Herbal Skincare Products
100 % natural and organic oil-based moisturizers
Conventional creams and lotions are oil and water emulsified (or mixed) together. The oil moisturizes while the water encourages absorption so the oil won't just sit on your skin. Unfortunately, because they contain both water and oil, they require preservatives to prevent contamination by mold, fungi and bacteria. Chemical emulsifiers and thickeners are also added to stabilize the product, ensuring the ingredients don't separate. Coloring agents are often added to create a white color that folks have come to expect. Lab-created fragrances are added to mask the smell of the other chemicals and to make the product smell "good." All of these chemicals do nothing for your skin, they just make the product slightly easier to use. You don't have to shake it, or massage it in for a minute, or take a few minutes to allow your skin to air-dry. With a small, mindful shift in your skincare routine and with the proper techniques, you can avoid using these chemicals altogether. We created our herb-infused, oil-based moisturizers with only ingredients that have a positive effect on your skin, and none of the ingredients that cause irritation or carry health risks. Our moisturizers contain no water, and thus no preservatives, and are applied to wet skin after cleansing, an important step that allows the oil to absorb into your skin. Our products contain no fillers, thickeners, chemical fragrances or stabilizers. We add natural vegetable glycerin to aid emulsification as well as nourish the skin.
Our oil-based moisturizers do require a shift in your skincare routine. It may take a few minutes longer than you're used to but your skin will thank you! Apply a very small amount to the skin, gliding it over the area without trying to achieve full coverage at first. Use dry hands when touching a salve and avoid getting water in the container; oil droppers should be kept from touching anything. Using a gentle circular motion (for face) or a vigorous rubbing down for hands and body, work in the oil after applying. Be sure at this stage to achieve full coverage of the area but ensure that you aren't using too much product: just enough to provide a very thin layer over the entire area. Massaging the oil well into the skin will emulsify the oil and water, aiding absorption and mimicking the effect of a cream. If skin feels greasy after about 15 minutes, try using less next time. If skin feels tight, try using a bit more. Adjust until your skin feels deeply moisturized but not greasy. It may take your skin a bit of time to adjust, and if you like you can use our liquid facial oil as a "boost" to your current face cream and then slowly reduce the amount of cream until you are using only the oil.
We grow many of the herbs ourselves (e.g. lavender, spearmint, yarrow, mullein, chamomile, calendula) or wild-forage medicinal plants (e.g. plantain, violet, deadnettle); all other herbs are of the highest quality, fresh and 100% organic.
Our oil-based products last about 3-5 times as long as creams or lotions because rather than filling our containers with up to 70% water, our products use the water already on your skin after cleansing. Remember not to towel the water off your skin before applying! Allow the skin to air dry if possible; if your routine does not allow the time for this step, you may gently pat skin dry (but we advise using your older towels for this as the oil may result in unpleasant-smelling towels--this may be remedied by adding a cup of vinegar and a couple tablespoons of baking soda to your wash).
Facial products are always unscented, although they do have a light pleasant herbal scent. Body and hand products are available unscented or scented with our signature lavender, rosemary and spearmint essential oil blend.
A near-magic cure for any skin irritation, inflammation, itchiness or histamine reactive skin. Particularly good for mosquito bites, poison ivy, eczema, irritated skin on the hands from over-washing and -sanitizing, mysterious rashes or inflamed/sensitized skin reacting to harsh chemicals in conventional skin products. Concentrated wild-foraged herbs combine with soothing, easily absorbed oils and beeswax to rush relief into unhappy tissues to provide quick relief.
Ingredients: Olive, hemp and flaxseed oils infused with wild-foraged violet leaves, plantain and deadnettle; raw beeswax, glycerin, vitamin E and tea tree oil.
Lavender, Rosemary and Spearmint After-Bath Body Balm
An after-bath, nighttime, deeply moisturizing and nourishing body balm with a very soft, smooth consistency for easy application on wet skin right out of the bath or shower. It is scented with lavender, spearmint and rosemary essential oils for an amazing aromatherapeutic experience bringing a sense of calm and setting the tone for a restful sleep. My current favorite!
Ingredients: hemp, extra virgin olive and sunflower oils infused with: spearmint, rosemary, English lavender, ginger root, and wild-foraged violet and plantain ; raw beeswax, glycerin, vitamin E, and lavender, spearmint & rosemary essential oils.
Other Skin and Hair Products
Apple cider vinegar herbal infusions for skin and hair
Apple cider vinegar is great for problem skin, especially the kind that is naturally fermented with beneficial bacteria (referred to as "the mother"). It is also great for clearing up scalp issues such as itchy, dry, flaky scalp, and helps to remove build-up from hair products.
ACV Skin toner: helpful for use with Calming Balm to help more quickly clear inflammations or irritations, or as a regular toner for the face to gently exfoliate with the gentle acid and nourish with herbs that clear dry, flaky spots and bring out a healthy glow. Great for pairing with our Vitamin C Fizzing Mask to pump up the exfoliating action.
Ingredients: organic apple cider vinegar with "the mother" and spring water infused with: licorice root, witch hazel, yarrow, white willow bark, plantain and rosehips.
Rosemary-mint ACV hair rinse: formulated to nourish the hair and scalp with herbs that: provide astringent action to clear dry, irritated flaky scalp spots, bring shine and strength to the hair shaft, encourage healthy hair growth and reduce hair loss, as well as leave a bit of "slip" with mucilage-containing herbs to make hair easier to comb and loosen tangles. Depending on your hair type, you may be able to replace your usual conditioner with the rinse, or use to augment your usual hair routine to prevent build-up and provide all the benefits listed above. The vinegar smell will dissipate when your hair dries, and only the slightly herbaceous and rosemary-mint scents will remain.
Ingredients: organic apple cider vinegar with "the mother" and spring water infused with: yarrow, rosemary, mullein, marsh mallow, spearmint, burdock root, licorice root, flaxseed, chamomile, comfrey and plantain; tea tree oil, scented with rosemary and spearmint essential oils.
One of our signature products! A highly absorbent and nourishing facial oil designed to moisturize and tighten aging skin. Anti-aging ginger and rosehips combine with anti-inflammatory herbs and astringents to clear irritations and gently exfoliate. Facial oil can be used either by itself on wet skin after cleansing or to boost your favorite face cream.
Ingredients: hemp, jojoba and sweet almond oils infused with: calendula (calming and nourishing), rosehips (perfect for smoothing aging skin), ginger root (anti-inflammatory to calm irritated skin), comfrey root (healing), white willow bark (to gently exfoliate with naturally-occurring beta-hydroxy acid, violet leaves (to calm irritation), and witch hazel (good for clearing up angry spots); vitamin E oil (a natural anti-oxidant to prevent oils from going rancid, also great for deeply moisturizing dry skin and healing scars and pockmarks), and glycerin.
2 oz bottle: $35
Custom oils addressing specific skin problems or needs can be made upon request. Just let me know what issues your skin is having and I will create a bespoke oil for you based on your needs.
$50 and up
Exfoliating Vitamin C Fizzing Face Mask
A simple powder mask that you mix with water just before use. The vitamin C will fizz when mixed, creating a gentle but very effective "acid peel" mask to clear up dead skin cells to reveal the glow hiding beneath. Bentonite clay draws out impurities as does the added activated charcoal. Mask powders can be purchased as-is without herbs for an exfoliating-only action or can be custom-mixed with skin problem-specific herbs to address your particular skin issues.
Ingredients: bentonite clay, Vitamin C powder and activated charcoal.
Other herbal skincare products
Anti-aging exfoliating facial mask: an all-natural herbal/charcoal/clay facial mask to help tighten, soften, soothe and exfoliate aging or dry skin. It works both as a gentle exfoliant and as a clarifying, tightening and moisturizing face mask. Use 1-2x per week to keep face looking glowy.
Instructions for use: measure out about 1-2 teaspoons of powder into a small dish. Using a dropper or your clean hands, drip some hot water (hot tap water is fine; the heat will help to activate the herbs--think tea) into the powder and mix up a bit, adding more drops of hot water to form a paste similar to the consistency of a premixed mud mask. It will be a bit grainy and start to emit a pleasant herbaceous scent (that means the herbs are activated). Let it sit while you cleanse your face, and leave your skin wet. Apply the paste to your wet face, using gentle circular motions to exfoliate mechanically (the mask will also gently exfoliate with naturally-occurring beta-hydroxy acid in the white willow bark). Leave the mask on your skin for about 10 minutes, then rinse. Follow with one of our facial oils or balms.
I use it in the shower--I mix it first then bring in the container; after cleaning my face I apply the mask and then rinse off right before I get out. My mom likes to use it in her bath and let it dry before rinsing. It can be a bit messy due to the charcoal so be careful if you're using it outside the shower or tub.
100% natural ingredients (charcoal and clay aside, which are not living so cannot be organic, but they are pure and natural; everything else is organic; organic materials are finely ground): USA-sourced bentonite clay, oats, rosehips, yarrow, frankincense, tumeric, green tea, fennel seeds, comfrey, ginger, white willow, witch hazel, calendula, virgin activated charcoal made from coconut shells.
Anti-blemish mask also available for troubled hormonal skin
2 oz tin: $35