 on a $15 box, this February Black-Founded Brands Birchbox option gets 10s across the board for me.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. If you subscribe to Birchbox now, be sure to check the image on the sign-up page. The box design pictured at the bottom is the first month you'll receive.

Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!

Value Breakdown: At $15.00 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Leave-in Conditioner: $3.56
  • Corrector Pads: $7.53
  • Heavy Cream: $0.94
  • Eye Mask: $1.98
  • Curl Refresher: $0.99

Alternatively, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $3.00.

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Naomi Pandolfi
Naomi Pandolfi

Naomi Pandolfi is a skincare obsessed subscription box junkie who is always on the hunt for the best curl defining cream. She is a producer and contributing writer at several online publications, including MSA, The Knockturnal, and Hey Beauti Magazine. Naomi is also the Head of Development at Starfury Productions and is dedicated to helping Black, minority, and underrepresented creators develop and sell projects.

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Great review! I also selected this box and am really excited to receive it!

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