Sunday, 5 March 2017

Boxwalla - Secret Garden box first impressions


This is my second Boxwalla box; You can see my first impressions of the Let It Glow box here. In a short space of time these boxes have become one of my favourites, all three products from the Let It Glow box are wonderful, but in particular I have loved the Lina Hanson global face trio, which is such a wonderful gentle but effective exfoliator and mask. It has become my weekend cleanser and treatment of choice, I pop it on before a shower and leave it for a while before washing it off. All my treatments go on so nicely afterwards and skin is calm and happy.

Something that really impresses me about these boxes is the way the products are chosen and put together, they just work together beautifully and I just adore the way Lavanya describes her choices both in the information that comes in the box and her social media channels; she really has a beautiful way with words. If you want to find out a little more about the boxes and the person behind them, then do take a look at this lovely interview from the Peridot Mag- Lavanya: Boxwalla.

So on to the February box and it's contents, in case you didn't know these boxes are bi-monthly and they don't just cover beauty but also film, books and food as well. I like that these Beauty boxes are bi-monthly, especially as you always get very generous sized products, it gives you a chance to really test and fall in love with the products that you receive. Every month there is a theme to the boxes and this month it was Secret Garden. When I received it I instantly thought of the book of the same name that I read and loved as a child; the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett explores quite sensitive subjects for a children's book, including illness, death and a desire to escape somewhere else. The contents of the box are fabulous for taking you to your own secret garden; to create a bit of time to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and it also celebrates the botanical ingredients that make the products special.

🌿 H is for Love - Bara Balm: This balm is exquisite, not only is softening and nurturing but the scent has an almost meditative quality to it. I had not tried anything from H is for Love before but had heard great things and so far it doesn't disappoint at all, in fact I think this brand is quite the find. I have been using  the Bara balm since I received it as a find step in my skincare routine or as a more intensive treatment on days when my skin needs it. The ingredients include Macadamia oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Tamanu and Sea Buckthorn, calendula, chamomile and more. It has a beautiful soft texture which melts in to the skin, despite the addition of Shea Butter thanks to the Jojoba base it doesn't feel too heavy, and doesn't sit on the skin but absorbs fully when applied with a light hand.

🌿 H is for Love Lip Glace: This is a tinted lip-balm/gloss hybrid. When I first applied it instantly reminded me of the Kari Gran lip whips; in fact if you are a fan of those I highly recommend you try the Lip Glace. It has a lovely peppermint scent which feels fresh on the lips and the light tint is created from berries, roots and flowers so no added mica or concerns about the sustainability of the minerals. This is a great everyday lip treatment, it feels light but comfortable on the lips and adds just a hint of extra colour.

🌿 One Love Organics - Love Springs Eternal: This is the only product in the box I haven't had a chance to try yet, because when it arrived I was testing a couple of other serums for review. One Love Organics were at one point sold in the UK and then they disappeared from the European market, much to my sadness as the Skin Saviour balm is a favourite of mine for dry patches and I had been keen to try more products for a while. This serum is formulated for night time use and has some really interesting ingredients including Camellia oil, Watermelon seed oil, Blue seakale which is an algae and Jasmine. Although this serum isn't inexpensive, I find it refreshing to find a night serum that costs under $100 dollars, because let's be honest a lot of brands are going a little mad with the prices lately; so I know if I love it I know I won't have to remortgage the house to replace it. I will report back on this one, OLO are certified Organic by Ecocert.

I have really loved both of the boxes I received so far, everything about the packaging, the contents and the brands included has been spot on. I love reusing the boxes to store products too, because they are sturdy and a great size. This box is sadly sold out but you can subscribe in time for Aprils box now and see some sneaky peeks of what's included on the Boxwalla Instagram. The beauty box retails for $49.95 (very impressive given the amazing value and quality of the contents!) and ships internationally at www.theboxwalla.com.

Ana x


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  1. H for Love looks a gorgeous brand! The balm looks similar to Therapie's latest launch as it is meditative too.

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    1. Really beautiful products Xx

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