Natural Skincare Use + Care
We have carefully selected the finest natural ingredients to use in our natural skincare collections. If you have skin sensitivities or allergies to any of the ingredients used to handcraft our products, we recommend you use caution, and encourage you to:
- read the list of product contents prior to use;
- keep products out of your eyes;
- do not consume products;
- use products externally only; and
- discontinue use if irritation occurs.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffering from a health condition or on any medications, please consult a healthcare professional prior to use. The information in our descriptions is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Handcrafted soaps naturally have a high glycerin content, which is wonderful for your skin, but it also means the soap requires a place to dry out between uses. The glycerin attracts water and if left in standing water, the soap will break down quickly. To extend the lifespan of your soap, do not allow it to sit in a dish or container that allows water to pool in the bottom. Also, beware of the indentations built into some showers as “soap dishes” as they rarely drain properly.
Instead, be sure to store your soap in a dry place out of the stream of water, and on a draining soap dish. A slatted cedar or bamboo soap dish is ideal because it wicks water away from the soap, allowing the soap to dry properly.
Unused soaps need to be stored in a cool, dry place. A linen closet is perfect - plus, the soap will make your linens smell wonderful.
BATH SOAKS | TEAS
Over the centuries, various substances have been added to bath water for their fragrance or healing benefits. Bath soaks, teas and milk baths create a soothing, comfortable feeling and leave your skin feeling soft and supple. The lactic acid of milk, and natural herbs and botanicals in our soaks help clean and soften, preventing dryness by hydrating the skin, helping to exfoliate and improve your skin for additional softness.
To take advantage of the extraordinary benefits of bath soaks and teas, add 2 - 4 tablespoons to a muslin bag and hang on the faucet. Using a comfortable water temperature, allow the water to run over the bag and infuse your bath. It is not uncommon for the bath water to turn pale green or light yellow due to the herbs and botanicals in your soak, and you should soak for no more than 20 minutes.
Your bath soaks and teas should be stored in a dry, cool location keeping them away from sunlight and humidity, and have an average life of 8 - 12 months.
BEARD BALM | BEARD OIL
Beard hair can grow brittle, especially in cold, windy environments, as these weather conditions cause the natural moisture of your beard to wick. Balms and oils contain vitamins and nutrients to hydrate and condition both your beard and skin helping to prevent flaking and skin dryness, keeping your beard manageable and healthy.
Beard balm works best when applied to a clean beard and we recommend using a clump of beard balm 1/4 - 1/2 inch in size in the morning and at night. Work the balm between your palms and fingers until it melts then massage into your beard starting at the sides and underside of your beard all the way to the skin. If your beard looks extremely wet or greasy, you've used too much.
Based on the oils used to make it, your beard balm has an average shelf life of 12 months and should be stored in a dry location away from sunlight.
The thickness and length of your beard determines how much oil you should use. Beard oil works best when applied to a clean beard and we recommend using 3 - 5 drops every 2 days. Spread it evenly over your palms and fingers until the beard oil covers the entire surface of your hands. Work your hands into your beard from the roots to the tips of your beard hair, massaging the oil 2 - 3 times on each side then smooth it down over your beard.
Based on the oils used to make it, your beard oil has an average shelf life of 1 - 3 years and should be stored in a dry location away from sunlight.
BODY BUTTER | LOTION BAR
Body butter and lotion bars are wonderful moisturizers that nourish dry, chapped skin and help protect the skins natural oils. Lotion bars and body butter may be used all over but do exceptionally well moisturizing dry skin on knees and elbows.
To take advantage of the nourishing benefits body butter offers, dry off gently after a shower, leaving a little moisture on the skin. Take a small amount (use sparingly - a little goes a long way) and rub it in until the body butter is fully absorbed.
Use your lotion bar by massaging directly on your hands or dry skin areas, as your body heat softens the bar, skin nourishing oils are released to rub into your skin.
Prolong the lifespan of your whipped body butter and lotion bar by storing it in a dry, cool location keeping it away from sunlight and humidity. It is normal for body butter to harden slightly over time, but it is safe to use and does not lose any of its moisturizing qualities. Based on the oils used to make it, your body butter has an average shelf life of 1 - 2 years.
Scrubs invigorate your skin by increasing circulation and encouraging new cell growth to give your skin a natural glow. Sugar scrubs moisturize and exfoliate while being gentle enough for your face. Salt scrubs may be too harsh for sensitive skin, but are wonderful for exfoliating dry skin on heels, knees and elbows.
To use, apply the scrub to wet skin in a circular motion using gentle pressure. Rinse off with lukewarm water and gently pat your skin dry. Use caution when exiting the bath as the oils in our scrubs may make it slippery. Over exfoliating may damage your skin which is why we recommend using salt scrubs once a week while sugar scrubs are gentle enough for daily use. Your body scrub has a shelf life of 6 - 12 months and should be stored in a dry location at room temperature.
Keep your skin hydrated after using a scrub by applying an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.
To use, mix 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of clay with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of warm water and continue adding water until a smooth, mud-like consistency is reached. Before use, patch test a small area of your skin. In the unlikely event a skin irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.
Apply to a clean face, avoiding eyes, mouth and nostrils. Leave on 5 - 10 minutes then rinse with warm water before mask is fully dry and follow with a facial oil or moisturizer. Mix and apply your clay mask with non-metal tools as clay absorbs heavy metals and toxins. Use a clay mask no more than 1 - 2 times per week as they can be drying and are formulated to extract dirt and absorb excess oil.
Your dry face mask has a shelf life of approximately 6 - 12 months and should be stored in a dry location in an air-tight container away from humidity.
Face serums contain high levels of nourishing ingredients such as vitamins, amino acids, and essential oils that help restore moisture and elasticity to the skin while regulating oil production.
To use, wash and exfoliate your face to help prepare your skin and remove any buildup or debris that could hinder the absorption of your serum. After cleansing and dampening your skin, apply 3 - 4 drops to palms and lightly press to your skin and pat on in an outward and upward motion until fully applied to your face and neck. Wait 5 minutes for the product to be fully absorbed, then apply moisturizer.
Your face serum may be used daily and has a shelf life of approximately 6 - 12 months and should be stored in a dry location away from sunlight.
By following these steps, the life of your natural skincare products will be extended long enough for you to enjoy all the extraordinary benefits they offer!