The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar is a monthly beauty subscription box from the folks at Bombay & Cedar, featuring 5-6 clean, vegan, and cruelty-free products with a value of over $100. They feature makeup, skincare, beauty tools, and more from a mix of indie and well-known brands.
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This month’s theme is ‘Hydrate.’ I love hydration! It’s an essential part of every day for me. Hydrating yourself on the inside by drinking enough water is just as important as hydrating yourself on the outside with a solid skincare routine. I’m super excited to see what hydrating products have been included in this box. Let’s get to it!
What's Inside The Box
The box arrives with a card that lists the products and highlights some of the beauty brands found within.
BASEBLUE COSMETICS Flower Eyeshadow and Blush Palette, 15 ml - Retail Value $42.00
This Flower Eyeshadow and Blush Palette from Baseblue Cosmetics is sooo pretty! Each of the shades are in the shape of a flower (looks like a rose to me), and it almost reminds me of those cute little watercolor painting sets we all used to have as kids. This palette provides a large amount of versatility, with five shadows and five blushes, from nude warm tones to bright reds. The formula is creamy and soft to the touch but also easily blendable and buildable, which is perfect for this everyday palette. As beautiful as these shades are, they’re unfortunately a bit too dark for my skin tone, so I will ultimately be passing this along to a friend of mine who will be able to get some great use out of it. Serious bonus points for the packaging, though; very innovative and memorable.
Check out these swatches from the Baseblue Cosmetics Flower Eyeshadow and Blush Palette.
DR. BOTANICALS Coco Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum, 15 ml - Retail Value $74.50
I’m no stranger to the Dr. Botanicals brand, and I’ve received this product in a past subscription. Actually, I still have some of it left in my skincare fridge. I have mixed feelings on this product. After some consistent use, it does leave my skin feeling softer and smoother than before. Unfortunately, though, the formula isn’t the best type for my skin. It’s made with a combination of three different oils, including geranium flower oil, seabuckthorn fruit oil, and neroli oil.
In the past, oils have never really worked for me, but since this product is indeed a serum (water-based, in fact) and targets skin to give a more youthful, nourished look, I decided to give it a fair try. When I applied this serum after my cleansing routine, I was surprised that it was not at all greasy on my skin, absorbed quickly, and is virtually scentless. While it does a nice job of keeping my skin looking fresh and glowy, I apply this serum only on occasion, and I definitely avoid it on those warmer days.
KNDR Luxury Hand Set, 30 ml (Hand Sanitizer) and 60 ml (Hand Balm) - Retail Value $25.50
This Luxury Hand Set from KNDR includes two products for pampering your hands: a hand sanitizer and a hand balm. I’m definitely happy about the inclusion of a hand sanitizer. It does a great job absorbing into my skin. The only downside of this product is the overly potent alcohol-soaked floral scent. Many people out there most likely love the scent of this product, but as someone who is sensitive to scents, it’s a bit much for me. That being said, this will do just fine in a pinch because it is fast absorbing, and most importantly, it kills germs.
The hand balm has a nice texture to it, but it does take some work getting it to absorb into my skin. I can more easily tolerate the scent profile of this product; it almost reminds me of a citronella type of scent but not as harsh. This kit is definitely geared more toward those scented product-loving folks out there, but both the hand sanitizer and the hand balm are high quality. Bonus points for the packaging being truly adorable.
KANELI Green Tea Botanical Eye Cream, 30 ml - Listed Value $34.00
I am a huge fan of eye creams. This Kaneli Green Tea Botanical Eye Cream has a wonderfully creamy texture that is somewhat thick but not too thick. Although a cream, it’s lightweight on the eyes as long as you don’t apply too much. All you need is the slightest dab of this cream under your eyes, and it’ll absorb pretty quickly with some gentle patting. I appreciate that the light green tea scent is barely noticeable. For eye products, I tend to prefer them to be unscented because of how close they are to my nose, and this one checks all the boxes as far as that goes. The one thing that I don’t enjoy about this product is the need to stick my fingers into the jar each time I apply the cream.
BLANCRÈME Mango Dry Oil, 50 ml - Retail Value $12.51
Oooh, something from Blancrème! This brand’s packaging is always super elegant and makes me feel extra fancy. At first I wasn’t sure what they meant by ‘dry oil,’ but I absolutely love this product. I love using body oils right out of the shower, but this unique oil says to apply to dry skin, so that’s what I did. I have to say, this stuff is incredible. A little goes a long way, and it leaves your skin feeling nice and soft. It does, however, take a little bit of work to fully rub in. It absorbs well as long as you’re patient. This is a very luxurious oil, and the mango scent is definitely a hit with me. Usually I prefer unscented items, but this scent is subtle enough, and I’m a huge mango fan, so it works. I’m really excited to have this especially since I just ran out of body oil; perfect timing. Oh, and did I forget to say that this oil contains 98.8% natural ingredients? I very much appreciate that.
This was a great month for The Beauty Box by Bombay and Cedar! The highlight for me was definitely Blancrème’s dry oil. I absolutely adore the mango scent, and I love how smooth it leaves my skin. The eye cream from Kaneli was another win for me. Your girl loves anything that can potentially smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and this eye cream could be the answer. Same goes for Dr. Botanical’s serum; with some consistent use, this does bring about great results in terms of smoothness and softness of my skin.
The flower eyeshadow and blush palette from Baseblue Cosmetics is absolutely adorable and it left me wishing the colors were better suited to my skin tone. I love the artistic design of this palette, and having an eyeshadow-blush two-in-one is very convenient, especially considering how sleek the packaging is. Lastly, KNDR’s hand set combo… I can always use another hand sanitizer, so although the scent is quite potent, this will definitely work for me in a pinch. As far as the hand balm, it’s a high quality hand cream, and although I don’t enjoy the scent so much, that has no bearing on the performance of this product. Overall, I thought this month’s product curation was on point with the theme (‘hydration’), and the value is certainly there.
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Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $31.95
- Palette: $42.00
- Serum: $74.50
- Hand Set: $25.50
- Eye Cream: $34.00
- Dry Oil: $12.51
The products this month have an estimated retail value of around $188.51, which is an amazing value for a $31.95 box.
To Wrap Up
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