This time of the year is always a little (or a lot) CRAZY. There are family obligations, parties, and everyone is going a million miles an hour. Sometimes you just need to put on the breaks, take a little time-out for some mindful, healthy self-care and chill time!
2017 is the year that I've completely embraced the "Less is More" + "Quality Over Quantity" skin care philosophies. If something doesn't make the cut (or simply doesn't work for me)- it's out. I pass it on to eagerly awaiting friends/family as to not waste. Read on for a curated selection of only the best!
This month I am sharing my current luxurious self-care obsessions that are seriously getting me through the insanity. Don't get me wrong, this is my absolute FAVORITE time of the year but even Mom needs to recharge to make it through!
Read on for the details on some of my most treasured discoveries!
#1 Embrace Body Oil by Bottega Organica
OMG. It's like they made this body oil with the holidays in mind! With over 500 acres of certified organic farms (based in Liguria, Italy), this family owned line is the perfect mesh of comfort, results, and purity.
The Embrace Body Oil is intensely hydrating, nourishing, and seriously addictive! Packed with anti-inflammatory + anti-oxidant rich plant oils. 100% certified organic carrot seed extract, apricot extract, olive oil... no fillers, just the good stuff. It just FEELS like the holidays (with the warm, exotic vanilla aroma) while leaving your skin soft, smooth, and soothed. If you could bottle the feeling of sitting by a roaring fire in a cashmere robe while sipping an organic chai latte - this is what you would get!
This would be an amazing gift for anyone in your life who needs a little luxurious TLC. AMAZING!
Honestly, anything from Bottega Organica would be a fantastic gift. The gorgeous miron glass packaging, intoxicating aromas, and sensuous formulations bring you to a place of comfort and relaxation - who could ask for more? Check out the entire line here!
#2 Ayuna "Balm"
This is definitely in my top 3-5 masks of all time. That's saying a lot for a professional esthetician with over 15 years of evaluating products!
A detoxifying mask is a holiday Must Have for sure but most leave the skin feeling dehydrated and depleted. The Balm, thanks to a blend of Volcanic glass, active carbon, and the yeast derived Pullulan, leaves your skin feeling (and looking) firm, baby bottom smooth, and bright. I love to let it dry and then jump in the shower to massage it in a little bit more after it becomes dampened by the steam and mist. By the time I get out- the mask is ready to rinse off and my skin is perfectly prepped to apply any serums/creams that I choose (I am currently using Ayuna's own Cream II exclusively to let my skin "fast" and rest - more on that in another post!).
This mask is great for the multi-tasker who wants it all (and quickly!) - antiaging, tightening, smoothing, and purifying!
#3 Detoxifying Wild Nettle Tea by PUREARTH
This time of the year is always a challenge for my skin. The increased travel, dryness, stress, and food indulgences leave their marks. Blemishes are no fun when your social calendar is full! Needless to say, I was excited to try this when it arrived from the new green beauty site , Art of Pure .
On a side note: Art of Pure has curated a small group of clean + green wellness brands that meet their high standards. Make sure to check out their Ultimate Green Beauty Box for the holidays. Over $300 in organic/natural cult favorites for only $189!
Make sure to check out Art of Pure on Instagram here!
Purearth has created a tisane (a 'tea' that does not come from the Camellia Sinensis plant) that has some remarkable anti-blemish powers due to its detoxifying nature. Himalyan Wild Nettle is a natural diuretic (i.e. gets rid of excess fluids by way of extra urination), incredibly anti-inflammatory (it even can relieve hay fever symptoms with it's antihistamine effects), increases circulation, and is rich in Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. This is one super food tea!
The wild nettle is harvested by indigenous women at altitudes of over 7000 feet and shade dried to preserve their potency. It has a light, herbaceous flavor and I even add a few drops of liquid chlorophyll to increase its purifying effects. So fabulous after a little too much holiday indulgence!
This is great for allergy and acne sufferers. A great way to get started on that January detox!
#4 Calm Down Therapeutic Roll On by Provence Apothecary
I received this roller ball in my Mapleblume* box a few months ago and it's been a nightly go-to ever since. I even put it on my 5 year old when she's over tired and over stimulated (she asks me for it almost every night!). The aroma is a gorgeous bouquet of lavender, mandarin, frankincense, neroli, cedarwood, and roman chamomile. All of these either relax, ground, or calm your frazzled nerves. The ritual of applying it to my temples, back of the neck, and pulse points is immediately soothing to the body and mind.
This is perfect for the busy bee in your life that needs a little help decompressing.
*I also HIGHLY recommend the Mapleblume subscription box as a spectacular holiday gift for your loved ones or for yourself! It is by far the most luxurious green beauty box on the market and I love that it only comes every other month so that you have a chance to really explore the products before getting more.
Check it out here!
#5 and #6 Lumion Skin Mist and Serum
These two products are a constant favorite in my gym and travel bags. They are complete multitaskers. They: keep breakouts at bay, sooth, have clean + minimal ingredients, reduce redness, hydrate, and even mattify the skin if you need a mid-day refresh but don't want to commit to washing your face. They are both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory so they not only reduce current breakouts - they also prevent new ones.
Make sure to check out my full reviews on the Lumion Skin Mist and the Lumion Skin Serum here.
These are especially perfect for (well, EVERYONE) your active friends/family and the travelers in your life.
A MUST for every gym and beach bag!
Bonus: For a limited time you receive 15% OFF with Code ORANGEBLOSSOM15 and/or (I'm not sure if you can combine these) you receive a FREE super cozy and cute beenie with the purchase of a bundle (serum + mist).
I love each and every one of these products and I know y'all will too! Have you tried any of these? What are your December Must Haves?
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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am the professional holistic esthetician/licensed massage therapist turned skin care blogger here! I am a southern girl with two little ones at home and a full time job running my boutique spa. I am passionate about holistic/organic skin care, wellness, clean foods, and discovering new ways, services, and products to help you age well and healthily. Welcome!