Monday, May 20, 2019

Boxwalla A Summer in Hangzhou June Beauty Box Featuring 5YINA

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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 June Beauty Box, 'A Summer in Hangzhou', which only costs $49.95, is another must-have, and it features two full-size products from 5YINA.

In the June Green Beauty Box (Cost: $49.95 Retail Value: $190.00), you will receive two gorgeous full-sized products: 5YINA Lucent Hydrolat ($45.00 value) and 5YINA Lucent Summer Beauty Oil ($145.00 value).

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."
According to Boxwalla,

Founded by two experts and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 5YINA combines the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern science, resulting in a luxuriously unique and effective line.

5YINA was created in 2015, by Ervina Wu and Angela Chau. Angela, who is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, studied plant biology at UC Berkeley before getting her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. And Ervina did her PhD in TCM Dermatology in Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou & is one of only 50 registered TCM dermatologists in the U.S. It’s quite amazing how much expertise & skill Angela & Ervina carry and I’m so grateful to be able to experience their work and share it with you. 

Angela and Ervina were inspired by the summers in Hangzhou, China, to create the  Lucent Summer Beauty Ritual with the Lucent Hydrolat and Lucent Beauty Oil. Hangzhou is such a beautiful place ( pleaaase google it). Ervina described it to me as lush & poetic with bamboo groves, willow trees, languid lakes and lotus gardens. However, summers there are also hot and muggy and Angela & Ervina wanted to create a ritual that was both inspired by this beautiful place (for example, both hydrolat and oil contain lotus leaf), but that would also keep skin radiant and glowing in summer without weighing it down.  
*THIS IS A SUBSCRIPTION* You will be charged initially when you purchase. Automatic renewal every two months until you cancel. The last day to subscribe to the June Beauty Box is June10th. 
 Boxwalla only features Cruelty-Free beauty products
5YINA Lucent Summer Hydrolat ($45.00 for 1.7 oz.): This is a truly magnificent, and hydrating, mist that can be used whenever you want to refresh or rehydrate the skin, and it can also be used as a toner, or in conjunction with their Lucent Summer Beauty Oil, and it can even be used to set your makeup. It is filled with a selection of botanicals in a base of "aloe juice & distillates of cucumber, helichrysum & witch hazel, with Chinese medicinal plants like honeysuckle, the highest grade matcha, lotus leaves, schisandra berries, super hydrating snow mushroom & more." Furthermore, this antioxidant-rich mist reduces inflammation, protects the skin and even rebalances the skin during the warmer months of summer. It has a wonderful herbal floral aroma that is utterly delectable.

According to 5YINA,

Clarifying and gentle, the LUCENT hydrolat is a skin-refining toner essence inspired by the energy of summer. Super charged by Chinese medicinal plants, cleansing distillates, anti-bacterial silver, and lightweight humectants to purify and re-balance oily combination skin.  

Perfect as a skin primer with your favourite serums, oils, + moisturizers and as a refreshing mist on top of makeup.

Mist anytime and anywhere for an instant boost of refreshing hydration and a healthy, radiant glow.

Featured Botanicals:

Honeysuckle Flower: This delicate flower is a Chinese medicinal herb that cools summer heat and gently detoxifies.  Rich in flavonoids, saponins, and anti-bacterial components, honeysuckle flower is a fabulous tonic to clear congested and acneic skin.

Green Tea: We use the highest grade of Matcha tea available for its exceptional level of catechins, or water-soluble polyphenols.  This ubiquitous plant boosts cellular immunity, astringes the skin, and feels exceptionally cleansing.

Lotus Leaves: Peaked in summer, this sacred herb purifies, calms, and balances the skin. Lotus leaves help the skin to balance sebum production, reduce inflammation, and provide potent anti-oxidant protection.
5YINA Lucent Summer Beauty Oil ($145.00 for 1 oz.): This is a truly delectable lightweight and fast absorbing oil that 5YINA asserts is "inspired by the energy of the summer." It is formulated for normal to combination and oily skin types, and minimizes the appearance of pores, balances sebum production, reduces inflammation and prevents breakouts. This potent, and antioxidant-rich, cocktail is "supercharged with extracts from Chinese medicinal plants" in conjunction with vitamins and active phytonutrients, and it leaves my normal/combination skin balanced, hydrated, soft and dewy. It has a warm, botanical aroma that is calming and delightful, but it is neither overpowering, nor long lasting.
According to Boxwalla,

An oil serum is not an unusual product in green beauty, but the Lucent Beauty Oil stands out in its thoughtful composition that uses a synergistic blend of incredible herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to target various skin issues, resulting in a luxury that is tangible in the lightweight feel, efficacy and long term skin benefits of using this gorgeous oil serum. 

This lightweight oil serum, is formulated by experienced practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, to minimize pores, reduce inflammation and rebalance sebum production. It is chockfull of vitamins, antioxidants & active phytonutrients, and made in a base of one of my favorite oils Camellia Oleifera seed oil. Camellia Oleifera oil is very moisturizing yet absorbs so beautifully. The Lucent oil serum also contains powerful botanicals like lotus flower and leaf, perilla seed, radix ophiopogonis, schisandra berries, snow mushroom, ginseng, angelica root as well as rosehip seed and seabuckthorn oil.

The hydrolat & oil share some ingredients including the fascinating Snow Mushroom. Says 5YINA: “Tremella fruciformis, also known as Silver Ear, Snow Mushroom or Yin Er (银耳), grows in tropical & subtropical regions of the world. This gelatinous mushroom has been used for thousands of years in China & East Asia for food & medicine. Yang Guifei, a royal concubine from the Tang dynasty famed for her legendary beauty, was said to favor the snow mushroom for maintaining her flawless complexion.” 

It functions similar to hyaluronic acid in its ability to hold water (it can hold 500 times its weight in water), keeping the skin hydrated when applied topically. It has a smaller particle size compared to hyaluronic acid, technically being able to penetrate the skin deeper. Ervina & Angela further explain that this mushroom is rich in vitamin D, amino acids, minerals, & polysaccharides all needed to help your skin stay hydrated & radiant. It also contains a bio-active compound Glucuronoxylomannan which is anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that tremella extracts reduce skin pigmentation, protect against wrinkles induced by UVB rays as well as accelerate wound healing.
Featured Botanicals:

American Ginseng: A powerful adaptogen that energizes, boosts radiance and brightens the complexion.

Lotus Flower & Leaf: A sacred herb that purifies, decongests and prevents breakouts.
PERILLA SEED: An anti-inflammatory seed that has serious antimicrobial and skin-protective properties.

Radix Ophiopogonis: A nourishing and mircronutrients-rich root that provides long-lasting lightweight hydration and glow. 
Overall Assessment: This is yet another incredible green beauty box from Boxwalla, and once again the value is incomparable. I highly recommend this box, and with a $190.00 value, this $49.95 purchase price is a serious bargain. A+

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. The last day to subscribe to this box has been extended to June 10.

To order your Boxwalla June Beauty Box visit:  

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  1. I'm always impressed by the offerings from Boxwalla. They go out of their way to find the best brands that are eco friendly. This is a great price since you are really only paying for the face mist.

    1. Me too, Marcia! This is yet another amazing CF eco-luxe box at a huge discount! Exactly, you pay for the face mist and receive a $145.00 face oil for free!

  2. Great box,I love face oils and mists for summer!

    1. I do too, Cindy, and this face mist and face oil are perfect for the summer!

  3. I am very interested in all things Chinese, and I will definitely google Hangzhou. I'm curious about a skincare brand based on traditional Chinese medicine and herbs. Intriguing!

    1. I think that you would really love 5YINA– everything that I have tried from this brand has been exquisite!


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