I’m pretty lazy about skin care. Some soap and water, a little oil and I’m good. Of course, the soap I use is my handmade vegan soap. And the oils? A trifecta of holistic awesomeness.
My mother is Cuban so, we always had olive oil (and Cafe Bustelo, black beans and plantains) in the kitchen. Whenever we had some illness or skin issue olive oil was always her go-to cure. Castor oil was second. When I wanted to start wearing Maybelline mascara, my mom told me to ‘brush castor oil on my lashes and they would grow so long that, I would not have any use for Maybelline, comprende?’ Not what a 13-year-old girl wants to hear, but she was right! A few years ago, I caught myself saying this same thing to my daughter about castor oil and her eyelashes!
I used to slather store-bought beauty products on my skin (unsuccessfully trying to look like the girls in those clean and clear commercials) until I discovered handmade soap whilst working in a ‘green’ store. The results were magical and launched me full force into making my soap. I have made soap for about 6 years. It has become an addiction! My oldest daughter-who, despite my best attempts, is very mainstream sees my soap making as the most offending, hippie thing I have ever done (even worse than the time I banned Doritos from the house). I am very ‘hippie’ according to my kids, but that’s not a bad thing to me.
So, church. I feel lucky that I can practice this aspect of my self-care with these things that I have made, that come from the earth.
The foundation is, of course soap. My go-to is my Detox soap. I make it with coconut oil, shea butter, hempseed oil, tea tree, rosemary, lavender and peppermint essential oils, along with activated charcoal, bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and poppy seeds for light exfoliation. I will alternate Detox with Angel Face, an unscented bar. Angel Face is a simple, creamy moisterising bar. Coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, hempseed oil with a good amount of rose clay and some poppy seeds for scrubbiness. Soap doubles as shampoo for me.
Now, the 3 pillars.
Amazing is an oil I originally concocted for a friend that was having problems with very thin, non-growing hair. She was also looking to naturally darken her hair. So, I made this oil for her and it is lovely and it works! Rosemary, castor oil, coconut, argan and avocado oils-these ingredients work together for awesome results-need to regrow your edges? This is a miracle worker. I love this!
I’m 35 and even though my Grandma always said ‘black don’t crack’, I am seeing some wrinkles! Mainly laugh lines but, still. I use Grace oil at night after I wash my face or some times I just swipe some on in the shower. It feels decadent, but, not so heavy that my oily skin gets clogged. Rose hip seed oil, avocado and jojoba oils with beautifying palmarosa and ylang ylang essential oils make this a benevolent kind of experience.
Who doesn’t love a good Revival? This oil perks up your skin! Chia seed oil gives you a glow and coffee essential oil with its caffeine tightens it up! Rosehip oil for all of its anti-aging benefits rounds out this blend.
To put the roof on my skin care church, I advocate getting an adequate amount of sleep, staying hydrated, juicing and positive affirmations. I like this one: ‘I am brilliant, bright and beautiful’!
Sometimes I finish up by applying make up but, most often not-I’m horrible with makeup and most of the time forget I am wearing it and rub my face smearing it all around. I can do eyeliner and mascara pretty decently but, most of the time I forget or I can’t find it so I go naked faced most days, with some blush maybe. I loves me some blush. I actually think I look a little weird with makeup on!
So, what do you do? Do you love blush? Have you tried handmade soap? What is your skin care ritual?