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Odacité and Absolution – Bespoke Skincare

19 Jul

Greening BeautyBy Paige Donner 

Bespoke is the new black.  Or, rather, bespoke skincare is the newest wisdom in product formulation for skincare products, especially in natural and organic based lines. We’ve come across two stellar lines this past year who are both formulating skincare product lines specific to personal and individual needs.

Odacité

The first, Odacité, is created by founder Romain Gaillard, a French native who makes his home currently in Southern California. For a novel approach and because it’s important to remember that our menfolk need TLC too, we tried out his line of products that were formulated specifically for an adult male whose lifestyle includes some sun exposure and late nights.

Before the products were formulated, senior Skincoach Nairi Khatchadourian sent along a detailed questionnaire to find out what sorts of skincare concerns our tester had. This is the response, along with the product types and explanations, that were received:

Dark Circles Under Eyes: The Odacité skincare includes a “great concentration of Tocopherols (natural Vitamin E) that is known to help with dark circles. It also includes bioavailable Vitamin C of rosehip oil that helps strengthen blood vessel walls, and tea extracts that work wonders at reducing dark circles.”

Dark circles can appear as a result of several factors: lifestyle, genetic, lack of sleep, aging.

Suntegrity sunscreen is their product to deflect the harmful effects of overexposure to the sun.  It’s an effective product which is saying a lot for something that is so respectful of natural ingredients use. Sunscreens still are something of the Holy Grail for natural-based skincare products.

Cleanser. The cleanser includes Tamanu oil from the rain-forest of Madagascar which is a super healing oil. They get the wild-crafted oil from Madagascar 
because wild plants retain the highest potency. Tamanu oil is proven to aid in the elimination of waste material and toxins from the capillaries. The cleanser also comes with two sponges that encourage lymph circulation when used on the face.

Immortelle Toner.Toning  helps shrink pores and restores healthy skin Ph balance. They suggest using the Toner as an after shave. Its base is Aloe Vera so it hydrates the skin and reduces puffiness.

The moisturizer is formulated with pure virgin coconut oil and organic aloe. These boost 
skin hydration by locking in moisture. The fresh organic aloe also heals. It is also, “Formulated with DMAE a natural skin firming agent. Long term use of DMAE  has been clinically proven to greatly decrease the appearance of loose and sagging skin. DMAE also helps prevent and reduce age spots.”

Our Greening Beauty test subject felt a significant improvement in his skincare quality after using only these products for three weeks. Not any kind of a Metrosexual, it was difficult to convince him to use any kind of skincare. But after using Odacité Bespoke Skincare, we now have a firm believer in natural, crafted to order, skincare.

Absolution

The founder of this organic skincare line from France, Isabelle Carron, describes it as “the first unisex bespoke certified organic cosmetics brand.” She has created it from minerals, vitamins and wild plant extracts. The line is formulated with simplicity in mind. It is the founder’s goal to offer a few products that can answer a variety of your skin’s needs.

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This she does with a truly original approach to “bespoke.”  Basics of the line such as La Crème du Jour and La Solution + Energie are packaged by themselves but formulated to be sold together so that the client, themselves, can mix the ingredients according to their skin’s needs at that moment.

This approach earned Carron a Beyond Beauty Jury Award and a Wallpaper Magazine Design Award in 2010. The product line is also Eco Cert-ified.  The Day Cream (recyclable)-plastic jar/pump is beveled inward at the top so that when you pump a bit of the cream out onto the little “bowl” it allows you to spritz a drop of the Energy Solution onto it so that you can mix it all up right there with your fingertips, just before applying. Other “La Solution” varieties are: Eclat (Clarifying/brightening), Anti-Age, and Controle.

The product philosophy emphasizes Listening. “Listen to Yourself…” it says, “Listen to your skin! Intimate connection, echo of your soul and body, your skin’s needs are like yours: constantly changing.

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The ingredients are potent: Olive tree flavonoids, Aloe Vera, Borage oil whose anti-aging actions is combined with a mineral sunscreen (Mica) – all of this in the day cream. And in the booster you have Echinacea, Edelweiss and Extract of Thermus Thermophillus to name a few. [That last-named ingredient is particularly effective in protecting your skin from air pollution, UV ad electromagnetic radiations.

Read more on the new Absolution.me Blog.

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DIY Winter Skin Spa

31 Jan

DIY Beauty by Suki Kramer

By: Suki Kramer

Winter’s stale indoor heat, low humidity, cold temperatures and windy
conditions all take a toll on your skin. Dry, dead skin cells build up, oil
imbalances cause an increase of clogged pores and wrinkles seem all the more
pronounced.

Beat the winter beauty blues with these easy skin care recipes that use
common kitchen ingredients. Of course, try to buy organic and local whenever
possible!
Soup to Nuts Facial Scrub
* 1Ž2 cup chopped cucumber (do not peel)–soothing, natural exfoliant
* 1 teaspoon pineapple juice–toning, exfoliating
* 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
* 2 whole eggs–clears blemishes, tightens skin, helps with wrinkles
* 2 tablespoons yogurt–hydrating, probiotic treatment
* 2/3 cup ground almonds–natural exfoliant

Puree the cucumber until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend on
medium-low speed for 1 minute. Apply to moistened face in a gentle, circular
motion. Rinse thoroughly.

Nourishing Hydration Masque
* 1Ž2 avocado (peeled & pitted)–moisturizing. vitamin-rich
* 3 seedless grapes–tightening, toning, antioxidant
* 1 egg–tightening, hydrating and adds protein value
* 1 teaspoon mayonnaise–nourishing
* 1 teaspoon honey–anti-blemishes & anti-wrinkle
* 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
* 2 teaspoons apple juice–exfoliating

Puree the avocado and grapes until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and
blend on medium speed for 45 seconds. Apply evenly to face & leave on for
10-15 minutes.

Intense Hydrating Face/Body Lotion
* 1 teaspoon olive oil–great natural hydrator
* 1/3 teaspoon shea butter (found in natural food stores)–moisturizer
* 1 teaspoon apple juice–exfoliating
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice–tonic
* 1/3 teaspoon coconut oil–source of vitamins and rich nourishers

In a small saucepan, slowly heat ingredients together until warm. Remove
from heat and let cool. Note: oils and juices will separate. Pour into small
bottle and shake prior to use. Apply to face in circular massaging motion
until thoroughly absorbed.

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Stevia is A Super-Beauty Food

30 Dec

By Paige Donner

30 times sweeter than sugar, Stevia, the herb-derived non-caloric sweetener that has replaced those others recently, is actually a beauty remedy as well!

It comes from a small green plant (stevia rebaudiana) found in Paraguay, the native Guarani Indians have apparently always used it to sweeten their drinks.

It’s also good for fruit salads and to sweeten whipped cream!

For your beauty regimen, its ultra-sweet power gives it its super hydrating properties, particularly for your entire body. Its “steviosides” not only moisturize but also soften the skin. Melvita makes an exquisite blend of thym infused honey and stevia called Apicosma that reveals ultra-soft, creamy rich and touchable arms, legs and all-over. You can also try blending some of your own beauty Super Potions using packets of Stevia that you find at your health food store.

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