Suite Dreams Ahead
We are thrilled to announce the reopening of our original campaign and the next phase of our journey to revolutionize travel beauty and personal care: bringing inclusive hair and skincare to where it’s needed most…hotels!
Can you imagine hundreds of thousands of guest falling in love with our products every year? It’s a dream come true for us, and we want you to be a part of it too. If you haven’t already watched our video, you’re missing out on all the exciting details!
So, go check it out and see what’s new. Then grab a reward and join us in bringing diversity and inclusivity to the hospitality industry.
Made For Life On The Go
BlackTravelBox® is the only brand focused on serving the $129B+ Black travel industry with clean, luxury hair and skincare products made for life on the go. Our mission is to enable travelers of color to look and feel their best wherever they go, so they can fully embrace the journey.
Changing The Face of Travel Personal Care
Hair and skin care options in the travel aisle and on the road just aren’t made with Black women in mind. Black travelers spend more time pouring products into tiny bottles, paying extra baggage fees, and dealing with the headaches of TSA because of a beauty double-standard that leaves textured hair and darker skin in a lurch when it comes to safety, efficacy, and travel friendliness.
That's why I created BlackTravelBox®.
Why We're Different
Our water-free balms and bars are designed to last longer, travel better, and are safe to use so the only thing our customers have to worry about is enjoying the destination. Our travel friendly packaging and formulations make packing, carrying (on), and using them simple and easy.
We're also dedicated to making products that do no harm to our customers or our environment. So we ensure that every product is cruelty free, contains sustainable ingredients, and has a reduced carbon footprint.
The Market Is Untapped And Growing
Even though African American leisure travelers spent $129.6 Billion in 2019, and Black women spend nine times more on hair care and beauty products than all other ethnic groups... we’re still woefully underrepresented In the marketplace.
Hotel, airlines, and beauty brands aren’t providing what we need. This lack of inclusion poses a massive opportunity to build and scale a brand that goes wherever Black travelers go... hotels, big box stores, airports, and more!
Travel Is Much More Than Vacation - It's Selfcare
For the Black community travel is a major form of selfcare, allowing us to connect with ourselves, each other, and the world around us.
Working around a global beauty double standard only distracts from the experience. Our purpose is to promote wellness and self-care within the Black community through travel.
My Founder Journey
As you can see, there’s been a huge movement in the culture of travel over the last decade. More and more people of color are seeking out adventure and traveling the world - and I’m one of them. In spite of over 20+ countries under my belt packing, carrying on, and checking personal care products was still a chore, so I began building BlackTravelBox.
Creating BlackTravelBox has been a labor of love and an unexpected passion, full of ups and downs. But nothing is as impactful as hearing from our customers that the brand and products are phenomenal and represent THEM. They feel seen.
Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur, I led brand strategy for Oracle, consumer brand marketing efforts for digital brands at Hasbro, and spent the bulk of my brand career at Kraft Foods. I received my Bachelor of Arts from The University of Chicago (my hometown!) and hold an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
In a nutshell, I’m a career brand and business strategist who’s worked with dozens of fortune 100 companies and beloved brands. Now, I am bringing that experience to a community and culture that deserves to be served and celebrated through the amazing brand that is BlackTravelBox.
You Can Make The Difference
We've all heard seen the newfound interest in supporting and funding Black owned businesses since 2020. While we don't know if the charm will last, the data suggests it may not. As of late, overall VC funding dropped by 36% in 2022 as inflation and interest rates surged, and financing for Black businesses saw a steeper drop of 45%, according to the Crunchbase data. That drop is the largest year-over-year decrease for Black entrepreneurs in the last decade. Angels, banks, and others are likely to follow suit.
BlackTravelBox® is among many minority woman owned businesses challenged with raising capital in a less than ideal environment.
This is why platforms like iFundWomen and your contributions are so important. You will enable us to meet the growing demands of our consumers and amazing opportunities that are opening up in hospitality by expanding our warehouse space, hiring and retaining a support team, stocking inventory, and so much more.
I hope you will join us for the journey.