The Intrepid Pattern of Plants: October Boxwalla Beauty Review

The October Boxwalla beauty box featuring African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum.

Considered a “sequel” of sorts to the August box, the October beauty box from Boxwalla is double featuring African Botanics! The last box featured their anti-aging Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil and this month’s box includes a similarly themed serum that is said to work and layer well with their facial oil. Subscriptions have since closed, but if you missed out you’ll be happy to know that one-time boxes are still available to purchase while supplies last!

Themed “The Intrepid Pattern of Plants“, the Boxwalla October Beauty Box* is showcasing African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum, a night-time aloe-based hydrating serum that brightens, firms, plumps, and rejuvenates the complexion. It’s specifically an anti-aging serum, replete with antioxidants, peptides, retinol, and a bounty of other skin-loving extracts. The star of this show is the Resurrection plant extract which is known for its regenerative and healing properties.

AB founder Julia explains of the African resurrection plant, “To tolerate the extremely dry conditions of these arid mountains of South Africa, the Resurrection Plant has developed an amazing survival strategy called reviviscence. In the dry season, during the process of desiccation & apparent “death”, the plant’s cells produce a sugary substance known as “Trehalose”, which allows them to rehydrate & restart their activities as soon as the first rains fall. In traditional African medicine, it is used for its toning, revitalizing & soothing benefits. In our Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum, Resurrection plant prevents cell aging, thus helping to protect skin from visible harmful effects of stress.”

What is Boxwalla all about? To put it simply, they like to fill boxes with things that MUST be experienced. Boxwalla is a bi-monthly subscription box service that showcases artists and artisans from around the world giving the subscriber a choice of four different interests to choose from: The Beauty Box, The Food Box, The Film Box, and The Book Box. Each box is curated with context in mind and with a story to be told, each one delivering a beautiful sensory experience. Green beauty lovers will appreciate that they have high standards when it comes to ingredients and that they actually use, love, and enjoy the products they feature. Boxwalla typically features between 1-4 products including both full and generous deluxe travel-sizes. Their beauty box rings in at just $49.95 every other month, with each box valuing well over the price tag. If supply is available, they will offer one-time boxes after subscriptions close and they also offer non-renewing gift cycles.

30ml | 1oz housed in a glass pump bottle. $160 retail value.

African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum

I have been really impressed with this hydrating serum! It has a lot of excellent ingredients in it that are known to be beneficial and effective at producing real results. In addition to the extract which lends its namesake, it has retinol which is famously known as the most effective anti-aging ingredient. It has clinically shown to reduce signs of aging: it’s an exfoliator that boosts cell turnover and removes dead skin cells which are often the cause of the clogged pores and unsightly texture. Resveratrol helps to prevent damage from daily environmental factors while Swiss Garden Liposomes and green sea algae help to reduce dark spots. Plant peptides are thought to help increase collagen synthesis and hyaluronic acid is included to restore moisture loss. It also has a number of anti-inflammatories like gotu kola, chamomile, aloe ferox, and cucumber.

How I Use It

While Boxwalla’s intention was to provide a serum that would layer well with African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique anti-aging oil, I have found that I really enjoy layering it with my favorite night time oil, Stark Skincare’s Midnight Regenerating Oil. It’s similar to Fleurs d’Afrique in the vain that it is regenerative and restorative, but for me it leans more gentle and more emollient/moisturizing. This serum is to be used in the PM only, so here is my PM routine as follows: After misting with my favorite Stark Skincare Petrichor Purifying Tonic, I use one pump of the Resurrection serum and apply 4 drops of my oil of choice (most often Midnight), and eye product is applied last. I usually don’t need additional moisturizer, but I have a couple of balm samples from H is for Love and Leahlani Skincare that I’m enjoying.

What I love about this serum is the viscous gel texture and the way it glides on like a cocoon of silk! It really does layer well with facial oils and it doesn’t pill – possibly one of the most important things about a hydrating serum. It’s also really absorbent and leaves the skin with a soft and supple feel, never matte or dry.

Once a week I like to use Moss Skincare’s Illumina Vitamin C/exfoliating serum* and because this hydrating serum also has exfoliating benefits, I do not use it on the same night that I use Illumina. Instead I will layer it with Stark Skincare’s Everlasting hydrating serum and top it off with an oil.


I’ve been using this serum nightly for over a month now and I’m just impressed with the results I’m seeing so far. At first, this serum made my skin feel dry and a little red at times, but I believe that was an adjustment period because I’m not experiencing negative side effects anymore. When I now wake up in the morning after using RCRS, my skin is exceptionally bright and smooth and so much of the texture I was seeing in the middle of my cheeks and forehead is gone. My texture stems from dealing with excess dead skin cells and trying to combat it with gentle exfoliants because I can’t use AHA’s anymore. I’m so appreciate of this serum because it provides me with a gentle daily exfoliator I can use that won’t be harsh like a physical exfoliant or too irritating like AHA’s. Since it is doing wonders for exfoliation, this also allows for better absorption of my other products and I’m seeing improvement in my hydration and moisture levels. I can tell this is going to be an ideal product for Fall and Winter as we tread into dry air and colder temperatures.

This serum retails for $160, but with Boxwalla you can get it for just $69.95 as included in their one-time boxes that are available for a limited time. You can also purchase it in a gift box cycle (found at the bottom of this page here) which will cost the regular subscription price of $49.95 individually – the total price depending on which cycle you buy will reflect a one-time charge and does not renew like the regular subscription. A great gift for a loved one or for yourself if you don’t wish to buy a subscription!

Purchase a one-time October beauty box for $69.95.
December subscriptions are now open – this box is going to be a great one! Subscribe and reserve yours for $49.95 before November 25th and stay tuned to @theboxwalla on Instagram for product hints and sneak peeks.
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