Skincare is one topic I am most passionate about because skin per se is the biggest organ of the body. When I was still working for a dermatology pharmaceutical company, I’d often start my marketing presentation with humorous quotes to get the energy going. One of my favorites then was “you can’t face a problem if the problem is your face”. But pun aside, you and I know how flawed skin can wreck one’s confidence. I talk from experience (acne-ridden teenager here) and back then, there’s not much variety when it comes to skincare. Nowadays, the choice is as vast as the ocean. Organic, green, natural, stem cell, cruelty-free, science-based, you name it, every marketer has something “revolutionary” to offer. Basically, it all boils down to personal preference and if you drill down to basics, minimal and naturally-sourced ingredients sometimes offers more advantage. Just like in life, the simpler the better.
Ever heard of Hollybeth Organics? this new-to-me brand had me at hello! As a backgrounder, the company utilizes USDA-certified organic products, all cruelty-free and largely influenced by its founder Hollybeth Anderson who swears by organic and healthy lifestyle. A quick look at the short list of ingredients will make you rethink your next department store brand purchase. Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer ($45, 2 oz/ 59.14 ml) is one example; thick and heavy, it is ideal for dehydrated, dry and aging skin. While it is intended for the face, you can use it as an overall moisturizer for the rest of the body. Unless you have sensitivities to certain natural ingredients, a great naturally-sourced moisturizer like this will keep your face adequately hydrated especially during weather changes i.e winter and summer.
Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (sweet almond oil), * Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax*, Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Pelargonium Graveolens Oil (rose geranium oil)*, Lecithin*. * organic
The Grits and Honey Scrub ($34.99, 2 oz/ 59.14 ml) is an exfoliant made from honey of course! It has the right grit and delectable scent of honey, a perfect marriage of must-haves. I’ve tried aplenty and I’m happy to add this new candy to my stash. I use it delicately on my face and quite aggressively on my elbows, knees and feet.
Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal*, Honey, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (organic sweet almond) Oil*, Tocopherol (organic vitamin E). *organic
Quite trivial but I do find the paisley print boxes shabby chic, they deserve a separate photo!