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4.28.2016

Boxwalla Beauty: The FACEts Of Spring



The folks behind subscription box startup Boxwalla get it. 

They understand the needs of the multi-faceted modern woman with diverse interests and have curated a bi-monthly selection across four categories: beautyfoodliterature and film, with the option of switching between the boxes. The name Boxwalla means travelling merchant in India, and the creators liken themselves to travellers of the world sharing their discoveries through these boxes. They are passionate and purposeful in introducing you to artists and artisans from all over the world so that you can experience the best of their creations.

I had been stalking their Instagram for a while when co-founder Lavanya offered to send me a few of their boxes to give a more complete picture of Boxwalla, and I'm really excited to be able to share my thoughts with you.

April's Beauty Box: FACEts of Spring

The focus on the beauty box is on the creation of a beauty ritual, a reminder to slow down and pamper and nourish your skin. Within each box, Lavanya explains, they have included clean beauty products that are safe to use on your body and will work well together in a skincare routine. The goal is to not to clutter your home with products, but help you build an effective beauty arsenal over time. For example, they included a cleanser in the December box, followed by a rose-based toner and balm in the February box and a mask and two types of serum in the April box.

But enough teasing, let's jump right in and see what's in the Spring beauty box!

Wonderland Organics Soothe Serum ($39.99 for 0.5 oz)
The Wonderland Organics Soothe Serum is an oil-based serum that is specially formulated to keep sensitive skin supple and hydrated. Chock-full of nourishing oils like argan, tamanu, pomegranate and seabuckthorn, the serum is a beautiful liquid gold and is also scented with organic lavender oil for aromatherapeutic purposes. I like how quickly it is absorbed into the skin and doesn't leave an oily residue, and you will wake up with a lovely glow on your face the next morning.

Ingredients: *Jojoba Oil, *Sunflower Oil, *Apricot Kernel Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, *Pomegranate Oil, *Kukui Oil, *Argan Oil, *Tamanu Oil, *Seabuckthorn Oil, *Lavender Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol, *Olive Oil and *Rosemary Extract
* Certified organic or wild-harvested
On a side note, I am friends with creator Alice Lin, who is one of the sweetest and most unassuming person in the industry. I also recommend her Indulge Lotion, which is a rose-scented lotion that works on both the face and body and perfect for Spring!
Axiology is well-known in the green beauty world for the all-natural and organic lipsticks, and I have always lusted over the sleek packaging of a gold tube that pops open with a click. Instead of everyone getting the same shade, subscribers were given the option of picking out one of four colors, which is such a nice personal touch. I told the Boxwalla folks to surprise me and they sent me Noble, described on the website as a "succulent, hybrid peach-pink tone" that would flatter light to medium skin tones. 
The result? A buildable and wearable natural-looking pink that came off with a hint of orange on me, and I loved it! I was also surprised by how hydrating the formula was, and it actually stayed on after my coffee, although a touch-up helped even out the color. Can I have one in every color please?
Ingredients: Organic Candelilla Wax, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Avocado Butter, Organic Grape Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Elderberry Extract and Sweet Orange Oil; May Contain: Iron Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet

Garden of Wisdom Blue Mallow HA Serum ($6.85 for 1 oz), Pineapple / Red Wine Enzyme Gel ($8.60 for 1.3 oz) and Healing Lip Balm ($12.35 for full-sized tube)
I had never heard of Garden of Wisdom before, but I found out Lavanya herself has been a customer for almost nine years, and they are a cult skincare brand based in Arizona with a devoted following. I was admittedly skeptical when I saw the packaging and their website is a little overwhelming, but they do offer a wide range of raw ingredients and finished products. 
The Garden of Wisdom Blue Mallow HA Serum is a water-based serum that contains hyaluronic acid, an active ingredient that famously holds over 1,000 its weight in water. The blue mallow extract and L-carnosine helps reduce inflammation and protect skin from oxidative damage respectively. I prep my face with a rose hydrosol before, and all I use is a single pump of serum smoothed over my clean face. It dries like magic and my skin is visibly plumped after application, making it a great makeup primer or an extra layer of moisture before your facial oil. Given the affordable price point I will definitely consider repurchasing this for the drier seasons!
Ingredients: Spring Water, Blue Marrow Extract, L-Carnosine and Luecidal 
The Pineapple / Red Wine Enzyme Gel is a delicious-smelling gel mask that has the consistency of jello and contains an infusion of fresh pineapple and burgundy wine, both of which are natural exfoliants. I have tried this on a few times and while it does leave my face feeling nice and clean after, I still prefer physical exfoliators like my Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator, but I do think this product will be very well-suited if you have sensitive skin. 
Ingredients: Spring Water, Pineapple Distillate, Fruit Pectin Powder, Burgundy Wine, Cellulose Gum, Papain Powder, Xanthan Gum and Gluconolactone
The Healing Lip Balm is a new release from GoW and is a rich formula that contains manuka honey as a star ingredient with moisture-retaining ceramides and healing peptides. The ingredient list is a little confusing at first glance, but the website breaks it down for you so you exactly what everything is. It is a effective lip balm with staying power, but I do think the price is a little high for the size.

Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Cream, Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Liquid Crystals, Matrixyl 3000, Duraquench, Oat Bet Glucans, Manuka Honey 17+, Pomegrenate Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Ceremid II and Leucidal SF
Boxwalla's commitment to supporting artisans doesn't end at content curation- they have partnered with a traditional paper maker in India to fashion cottons scraps into beautifully-crafted boxes (and no trees were harmed in the process!). The presentation is an upgrade from the usual pack-and-fold cardboard boxes that other subscription services come in, and it makes a handsome first impression.

A subscription to Boxwalla will cost you $49.95 every two months, which works out to an affordable $25 per month. The total retail value of this box works out to $96, almost double of what you are paying- the cost of the Wonderland Organic serum and Axiology lipstick combined already exceeds the price of the box, so the Garden of Wisdom products feel like a nice bonus. 

P/S: Boxwalla also offer one-time boxes for purchase if you are a commitment-phobe or just want to purchase one as a gift for yourself or a loved one!


What do you think of Boxwalla?
Are there products you would like to see included in future boxes?

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