Boxwalla Beauty “Secret Symphony of Skincare” 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.
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.)
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
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, 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, 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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