April 8, 2019

The Clean Beauty Box – "Balance" your skin with Wabi-Sabi Botanicals

Wow, it's hard to believe that Spring is already upon us!

Exactly three days ago Ms. Florida Weather had a sudden mood swing and decided to land on this – a hot and humid, tropical, summer climate. Let's just say that we skipped "springtime" altogether – my favorite season out of them all! Oh poo. Well, I guess it's time to schedule in some spring cleaning!

For April and May, the Clean Beauty Box partnered up with a holistic and all-natural skin care brand that I've been dying to try for a while now – Wabi-Sabi Botanicals! [A quick side note: I can't say this name without thinking of this commercial from the late nineties.]

Before we get into the deets about the products, "what is the Clean Beauty Box," you might ask?

The Clean Beauty Box is a wonderful way to discover and experience high-quality, ethically sourced, and [most importantly] consumer-safe self-care products. Every other month, they collaborate with skin care and beauty brands to provide a themed and curated collection of 2 to 4, full sized products, right to your front door.

Their beauty discovery service not only helps us in navigating the ever-growing skin care market by researching for us in advance products that are "clean" – non-toxic and cruelty-free – but it also offers them to us at a fraction of the actual cost. For example, this month's box has a retail value of a whoppin' $112 but the monthly subscription starts at only $39-$41 per month.

This Month's Artist Collaboration 

The Clean Beauty Box trimmed down their use of packaging material last month [high five for eco-consciousness!] and incorporated pops of design and color to their box's exterior! This month's illustration of crystal and rare gems are by designer and illustrator Zoe Wodarz. So bright and unique, I spotted this gorgeous box on my doorstep from a block away!

Balancing Act Crystal Rollerball Intensif Serum No.2

This month's box, themed "Balance," features two full sized products by Wabi-Sabi Botanicals. And it includes the limited edition of the Balancing Act Intensif Serum No.2 in a larger size than ever before (15ml) and in a Brazilian Tiger's Eye crystal ball applicator! This is an exclusive pre-launch, ya'll. I don't know about you, but when I hear "exclusive" and "pre-launch," I get excited. 

The Balancing Act Intensif Serum No.2 is an oil based serum formulated with three organically cultivated ingredients: guava seed oil, sacha inchi seed oil, and borage seed oil. Here below is a description of the many benefits of this serum from Wabi Sabi's website: 

"This concentrated Omega-3 and Omega-6 skin serum will balance combination and oily-prone skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce pore congestion. This lightweight blend of raw oils infuses oily and acne-prone skin with the exact nutrients they lack - skin-soothing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids - for a matte, clear complexion.

Gently astringent Guava seed soothes and gently tightens the skin, while Peruvian Sacha Inchi strengthens and rebuilds the skin's natural protective barrier and Borage flower helps to regulate hormonal imbalances and calm the appearance of inflammation." -wabisabibotanicals.com

I am still surprised by how lightweight this oil formulation is. At first, I didn't even realize that it had oil in it until I read the inner pamphlet. The texture of the serum is so lightweight – like the texture of Lea & Perrins' Worcestershire Sauce. [any cooks around here?] 

I like to use this after my water based serums as a final step to my evening routine or just before I apply SPF in the mornings. It gives my skin an immediate glow and radiance! Now that the weather is humid and hot, I can skip moisturizer altogether on days that I apply the Intensif Serum No.2. And just as a heads up, although I personally like the earthy, almost bitter, Asian-y medicinal scent of the serum, it can seem more potent than others.

The unique rollerball applicator lends itself to a more even spreading of the oil serum and I love giving myself a mini massage with it too. 

Now that I've tried The Balancing Act Intensif Serum No.2, I'm curious about their other Intensif Serums No. 1, 3, 4 and 5!

The Giver Illuminative Ritual Cleanser & Makeup Dissolver

Many of you know that I am a huge proponent of double cleansing. Unless I'm in a HUGE hurry, or photographing swatches of foundations for the blog, or on a short trip where I don't have the option of bring liquid-y skincare along, I don't usually use make-up remover wipes. [I do have some non-toxic ones handy though, for those special occasions.] I most prefer a water soluble oil cleanser like this one by Boscia.  

Why don't I use make-up remover wipes? Because [1.] they don't work that well in removing all of my makeup – especially eye makeup. [2.] The wipes feel rough and pull on the skin – especially, again, around the eyes. [3.] And many of them are drenched in chemical solutions with preservatives and who knows what.  

Why do I love double cleansing with oil? Because [1.] the oils work to dissolve sunscreen and oil based makeup really well. [2.] The massaging aspect of the cleansing oils not only feels relaxing and therapeutic, the rubbing action helps in dislodging dirt and debris from the pores. [3.] The steam from the hot running water and the pressing of the warm cotton washcloth, helps in opening up the pores and feels like a pampering spa session. 

I've tried several different bottles of cleansing oils this past year and, truth be told, it's not easy to find one that's "just right" but this one comes close. This formulation doesn't sting my eyes, and the cleansing oil smells like you just stepped into a Starbucks with a freshly brewed batch of Vanilla Almond Chocolate Milk Latte with whipped cream on top. 

The Giver is on another level of cleansing oil. Used as an oil cleanser, as you massage this into the skin, not only are you removing makeup, but the exposure to different seed and plant extracted oils bring with it many skin benefits.

This is such a luxurious oil, in terms of its high quality ingredients, that it doubles as a face oil and even works incredibly as a ends-of-the-hair conditioning oil. I've been using the Giver as a face oil at least once or twice a week to seal in water based serums and moisturizers. It's especially a wonderful overnight mask. Don't forget to bring it down your neck too!

Hair, like skin, is so personalized for everyone and I rarely talk about hair-care on Beauty Cleanse. But I've tried a handful of different face oils to condition the ends of my locks this past year and The Giver by Wabi Sabi Botanicals has become my absolute favorite! Why do I use face oils instead of a product that's been formulated exclusively for the hair? Good question! Personally, I have long straight hair which ends up touching my face and my back a lot of the time. The problem I've had with oils that don't also work for my face is that they'll make me break out as the oils transfer from my hair to my skin.

The How: I apply The Giver when my hair is almost dried after my evening shower and then I'll massage 2 pumps of it into my ends. I'll wait for my hair to completely air dry before hitting the sheets and when I wake up the next morning, my locks feel and look extra soft and silky and healthy. 

I've been subscribed to The Clean Beauty Box since last December and I can honestly say that this has been my favorite box yet! Both the Intensif Serum No.2 and The Giver has been working very well for my skin and hair and I hope that you'll also have an opportunity to experience Wabi Sabi Botanicals!

Something that I look forward to at the beginning of each month is the delivery of my monthly subscription to the Clean Beauty Box. And as you've read, this month was no exception. I can't wait to see what next month's box has in store! 

Wishing you a BEAUTY-Full Day!


Previous Boxes by The Clean Beauty Box:
December 2018
January 2019
February 2019
March 2019

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