This post was written by Co-Founder Jacque. Note: Products shown have been previously featured in blackbox.
While it's such a joy to see the final product selections in each box come together every month, there is a lot of work behind the scenes finding and curating products to be featured in blackbox.
Every month we reach out to over 50 businesses to introduce our brand and to learn if they would be interested in having a product featured in an upcoming blackbox. With five product categories to source products, there is a ton of time spent scouting businesses and products that meet our quality standards.
So what exactly does it take to potentially be featured in blackbox for one of our categories? Keep reading to learn more!
Bath & Body:
This category is the most plentiful of our five categories. It is easy to find many Black owned businesses that make a wide variety of soaps, hair and skin care, and beauty products. The hard part however, is finding those that are a great match for blackbox. We look for well packaged products with great branding. Most importantly, the product must work well for its intended use. The business' website also has to be functional and neatly presented since we do write-ups and promotions of featured businesses too. We do look for unique products within this category as we do not just want to feature your typical bath and body products.
Food & Drink:
This is one of our favorite categories because we love to eat! The challenge with this category is finding items with longer shelf lives that travel well. Because we order, pack, and then ship blackbox to our subscribers, there is some time between a food item being made and then being consumed by our subscribers. Also, depending on the time of year, weather plays a huge part. We have to ensure subscribers aren't receiving a stale or less desirable product in their box. The best part, of course, is tasting all the samples! As you can imagine, having a yummy taste is one main requirement. Packaging must also be well thought out and suitable for shipping as size plays a big part too. We also look for longer shelf life items that ship well throughout the year. Lastly, we try to consider healthier options, but do throw in sweets and other goodies as well.
Behind bath and body, this is our next most plentiful category. There are lots of Black owned fashion accessory businesses to choose from. However, just being Black owned is only one part of our selection process. In this category, we look for uniqueness and trendsetter fashion accessories. This is a broad category, so we look for handcrafted items and sometimes include Afrocentric finds as well. Accessories must be of high quality from the look to the feel, have strong packaging, and exemplify creative craftsmanship.
Home & Office:
This category is certainly one of the tougher categories to curate for. It would require a really big box for some of the items we love from this category. However, that is the challenge -finding quality products on the smaller side to fit into blackbox. For products in this category, we definitely want to find those that are different, yet serve an easily usable purpose.
Art & Literature:
This is a fun category to curate for because of the variety of artists and authors to choose from. However, we have to carefully select when featuring products from this category. We want to avoid featuring the same types of products, so we look not only for art prints, but wearable and usable art as well. For literature, we are interested in pleasure, fun, personal, and educational reads - preferably paperback, but we would be open to an e-book as well.
And there you have it! An in-depth look at what we look for in each category of our featured Black owned businesses. Do you have what it takes to be featured in blackbox? Should we know about your brand? Submit your business for us to review via the CONTACT page today!