Pearlesque Box Subscription Review feat. Honua Skincare + Coupon – February 2019
Pearlesque Box is a monthly subscription box that highlights one natural beauty brand each month. They include full size and deluxe size products, so it is a great way to really try out a brand and see if it is for you.
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About This Natural Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Pearlesque Box
The Cost: $39.95/month + free shipping
COUPON: Use code PEARL5 to save $5 off your first month!
The Products: Pearlesque box will feature one brand each month from a different region of the world. Allowing you to discover the world’s hidden gems through a minimum of 1 full-size and 2 to 4 travel size products from each brand.
Ships to: US
Pearlesque Box February 2019 Review
This month’s featured brand is Honua Hawaiian Skincare. Pearlesque Box featured them a little over a year ago as well but have included different products this time.
Kapua Browning founded Honua Hawaiian Skincare in 2015, when the demand for her Hawaiian crafted products grew beyond her treatment room. Born and raised on O‘ahu as an avid surfer and beach girl, Kapua began to notice sun damage and pigmentation in her own complexion as early as her 20’s. In an attempt to take care of her skin, she became passionate about beauty and began to train in aesthetics and learn about traditional Hawaiian healing and medicinal herbs. After a decade of experience as a licensed esthetician, and extended training in herbalism and product development, Browning began the building blocks for her own hand-crafted skincare collection, Honua Skincare.
The opposite side of the info card details the included items, how to use them, their price, and a #pearltip.
I was excited to see this brand featured since I’m already familiar with some of their products and both of these are new to me!
Honua Hawaiian Skincare Pa’akai Cleansing Cream, 4 oz. – Retail Value $42.00
The first of two items this month is a VERY generous 4-ounce size of their cleansing cream. I normally use a foaming cleanser but recently found a cleansing oil that I liked, so I’m warming to these more foreign-to-me variations.
The cleanser itself is a super pretty baby pink color and has the consistency of a slightly oily lotion. I can immediately feel how moisturizing this cleanser is as I massage it into my face and it has a really light pleasant feel as well as scent. After rinsing clean, my face doesn’t feel squeaky clean but touchably soft. I’m tempted to not even use a moisturizer afterward but I do anyway to make sure my skin gets everything it needs. This is a really gentle cleanser and I also love how it looks in my medicine cabinet.
The three featured ingredients are pa’akai (Hawaiian Salt) which is “full of naturally occurring minerals, salt strengthens the skin, improves overall hydration and improves the texture through exfoliation.”, aloalo (hibiscus) which is a “natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and help exfoliate skin, control breakouts, and speed up cell turnover”, and limu (seaweed extract) which is “full of antioxidants, it’s great at promoting tissue regeneration and creating skin elasticity. It’s anti-inflammatory properties make it great for all skin types, but especially for those with sensitive or allergy prone skin”.
Their packaging is 100% recyclable or compostable and uses vegetable ink and folds out with a wealth of information.
The inside urges you to “spread the aloha spirit worldwide”.
Honua Hawaiin Skincare Olena Beauty Oil, 1 oz. – Retail Value $48.00
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve had a few positive run-ins with the Honua brand before and received their Aloha Youth Serum twice (Pearlesque Box January 2018 as well as a Hawaiian Beauty Box). I really consider it a gateway product to the world of serums and face oils, so I was very fond of it. I got the second bottle right after finishing the first so I was tickled.
This particular product is a little different as it’s a beauty oil. Main ingredients here are ʻŌlena (Hawaiian turmeric) which “helps to treat the root of aging, acne, dehydration, sun damage/hyperpigmentation, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea”, Noni (a Hawaiian grown fruit) which is “one of the most powerful antioxidants on record and is known for its wound-healing properties. It is a natural source of Vitamin C & Selenium making it very effective in skincare”, Kukui & Kamani Oils which are “packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants. They help hydrate the skin and promote the production of collagen and elastin. Ancient Hawaiians used them for protection from the sun/environment”, and finally cacao which is “a powerful antioxidant that enhances the formula”.
I am loving all of the turmeric-based skincare I’ve been receiving lately so this is right in line with my interests. The oil is thin and light but a little goes a long way. Just a third of a dropper or so is more than enough to cover my fave and neck and it seems to absorb rather quickly. After using it, I’m able to immediately add my SPF moisturizer to start my day.
Like all of their products, their packaging unfolds to give you information about how they support local Hawaiian farmers and donate not only time but a portion of the proceeds to replenish the native plants used in their products, as well as educate the importance of Hawaiian culture, and help clean up the ocean.
The inside design is so pretty and really gives you insight into how they want to impact the world with their business.
Verdict: This month’s Pearlesque Box was a treat since I got to revisit a skincare brand I love but get to try some different products of theirs. I’m very happy with both the cleanser and the beauty oil, both of which will get a ton of use by me.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? The cutoff date to get the current month is the 4th, so this one is no longer available but sign up today to get March as your first box. Check out our most recent spoilers here.
Coupon – Use the code PEARL5 to get $5 off any subscription
Value Breakdown: This month’s total value is $90.00. At $39.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Cleanser: $18.64
- Beauty Oil: $21.31
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