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  • Verite
    body,  overnight,  Verité Spa Organics

    Verité Hydrate + Nourish

    A stunning selection of luxury products from New Zealand brand Verité Spa Organics, Boxwalla presents The Truth about Gardens & Dreams beauty box as a one-off, limited edition (non-subscription) purchase.   About the Brand Derived from the French word for ‘truth’, Verité creates skincare true to nature, produced with a harmonious, ethical and honest respect for the earth and its resources. Founded by Janin Dei-Conti, a trained aromatherapist, Verité takes a holistic approach to beauty, formulating with the intention to nourish and restore skin while also uplifting the mind and spirit.  This pair more than live up to that objective.  GOOD NIGHT Recovery & Repair Sleep Mask   Employing Probiotics…

  • A Kairos Moment Capsule Collection
    Lepaar,  oil

    Lepaar – A Kairos Moment Capsule Collection

    I was recently privileged to receive a trio of LEPAAR products entitled, A Kairos Moment Capsule Collection, from Boxwalla. The set exemplifies the magic of slow, soulful skincare. The sentiment alone makes me melt! Read on and see why this one-off, limited edition (non-subscription) purchase is worth the investment. About the Brand Founders, Johanna & Christo, are the ultimate story tellers and free spirits, driven by passion, celestial energy, nature and sustainability and educated by experience and tradition. Their union is a representation of refinement and spirit which also happens to be the story behind this wholistic luxury brand whose objective is to achieve effective products that generate a graceful…

  • Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser
    Pyunkang Yul,  second cleanse

    Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser

    the claim The Pyunkang Yul Calming Low pH Foaming Cleanser claims to be a self-foaming cleanser specially formulated for sensitive skin. It contains 5 kinds of centella asiatica extract for soothing, botanical extracts for balance and shine control plus mild AHA exfoliation.     the science Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate (DLS), is a sulfate free, gentle cleansing agent that can lift oils and dirt from the skin as well as boost foam. It has a larger molecular size than most surfactants which makes it gentler because it doesn’t readily penetrate as deeply, thus reducing the possibility of irritation. Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate and Coco-glucoside are gentle cleansing agents derived from coconut which…

  • Cosrx,  face

    Cosrx Propolis Light Cream

    the claim The Cosrx Propolis Light Cream claims to be a moisturising cream boasting a high percentage of black bee propolis complex and antioxidants for a plump, soft and glowing complexion.     the science The hero of this cream is 65% Full Fit Pro-Barrier Complex, a combination of Propolis, Honey and Royal Jelly Extracts. Excellent for the skin, the combination is rich in flavonoids and displays powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Its high antioxidant content assists to keep free radicals from causing cell damage. The complex works to regenerate and moisturize skin, helping make it smooth, supple and hydrated. An ability to balance skin oils helps to prevent…

  • Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel
    Isntree,  sunscreen

    Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel

    the claim The Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel is formulated with Ceramide and eight kinds of Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize plus SPF50+ PA++++ to protect against ultraviolet rays. Suitable for use year round without leaving a white cast and sticky feel.     the science A variety of sunscreen filters feature in this sunscreen to offer excellent broad protection at the highest level. Single filters include Ethylhexyl Salicylate (also known as Octyl Slicylate) is an organic compound of Salicylic Acid and 2-Ethylhexanol. The former absorbs UVB rays from the sun, the latter acts as a fatty alcohol adding water resistant properties to the sunscreen. Another UVB blocker is the…

  • Pyunkang Yul Calming Moisture Barrier Cream
    face,  Pyunkang Yul

    Pyunkang Yul Calming Moisture Barrier Cream

    the claim The Pyunkang Yul Calming Moisture Barrier Cream claims to calm and moisturise sensitive skin, leaving it soothed and supple with the help of centella asiatica, tea tree and honeysuckle flower extracts while also reinforcing the moisture barrier with ceramide.     the science Centella Asiatica Extract features as the star soothing ingredient in the formulation, accompanied by it’s four components, Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid. Traditionally used in Asian medicine for its healing ability, it’s a diverse ingredient offering anti-inflammatory benefits to ease irritation and acne while restorative behaviour stimulates new cell growth, builds collagen and improves circulation. Supporting this function with excellent antioxidant content and soothing…

  • body,  Mokosh,  oil,  second cleanse

    Mokosh Skincare – Part II

    the brand In Part I I introduced you to this multi-award winning Australian brand who brings us a range of natural, ethically developed skincare to heal, balance and nurture. In Part II, I review a few more items including a lip balm, oil serum, body cream and bar soap, so please read on…       Frankincense & Orange Body Cream The Frankincense & Orange Body Cream is a highly indulgent body cream concentrate that sinks into the skin to restore suppleness and elasticity. ⁣   Ingredients Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter⁺, Camellia oleifera seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) oil, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Macadamia ternifolia…

  • Urang Natural Cleansing Oil
    first cleanse,  Urang

    Urang Natural Cleansing Oil

    the claim The Urang Natural Cleansing Oil is a vegan blend of seed oils designed to cleanse away impurities, clear pores and remove sunscreen and makeup while also protecting the skin barrier. It’s gentle and safe, free of preservatives, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, additives and harmful ingredients making it suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.     the ingredients Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquioleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Decaoleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride  …

  • I'm From Mugwort Essence
    essence,  I'm From

    I’m From Mugwort Essence

    the claim The I’m From Mugwort Essence is made using 100% concentrated extract of top quality mugwort from Ganghwa County in Korea. It’s designed to calm and soothe irritated/troubled skin.     the science With antibacterial and antifungal properties, Mugwort has been used medicinally for centuries in Asia as well as for traditional baths due to its detoxifying properties and infusions to help with digestion. There are several types of mugwort, the one used in this essence is commonly known as Asian Wormwood. Fermented 100% pure mugwort from Ganghwa, South Korea, promises to soothe the skin with calming properties. A terrific saviour, mugwort is a great soother of inflammation and…

  • Pyunkang Yul Calming Deep Moisture Toner
    hydrating toner,  Pyunkang Yul

    Pyunkang Yul Calming Deep Moisture Toner

    the claim The Pyunkang Yul Calming Deep Moisture Toner is formulated for acne prone skin to soothe with centella asicatica, control excessive sebum production with willow bark extract, hydrate with five weights of Hyalyronic Acid and gently exfoliate with AHA and PHA.     the science Two exfoliating agents are employed by this toner. Gluconolactone is a Polyhydroxy Acid that functions like an AHA (eg. glycolic acid) but is far gentler due to a larger molecular structure and hence inability to penetrate the skin as deeply. According to dermatologist Dr. Rubin, reduced absorption only barely reduces effectiveness (around 6%). Willow Bark Extract contains salicylic acid, a BHA and natural exfoliant…