Welcome to Dot Boxx! You'll find very quickly that we're not your average period boxx.
Allow me to virtually introduce myself, I'm Shonna, the girl who started this bright and colorful movement of pampered periods and snack packs; and the person who packs your boxxes and send love notes ever so often (yes, every girl needs to be reminded of how awesome she is from time-to-time).
Here's how Dot Boxx began. My daughter started her period summer of 2016. I did a little online research on ways to make a girl feel special during that time and came across subscription boxes. I ordered her a first period box and was SOOOO excited for it to arrive. So when it came we sat on her bed while she unboxed it and while she was excited to get mail, I was like, "I paid $64 for this...?" She begged to continue receiving the box, but honestly, I couldn't afford it every month so we made a deal. I agreed to continue the subscription as long as she maintained her A/B honor roll status.
I'm a frugal, single mom of 3 so that box was way outside of my budget. So what girlfriend didn't know was that I was recycling the box every month and curating products myself, leaving the box on the front step before I left for work. About 4 months in I came clean because this mystery box owner was not going to continue getting songs, dances and praises for my hard work. That evening, I wondered what it would be like to do this for other teens. The thought of teens progressed to adults. We had a "name that box" contest at dinner one evening, my oldest son came up with Dot Boxx, and the vision began!
I am asked often if the double x in boxx means anything (and oh gosh). It honestly came from the fact that the domain for dotbox.com was taken so I added an extra x and it was not only available, but cheap, so I snagged it! Moral of the story, you cannot stop a woman with a plan!
I'm also asked why we don't have fancy-smancy custom boxes. Here's the scoop...I am a very simple person who likes minimalism so everything about the box; the plain kraft material (brown is my favorite color) and the salutation sticker (because I am the first person to say "Hey!" to everyone I make eye contact with) is simple, but more importantly, it's 100% me! When you see "Hey Beautiful!" on your doorstep, porch or stoop you know exactly where its from... and what woman doesn't want to be greeted as "beautiful"― right?
They say when you love what you do, it shows. I am a REAL person. In saying that, I totally understand working 50-60 hours a week then hauling the kids to practice 3-4 days a week. I totally get tripping over your own shoes because you were too tired to put them away in the closet. I sneak and eat fast food on the way home from work, stop at the gas station to toss the evidence, then drive the rest of the way home with the windows down so they kids won't know. I say a few choice words when I pay a bill and the next one comes in the mail the very next day ― like really, I just paid this #%*! I enjoy the relationships built in our tribe where you've felt comfortable enough to message or email me to vent about life, bills, kids, work or even ask me which outfit looks better for your first date in 6 years.
We're in this together girl! I do not take you spending your hard earned money lightly. I curate every boxx as if I'm sending a care package to a friend. I sprinkle them with good vibes and send them off with a smile (and crinkle paper in my hair).
Giving back is also important to me, so we donate 10% (your shipping fee) to a female-focused cause. So you give and you receive ― isn't that awesome! Thanks to every-single human who has purchased a boxx. Because of you we have donated over 4,900 period essentials and 450+ free boxxes to women and girls in need. You're all rock stars and I am honored to have serviced you.
Dot Boxx | Proud, Woman-Owned Small Business