Product Use + Care
Skincare formulated without harsh irritants or preservatives have a shorter shelf life than most commercial products. Knowing how to use and care for your natural skincare products helps to promote healthier skin by ensuring you receive the best your products offer.
We have carefully select the finest natural ingredients to use in our natural soap and skincare collections. If you have skin sensitivities or allergies to any of the ingredients used to formulate 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. Regulations set forth by the FDA prohibit soap and skincare companies from making health-related claims about their products. We do not claim to be medical or healthcare professionals and the information in our descriptions is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in our descriptions merely refers to the properties of specific ingredients used to create our products.
H A N D C R A F T E D S O A P
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.
B A T H S O A K S
Over the centuries, various substances have been added to bath water for their fragrance or healing benefits. Bath soaks 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, 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 should be stored in a dry, cool location keeping them away from sunlight and humidity, and have an average life of 8 - 12 months.
B O D Y B U T T E R | B O D Y O I L
Body butter and oils are wonderful moisturizers that nourish dry, chapped skin and help protect the skins natural oils. Body butter and oils 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 and oils offer, 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 or oil is fully absorbed.
Prolong the lifespan of your whipped body butter and body oils by storing them in a dry, cool location keeping them 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 and oils have an average shelf life of 1 - 2 years.
B O D Y S C R U B S
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.
F A C E M A S K
Highly absorbent and effective in reducing excess sebum from your skins surface, clay masks help improve skin tone and restore your skins natural healthy glow.
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.
F A C E S E R U M
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!