Hi, everyone! If you've chatted with me over the last few weeks, you'll know that I've been on a bit of a luxury organic skin care kick lately. My boyfriend is well aware, as he's peeked over my shoulder at the computer screen more than once and exclaimed "that moisturizer costs how much?!" I try to appeal to his eco-friendly sensitivities, citing all of the wild-harvested ingredients and lack of chemicals and preservatives. He is partially appeased, but still rolls his eyes at the price tag. Discovering more earth-, animal-, and skin-friendly products definitely is an important goal of mine, so if it takes a touch of luxury to sway me in that direction, perhaps that's not a bad thing? That said, if I am going to shell out my hard-earned dollars on a fancy, organic potion, I do want to do my research and ensure to the best of my ability that my finicky skin is going to love what I'm slathering on.
In a quest to discover additional sources of niche, organic beauty brands in Toronto (we all know Jacob and Sebastian is already a firm favourite), I discovered a shop called Husk. Tucked away behind an unassuming storefront in Yorkville, Husk is a beautifully appointed boutique that offers a wide range of natural skin care lines. From $5 Hurraw lip balms to $200 Tata Harper serums, they really have it all! Last weekend Jenn and I embarked on a bit of a shopping adventure and, after stalking their website thoroughly for a few days, I made sure Husk was one of our destinations.
I came with a bit of a game plan in terms of brands and products on which to focus my attention and, despite drooling over nearly everything, I was successful to sticking to my agenda. Here's what I picked up:
Odacite Ap + P Apricot and Palmarosa Facial Serum Concentrate for Fragile Capillaries
Odacite is the central reason I plodded over to Husk; ever since I spied their products on Cult Beauty, I was totally entranced. The line focuses on formulations that are fresh, organic, and free from preservatives and offer products for nearly every skin care concern imaginable. Their Serum Concentrates are the epitome of this mission, as all 18 formulas target a specific issue and only contain oils and extracts that are organic, wild harvested, or cold pressed. There were several that caught my eye (hey, my skin has lots of issues!), but it was the Ap + P that came home with me. I have a notable amount of redness in my skin, part of which is due to visible veins and capillaries on my cheeks and nose. I'd never encountered a skin care product honing in on this specific concern, so I was eager to give it a go! I'll be posting a fuller review soon, but as a sneak preview: I'm smitten.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapiz Oil Balancing Facial Oil
Herbivore is a brand that I discovered solely from browsing the Husk website. I fell prey to their incredible packaging, but also quickly came to admire their aim to create products that are pure, effective, cruelty-free, and also a pleasure to use. Their Facial Oils appeared to be their star products, and I immediately gravitated towards their Lapiz oil, created to balance and soothe sensitive, combination, acne-prone skin (my skin type exactly!). It contains several beautiful ingredients, including blue tansy, blue yarrow, and jojoba and conveniently comes in a trial-sized roller ball so that you can give it a go before committing to a full bottle. I am waiting until my Antipodes Divine Oil sees its last drop before I give this a try- so looking forward to it!
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (sample)
I am fully obsessed with May Lindstrom, from the intoxicating scents of her products to the amazingly luxurious and personalized way she wraps her packages. The line is (of course) ridiculously expensive, however, so I was thrilled that the Husk employee was eager to give out samples from the brand. I opted for a pot of May's The Blue Cocoon, which is an rich, blue-toned balm aimed at deeply hydrating and soothing the skin. This stuff smells like exotic flowers and spicy chocolate and, let me tell you, it zapped all of the redness from my skin like nothing else I've tried. I'm slightly suspicious that it caused a breakout or two, so further experimentation is required. But this stuff is undoubtedly lovely.
So there you go- some of my newest luxury organic skin care obsessions. If I'm hoping to splurge on anything this year, it's effective, ethical skin care that's a pleasure to use- what's a better investment, really?
Any of you been geeking out about skin care recently? Any of these products or brands you'd like to hear more about?
Thanks for reading! xo