CurlKit Anniversary Edition | First Impressions and Review
Okay, I’m sure many of you Curly Girls and Naturalistas have already heard about the Curlkit Subscription Box by now, right? It’s one of the longest running and most successful natural hair care boxes out there. It is also one of many in the vast sea of beauty subscription boxes. That dramatic analogy isn’t too far off either because you almost need a ship to navigate through all of them.
For those of you who have not heard about Curlkit or experienced what this box service offers, let me introduce you to their 2014 Curlkit Anniversary Box.
I was graciously approached (through some business networking) by one of the co-founders of Curlkit and asked to sample one of their boxes in exchange for my opinion. I wasn’t really asked to blog about it. This is just something I decided to do because I felt that this really did warrant a post vs. me just talking about it on social media.
Let me break down the deets on how the Curlkit Subscription Service works.
- A Subscription will cost you $20 per month, which includes shipping
- You get 5-7 samples as well as full sized products, deals & discounts. Some kits may also come with tools and accessories.
- They DO ship internationally, however additional fees may be required for some countries.
- You can cancel at any time
- Billing is on the 15th of each month, after you receive your 1st Curlkit
- Curlkits cannot be exchanged and are non-refundable once you receive and open them.
- You can buy FULL sized products of any samples you receive from their CurlkitShop
Oh and if you’re wondering about how they determine which products to include in the boxes each month, here’s some info from the Curlkit website. This is in their FAQ section.
The Kits are customize based on several crowd sourcing questionnaires and survey’s taken — that’s why our social media engagement is so important! An assortment of samples are sent to everyone—these products and tools are chosen carefully to ensure that they’ll work for a wide range of hair textures and types styles. Other samples are chosen specifically for your exploration of the wide variety of beauty products that we want you to try
Here’s the YouTube video of my impressions as well as mini reviews of a few of the products found in my box. It’s a little lengthy, but I had a lot to say about this one. Check it out!!
Inside The Anniversary Box
The first thing I noticed when opening, was a nice booklet showcasing a message from the owners, details about products found in the box, hair tips and helpful information. I thought this added an extra level of quality to the box. The images and layout are very nicely done and the information inside was very interesting and made me want to continue reading. Nice Touch!
My first impression of the products was “Wow!”. I was impressed to actually see some full sized stuff right away. You know? Not a lot of business cards and inserts thrown on top to cover up the disappointment below, as I’ve seen in some other beauty boxes. That Eco Natural jar shown above is of a really nice size and I loved seeing the deep treatment. I recently did a review on the Hask Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment and the entire Hask Argan Oil & Keratin Protein Lines a few months ago, so I knew that was a good product. This made me think that maybe the other products inside would also be quality stuff.
Ok, here are the 5 samples that I received. Let me just say that I am in LOVE with the Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In. This spray should be in every curly girl’s arsenal for sure! I talk more about it and why I feel that way in the Video. Since recording, I’ve also tried the Shine Jame Regular Hold sample, the Purple one above. It did great holding down my edges and giving a long lasting shine. If you want very defined edges or need to keep your nape in check, this is a great product to use. For my mixed texture, this worked on my 3C front hairline. I probably would use the extra hold one for my 4A Nape.
Now onto the full sized stuff! I have used just about every product shown above by now, except for the Ur Curly Abyssinian Oil and the Curly Keeper Shampoo sample. I ended up giving those away in a product swap on International Natural Hair Meetup Day. One of the ladies from my Nash Naturals Meetup Group is likely enjoying those right now. You can hear me speak more about the Haute Textures Sulfate Free Shampoo and the Eco Natural Gel in the Video AND these were 2 of the products I used in my Flexi Rod Set Tutorial Post as well. Check out my Spiral Curl Results!
My Final Thoughts and Grade
I am thoroughly impressed about my Curlkit experience. Although I haven’t had the chance to actually subscribe and experience the full range of the service from order through cancellation, I am very satisfied with box, including the presentation, the products and the overall quality of what I received. I love that this product arrived to my apartment via UPS. Why? Because UPS allows me to see the shipments set to arrive at my door through their free MY UPS service and I can reschedule or have my box held, if I know that I won’t be there to receive it. If it had come by USPS, anybody could have taken my package. IJS.
The samples included in the box were ample enough for me and performed very well. The full sized products that I tried were of great quality and I felt the overall value of the box was worth more than $20.
The nice thank you note from the owner, upped their score.
I’m giving the Curlkit 2014 Anniversary Box an A+
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Enjoy 10% Off Your Next CurlkitShop purchase….You don’t have to subscribe to use the discount code. http://curlkitshop.refr.cc/8HNJZ9W Buy whatever you like. I would highly recommend the Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In…It’s THAT GOOD ladies.
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