Themed “Letters to Winter from Spring“, Boxwalla’s April Beauty Box* showcases two products that deliver healing, soothing, repairing letters from rejuvenating Spring, to oh-so-cold Winter!
The April Beauty Box is all about masking and moisturizing. During the Winter there is less moisture in the air, resulting in a dry environment that can wreak havoc on our skin in multiple ways. When our skin is lacking in moisture the outer barrier can become compromised, which may lead to dryness, redness, inflammation, and even skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis (I speak from experience!). It also doesn’t exfoliate as well, and dead skin cell buildup leads to unsightly texture and the potential for clogged pores and blemishes. Skin that isn’t properly exfoliated also has a hard time absorbing your other products, which means the efficacy of any serum or moisturizer is impeded.
It’s important to use products that complement the season’s environment to keep the skin well-fed and balanced in moisture levels in order to avoid the above scenario. That is exactly what April’s box delivers – a wonderful repairative moisturizer and a nutritious, healing + exfoliating mask.
April’s Beauty Box includes:
• Flower and Spice Soothe & Repair Daily Moisturizer – A daily moisturizing cream made with rose water and prickly pear seed oil, rich in skin-loving and barrier supporting linoleic acids. Coriander seed oil and arctic oat extract are included for healing, skin-soothing benefits. (Full 2 oz size; retail value $82.)
• Malaya Organics Advanced Repair Mask, Neem Honey Herbal Complex – A healing, repairative honey-based mask. Includes antimicrobial and antioxidant wild bee neem flower honey, black kaolin clay, broccoli seed oil, blue tansy, colloidal silver, plantain, calendula, and much more. (Full 2.85 oz size; retail value $78.)
Subscriptions are closed, but I come bearing great news! One-time boxes are now available for $69.95 – this is a one-time, non-subscription, non-renewing purchase that allows you to experience Boxwalla without the commitment, but are still receiving a great value with big savings. These one-time boxes also make wonderful gifts!
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.
“Like a warming embrace on a winter’s day. Meet the moisturiser that’s worth its weight in gold. If you’re looking for a multi-tasking force of nature to address your daily skin concerns, you’ve come to the right address. This perfect blend of plant-based ingredients proves that Mother Nature truly knows best. The best investment your skin will ever make, naturally.”
Flower and Spice combines hydrating and lipidic components, along with “culinary” ingredients of coriander and arctic oats, to create this creamy daily moisturizer. Mountain spring water, rose water, and aloe vera juice, and glycerin provide hydrating benefits while ingredients like grapeseed oil, shea butter, and oat extract deliver plentiful moisture. Where this moisturizer really shines are the extracts that are included for their healing benefits. Coriander seed oil, one of the culinary ingredients in this cream, is said to aid in comforting the skin by healing and alleviating irritation, while arctic oat extract soothes and repairs the skin, and provides regenerating benefits to reveal smoother, softer skin. It also contains rose absolute for aromatherapy, which truly comes out in the scent profile of this cream – it’s unlike any other rose-based product I’ve ever smelled.
There is something so unique in the consistency of this moisturizer! It’s a little thick, so you don’t need much, but it’s not greasy like thick creams tend to be. The aforementioned uniqueness comes out in the feel and finish of this cream – it’s essentially velvet pudding that applies so smoothly like a dream. I can’t explain it well, but you’ll know it when you feel it! Thanks to this cream, I have noticed that my skin feels strengthened and more bouncy with improved elasticity, and my moisture levels stay balanced with this cream which I appreciate. I can see myself enjoying this moisturizer during any season – it’s great for most daily needs and you can use less or more depending on the season. My skin tends to get drier during Summer so I know I’m going to get great use out of this cream. Love, love, love this face cream so much.
“Malaya Advanced Repair Mask is a potent, youth-boosting formula that softens,calms, and clarifies skin to help achieve your most radiant complexion. Our blend of highly antibacterial and rare Wild Neem Flower Honey, detoxifying clays, and a proprietary complex of 9 reparative herbs works to gently draw out impurities and exfoliate. Blue Tansy and Black Currant extract target troubled areas to help restore balance. This therapeutic mask helps soothe stressed skin and reveal an even, healthy glow. Your skin will feel noticeably smooth, hydrated, and youthful.”
Firstly, please disregard my lack of photography skills because I’m not impressed with how this photo turned out! It doesn’t do it any justice – this mask is much prettier and appetizing in person.
Malaya’s Advanced Repair Mask is a neem honey + clay based mask that is multi-functioning – it repairs, soothes, heals, and exfoliates, targeting multiple skin concerns for all skin types. It includes bentonite clay and black kaolin clay to clarify the skin, while honey does it all – it soothes, it moisturizes, it exfoliates, it’s antimicrobial, and it delivers amazing antioxidant benefits. Broccoli seed oil promotes ceramide synthesis for moisture + barrier support, while plantain and blue tansy sooth skin.
Here is more information on their Neem Honey, as per Boxwalla’s newsletter:
“Neem Honey is collected from wild bees that pollinate neem flowers. This particular neem honey is sustainably sourced from a forest in India. The organization through whom Katya sources this honey, works to protect the natural habitat of the bees. Says Katya, “Honey’s overall superior healing properties are rooted in Pinocembrin flavanon, a compound with a vast range of pharmacological activities that have been well studied and researched, including – antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory & antioxidant”. Neem honey, specifically, she says, is in a category of its own among healing honey nectars as it is imbued with the healing pollen of the neem plant. Neem is considered one of the most healing medicinal herbs in Ayurvedic medicine & is used for a range of ailments including eczema, acne, ulcers, wounds & more. Says Katya, “To harness the full power of Neem’s healing properties we blend the highly antibacterial Raw Neem Flower Honey with powdered Neem leaves – one of the 9 herbs in our proprietary reparative herbal complex“.
I’ve tried a couple of honey-based masks before, but it’s not very often that I mask with one, so when I do it feels like a brand new experience every time! If you haven’t masked with honey before, it’s such a different experience from clay or food based masks. It’s necessary to apply a honey mask on dampened skin so it spreads easier, because it is sticky afterall! And after you rinse it off, your skin will feel a completely different kind of plumpness and softness that you don’t get with other masks. To me, honey feels way more nourishing than other kinds of of bases found in a moisturizing mask. This one contains clay so it does dry down a little to clarify the pores, and it has exfoliating bits that are really gentle and polish the skin as you rinse the mask off. It leaves my skin super soft, plump, refreshed, and glowy. The scent of this mask is really transformative – often times I smell lavender and lemongrass, and at other times I smell an alfalfa-like green scent or neem. I quite like it because the scent matches the look of the mask.
If you fancy yourself these skincare goodies, grab a one-time April beauty box for $69.95 while they last! There are a number of One-Time Boxes from previous months that are still available as well, including the boxes that showcased Siam Seas and Earthwise Beauty, and there is an option where both boxes are combined into one offering for just $115.
Something new coming to Boxwalla is their Perfumer Series which is going to dive into the natural perfume experience. The first perfumer box is experiencing the new Sigil Scent line in two phases: Phase 1 will sample their 4 perfumes, and Phase 2 will allow you to choose a full-size bottle of your favorite sample from the first fox. The perfumer boxes are a separate project from the beauty box and will be subscription-free, one-time boxes. Phase 1 is already live on the site and will be shipping soon – check out the above link for more information!