Disclosure: I purchased this box with my own dough (Even though my husband says I have way too many beauty products)
Boxwalla Beauty Box:
What: Green Cruelty-free Beauty Products
Ships: Bi-monthly and for free!
There is a saying in Hawaii and it goes like this ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick’. Well that is exactly what Boxwalla Beauty is doing. They are relatively new to the sub box scene and yet they are quietly and confidently sending out some amazing green beauty products. I say quietly because they are sending a mixture of well-known brands as well as new/upcoming/reasonably priced/independent/mom and pop shop brands that no one has ever heard of. And I mention a big stick because well….the stuff they are sending out is amazing.
Let’s get it started!
The box itself is beautifully crafted. Here is their explanation from their Instagram account:
“Did you know our boxes are hand crafted from tree-free paper? A small company in India makes the paper for us, from cotton scraps, using the traditional art of paper-making that involves 9 steps and takes several weeks. The handmade paper is then meticulously fashioned into the boxes that you see in the pictures. The whole process is completely child labor free and employs 63 local villagers and 20 skilled artisans whose families have been making paper for generations”
A way to a sub-box junkie’s heart? Beautiful packaging!
Here is the info letter that came with the box. The theme for April is FACEts of Spring with a focus on Renewal, Hydration, Scent and Glow!
They sign their letters ‘The Drunken Boxwallas’….I am pretty sure they would fit right in here at Subscriptionista.com….
This was their box spoiler and….wait for it……yep, it is true. They let you chose the shade you wanted from four different offerings! The options were attitude, noble, reflection and elusive. I chose attitude because it was just the right amount of hot pink with a coral base (see my pic below). Right off the bat, my favorite part of the lipstick is that castor oil is not the 1st ingredient. Castor oil has a distinct taste and I find that it is almost always the 1st ingredient in natural lip products making them extremely viscous. It does contain castor oil (3rd ingredient) but you can’t taste it and the lipstick stays put. As far as the formula goes, it is hydrating, smooth, and contains rich pigments. It is long lasting for a natural lipstick.
Lets get real, I chose the shade attitude because I was hoping it would put me in control and my worries would be few (maybe tidy up my point of view?). “Cuz, I got a new attitude…tu tu tu tude….”
This is a combination product of face oil and aromatherapy. The highlight for me is that it contains Kukui nut oil. The kukui nut grows here in Hawaii and has a ton of benefits for skin and body. It also contains my favorite seabuckhorn oil (I imagine the little seabuckhorns frolicking at the seaside munching on kukui nuts). They also sneak some pomegranate oil in there that helps rejuvenate skin. It smells softly of lavender making it perfect to add to a prior bedtime routine. The bottle instructs that it is for normal, mature or dry skin and I would agree. The oil is rich and hydrating but I can see it being heavy for someone with oily skin. Boxwalla offers a tip for oily skin to mix this with a few drops of the Garden of Wisdom serum (Pictured below)
I am tempted to rub this on my toddler when his energy level is at 10 and mine is at 1!
I was a little intrigued to see this brand in the box as it is new to me. I headed over to research their website. These are made by a small family run business. Their website is simple and their product offerings are vast. They focus on clean and effective ingredients based from nature. I was super excited to try this mask as it smells like you want to scoop it out and eat it. The mask goes on for 15 minutes and actually tightens as you wear it similar to a clay mask. Check out how they list their ingredients for this mask and all their products on the website:
Are you wondering why this blog isn’t named Garden of Wisdom? Me too!
This is a water based serum designed to fight inflammation and hydrate skin. I applied it after the mask but prior to the soothe serum. It glides on smooth with no scent. I have only tried it a few times so no major results yet.
Hyaluronic acid is known for its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Sounds like me after a plate of nachos and margaritas!
Garden of Wisdom Healing lip Balm (Sample)
This healing balm contains manuka honey, almond oil, coconut cream and avocado oil just to name a few (check their website for the awesome description of ingredients). It goes on smooth with no weird waxing taste/smell. You can also get it in a dark chocolate flavor!
And here is the lipstick shade (And of course I had to rock festival style….it being coachella and all):
When I first opened this box, I was a little overwhelmed by all the new brands/products that I saw. But I followed the intro card progression to experiencing the products. First I researched and wore the mask. Then I applied the hyaluronic acid serum followed by the soothe serum. Lastly, out came the lipstick! My skin felt pretty fantastic post treatment. Plus this lipstick is just….sigh…amazing.
This box is doing so many things right. First, customization! Can we just do a high five for a box allowing you to pick something that works best for you instead of sending out one shade?! Next, they are truly curating their boxes with a mix of new brands that we are not seeing in subscription boxes. I will be using these products for the next few months so check back in June to get an update.
Are you getting Boxwalla Beauty? Have you tried any of these brands? Did you go to Coachella?