What’s more fun than trying a new, seasonally suitable brand? Hello, Eu2Be!
Eu2Be, founded by Charla Jones, is named after her globetrotting aunt Eugenia, one of a number of strong women in Charla’s life who inspired her to create her own definition of beauty – which we can definitely get behind.
“We believe beauty is so much more than glamour: it’s a creative force for well-being, and there’s nothing superficial about it.”
Yes. Yes. Yes.
The Eu2Be line is rooted in nourishing oils – prime stuff as we move into autumn – and avoids a lot of common nasties. It’s worth nothing that they do contain preservative phenoxyethanol and fragrance. “Fragrance” on any product label sets off the alarm bells in our heads since a number of nasty chemicals can make up your run-of-the-mill synthetic scent, and manufacturers do not have to divulge their formulas, so it’s difficult to gauge what ingredients you’re spritzing or slathering all over your body. The good news is that the Eu2Be team set us at ease after we reached out about this:
“Eu2Be’s fragrance is unisex and never forward or overpowering. It was created for people who are sensitive to strong, allergy-triggering ingredients. And most importantly, it does not have any phthalates, formaldehydes, hormone-altering or cancer-causing components that are commonly associated with fragrance ingredients.”
As always, read your labels – and peep our review below for our thoughts!
Shower + Soak Soap
The Shower + Soak Soap ($35 for 8 oz.) is a shower gel that has a lovely golden color. Light, earthy floral hints fill the shower upon sudsing up. I like using it to shave with as it contains so many soothing oils including olive, coconut, and babassu – three of my favorites in one bottle! Afterward, I followed it up with the…
Enrich + Radiate Oil
This oil ($50 for 4 oz.) saved my skin from our parents’ “hard water” situation while visiting. The tap water where we were raised is tasty and safe – I love that! More than I can say for the good old coppery tasting tap water from the City of Angels…blech! But whenever I go back home, and especially in fall/winter, my skin takes a proverbial beating. I leave looking like a scaly Komodo dragon.
I applied the body oil immediately after getting out of the shower, as you do, and was immediately pleased by the scent – floral and stronger than the body wash. The rich avocado and other oils slick on and absorbed into my cracked and, frankly, depressed skin. I slipped into a better mood immediately and reminded myself that I must be proactive about my skin while in a hard water situation - really baby it, and make sure I follow up with the oil everyday. I followed that rule for two weeks, and still have half a bottle of the TRAVEL size oil left. I decided to leave it at my parent’s house for the next time I visit (in winter) to be reminded of the smells of summer, that my skin doesn’t have to be gross when I travel, and that even in the country, this city girl can enjoy and indulge in spa-like products that really do work. Now, if I can just teach myself to pack a PB & J for the plane ride back instead of stock piling those free salty snacks on Jet Blue, I will have really turned a corner.
Nurture + Nourish Lotion
I usually cringe when I see alcohol listed as an ingredient toward the top of the list on lotions: I worry the product will be drying. But I’m glad that didn’t deter me from trying out this lotion ($40 for 8 oz.). It’s a thick, rich, moisturizing lotion that I’ve found to be super nourishing for extra dry skin. It has a silky feel and melts right into the skin with a LOT of natural oils going to work for you – a number of them were new to me: tamanu seed, nangai, maracuja seed oil… Eu2Be’s website does a good job running down how these different oils serve ya. The scent is subtle and a tad sweet (there’s some sandalwood, cedarwood & wild fig in there, y’all) – I love it. I’ve pretty much scrapped my use of all lotions in favor of body oil since discovering their splendor (where have you been all my life?), but sometimes a body oil doesn’t quite do the trick on super-dry skin. So this is a great product to have around for the changing of the seasons. Hello, fall! This li’l sample tub reminded me of why I loved lotions for so long, and truthfully, I haven’t found too many lotions/body butters in the natural space that I love. Many are too greasy. So, big kudos to Eu2Be on this one.
Shower + Soak Soap ingredients: Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Olive, Coconut, Castor and Palm, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Tetra Borate, Orbignya Oleiferia (Babassu) Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Maracuja) Seed Oil, Oriza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Seed Oil, Fragrance
Enrich + Radiate Oil ingredients: Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Maracuja) Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Canarium Indicum (Nangai) Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Fragrance
Nurture + Nourish Lotion ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sclerotium Gum, Beeswax, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Maracuja) Seed Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Canarium Indicum (Nangai) Oil, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Fragrance
**All Eu2Be samples were generously sent to us for review by the product manufacturer. Check out our policy on product reviews.