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6.23.2017

Boxwalla And Earthwise Beauty: Slow Beauty In A Fast-Paced World

I sound like a broken record, but Boxwalla has mastered the impossible art of continually surpassing themselves, which also explains their success in the oversaturated subscription box business. Their much-anticipated June Beauty Box invites us to experience the Wandering Wood Nymph's Sun-Kissed Alchemy, featuring niche green beauty brand Earthwise Beauty founded by herbalist Ava Zhan over a decade ago. 
What sets the line apart is Ava's use of hard-to-find and often barely known medicinal plants, with formulas that tend to the richer and earthier. Her products are made from unrefined, unprocessed food-grade natural ingredients, traditionally prepared herbs, and aromatherapy-grade essential oils, developed to appeal to modern sensibilities in terms of texture, feel, color and scent. 
Everything is laboriously handcrafted in small batches in her studio in Spokane, WA and her dedication to sustainability is evident throughout the manufacturing process from ingredient sourcing and product development to packaging and shipping materials.


What the brand represents to me, on a deeper level, is an invitation to the world of slow beauty, putting behind the demands of a fast-paced world for quick fixes and unattainable perfection. It is an exhortation to slow down, create time and space to practice self-care and expand your notion of beauty and wholeness. 
Before I go on and on, let's dive into the contents in the box:

Farizad's Veil SPF 30+ Powder ($50.00 for 0.9 oz)
Farizad's Veil is sunscreen at its most versatile and makes a wonderful addition to any summer skincare arsenal. It can be mixed with your facial oil, oil-based serum or balm or even your liquid moisturizer/foundation to form a lotion and applied evenly to your skin. There are detailed directions at the bottom of the product page to help you figure out the right ratio and SPF ratings, but you will probably want to experiment on your own as well, and it would be helpful to include a tiny salt spoon for dispensing the powder.

The main ingredient is minimally-processed, non-nano uncoated zinc oxide, the most reliable sunscreen ingredient available today, safe for you as a physical sun reflector and also for marine life as it is biodegradable. The secondary ingredient is powdered aloe leaves, which not only has cooling, soothing, moisturizing and repairing properties but also softens the white of the zinc oxide to lessen the cast that most sunscreens tend to leave behind.

The powder is naturally fragranced with a feminine blend of roses, pink champaca, rose geranium and frankincense oils, but if you prefer it unscented, leave the jar open for a few days and lightly covered with a paper towel to protect from dust.

Ingredients: Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide 94% (Canada), Aloe Barbadensis Whole Leaf Powder*, Rosa Centifolia Absolute (Morocco; organic and hexane free whenever available), Wildcrafted Pink Champaca Absolute (India; hexane free whenever available), Organic Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Bourbon) Oil, Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Oil* and Wildcrafted Frankincense Oil (Oman)
* Certified Organic
Ruby Facial Oil ($58.00 for 0.5 oz)
The Ruby Facial Oil is Ava's latest offering, a surprisingly lightweight yet powerfully hydrating face oil that is rich in antioxidants and suitable for all skin types. Every oil has been selected for a specific purpose, providing sun-protective, wrinkle-reducing, inflammation-controlling, glow-inducing benefits when used in symphony, resulting in a plump and radiant complexion.

The beauty of Ruby is that it is quickly absorbed and you can apply as much as you desire without your face feeling too heavy or oily, just more hydrated, hence the perfect choice for warm weather. It can be worn on its own, or mixed with Farizad's Veil for a sunscreen lotion or Nap in the Meadow for a lightweight moisturizer. 

Although no essential oils has been added to this oil, because of the guava seed and pequi fruit oils it does smell like freshly-pressed juice slathered on my face, which is not a terrible thing but something I have to get used to! 

Ingredients: Organic Psidium Guajava (Guava) Seed Oil (India), Organic Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Seed Oil, Vacinnium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Oil*, Organic Whole-Fruit Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Seed Oil*, Rubus Ideaus (Raspberry) Seed Oil*, Organic Pequi Fruit Oil, Wildcrafted Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Blue Tamanu Oil* (India), Organic Buriti Fruit Oil, Turmeric Supercritical CO2 Select Extract* (India), Vitamin E (from Certified Non-GMO Sunflowers), Organic Primrose Seed CO2 Total Extract, Organic Celery CO2 Total and Wildcrafted Mimosa Flower Absolute (artisanally extracted in Grasse, France)
* Certified Organic
Nap in the Meadow Face Serum ($50.00 for 1 oz)
I'll come right out and say this: if I could, I would jump into a giant pool of Nap in the Meadow and luxuriate in its incredible healing powers. With an almost-liquid consistency, this is a pale blue aloe-based serum that derives its beautiful color from mixing yellow turmeric extract with blue yarrow and German chamomile oils by hand with other colorless but equally beneficial oils. 

Feel free to skip your toner- this serum delivers a host of benefits like intense hydration, pore minimizing, anti-inflammatory action, tissue and sun damage repair and is recommended as a step before using a face oil or oil-based serum. Refrigerating it protects its freshness and enhances its refreshing and de-puffing properties.

My skin drinks this right up and is baby soft and smooth after, and the intoxicating blend of essential oils makes this perfect to use right before bed to lull you into a deep, restful sleep. Or an afternoon nap for this mama!

Ingredients: Aloe Leaf Juice*, Elderberry Fruit Extract, Turmeric CO2 Total Supercritical Extract, Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside (naturally derived), naturally derived Non-GMO Unrefined Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lavender Oil (* and †), Yarrow Oil*, Italian Everlasting Oil†, German Blue Chamomile Oil*, Potassium Sorbate (natural preservative), Organic Geranium Bourbon Oil, Geranium Rose Oil*, Copaiba Balsam Resin†, Galbanum Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Wildflower Essences†.
* Certified Organic † Responsibly Wildcrafted
A Boxwalla subscription costs $49.95 every two months, and a combined value of $158 for this box would have saved you over 65% off retail prices! A bi-monthly plan allows you to fully experience and appreciate the products that you receive in each box, and the option to switch to their other themes like film, food and books allows you to explore your varied interests.
The boxes sell out very quickly, so don't miss out on August's Beauty Box, and you can follow Boxwalla on Instagram for themes and spoilers!
* Boxwalla's June Beauty Box was kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

1 comment

  1. I love these essentials because these are among those that can be much helpful to keep necessary care of beauty. Thanks for sharing it.

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