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Brown Sugar Box May 2022 Review + Coupon

Naomi Pandolfi
ByNaomi PandolfiJun 21, 2022 | 2 comments

Full Contents for Brown Sugar Box May 2022

Brown Sugar Box by Izzy & Liv
4.8 overall rating
4 Ratings | 4 Reviews

Brown Sugar Box is a monthly woman of color lifestyle subscription, containing exclusively curated tees, accessories, and lifestyle products. Everything is designed by and made for women of color.

Each month's box includes a graphic tee and 4-5 exclusive full-size products ranging from drinkware, accessories, bags, jewelry, makeup, housewares, and stationery from the Izzy & Liv brand.

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

First Impressions


I’m so excited to see what kind of products have been included in this month’s box. Let’s find out!


Each Brown Sugar Box includes a mini-magazine that highlights the theme of the box, lists the products included, and offers interesting and inspiring articles. This month’s box is the 'Girl Trippin' edition.

Now, on to the items!

IZZY AND LIV Money Moves Zip Around Wallet - Retail Value $26.00


This wallet is adorable! It has plenty of space to hold all your cards, a money pouch, and a zippered pouch for coins. The design is indeed very cute, but the hardware itself is not the greatest. The zipper is a bit tricky to open and close, and it feels like if I yanked on it just a bit too hard, it might break in my hand. But I do love the design, with ‘melanin’ in sign language. I think it’s absolutely adorable, and I’m going to use it in my car to hold the cash and cards that live there in case of emergency. Subscribers could have received one of three options: Aquatic Goddess, Melanin Girl Talk, or Hey Sis! I received Melanin Girl Talk.

VIOLA DAVIS’ Finding Me: A Memoir, 304 pages - Retail Value $28.99


I enjoy how a book has been included in this box lately. I’m a huge Viola Davis fan, so I’m very interested to read this memoir about her inspirational journey from poverty to one of Hollywood’s leading ladies of color. I love how on trend and up with pop culture this product is, and I’m happy to have this.

IZZY AND LIV Black Girl Illustrated All-Over Print Blouse - Retail Value $35.00


This shirt is really cool! This is the first button-up shirt from the Brown Sugar Box, and I have to say, I really love it. It’s super lightweight and perfect for the summer. I really love the pattern. It has a boxy fit so you can throw it over a tank top, crop top, or bralette, or twist up the two bottom ends and give yourself the classic 70s front knot. I love how versatile it is, and how many different ways you can wear it. The print is adorable, and the color story is really working for me. Subscribers could have received one of two prints: Melanin Faces or Vibrant Queens.

IZZY AND LIV Girlfriends Squad Goals T-Shirt - Retail Value $25.00


This is such a cute t-shirt. I really enjoy the print of the three lovely ladies enjoying their vacation. This is perfect for the summertime; cool, lightweight, and 100% cotton. The one slight downside for me here is the color of the shirt… It came in what I like to call ‘ham color,’ which is not exactly my favorite. But regardless of that, I’m still going to wear it.

IZZY AND LIV Art Deco Luggage Packing Cubes Set, 5 pieces - Retail Value $25.00


I travel quite often, and I’ve been in need of a new set of packing cubes, so I was thrilled when I saw these included in this month’s box. There’s such a fun pattern on these, and I love the texture of the material. It’s somewhat of a water-resistant material that’s super easy to wipe down, which I appreciate. Packing my luggage is always fun for me. I consider it to be like a real-life version of Tetris. Keeping everything organized will be even more of a breeze with this set. The sizes range, offering up a little bit of storage for just about everything, from clothing, to makeup and skincare, to smaller items like jewelry and whatnot. Three cubes (small, medium, and large) and two pouches (small and large) are included in this set. I will be getting a lot of use out of this, and I’m happy to have it.


I really enjoyed this month’s Brown Sugar Box! I think the curation was perfect for summer. I like how two shirts were included this month: our standard t-shirt, 100% cotton, with a cute pattern, and a more dressy yet still casual and comfortable collared button-up shirt. The packing cube set is perfect for the season and also fits with the ‘Girl Trippin’ theme of this month’s box. Viola Davis’s memoir was a wonderful surprise inclusion. Now you have reading material for the plane trip or for those relaxing days on the beach. Lastly, the wallet has a cute print, and there is plenty of space for my cards and cash. The only downside for me is that the hardware of the zipper catches a little. Overall, I think this was a great box with a solid value that Brown Sugar Box subscribers will enjoy this summer.

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Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $39.95 + $5.95 shipping

Value Breakdown:

  • Wallet: $26.00
  • Viola Davis Book: $28.99
  • Blouse: $35.00
  • T-Shirt: $25.00
  • Packing Cubes: $25.00

The total value of my box was $139.99, which is an incredible value for a $39.95 box.

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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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That wallet does not say Melanin in sign language.

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The wallet doesn’t say melanin in sign language. There’s a K, I love you, and R. Really that says a whole bunch of nothing and it kind of throwing well known hand signs with hand shapes that you’d find in a nail polish ad. Seems like they had space to put something really impactful but failed.

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