Boxwalla Beauty “Secret Symphony of Skincare” Review – August 2019


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Boxwalla Beauty Review - August 2019

Boxwalla curates several bi-monthly boxes that feature the best in film, books, and beauty. Their beauty box features 1-3 cruelty-free, nutrient-rich beauty products for you to discover every other month that are always just as luxurious as they are ingredient-conscious. The selections always come in a beautiful box handcrafted of tree-free paper by workers at a small company in Rajasthan, India and help support artisans whose families have been making paper for generations. They’re perfect for KonMari-ing your drawers, storing keepsakes, or reusing when giving gifts. This month, the theme is “The Secret Symphony of Skincare” and features a gorgeous small-batch brand by herbalist Ally Draizin called Heart of Gold

FYI – Order by 7/20 to get this August box!

Boxwalla Beauty box with lod off

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Three Heart of Gold products in a group around Boxwalla box

About this Cruelty-Free Green Beauty Subscription

The Subscription Box: Boxwalla Beauty

The Cost: $49.95/box (delivered every other month)

The Products: Luxurious and effective green beauty products for your skin and body. The products are crafted by artisans from all over the world. 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

Boxwalla Beauty Box August 2019 Review “The Secret Symphony of Skincare” feat. Heart of Gold

  • Boxwalla Beauty info sheet

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  • other side of Boxwalla Beauty info sheet

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    Each Boxwalla box comes with a letter printed on high-quality cardstock detailing the items included. This month features brand Heart of Gold.

    • Heart of Gold Sea Change Cleansing Balm

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    • Heart of Gold Sea Change Cleansing Balm with lid off

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    • bottom of Heart of Gold Sea Change Cleansing Balm

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    • front of info card for Heart of Gold Sea Change Cleansing Balm with illustration of three women

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    • back of info card for Heart of Gold Sea Change Cleansing Balm

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      Heart of Gold Sea Change Cleansing Balm, 1.69 oz. – Retail Value $44.00

      I haven’t always had the best luck with cleansing balms, but I was careful to use this one as directed and it yielded pretty wonderful results. I normally am a classic cleanse sort of gal with foams and gels because balms and oils usually don’t give me the squeaky-clean feeling I’m after. This balm, however, made my skin feel clean and hydrated at the same time. I began with a dry face which is counter-intuitive for me, but it melted all the grime and makeup from my face easily. It’s very chamomile-forward which is simply enchanting and also contains cool stuff like fennel seed, moringa oil, and shea butter. Could Sea Change be a change in the cleansing tide for me? At the very least, this will make for a smart travel companion to forgo any liquid cleansers.

      • Heart of Gold Modern Love Gommage Gel

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      • Heart of Gold Modern Love Gommage Gel with lid off

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      • bottom of Heart of Gold Modern Love Gommage Gel

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        Heart of Gold Modern Love Gommage Gel, 1.69 oz. – Retail Value $66.00

        This item is so new that it’s not even released on the Heart of Gold website yet, but Boxwalla got it to us first! First of all, I had to look up the word “gommage” which evidently comes from the French word meaning “to erase” and is an exfoliation method. You really do learn something new every day, huh? I opened the lovely glass jar to discover a most peculiar product both in color and texture. I’ve never encountered anything like it! This thick green gloopy gel has a mossy green color that is a bit unnerving, yet intriguing and it smells equal parts dreamy and earthy. I took a few fingersful of it and began to gently massage it onto my face in a thin layer, as directed. Once I got what I thought was a good amount on there, I let it sit for a minute or so while it became slightly tacky. I gave a slight push against my cheek with my finger to see if it was starting to sort of flake off to make sure it was ready before proceeding. The instructions say to massage in the same way as before, but now it should begin to sort of peel as you do so in little chunks. It wasn’t as dramatic as I thought it’d be but was still quite a unique experience. I ended up using a damp cloth to remove all traces of the peels (that also pull away dead skin) and I was left with a fresh face. Excited to use this treatment again in a week!

        • Heart of Gold Sweetbriar Hydrating Nectar

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        • back of bottle with directions for Heart of Gold Sweetbriar Hydrating Nectar

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        • front of Heart of Gold Sweetbriar Hydrating Nectar info card featuring illustration of a woman with a dragon

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          Heart of Gold Sweetbriar Hydrating Nectar, 1.7 oz. – Retail Value $70.00 (currently sold out)

          The base for this serum/moisturizer hybrid is rosewater and aloe juice, so we’re off to a great start here. This thin milky liquid comes out easily and just 2-3 pumps is plenty to cover my face. I can feel a firmness to it once it’s on my skin and it feels softening while it also hydrates. The ingredients were chosen to stimulate collagen, target inflammation, support lymphatic flow, and increase cell metabolism, so you’re getting quite a lot from this simple serum. I’m very happy with this item thus far and am pleased to have it join my little skincare family.

          Verdict: I was simply delighted by this month’s offering from Boxwalla Beauty. Per usual, they’ve knocked my socks off and I kind of can’t believe this box is only $50. Two of the three products on their own are more than the cost of the box and all three are incredibly special and have a total retail of $180. I had fun discovering them all and can’t wait to use them more!

          To Wrap Up:

          Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, you have until July 20th to sign up and get this box, but hurry before it sells out!

          Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

          • Cleansing Balm: $12.21
          • Gommage Gel: $18.32
          • Hydrating Nectar: $19.43

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          Written by Marne Orenich

          Marne Orenich

          Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

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          27 Comments

          1. I just got my box today and the gommage has one of my favorite scents, moringa I think? Sweet and herbal/earthy at the same time, yum! It reminds me of Emma Hardie’s moringa cleansing balm. I’m disappointed that this cleansing balm didn’t have the same scent, the licorice scent is mostly what I smell.

          2. Still, Boxwalla and Pearlesque are my two favorites for skincare. I do love me a beauteque beauty box or bomibox as well though.
            I would love to try Beauty Heroes, I just can’t seem to take the jump. Idk why.

          3. Oh I am so subscribing to this when my move is over. All of it looks amazing. Great review, thanks.

          4. Marne,
            You should read How to Avoid Squeaky Clean Skin Syndrome on The Klog .

            I never thought my cleansers were causing me trouble until I switched to cleanser that don’t strip skin of oil making your skin sensitive, dry, oily but dry. It seemed so backwards to me until I read a lot and experimented with repairing my skin.

            I want the balm & nectar but I’m unsure about gommage gel. I’m neutral on the Miron glass packaging, but the labels aren’t my aesthetic.

            • Thanks, Anna! I’ll definitely check that out!

          5. Luna, I am in same boat, de-cluttering my subscriptions. Canceled Boxy, FFF, Causebox, Beautyfix etc.
            However, I really like Boxwalla, I am thinking to sign up for second box. They send amazing product. I still raving about African Botanics recovery oil. Wish I got another one.
            I signed up for six month for Beauty Hero and it just not my cup of tea. Cannot wait till this sub will be over.

            • I missed out on the box with the African Botanical oil in it. 🙁 I think I had cancelled all of my boxes when that one came out, and I was in a very stubborn frame of mind at the time that I wasn’t going to re-sub to any of my boxes regardless of how much I wanted them. Boy did I miss out on some great boxes during that time. Never again! Lol

              Beauty Heroes will always have a special place in my heart, but it’s also one of the boxes I’ll sub to based on spoilers. I already cancelled, but July was my 1st box in my 3-month sub, so I still have two more to go, which I’m happy about. Admittedly, if I do see a box I really want I’ll take the chance and sign up for their 3-month plan again, because their monthly rate is so much higher than their prepaid rates.

              • I am the same as far as Beauty Heroes. July was my 1st in a 3 month subscription. Really wanted to try that Graydon. The review was fantastic. Anyways, I’ve been using it every night and it’s not bad. Not wowed yet. But no way I was going to pay that rate for 1 month. This box looks interesting. Although I do agree the packaging is a bit underwhelming. Think I will pass

              • That’s why I signed up for six months, it was so much cheaper. I cannot do like you, watch the spoilers and then sub, and then cancel, and re-sub. I just get too nervous to forget to cancel or re-sub. I do have spredsheet where I keep track all my subscriptions, when they ends, and what boxes coming in each given months 🙂

                • I really need to do that, a spreadsheet, because I have more subs than I can count and I still order from places like The Ordinary and Besame etc.

                • I only do the sub/unsub thing with those that I can easily cancel through my account, plus I know I won’t forget to cancel. 🙂 I actually keep a spreadsheet on my boxes too(!), and I have notes on which ones to cancel when. With those boxes where I have to email to cancel, I usually just stick with them until toward the end of the year when I like to cancel most of my boxes anyways due to the holidays approaching. I always thought about getting a longer term sub with Beauty Heroes, but the savings between the plans isn’t enough for me to be locked in, plus just having to pay that much up front makes me tug at the collar a little. Lol. Of course there will always be exceptions where I’ll get the longer term prepaid plans because the savings is too great on a prepaid (like Detox Box; I always do a 6-month sub when I subscribe because it’s a $15/box savings, or like when there’s a nice discount on a prepaid plan).

            • Oh! And I cancelled Beauty Fix too! I may re-sub based on spoilers, but since I know they eventually sell past boxes for the same price as the sub, I’ll probably just wait to get any that catch my eye during a sale or a multi-point offer. 😉

              • Luna, plus everyday I am watching Ipsy offers. As soon as I open my eyes, I check it. Last one I got was sonage. Debating should I get today’s offer or not. any thoughts?

                • I hear ya! I love those Ipsy Offers too! I always check them out, but I’ve been super good at showing restraint by not getting every single one I want. Lol. The last one I caved on was the $14 bundle with the 111Skin serum in it. I danced around it for a couple of days then thought for $14, why not? 😉

                  I’m not too familiar with the brand in today’s offer, but I’m sure it’s worth it for $18. 🙂 I’ll be passing on that one since I’m trying my best to limit the number of sheet masks I bring in (I don’t mind getting them in boxes, but I’m trying my best to not purchase any (even though the 111Skin bundle had a couple, but the serum won out 😉 )), plus the cleanser & peel pads aren’t really grabbing my attention. Did you end up getting it? 🙂

                  • Yes, I got it, I “thought for $18, why not?” LOL

                  • What is this Ipsy deal? I am new to Ipsy. Just revived my first box this month and I am not familiar to this.

                  • Svetlana, awesome! I hope your like the products 🙂

                    Brooke, Ipsy does daily deals called Ipsy Offers that typically last a few days or until they are sold out. They’re usually bundles of multiple products from either one brand or multiple brands at super discounted prices (think Boxy Pop Up prices). Lately, I noticed the Ipsy Offers showing right under my bag reveal, so if you go to your bag reveal (where you reviewed your products) then keep scrolling down you might see a section called Ipsy offers. If you don’t see it there, then click on the Shopper tab of Ipsy’s site, and you should be able to see the Ipsy Offers there as well. 🙂

                  • Hi Brooke! I forgot to mention that you don’t have to be an active subscriber to take advantage of the Ipsy Offers either! 🙂

                  • Also, if you download the Ipsy app and turn on notifications, you will occasionally get popups of the shopper deals.

                • Hi, bought this one since I tried the Sonage mask from a FFF edit sale and loved it. It’s actually fairly small for regular size and the full price is outrageous so I jumped on this one too. I don’t normally buy Ipsy deals either, the last one was for a pack of sheet masks that came in under a dollar per mask but they were terrible. Didn’t fit my face at all and dripped too much.

                  • I was tempted by that Sonage offer solely because of that mask… the color looked so pretty! I just checked, and see that it’s now sold out. I guess that’s good for me, because that was another offer I had been thinking about getting but was dragging my feet. 🙂

          6. I’m doing a very gradual detox of my boxes… I recently un-subbed (lol, auto-correct changed it to “snubbed” which probably also fits. 😉 ) to half of my boxes, and I decided to keep an eye on those boxes and just sub based on spoilers. Boxwalla is one of those boxes, and since I’m being more picky, I decided to not get the August box because I’ve never heard of this brand before, which is weird for me to say since I’m all about brand discovery. Plus, since I can be a bit of a packaging snob at times (sometimes I’ll decide to try or not try a product or brand solely based on the packaging. Lol), I’m letting it reign today since I’m not really a fan of the packaging. The products look like they’re in that black glass packaging (gosh, what is that called? I know it starts with an “M” but I always forget) that a lot of luxe green beauty products are packaged in, so I guess it’s just the labels I’m not a fan of. Lol. They look like great products though(!), and I know I’m missing out. Hopefully, October’s box will bring out the beating heart-eyes in me. 🙂

            • I’m not feeling the labels either, though the pictures on the cards are really cool.

            • I also thought the same thing about the labels, lol! I’m also into packaging, it influences me more into wanting something.🤷‍♀️

            • That’s so funny! I’m going to try to skip this month because the 80’s style packaging looks outdated to me, but not in a good way. And I know it’s ridiculous to say and I shouldn’t judge a company based on that but I just can’t stop thinking about that black-and-white exclamation point Liz Claiborne style perfume from the 80s!

              • OMG! Are you talking about the perfume Exclamation! ? I was JUST talking about that perfume recently, because not only did I finish a Lollia lotion that totally reminded me of it (Exclamation! Was THE perfume to wear when I was in 5th & 6th grade), but I also have seen it in Marshall’s and they’re selling it for $12.99! I couldn’t believe it’s still around, and that $12.99 was the discounted price on it. Lol! I thought for sure that was its full price back then. Well, I wasn’t a fan of that Lollia lotion because of the scent, but it sure did bring up some fun scent memories. 🙂

                • Yes that’s the one!
                  Nothing against it, the perfume or the skincare, it’s just the packaging does not scream ‘sophistication and modern high tech science’ to me. Some of it’s just a casualty of being in the cosmetics industry anyway.
                  I did skip this month, but in general I really like this sub.

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