Makers of ENPLANTAE vegan skincare. A husband-and-wife small farm specializing in Herbs, Hot Peppers & Greens of all kinds, including Wheat Grass for Pets. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Been working on new labels and new photos for our farm-made skin balms.
Hope I’m heading in the right direction with “everything” balms. Just seems like if you have to buy one product for your face, another for your cuticles, another for your feet (etc,), the only one getting real benefit is the manufacturer.
I like keeping things simple, and would rather have one product I can use for everything. So I’ve designed these balms to soothe and protect *all* your skin—face, hands, cuticles, elbows, knees, legs, and feet.
And coming soon is a new blend that will be aroma-free, containing no essential oils. Then we’ll have an everything balm for everybody.
Maybe I make it harder than it has to be. But, you know, I want my skincare creations to be perfect and for me that means ingredients that are organic, fair trade, and from as close to home as possible.
Which means I have to say goodbye to Watermelon seed oil. I’m hooked on this oil! It’s light, it’s nutritious, so beautiful and so good for skin. Unfortunately, I can’t find it organic.
So I’m reformulating my balm recipes and bringing in organic Safflower oil and organic virgin Sunflower oil, two lovely oils I’ve worked with before but kindof forgot as I got caught up with the more exotic options.
The balm herbal blends I have now (Tulsi, Calendula, and Echinacea will stay the same, with a new one (Yarrow) being introduced for Holiday season later this year.
Perfection might be a lofty goal, but I have a reason: I never want you to have to worry when you put something I’ve made on your skin.
Several people have asked me recently, “Are you still making your herbal products?”. It’s kindof getting embarrassing because I am making things all the time but no one seems to know…
My fault, of course! I’m not good with keeping up my newsletter and blog posts.
It’s a busy time for us on the farm right now as well, getting all the seeds started and plants into the ground.
But I do have skin balms available here in the online shop. Made with Watermelon Seed oil, Mango Butter, and Virgin Coconut oil, they are a richly moisturizing, dry skin treat. Perfect for the rough skin of gardening hands 🙂
Herbal balms are a simple, natural way to care for your skin. Similar to herbal salves which are made with oil and wax, balms also contain vegetable butter, making them extra rich and moisturizing. Balms can be used for both healing and beauty. I use them all the time for everything from daily moisturizer to gardening nicks and scrapes to seriously dry hands and feet.
Garden Sage is a great herb to use topically, alone or in combination with other herbs. Because Sage has antiseptic properties, it can be used to treat cuts and wounds. Sage is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and has been shown to help with acne as well as easing the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
Of special interest to me as I’m hitting the big five-oh this year and spend so much time out in the sun digging in the dirt, Sage contains calcium, which aids cell renewal, and vitamin A, an antioxidant that provides protection against free radicals that damage skin cells and cause premature aging of the skin
<– This is Sage oil that’s just been strained, ready to be made into Sage Balm. It’s one of my new creations that will be available when our online store reopens in the Spring.
But you don’t have to wait ’til then to try some! If you’re into DIY, here’s a great article to help you get started making your own herbal bodycare: