Just Skin Food Review

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Review of Just Skin Food, based in Cape May, NJ. I haven’t added a product line to my “approved/best-of-the-best” category for quite some time, so am thrilled have Just Skin Food as the newest addition! There are numerous things I love about this line—both the products themselves & the true eco-friendly aspect of the business practices.

Just Skin Food offers a fabulous selection of herbal salves, body butters, bar soaps, essential oils, skincare oils, lotion bars, body scrubs & flower essences. She also categorizes everything with a seasonal product tab, and one for men’s, women’s, children’s products. You will not find a SINGLE plastic product in her packaging, which makes me so very happy! Everything comes in glass or a stainless steel tin. Details like this show me Just Skin Food definitely deserves a spot on my best-of-the-best list: “Even our inside seals are made from certified unbleached chlorine free paper. We do not like to use any kind of sealer that requires heat transfer of glue or plastic.” Also, she grows many of the herbs that she uses in her products herself, which I admire greatly!

Gabriella, the owner & creator of these high quality products, has a background in homeopathy. Here is some info from her “about” section of her website: “Homeopathy is more than my life’s work, it is my passion! I first fell in love with homeopathy while studying abroad in Florence, Italy when I was just a teenager. Since then, I have furthered my education in the field, worked as a Classical Homeopath and Bach Flower Essence Practitioner, and continued studies in Natural Medicine and Holistic Healing and Herbology. Considering my holistic approach to health and skin care, bringing Just Skin Food to life was a natural evolution. It began with a simple line of Herbal Healing Skin Salves for clients, family and friends. But little did we know, there was much more to come. While my clients were on their holistic path to healing, their use of standard beauty products was counter-intuitive. Knowing that, they wanted products that would enhance their outer beauty while keeping in harmony with their inner journey of healing. With this in mind, we developed more holistic products to help them on this journey. Thanks to them, we continually evolve.” She is currently undergoing the process to become certified organic, and as you’ll see when clicking on any ingredient tab, she uses only the best organic & wild-crafted ingredients!

Steps Gabriella takes to ensure she’s being as eco-friendly as possible. From the customer service tab on her website:
–In order to keep a lesser carbon footprint for such small items, Just Skin Food has decided to have a minimum online total order of $35.00. With a minimum online order of $35.00 shipping is always free.
–Orders are shipped either Tuesday or Friday (so she’s not traveling to the PO daily with only a couple packages).
— We try to use organic air-popped popcorn inside our packages except when we are re-using materials that we receive in packages that are sent to us. If we do not have old material to re-use for packaging we will use USPS priority boxes. Please recycle the cardboard box as well as the bubble wrap, which can be recycled just like plastic bags. You can feed the popcorn to the birds or put it in with your compost. (I’m very, very impressed with this one, what a fabulous idea! My package came with reused materials, no popcorn.)

Gabriella sent me numerous items from her product line. Without a doubt my favorite is the Espresso Honey Scrub. I make my own coconut oil based oat & sugar scrub, but have been passing that up for this Espresso scrub every bath I take. If you’re a coffee lover, I think you’ll agree that this scrub is heavenly. Since it’s so finely ground it makes a wonderful scrub, and the oils & honey used in the blend she sent me leave my skin very nourished & moisturized when I’m done with my bath. It also contains rhassoul clay which is a clay I wasn’t previously familiar with, but am always happy to learn something new! Here’s a look at that ingredient list, along with the fascinating info about the clay. Ingredients: Harry and Bean’s fair trade organic espresso coffee, organic cold pressed virgin olive oil infused with organic vanilla bean, organic dried rosemary herb, cape may honey farm’s local raw honey, pure orange peel butter, and rhassoul clay*.*Rhassoul Clay used in ancient Rome and Egypt as a daily cleanser comes from the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco from deposits formed from volcanic ashes. Rhassoul Clay has a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It has a high content of Silica which supports deep layers of collagen and gives the skin its elasticity. Two other natural component of Rhassoul Clay is Magnesium and Calcium, which are essential for skin regeneration. And it mildly lathers.”

I also am enjoying the whipped butters very much. She sent me a Whipped Fluffy Mint Cream, an Orange Cream, and a Lemon Fresh Cream (she also makes a Vanilla Bean Cream). They are so light & fluffy, each smells absolutely amazing, and they just melt right into your skin. Each is geared towards different skin conditions such as cracked & flaky, teen and oily, mature, or all skin types. I have used the Winter Brew lotion stick on the cheeks of both my kiddos, and felt it did a nice job helping heal & moisturize their mainly wind burned, dry winter skin. I am very appreciative of the product I have on hand for the summer sun, bug & itch season. We’ve had a very late spring here in Wisconsin, so it’ll be a month or more before I’ll have occasion to test the bug or sun stick. She also sent a poison ivy salve which I hope I don’t need, but we are a very active, outdoorsy family so I’m very happy to have this in my medicine cabinet should we need it.

She sent me a sample tin of each of her salves, and this is where her background in homeopathy really shines through and is a tremendous asset to these products! Honestly I haven’t had a chance to use most of them yet, but have learned that it’s very important to have your medicine cabinet ready with a very healthy assortment of product, so when the time comes, you’re ready & not scrambling in search of whatever you can get locally. I love opening my cabinet and seeing her tins of salve for the following ailments: deep healing, all-purpose, soothing, joint relief, eczema/psoriasis and more! Many are vegan, and all are made with an amazing assortment of organic oils infused (sometimes double infused!) with wild-harvested or homegrown herbs! Many, many people are making homemade products these days, but I really feel top quality products like these are unique!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I highly recommend treating your Mom to some top quality products from Just Skin Food. Also, why not treat yourself to an Espresso Honey Scrub, or some fabulous whipped body butter as a special treat, whether you’re a mother or not! Most Mom’s I know put their own needs last, and let me tell you, there’s nothing like a hot bath & a jar of Espresso scrub to both relax, and awaken your senses at the same time! I asked very nicely & Gabriella agreed to create a 15% off coupon code for those of you interested in trying some of her amazing, high quality products! Good through April 30th: 15% discount with coupon code eco430
Website: http://www.justskinfood.com/index.html
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