Creams and Self Care - My top recommendations
True. I’ve been a bit of a cream junkie over the years, but in a good way. Perhaps a bit pricey at times but I just love the feeling of finding that right cream, scent and texture. It’s a way to nurture my body, my skin and senses.
I will not use this post to give you a full history of all the creams I have bought but will bring you up to speed to 2019 and my latest thoughts on the best of the best.
BOOM by Cindy Joseph. Well the ads were enticing (pro-age instead of all this anti aging stuff) and I tried it out. Turns out my neighbour the same week was lured in by the ads as well and bought some too. It’s great marketing and made sense. One cream is all you need for your eyes, face, elbows, feet, legs, or any body part. Simple! And only a few ingredients in her cream. A blush that looks good on everyone imagine that! Well it sure looked good on me, but I did find that the colour did not last long but the pop of natural glow was exactly what I was looking for (just need to reapply). The cream was a bit on the heavy side so I like having a tub around for dry days but I’m a big fan of not using the same cream every day and mixing it up.
Conclusion: Thumbs up, great product, simplifies your routine and excellent ingredients. High shipping fees for Canada ($30 US) but only $4.95 if shipping in the US. It’s a small business and shipping is expensive unless you are Amazon. But it has stopped me from placing another order as there are some excellent products closer to home.
Fresh Gourmet Skin Food
I am all for finding the best of the best in your own town. A dear friend let me know about Conscious Cosmetics, hand-made on Bowen Island (small island near Vancouver, BC, Canada). The website seems a bit dated, but that means it was a built a while ago so she’s been around a while, and cut her some slack keeping up with slick marketing instead of great products is not the best idea. What they are about and the amazing ingredients require some serious investigating. I got a bit carried away and even ordered some make up. Seems these days at Farmer’s Markets you can usually find someone making potions and creams. I highly recommend trying them and seeing if they work for you as that is a win win. You will end up with less junk on your skin, fresher product and supporting a local business. But if you don’t find anything locally, for sure explore what Conscious Cosmetics has to offer.
I ordered a number of products from Conscious Cosmetics and the one that stands out is the Hand/Foot Cream. I have tried hundreds and so many seem okay at first but then stop working or don’t actually get absorbed. This one I’ve been using over a month and it’s consistently making my cracked heels feel amazing and it’s just right for my skin! This is a big deal as I’ve not been a repeat customer of hand/foot creams for any product in the last 10 years.
The lip cream has also been amazing. I love that it’s in a little jar, seems special when I put it on. Maybe not super convenient for the purse but this one I leave next to my bedside table.
The make up - well truth be told - I actually almost never where any (I like having it though ha!). It looks stunning on my bathroom shelf but I’ve not tried it yet. I thought I better do a post soon or it may be a long long time before I get to it if I wait for the make up review.
Conclusion: Amazing product, great service, great pricing, brownie points for being local, and lots of info on their site too. Will be buying again. And great shipping rates! Free if you order over $100 and otherwise $11 for US or Canada.
Bioéthique - Raw and Whole Botanical Ingredients
This little spa in Kitsilano, Vanccouver, BC, Canada has gone above and beyond. Of course, you simply never know what is going to be right for your skin but I think I can confidently say that this product has out done any other face products I have ever tried. Her certified organic line is based on research and years of study.
NOTE: these reviews are independent. I research and find and buy my own products. I am not paid or receiving any free products in exchange for my reviews. I add this note when I start raving!
I have found that any new cream is almost always good at first because it’s new and it’s a change. So I only comment after trying something for over a month. This product has only become better with time. My skin loves it, the amount of knowledge that went into the making of each product is outstanding. The herbs and ingredients are sourced from the best places in the world. So I went from Boomsilk (one cream for head to toe) to 5 bottles for a mini facial treatment day and night! Must say I love my time in the bathroom and my products and mini spa treatment. Best way to start and end the day. So yes back to multiple bottles and I love it. And boomsilk is there for my back up plan when I am short on time, options :).
Ideally you get a facial and then a specialist at the spa does a review of the best routine for your skin. But you can also email or phone with questions and they can help you select the right products for you as they now ship. I learned that you first put the serum on, then the oil, then the cream for optimal penetration of the product into the skin. I used to only put oil or serum on and alternate with cream. But it turns out the cream seals everything and helps the serum and oil get into your cells/skin. Aha!
The price is fair for the quality. I’ve paid way more for products from Whole Foods, Lancome, Clinique, Sephora and far lower quality.
Conclusion: I am all about shopping local but this is worth investing in as I feel the product is truly helping my skin not just a bit of moisturizer but a real “treatment”. The scents from the incredibly sourced ingredients are divine. I am blown away. The reviews on their site indicate that there are quite a few of us that feel the same way after years of trying different products. Bioéthique Spa.