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Alaska Glacial Mud Skin Care Review

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Alaska Glacial Mud

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Alaska Glacial Mud:

Where the river meets the sea. The luxurious spa quality of glacial mud is well known by Alaskans who grow up bathing in its buttery texture. The idea for Alaska Glacial Mud Co. in particular was born in 2001 following an extraordinary journey down the Copper River on a raft where wilderness offered the most auspicious and unexpected spa experience in the world, bathing in glacial pools amidst bear tracks and the call of wild eagles. Since that journey and every time a local resident mentioned that “somebody should bottle this stuff,” Lauren Padawer, the founder of Alaska Glacial Mud Co. realized she was the right woman in the right place at the right time.

The rafting trip was sponsored by the Eyak Preservation Council, a non-profit organization founded by Eyak descendant Dune Lankard. The organization is dedicated to a legacy of cultural and environmental preservation in honor of indigenous Eyak people who have called the Copper River Delta home for thousands of years. The rafting trip instilled a respect and awareness for the Copper River’s bounty and the importance of protecting our planet’s last remaining wild places.

While the playful spa quality of the Copper River mud may have inspired Alaska Glacial Mud Co., it was the river and its inhabitants that gave voice to the importance of sustainability and activism in our company philosophy.

In addition to being purveyors of the finest mineral-rich Alaska Glacial Mud, we are also advocates for the Copper River Delta/Watershed and pledge 10% of our profits to local organizations that love, work and fight for its protection.”

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Glacial Masque (Vanilla Lavender / and Lavender Peppermint)

Alaska Glacial Mud’s Description:

“GLACIAL FACIAL PURIFYING MINERAL MUD MASQUE
Available in unscented, lavender-peppermint and vanilla-lavender (made with essential oils).

FORMULA: Made with the most mineral-rich and pure glacial clay in the world, sustainably hand-carved from the remote waters of the Copper River Delta in Alaska and enriched with a special combination of certified organic and wildcrafted botanical extracts from the Pacific Northwest that are chosen for their moisturizing, skin-softening, anti-aging and immunoprotective properties.

BENEFITS: Our glacial masque detoxifies, exfoliates and softens skin while more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements promote healthy skin cell regeneration. Gentle and balanced for all skin types. Human-tested, allergy-free, does not cause irritation.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Glacial clay and silt – exfoliating and detoxifying natural deposit with more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements, including Mg, Cu, Z, S, Ag, Si, Ca, Na, K and Fe that promote anti-aging, help skin hold moisture and form collagen resulting in radiant skin.
Certified organic and wildcrafted botanical extracts including kelpnettlehorsetailelderfloweryarrow,cranberryblueberry and vitamins e and b5.

GREEN: Wild & certified organic ingredients. No synthetic fragrances, colors or fillers. No propylene glycol, no pthalates and paraben-free. No animal by-products or testing. Sustainably hand-carved glacial mud. 10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.

RETAIL PACKAGING: 3.5 oz. PETG recyclable jar and 100% recyclable paperboard.

AS SEEN IN: SELF, The Week, Pregnancy & Newborn, LUCKY, SHAPE, Conde Nast Traveler, PLENTY, Coastal Living, Woman’s World.

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS: Alaska glacial mud, purified water, glycerin*, emulsifying wax nf*, natural kaolin, safflower seed oil**, vitamin b5, glyceryl stearate se*, extracts of yarrow**, horsetail**, elderflower**, blueberry**, cranberry** and kelp***; vitamin e, natural xanthan gum, bisabolol*, steam-distilled essential oils (depending on type)**^, preservatives of 1,2 hexanediol*, caprylyl glycol*, tropolone*.

^Refreshing lavender-peppermint version includes essential oils of lavender and peppermint. Relaxing vanilla-lavender includes essential oil of lavender and vanilla flavor extract.
*plant-derived, **certified organic, ***wild-crafted.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love, love, love these masks! Out of the two scents, I like the Lavender Peppermint best–but, it was a close call. I also really enjoyed the Vanilla Lavender combination. I found the Lavender Peppermint to be my favorite because of the cooling effect that the peppermint has on my skin. It makes the mask leave a refreshing feeling on my face even after I rinse it off.

The use of mud in their products makes them extra awesome. Mud is a natural astringent, exfoliator and skin purifier, making it the perfect base for a facial mask. It did all of those things for my skin: stripped away excess oil, exfoliated as I washed it off, and left my skin pure and fresh feeling.

I also found the texture of this mask to be perfect. In general, I like mud and clay masks best because they tend to be robust & dense and also stay on skin well.The ingredients used in these masks are very good and I like how Alaska Glacial Mud differenciates between plant derived, certified organic and wild crafted. It lets the consumer know that they are not trying to hide anything and they are eager for their customers to see what they’re getting. I especially loved seeing pictures on their website of them gathering the mud!

The handy little brush they they included with the samples is perfect. It makes application and clean up a sinch.

Really a wonderful product that I thoroughly enjoyed using. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a clarifying facial mask with organic ingredients.

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Mineral Soap Bar

Alaska Glacial Mud’s Description:

“EXFOLIATING GLACIAL MINERAL SOAP BAR
Available in lavender-peppermint and bergamot-lemongrass-mandarin-lavender (made with essential oils).

FORMULA: Our hand-crafted artisan cold-process bars are made with high quality certified organic emollient oils of olive, coconut and palm and enriched with pure exfoliating and mineral-rich glacial clay and goat’s milk.

BENEFITS: Our exfoliating mineral soap bar is supercharged with Alaska glacial mineral mud to remove tough dirt, exfoliate dead skin cells, detoxify pores, cleanse and help defend against breakouts. Incredibly rich lather, non-drying, divine smell. A masterpiece! Suitable for the entire body, especially great for the face, shaving and as a shampoo replacement. Gentle and balanced for all skin types.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Saponified certified organic olive, coconut and palm oils – Super emollient oils for moisture-rich skin.
Glacial clay and silt – exfoliating and detoxifying natural deposit with more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements, including Mg, Cu, Z, S, Ag, Si, Ca, Na, K and Fe that promote anti-aging, help skin hold moisture and form collagen resulting in radiant skin.
Goat’s Milk – contains natural proteins and triglycerides that are easily absorbed into the skin and over 50 nutrients including vitamins A, C and B-complex, minerals and other elements that nourish and rejuvenate dehydrated skin.

GREEN: Wild & certified organic ingredients. No synthetic fragrances, colors or fillers. No propylene glycol, paraben-free. No animal by-products or testing. Sustainably hand-carved glacial mud. 10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.

RETAIL PACKAGING: 4 oz. 100% recyclable paperboard.

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS: Saponified oils of extra virgin olive*, coconut* and palm*, goat’s milk, Alaska glacial mineral mud**, steam-distilled essential oils (depending on type)***^, vitamin e***.

^lavender and peppermint or lavender, bergamot, mandarin and lemongrass oils
*certified organic, **wild-crafted, ***plant-derived.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This is is ideal bar of soap for healthy, clear skin. Like in the mud masks, the mud in this soap naturally gets rid of extra oil and sebum that sits atop skin. Its a unique thing to find a soap that does a gentle yet thorough job of cleansing skin–and this soap is it! Since it provides such a good job at cleaning skin, I do follow up with a moisturizer or serum after using it to help maintain an adequate level of moisture on my skin.

The scent of the soap is pleasant and herbaceous with a zip and zest from the bergamot and lemongrass. It’s a good bar to keep in the shower for the whole family to use because most of the scents would satisfying men and women both, I’d imagine.

The ingredients are really great; I’ve found Alaska Glacial Mud’s ingredient lists to be pretty impressive. I LOVE when a product has many uses. As they suggest, it is indeed great as a body wash, face wash and shampoo substitute. You will really get your money’s worth with this bar. I’d recommend this bar to bring when traveling or camping, since it will replace several bottles of products and will take up much less space.

This is a fantastic, high quality bar of soap that smells great and performs like a dream.

It’s icing on the cake that Alaska Glacial Mud gives back to a cause they believe in, as they mention….”10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.”

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

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HollyBeth Organics Review

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HollyBeth Organics Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About HollyBeth Organics:

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“HollyBeth Organics began as a hobby as HollyBeth was traveling the globe. After 50 countries, 50 years and an epiphany, she decided to put her passion to the test and create HollyBeth Organics, a USDA certified organic skin care line. HollyBeth grew up walking in the woods in North Georgia with her Grandmother who was well versed in plants and their medicinal properties. While living in France, she was introduced to essential oils and organic skincare and living in Latin America, she learned the curative powers of herbs from local healers. While living in Spain, a friend’s mother told her to always use eye cream.  After collecting too many eye creams from her travels, she decided to create her own. The result is a complete line of effective skincare products. HollyBeth hand selects ingredients and formulates her unique recipes based on traditional homeopathic remedies from around the world. Her focus is on results oriented plants and essential oils that are safe for the entire family. All products are lovingly created by HollyBeth in artisan batches in a converted former cotton warehouse in Atlanta.” 

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Flourish Roll-On Perfume

HollyBeth Organics’ Description:

“Artisan made with love, essential oils that conjure exotic places like cedar wood coupled with jasmine, rose and bergamot take you to an aromatic garden of tranquility. The ideal signature for the ingredient-savvy fragrance aficionado and the girl-on-the-go, just apply to wrists and behind ears, then throw the travel-ready, roll-on into a purse, gym bag or evening clutch for anytime-anywhere refreshing –positively brilliant!

Ingredients: Made with Rose Absolute Precious Oil (Rosa Damascena)*, Jasmine Absolute Oil (Jasminum Grandiflorum)*, and an exclusive blend of Organic Certified Essential Oils & Vitamin E.

Vegan, Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’m always on the search to discover new, organic fragrances because the perfumes and colognes you’ll find in your local department store are typically filled to the brim with harmful chemicals. I, like many, have accrued some favorite perfumes over the years. Luckily, I have been able to become more acquainted with essential oils and what they smell like–giving me a good idea of how to recreate my favorite perfumes.

If I could created my ideal perfume scent, it would be a bit different than this one. I really enjoy a musky scent with sandalwood notes.

That said, I really enjoyed this fragrance as a change of pace. It’s typically not what I’d wear, but I like that. It’s rosy with herbaceous and floral notes, making it the perfect girly and flirty scent. It is light and pleasant and I’d deem it suitable for both day and night wear. This concoction is so rich that you don’t need much of it to be adequately doused in the lovely fragrance.

I’d recommend this scent, Flourish, to a gal with an affinity for floral perfumes. I envision a dainty girl with bows in her hair to be wearing this. 🙂 This is a great, high quality perfume by HollyBeth!

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Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil

HollyBeth Organics’ Description:

“For normal to oily skin

This lightweight dry oil features dynamic bergamot to balance skin and reduce oiliness. Combined with breezy marigold it calms and relaxes skin and heals minor irritation. Perfectly smooth and delightful, this is the ideal daily moisturizer for normal to oily faces.

For hundreds of years, perfumers in Western Europe have used the aromatic extract from bergamot oranges for its chameleon-like ability to mingle with many other fragrances. Citrus plants grow best near the Tropics and have long served numerous healing and therapeutic purposes.

To Use: Massage a small amount into face and neck avoiding the eye area. Use morning and night. Keep in a cool dry place away from heat.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Vitis vinifera (Grape)Seed Oil*, beeswax*, Calendula (Marigold) Officinalis ,* Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil,* Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*. * organic

Vegan, Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This oil was a godsend to receive. As many organic products that I use and as many organic foods that I eat, I feel sometimes that I have yet to master how to manage my hormones and how they affect my facial skin. I seemingly always have a problem area on my face. Because of this, I really gravitate towards a product like this that is well thought out, targets oily skin and helps heal irritated skin. I apply this after cleansing to damp skin–a tiny dab does it.

Knowing that I am putting a pure, organic oil onto my face after cleansing is something that brings me some peace of mind. After using this oil, I quickly saw that this product delivers what it promises to. My skin feels soothed, less inflamed and less irritated. Using this product in combination with a mostly clean diet helps my skin to stay clear and allows me to better manage my breakouts. You can absolutely tell that the oil delivers a hefty dose of nutrients to the skin.

I’d highly recommend this oil to any individual plagued with oily or problem skin. This oil will help you skin “chill out,” and you will have peace of mind knowing that a pure blend of organic oils is going onto your skin.

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Chocolate Peppermint Hair & Body Oil

HollyBeth Organics’ Description:

“A fragrant and luxurious indulgence, this sublime treatment works equally well to nourish and fortify hair and skin. A staple in every Southern garden, the camellia flower provides the gorgeous, lightweight oil that has been the beauty secret of Japanese geishas for hundreds of years. Here it combines with argan oil to moisturize and restore while protecting against UV damage and helping to prevent signs of aging. Meanwhile, chocolate peppermint oil imparts a delightful cooling and tingling sensation and vetiver provides soothing and antispectic properties. Hair & Body Silk leaves skin supple and glistening and hair shiny, healthy and full.

To use: Use this silken blend from head to toe: Apply to damp skin or to damp or clean dry hair. Spread two or three drops between hands, then gently smooth over hair to tame frizzies, shine and hydrate. Use as body oil after shower and can also be used on cuticles to soften and moisturize.

Ingredients: Camellia oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Argania (Argan) spinosa oil*, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Andropogon zizanioides (Vetiver) Oil.* *organic

Vegan, Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free.”

My Description & Thoughts:

What a decadent treat this sample was! This rich duo of chocolate and peppermint does more than nourish skin & hair–it will tempt you to take a slurp! It smells divine, like a chocolate, minty paradise. It’s never a bad thing to smell like a sweet treat, right?!

I enjoyed using this oil most on the ends of my hair. After drying clean hair, I applied it to the bottom 2/3 of hair to give my locks some added luster and yummy fragrance. The uses for this oil are virtually endless–you can use it from head to toe.

It’s such a unique idea–I’ve never seen a product before for this purpose, with this combo and with these high quality ingredients. Because of that, I’d recommend this to anyone who loves chocolate: so……..that is merely everyone!

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.