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9 monthly subscription boxes for everyone you know

by Alexus Jordan

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Gone are the days of being addicted to retail. Now it’s all about monthly subscription boxes. Monthly subscription boxes are AMAZING. They're a great way to discover new products, offer fun surprises each month, and depending on which boxes you subscribe to, give you one less thing to worry about picking up at the grocery store. Here are some amazing black-owned monthly subscription boxes for you and EVERYONE you know! 

Curlbox

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Curlbox subscribers receive hand-selected curly hair products every month. You receive four or more quality hair product samples for $20/month, and you can cancel any time. 

GlowwBox

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GlowwBox is currently undergoing some changes, but plans to come back this spring better than ever! Boxes contain beauty products picked for your skin tone and hair type. Subscriptions start at $20/month, but you can join now for $2 before the relaunch! 

Bloom Beautifully (The Self-Care Box)

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Bloom Beautifully is a bi-monthly box with goodies ranging from beauty and health and wellness to personal development. Their boxes start at $39, but you can also purchase a self-care mystery box for only $15!

Ujamaa Box 

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The Ujamaa Box markets itself as containing beauty, accessories, personal care, art and more — all from black-owned businesses. You can choose to subscribe to their women’s edition or the combined box (men and women). Single purchase boxes are $33, while the women’s edition box is $25/month, and the men and women combined boxes are $33/month.

CandleLit Box


CandleLIT is for the book lovers in your life. Each month subscribers will receive a newly released book, some affirmation notes, a hand-poured soy candle a personal care product and some organic loose leaf tea. Think of it as your ultimate ticket to relaxation.

Color Grind 

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Color Grind is a “carefully curated subscription box filled with amazing products” from black-owned businesses. You can BYOB (build your own box) for $29.99, subscribe to the monthly box for $34.95, or order the Color Grind Mini for $19.99. 

Afrofuture Books

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Afrofuture Books is “the only book box for exclusively science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction by black authors.” Every month, subscribers receive 1-2 books, a handful of items related to the books, and access to Afrofuture’s online book club. They’re currently sold out of boxes, but you can join their waitlist and be informed when next month’s box arrives! 

Red.Blk.Grl

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Red.Blk.Grl is a monthly literary subscription featuring books with black characters written by black authors. Each box contains a contemporary, young-adult title and a handful of curated items centered around the theme of the month’s book. Subscriptions start at $34.95/month! 

Black Love Box

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The Black Love Box contains artisan products celebrating black art, fashion and life. You can choose to receive a box curated for men or one curated for women. Subscriptions start at $35/month.