Monday, September 25, 2023

Boxwalla October Beauty Box: A Skincare Nerd's Dream Featuring Cipher

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Boxwalla has a really special October Beauty Box in store for you! 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 October Beauty Box is themed A Skincare Nerd's Dream, and features two exquisite products from Cipher Skincare.

Cost to Subscribe: $59.95 (or $49.95 for prepaid); Retail Value: $223.00. Free U.S. Shipping Always.

Each Beauty Box contains (Retail value $223.00):

  • Cipher Skincare 88 mph Short Contact Remodeling Balm (full size, 30 ml, $118)
  • Cipher Skincare Sensitive Cleansing Cream (full size, 30 ml, $105)
About Cipher Skincare,

Founded by Jenny Hinton in 2018, Cipher Skincare terms their uniquely holistic, streamlined approach "intelligent alchemy". What is intelligent alchemy, you ask? Transformative, multitasking skincare consciously curated from the best of science and nature. Cipher's focus is on coupling benefits that encompass all skin tones, types, and genders in a powerful way. Elegant, intentional formulations based on forward-thinking cosmetic science and the best of nature’s offerings–all selectively concocted in house in small batches to ensure quality and care. Skincare shouldn’t be a chore and Cipher hopes to make this daily ritual just a little bit sweeter.
Cipher Skincare 88 mph Short Contact Remodeling Balm: This incredible product is a serum, treatment and a mask in one serious multitasking product. It has a wonderful emollient gel texture that sinks into the skin. The base is made from Australian Sandalwood Nut Oil, and the water soluble ingredients are "loaded inside a lipid chassis to form a highly active microemulsion suspension system." Furthermore, it contains Retinal, St. John's Wort, Olive Oil and other nourishing ingredients to fortify the skin after lightly exfoliating dead skin cells. The result is soft, smooth and supple skin that is vibrant, luminous and even in skin tone. Additionally, it plumps fine lines and leaves skin clear and refreshed.

According to Cipher Skincare,

A breakthrough short-contact intensive retinoid treatment to noticeably remodel the skin without irritation. high-dose retinal, active brighteners, and restorative factors loaded inside an instantaneous delivery system target wrinkles, blemishes, and uneven pigmentation. skin looks more radiant, clear, and wholly revitalized.

Directions: Massage 2-4 pumps into freshly cleansed, gently towel dried skin for 30 seconds. leave on for 90 seconds; 2 minutes total. add water to emulsify and rinse thoroughly. immediately apply a gentle moisturizer. Introduce into routine slowly and do not exceed recommended treatment time. begin with 1-2x weekly use for the first 4 weeks, then gradually adjust frequency and duration to suit tolerance; up to 15 minutes daily for very advanced users. Most enjoy using 2-7 times per week depending on tolerance and experience level.
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Fusanus Spicatus Kernel (Sandalwood Nut) Oil, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Aqua, Glycereth-26, Dextrin Palmitate, Hydrogenated Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Olive Glycerides, Propanediol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Ectoin, Salicylic Acid, Hyperium Perforatum (St. John's Wort) Extract, Panthenol, Oryzanol, Madecassoside, Tocopherol, Retinal, Tripeptide-29, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Ceramide Eop, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate.
Cipher Night Shift Holistic Tone Balancing Treatment: This potent multitasker plumps fine lines, helps to fade hyperpigmentation and reduces the appearance of redness when skin is irritated. It can be used both in the morning and night, but as the name suggests, it is especially recommended for nighttime use so that it can get to work while you are sleeping. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, balanced, calm, luminous and fine lines are beautifully plumped. This incredible product is so effective and efficient, and frankly it's shocking that it is able to do so many things and so well!

According to Cipher Skincare,

A comprehensive remedy to support healthy, vibrant skin resistant to sensitivity. A unique focus on holistic revitalization allows potent actives to brighten and blur pigmented spots while skin-strengthening factors neutralize redness, plump fine lines, and build supple resilience. Skin feels calm and nourished with a balanced, even radiance.

It may be just as much art as it’s science, but the idea is to make skin feel good, not just look good. Generally, we would have to reach for multiple products to get the best of both - but not with Night Shift.

Night Shift contains a unique combination of pigmentation correctors, active brighteners and restoration factors that work beautifully together to help balance tone while also firming, repairing, and strengthening the skin!

Directions: Apply two to four pumps to clean face, neck, and eye contour. gently massage to absorb. Perfect as a standalone, multitasking treatment or layered as desired. May also be used during the day. For best results, use at least once per day, wear sunscreen, and limit sun exposure.
Boxwalla took a deep dive into the ingredients in Night Shift, and this is what they had to say:

There is liposome encapsulated enzymes derived from two kinds of Icelandic microalgae, skin mimicking peptides that support collagen stores and boost elasticity, alpha arbutin derived from bearberry ( a red berry that is a favorite food of bears!), antioxidant-rich organic açaí berry oil, glabridin isolated from licorice root and so much more! I’m excited to go into all the nerdy details of the ‘how and why’ of each of these ingredients!
One set of ingredients that helps with the repair, restoration, and skin barrier fortification is Icelandic Arctic Microalgae and Night Shift contains not one, but two kinds: Haematococcus Pluvialis & Chlorella Vulgaria.
Both are a form of green microalgae, also known as phytoplankton. Depending on the extraction and refining techniques used, microalgae extracts can serve many functions.
Haematococcus pluvialis is a rich source of astaxanthin! Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that has tyrosinase-inhibiting properties thereby helping with reducing hyperpigmentation. Chlorella vulgaris is rich in caretenoids. A speciality extract from these two micro algae extracts are combined to form a dna repair active. This combination contains multi-pathway healing enzymes that are encapsulated in a lecithin delivery mechanism to ensure that they are optimally delivered to the skin.
The three enzymes are: UVDE (UV Damage Endonuclease), OGG1 (Oxoguanine Glycosylase), and TRX (Thioredoxin) and they enhance both DNA repair and the functionality of the antioxidant system of the skin. They don’t require light or energy to be activated which is why they work at night while you sleep! Studies have shown that they can significantly improve (double!) keratinocyte repair over an 8-hour period of sleep. They also deliver visible improvements in skin radiance, firmness and smoothness! Keratinocytes are the cells in the epidermis (outer layer of the skin).
Since microalgae can serve many purposes in skincare depending on how the specific active is sourced and treated, Nightshift also contains a specially derived Plankton extract from the cell wall of Chlorella, which is a prebiotic active that supports tissue repair and a balanced skin microbiome

Ingredients: Aqua, Niacinamide, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Propanediol, Alpha Arbutin, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Glycereth-26, Undecane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Diheptyl Succinate, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Tridecane, Plankton Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris (Microalgae) Extract, Haematococcus Pluvialis (Microalgae) Extract, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Xylitylglucoside, Glabridin, Madecassoside, Beta Glucan, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Olive Glycerides, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Lecithin, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactic Acid.
Overall Assessment: This is a box worth getting before it sells out, and Cipher is a brand that you really need to know about. Boxwalla is so adept at curating their boxes, and they are beautifully articulated, purposeful, effective and such a pleasure to use. A+

Cost to Subscribe: $59.95 (or $49.95 for prepaid) from Boxwalla (Affiliate Links). Free U.S. Shipping Always. Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own. 

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  1. Hi, Lola - It's amazing how knowledgeable you have become about skincare ingredients! The DNA action is fascinating. Your review of Boxwalla and Cipher is very tempting. Thanks for sharing this great deal - Angie,

    1. Thank you! That is very kind of you to say, Angie! This is such a beautifully curated box, and I am just so impressed by Cipher! This is a really spectacular value, and it is definitely tempting!

  2. I love the idea of "intelligent alchemy" and the brand name, Cipher, is fabulous. The multitasking serum/treatment/mask and the Balancing Treatment with liposomes and micro algae sound divine!

    1. I love the idea of "intelligent alchemy" as well, Allison! I agree with you about their name as well. They really make impressive products, and both of them are utterly divine! I think that you would really love these products!

  3. That is a great discount! It makes so much sense to just go ahead and subscribe. Thanks!

    Michelle | con limón, please

    1. They always give very deep discounts on these boxes, especially to subscribers! Their products are always first rate and well worth trying! I have discovered so many incredible brands and products through Boxwalla, Michelle!


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