Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Boxwalla August Beauty Box: The Curious Comfort of Skincare Like Things

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Boxwalla's eco-luxe beauty boxes are an extraordinary value, and the products themselves are nothing short of spectacular. Their carefully curated cruelty-free green beauty boxes are a tremendous value, with steep discounts, and they feature truly covet-worthy luxurious, and sustainably crafted beauty products. 

The August Beauty Box | $49.95: A Beauty Box for the luxury loving skincare nerd, this box lets you experience the most effective and exquisite beauty products that harness the potency of plant-based ingredients. The last date to subscribe is August 10.

- Bi-Monthly Delivery
- Free U.S. Shipping
- Effective Plant-based Ingredients
- Always Cruelty-Free
The Boxwalla August Beauty Box is themed: The Curious Comfort of Skincare Like Things. There are two brands in this Box: Votary and Lovinah and three products (2 full sized products and 1 travel sized product). Retail Value: $240.00.

1) Lovinah Dragon Blood Cleansing Oil (full size, $55.00)
2) Votary Super Seed Serum (full size, $118.00)
3) Votary Intense Night Oil - Rosehip and Retinoid (15 ml travel size, $67.00)

All three products can be used together: Cleanse with the Dragon Blood Oil Cleanser. Mist or apply an essence. Follow with a pump of Super seed serum, layered with a few drops of the Intense Night Oil. (Drier skin types can add a cream/balm on top. The Votary super seed cream from the February Box works well on top).
"Lovinah is a U.S. based brand founded by Joy Ekhator. Joy grew up in Benin in Nigeria where she experienced traditional herbal medicine through her grandmother. Her grandmother was an herbalist, a traditional doctor, bone setter (mending broken bones with herbs & traditional poultice together with splint) and midwife. She treated people with traditional herbs from her own farm. That legacy along with Joy's love of technology, meet in Lovinah (Joy's background is in Computer Science and she worked for 22 years in tech before starting Lovinah). Lovinah products use ancient plant ingredients gilded with cutting edge green skincare technology."

"Votary is a British brand, founded by friends Arabella Preston and Charlotte Semler, to showcase the transformative power of plant oils. Arabella is a former beauty editor as well as a celebrity makeup artist who used to mix plant oils for years to cleanse & prep hers and her clients' skins. Charlotte is an entrepreneur extraordinaire, who, when on a lunch with friends, that included Arabella, realized that Arabella blended her own oils to cleanse & moisturize her skin as well as her clients’ skin. She decided to team up with her to bring these gorgeous plant oil based formulations to the world."
Lovinah Supernatural Skincare Dragon's Blood Cleaning Oil (Full size, $55.00): What a revelation in cleansing oils! This extraordinary oil cleanser emulsifies when in contact with water, and it rinses clean, and leaves behind no greasy residue, whatsoever. The antioxidant-rich formula is filled with nourishing oils such as: Milk Thistle, Guava Seed Oil, Radish Seed, Lingonberry Seed Oil, Cloudberry Oil and Tomato Seed Oil in concert with healing ingredients such as Croton Lechleri Resin Extract (Dragon's Blood), Gromwell and Lycopene. While it does include ingredients such as stable Vitamin C and double encapsulated Salicylic Acid, this cleansing oil is very gentle and does not irritate the skin. It has a heavenly warm and rich aroma, that frankly defies description, and it soothes, hydrates, plumps and cleanses very effectively. Dead skin cells are gently removed and skin is left soft, smooth and supple.

According to Boxwalla,

This is a lush emulsifying cleansing oil that is made with a blend of antioxidant rich oils like milk thistle, guava seed, lingonberry, cloudberry, tomato seed (& more!). It is infused with extracts like the healing dragon's blood, anti-oxidant rich lycopene & gromwell. Dragon's blood extract is a healing extract of the resin/sap from the Croton lechleri tree, native to South America. With a stable vitamin C ester (textrahexyldecyl ascorbate) that inhibits lip peroxidation & double encapsulated BHA that gently cleanses the pores, this multitasking oil cleanser more than just cleanses: it nourishes, fights free radicals, removes makeup, gently exfoliates, plumps & regenerates the skin. It rinses off clean with water, leaving no oil residue, but does not strip the skin at all. There are no added essential oils in this. The wonderful scent comes from the mix of carrier oils, specifically the guava seed, lingonberry seed & cloudberry seed oils.

There are no added essential oils in this. The scent comes from the mix of carrier oils, specifically the Guava seed ois, Lingonberry seed oil & Cloudberry seed oil.                                                                                  

Use & Notes: There are several ways to use this. You can massage it on to dry skin to remove makeup as well as deeply cleanse the skin. It can be used with wet hands/fingers to create a creamy emulsion based cleanser.You can use it as a blackhead treatment by massaging onto problem areas and leaving on for a few minutes before rising.

Pore Cleansing Oil Ritual: Pump the product once more and thoroughly massage problem areas around the nose, forehead, and cheeks. Wet your hands with lukewarm water and massage for thirty seconds more. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water

STEP 1- Face Steaming Treatment: Open up the pores by using steamed towel to wrap the face for three to five minutes to open up the pores.

STEP 2- Hydrating Mask Treatment: Pump and massage this sacred oil on the face for thirty seconds and rinse with water

STEP 3- Black Head Treatment: To help remove blackheads, pump and gently massage product thoroughly to problem areas around the nose, forehead, and cheeks. Leave for a couple of minutes and then rinse with warm water

STEP 4- Create Creamy emulsion based cleanser: Gently wet your hands and pump product. Massage to remove even the most stubborn makeup and rinse with water.
This gentle cleanser can be used daily for even the most sensitive skin

STEP 5- Rinse : Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Key Benefits:
- Moisturizing
- Soothing
- Smoothing
- For all seasons
- For all skin types
- Enhances skin barrier
- Locks in moisture evaporation
- Regenerates skin
- Hydrates

Does not contain artificial colors, artificial fragrance, mineral oil, triethanolamine, talc, petrolatum, benzophenone.
Key Ingredients and Their Attributes:

TETRAHEXYDECYL ASCOBATE: Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a stable, oil-soluble form of Vitamin C ester which has antioxidant activity, inhibiting lipid peroxidation. Topical use can mitigate the damaging effects of UV exposure. Unlike ascorbic acid, it will not exfoliate or irritate skin.

MILK THISTLE: Milk thistle was used in ancient times to treat a variety of conditions.Its a powerful antioxidantswhich can help protect the skin from free radicals and from the pollutants that surround us everyday. When used topically, it can also protect against UVA and UVB damage. All of these elements lead to premature aging, and UV radiation can even cause oxidative stress

GUAVA SEED OIL: Powerful antioxidants to help fight free radicals and maintain skin elasticity to prevent signs ofpremature aging and wrinkles. It is a natural astringent and noncomedogenic oil which can help withacne breakouts and reduce acne scars.Guava seed botanical oil has a regenerative effect on the skin. It contains powerful antioxidant, lycopene, known to target free radicals causing premature aging. Guava seed oil is also very rich in natural Niacin, vitamins A, B, C,E and  and plant nutrients that help skin maintain moisture, delay the effects of aging, tone and tighten skin.

CLOUDBERRY SEED OIL: Cloudberry Seed Oil is rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant that stimulate the production of Collagen, Vitamin E, Carotenoids, Phytosterols and Ellagic Acid - that protect from free radical damage brought on by the harmful sun rays and other environmental factors, like pollution. By regenerating the skin cells from UV damage and promoting the healing of other scars and damage done to the skin, Cloudberry Seed Oil is able to help in delaying and combating fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

LINGONBERRIES: Lingonberries has exceptionally high amounts of antioxidants, plant sterols and essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. With a built-in anti-wrinkle effect that in nature keeps the berries from shrinking during frosty nights, whilst retaining moisture and elasticity. Lingoberry seed oil contains a high level of fatty acid Omega-3, but also the antioxidant gamma-tocotrienol, a natural vitamin E that is 60 times more powerful than its artificial counterpart. These nutrients help moisturize the skin, reduce wrinkles and improve elasticity. Lingonberry Seed Oil has the highest content of alpha-linolenic acid among the berry seed oils. Together with linoleic acid these essential fatty acids make up 85% of total fatty acids. The oil moisturises and smoothes skin, keeping skin youthful and vibrant.

SALICYLIC ACID: It’s a multi-layer technology, based on double encapsulation of Salicylic Acid. The Salicylic Acid is contained in sub-micron spheres (0.1-2 microns in diameter) which are then re-encapsulated into larger microspheres (30-50 microns in diameter). The wall of the microsphere ruptures when the product is rubbed onto the skin when in the presence of water. At this point, the sub-micron spheres are released onto the skin. Salicylic Acid double encapsulated  technology extends the release of the Salicylic Acid onto the skin. Itexposes the skin to small amounts of acid over a longer period of time, rather than one large amount at once. This unique feature allows higher levels of Salicylic Acid to remain on the skin for several hours. for better efficacy and acne-fighting power without irritation.

Ingredients: Silybum Marianum (Milk thistle) Seed Oil, Raphanus sativus (Radish) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Psidium Guajava Seed Oil, Cloudberry (Rubus Chamaemorus), Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Lingonberry) Seed Oil, Chokeberry (Aronia Melanocarpa) Seed Oil,  Momordica Cochinchinensis (Gac Seed) Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Polyglyceryl-3 Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Salicylic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lithospermum Erythrorhizon (Gromwell root extract), Solanum Lycopersicum (Lycopene) Fruit Extract.
Votary Intense Night Oil- Rosehip and Retinoid (15 ml travel size, $67.00): This is a natural retinol-based nighttime face oil that encourages the turnover of skin cells, and this all the more effective since the body naturally regenerates skin cells faster at night. This Vitamin A derived retinol oil is lightweight, fast absorbing, and it has the lovely light aroma informed by the Rosehip Seed Oil. This oil gently exfoliates dead skin cells, softens the appearance of fine lines, helps fade hyperpigmentation, and deeply moisturizes the skin. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple and luminous. This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

According to Boxwalla,

This is a wonderful retinol that is extremely gentle. It uses a combination of seed oils, plant extracts along with lab-made retinoid to encourage the natural turnover of cells & reduce the breakdown of collagen, resulting in firmer, smoother skin. It contains nourishing & smoothing plant oils like Rosehip fruit oil, Tomato seed oil & Avocado oil, Acmella flower extract that is shown to firm skin, Australian sandalwood extract that addresses fine lines & reduces redness.The retinoid (Vitamin A derivative) used is Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, which stimulates collagen production & encourages the natural turnover of surface skin cells.This is a very effective oil-soluble form of retinoid which is effective yet gentle, and doesn't cause some of the problems that are associated with retinoids (like redness, dryness or flakiness).

*Votary does not recommend this for use during pregnancy. They also recommend you use an SPF during the day when using a retinol product.

Directions: Put four to five drops of Intense Night Oil onto your palms. Hold your palms to your face and take a moment to inhale the natural fragrance and let it settle your mind. Now smooth Intense Night Oil onto your face and neckline using gentle upward motions. Use your fingertips to gently pat the oil into the area around your eyes. Be gentle with your skin – don’t pull or stretch – so that it retains its elasticity. Allow a moment for absorption, and now your skin is perfectly prepped for sleep.

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fusanus Spicatus Kernel Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethyl Isosorbide , Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Spilanthes Acmella (Paracress) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Linalool+, Citral+, Citronellol+, Geraniol+, Eugenol+
+ Found naturally in essential oils 
Votary Super Seed Serum- Broccoli Seed and Peptides (Full size, $118.00): This lightweight, fragrance-free, peptide-based serum has the texture of a fast-absorbing, lotion. It is filled with antioxidant-rich ingredients, from the variety of seed oils, and it includes Hyaluronic Acid among its ingredients. Therefore, it effectively plumps fine lines and retains hydration while nourishing and moisturizing the skin. It is soothing, calming, hydrating and firming, and it is so gentle that it is perfect for all types of skin– including sensitive.

According to Boxwalla,

This is a lovely peptide serum with a lotion-like texture. It contains hyaluronic acid along with antioxidant rich seed oils and both natural and bio-engineered (nature-identical) peptides which help to boost and support the skin’s microbiome. This is an emulsion type serum, very soothing & hydrating, filled with reparative, hydrating Oat kernel flour (an advanced colloidal oatmeal), Broccoli seed oil, Rosehip fruit oil, Chia seed oil, Camellia seed & Pomegranate seed oils and more! The natural peptide used is the firming & smoothing Plukentia Volubilia seed oil, Carnosine is the natural-identical bio-engineered peptide used, and is very healing and repairing with antioxidant and anti-glycation properties, working against infrared induced damages. (There are no added essential oils in this).

Directions: Take one pump of Super Seed Serum and press into skin until fully absorbed. Use morning and night after cleansing and before applying your facial oil or moisturiser.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carnosine, Plukenetia Volubilis (Inca Peanut) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Phytate, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyacetophenone.
Overall Assessment: This is another Five-Star beauty box from Boxwalla! The value is tremendous, and the products themselves are remarkable. Get yours before they sell out. Plus you can feel great about supporting these wonderful small businesses. A+

*THIS IS A SUBSCRIPTION*  You will be charged immediately when you purchase. Automatic renewal occurs every two months until you cancel. Make sure to cancel before the 20th of the preceding month. The August Box will ship in August. The last date to subscribe is August 10.

To order your Boxwalla August Beauty Box visit: www.theboxwalla.com  

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  1. Your skincare cupboard is probably the best in California. Such amazing items.

    1. IT's overflowing right now, but there are so many great products that I am loving lately!

  2. Another fantastic box from Boxwalla! I am so glad you have introduced me to Lovinah in this box and the previous one. The Dragon’s Blood Cleaning Oil is calling me!

    1. It really is another fantastic box from Boxwalla, Allison! Loving is a must-try brand, no question! Their Dragon's Blood Cleansing Oil is utterly sublime!

  3. They all look luxe to me. Great deal for the cost of the box

    1. They really are, and they are cruelty-free and sustainable products. The value is really magnificent!

  4. All the products in the box look fabulous!

    1. They really are, Cindy! I think that you would be very impressed by everything in this box!


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