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Cocotique Beauty Box Review – January 2021

Naomi Pandolfi
ByNaomi PandolfiFeb 5, 2021 | 6 comments

Box for Cocotique January 2021

3.7 overall rating
25 Ratings | 2 Reviews

Cocotique is a monthly subscription box delivering beauty and lifestyle products for women of color. Each month you receive a curated box of 5-8 full-size or deluxe sample-sized products ranging from hair care, skin care, nails, fragrance, makeup, to lifestyle products, and more.

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Full Contents for Cocotique January 2021

About Cocotique

The Subscription Box: Cocotique Beauty Box

The Cost: $25.00 per month with discounts for 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions.

The Products: Full-size and deluxe sample-sized beauty products for women of color.

Ships to: The contiguous U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and APO addresses for free

Cocotique “New Year, New You!” January 2021 Review


The back of the Cocotique info card describes all the products included in this month’s box. It also provides information on where to purchase the products online and exclusive discount codes where available.


AVEDA Botanical Repair Intensive Strengthening Masque: Rich, 25 ml - Retail Value $12.00

I made the huge mistake of dying my hair at the beginning of quarantine, and now the lower half of my hair gets very dry and brittle as I wait for the color to grow out. AVEDA'S Botanical Repair Intensive Strengthening Masque: Rich is super hydrating. I concentrated the mask on my brittle color-treated ends and left it on under a shower cap for a good half an hour. After rinsing, my hair felt soft and supple, with that little bounce that only hydrated curls have. The product has a light natural smelling scent and is formulated with plant lipids, avocado oil, coconut oil, green tea, and more. The product is a luxurious, weightless conditioning cream that leaves hair visibly healthier, shinier, and softer after a single use.


RAEL Natural Foaming Feminine Wash, 5 oz - Full Size! Retail Value $9.90

This RAEL Natural Foaming Feminine Wash is an ideal product for keeping your "delicates" fresh and clean. The wash is lightweight, very mild, and gentle while still being moisturizing. The scent is incredibly subtle and not irritating in the least. I found this product incredibly effective in cleansing the more sensitive, delicate parts of my body. There's no stinging or irritation, and the foaming bubbles are wonderfully refreshing and leave you feeling clean. Formulated with natural ingredients derived from coconut, basil, and sugarcane, this feminine wash helps maintain natural pH levels without any harmful chemicals or unnecessary fragrances.


RUBY KISSES RK Holographic Lip Gloss in Pearlescent Rose,  4 ml - Full Size! Retail Value $3.99

This Ruby Kisses RK Holographic Lip Gloss in Pearlescent Rose has a beautiful sheer pink tint to it with just the perfect amount of shimmering glitter. The gloss applies smoothly, is lightweight and not tacky, but you'll definitely want to keep the tube nearby for reapplying every few hours. I love the holographic shimmer effect this lip gloss gives. Enriched with Vitamin E, this gloss not only glistens but hydrates as well. This is going to be another gloss on my desk for emergency last minute Zoom sessions. They won't even know I'm still wearing pajama bottoms.

RK by Kiss Holographic Lip Gloss Swatch for Cocotique January 2021

Here is a swatch of the RUBY KISSES RK Holographic Lip Gloss in Pearlescent Rose.


SMILE TWICE Classic Duo 2-Pack Tubes of Toothpaste, 0.8 oz 2x - Estimated Value $3.29 (Buy a full-size 3.4 oz 2x for $13.98 here)

I love a minty fresh sparkling smile. Although, last time I went to the dentist, he told me that my teeth are just naturally yellow (RUDE!), but this Smile Twice Classic Duo 2-Pack Tubes of Toothpaste has been showing my mouth some love. Formulated with natural whitening ingredients, aloe vera, and enriched with Vitamins A, C, and E. This toothpaste naturally hydrates gums, brightens your smile, and provides sensitivity relief and cavity prevention. This duo comes with a daytime Early Bird wintergreen and peppermint flavored toothpaste and a nighttime Twilight peppermint with vanilla and lavender flavored toothpaste. I've really been enjoying having variety in my toothpaste much more than I thought I would.


PALMER’S Skin Success GLOW Water Lily Face Cream, 2.7 oz - Full Size! Retail Value $7.95

I received this Palmer's Skin Success GLOW Water Lily Face Cream in my Cocotique box back in April of last year, and honestly, I'm not upset to receive it again. It was a wonderful product that helped brighten my skin tone and complexion, helping fade some of the acne scars I have left over from my high school experience. This face cream leaves my skin feeling very soft and moisturized, and my face always has a natural looking glow after using. Formulated with white lily extract, Vitamin C, retinol, and Japanese songyi, this economically priced product packs a high-end punch with its powerful fading, evening, and brightening formula.


CLEANLOGIC Exfoliating Stretch Bath & Shower Gloves, 1 Pair - Full Size! Retail Value $9.00

There's no greater feeling than an exfoliated post-shower body, once all the dead skin cells have been sloughed off. These gloves make it so convenient to exfoliate your body in the shower. They're perfect to use on select areas before shaving or waxing, and they leave my skin noticeably smoother. I used these gloves with a sugar scrub and found that gave me the best results, leaving behind what I can only assume is the true definition of satin skin. These gloves feature stretch fiber technology, which is a unique blend of materials that ensure a smooth, even exfoliating experience. They are also anti-microbial to help prevent bacteria growth.


SKIN REPUBLIC Gold Hydrogel Face Mask,  25 g - Full Size! Retail Value $7.00

I consider myself a connoisseur of sheet masks, and I have to say, this Skin Republic Gold Hydrogel Face Mask is the crème de la crème. I absolutely adore the silky gel texture of this hydrogel serum sheet mask and how soft, plump, and hydrated my skin felt after use. Formulated with ingredients like gold, rooibos, and sea water, this mask minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving behind smooth, radiant, and younger looking skin.


INNATE Anti Frizz Straightening Crème, 8 fl oz - Full Size! Retail Value $10.99

Innate's Anti Frizz Straightening Crème is a soft, lightweight product that prevents frizz and split ends, while also protecting hair from up to 450° heat, leaving behind a shiny finishing coat. Formulated with an incredible combo of bamboo, tea tree oil, coconut oil, Vitamin E, and mineral-enriched sea water, this crème not only shields hair from heat damage but also nourishes and strengthens with each use. The product has a light, pleasant lemongrass scent and applies smoothly through damp hair.


MD SOLAR SCIENCES Daily Eye Repair Emulsion, 5 ml - Estimated Value $16.67 (Buy a full-size 15 ml for $50.00 here)

I have been loving this product! MD Solar Sciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion has an amazing, soothing gel-like texture that applies smoothly and blends seamlessly under your eyes. I've applied concealer right after and experienced no creasing. I love how hydrated and smooth this cream makes my under-eyes feel and look. Formulated with a powerful combination of collagen, peptides, and antioxidants, this eye emulsion glides onto the sensitive skin under your eyes and leaves behind a silky finish. I love how this eye cream is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. When it comes to my eyes, I only like to put the most gentle of products near them. If you have a chance to give this eye repair emulsion a try, I would highly recommend it.

The Verdict: I love the diversity in this month's Cocotique box! The Rael Feminine Wash is a wonderful all-natural, sensitive product for the down under region and I love how gentle the formula is. MD Solar Sciences Eye Repair Emulsion is one of the best eye creams I've ever tried. I love the gel-like texture and that it's fragrance-free. I find it very soothing and nourishing to my under-eyes. Skin Republic's Gold Face Mask is an amazing hydrogel serum sheet mask, and I definitely felt the benefits after just one use. I think the inclusion of Cleanlogic's Exfoliating Bath & Shower Gloves is wonderful. I love when body care/beauty tools are included in a subscription. The Palmer's Water Lily Face Cream is another great product that I'm happy to have. I found that it works well fading dark spots in the past, and I'm excited to use it again. The Aveda Hair Mask is perfect for nourishing hair and the Innate Anti Frizz Straightening Crème is great to have for heat styling after. Ruby Kisses' Holographic Lip Gloss has a beautiful pearlescent shimmer and looks great over a liquid lip or just plain old chapstick. Smile Twice's Classic Duo Toothpaste is a good natural alternative to mainstream toothpaste and I love the variety in the flavors of the day and night. With a retail value of $80.79 on a $25 box, the value certainly was there. I love the variety and quantity of products in this month's box.

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today? No, you'll likely receive the February box but one-time boxes are usually available in the Cocotique shop for $25.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $25 and has a total retail value of $80.79. Here's how that breaks down per item:

  • Hair Mask - $3.71
  • Feminine Wash - $3.06
  • Lip Gloss - $1.23
  • Toothpaste - $1.03
  • Face Cream - $2.46
  • Bath Gloves - $2.78
  • Face Mask - $2.17
  • Strengthening Creme - $3.40
  • Eye Cream - $5.16

Alternatively, you're paying about $2.78 for each of the 9 items.

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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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“I received this Palmer’s Skin Success GLOW Water Lily Face Cream in my Cocotique box back in April of last year, and honestly, I’m not upset to receive it again.”

…when this happens, do you wonder why you’re getting a repeat so soon? I guess the main question for me would be why a sub box would resend the same item unless they still had stock of it from the previous box. My argument to back this up is, if they used up the prior freebies in the past box, why would the sub (and the actual company of the product) decide to use another batch of the same product that was included under a year ago? If anything, I’d expect the sub box curators to say something like “hey, your X product was a big hit, now what do you want to send this time” and/or the product company requesting this as well…”hey, they loved our last box product, what should we include THIS time?”

Nowhere in any scenario is repeating the same exact product in less than twelve months a choice based on any strategy other than “we still have this stuff, let’s give it away in the box again”. And that’s sad and disappointing.

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Naomi Pandolfi

Thanks for reading Leslie! Oh yeah, the product variety is always amazing with this box.

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That’s a nice variety of products for the price. I really want to try that vanilla lavender toothpaste.

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This looks like an amazing box. I always love the curation of these boxes, but this might be the best one yet.

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Naomi Pandolfi

Right? The box just keeps getting better and better!

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That is really a great mix of products. Thanks for the detailed review!

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