Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Boxwalla December Earthwise Beauty Forest Bathing Box

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Boxwalla enthusiasts know that Boxwalla's green beauty boxes are an extraordinary value, and that the products themselves are nothing short of spectacular. Their carefully curated beauty boxes are a tremendous value, with steep discounts, and they feature truly covet-worthy luxury organic beauty products. Their December Beauty Box, which only costs $49.95, is another must-have, and it features two full-size products from Earthwise Beauty.

Boxwalla Beauty Boxes are, "for the luxury loving skincare nerd, this box lets you experience the most effective and nutrient-rich beauty products we have experienced, exquisite products that harness the potency of plant-based ingredients. Always cruelty-free."

December Earthwise Beauty Forest Bathing Box Box ($49.95) Includes:
Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum (Full-Size $64.00)
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm (Full-Size $110.00)
Bonus 30 Day Free Trial Filmstruck Membership

*THIS IS A SUBSCRIPTION*  You will be charged intially when you purchase. Automatic renewal every two months until you cancel.

According to Boxwalla,

'Shinrin Yoku' or 'forest bathing', is the therapeutic Japanese practice of taking in the atmosphere of a living forest. We think experiencing Earthwise Beauty's products feels like that, like diving into lush living forests. Earthwise was founded by Ava Zhan in 2005 to create handcrafted beauty potions, from fresh, minimally processed medicinal herbs, plant butters & oils. With her impeccable sourcing, experience  & immense talent for formulating, Ava's products take us on a soul-satisfying journey into deep forests, as they heal & nourish our skin. We have chosen two beautiful products for you to experience.
This Box Includes:
Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum (Full-Size $64.00)
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm (Full-Size $110.00) 
According to Ava Zhan,

I am Ava Zhan. I founded Earthwise Beauty over a decade ago setting out to make unique, no-fillers, powerful skin care products for the modern woman. Our formulas, each oftentimes a year or longer in the making, are made from unrefined, unprocessed fair-trade ingredients: unrefined botanical oils and butters, traditionally prepared herbs, and therapeutic-grade essential oils and absolutes. Our products are painstakingly handcrafted in small batches to imbue them in that lovingly-handcrafted energy.
Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum, which is formulated for all types of skin, is an ultra fast-absorbing gel-based serum that firms and plumps the skin, eliminates puffiness, reduces the appearance of fine lines, reduces inflammation, and also helps to heal acne.

The lightweight anti-aging serum, which has a base of cold-pressed whole-leaf aloe juice, immediately melts into the skin and it leaves behind no oily residue whatsoever. It is rich in beta carotenes, thanks to the carrot seed essential oil, and this potent ingredient is known to aid in regenerating skin tissues and to help prevent and reduce the effects of sun damage. It has the distinct aroma of chamomile that is soothing and calming, but it does fade upon absorption.

According to Earthwise Beauty,

This is our ultimate take (well, ultimate for now) on an anti-aging serum with incredible youth-returning and brown-spot-reducing powers in an ultra-light, fresh, aloe-gel format. This formula is one of our bestselling products of all time (its previous name was Carrot-a-Day Face and Eye Serum, Classic). Customers often write to tell us how much they love this serum for its ability to fix nearly everything, from immediate smoothing, firming, depuffing, and brightening to its long-term effects, such as decreasing skin discolorations and scars.

This formula is incredibly light, yet powerfully effective, with a wealth of healing properties. The rejuvenating serum has strong anti-aging, brown-spot-reducing, and sun-damage-preventing properties, and works to return a youthful appearance to the skin. Resiliency removes puffiness, heals and reduces acne, reduces fine wrinkles, and lifts and firms the skin for an instantly pulled-together appearance. It can also be used as an eye serum by those who can tolerate more active ingredients on their under-eye skin: it instantly firms and depuffs the under-eye area, and because the light formula absorbs quickly, it works well under makeup.

The main active ingredient here is carrot seed essential oil, one of the most effective yet very gentle skin-tissue-regenerating ingredients, which also contains natural sun-blocking and sun-damage-preventing and -correcting properties.

We have added anti-inflammatory German blue chamomile to reduce any possible skin irritation and redness, as well as helichrysum (Italian everlasting). We often combine more than one type of helichrysum, as each type has a slightly different chemical composition and aroma. In this formula we have used a blend of Croatian and Bosnian helichrysums, to offer a broad spectrum of healing components and a more complex scent while remaining committed to using eco-friendly and sustainable ingredients. (We are no longer using Corsican helichrysum due to concerns about overharvesting in the region.) Helichrysum is one of the top essential oils for scar and other spot reduction and for wrinkle reversal, and is also used in wound and burn healing by medical aromatherapists.

Directions: Apply generously onto freshly washed face. Most skin types will benefit from following immediately with an emollient moisturizer, facial oil, or balm. (For sensitive skin types, though, we recommend applying aloe serums like this one over an oil or emollient moisturizer.) Ideally REFRIGERATE to protect freshness and enhance the cooling, refreshing, and depuffing properties.

Ingredients: Cold-press whole-leaf Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil*, tocopherol (vit. E from non-GMO sunflowers), Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) oil*, natural ECOCERT preservative {glycerin, Leuconostoc (radish root) ferment filtrate, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) extract, Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen) extract, gluconolactone}, natural ECOCERT emulsifier (glycerin, sucrose laurate, sucrose dilaurate, sucrose trilaurate, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate), Marticaria recutita (German blue chamomile) oil*, carbomer, ascorbic acid (vit. C), Mentha spicata (spearmint) oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract. Total essential oil content is 2.1%. *Certified organic. Certified cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, small batch.
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm, which is also formulated for all types of skin, is an emollient and rich balm that is lightweight and very fast absorbing. This magnificent balm features cold-pressed plant butters, such as tucuma, bacuri and cupuaçu, that are responsibly sourced from the Amazon.

One of the remarkable features about this balm is the fact that the açai oil, which gently exfoliates and resurfaces the skin, acts much like retinol, but it does so gently and without redness, irritation or obvious peeling. Furthermore, it includes hydrating, and antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory, marula oil that leaves skin soft, smooth, hydrated and luminous.

It has a very interesting aroma that Earthwise Beauty describes as initially lightly fruity, "from the raspberry and cranberry oils, but there is also the grown-up element of freshly picked green coffee beans, and hints of fertile soil from the bacuri and of desert wind from the kokum butter." I would describe it as a berry aroma with a hint of rich earthiness, and it is very pleasant, but it is neither imposing, nor long-lasting.

According to Earthwise Beauty,

As soon as we launched our first face balm, Tigress, requests poured in for more face balms for more skin types, especially a balm without essential oils that would be appropriate for very sensitive skin. Ava had been immersed in a self-imposed plant butter study for two years by then, so creating a second balm was a matter of narrowing down the list of remarkable ingredients we already had on hand, and creating a focus for this new balm. 

Yasuni is based on fruit oils that have particularly high and wide-ranging phytonutrient levels and enzymatic action. This balm works similarly to a retinol on the skin, exfoliating and resurfacing it, but with none of the irritation, redness, or peeling often caused by actual retinol products. It is also an ideal balm for healing acne and reducing blackheads and oil production. 

Yasuni is named after the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. Not many people outside of environmentalist circles have heard about this rainforest, but it is one of the most precious natural reserves still left on earth. Many scientists believe that is it the most biodiverse place on the planet, with record numbers of animal and plant species per geographic area. The story of the Yasuni rainforest is heartbreaking, because oil drilling has begun there despite the region's ecological importance. There is currently insufficient international support to help the government of Ecuador to maintain this natural reserve intact. We hope to raise awareness about this area so that we are all reminded to make purchasing and lifestyle choices with our planet in mind. 

...The açai oil exfoliates and resurfaces the skin similarly to a retinol product, but being a fruit oil, it doesn't overexfoliate or cause redness or intense peeling. Even more retinol-like action is supplied by the buriti oil, which is exceptionally high in betacarotenes. The enzymes keep sebum oil production in check, so oily skin types become more balanced and are not shiny at the end of the day, and the appearance of blackheads is greatly reduced over time. 

The deep green, whole-fruit açai fruit oil we've sourced is also the acne sufferer's dream come true: this very light, extract-like oil heals and dries up acne due to its enzymes and high vitamin C content, and unlike most other effective acne ingredients, it is nonirritating. The açai oil's anti-acne action is supported by the astringent kokum butter (cold extracted from mangosteen kernels), which helps to minimize pores, speed healing of acne breakouts, and promote skin firmness.

A few plant butters and other oils worth highlighting are the hydrating marula oil and cupuaçu butter, firming tucuma butter, deeply penetrating bacuri butter, sun-damage-correcting raspberry oil, and revitalizing cranberry oil.

Directions: Apply day and night all over the face or just on the more oily, acne-prone, and blackhead-prone areas. Yasuni may be blended with our Farizad's Veil Sun Reflector to add sun protection and to mattify the skin. Yasuni may also be blended with a few drops of a facial oil of choice for a looser, juicier balm.

Ingredients: Cold-press unrefined Theobroma grandiflorum (cupuaçu) seed butter†, cold-press unrefined Garcinia indica (kokum) seed butter†, cold-press unrefined Platonia insignis (bacuri) seed butter†, cold-press unrefined Astrocaryum tucuma seed butter†, cold-press unrefined Euterpe oleracea (açai) fruit oil†, cold-press unrefined non-GMO Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil (organic whenever available), cold-press unrefined Rubus ideaus (raspberry) seed oil*, cold-press unrefined Coffea arabica (green coffee) seed oil†, cold-press unrefined Sclerocarya birrea (marula) seed oil*, tocopherol (vit. E from non-GMO sunflowers), cold-press unrefined Mauritia flexuosa (buriti) fruit oil†, Sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract. *Certified organic. †Responsibly wildcrafted. Certified cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, small batch.
Boxwalla's boxes are elegant and perfect for gift-giving.
Bonus 30 Day Free Trial Filmstruck Membership
Above photo provided courtesy of Boxwalla.

Overall Assessment: This is my first time trying anything from Earthwise Beauty, and I am so impressed by their products that I definitely plan to further investigate the brand.  As always, this is such an amazing value from Boxwalla, and I highly recommend that you grab yours before they sell out.

The Beauty Boxes ship around the 5th of the month and if Boxwalla has any boxes left after the subscription closes, that they will be listed (at a higher price) under one-time boxes.

To order your Boxwalla December Beauty Box: www.theboxwalla.com  

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  1. This box gives you more than your money's worth. The brands they work with are really amazing.

    1. I agree, Marcia. As always, it is an extraordinary value, and the products are always exceptional.

  2. You're always finding cool brands that I haven't heard of yet!

    1. Thanks, Jen! You just can't go wrong with the cruelty-free eco-beauty brands that Boxwalla works with!


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