The natural beauty box roundup April is live! Can you believe it’s April?! I feel like on one hand this year has flown by and on the other hand it feels like it’s been the longest year. In the midst of Coronavirus right now I hope you all are safe and healthy. I had polled many readers on Instagram asking if they wanted to have similar content and I received an overwhelmingly yes response- so I’m continuing with all the content I had planned. I hope it brightens your day and gives something positive for your mind to think on.
Every month I round out the best natural beauty boxes in clean beauty. This month is exceptionally good! I have been on the edge of my seat to share this month’s content with you. So many amazing brands and new ones I haven’t used before.
*Also, be sure to check back as I release my reviews for the boxes as they roll out. Here are some of the boxes that will be released later in the month:
Beauty Heroes: Mukti Organics
Ok, I have been itching to share this new brand with you all! I haven’t tried anything Mukti Organics until this box, but let’s just say these won’t be the last products I try- they’re so good. The brand Mukti is from Australia and really is a pioneer when it comes to incorporating their native resources into their products. Their mantra is to be organic, sustainable and ethical in all that they do. Their formulas are the real deal and don’t contain any unnecessary fillers. Just potent botanical ingredients that do the work for the skin. I love that their ingredients are third party tested, ensuring that products are in fact eco and meet their strict criteria. They have an advanced extraction method that helps them to preserve the products so they are represented in their most potent state. They really take it to the next level when it comes to creating something truly special in a skincare brand. I feel like there are two heroic products for this month, even though technically one is a sidekick- read on to see why!
Mukti Hyaluronic Marine Serum- This is the heroic product for the month! A serum of all serums. This serum with it’s low molecular weight, absorbs so well into the skin. It uses the power of hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin. Did you know that hyaluronic acid delivers 1000% times it’s weight in water? So if you’re skin feels dry or thirsty as I like to say- this is your new best friend! The combination of hyaluronic acid, plus a special extract called Fucoidan that’s derived from Wakame Seaweed, is a one-two punch for preventing wrinkles from forming. Did your ears just perk up? Well, listen to this quote taken from Mukti Organics website-
Studies have shown that Fucoidan extract increases the expression of SIRT1 anti-ageing protein and increases moisture retention by up to 30%. The combination of Hyaluronic Acid and Fucoidan extract improves overall skin appearance by 60% in 12 weeks.
I am loving it! So here’s my experience. I apply it on my skin after I cleanse and tone. Then when my skin is just slightly damp still I apply the serum. Then I apply my oil and a cream if I need too. When I wake up my skin still feels hydrated!! I repeat still feels hydrated. It really plumps up my skin and provides this barrier to seal moisture in. I love using it under my makeup too. It helps to give my skin an overall smooth canvas to apply my foundation. Such a well made product that works- bottom line!
2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant- The sidekick product this month is this exfoliant that had me basically after the first application but sold me the more I used it. This has a combination of fruit acids that help loosen and rid the intracellular bonds, while encouraging collagen production. Then once the fruit acids do their thing, jojoba esters and finely ground bamboo particles remove the dead skin. I used this in the morning first thing on damp skin. I rubbed in circular motions. Then brushed my teeth. Once I was done I rinsed it off. My skin felt so smooth and radiant! I used it twice a week. If you have sensitive skin I would do a patch test first and then see how your skin does. It smells amazing too! Like fresh lime juice and it’s this beautiful emerald green. This has been on repeat in my skincare routine!
I would not wait on this discovery if you’re thinking of snagging it! It’s a special one and I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell out. The value is $124 but you can get it for $58.95! Get the box here!
Boxwalla April Box: Monastery Made
I feel like a broken record whenever I talk about Boxwalla boxes. I always want to say the same thing. How I hadn’t tried the brand, and now I’m sold, blah, blah, blah. Well, guess what? It’s a new month and I’m going to say the same thing…sorry not sorry. I mean they consistently hit it out of the park when it comes to stellar beauty boxes. I think there’s one fact that may contribute to this- they’re a bi-monthly box. So you’re only getting it every other month. Really helps you to savor the products and also gives the box time to curate exceptional experiences for their consumers.
So the April box is a winner for me all around. I hadn’t tried Monastery before and now I want to try all their offerings…sound familiar? Ok, well here’s the skinny on this holistic skincare brand. It was founded by Athena, an esthetician who had practiced for 20 years in her field- side note, she still practices today. Her skincare line is reminiscent of her summers spent with her grandmother in Greek Cyclades. Her grandma would create these concoctions of various herbs and oil. I love hearing how brands come to create their products and what their muses are. The products in this month’s box are a reflection not only of her grandma but also of all of Athena’s experience as an esthetician. All her products are handmade in San Francisco.
Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost- Do you see a theme with the boxes in general this month? Hyaluronic acid! For good reason this ingredient doesn’t play when it comes to delivering some serious hydration to the skin. It actually has two forms of hyaluronic acid. One sits on the surface of your skin and moisturizes it while softening, while the other penetrates deeper to help plump the skin. But it get’s even better. The hyaluronic acid is formulated with aloe to add even more hydration to the skin! This basically transforms the skin and creates an overall dewy, hydrated complexion. I’m obsessed! I use it at night before my oils or creams and after my cleanser and toner. I also love applying this right before my makeup to give my skin an overall boost of hydration and a smooth canvas. This is perfect for the skin all year long- a new staple!
Rose Glycolic Gel- This is an exfoliating serum. It has a concentration of 10% glycolic acid. This alpha hydroxy acid has been used for a long time to help with hyperpigmentation and fine lines. The glycolic acid that Athena uses is from sugarcane and papaya. This combination is then added to rose water to not only exfoliate the skin but also to soften, and brighten the complexion. I used this at night after cleansing and toning. I would apply 2 pumps to my skin, then add the Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost and then my oil and cream. I woke up to brighter, smoother skin. Friends this product does not mess around. It is not full strength glycolic but still very effective at a pH of 5. If you have sensitive skin I would recommend patch testing before use.
The whole look of the products is a 10 in my book too. The value of the box is $153 but you can get it for $49.95- talk about a steal! Get the box here!
The Clean Beauty Box: Fresh
We are seeing two brands in The Clean Beauty Box this month. The first is a new brand I haven’t tried before. Dafna’s. This brand is a combination of Ayurveda and modern biotechnology. This line does it all from helping your skin detox, renew, repair and uplift. Their products are made in Spain. I love how they choose low molecular weight active ingredients so that they really penetrate deep into the skin and do the work. We are seeing their Recovery Cleanser in the box this month.
The second brand we are seeing is Malaya. I truly believe in their philosophy of skincare, it’s a whole body approach. What you put in your body, and on it directly affect each other…I couldn’t agree more. They use the purest ingredients to reduce toxic exposure, as well as care for the environment. Not only that, but all their packaging is recyclable and reusable. Pretty awesome! Malaya really started when the founder, Katya, had teenage acne growing up. This could have scarred some people, but with Katya, it drove her on a quest to find out about skincare, the body and how it all works. What she found was answers and a beautiful natural skincare line today. Oh and P.S. her skin looks amazing now! We are seeing their firming eye serum in the box.
Dafna’s Recovery Cleanser- This is a balm to milk cleanser. It feels so hydrating on the skin, while it removes your makeup and debris from the day. My skin feels completely hydrated after using. I start applying it to dry skin and then once I’ve worked the product in, I add a little water to get that milky consistency. I then rinse some of it off with water, but finish getting the rest of it off with a washcloth. Skin feels refreshed and balanced after using.
Malaya Firming Eye Serum- This eye serum is filled with ingredients that help to firm and treat the under eye area. It has collagen stimulating botanical stem cells, along with pea peptides that help to firm the skin. Plus, green coffee that helps to de-puff and prickly pear that helps to nourish and hydrate the skin. I’m wondering what this magic little bottle doesn’t do! I’ve been applying mine morning and night. I love how it absorbs so quickly into the skin. It comes in a rollerball form too which I love. Makes application so smooth.
The value of this box is $120, but you can get it for $41.95! Get it here!
The Detox Box- Sustainable Swaps
I always love seeing what’s in the Detox Box. It’s such a great mix of products. This month they are honoring Earth Month with some practical and simple sustainable swaps. These products are everyday essentials that you can easily replace in your life.
Odacite Shampoo Bar– Plastic bottles are a big deal when it comes to sustainability. Leaving behind 552 million plastic shampoo bottles every year. Talk about a recipe for some serious waste. A shampoo bar is the perfect solution. No need for a bottle of any kind. Once it’s used up, that’s it! This new shampoo bar launch from Odacite smells amazing and suds up into a rich lather.
bkr Spiked Water Bottle- Plastic water bottles are an epidemic these days and using a reusable water bottle is the answer. No more one use plastic bottles! Plus, you’ll be saving money. And bonus this one looks so chic and can easily be hooked to a backpack.
Meow Meow Tweet Rose Geranium Baking Soda Free Deodorant Stick- Another option that ditches the plastic. This deodorant comes in a biodegradable package. It will decompose within a year of it being tossed in the trash or compost. Pretty cool! This will keep your under arms smelling fresh with no irritation since it’s baking soda free.
BAGGU Standard Reusable Bag- Say goodbye to single use grocery bags and hello to your new cute reusable bag! So easy to store in your purse or car too. Just fold up and you will hardly know it’s there. A great way to kick plastic to the curb yet again!
David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste- This toothpaste comes in an aluminum tube, making it easy to recycle once you’re done using. The toothpaste polishes, keeps breath smelling fresh all day long.
F.E.T.E. Bamboo Toothbrush- This toothbrush is made of bamboo and can easily be composted- just remove the bristles. No more plastic toothbrushes!
This is such a fun box this month! The total value for the box is $111.94! But you can get it for $55. Get the box here!
*Be sure to keep checking back for more natural beauty box roundup April releases!
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