This one will be quick. I recently went to Whole Foods with the objective of getting organic berries. Of course, I couldn’t stop there! I don’t know about you, but the lure of the health and beauty aisles at Whole Foods is too much for me. The fact that it has been a freezing, unrelenting winter in NYC definitely influenced my selections. As you can see above, my purchases have one thing in common: soothing winter skin. The areas in particular need are my red cheeks, chapped lips, and raw hands complete with torn cuticles. Wow, I sound like a real mess! I did get one cosmetic item too—a coral hued Pacifica Lipstick. It’s not pictured because it was way too bright for my red cheeks so it’s in storage until spring. Getting back to what I bought and am using:
Derma-E Soothing Face Creme ($26.96, 2 oz.): I have already made a serious dent in this one. It’s medium-weight, sinks in well, and has helped to soothe my skin. Lately, I have found it more helpful than my heavier, fancier moisturizers. It contains an antioxidant called Pycnogenol which derived from the park of a french pine tree. Read more about it here. It’s a versatile cream. I use it in the evenings and on some mornings mixed with One Love Organics Morning Glory Oil. I let it sink in and top with sunscreen and makeup. It’s in a pot, which isn’t ideal, but I think I am using it fast enough that it won’t have a chance to get contaminated or affect the efficacy of the antioxidants. I am going to do a more in-depth post on this soon! Here is what it looks like:
Badger Cuticle Care ($5.99, .75 oz): Oh Badger, how I love thee. So effective AND so affordable. I love this cuticle balm. It’s got shea and cocoa butters, olive oil and lovely essential oils. I keep this citrusy-smelling balm on my desk and rub it into my cuticles (and sniff it from time to time) and they are healing—finally.
Badger Classic Lip Balm ($2.99, .15 oz) I got this in Tangerine Breeze. (You might have noticed an affinity for citrus scents. )I love the tangerine. I love the ingredients list as I am really green and clean on the lippie front. This formula is very softening and comfortable. The only thing I would change about this would be to make it a drier or waxier formulation. I think it would last longer on the lips. I noticed they have a cocoa butter lip balm range. I have to try that one as it may be an even better fit.
(A Badger sidebar: I noticed that the reformulated Damascus Rose Facial Sunscreen is now available. Can’t wait to try it out. I am hoping it’s really similar to the old formula reviewed here.)
Deep Steep Hand Cream in Grapefruit Bergamot ($9.95, 2 oz): This is a pretty good hand cream with a lovely, subtle scent. Nice ingredients, sinks in fast and smells good. Might be a better warm-weather option as it’s light. I like it, but not enough to go out of my way to get it again.