As I have moved toward more organic methods of gardening, my awareness of what non-organic practices affect (like the food on our table, skin care, and the environment) has steadily increased. And as knowledge increases, so does sorrow. Realizing what "mineral oil" really means (found that out on an episode of Dirty Jobs) was the wake-up call that began my journey away from mainstream skin care practices. And when you realize that your skin is your body's largest organ, and brings an alarming amount of what you put on it INTO your body, your label-checking broadens from just your food to include your skin care as well. Which has led me to a lot less skin care purchases at the store.
After paring down products that contained things I didn't want on my skin, I had little left. I used nothing to cleanse my face but a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and castor oil (and scrubbed with a hot washcloth), and nothing to moisturize but coconut oil. Oil dissolves oil, so without soap my skin brightened, cleared, and felt softer after cleansing. I thought I had found the most natural, complete skin care I needed.
|My incredible photography shoot in the nursery. Ha.|
Then I attended a Savvy Boheme party, and BOY was it an educational experience! Keri passed around the products she has formulated from raw and natural sources, and also blew our minds with the science behind why her products work. Like how the sugar in her scrub creates alpha hydroxy acid when used on your skin -- but it contains real, live ingredients that work on your skin in a way that pharmaceutically formulated products simply can't. Amazing. And each item I tried intoxicated my senses with the aromas of coffee, rose, lavender, citrus, cocoa or rosemary. But I thought I had all I needed with my oil cleanser and my coconut oil. So I bought a deodorant (that works - without aluminum!) from her and took home a tester of Anouk raw whipped shea butter, and thought I was done.
|Whipped Shea Butter - light, creamy, heavenly|
It wasn't until I used that whipped shea butter that I realized what I had been missing. Though it was effective against blemishes because of its antibacterial, antifungal properties, the coconut oil didn't keep my skin soft all day. It left it dry half-way to lunch. Turns out it's an astringent, and couldn't touch the whipped shea's effectiveness as a moisturizer. Plus, the Anouk whipped shea butter's aroma of lavender and vanilla was just the pampering this mother of three little kids needed to get going in the morning. Or mid-afternoon.
|Raw Sugar Scrub - when you cleanse with oil rather than soap, your skin no longer needs to compensate for lost sebum, and ends up being less oily overall. Counter-intuitive but true.|
Please note that Savvy Boheme has not offered me any compensation for my review or for holding this giveaway - both were my ideas. This blog is a wonderful way to me to give back to small businesses by promoting them in my little circle, and this is a business I truly believe in.