The idea of a beauty subscription box is a relatively new concept to me in Australia. There aren't too many options, especially along the lines of green beauty. However, the convenience of living in such a globalised society is that we now have access to many options overseas. The US, for example is leading the way in fantastic green beauty boxes which have been so wonderfully curated and are such amazing value for money. The thing that I do enjoy about receiving a beauty box is that I am able to experience, discover and love some amazing new products that I would have never otherwise considered or have known.
Recently, the lovely Lavanya of Boxwalla was kind enough to share with me the beauty boxes of December and February. I have to say that I am impressed with the selection of products and value for money that has been presented in each box. I have enjoyed the experiences that each of these edits have created and they truly contain such luxurious and indulgent products of excellent quality. These boxes have really opened the door for discovery of new brands and being able to try brands I would not normally have had the opportunity to try. It's been so much fun unboxing, discovering and having a play with my Boxwalla boxes and I just had to share my experiences.
***Please note that my boxes were kindly gifted to me with NO expectation of a mention or review, payment or affiliate links. I chose to write this review because I do believe that these boxes are of such high quality and great value. I have loved each one that I have received and have really enjoyed discovering new things and needed to share the love. All opinions are still my own honest opinion.
What Is It?
Boxwalla is subscription box service that helps to connect passionate artisans with people who have a thirst and hunger to discover and experience new and different things. The subscription service offers four different box options - these include food, books, film and (my favourite), beauty.
All beauty products that have been curated and selected by the Boxwalla team are generally along the lines of green and clean beauty. The products that are included in each box have been selected due to the fact they are of high quality, are nourishing, indulgent, luxurious and most importantly effective. Boxwalla strives to collaborate with companies that are ingredient conscious and must be free from: cruelty, parabens, sulphates, phthalates, triethanolamine, diethanolamine, propylene glycol, formaldehyde releasing preservatives, PEG ingredients, DMDM hydantoin and triclosan.
How Does It Work?
The Boxwalla is relatively simple to use, with the choice of four different types of boxes (beauty, books, food and film) you can choose to subscribe to just one box or multiple different boxes available. To subscribe, all that is required is to join and create and account via the Boxwalla website.
Once subscribed to The Boxwalla subscription box service, you are allowed to switch what type of box that is received. Simply switch to the preferred box before the billing cycle (20th of month before the before the box is due to be sent) and that box will be delivered the following month. As the subscription service is bimonthly, boxes are due in February, April, June, August, October and December.
Is Value For Money?
The Boxwalla subscription boxes are bimonthly and it is USD$49.95 per box. Shipping within the US is free. Canadians pay USD$11.95 for shipping and everywhere else in the would is USD$18.95.
If you live in the US, this box is a no brainer - it's fantastic value for money. At least one of the products in the box will exceed that value. For example in the December Edit, The Boxwalla 'Let it Glow' box included the Wabisabi Botanicals Buhdi Sacha Inchi Eye Nectar which has a retail value of USD$52. The total value of the box itself was USD$110.
The February 'Secret Garden' themed box had a retail value of USD$162 with the full sized One Love Organics Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum valued at USD$75 and the H is for Love Balm valued at USD$70. Seriously, you can not get any better value than that. These boxes pay for itself and more, even if you are paying the overseas shipping fees.
My Overall Thoughts
I have received 2 Boxwalla Green Beauty Boxes now and I have to say that Lavanya and her team have done so incredibly well to curate such an amazing edit of different products. These boxes are SO WORTH it for any beauty lover, especially those who have an interest in green and clean beauty. For the $49.95 that is paid bimonthly, you do get a really broad selection of different products to discover and love. The value of products that have actually been received in the boxes by far exceed what is paid (even if paying the international shipping rates) which makes it wonderful value for money.
What I also love about these boxes is that they have been carefully thought out. There are no 'double ups' in the consecutive months. The Boxwalla team seem to have thought out the product line up really well for future boxes, making sure to not include another eye treatment, lip balm etc too soon. This really impresses me as so often in many beauty boxes I have received in the past I would have received two similar products in consecutive boxes. I love the fact that there seems to diverse range and that whomever curates and edit these boxes have really thought about the consumer and the usability of each and every product in the box. They are not putting things in a box for the sake of putting something in the box and are in fact including some really different products. Looking at my boxes and past boxes, each product has value and the concept of 'discovering' new brands and products has been done so well.
In terms of the products that have been featured in the two boxes, I have also been quite impressed. Boxwalla has lead me to discover some new favourites an also have allowed me to try others which I haven't been able to in the past. The products in the 'Let It Glow' December box were wonderful. I had always wanted to try Lina Hanson's Global Face Trio and it really did live up to the hype. I have used this product as a cleanser, exfoliator and mask and perhaps my my favourite way of using this is for a deeper cleanse due to the exfoliation capacity of the formula. This leaves my skin so glowing and smooth and was definitely one of the favourites products in this edit. The Wabisabi Botanicals Buhdi Sacha Inchi Eye Nectar was a product that really did pack a punch and has really blown me away with the instant results. This eye serum is packed full of interesting oils, such as Peruvian Sacha Inchi Oil (to help hydrate and reduce fine lines) and Coffee Fruit Oil (to help firm and lift). The strong yet decadent scent of coffee is definitely noticeable in this and I love to use this in the morning, as it works to depuff and lift underneath my eyes. This was such a pleasant and welcome discovery. The final product in the 'Let It Glow' edit by The Boxwalla is the infamous RMS Living Luminizer which is basically a beautiful highlighter that gives the skin a warm, soft glow. I have used this a few times and the subtle glow that this gives is quite flattering on my skin. Its so easy to work with as well due to its creamy consistency. You can't go wrong using this.
In the more recent 'Secret Garden' edit, the products featured all have the theme of love surrounding them. I was super excited to try One Love Organics, as the one of the more recent releases from the brand Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum is featured in the box. This serum I have only used once (as I write this actually) and it has the most gorgeous floral scent and is an oil like serum which does sink quite beautifully in to the skin. This serum is packed full of antioxidants to from green tea oil, date seed extract and barbary fig stem cells to help battle free radicals from environmental stress. The final two items come from H is for Love, a gorgeous line of natural skincare that is inspired by history and age old customs from all over the world. The first is their Lip Glace - which I have used on a few occasions as it gives my lips a gorgeous natural flush of colour whilst also keeping them hydrated and soft. The other is the Bara Balm in which I haven't used as of yet as I am waiting for the weather too cool down a little bit here in Australia. This balm does smell beautiful as it is a little bit earthy and warm but it also has these lovely floral notes as well. I have had a little play and this facial emollient is rich in texture put once massaged in, sinks in quite nicely. I can't wait to test this further in the colder months.
Overall, I have been so impressed and blown away by the quality of each box in terms of how well they have been curated but also each and every product has been something that I would use or like to use. I love how relevant the themes are every two months and also the brands that the Boxwalla team have sourced are such a interesting assortment of brands. There are some more well known brands in each edit as well as some brands that I had never heard about until receiving my box. Whilst each box doesn't contain a huge amount of products, do note that what is recieved is either full sized or a very generous deluxe sample. Quality over quantity is definitely evident here.
If you are a lover of green beauty or just love trying new and different smaller independent brands, then a Boxwalla Beauty Box subscription may be well worth it. For USD$49.95 (plus shipping for international orders), this box is incredible value for money as well as it's contents by far outweigh the actual cost paid. I have really enjoyed the two boxes I have recieved and the next box launching in April is just as exciting as it features some British beauty!
What subscription boxes have you enjoyed? Have you tried Boxwalla? What were your experiences with their beauty edits? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!