I first was introduced to Angel Face Botanicals through a sample of their Lavender and Aloe Toner in the Ecopique Box full of all natural products I received a few months ago. Until then, I had never heard of this luxurious, spa-like brand of organic green goodness. Now, I’m a convert, and you can be too, because Angel Face Botanicals has generously put together a prize package for one Unsullied reader. Read on for the giveaway!
Based in Santa Cruz, California (one of my favorite places!), founder Jessica Ress works with the Earth to make exquisite natural products. Being a fifth generation Californian growing up in the fresh air and sunny beaches, she became interested in healing herbs in the early ’90s. This led her to experimenting with making homemade spa products and lotions for her friends and family for gifts. Thus, Angel Face Botanicals was born. Located on the beautiful Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Jessica’s boutique facility makes her pure, natural and organic facial care, body care, perfumes, and soaps using aromatherapy principles for maximum enjoyment/effectiveness.
Jessica states her products are made with essential oils, phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, detoxifying minerals, and LOTS of love!
Now, onto why I feel like a teenager again when I use her products.
Chamomile Exquisite Cream
The Chamomile Exquisite Cream ($26 for 1.8 oz) evokes memories of middle school for me, (see the jean jacket I used for the pictures? I was super cool, just sayin’.) when Bonne Bell lip balm was around and everything from your hand lotion to your scratch n’ sniff Lisa Frank notebooks had the fragrant smells of bright flowers and the fruitiest of fruits. Now, of course, none of those items were in any way natural. But this cream is, and you’ll love the floral, bright scent. Jessica has formulated this sensitive-skin-friendly moisturizer to not only provide your skin with vital and effective moisture throughout the day, but with ingredients that I am always jonesin’ for!
The scent of the cream is strong, but the lotion itself is not. As in: lots of times I find when a product has a strong smell, it also has a strong, harsh effect. Not so with this cream. It’s thin texture melts onto skin while you have an aromatic experience enjoying notes of rose, oranges and calming chamomile essential oils. The scent dissipates quickly after it absorbs into your skin, leaving you with soft, even, happy skin. Sussed up with calendula essential oil, vitamin E, and organic aloe (the first ingredient) this special potted cream is a winner for me, and definitely something I would purchase again. I take it with me when I travel as my skin has a tendency not to behave when I take a vacation (argh)! Fortified with vitamin A retinol palmitate, it helps bust fine lines and is vegan, gluten free, paraben free, and organic to boot.
One downfall for me is that this product, and also the peel and the cleanser I mention below, contain the popular preservative phenoxyethanol, which gets a “4″ (moderate hazard) rating on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. Worth noting for all of your green beauties who are 100% purists!
Pumpkin Renewal Smoothing Antioxidant Peel
This peel ($16 for 1 oz) is described as “an intensive anti-aging and anti-acne resurfacing treatment mask packed with naturally occurring enzymes, antioxidants, plus alpha hydroxy and glycolic acids to provide thorough exfoliation and stimulate cellular renewal, while replenishing vital nutrients and beneficial moisture to the skin.” Woah, now!
This is a mask I would use maybe 1-2 times a month. It is certainly effective in creating a tighter, brighter complexion, and the fall-centric pumpkin scent (hello, September!) is just to die for. Pumpkins are quite good for you skin, as luck would have it…not just good for pies. Mmm. Pie. No, the pumpkin carries 100 “skin food” ingredients, according to Jessica. Containing beta carotene, vitamin A and zinc, these inputs are known to stimulate your skin’s circulation and promote healing. I am happy with this product and am excited to use it more as I prep for my auditions this fall. A stunningly beautiful woman in her mid-50s who I met recently (at my own wedding, actually!) had perfect skin – taut and supple. I asked her what her regimen was and she told me that she just washes her face with soap and water and makes sure to give herself at-home facials, masks and peels a few times a week. Good enough for me. This one is now a part of my regular rotation! But take note that this product is not recommended for sensitive or reactive skin types.
The Angels Lips balm in Vanilla ($6 for 4.25 grams) that I ordered was gone far too soon, and was a big staple for me in my purse until it was down to a nubbin. (Or did I eat it? Don’t remember…) Goes on smooth without any tugging and made with organic ingredients, including sunflower oil and coconut oil. I’m sold on these! There are lots of balms out there in the green beauty world, but few actually glide on easily and stay on for more than three minutes. This is one of them.
Kissed Gentle Foaming Organic Cleanser
I received a sample of this cleanser ($11 for 2.3 oz) with my order. Good for two uses, it was lovely and smells very similar to the Chamomile Exquisite Cream. Though we were only briefly acquainted, it was great for removing makeup and having a therapeutic, calming experience in the shower before bed.
Chamomile Exquisite Cream ingredients:
Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Rosa damascena (Rose) Distillate, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Elaesis sp. (Organic Palm) Oil, Palm Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Allantoin (Comfrey), (Polysaccharide Gum), Argania spinsosa (Argan) Oil, Daucus carota (Carrot Seed) Oil, Salix alba (Willow Bark) Extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Azadirachta indica (Neem), Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) Essential Oil, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Essential Oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) Essential Oil, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Essential Oil, Helichrysum italicum flower oil, Reiki Healing Energy & lots of love!
Pumpkin Renewal Smoothing Antioxidant Peel ingredients:
Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin), Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit extract, Saccharum officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) Extract, Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Cinnamomum cassia (Cinnamon) Bark, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Root Powder, Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg) Powder, Pimenta officinalis (Allspice) Powder, Rosmarinus officnalis (Rosemary Oleoresin), Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Reiki Healing Energy & lots of love!
Vanilla Angel Lips ingredients:
Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Vitamin E, Organic Rosemary Extract, Organic Calendula Extract, Reiki Healing Energy & lots of love!
Kissed Gentle Foaming Organic Cleanser ingredients:
Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Source), Organic Vegetable Glycerin (Soybean Source), Lavandula spp. (Organic Lavender) Essential Oil, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Essential Oil, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Essential Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Tetrasodium EDTA, dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Reiki Healing Energy & lots of love!