The holiday season is a great time to think about balms. Our balms provide a wonderful medium to deliver restorative and nutrient rich oils and butters to extra dry winter skin. Unlike the more familiar forms of creams or lotions, our balms do not contain any water-based ingredients. They are made only from oils, butters and waxes and are therefore a super concentrated emollient. Formulating non-water-based products is a way to eliminate the need for chemical antimicrobial preservatives. Instead, antioxidants like vitamin E and rosemary oleoresin are used to reduce the rate of oxidation and extend shelf life.
We know reviews are an important tool for helping people decide what products to buy, and we've wanted to add customer reviews to our website for a long time. We played around with a few options for adding reviews, but none of them worked as well as we'd like.
I'm happy to say we've finally found a good solution and have today introduced customer reviews on our website. The reviews are handled independently by Yotpo, a company that specializes in this area. We're now able to automatically follow up with our website customers to get their feedback, allowing you to see how others are using our products, and enabling us to make even better products.
I'm excited to introduce Lemon Verbena & Comfrey Nutrient Mist with Licorice Root Extract, the latest addition to our Botanic Organic skincare family.
This nutrient mist includes a few of my favourite ingredients to keep skin looking healthy and glowing. It is beneficial for any skin type, but is particularly recommended for environmentally damaged skin and those suffering with redness issues including acne and rosacea.
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.
Most North Americans have grown up using lotions rather than oils for body care moisturizing, but if you’re an advocate of natural skincare, switching to a therapeutic blend of cold pressed, organic oils to pamper your skin has some great upsides.
A body oil can be used anywhere you would normally use a lotion. A lightweight oil blend absorbs quickly and provides a higher concentration of targeted ingredients than a basic lotion. The average body lotion contains 70% water based ingredients plus an emulsifier to bind the water and oil together. You can provide your own water content to your body oil by simply applying it straight out of the shower before toweling off. In so doing, you are creating an on-the-spot emulsion. Using just a small quantity of oil onto damp skin, means that a little goes a long way.
Plantain (plantago lanceolata L.) is considered a common weed and can often be found in our backyards. I have seen masses of it in our surrounding Bay Area hills while hiking. Plantain has a long history in herbal medicine, and many of its remarkable medicinal qualities have been confirmed by modern science. Used topically, it is effective on many kinds of skin disorders by simply bruising its leaves and rubbing them onto the skin. Alternatively it can be made into an oil or balm and stored for convenient later use.
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.