So excited to share with you the Boxwalla October Box: African Botanics with you! There are so many reasons I really dig Boxwalla. I had been getting the box for a while up until last year but then I took a break while I was moving and getting settled. But honestly I kept seeing the curations every other month and I would drool a little! Haha, once a green beauty blogger, always a green beauty blogger!
In case you’re not familiar with Boxwalla– allow me to introduce you. This box delivers some of the best of green beauty. I find that’s what sets them apart from other green beauty boxes is their thoughtful curations. I always find they go out on a limb and really find brands and artisans that I haven’t heard of- which I love! If you’re into trying new brands and discovering people that truly love their craft- this box is for you. I also love that this box is bi-monthly versus every month. It helps me to savor each box and really get to know the products. Their selections are always cruelty free as well. The products are also free of certain ingredients according to Boxwalla standards. You can find the specific ingredients they avoid here. Another reason I love getting behind this box! Plus, don’t get me started on their actual boxes the products come in- seriously next level. I keep each box and give them to others with gifts in them because they’re so gorgeous! Read below on how their boxes are made. A quote from Boxwalla’s website:
Each box containing Boxwalla goodies is carefully crafted from tree-free handmade paper. A small company in India makes the paper for us, from cotton scraps, using the traditional art of paper-making that involves 9 steps and takes several weeks. The handmade paper is then meticulously fashioned into the boxes that you see in the pictures. The whole process is completely child labor free and employs 63 local villagers and 20 skilled artisans whose families have been making paper for generations. We love supporting socially and environmentally conscious businesses such as these : They craft beautiful products while preserving traditional crafts and skills that would otherwise be completely lost.
Ok, last reason I love supporting Boxwalla, you don’t have to subscribe for more than one month at a time if you don’t want too- amazing! A lot of beauty boxes you have to subscribe for 3 months or more. Not with Boxwalla. You can if you wish but it’s not required.
So now that you know the 411 on this amazing green beauty box, let’s chat about the October Box- because it’s REALLY good!
Say hello to your new favorite serum. But for real. So in the August Boxwalla box we saw the Fleurs de’Afrique, an amazing plant based retinol oil that my skin LOVES! I literally have seen a brightness in my skin and hyper pigmentation fade- no joke. If you got it, then you know what I’m talking about.
Well, this box is the perfect complement to it. It is a gel serum that can be worn under the Fleurs de’Afrique or any other oil serum and helps to plump, hydrate and deliver antioxidants to your skin. I’m starting to wonder what it can’t do! It feels so refreshing and moisturizing on the skin. The biggest takeaways from the serum is how hydrated and rejuvenated my skin feels after using. The fine lines in my skin are all filled in and smooth. It’s really like a primer before I put on my makeup! I can’t get enough.
I apply mine after cleansing and toning. Then I follow with the Fleurs de’AFrique. The serum also contains plant based retinol. Basically, the more you use it and are consistent with it, the more results you will see over time. This box is valued at $160! But you can get it for $49.95- I know crazy! I would hop on this now because word on the street this box will go fast. You can get it until October 10th. Get the box here!
I literally want to try all of African Botanics products- no joke. I have browsed their website and may slightly drool. The amount of attention that goes into them is so amazing. Check out the brand more here.
Today is going to be a little review of The Golden Hour Podcasts with hosts Suzi and Rose. There have been 13 different health experts in various fields that have been on the podcast. From naturopathic doctors, dermatologists, natural bloggers and medical doctors. There have been so many golden nuggets we’ve gleaned from all the episodes. However, we thought it would be great to recap and review the episodes and share the biggest takeaways from each. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what was shared. It might be a good idea to even go back and listen if you need to.
Ok, I’ve got the best Labor Day Sales in green beauty and natural living for you all! I’ll be updating it as I get new information in. Some I can’t share until certain dates, so I’ll keep you posted as the new info. comes in. One things for sure, there are deals galore happening and I don’t want you to miss out on any of them!
When Labor day sales happen it’s the perfect time to stock up on some serious loot for the holidays. Before things have been picked over or sold out- if ya know what I mean. Plus, you’ll get a head start on Christmas shopping- how cool!
I’m going to list each online store and then under them I’ll list the deal. Some I may have to leave blank until a specific date. Be sure to check back throughout the week and weekend as I’ll be updating with the latest sales happening!
Pharmaca is your one stop shop for everything natural lifestyle! From green beauty, supplements, natural living, and organic baby. They are offering 25% off using coupon code: LABORDAY . Starts Friday Aug. 31st- Monday Sept. 3rd.
I love West Elm for their quality products, but also their sustainability practices and fair trade. I’ve purchased my all wood bed frame from them, and many bedding items. Check out my blog I did on detoxing your bedding here. They offer so many great organic bedding options- from sheets, blankets and duvet covers. They are having sales on everything and a certain percentage off for certain amounts you spend.
I’ve been using the Almond Cow for over two months now and I can’t recommend it enough! Serious game changer when it comes to making your own nut milks! It does all the straining and grinding. You literally soak the nuts, add them to their special machine and voila- instant nut milk! And guess what?! It’s so smooth and creamy- even better than how I used to make it. You will love! They are offering my readers $15 off their purchase using coupon code: gurlgonegreen.
Offering 35% off August 30th – Sept. 3rd. If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m obsessed with raw veggie bread! What is it? It’s a combination of nuts, seeds, veggies, oils, herbs and spices. The combination gives you such a nutrient punch. From healthy fats to antioxidants- you’re body will thank you! I started making it over a year ago and haven’t looked back! It’s seriously been life changing. I didn’t learn this myself- I learned from the master, Deanna Mutzel from @realfoodlab. She’s the queen when it comes to making raw veggie bread! She has two ebooks/courses on it. One larger and one smaller. I’ve taken the larger one and I can’t tell you how much it helped me! It’s packed full of videos, tutorials, tips, recipes and so much more. I’ve never eaten more veggies in my life and loved it! I can’t recommend it enough. Also, read my full blog post I did on raw veggie bread to understand what it is and why I love it so much!
Art of Organics August Box: Sultry is here! This box is named Sultry and what a perfect name. The box contains a hair oil, and body oil from Prim Botanicals. I was first introduced to Prim Botanicals body oil years ago, but their hair oil is a new product for me. The scents and packaging of Prim Botanicals really evoke a tropical vacation and the summer sultry weather we often have. So the theme of the box Sultry couldn’t have been a better pick!
If you aren’t familiar with Art of Organics and this green beauty box, then keep reading as I explain why this box is one to get a hold of. Their belief is really simple-You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty. I couldn’t agree more! Their goal is to bring people the cleanest, best, and most luxurious products. Claire the founder, has always been a beauty junkie and on the quest to purge her own makeup bag, she realized she wanted to share her journey with others and raise awareness. I noticed instantly after opening the box, the attention to detail. They name their boxes each month as well as follow a theme. The card inside describes the products in the box so well and gave directions for application. The box is $38, with a value of $70+ and features each month 2-4 full size products. They have high standards for their product selection, such as being cruelty free, organic and non-toxic. They have more specifics on the ingredients they don’t use here on their website.
This is a new body oil for me as I mentioned. It comes in a beautiful glass spray bottle. I love the spray application! It’s rare to find a body oil with a spray application but I find I’m always drawn to a spray applicator. When I first smelled the body oil I thought it might be too strong for me. But then as I wore it, the scent really melted into my skin and created such a lovely scent- meshing with my own pheromones. I apply it right after I shower to slightly damp skin. When your skin is damp it really allows the body oil to seep right into your skin. You’re left with skin that is soft and supple. I mean the softness really lingers! My skin felt great the next day even. The scent is a mixture of wild rose, jasmine, bergamot, and spicy black pepper. You could say I’ve been wearing this body oil nonstop!
Prim Botanicals Hair Oil-
I am familiar with their hair oil from years ago. First of all the scent is amazing! I want to wear it as a perfume…oh wait I do! The scent is a blend of vanilla, orange, rosemary, and black pepper. Subtle but so enticing. I don’t use hair oils that often just because my hair is fine and thin but I do find there are times that even this fine haired gal needs a good hair oil. Specifically when I’ve been outside a lot and the sun has done a number to my hair. Sometimes it needs a good hydration session and a good hair oil is just the ticket. I also love applying a hair oil before going in the pool where there is chlorine water. The chlorine can discolor my blond hair at times and this helps to protect it by repelling the water from absorbing. I also love how this comes in a squirt application! So much easier to avoid over using a lot.
Bonus- I’ve found the hair oil to be amazing for my skin too! 😉
This month’s box will have you feeling sultry all over! Plus, smelling amazing! Be sure to grab your box here before they’re gone! Not only do you get quality products each month from Art of Organics but for a steal. You pay $39 each month and get access to some stellar green beauty. You can sign up for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months! At 6 and 12 months you start saving. Also, each month a theme is chosen around the box.
Excited to finally share my Live Botanical Review with you guys! I first discovered Live Botanical at IBE Dallas. I had the pleasure of meeting the maker and founder Carolyn. It was so great to connect and hear her enthusiasm for herbs. Sometimes people merely create a line but I could instantly tell this was Carolyn’s passion. Although she is an herbalist, much of how Carolyn sees skincare is based on her 15+ years in the technology field as an analyst. It’s always so fascinating to see how people get their start in skincare.
Live Botanical has become a gold mine as I’ve tried more products. It’s not often I find products that not only are clean, but also effective and budget friendly. People are constantly asking what options I would recommend that are less expensive and it can be hard. Sometimes you have to sacrifice performance, however, not with Live Botanical. I think that’s why I initially got so jazzed about it. I saw that not only was the line organic, non-GMO, ethically wild-harvested, local, sustainable and fair trade but budget friendly. She really goes the extra mile. She also uses glass packaging too-something I swoon over. I mean it’s kind of rare to check all the boxes but also be affordable!
There is a wide variety of products from facial products, to body products. I tried a handful of them. I’ve shared a review before about the Skin Repair Balm and Aer Hyaluronic Serum, and I’m adding them on to my review here. I have some new products to share- specifically their Best of Live Botanical Kit. Keep reading to hear my full review! Oh and Carolyn the founder has been so kind to offer 20%! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN!
Skin Repair Balm-
First, the Skin Repair Balm is such an amazing multi-use product. I’ve used it as a cleansing balm, hydrator and to help heal and relive pain from a burn. One of the ingredients I love in the balm is yarrow-a powerful anti-inflammatory. As a cleansing balm it removes all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and supple. I wake up with perfectly moisturized skin. I put it on a hot water burn and it instantly took away the throbbing pain. I’m wondering what this little jar can’t do?! Snag yours here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Blue Tansy + Babassu Balancing Whipped Oil-
I was so excited to try out the new Blue Tansy + Babassu Balancing Whipped Oil! If you’ve followed me long enough you know I’m a big fan of blue tansy- this oil does so much. First, the smell is so wonderful! It has a sweetness to the smell but still smells herbal too. Besides, smelling good, it also relaxes the nervous system. It also helps to balance the hormones in our body- can you say YES! It calms inflammation and redness in the skin. Babassu is also in this whipped oil, which I love too. It’s similar to coconut oil but not pore clogging like coconut oil can be. These two combined are perfect for combination, dry or skin prone to breakouts. If you do have dry skin you may still want to use an oil first then the whipped oil. I loved applying it after cleansing and toning. I found I didn’t need extra hydration right now. My skin felt so good in the morning! It quickly absorbs into the skin leaving it feeling hydrated but with a matte look, not oily. Overall, I can’t recommend this product enough! If you have skin that is breaking out or just skin that needs a little tlc- this is perfect. Grab your Blue Tansy + Babassu here! Don’t forget to use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Mint + Ginger Toning Mist-
This toning mist is everything! It feels so refreshing and dewy on the skin. I love anything mint, as most of you know and this toning mist is no exception. Plus, the kick of ginger sends this mist over the top. It calms my skin while at the same time reinvigorating it. I love spraying this after cleansing and right before my serums/moisturizers. Not too mention it really feels so good in the morning! It perks up my skin and gets me going. I love how Carolyn uses a combination of herbs that are both warming and cooling. This helps to increase circulation and improve cell turnover. With the first ingredient being aloe, you literally feel like your skin is hydrated from the inside out! I’ve been using this non-stop and can’t get enough! Get your Mint + Ginger Toning Mist here! Don’t forget to use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Luna Rose and Honey Mask-
I love this mask! It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke! It apply it all over in the morning and then grab my toothbrush and then rinse off once I’m done brushing my teeth. It feels so hydrating and soothing to the skin. It gives a slight exfoliation too with herbal grains. The raw honey in this mask draws moisture to the skin while soaking up all the excess oils at the same time. What I love is that this mask can be used daily as a cleanser or as a mask a couple times a week. It really lives up to it’s name: Glowing Mask. I promise you won’t be disappointed! I can’t get enough of this decadent skin treat! Oh and did I mention it’s only $30? Get your mask here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Aer Hyaluronic Serum-
I also tried the Aer Hyaluronic Serum and was so excited after the first use! It’s unlike any product I’ve used. I apply it after toning and press it on my face. It leaves your skin feeling a bit wet but then it absorbs and fills in lines and evens out your whole complexion. I apply my moisturizer/oil after and then my makeup and love the end result. My skin is dewy and moist the whole day and doesn’t look haggard. Am I making sense? The first ingredient is aloe, which I’m all about-it replenishes the skin and plumps it up. You guys need this-it’s fantastic and a staple in my makeup routine! Get yours here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Best of Live Botanical Kit-
This Kit is the perfect solution for someone who is looking to sample a good amount of product, but not break the bank or a skincare set for travel. The kit includes Coconut and Bergamot Body Cream, Blood Orange and Neroli Toner, Clary Sage and Chamomile Calming Serum, Luna Moisturizing Cleanser. It’s a $130 value but you can get it for only $84-HELLO! Such a steal! And I didn’t even mention the cute bag it comes in by Frankie & Coco– locally handcrafted in Portland, OR. If you’re wanting to transition to clean skincare but have been fighting the price tag- this may be the perfect line for you! Snag your Best of Live Botanical Here!Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Coconut & Bergamot Body Cream-
I can’t get enough of this body cream! It’s so good. The smell of this is enough to transport you to an island oasis. It comes in the cutest tin too. I applied it right after showering and it melted into my skin. My skin felt hydrated and moisturized but not greasy at all. I need tubs of this-no joke! Seriously one of the best body creams I’ve used! Get your Body Cream here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Blood Orange & Neroli Toner-
This toner gives the perfect amount of hydration. I love spritzing this on after cleansing and right before a serum. It smells just like the name suggests- blood orange and neroli. It’s very soothing. The ingredients in this are on point too. You can even just spritz it throughout the day to lift your mood. The blood orange is perfect for balancing skin and tightening pores. While neroli is great for calming redness, and soothing the skin. A stellar combo for a hydrosol. Grab your toner here!Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Clary Sage & Chamomile Calming Serum-
This serum is probably my favorite product from all the ones I’ve tried so far. I even had my sisters try it and they loved it as well. It smells so light and calming. My skin soaked it up and there was no oily residue left behind. It felt so soothing on my skin. In the morning I would wake up with skin that looked so fresh and revitalized. I especially notice when products are soothing and calm redness since it’s something I deal with. This really helped give my skin an overall even look. I also loved applying it before my makeup. It was the perfect moisturizer, not too heavy but just enough. I can’t recommend it enough for anyone, but especially those with sensitive skin types and those prone to redness! Plus, when you see the ingredient list you might drool a little- so good! Get your Calming Serum here!Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Luna Moisturizing Cleanser-
This cleanser is one of prettiest cleansers I’ve ever used! It looks so pretty in the bottle. It’s a milky cleanser and very hydrating. I would get my face damp and then apply the cleanser in circular motions to remove my makeup. Then I would take a warm washcloth and wipe it off. It would leave my skin feeling moist and not dry at all. I would recommend this for anyone with dry or sensitive skin. It’s not going to dry your skin out at all like some cleansers might. My sister who has more oily skin thought it was a bit too hydrating for her skin type. I have more dry/combination skin and it worked great for me. Get your cleanser here!Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
That concludes my review of Live Botanical. I absolutely believe in this line and can’t wait to try more products! The quality that goes into each product is really amazing, not too mention the price tag is awesome! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!