Natural Skincare Use + Care
To use and care for your natural skincare collections, we recommend and encourage you to read the following.
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 bombs are a wonderful addition to any bath. Depending on the size, it may be cut it in half with a serrated knife and the unused portion wrapped tightly to save for another time.
To use, fill the tub with water at a comfortable temperature and level then add the bath bomb. It will bubble and fizz, breaking apart and dissolving in the water releasing moisturizing ingredients, color and fragrant oils. Use caution when exiting the bath as the oils in our bath bombs may cause it to be slippery.
Your bath bomb has a shelf life of approximately 6 months and should be stored in a dry location or air-tight container away from humidity.
BATH SOAKS / TUB TEAS
Over the centuries, various substances have been added to bath water for their fragrance or healing benefits. Bath soaks create a soothing, overall relaxed, comfortable feeling and leave your skin feeling soft and supple. The lactic acid of milk 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 tub teas, add 1/2 to 1 cup of bath soak or tub tea to running bath water or fill a muslin bag and hang on the faucet. Use a water temperature you are comfortable with, allowing the water to run over the bag and infuse your bath. It is not uncommon for the bath water to turn pal 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 soak should be stored in a dry, cool location keeping it away from sunlight and humidity, and has 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.
The thickness and length of your beard determines how much oil you should use. We recommend using 3 - 5 drops, spreading it evenly over your palms and fingers, and applying to a clean beard after your shower. Massage it into your skin then smooth it down over your beard to keep your beard healthy and strong.
Your beard balm and beard oil should be stored at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, and has an average life of 12 months.
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.
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!