The theme for this box was “Wandering Woman” and she’s back to introduce us to skin-nourishing ingredients from around the globe.
Here’s what was in the Boxwalla Beauty Box for August 2016:
Biodara Creme de Clay Purifying Mask (1/2 oz, $15) – This was great timing for me since I’ve been using more clay masks during this time of season transition. This is a betnonite clay-based masks with ingredients like Jukyeom (a Korean roasted bamboo sea salt) and argan oil. It’s a green mask that smells like rose geranium. I could have lived with the fragrant essential oil but overall this mask feels really luxurious. It’s the least drying clay mask that I’ve ever used.
MOSS Healing Dew Anti-Inflammatory Hydrating Serum (full size, $68) – I’ve been hearing good things about this brand online so was delighted to see it included in the box. This is an oil-free gel that you use during the water soluble phase of your routine. The gel is a light coral-pink shade and smells like pickled lemons and something musky like sage. It feels great on the skin. It has a lot of ingredients that I love like niacinamide, gromwell and aloe vera. It has some stuff that I usually don’t like (such as essential oils and yarrow). My skin has actually responded well to this product. My only complaint is the scent.
Odacite Ac+R Youthful Glow Acai Rose Serum Concentrate (full size, $55) – Odacité is a California-based natural skincare line that also uses many aromatherapy/essential oils. This is an acai oil-based serum with floral essential oils like Bulgarian rose, neroli and jasmine. It can be applied alone or mixed with your creams/lotion. As you can imagine, the scent is very floral like a lemon-y rose and heady, tropical white florals. The oil feels great and I prefer it mixed in with a cream. I know I complain about essential oils in skincare a lot but my skin doesn’t mind rose.
Odacite Ba+S Boabab Sarsparilla Eye Contour Serum Concentrate (sample) – I’m currently using boabab oil as an eye cream in my nightly routine so I was interested in seeing what this had to offer. In addition to boabab there’s a slew of essential oils like lavender, sarsparilla and geranium that I’m not putting near my sensitive eyes. The scent smells strongly of lavender and neroli. Sampling on my hands, the oil is thicker and absorbs more slowly than the boabab oil that I’m currently using; however, in comparison to other natural oils, it absorbs rather quickly.
Total: $138-ish value!
There were two full-size items in this box that should last months. The mask sample should last a few uses and is great for travel. The other sample is like a “bonus” to give you an idea of what Odacité’s eye products are like. This box was a great value.
Biodara and Odacité are both new-to-me brands. I have heard of MOSS but haven’t tried it until it arrived in this box. I’ve been using that Healing Dew for a week now and like how it feels (just wish it had no fragrance).
I’ve expressed my PROS/CONS with Boxwalla and you read that here as it still mostly applies. A pro (or a con) of the August Beauty Box is that everything is skincare (no cosmetics or body care). I do recommend Boxwalla Beauty to anyone that is interested or switching their routine over to green beauty products. You get a lot of staples for the money.
Boxwalla Beauty Boxes are available every two months and retail for $49.95 at Boxwalla. This also includes shipping.
Also, with the beauty box, all products are cruelty-free; however, most products are not vegan. Most products are natural or natural-ish. I’m not an expert in the arena of cruelty-free and/or natural beauty products, nor does my blog primarily focus on these. I don’t mind synthetic fragrances, beeswax, etc. in my products so I’m happy with this box. Saying that, so far the boxes have contained products that are not vegan or contain synthetic scents.
*What is Boxwalla? Boxwalla is a 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.
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