May 19, 2016


Posted in acne, sun

Zinc Oxide for Sun Care and Blemished Skin

I'm a big fan of zinc oxide for skincare because of its ability to both protect and repair skin. It can prevent sunlight and ultraviolet rays from penetrating the skin and can protect skin from outside irritants. Zinc oxide is extremely effective as a sunscreen. In addition, zinc oxide has mild astringent and antiseptic properties making it useful for acne and wound care. It is suggested that zinc for acne is effective because it can kill bacteria that causes red bumps during breakouts.

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August 29, 2015


Posted in acne, hydrosol, plant distillate, witch hazel

It's plant hydrosol season and our witch hazel has arrived!

Witch hazel

Every spring I begin receiving notifications from my artisan distillers reminding me that it’s time to pre-order my hydrosols for the year. This involves carefully calculating how much of each plant distillate we'll need for the upcoming year. Artisan distillers produce mostly according to their wholesale buyers' pre-orders and, while they might have a little left over for retail sale, you can't rely on it being there for you later in the year.

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February 01, 2015


Posted in acne, essential oils, ingredients

Why Plant-Based Oils are Actually Good For Acne

Botanic Organic Essential Oils

Many of our customers ask me to suggest skincare products for their teen or young adult children who struggle with acne. Usually I recommend the same oil serum that they've been using with great results for their mature and sun-damaged skin. It may seem counter-intuitive, but plant based oils can actually be extremely therapeutic for problems with acne.

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Licorice Root For Uneven Skin Tones, Rosacea, Sun Damage and Acne

Most of us when we think of licorice conjure images of that chewy, black candy from childhood days. Licorice root however, has benefits that go far beyond a sweet flavoring for candy. In addition to its many internal health benefits, it has some pretty exciting topical applications for skin. Did you know that licorice root can help to brighten and even skin tones,  soothe irritation, reduce inflammation and that it has anti-oxidizing, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties? Let’s look at some of the compounds in licorice root that can help brighten, repair and soothe our skin.

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