Are you a product junkie? Do you like trying new shampoos, lipsticks and face creams? If you have natural hair, one thing is for sure- Naturals run through products. You know how it goes; your shelves are lined with product after promising product. You want to know what works for you and sometimes finding that out means going through a number of items before you find the one that changes your life. Wouldn’t it be great to sample them before you buy?

Well, thanks to the culture we live in (instant gratification) we can do just that. The big craze right now is subscription boxes. From ties and cufflinks for men to perfume and body lotions for women, there is something for everyone, including black women looking for their next go-to miracle worker hair product or sexy lippy.

Subscription boxes are ideal because you pay a minimal monthly fee for a box of samples that give you the option to try things out without wasting a fortune on products that do nothing for you. The great thing about them too is that they are usually very specific. That means you can find almost anything you are looking to test.

Here are some beauty boxes for women of color to try now.


With this subscription box, you can discover hand-selected products created specifically for curly hair. For only $20 every month, you get four or more quality products from selected brands that are trusted names in the natural hair world, including DevaCurl, Shea Moisture, Clairol, Palmers and more.


Another great one for the ladies with curly hair is Curlkit.  With products like Cream of Nature, they boast themselves as the “single best way to try before you buy.”  Their boxes include mini and full-size options and many times they give free celebrity samples and subscriber-only discounts. In business since 2011, Curlkit will run you around $25 a month.

Essence Beauty Box

Yes, the magazine is getting in on the box subscription action. Their $15 a month beauty box will bring you five products, a mixture of skincare, hair and fragrance items.  And because they know how it is to be a black-owned brand, they include at least one product of an independently own business in every box.


Created by Dana Hill, a woman who has worked in fashion and entertainment for a number of years, Cocotique is a deluxe beauty box that includes fivw to eight sample and full-size hair and skin care products from brands that are trusted in the natural hair community. For $20 a month, you get items from companies like Radiance, Aikay Naturals and other black brands that work hard to bring quality products to women of color.


This box not only includes all the same kinds of goodies as the others, it also includes, yep you guessed it, sass, in the form of accessories and everyday gadgets. For $25 you get this unique box; so along with the products that make you look the part, things like eye masks with the slogan “Today has been canceled,” help you be the part. Sass is an art, and with Sassboxx you can have it down pat.

No matter what you are looking for, you can find it in any of these or countless other subscription boxes. For those who like new things and to experience different products, this is definitely a great avenue to explore.