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Video: Hemp & Baking Soda as a Simple Skincare Routine

Hemp & baking soda: a simple 2-ingredient skincare routine for naturally clear skin. Read the full blog post here including substitutions and techinque.

Colorado Aromatics Skincare Review: April Edition

This is a review of the Colorado Aromatics lip conditioner and cleanser.

Colorado Aromatics

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Colorado Aromatics:

“Dr. Cindy Jones formulated Colorado Aromatics Skin Care Line for the outdoor lifestyle. Being a lover of hiking, gardening and now farming, she saw changes occurring in her skin due to sun, wind, and the arid Colorado climate. As a biochemist and herbalist she had a good handle on the physiology of skin and what it needed as well as what herbs could contribute to the needs of the skin. As she studied various cosmetic ingredients for actives that were sustainable and safe for the environment she began formulating products that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help repair skin damaged from the environment.

“Inflammation and oxidation of the skin cells are two key processes that accelerate the aging process” says Cindy. Herbs provide multiple and complex antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help to combat signs of aging and skin damage caused by wind, sun and other environmental factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis, especially for those who love the outdoors. Many of the herbs found in the Colorado Aromatics skincare line are grown on the Certified Naturally Grown farm operated by her and her husband at 5,000 feet elevation not far from Long’s Peak which summits over 14,000 feet. Plants grown at high elevation have to work harder to survive, and ultimately, produce more active components.

Cindy extracts the herbs in a number of ways; distillation, infusions, tinctures and decoctions, to use in her cosmetics line. She believes that the natural beauty of the herbs and their surroundings shines through in the product and, ultimately, the end user. Cindy Jones also owns Sagescript Institute and is a highly sought after product formulator / research and development consultant in the natural cosmetics industry. She brings a scientific perspective to the field of herbalism and natural skincare and has created a niche for herself in formulating natural cosmetics. Dr. Jones is a biochemist and herb farmer with extensive experience in physiology, toxicology, microbiology, cancer research and cosmetic science.

Cindy has also worked as a research scientist, a college instructor and is a published author. Dr. Jones is a highly sought after product development consultant to the natural cosmetic and skin care industry. Her passion for science and her love of herbs is the catalyst behind Colorado Aromatics skin care line.

We farm in a beautiful place in Colorado with a view of Longs and Meeker Peaks. Our farm has recently become Certified Naturally Grown; a grass roots alternative to organic. You can read about it in my blog here; http://sagescript.blogspot.com/2012/01/we-are-certified.html. We grow a variety of herbs/vegetables including lavender, mint, cucumber, lemon balm, rose, raspberry leaf, and comfrey to distill for aromatic waters and to make various extracts that we use in our own Colorado Aromatics Cultivated Skin Care products as well as sell separately.”

Meadow Mist Face Cleanser

About:

“This gentle yet effective milky style face cleanser made of rose, cucumber and mallow extracts cleanses without stripping the skin of its own natural oils. Oat powder cleanses and soothes the skin while jojoba beads provide mild exfoliation to remove dirt and to help keep the skin looking vibrant. Mild cleansing agents, known as surfactants (Decyl Glucoside and Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate), are biodegradable and approved by European safety standards ECOCERT and provide a light creamy foaming experience. Inhale the beauty of rose, exhale the beauty of you! This 4 oz bottle comes with a convenient pump. Lightly scented with citrus essential oils. You can also find Meadow Mist Face Cleanser as part of our travel set.

Ingredients:

“Aqua (water), Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Olive Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Salix Alba (Willow) Extract, Mallow Neglecta Extract, Rosa Extract, Honey and Maltodextrine, Hydrolyzed Oat Powder, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Tocopherols, Citrus Aurantium (Petitgrain) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil.”

Allure Anti-Aging Lip Conditioner

About:

“Keep your lips looking plumper and more memorable with Allure lip balm. It has antioxidant rich herbs and ingredients to support collagen to plump the lips. The emollient oils including Cupuacu Butter will soften and protect skin while improving skin elasticity. Some brands use toxins and irritants to plump lips. We just want to keep them healthy and wholesome by using vitamin C ester and proline. Both are required for collagen synthesis to help them stay plump.

Ingredients:

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Esters, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides (and) Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Viola Odorata Flower and Leaf extract and/or Viola Tricolor Extract.”

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My Thoughts:

I first discovered and tried Colorado Aromatics skin care products back in 2013, where I remember being initially so impressed by the farming behind these products. Cindy’s passion for creating pure skin & body care products in evident in her formulations, ingredients and expansive product range. I love and appreciate what she does and feel thrilled to help all of you get more well acquainted with a few new products.

A huge part of a healthy skin care routine is having a few things you do for your skin every day, regardless of how crazy your schedule is or what else you have going on. One of those things for me is applying some kind of organic lip balm or conditioner right before bed. Doing this right before bed allows it to thoroughly soak into my lips without transferring over to the drinks I’m consuming throughout the day. This lip conditioner has been really enjoyable to use–it’s free of the fillers and crud, very moisturizing, herbaceous and relaxing to the senses and boasts a clean ingredient list, top to bottom. It naturally keeps your lips soft and plump via organic ingredients (so cool!).

The way in which I have changed my facial routine over the last few years has been pretty drastic. Essentially, I leave my skin alone more and try to retain more of my skin’s natural moisture than I ever have. I tend to only use pure oils to cleanse my skin and exfoliate once or twice a week as I feel my skin needs. When I do cleanse, I am oh-so-picky about the cleanser I’m using. This one makes the cut. It uses natural astringents, cleansers and nourishing ingredients to help clarify skin without causing irritation. It’s a good formula and I like keeping it in my shower for the days when my skin needs a refresher!

 

 

 

Seaweed Bath Company Review

This is a review of the Seaweed Bath Company’s body cream, shampoo and conditioner.

Seaweed Bath Company

Overall Rating: 3-stars

About Seaweed Bath Company:

“The Seaweed Bath Co., LLC is dedicated to fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin naturally with our combination of specific species of seaweed with high-quality, all-natural ingredients that help manage severely irritated skin. Since launching in October 2010, The Seaweed Bath Co. has brought happiness to thousands of loyal customers.

The Seaweed Bath Co. is the vision of Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created his seaweed-based cosmetic products to take control of his own irritated skin without the use of prescribed medications or harsh chemicals. Seeking to improve the lives of other sufferers, Adam founded The Seaweed Bath Co. to share his remarkable all-natural seaweed bath products with the world.

In the continuing development of The Seaweed Bath Co.’s innovative product line, we spend countless hours listening to the needs and concerns of our valued customers who are in search of natural ways to treat and soothe their irritated, scaling, flaking and red skin.

The Seaweed Bath Co. sustainably hand-harvests wild bladderwrack seaweed off the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We combine our bladderwrack with the highest quality natural ingredients from around the world. These ingredients are both known to be moisturizing and pH-balancing. In fact, many of the ingredients used in our seaweed-based products have been used for centuries by Asian, African and European cultures to improve the skin’s health and well-being.

Our mission at The Seaweed Bath Co. is to improve the quality of life for severely irritated skin sufferers by offering a constantly-expanding line of high-quality, affordable, all-natural cosmetic products that have soothing, pH-balancing and moisturizing properties.  Additionally, The Seaweed Bath Co. provides opportunities for psoriasis and eczema sufferers to discuss and share information about skin conditions, all-natural products and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We invite you, your family and your friends to join our psoriasis and eczema blog as we lead conversations on a variety of topics, including natural alternatives for the management of psoriasis and eczema.”

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Balancing Argan Shampoo

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (bladderwrack seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (corn & vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose (plant derived), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Babasuamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Dimethicone, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Balancing Argan Conditioner

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearylkonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Body Cream

About:

“Our Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Cream combines the nourishing properties of seaweed with a variety of natural ingredients, including Shea Butter, Kukui Oil and Argan Oil, to soften and moisturize dry skin.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Unrefined Shea) Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Oil, MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane),  Stearyl Alcohol, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polysorbate-80, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Phenethyl Alcohol,  Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been able to review and experience the Seaweed Bath Company before, and it’s neat for my journey through the world of natural products to circle back around to this brand again. They’re a company that is pretty conscientious about their ingredients (above average) and their products perform very well.

In my dreams, my very own product line would be chock full of peppermint–in every single product. So needless to say, I love the refreshing effect of this shampoo + conditioner combo. The shampoo is perfectly clarifying while still leaving a nice shine throughout my hair. Performance-wise, the conditioner is pretty darn perfect. It’s creamy and rich & a little goes a long way, even in my tangly, often sweaty hair.

This body cream consists of the same eucalyptus + peppermint scents that the hair products do, and I just love it. It wakes up your senses to rub this cream all over your body. It absorbs into the skin well, provides a good amount of moisture and leaves skin smelling clean and minty.

If I could improve anything with these products, I would clean up the ingredient list just a bit. The ingredients are pretty good, but they are not all organic and some of them are clearly added for texture, consistency & shelf stability. My experience with hair products is that it is VERY hard to find the perfect marriage of performance and top-notch ingredients. The Seaweed Bath company does a good job of creating some above average products whose ingredients are plant derived and cleaner than most hair products you’ll find.

This brand is very accessible; I’ve seen them at Sprout’s Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and other smaller health food retailers. You can also find them online on numerous healthy product meccas like Iherb.com, Vitacost.com and even Amazon.com.

Use my iHerb code SDG314 to get a discount on your order!

 

 

Organity Skin Care Moisturizer Giveaway!

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Organity Skin Care Giveaway!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Organity:

  • “BEAUTIFUL RESULTS WITHOUT EXPOSING YOUR SKIN TO HARMFUL CHEMICALS – Our USDA certification guarantees you absolutely no GMO ingredients, no SLS, no SLES, no Petroleum or Petrolatum, No Mineral Oil, No Phenoxyethanol and it’s Paraben free! Instead, we use organic and natural ingredients, (including Orange Peel Essence – a superb natural toner) giving it a light, citrus scent, which fades quickly
  • FANTASTIC VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY – We don’t use any inexpensive additives or fillers (like water) so every single trace of our natural skin moisturizer nourishes, revitalizes and improves your skin. And because we don’t use fillers, you only need to apply a VERY SMALL AMOUNT to your face – A LITTLE REALLY DOES GO A LONG WAY! Many of our customers use it as both a day and a night cream, so you don’t even need to buy different types!
  • HAVE BEAUTIFUL, RADIANT SKIN, WHILE REDUCING FINE LINES AND WRINKLES – Our luxurious, organic face moisturizer absorbs deep in to your skin improving elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Our organic face cream is proven to hydrate your skin, leaving your face with a REFRESHED, BEAUTIFUL and GLOWING RADIANCE! We’ve hand-selected the finest premium organic, super hydrating and anti-aging ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. Our moisturizing cream includes Aloe Vera (used for thousands of year, helps maintain and return your skins elasticity), Coconut (improves moisture in your skin), Shea Butter (helps prevent premature wrinkles and fine lines), Grape Seed Oil (antioxidant, which helps skin repair and fights off free radicals), Jojoba Seed Oil (reduces skin aging and helps keep moisture in your skin), Lavender Oil (helps renew skin cells), Safflower Seed Oil (powerful skin cleanser and softens your skin), Citrus Aurantium (helps grow new skin cells and tissue), Cocoa Butter (contains minerals helping skin cell renewal and slowing aging) and Chamomilla Recutita (antioxidant and softens your skin)
  • PERFECT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES AND ALL AGES – Apply just a small amount of our natural facial moisturizer after cleansing and it absorbs quickly, leaving you with SOFT, SMOOTH, YOUTHFUL SKIN and no oily residue. Our certified organic ingredients make it a perfect choice for men, women and children. Because our all natural moisturizer does not contain chemicals, it is suitable for dry, normal, oily and sensitive skin types and even if you have acne prone skin or other complaints.
  • MADE IN THE USA AND CRUELTY-FREE, GUARANTEEING YOU QUALITY AND PEACE-OF-MIND – Organity natural skin care moisturizer is completely cruelty-free, CERTIFIED USDA ORGANIC and is manufactured to strict-standards in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). We are committed to supporting American Industry and insist on excellent quality, which is why ALL of our beauty products are made here in the USA. We NEVER import inferior products. Indulge your skin with the moisturizer it deserves!

Indications

Suitable for dry, normal, oily or sensitive skin types as it contains only natural, USDA certified organic ingredients. Can be used by those with acne prone skin or other troublesome skin complaints to ease symptoms. Helps rejuvenate dehydrated and dry skin, promotes elasticity, can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Ingredients
*CO=CERTIFIED ORGANIC *CO Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *CO Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, *CO Beeswax, *CO Lecithin, *CO Carnauba Wax, *CO Coconut Acid, *CO Shea Butter, *CO Palm Butter, *CO Cocoa Seed Butter, *CO Soybean Oil, *CO Grape Seed Oil, *CO Jojoba Seed Oil, *CO Glycerin, *CO Lavender Oil, *CO Safflower Seed Oil, *CO Citrus Aurantium, *CO Olive Fruit Oil, *CO Guar Gum, *CO Sunflower Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, *CO Alcohol, *CO Willow Bark Extract, *CO Oat Kernel Extract, *CO Witch Hazel Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, *CO Pogostemon Cablin Oil, *CO Tea Tree Leaf Oil, *CO Wintergreen Leaf Oil, *CO Olive Fruit Extract, Citric Acid.

Tips for use:

  • Always ensure you cleanse your face thoroughly before using Organity Moisturizer – if you apply moisturizer without cleansing, it will not absorb properly and just sit on the surface
  • Exfoliate about 3 times per week – as we age, we don’t shed skin as effectively and the buildup of dead skin cells can lead to a dull, lackluster appearance. Exfoliating not only removes dead skin, it also helps your Organity Moisturizer to absorb much better and gives it a chance to be far more effective
  • Always remove makeup and moisturize before going to bed – if makeup is left on overnight, it not only clogs your pores, but also causes unnecessary exposure to oxidative stress and free radicals, all of which leads to premature aging and fine lines. Take an extra few minutes to clean your face and apply Organity Moisturizer – you’ll definitely feel the difference in the morning!”

My Thoughts:

This rich concoction is dense! No more watery facial creams that feel like they only temporarily quench the skin. Every ingredient is intensely moisturizing–and you can feel that as soon as you apply it. Only a small amount was needed to completely cover and moisturize my entire face & neck.

I love that there are no-nonsense ingredients (of course!) and I love that it acts as a pre-makeup skin primer: it serves as both a barrier to the environment and a quenching layer for the makeup to be applied to. I’m very happy with the quality of this Organity moisturizer, its staying power and how it leaves my skin feeling: moisturized, dewy, glowing and healthy!

Giveaway!

Organity wants to get this moisturizer into your hands!

To enter this giveaway:

-“Like” Run On Organic on Facebook

-Comment and share your motivation to use organic skin care!

Raw Gaia Organic Skin Care Review

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Raw Gaia

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Raw Gaia:

“Raw Gaia stands for something unique and not easy to achieve when you rely on the high street.

And that’s beautiful, radiant, glowing skin…

Forget false claims and promises that you’ve probably tried with products that have failed you time after time – like most people that eventually find us and wish they had sooner!

With principles based on 100% natural, 100% organic and 100% pure, beneficial ingredients, we do WITHOUT the things that every other skincare or cosmetics manufacturer still includes…

And this includes the ingredients that will make your skin worse!

Having been established for nearly 10 years, we serve people from all over the world in every capacity and since our products go such a long way you don’t need to invest a fortune in products that will actually work to relieving you of your skin condition…

Or just allow you to vamp up your beauty regime to gain an unbelievable goddess-like glow of youth and radiance while at the same time transforming the appearance (not just the condition) of your skin.

The products you use on your skin and the food and drink you consume on a daily basis will mean the difference between being or becoming a walking Goddess regardless of age, and an everyday high street brand switcher.

Choosing to empower yourself to the “Walking Goddess” option will align you with yourself far more than you could ever imagine.”

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Hemp Oil

About:

“Hemp seed oil is an emollient which is non-greasy and works perfectly as a moisturizing compound with excellent moisture balancing properties.

Using Hemp seed oil is a great way to achieve soft, smooth and hydrated skin. Hemp seed oil prevents moisture loss on a physiological level and doesn’t merely “coat” the skin as do other oils. It contains the ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 based on our cells needs. Hemp so closely matches our own skins lipids, it is able to penetrate inside our cells and lubricate the surface between them, thus bringing the EFA’s into the body. For this reason EFA’s have been proven to play a preventative role in skin aging and a healthy moisture balance.

Thanks to its high amount of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids), hemp seed oil has excellent anti-inflammatory qualities. It therefore helps to relieve conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema as well as healing skin lesions, balances dry skin and combats skin inflammations.

Hemp is also the only plant oil containing Vitamin D, which is necessary for Calcium absorption and especially useful to vegans. Hemp seed oil contains 57% linoleic (LA) and 19% linolenic (LNA) acids and antioxidants in the form of vitamin E and carotene. Phytosterols, phospholipids, as well as a number of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sulphur, potassium and phosphorus are also found in the oil.”

Moroccan Lava Clay Mask:

About:

“Sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Moroccan Lava clay has been used for hundreds of years as a natural beautifier.

Moroccan Lava Clay is a light brown clay with wonderful exfoliating, cleansing and detoxifying properties. It has a remarkable ability to draw out excess oils and impurities from deep within the skin thanks to its high levels of “ion exchange”.

It is also highly nourishing for the skin thanks to its high mineral content and unique composition including Silica, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.

Because Moroccan Lava clay has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial and antiseptic qualities, it is a great skin cleanser and can be use daily as a face wash. The regular use of Rhassoul clay may also help to improve the appearance of skin troubled by Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne and Rosacea.

Studies have shown that Rhassoul helps to:

  • improve skin texture
  • reduce dryness and flakiness
  • improve skin elasticity and firmness, and
  • Remove dead skin layers, therefore leaving the skin nice and smooth.

Because of its amazing qualities it is not surprising that Rhassoul clay is used by prestigious spas and loved by people from all over the world.

Directions for use

a) Blend one to two teaspoons of Rhassoul clay and enough water (or floral water) to make a creamy face mask. Wash face with warm water and apply the mask. Do not let the mask dry out so apply a moistened cloth or sponge over the face to keep the mask damp. Leave for about 5 to 10 minutes (but no longer than that). If the skin looks inflamed after the first application, don’t worry, this is just a detox symptom and a good sign! Apply the mask once a week.

b) As a face/body wash: Mix one to two teaspoons of clay with water, to form a mixture similar in consistency to liquid soap. Apply the prepared clay to the wet face/body. Massage the area covered by clay for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Ingredients:
 Sun-dried Moroccan Lava clay only.
70g.”

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My Thoughts:

I can’t say enough positive things about Raw Gaia skin care. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with these products before I ever received them in the mail. Truly organic & pure skin care is so refreshing and exciting to me. Your skin can thrive if you give it nutrients straight from nature. I love that Raw Gaia obviously believes this as well.

Though I have used hemp oil on and off for a few years as a dietary supplement (in smoothies & shakes as a healthy source of fat), this is the first time I’ve used it as a facial oil (moisturizer). I require no “selling” in terms of why hemp is a great choice for health. I’m completely on board with this superfood. It’s a readymade healer for both the inside and outside of the body–and I couldn’t wait to try it on my skin. The verdict is: my skin all but sang when I applied it for the first time. There’s such a delicate balance of trying to find an oil that soaks into skin well, keeps it moist & nourished, but also doesn’t leave skin feeling goopy. Often times, when you get your hands on the real stuff (organic, raw & pure), all of those issues go away–it works magically on skin & soaks in just right. It also helps to balance my skin’s oil production.

After many years of washing my face morning and night, I have (in the last 6 months or so) started keeping it to once a day. In the morning, I simply mist my face with water + essential oils (filtered water + peppermint + rosemary + tea tree + lavender essential oils), but do not wash it off. In the evening after I’ve worked out, I wash my face with an organic cleanser and follow up with a fairly generous amount of facial oil. There’s an incredibly good feeling using products that are pure as can be. This way, I simply never have to worry about the ingredients being questionable–and I can rest assured that my skin’s health will reflect that.

I use this clay mask by pouring a small amount into my hand + a few drops of water to make a paste. I have a handy little paintbrush-looking mask application brush that I use to apply it to my entire face (minus the eye sockets). I leave it on until it gets dry (about 5-10 min) and then use it as an exfoliant as I wash it off in the shower. 5-10 minutes might sound like a long time–here’s what I do: apply it, take your time and make a green drink or smoothie, then by the time I’m headed back to the shower with my drink, the mask is ready to wash off (and then I drink my green drink in the shower (the ultimate!) :).

Tell me you don’t get excited knowing that Raw Gaia makes even more organic, cold pressed oils?! Jojoba, reshape, etc. These products would make an incredible gift to your loved ones, and for yourself, alike!