Cocotique is a monthly subscription box delivering beauty and lifestyle products for women of color. For $25 per 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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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. This month's theme is "Fall Self-Care Essentials."
Bonus Item: Canvas Tote
The box comes with a bonus reusable tote bag each month. I love this element! I think it is commendable when brands promote low-waste options. This month the bag has, "Self-Care Always Matters," printed on the front.
Now, on to the items!
Wakati Oil-Infused Cream, 250 ml - Retail Value $11.99
This is a completely new brand to me, and I have to say right off the bat, I love the packaging. The bright yellow and purple pop out, and I could see it being very easy to spot on a store shelf. There’s a silhouette of a woman with natural hair on the front that makes it clearly identifiable as a product meant for me. The cream itself is a thick, luxurious texture with a nice cocoa butter scent, and it is easy to apply. I used about a quarter-sized amount for each half of my head. I worked the product through my damp hair, from root to tip, and was easily able to distribute it with just my fingers. I let my hair air dry and noticed substantially less frizz. My hair felt very hydrated, soft, and bouncy, with a subtle shine. I wouldn’t call this cream lightweight necessarily; it’s definitely a heavy-duty moisturizer and with that usually comes a little bit of weight, but nothing too drastic. I feel like this is a perfect treatment to put in my hair on a day where I’m going to wear it up.
Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner, 8 fl oz - Retail Value $12.99
I love deep conditioners. It really makes a difference in the health of my hair when I have a deep conditioner in rotation. I’ve used Mixed Chicks products in the past and have always had good results. This deep conditioner has definitely got to be my favorite item from the brand. It has a wonderful light scent that reminds me of a high-end salon. It’s incredibly moisturizing and does an amazing job detangling. After use, my curls are soft and very defined. I literally left the product on my hair for a minute or two and was able to detangle with just my fingers and a wide-toothed comb in the shower. I honestly really enjoyed using this product and with such a reasonable price point, I will definitely be repurchasing again and keeping this a regular in my haircare routine.
Nature by Canus Creamy Body Lotion With Real Shea Butter, 11.8 fl oz - Retail Value $14.99
This baby is thicc… So thick that I actually had a difficult time getting it out of the pump bottle. It was very hydrating, but I did notice a slight greasy residue left behind. I’m not sure if that’s related to the goats’ milk. The brand specifies that the product is not tested on animals, but I would be interested in knowing about the goats used in the process of developing this lotion. The scent is a bit intense for me and has a shea butter scent that doesn’t smell like shea butter to me. It’s like if you were to eat a popcorn jelly bean… You wouldn’t say you were eating popcorn; you would say you were eating a popcorn-flavored snack. I could see this being a great product to apply to my feet at night to help hydrate their leathery souls as I sleep. I don’t think I will be using the product during the day nor all over my body, mainly because the scent is a little too strong for me personally and I’m not a huge fan of greasy residue.
BYBI Super Greens Purifying Face Mask, 60 ml - Retail Value $22.99
This mask was completely different than I expected. With a clay base, I definitely thought it would be a thicker, more paste-like texture. The product is actually very thin and more creamy and doesn’t really dry down the way a traditional clay mask would. It’s definitely much gentler than standard clay masks, which for me have a tendency to be a little harsh and stripping. It felt cool and soothing on my skin and after rinsing off, my face looked brighter and my skin felt refreshed. That being said, this isn’t something I would purchase for myself, mostly because I prefer sheet masks or peel-off masks to the rinse-off kind. I really enjoyed how this product was not as stripping as a normal clay mask but did help keep my oily skin under control.
Semaine PMS & Period Support, 12 capsules - Estimated Value $10.67
I’m so intrigued by this product. It came after my period this month, so I didn’t get to see these little capsules in action, but they sound amazing. I don’t know about you, but during shark week, I know that I am definitely taking too many over-the-counter pain relievers. I don’t like to take things like Advil and Tylenol daily because of the health concerns they can raise, but I also have very bad cramps… I am hoping that this product is the solution. It’s an all-natural pill that was designed, tested, and created to tackle the worst period symptoms from bloating and cramps, to mood swings. I’m one of those people that statistically all-natural remedies have never worked for, up until I started using CBD for sleep. That really changed my mind about the power more natural remedies can have, so I will definitely be giving these a try during my next cycle.
Shea Radiance African Black Soap Body Wash Lavender & Rosemary, Size Unknown - Estimated Value $1.50
I’m very picky about my body wash. I tend to avoid cream-based or moisturizing body washes because I always feel like they leave behind a film. I was really happy that this body wash has a more liquid consistency and lathers up very nicely without leaving any residue. My skin felt clean and refreshed but not tight, dry, or stripped, and even with the light scent of lavender and rosemary, it was still gentle enough on my sensitive skin. I honestly had never seen African black soap outside of a bar before, but I’m loving this reimagined version of it. I despise soap bars but always enjoyed the results African black soap gave my skin. Having it in a body wash form is a whole new, exciting world for me.
This was an exciting Cocotique box for me. I got to discover two new brands that I really enjoy – Wakati and Semaine Health. I really love how hydrated and shiny the oil-infused cream makes my hair, and I’m thrilled to try not only a new brand but also a new product I’ve never heard of with the PMS capsules. I’m always a huge fan of receiving body wash in subscription boxes, and I really enjoy the African black soap body wash that was included this month. It makes me feel squeaky clean without any tight dryness, and I never feel like I have a sticky layer left on my body. The Mixed Chicks deep conditioner was another great product – the detangling powers it holds are a national treasure. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Nature by Canus body lotion. The scent was just a bit too much for me and I didn’t like how greasy my skin felt afterward. The BYBI face mask was a different type of clay mask. I enjoyed the texture and how it was much gentler on my skin than traditional clay masks. Overall, I think this was a very good box. The diversity of products was there as was the value.
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Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $25.00
- Leave-in Cream $11.99
- Deep Conditioner $12.99
- Body Lotion $14.99
- Face Mask $22.99
- PMS Capsules $10.67
- Body Wash $1.50
The total value of my box was $75.13, which is a great value for a $25.00 box.
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