BoxWalla Green Beauty Subscription Box Review – Apr 2016
Boxwalla is a subscription box company dedicated to sharing the best food, books, films, and green beauty items. They curate bi-monthly boxes in each of those categories. Subscribe to one or more, and add or switch interests at any time!
This is a review of the April 2016 Green Beauty box. Subscriptions for April are closed so if you sign up now, your first box will arrive in June. (The cutoff for getting the June box is May 15.)
Boxwalla kindly sent us this box at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Boxwalla Green Beauty
These come via USPS priority mail and the pretty inner box is nicely protected.
Here’s a look inside. Pretty packaging (and lots of cornstarch peanuts, so I had to keep this away from my cats – they eat cornstarch peanuts…).
The box is crafted of tree-free paper by workers at a small company in Rajasthan, India. The process is child-labor-free and helps support artisans whose families have been making paper for generations!
The Cost: $49.95
The Products: Luxurious and effective green beauty products for your skin and body. The products are crafted by artisans from all over the US. All products are full-sized or large travel-sized products and are cruelty free.
Ships to: US for free, Canada for $11.95, Internationally for $18.95
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Boxwalla included this letter with more information on the items. When you sign up, you’ll also get an email newsletter with helpful tips.
Axiology Natural Organic Lipstick in “Attitude” (full size!) – Value $28
This was a spoiler item for the month and subscribers could choose one of four colors. I actually got to choose a color for this review box, as well, and I went with “Attitude” (though I liked them all). This is a moisturizing lipstick which I desperately needed because my lips are in terrible shape right now for some reason. It had reasonable longevity (reapply after meals) and the tube was cool. It has two positions sort of like a click pen. Also, I have heard that a few people’s lipstick arrived damaged and wanted to let you know that if that is the case for you, reach out to customer service and you should get a replacement.
Garden of Wisdom Blue Mallow Hyaluronic Acid Serum (1 oz) – Value $6.85
This is a water-based serum that has a vegan source of hyaluronic acid (a polymer that holds on to a lot of water and is thus quite moisturizing). It also has some ingredients that are supposed to reduce inflammation (blue mallow) and provide anti-aging benefits (L-carnosine). This absorbed into my skin pretty well but I think to really see the effects I will have to use it longer than a few days. It’s nice to get a big enough serum sample to use for a few weeks (or more).
Wonderland Organics Soothe Serum (0.5 oz) – Value $39.99
This is an oil-based serum. While it is a little unusual to get two serums in the same box, the information card suggests using a water-based serum followed by an oil-based serum. I have discovered I can use facial oils as long as I exfoliate regularly (I like the Derma E Microdermabrasion scrub and also the Acure Brightening Facial scrub, both of which happen to be from vegan brands). This serum is calming and contains a lavender fragrance that I really like.
Garden of Wisdom Pineapple Red Wine Exfoliating Gel (1.3 oz) – Value $8.92
This smells awesome. Also, if you don’t like physical exfoliators (like the two I linked to above), a gel might be just the solution. This is a gentle product with pineapple enzymes and red wine antioxidants. It comes with a little spatula but I just scoop a bit out with my fingers.
Garden of Wisdom Healing Lip Balm (0.13 oz) – Value $12.35
Sorry for the massive picture of what is really a small item. This little guy was hiding in amongst the packing peanuts and I almost didn’t see him! This balm is a new product from Garden of Wisdom and contains manuka honey (which has antibacterial properties), ceramides (which help retain moisture), and peptides. I totally don’t mind getting lip balms as extras, especially when they are in cute (and functional) little containers.
FYI, Garden of Wisdom lets you customize some products and Boxwalla’s version of this balm contains a preservative called Leucidal instead of phenoxyethanol. So if you have issues with certain preservatives they may have a formulation that works for you.
Here is a swatch of the lipstick. I am pretty sure this is after going over my arm twice. The color was buildable but also not too bold for those who might’ve been worried.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $96 for the April 2015 Boxwalla Beauty subscription box. All the brands were new to me and that is almost double the cost of the box. I liked the chance to explore Garden of Wisdom’s line of products and the advice to try oil-based serums after water-based serums. And of course any box with a full-sized brightly-colored lipstick is a hit with me.
What do you think of the Boxwalla Beauty box? Do you subscribe to any of the Boxwalla boxes?