You wouldn’t know it from how much we talk about cookies, but Birchbox staffers are a pretty healthy bunch. We love our veggies and mind-clearing workouts, and are always up to try the latest fitness class or nutrition bar. Which is why we have new regular column: Well-Balanced. Check back weekly for our latest wellness obsession.
I just got back from aweek in Hawaii, and New York’s grey skies aren’t helping with my post-vacation malaise. While I was in the islands, I took a much-needed break from 24/7 email, didn’t touch a blow dryer, and ate my weight in tropical fruit (not to mention banh mi, ramen, and poke). As I reacclimatize to city living, I’m getting my island fix with products powered by tropical superingredients. (And listening to Hawaiian music on Spotify, of course.)
Papaya: You can get almost anything in New York, but I’ve yet to find a perfectly ripe papaya in the city. I ate papaya for breakfast every morning while I was away, and am already missing it. In addition to being packed with vitamins C and A, the fruit is known for producing papain, an enzyme that aids digestion. Happily, it’s just as good for your skin as it is for your body—when applied as a face mask, the enzyme helps to dissolve the bonds between dead cells and uncover fresh skin. I love June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Masque, which has the added benefit of mango and pineapple extracts, plus replenishing almond and borage oils.
Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a sprawling ranch-style home, chances are you don’t get to update your décor as frequently as you’d like. I know I’ve been stuck with the same furniture since my first apartment after college because hey, it still works. But even if you don’t have the budget to do a redecoration right now, there are still a lot of small, very easy things you can do to make your home feel fresh and impress guests.
1) Incorporate pops of color into your color scheme: I can’t get enough of these cobalt blue C. Wonder Foo Dogs, which would look trés fetching on the book shelf next to my copy of Isabella Blow’s biography and old copies of New York Magazine. I’ve also got my eye on these Core Bamboo Utensils with color-blocked handles, which would certainly encourage me to cook more frequently.
This month, we’re taking you to Beauty School with a collection of samples to help you stock up for the coming season. There aren’t any notebooks or pens, but you’ll find exciting new must-haves. Find out about some of the many samples in this month’s box—plus the details on our first ever Birchbox Find.
And, since we know how much you love these Sneak Peeks, we’re giving you the chance to win every single full-size product featured in this video. Simply comment on our YouTube video page with your answer to Hayley’s question: “What beauty products are you stocking up on for fall?” Make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel and we’ll notify the winner via YouTube message on 8/28. Can’t wait to hear from you!
A new month means new products in the Birchbox Shop! Find out what we can’t wait to get our hands on this month!