Boxwalla is a new box subscription service. Or you can buy them one-time. What makes Boxwalla different than a lot of other services is that there are four themes or interests: Beauty, Book, Food and Film. The boxes are available every two months and you can choose which type of box you’d like.
The Beauty Box focuses on cruelty-free, artisanal products. Because of that, I think it will introduce people to a lot of small, high-quality brands that they may otherwise not try.
Boxwalla sent me their inaugural Beauty Box. It’s inspired by “Winter Evenings”. I received this box on a rainy December evening when I was soaked and grumpy. This box had everything that I wanted to unwind on a stressful evening.
Here’s what’s in it:
Aura Candle in Grounded (travel tin, $14 value) – The box sent out a mix of Muse, Luscious or Grounded. I’m very lucky because this is one of the few Aura scents that I haven’t tried. And I love it! It’s a green fig that is a nice “dupe” of Diptyque Philosykos. Like all the other Aura candles that I’ve tried, this one burns evenly and has excellent throw. It’s my new favorite fig candle. Regarding the other two, I have both of those. They are amazing.
Lilikoi Living Bamboo Buff Exfoliating Facial Wash (4 oz full-size, $32 value) – This is a new-to-me skincare brand. It’s a natural exfoliating wash that smells like Fruity Pebbles. And until now, I didn’t realize how much Fruity Pebbles smells like natural citrus oils and passion fruit. This wash is too much for my dry skin for daily use. I think it’s best for me to use this once a week.
Aunt Nancy’s Soap in Carrot & Goat Milk ($6 value) – This is an unscented goat milk soap that I think is gentle enough for even very sensitive skin types.
Aunt Nancy’s Soap in Christmas Spice ($6 value) – This is a goat milk soap with a spicy scent of clove paired perfectly with evergreens. Usually I’m rather finicky when it comes to “Christmas” scents like this; however, this one smells amazing. This was another new-to-me brand.
Soap & Paper Factory Hand Cream in Snow Drop (1 oz, $10 value) – Soap and Paper Factory has such cute packaging. They remind me of little oil paint tubes. The holiday edition is about half the size of their “regular” hand creams. The scent of this one is a boozy vanilla and sandalwood. It reminded me of something and I finally put it together. It reminds me of TokyoMilk Dead Sexy. It moisturizes without feeling heavy. The scent actually lingers around but that’s fine with me. I like its aroma.
Hurraw! Moon Balm ($4ish value) – I’ve been meaning to try this natural lip balm line for years. The scent is Blue Chamomile Vanilla which reminds me of vanilla oatmeal cookies. The formula is so smooth with just the right amount of slickness. This is going to get used daily. I also can’t wait to try other scents/flavors from this brand. The formula is just as the brand promises – smooth, moisturizing and with no “dragging”.
•$72 value. That’s my estimate, so I may be off a few bucks.
Like all subscription services, you don’t know what you’re going to get. That’s both a pro and a con with these. There’s going to be items you love and some that may not work for you. For a first box, I was impressed. This was all the sort of stuff that I’ll use. The only miss for me may be the face wash, but honestly I haven’t used it enough to really form an opinion. The next box is Valentine’s themed which sounds good to me. I’m such a sucker for traditional Valentine-y things like chocolate and roses.
The box itself is nice. I’m going to use it to store my Korean sheet masks or skincare samples.
Overall, I think it’s a good service. I think it’s something worth trying if you want more exposure to small, indie beauty brands. Or if you want a beauty box that offers full-size products.
Each box is $49.95 and available at Boxwalla.
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