I was delighted to get these two products from a company who has a passionate focus on natural skin care. Here is a bit about Aucocisco Naturals:
“Aucocisco Naturals creates artisan skin and hair care products from the highest quality botanical and wildcrafted ingredients. Based on the maine coast, we utilize our natural surroundings whenever possible to source elements of our products — such as sea salt full of north atlantic minerals, local beeswax, and wild juniper berries, rosemary, and rose hips. Our products also incorporate herbs, oils, and techniques of the ayurvedic tradition. We believe that natural beauty means not covering up who you are, but revealing your inherant beauty with products that sustain your health and emotional wellbeing.
We never use synthetic dyes, fragrances, extenders, sulfates, parabens, silicones, pegs, or petroleum products. we choose nontoxic preservatives as needed. To extend the shelf life of our products to their fullest, we recommend storing them in a cool, dry, and dark place. our packaging is reusable and/or recyclable. our products and their ingredients are not tested on animals.
We use scientifically proven, non toxic, and nonparaben-based preservatives when a product’s formulation calls for it. We choose preservatives with careful consideration of their effectiveness at protecting you from harmful bacteria, and with consideration of their environmental impact. Our preservatives of choice are lactobacillus ferment (derived from radish root) and aspen bark extract. These ingredients are biodegradable and are not shown to cause any human or environmental toxicity. Our oil-based and dry products are completely preservative-free.”
Conscious skin care that is focused on plants; I dig it!
“Invigorating, skin-brightening and vegan natural facial mask featuring coconut milk and turmeric root powders. Spices have been used in Ayurvedic skin care traditions for hundreds of years. This mask is well-suited for normal to oily skin. Delicious, rich scent complimented by non-sensitizing bergamot essential oil. Turmeric and bergamot help clarify skin, coconut milk powder softens, and gentle kaolin clay draws out excess oil.
This is a dry mix, which means it is free of preservatives and can be customized to your needs. Simply take 1/2 tsp of powder and mix with a few drops of your choice of liquid, and mix to form a paste. Smooth over skin, let dry for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash away thoroughly with lukewarm water. Each bottle has enough powder for approx 20 applications.”
My Description & Thoughts:
This mask is a better version of one that I had made myself at home with turmeric. The combination of ingredients in this mask feel good on my skin and have such an earthy, unique scent. My skin feels like it has the perfect amount of moisture after I use this mask–it is not dried on nor goopy, it is just right. My face feels thoroughly clarified and nourished after using this mask. Turmeric, being an intense & potent spice, leaves a slight yellow tint on my face after application to my skin–I had expected this as I’d experienced it before in using my homemade masks. Alyce of Aucocisco suggested that I use yogurt to take care of the yellow tint. I also found that using citrus on a cotton ball does the trick as well.
“Nourishing oil infused with four herbs from the Ayurveda tradition. Shikakai, bhringraj, neem, amla, and aloe condition the scalp, strands, and ends of all hair types. Strengthens and thickens hair. Use this oil as a serum on dry ends, or as part of a scalp / whole head conditioning treatment. Also aids in softening and smoothing dry or damaged skin.
Hair serum: – Apply to ends of damp or dry hair after washing/bathing/cowashing. Will help control frizz and define curls while adding nutrients and shine to the hair.
Oil scalp and hair massage: – Using the pads of your fingers, apply the oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed. Also work some oil along the length of your hair. Then, using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation. Cover your entire scalp, all the way down the sides to your ears and at the back to your neck. Leave the oil on for at least 30-60 minutes, longer if you can. Wrap with a warm towel or shower cap. Rinse with a natural shampoo, conditioner, or apple cider vinegar.
Skin moisturizer: – Herbal infused oils are also beneficial to dry, flaky, or damaged skin. Apply a few drops to rough spots and rub gently with fingertips.
Made with all natural ayurvedic herbs, apricot seed oil, coconut oil, and lavender essential oil. Perfect addition to a natural hair routine. Naturally herbal scent. Packaged in a 2 oz amber glass bottle with glass dropper.
My Description & Thoughts:
The idea of this product that applies to hair is new to me; a serum that is applied to the scalp to nourish and invigorate. I love the idea. When I think about it, my scalp gets moderately neglected–I don’t have any products that are formulation specifically for the scalp. I applied this serum to my scalp and left it in my hair for about 20 minutes before showering. Afterwards, I blow dried my hair to see how the serum treated my hair, and was pleasantly surprised. Even thought I applied the serum primarily to my scalp, in the shower it distributed itself to the rest of my hair and left it conditioned and manageable after blow drying. I see myself using this product often!
I have used a lot of body oils and have an affinity for them. I treated this serum like I do body oil–I applied it to my damp skin right after showering and before toweling off. It has a wonderful affect on my skin–leaves it moist and soft without leaving it goopy.
I’m impressed with both of these great products, and thank Aucocisco for getting them into my hands to try!
*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.