All the Boxwalla boxes I’ve received in the past have contained multiple brands. The June box, however, contains three products, all from Earthwise Beauty. For any of you who haven’t heard of it, Earthwise Beauty is a US-based green beauty brand founded by herbalist Ava Zhan. I’d tried most of the products in the box already, so I had a good idea in terms of what to expect. What I find amazing about Earthwise Beauty is that their products are unlike anything else on the green beauty market. Ava uses very unusual ingredients in unique ways, and I really admire that about the brand.This unique approach is reflected in their packaging, which is colourful and instantly recognisable. People seem to either love it or hate it: I personally like it for the fact that it makes the brand instantly recognisable (and gives it personality) in what has become an endless sea of Miron glass bottles.
Now, on to the products:
Nap In the Meadow Face Serum: One of their most popular products, Nap in the Meadow is a cooling aloe-based face serum containing, among other ingredients, turmeric and yarrow. Designed to hydrate and repair the skin, this cloudy blue serum feels almost minty on the skin (no, it doesn’t contain mint) and provides a tangible relief from dehydration.
It contains excellent ingredients, and I do like using it both day and night. It doesn’t leave a film behind, or feel too heavy or too light (perfect for all the Goldilockses out there), and I really do enjoy adding this to my routines. It doesn’t work instant wonders on my skin, but I do find that regular use improves the hydration levels of my skin. I usually use it under an oil-based serum, and it leaves my skin soft and comfortable.
The version of Nap featured by Boxwalla is darker and less milky than its predecessors. This is because Earthwise Beauty has just reformulated it without polysorbate 20 (an emulsifying agent). Polysorbate 20 is not a deal breaker for me, but I do like that they’ve listened to customer feedback (I have a vague recollection of some drama surrounding this on Instagram a few months ago) and reformulated it with a gentler emulsifier.
Other than for the difference in colour, the omission of polysorbate 20 hasn’t really changed the texture or feel of this product. I performed a side-by-side comparison with my old bottle of Nap, and the only other difference I could see/feel was that the oil-based elements tended to separate a bit more in the new version (as you can see from the picture below, the new version has small blue droplets of oil). This is understandable considering they no longer use a strong emulsifying agent.
Overall, Nap is worth checking out if you are looking for a light, deeply-hydrating serum. At $100 for 2oz., it is quite pricey for what is (for my skin) primarily a hydrating serum, but it’s amazing value if you have managed to get it as part of this Boxwalla box.
Ruby Facial Oil: Another unique formulation, this product contains Indian guava oil as its first ingredient. I’d never used a skin product with guava in it, and its smell was a pleasant surprise as it brought back childhood memories of plucking guavas at my aunt’s house in India.
The uniqueness of its ingredient list doesn’t stop there. It contains oils of milk thistle, cranberry, raspberry, moringa and blue tamanu, just to name a few of its long list of ingredients. Some of these oils have natural sun-protective qualities, and this makes Ruby an excellent daytime oil.
When I initially tried this product, I thought that its medium-weight texture would be too heavy for my combination skin, but I was wrong about this. This bright orange oil sinks into my skin without any residue, and leaves a soft and velvety finish.This does make a visible difference to the tone and texture of my skin, and I’d highly recommend it for most skin types.
Farizad’s Veil Sun Protective Powder SPF 30+: This white powder containing uncoated non-nano Zinc Oxide can be mixed with an oil of your choice (Ruby Facial Oil works amazingly well) to create a custom sunscreen product. I knew this wouldn’t work for my medium-dark skin even before I tried it, but it would be a good option for people with paler skin tones. It smells great, feels light on the skin and doesn’t seem to clog pores. It also has a nice scent for a powder, and it’s worth checking out if you have the right skin tone for it.
Final Thoughts: I’m glad Earthwise Beauty exists because they really do offer a unique perspective in the green beauty firmament. Highly recommend checking it out. For those of you who have unfortunately missed this box, the upcoming Boxwalla is fantastic and contains two products from Odacite and a lip scrub from Henne, which I can’t wait to try. Visit the Boxwalla website to sign up for this box before it sells out.
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