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Luminance Organic Skin Care Review

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Luminance Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Luminance:

The story of our company!  

Kim and his wife Priscilla. Kim was working as an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley when Priscilla became allergic to everything with synthetic fragrance, which is pretty much all commercial skincare products and much of that which is hand made. Priscilla couldn’t use soap, hair spray, perfume, laundry detergent…etc without getting a severe migraine. They looked for good products without synthetic fragrances and discovered that even “unscented” products use a synthetic masking scent to mask the typically unpleasant odor of all the nasty synthetic ingredients. As these synthetic fragrances become less and less expensive they have become more and more pervasive. And the worst part is many are known carcinogens and remain completely unregulated by the FDA because they are not consumed orally.

We maintain that if you put it on your skin you’ve eaten it, you just didn’t have to chew and swallow first.

So what started as a way to free Priscilla from severe migraines has turned into a passion to create the finest, cleanest skincare products in the world. And now, ten years later, the product line includes deeply moisturizing handmade soaps and skin care products that are both organic and raw. Without anything synthetic. Toxic. Or harmful in any way. Every product is formulated and handmade by Kim with an extremely high level of precision, sophistication, care and craftsmanship.

Kim spends most of his time in the studio making all the products and creating new ones. He is very creative!

Cameo. Cameo makes all of our soaps. Cameo has been with us a little over 2 years now and over the last 2 years has matured into a truly, world class master soap maker. Cameo is the only person Kim has ever completely trusted to make the soaps, and I can say without equivocation that this is a big deal as Kim is very very attached to the soaps. Cameo is a treasure!

Phoebe. Phoebe is amazing. It’s a funny story. Kim needed someone to help him cross his T’s and dot his I’s in the studio so he went to Benicia High School’s Career Center and asked them for a serious, well behaved student, with aptitude in math and science. Goo natured  with a sense of humor. And they sent him Phoebe. She keeps our head on straight and brings us joy.

Phoebe is literally brilliant.

Elena. This is me. I was Kim’s customer at the Lake Merritt Farmer’s Market for six months before I started working with him. I do most of the sales and online marketing which is funny because I come from the non-profit world. I worked as an English Teacher to adults, an After-School Program Teacher, Coordinator, and Program Manager. I left that world for this world of wonderfulness.”

Products:

Face Moisturizer

About:

“We hand-craft this organic and all natural moisturizer with the moist nourishing and hydrating ingredients in the world. With nothing synthetic, toxic or in anyway harmful. Vegan and raw. A wonderful moisturizer for sensitive skin.

This cream is designed for youthful skin and is consistently a best-seller. It is somewhat lighter than our Deep Hydration Moisturizer. And every bit as nice.

Rich with anti-inflammatories like Evening Primrose and Meadow foam Oils. Formulated in a base of pure Rose water for the skin calming and nourishing affect of Rose Oil. Argan Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil help the skin hold hydration. And finally, a very therapeutic collection of organic herbal extractions formulated to help your skin heal and stay healthy.

These ingredients are the best there are for your skin.

Hydration Moisturizer is designed to penetrate quickly and leave your skin non greasy and silky smooth. Makeup can be applied within a few minutes.

Tip: This is a very rich cream and so if you happen to apply too much, simply find some more skin and spread it. The skin on your neck and top of your chest is the same skin thats on your face (very delicate). This is a good place to put excess cream.

Hydration Ingredients: WaterRose Water Oils:  Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado,Jojoba, Meadow foam, Argan, and Kukui. Organic Herbal Extracts: Tamarind Seed, Raspberry Seed, Comfry, Sea Buckthron, Holy Basil, Calendula, Tamanu, Honey Suckle, Rose Hips. To Naturally Preserve: Red Radish Root Extract.

Craftsmanship. And care.”

Skin Lotion

About:

“This all natural, vegan, and raw body lotion is very similar to our Deep Hydration Face Cream with adjusted viscosity so it is easily pumped from a bottle. Like all Luminance products, this lotion is carefully blended by hand at just a few degrees above body temperature to assure the integrity of the naturally therapeutic ingredients. Designed to absorb quickly into your skin, because nobody likes standing around cold and naked waiting for their lotion to absorb. Your whole body will be as soft as your face.

Perfect for morning, afternoon, or evening. On your sink, in your car, on your desk.

I love this lotion. You will too.

Organic Skin Lotion Ingredients: WaterLavender Water Oils: Tamarind Seed,Tamanu, Apricot Kernal, Macademia, Avocado,Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Argan, and Kukui. Organic Herbal Extracts: German Blue Chamomile, Tamarind Seed, Raspberry Seed, Comfry, Sea Buckthron, Holy Basil, Calendula, Tamanu, Honey Suckle, Rose Hips & Lavender. To Naturally Preserve: Red Radish Root Extract. Craftsmanship. And care.”

Anjou Pears Bar Soap

About:

“We hand-craft our moisturizing soaps with organic ingredients. Nothing synthetic, all natural and vegan

This organic, all natural, hand-crafted soap smells just like fresh pears. Really, it’s a secret blend of several 100% pure essential oils. Of course, it lathers wonderfully, deeply and gently cleansing like all our soaps.

Ingredients: Water Purified Water Oils: Coconut, Palm (Orangutan friendly), Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado, Palm Kernel, Meadowfoam, Argan, Kukui, Grape Seed and Rice Bran. Clays: White Benonite, French Green & Red Moroccan Scents:  A secret blend of 100% Pure Essential oils. To Saponify: Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide*

* A few words about Sodium Hydroxide: It is not synthetic.  It is the traditional base component that when added to the fatty acids (the seed and fruit skin oils) to create an reaction resulting in cold process soap. The most gentle skin loving variety of soaps. When the formulation is done right, and we do it by hand is small batches, with engineering precision, all of the Sodium Hydroxide reacts with all of the oils, and clays and essential oils into a wonderfully fragrant, perfectly gentle and safe bar of soap.”

Face Cleanser: Delicate

About:

“We hand-craft this organic and natural cleanser for the most delicate skin. Like all our products it is vegan and raw and without anything synthetic, toxic or harmful in any way.

This face wash is truly the basis for healthy skin.

Formulated with the same wonderful ingredients we use in our moisturizers (and more!) This cleanser will gently cleanse, wonderfully nourish and deeply moisturize your skin.

And it’s soap. Real soap. Fact is, there is nothing better for your skin than a properly made and properly pH balanced hand made soap. When people say: don’t put soap on your face, what they should be saying is don’t put petrochemical grease strippers full of alcohol, metals and solvents on your face. Which by the way, accurately describes all of the commercially available cleansers.

Yup, soap is the way to go.

If you don’t already know what synthetic cleansers do to your skin check out our blog. They won’t kill you but they encourage overly oily, dry and unpredictable combination skin.

Be sure to visit our Instructions Page for a best procedure to use our Delicate Cleanser.

Ingredients: Water Purified Water Oils: Coconut, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado, Meadowfoam, Argan, Kukui,Grape Seed and Rice Brand. Scents:  A secret blend of 100% Pure Essential Oils. Herbal Extracts: Honeysuckle, Orchid and Chamomile. To Saponify: Food Grade Potassium Hydroxide*

* A few words about Potassium Hydroxide: It is not synthetic.  It is the traditional base component that when added to the fatty acids (the seed and fruit skin oils) to create an reaction resulting in hot process liquid soap. The most gentle skin loving variety of soaps. When the formulation is done right, and we do it by hand is small batches, with engineering precision, all of the Sodium Hydroxide reacts with all of the oils, and clays and essential oils into a wonderfullu fragrent, perfectly gentle and safe bottle of liquid soap.

So don’t worry about it.”

Face Toner: Rosewater

About:

“Spraying yourself with our Rosewater is like swimming in freshly plucked rose petals. It’s fragrant, pure, and will leave your face dewey with rose oil.

It also serves as a pH adjustment. This is how you help your face correct dry skin, oily skin, and skin that vacillates between the two (combination skin). Tap water is too alkaline for your face (sometimes in the high 9s). Your face is happy in the upper 6s. Spray your face with rose water after exposing it to tap water and your skin will thank you for it.

Our rosewater is not a hydrosol. It doesn’t have any alcohol, solvents or astringent.

Just pure rosewater.

Tips:

For those of you with acne prone skin, don’t be scared off by the word oil. The oils we use are good for your skin and won’t clog your pores.

If your makeup isn’t blending well (we all have those days) spray some rose water toner on after you’ve put on your powder and it will become seamless with your skin 😉

Ingredients: Water: Organic Rose Water.”

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My Thoughts:

Luminance skin care…..ahhhhhhh. What a treat these organic skin care products are.

My favorite amongst this bunch, because the incredible scent stands out–is the Anjou Pears bar soap. I have been tempted to take a bite out of it–it smells THAT good. It cleanses thoroughly without stripping skin of all moisture.

These products are amongst the very best that I’ve ever used. I am in love with the idea that they put “craftsmanship” into creating these skin care products. With that word, I picture a few individuals handling these products and bottling them by hand, with care. They aren’t cranked out in gigantic masses. They seem to really put care and love into creating their products. It’s inspiring.

I am committed to putting organic, pure products onto my skin–especially onto my face. I’m an active girl who perspires quite a bit when I exercise. Thus, I typically desire a clarifying cleanser to refresh and cleanse my skin after working out. This liquid face cleanser is very clarifying. It feels like it completely and thoroughly cleanses my skin. Without following with a moisturizer, my skin would be dry (it cleanses that thoroughly). But, when I use the cleanser in combination with the face moisturizer, my skin is very happy.The face moisturizer is very creamy and dense. Many synthetic cleansers contain a lot of fillers and water–making them only temporarily moisturizing. This face cleanser & moisturizer are the real deal: simple, effective & pure.

This rosewater (pure as can be; what more can you ask for?) is the perfect mid-day facial refresher. I aim to only wash my face once a day (over washing can cause skin problems), so, this rosewater routine fits perfectly into that strategy.

I’m always searching for the perfect body lotion. Some of them are too creamy to spread easily onto my body, and some are too runny. This body lotion just might be the perfect consistency–and the ingredients (like in all of these Luminance products) are stellar. It’s the ideal lotion–organic ingredients and incredibly nourishing on my skin.

It’s safe to say that Luminance Skin Care is amongst my top 5 skin care lines that I’ve ever tried!

 

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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.