I’m back atcha with another subscription box – what can I say, I LOVE subscription boxes! Something about the element of surprise and the excitement of discovering something totally fabulous just gets me every time. So when Boxwalla reached out and asked me if I was interested in trying their “Let It Glow” holiday green beauty box, I was like, “Does a one legged duck swim in a circle!?” Heck YES!
First, “boxwalla” means “box-seller” or “traveling merchant” or “box person” in India. Here in the US Boxwall is a subscription service offering four different genres or interests boxes. Of these four, subscribers choose which interest they like best. Then Boxwalla sends out bimonthly curations “with things that must be experienced.” (And bimonthly meaning every two months, not twice a month which this term can also mean. Really English!? Give us a break!) Here are the four genres/interests. Subscribers can choose which one they like best and continue to receive that genre every two months OR toggle between a few favorites.
- Green Beauty
- Artisanal Food
- International Film
Naturally I opted for the green beauty box. Boxwalla promises their green beauty picks to be free from:
- Cruelty (so no silk, carmine or animal testing)
- Triethanolamine, Diethanolamine
- Propylene Glychol
- Formaldehyde releasing preservatives such as Diazolidinyl Urea
- PEGs (since they could be contaminated with 1,4 Dioxane)
- DMDM Hydantoin
Boxes sell for $49.95 with free shipping in the US. This specific box has a total retail value of $115. Sign me up!
The “Let It Glow” Boxwalla
This box went out to subscribers in December and is also still available for one time purchase. In this box we are seeing Lina Hanson’s Global Face Trio, RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer and Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Budhi Sacha Inchi Eye Nectar.
Lina Hanson’s Global Face Trio
Let’s start with the Global Face Trio. Love that this formula can be used as a mask, an exfoliator or a cleanser. What!? So convenient, especially for travel! Also love that this mask comes dry which means there is no need for any added preservatives. To make a cleanser you take a scoop out and add water to form a paste and then cleanse. To make an mask you add a little less water and for a mild exfoliant even a little less.
I would say my preferred method is masking with this product. With a base of White Kaolin Clay it behaves like a clay mask going on wet and drying in about 10 minutes. You can feel it pulling dry but other than that there is no other physical sensation or noticeable reactivity. It smells of rice with a hint of citrus and dries to a gorgeous yellow hue. My skin felt clean and tight after masking.
Some of the key ingredients are:
Thanaka which comes from the bark of the Thanaka Tree in Myanmar. Burmese woman applied this to their skin to tighten pores and decrease breakouts. Ricebran to smooth and brighten skin. Ginseng to improve blood circulation and collagen formation. Lemongrass for anti-bacterial, anti-septic and stimulating effects on the skin.
The Global Face Trio is also vegan, handcrafted and cruelty-free. Click here for a full list of ingredients.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
A staple in my makeup kit! This highlighter is like the Jackie O of highlighters. Refined, understated, simple and elegant. Made with a base of organic castor seed oil, organic coconut oil and beeswax this highlighter melts into skin leaving an understated glow. It is more of a transparent glow and really brings life to any look compared to some of my other fave highlighters that are more opaque and leave a more defined highlight.
With a nourishing base of organic oils, RMS prides itself in “blurring the lines between luxury makeup and skincare” and I must say, I agree!
Love applying this in a “C” shape starting at the end of my brow and extending to the outer edge of my cheek bone and also my Cupid’s Bow. So pretty!
Check out the ingredients here.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Budhi Sacha Inchi Eye Nectar
This is the second product I’ve tried from Wabi-Sabi. I got to try their AMIDA Infinite Light – Illuminating Floral Essence serum in one of my recent Glowing Beets boxes which introduced me to this brand so I was excited to try more!
Oh my gosh – the scent of this eye nectar is AH. MAZING. Like coffee. Maybe it’s because I have been off coffee for a week but I literally drooled when this scent filled my nostrils. Drooled. This formula is meant to target dark circles, inflammation and visible signs of aging around the eyes.
I couldn’t wait to try. Wow, this eye nectar goes on and sinks right in. I actually have been doing two rounds to make sure my eye area is saturated. Also, the color is stunning. This oil is super pigmented and so dense in color that I could actually see an orange glow around my eyes. I put this on before bed and when I woke up the color was gone so the color does not stain skin.
A couple of key ingredients are Cacao Bean Absolute and Coffee Fruit Oil for its scent and its high levels of antioxidants + antibacterial properties.
Our Cacao Absolute is made from Cacao Beans that are Fair Trade sourced on the Ivory Coast of Africa (Ghana) and then are sent to France for extraction. The absolute is extracted using a hexane-free solvent and is, therefore 100% hexane free. This is super important to me in sourcing absolutes, as this provides the highest quality ingredient, is most beneficial, and prevents the damaging effects of hexane.” – Elysse, Wabi-Sabi Botanicals
Another ingredient here is Prickly Pear Seed Oil which has the highest Vitamin E content of all plant oils (and one of my fave ingredients – it leaves skin so nourished). Peruvian Sacha Inchi Oil which has a unique balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and contains 85% linoleic acid which is supposed to restore moisture, clarify and improve complexion and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
I’m excited to see how this works for me! This formula is 93% organic. You can check out the ingredients here.
Box It Up!
Boxwalla also includes a beautiful note to the subscriber going through each product, it’s benefits and highlights each item’s uniqueness. In addition they include some notecards direct from each brand with a little more information about how to use the product and the background on ingredients.
Oh and I just have to mention the origins of the actual box.
Each box is carefully crafted from tree-free handmade paper. A small company in India makes the paper from cotton scraps, using the traditional art of paper-making that involves 9 steps and take several weeks. This handmade paper is then meticulously fashioned into the boxes. The process is child labor free and employs 63 local villagers and 20 skilled artisans. – Boxwalla
How cool is that!? Now I have to decide how to reuse this beauty!
I loved experiencing this box. It was my first piece of mail that arrived at our new house in Atlanta! Oh yeah, did I mention that? We moved to Atlanta!!! My husband took a job opportunity there so I was like, “Pack it up pack it in, let me begin” to explore all things organic Atlanta has to offer. I can’t wait to get out there!
Thanks Boxwalla for making my first day here extra special! If you are interested, you can check them out at the Boxwalla website!