Boxwalla & H is For Love #2

October 25, 2017

Remember my excitement about the October Boxwalla beauty box*? If you don't, then let me tell you that I was soo looking forward to get my hands on it and in the meantime I also influenced my friend she got her own box. October Boxwalla beauty box brought us a brand that many Boxwalla subscribers were already familiar with, the stunning H is For Love. I adore the description of the brand on the card that came in this box - effortlessly chic, deeply soulful artisanal brand. The founder Bee Ham really looks like that effortlessly chic babe we all want to be, and that shines through her brand & the products. You should definitely follow the brand on Instagram, Bee sure is funny and oh so gorgeous. The packaging and the design is beautiful and minimalistic. The thing I love most are the details of little flowers which you can see on the photos down bellow. The October or Wild Honey Box is named after the figurative Honey, that Bee has made: 3 products that heal, rebuild and cocoon.
Let's start with an exclusive launch, a glowing, rich, decadent body balm named KINU. This body balm has the best texture! It's so creamy and soft, it's as they say - whipped to creamy perfection. I'm so in love with it. KI-NU is actually a Japanese word for silk and this body balm makes my skin silky and smooth. If you would just look at the ingredient list and see Jojoba, Coconut, Olive Oils and Beeswax, you'd first probably think it's just like any other body balm. But it's really not. Carefully chosen oils, organic or wildcrafted, complement each other so well and the ratio of the ingredients make this one truly a special balm. I didn't expect anything else from H is For Love. The scent is so different and unique. I've never smelled anything like it. I like it and the more I'm getting used to it, the more I like it. I wish I could describe it but I can only think of words like warm and soft, and comforting. Contains Grapefruit, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Bergamot, Rosemary and Clove. Another thing that makes this body balm special is that it makes my skin literally glowing. It contains natural mica which gives a gold shimmer to the skin. It looks pretty and I don't mind it but it is a shame I can't show off my legs with this beautiful glowing skin. Without a doubt, Kinu is a special body balm and I really like that it's not overly greasy or oily but that it's quite fast absorbing & nourishing at the same time.
RAPHA Harmonizing Oil Cleanser is at this moment my favourite product from the box. It's so good and I've really been feeling it! Ever since I saw the photo of the in-house healing herbal infusions of Chamomile & Calendula I was like yaaas gimme that! Loving the supercritical CO2 extractions of German Chamomile and Turmeric too. As you can imagine this oil cleanser smells like Chamomile and I absolutely love it! It's calming, soothing and just the perfect way to end the day. With gentle massage, Rapha very beautifully removes my makeup. I do want to mention that one time I used a bit too much oil on my eyes and it stung them. I think it is the Olive Oil but after removing it, it was perfectly alright. How I remove the oil cleanser? With a warm, damp washcloth, which I always loved to do but I've been doing it a bit differently lately. Have you seen the new video Laurel made about facial compressing?? It's everything! Compressing benefits the health of our muscles, circulation, lymph, and our entire nervous system. All four directly impact the health on the skin, so it's definitely something to look into. Check the article and video here. Even more than ever I've been wrapping my face and neck in a steamy towel and pressing very gently into my skin to stimulate lymphatic flow. I repeat twice or thrice and while doing this the makeup and excess oil is gently lifted from the skin. My skin always looks so good after doing this. It's definitely calmer and less red. Such a beautiful product.
You know what's the best product to apply after removing your makeup? Well it's a mask of course! Enter PROPOLIS Regenerative Mask, a potent mask that reveals bright, clear, glowing skin. This mask actually doesn't contain Propolis, like you might think but it is named after its ability to stimulate cell renewal and boost collagen production. This is a powdered clay based mask containing French Green and Kaolin Clays, vitamin C rich Camu Camu, Raw Cacao and a new-to-me ingredient, White Turmeric. I used this masks twice so far. First time I mixed it with water and I felt a strong tingling sensation. Probably because of Cinnamon and Clove. Luckily that feeling quickly went away but next time I mixed in some honey and oil as well. The second time I didn't feel anything so I really recommend you mix in something else as well, not just water. I do feel like the first time the mask worked better or maybe I should say quicker. Either way my skin was brighter and my skin tone more even. Skin is brought to new life as the mask purifies and deposits its nutrients into skin, though its intensity can vary day to day. Based on my experience I would recommend mixing it with mostly water and then adding only a couple of drops of oil (I used this one) and a bit of honey (raw and organic is best). Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse. All that's left to say is that I wish Propolis would come in a bigger jar.
The more products I tried from H is For Love the more I'm fall in love with the brand. I hope Lavanya and Bee will continue to collaborate together. There are only a few October beauty boxes left as one-time boxes so you better hurry if you want to snatch one! Check it out here.

Boxwalla is a bi-monthly subscription service and so the December subscriptions are already open. I don't know what's in the beauty box but I can bet it's something amazing, as always! You can subscribe here.

With love,

Jana xx

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