When I’m not in the garden, I’m in the studio crafting vegan bodycare with herbs and veggies. Here’s my latest: ‘Lettuce & Lavender’ cocoa butter soap with poppy seeds for a little scrub and lavender, fennel, and marjoram essential oils for an intriguingly herbal scent. One of seven new blends coming soon!
Gentle, creamy, softly aromatic, handmade with natural ingredients. And palm oil-free. My idea of a good soap.
Now that the weather’s turning colder and the farm is slowing down, I’m able to get back to work in the bodycare studio…
Our hand-milled soaps are returning, with new ‘flavors’ and a new blend of oils that will stand up to your shower (I LOVE my old 100% Olive Oil soaps, but they do have a tendency to melt… ).
My new blend still uses Olive Oil, but it’s combined with Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Castor Oil, giving a firmer yet very gentle soap that won’t melt in your shower. They still have a luxurious lather (a little more bubbly than straight Olive Oil, I think), are scented naturally with essential oils, and really importantly, are *palm oil free*.
I’m cooking ’em up now – They’ll be ready in time for holiday gifting 🙂
Carrot & Calendula, with a herbal-citrus blend of wild carrot, petitgrain and clementine essential oils
Lettuce & Lavender, with a herbal blend of lavender, fennel, and marjoram essential oils
Cucumber & Mint, with a fresh-mint blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils
Shiitake & Sage, with a woodsy-herbal blend of sage, amyris, and frankincense essential oils
Green Tea & Lemongrass, with a lemony-herbal blend of lemongrass, lemon, and palmarosa essential oils
Oatmeal & Elderflower, with lavender essential oil
Chocolate, superfatted with extra cocoa butter ( *seasonal blend, available Winter only)
The bulk of our planting is done and everyone is digging in and sprouting up. It looks like a garden out there again!
I’ve started harvesting heirloom roses, but don’t have a plan for them yet. Maybe a glycerite? A perfume? Definitely some infused oil!
Rose petals help smooth and soften dry, wrinkled skin, so I like to use the infused oil in face and eye creams. It also makes a great addition to an all-purpose healing salve for its antiseptic and irritation-soothing properties.
I once made an incredible batch of incense with roses– I think it had myrrh and orange peel in it too. Wonder if I’d ever be able to find that old recipe in my piles of notes….
If you’re a compulsive label-reader like me, you know a good label is hard to find! Even natural brands succumb to the necessity of synthetic preservatives to protect their water-based products from contamination.
Most annoying though is when ingredients aren’t fully disclosed. (Hiding preservatives under the name ‘parfum’ is low, and hiding essential oils under the term ‘proprietary blend’ is not much better. I get that makers are worried their special essential oil blend will be copied. I just think it’s more important for the user of that product to know *everything* that’s in it in case of allergies or other sensitivities.)
And what about ingredients that weren’t grown organically, harvested ethically, or traded fairly?
These are the things I worry about, and I know you do to. It’s why I take extra care when sourcing ingredients for our farm-made skincare, working with a few select suppliers and growing many herbs myself.
You’ll always get the full monty here. When the skincare is natural, handmade, full of herbs, and 100% vegan, it’s a label that makes for good reading.
Bursting with fresh energy and new ideas, I’m ready to dig in and get busy. Hiatus was exactly what I needed. My vegan skincare line has been redesigned and refined, focusing on a few select herbs and oils that have proven themselves indispensable in helping skin be at its best.
So much of what I see used in the market is filler (added for the “feel” of the product, for label appeal, or worse to unnaturally prolong shelf-life) that doesn’t really have a benefit for your skin. Who needs fluff? Keeping real is where it’s at.
And I’m excited to announce I’ll be working from a new studio that has space for retail as well as for friends gathering over a cup of tea.
The seeds for the relaunch of Paradise Skin Co. have been planted- Can’t wait for Spring!
Final testing has started on the new no-preservative moisturizers… Specially formulated to regenerate city-stressed, aging, and environmentally-damaged skin; using only natural ingredients that are organic, cruelty-free, and actually pronounceable.
Because what’s in your skincare shouldn’t be on the list of things you have to worry about.