BoxWalla Green Beauty Box Review + Weekend Giveaway– Aug 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!
My Subscription Addiction and Boxwalla are also giving away a free August Boxwalla Beauty box in this week’s Weekend Giveaway. Look out for the Weekend Giveaway post on Saturday, August 20th at noon ET to enter!
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.)
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 – not shown – 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!
This is a review of the August 2016 Green Beauty box. Subscriptions for August are closed so if you sign up now, your first box will arrive in October. (The cutoff for getting the October box is September 15.)
The Subscription Box: Boxwalla Green Beauty
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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
There was a lovely information card with the box (as usual) printed on very nice cardstock and containing lots more details on the items and I have totally lost my photo of it. Sorry about that!
This is a thick, non-runny clay mask. It smells like a clay mask but that is to be expected since it doesn’t have added fragrance (which I appreciate). I tried it out last night and found that it performed very well (I felt kind of grimy after exercise but saw a big difference in my pores after use). It didn’t dry out my skin although it did help with oil control. It contains seaweed extract and minerals, as well. I like that the ingredients for this mask are somewhat different than for some of the other clay masks I’ve tried this month (this is *the* month of the clay mask for me!).
MOSS Healing Dew (20 mL) – Value $68
Only three sizes of this are available on the MOSS site and this seems more like 20 mL than 3 or 7 mL, so I have included the full size price here. I definitely appreciate getting enough of this to really try out and see if it works. This is a translucent orange color and does have a strong herbal scent, but there are a ton of plant extracts in it so that makes sense! Some standouts for me are dimethyl sulfone (MSM), which I have found particularly effective over time in anti-acne preparations, niacinamide, which is pretty good at reducing redness and evening out skin tone, and several ingredients known to be calming and/or soothing (aloe, chamomile, allantoin). It absorbs pretty easily, too.
Odacite Ba + S (Baobab Sarsaparilla) Eye Contour (0.7 mL) – Value $4.20 (?)
This did not have the size listed on it so the value is an educated guess (I did spend about six years of grad school measuring out sub-milliliter amounts of liquid…). Although it is a tiny sample, it is meant for the eye area so it will still last me at least a few days. It is oil-based. This has baobab in it, which is full of nutrients including many antioxidants and vitamins. It does not have much of a scent, which is surprising since it contains lots of things that sound very good together like sandalwood and lavender. I am using this instead of eye cream in the morning right now because I like the idea of antioxidants to stave off free radical damage (e.g., from the sun), although of course I use a good SPF product, too.
Odacite Pure Elements Ac + R (Acai Rose) Facial Serum Concentrate (0.17 oz) – Value $55
This is an oil-based serum and has a very strong rose scent. I have found I can use oil-based skincare if I am good about exfoliating (I have combination skin), so this has been fun to try. I love how the products this month don’t have artificial fragrances, but just let the scents of the plant extracts in them shine through. I also like that this has some woods and gums instead of just flowers and leaves (nothing against flowers and leaves, I am just happy to see some new-to-me ingredients). I am using this in the evening and find that it fits fairly well into my skincare routine. Of course it takes a few weeks to see results from any new skincare product!
Verdict: I calculated a value of $135.90 for the August 2016 Boxwalla Green Beauty subscription box. That is a super high value and better than the last box by quite a lot (this box usually has a high value, though). Although I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Odacite products from somewhere before (maybe in a review someone else wrote?), they are new to me, as are the other brands. The only thing to watch out for is, this is the second time since I’ve been reviewing this subscription that we’ve received two serums in the same box. So far I think both of this month’s serums are good, but it is a lot of serum to get through! I might like to see just a little more variety going forward.
What do you think of the Boxwalla Green Beauty box? Do you subscribe to any of the Boxwalla boxes?
Don’t forget we’ll be giving an August Boxwalla Beauty Box away this weekend! Look out for the Weekend Giveaway post on Saturday, August 20th at noon ET to enter!