Published on November 25th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
The Black Travel Box Offers Beauty Products for The Traveler on the Go
Globally, Black travelers have few, if any places they can go to find personal care products that work specifically for their hair and skincare needs.
That is why Orion Brown created The Black Travel Box. Her goal is to give women of color a brand they can trust for all their travel personal care needs.
“I started The Black Travel Box because there aren’t any brands serving the 5MM strong (and growing) population of Black millennial travelers”, she said.
Orion’s goal is to create a brand dedicated to serving this consumer (and its extensions) with products that take the guess work and stress out of traveling with products best suited for an ethnically diverse community.
We caught up with her to find out more about her inspiration and how her entrepreneurial journey is going so far.
What inspired you to create The Black Travel Box?
After traveling to my 15th country, I found myself with less product than I needed and nowhere to purchase something suited to my hair and skin care needs – I thought to myself that I really can’t be the only one struggling when I travel. And after talking to other travelers like me, I discovered I wasn’t.
How did you decide what specific items to offer and ingredients to make them with?
I started with the basics – products that are in every hotel, travel aisle, and gym that still manage to consistently not consider the needs of travelers and folks on the go outside of what’s considered ‘normal’ hair and skin.
Often products like shampoo and conditioner, while not popular with most travelers, are especially problematic for richly textured hair. While watery lotions made with waxes and fillers leave darker skin tones dry with an ashy residue. So our product line started with that – and of course lip balm because we’re not trying to have crusty lips out here. It’s a staple we can all get behind.
If you could wake up tomorrow as an expert in any business skill, what would it be? Why?
I’d be an expert in content creation – its so important for us to tell our story and engage with our communities in ways that enrich their travel and on the go beauty experience.
The creativity that I see in the marketplace today is astounding, and I am in total awe of brands that create multifaceted conversations with their communities with such clarity of voice and perspective.
What has been the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your entrepreneurial journey thus far?
The most rewarding part has been receiving notes via email, text, and LinkedIn with words of encouragement from within the Black travel community and beyond.
Our customers are passionate brand advocates and as we learn and grow brand awareness, the response has truly been humbling.
The most challenging part has been keeping focused on the strategy and tactics that we’ve laid out from the outset and not get distracted with shiny objects and short term opportunities.
What types of brands and businesses are you interested in partnering with?
BTB is all about serving people on the go – retail, hospitality, beauty, travel, even fitness partners would be a great fit for our long term vision.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
We endeavor to be the Away meets Glossier for our community serving up relevant content, building community, and creating a best in class inclusive line of products made for an on the go lifestyle.
What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Trust your gut, pray, and take the leap. Whatever form that may come in. Whether you side hustle or full time, with dedication and focus you can create the business and legacy that you want.
- Tony O. Lawson