Get ready for a packed Boxwalla review! Today I’ll finally be sharing my thoughts on the October Beauty Box (which is still available as a one-time purchase!) and Boxwalla is gearing up for the holidays with some limited edition offerings, one box of which I will also be sharing today while giving details on the rest that are available at their store (hint, it’s hair care!).
Let’s start with the October beauty box first. Themed “The Logic of Finding Fine Things“, the October Beauty Box* features three full-size beautiful products from two innovative brands: Naturallogic and Fine Cosmetics.
INCLUDED IN THE OCTOBER BEAUTY BOX ($181 retail value):
- Naturallogic Elemental Advanced Hydration Red Wine Essence ($58) — a toning/multi-tasking essence based in red wine grape juice. Hydrates, brightens, restores skin pH balance and more.
- Naturallogic Unmask Detox Hydration Mask ($58) — a liquid gel charcoal mask that purges and purifies pores without stripping nor drying skin. Refines the skin while providing the quench of a hydrating serum.
- Fine Cosmetics Daytime Radiance Eye Serum ($65) — a light but effective eye serum gel that tightens skin and smooth wrinkles, while also providing a decongesting effect under the eyes.
Thankfully this box is now available as a One-Time October Beauty Box for those who missed the subscription window – it rings in at $69.95 but the savings and value are still amazing.
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 three different interests to choose from: The Beauty 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.
On to the goods!
NATURALLOGIC ELEMENTAL ADVANCED HYDRATION RED WINE ESSENCE
» a multi-tasking essence that hydrates, brightens, mineralizes, refines pores, strengthens skin barrier, restore’s skin pH, and plumps skin.
» based in red wine juice, aloe juice, and coconut water.
» star ingredients include red algae extract, niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, squalane
» retail value of $58
This gorgeous liquid product is a true essence in its form – it’s a slightly thick liquid, not thick enough to be a serum, but not thin enough to be a mist. I like essences because they provide the hydrating power of a serum, but since its consistency is not quite that of a serum, it allows for adding more product into your routine if you wish. If I am using a hydrating serum, I’m liable to not want to add another water-based serum into my routine – too many thick layers tend to interfere or create an undesirable finish, but this one is light enough that it works well under many layers. This essence is an ideal multi-tasker because it can count as your toning mist, hydrating serum, and anti-aging treatment in one, so in that regard it’s great for those who like minimal routines like I do.
I of course have loved this essence for its main benefit – hydration. I don’t need to use a mist or another hydrating serum with this (I will depending on my mood, but I don’t need to) because it’s so powerful enough on its own! It feels like the most juicy nectar made to give skin life in how it brightens and plumps. So happy to have made this discovery with thanks to Boxwalla’s incredible curations.
NATURALLOGIC UNMASK DETOX HYDRATION MASK
» liquid gel format
» made with charcoal to refine skin + purge and purify pores.
» AHA’s deliver texture-smoothing exfoliation
» refines skin like a clay mask, but quenches like a hydrating serum
» great for dull, overworked, acne-prone skin types.
» retail value of $58
The first thing most people remark on about this mask is its unique consistency. Is it an alien jelly slime a la Venom? An oil slick, like black gold? No, but these visuals are accurate to describe how this amazing stuff looks! It’s more of a runny gel, but its movement in the jar and when scooped has this way of making the product cling to itself, making you wonder if it’s a life form from out of this world.
While I will say charcoal masks aren’t usually my jam, this one IS. With this mask it’s all about its hydrating qualities and the way it replenishes moisture that’s typically lost from a purifying detox mask. Charcoal is renowned for getting in those pores to do a deep cleanse, but in the process you don’t want to totally strip the skin. Unmask is made with a base of aloe juice and glycerin and the included AHA’s for chemical exfoliation also act as humectants – AHA’s are known to deliver intense hydration while drawing water to the skin. This mask is such a joy to use sensory-experience wise – it feels like a slick cooling gel.
If you’re in need of a serious skin refining treatment, but are sensitive and acne-prone and need something that won’t strip your skin, this mask is an amazing option to try.
FINE COSMETICS DAYTIME RADIANCE EYE SERUM
» lightweight gel format
» tightens skin + smooths wrinkles
» provides decongesting benefits to the under eye area
» contains persian silk tree extract, niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, darutoside, ashwaghanda extract
» retail value of $65
“Deceptively light” is the term I have seen marketed around this eye serum and I couldn’t describe this product more accurately. In fact, my first impressions that I shared on Instagram described how I was expecting this serum would be lightweight and completely absorb into the skin leaving it with a dry feel, but instead leaves the under eye area feeling incredibly moisturized and plump. The consistency would lead you to believe its lightweight, but in performance its a heavy hitter. The ever-developing crow’s feet I have going on are noticeably reduced and softened by this eye serum and I haven’t really been reaching for my favorite Mad Hippie eye serum lately. Sometimes I layer them at night, but more often than not I only use the Fine serum. Love this one both in the AM and PM.
On to some Limited Edition stuff!
A VERY FINE FEELING LIMITED EDITION SKINCARE BOX: fine cosmetics
» limited edition and available while supplies last!
» features Berlin-based Fine Cosmetics as previously introduced through the October beauty box.
» includes an overnight face mask and overnight eye mask & bi-phase body serum
» cost: $64.95; retail value $165
Earlier I mentioned that Boxwalla has released a few limited edition offerings just in time for the holidays and I have so luckily had the opportunity to test the A Very Fine Feeling skin + body box* offering that features Fine Cosmetics – the Berlin-based brand we were introduced to in the October beauty box. This box features their two-piece High Potency Nocturnal Renewal set; consisting of an overnight face mask & overnight eye mask as well their bi-phase Peace Body Serum.
The Overnight Face Mask has a lengthy list of ingredients but I’ll share some of the star ingredients here. In this one you’ll find squalane, niacinamide, baobab oil, marula oil, broccoli seed oil, argan oil, sea water, papaya fruit extract, prickly pear extract, coQ10, ceramides, and astaxanthin. This creamy treatment is formulated to smooth skin and promote clear glowing skin overnight. This mask is meant to be applied in a thin layer and to be used every night for the first 4-5 days of use, and then tapered to about 2 times a week afterward. So far I have tested it for its initial first 5 days of use and two additional separate times after that. The overnight results I have seen with this mask so far include smooth and brightened skin, but the results are subtle and not drastic. I’d like to get more mileage out of it before coming to a more firm opinion on whether the results are worth the product.
The Overnight Eye Mask is nearly identical to their Daytime Radiance Eye Serum I shared earlier in this post, except that the eye mask contains the ingredient pullalan which is supposed to deliver a skin tightening effect. The eye serum is also supposed to be skin tightening despite not containing this ingredient, so I suppose the eye mask is meant to have a more intense effect and must be more concentrated in ingredients considering it has a thicker texture than the serum. I find that the eye mask delivers the same results as the eye serum – they’re both hydrating gels that plump the under eye area and have this wonderful ability to last all day. To me they’re interchangeable products, but because it’s marketed for the PM I’d rather not use it during the day in case daylight has an effect on the ingredients. All in all, I do love this eye mask so much since it’s so similar to their eye serum and they’re both super effective.
Fine Cosmetics Peace Body Serum is a bi-phase luxurious treatment that delivers both skin benefits and aromatherapy to induce calm and quiet. Bi-phase means that the water and lipid components in the serum separate in the bottle, until you give it a good shake to evenly disperse the ingredients before applying. It’s based in aloe and contains a number of oils, but some of the ingredients that stand out to me are palmarosa oil, tonka bean extract, giant fir needle, and sodium hyaluronate. It also contains a Mediterranean algae extract that’s thought to repair UVA/UVB and pollution induced damage. I have what feels like clinically dry skin so I have to use this serum in conjunction with my usual body cream. I like applying the body serum first so that it has a better chance to absorb + hydrate my skin for the body cream application. It does make for a wonderfully luxurious addition to any body care routine.
Lastly, in addition to the Fine Cosmetics box, Boxwalla has launched a few limited edition haircare boxes! This is the first time that Boxwalla has featured hair products and knowing how excellent her skincare curations have been, I can only imagine how good these two brands must be.
The limited edition haircare offerings include:
- Abhati Suisse Beauty Box / Yamuna Nourishing Shampoo & Mahakali Nourishing Conditioner – this beautiful nourishing duo both include Himalayan wild cherry oil, moringa leaf extract, Swiss edelweiss extract, and more. Abhati Suisse was founded by Anju Rupal, a British-born Indian social worker turned entrepeneur who lives in Switzerland. Anju wanted to develop a beauty company that would disrupt how brands give back, by using its profit to directly fund initiatives that would get girls in India to school & keep them there. Boxwalla is donating 100% of the proceeds of this box to the cause. Cost: $49.95. Retail value: $112.
- Antonin B. Beauty Box Set 1 / Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum & Backstreet Cocktail Hair Fix Hairspray – this set includes two hair styling products from Paris-based brand Antonin B. including a lightweight oil based serum and a hairspray made with nettle & bamboo hydrosols and brown sugar & rum from Guadeloupe to reduce frizz and provide volume. Antonin B. was founded by model turned hairdresser Kendy Bourguignon Sencée. Cost: $49.95; retail value: $90.
- Antonin B. Beauty Set 2 / Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum & Backstage Cocktail Editorial Fix Texturing Gel – this set includes two hair styling products, the lightweight oil-based hair serum as seen in set 1, as well as Antonin B.’s remineralizing and texturing hair gel that gives a medium to strong hold. Cost $49.95; retail value $90.
Phew, that was a lot to unpack! In addition to all the boxes that just launched, Boxwalla has just dropped all of the product reveals for December’s beauty box. This one will include three products from two gorgeous brands: Bluh Alchemy’s Multi C Serum ($140 value) and the new launch of their Active Relief Body Oil ($68 value), as well as Live Botanical’s Sanctuary Barrier Balm ($42 value). You can get all of the goodness in this box for just $49.95 and it’s valued at a whopping $250.
Did you try and love any of the products from the October Beauty Box? Do any of the limited edition offerings catch your eye? Questions? Let me know below!