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BomiBox K-Beauty Subscription Box “Hydrate” October 2022 Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakOct 21, 2022 | 4 comments

4.2 overall rating
6 Ratings | 7 Reviews

BomiBox is a monthly Korean beauty subscription box. Each month you get eight full-size and deluxe sample-size Korean skincare, makeup, beauty, and body products.

This is a review of BomiBox Luxe, which is $44.99 per month.

This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

First Impressions


This box doesn't come with an info sheet, but it does have a card with a QR code you can scan. The contents of the box are snuggly packaged. And it's always nice to see full-size products inside.

BomiBox "Hydrate" Box Review

Mixsoon Centella Asiatica Toner, 150ml – Retail Value $6.99

This toner is 100% Centella Asiatica extract—be still my beating heart. Centella Asiatica is definitely one of my favorite skincare ingredients because it is so lovely for sensitive or inflamed skin (it’s referred to as “tiger grass” after people saw wounded tigers rolling on the leaves), and is great for wound healing—so if you deal with acne or rosacea, Centella Asiatica may quickly become your best friend. This toner is great and checks all of the boxes I personally look for in a toner- hydrating, no sticky residue, gently soothing. I'm torn between wanting to continue to use this on a daily basis for optimal skin health or saving it for when my skin is going through a rougher patch and could use the extra love that a 100% Cica toner will give it.

SomeByMi AHA-BHA-PHA Calming Truecica Micellar Cleansing Water, 300 mL – Retail Value $24

I’ll be honest: I know that part of the fun of subscription boxes is the surprise, but since Bomibox posts each month’s box info online, I usually peek and see what’s coming before my box is actually delivered. This was the product I was most excited about, but the Bomibox website didn’t list a size so I wasn’t sure if we were receiving a full-size or a sample. A small sample would have bummed me out, so I was so stoked when I opened the box and saw this big bottle of micellar water looking back at me! I go through micellar water quickly because I use it on a daily basis- if I am not showering in the morning then micellar water is what I use to make sure my face is clean before I proceed with my morning skincare routine, and while I am a big proponent of double cleansing on the few nights I am just too tired to bother I soak a few cotton pads with the stuff, rub it around my face, and call it a day. This cleansing water is made with Centella Asiatica (see ode to cica mentioned above), tea tree, mugwort extract, hyaluronic acid, multiple amino acids and niacinamide, and it also has small amounts of chemical exfoliants (the AHA + BHA + PHA that the name comes from). I try to be really mindful of the exfoliants I use because I don’t want to over exfoliate, but I haven’t had issues with using this on a daily basis along with my regularly scheduled exfoliating acne treatments.

Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser, 100mL – Retail Value $7

I love Innisfree—they make effective formulas at crazy affordable prices, and some of their product line is even now available at Sephora so they're every more accessible. This cleanser is probably a good cleanser for those with oily skin, but it wasn't a good fit for me. It had a creamy texture and lathered up well when added to water, but it left my skin feeling a little dry and tight once it was rinsed away.

Missha All-around Safe Block Aqua Sun Spf 50+/pa+++, 50 mL – Retail Value $7.49

I cannot use this product, but I am still happy to see it in this subscription box—I will be gifting it to one of my very lucky friends and I can feel confident knowing I am giving them a great sunscreen that works. Missha made some of my favorite K-Beauty sunscreens before I developed my allergy to chemical sunscreen filters, and I loved how easy they were to apply and rub in without white cast. This has more of a gel texture that isn’t super thick, but it does give a dewy finish which some people may not like.

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Black Head 3 Step Kit Strong- Retail Value $3

I honestly leave my nose alone 98% of the time—since my skin is dry I don't really feel like I have major blackhead concerns, and I since I wear glasses most of the time I'm at home it's very easy for me to keep masks away from the bridge of my nose. But still, sometimes a good pore strip is fun. This one features three different steps, with the first one designed to ~open~ up your pores (your pores can't actually open or close), the second one is going to deeply purify and remove toxins, and the third step is a pore tightening and smoothing treatment. These are infused with a whole host of black ingredients: charcoal, black bean, black rice, black sesame, and black truffle are just a few. This is a fun thing to have handy, but not something I would make a part of my regular skincare routine.

Etude Therapy Air Cherry Blossom Sheetmask – Retail Value $3

Etude Therapy Air Ceramide Sheetmask – Retail Value $3

For the price point I really, really like these Etude House masks. I've used the Therapy Air sheet mask line before (the cherry blossom one more than once), and I will happily continue to use them for however often they show up in subscription boxes. The sheet mask material is incredibly thin and airy, which allows the material to hug the contours of my face. It's also well-saturated with the essence, and each sheet mask feels like a tall glass of cold water for my skin. I can wear these masks for a while, too, which is nice- I have other sheet masks that will start to dry out after about 15 minutes, but that isn't an issue here.

Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze in Green Tea – Retail Value $3.99

These Neogen Dermatology peeling gauze pads are really popular, and I can see why- I’ve used a few of them, and they’re really gentle on my sensitive skin while still being effective at leaving my skin softer and more smooth. I like that the green tea version is also formulated with Centella Asiatica- I think that’s one of the reasons my skin loved it so much and found it to be so gentle.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $44.99

Value Breakdown:

  • Mixsoon: $6.99
  • SomeByMi: $24
  • Innisfree: $7
  • Missha: $7.49
  • Holika Holika: $3
  • Neogen Dermalogy: $3.99
  • Etude Masks: $6 ($3 each)

Everything in the box adds up to $58.47, which is on the low end in terms of values I've come to expect for this $44.99 box—but the personal value of the box definitely feels a little higher than that.

Key Takeaways

I really like my BomiBox subscription, and this month's box was really great. The stars of the box for me where the Mixsoon toner and the SomeByMi micellar water, but this was a super solid box overall. If you're only looking at the numbers you may feel like the value isn't there, but that number comes from full-size products from both Innisfree and Missha, two awesome but affordable brands. There's a lot of value there for me for those brands I recognize and trust, even if they don't have an arbitrarily higher retail value. Also, remember that you need to take these prices with a grain of salt since most of them can only be purchased overseas and that makes finding consistent pricing for them difficult. If you're looking for a monthly beauty box comprised exclusively of K-Beauty products, BomiBox is one of the best out there.

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Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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I regret ordering the mystery box. It was a giant bottle of aloe vera gel, just like you get at the drugstore – only a very strange tear drop shape. Also a bee venom/ snail product; bee venom is a controversial ingredient and I have a lot of insect allergies, so that went bye-bye. Other than that, they sent TWO toners – why two? But I’ll use them. I did get two sheet masks (happy with those) and lash serum which has a better applicator than most, so I’ll happily try it. And some samples. But not worth $35. The risks of the mystery box, I guess. And I just don’t understand the giant aloe vera LOL!

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Quick question, I see that you get billed the last day of each month. Are you able to see spoilers before you are charged? TY

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Jessica Hapak

Hi Lisa,
As of today, October 31st, at 6 pm CST the most recent full box spoilers posted to the Bomibox website is the same box reviewed here, so I don’t think you can see spoilers before you’re charged.

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More than likely, the 5.5 on the cleansing foam label refers to the pH. I use litmus strips to test all my skincare items since I burned my skin badly with the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum ( Vitamin C) serum and night cream.

Ideally, everything applied to our skin should be in the range of 7.0 to possibly 8.0 for a toner which evaporates quickly.
Our skin pH is around 7.0 for the acid mantle health.

K- beauty cleansers have always been extremely high foaming and low pH is required for the surfactant action of foaming up. This is why I will not use the Elizavecca cleanser in the most recent Pink Seoul Plus box. For things to make the ” cool foam” the girls with acne seem to like, the pH is adjusted to an extreme.
I stay away from all products which say ” foaming” as a general rule.
It’s fun to test skincare products with the strips. A neutral pH is a true joy to see, a high or low pH is not healthy for the acid mantle preservation. K- beauty is much more in tune with skin health than other skincare, with the exception of the foaming cleansers which I think are apparently in too high demand in Korea to be discontinued.

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