Well I’m back.
I do feel a bit like I’m cheating on my spouse because every day that HOB goes unattended a little bit of happiness sort of fades away from my soul. Ok, maybe that’s extreme, but the thing is I’m having a blast with my new venture Violet Joy where I’m curating the best in women’s fashion daily while keeping prices around $30 a piece. If you aren’t a part of the group on Facebook, search ‘Violet Joy Group’ and look for the gold lettered logo. You have to ask to join (to steer away the weirdos), but come on in and see what we’re up to.
That aside, a few things have lit my creative fire a bit that made me excited to share with you. I favorited this boutique line of organic skincare made in Seattle called French Girl Organics on Etsy a while back but never got around to purchase anything until a sleepless night a few weeks back. I was so exhausted when I bought their Body Polish and Facial Polish (fancy names for scrubs!) that I bough a different face scrub at Ulta like 3 days later not remembering that those purchases were already in the mail.
Two things I learned: Dermalogica is not at all what I remembered it to be from when I used it years ago. I got the Daily Microfoliant which I used to LOVE and it felt heavy and synthetic. Second, this boutique line isn’t actually that small. It’s sold at quite a few places like Anthropologie and even Goop.com where the editors just rave about it. The quality is pretty incredible, they use almost 90-100% organic and have some truly beautiful glass packaging that’s feels like something special is inside.
They have a few different body polishes. I chose the Menthe one because I like that minty rosemary feel. It has a mushy wet sand consistency made from sea salt and sugar which provide the grit, cocoa and shea butter, along with coconut, almond, and grapeseed oils just to name a few. There are about 10 more ingredients including essential oils to soften, tone, and treat the skin to a spa-like experience that’s second to none. This is probably my fave body scrub I’ve used to date. The mushy consistency makes it easy to apply and it doesn’t melt into the skin so quickly that you can’t get a good scrub going. The oils stay behind slightly and give my skin a cooling, fresh feel. It’s incredible. I really, really love it. It’s also $38 which I think it is a steal considering I’ve tried scrubs that weren’t half as effective for a lot more money.
And the face polish- that’s awesome too. Out of the few they offer, I chose the Néroli for troubled skin because that’s just how people recognize me at this point. Hi, it’s bad skin me! (More on that later.) It’s made using Brown Rice Powder, Rose, Chamomile, White Clay, Lavender, and other essentials which are all dried because it’s a powder that you turn into a mealy scrub by adding a few drops of water to it. What I love about it is how it never loses its grit. No matter how long i scrub it into my face, it never breaks down. I’ve been using it daily and it never leaves my skin red or irritated, just soft and refreshed. It’s $22 for a 2oz bottle, a fair price considering you only need a small amount and then mix it with water.
This line also makes awesome gifts because of how beautiful it is, but keep in mind a long shipping time (2 weeks-ish from my order date) which was even before the holidays. Research it first on Etsy, but Anthropologie might be a better place to buy.