Skincare Finds from Etsy
by Jessica M
I first started browsing on Etsy.com when I was looking for vintage jewelry, and then I discovered that the site also carries hand made bath and body products. Danger ahead, I thought. Too much temptation. Then again, I noticed, most of the choices didn’t look very unusual or appealing: lots of pre-blended scents and pre-made bases, too many cheap ingredients.
BathLife is one of the noteworthy exceptions that I’ve come across. As you can guess from the name, this seller (basically, a lovely lady named Kimberlee) carries plenty of scented soaps and body butters.For me, though, the real draw is its smaller line of “specialty products” for the face. They’re effective, they're a pleasure to use,they’re packed with natural ingredients, and they’re fairly priced.
Here are three products that I’ve ordered and reordered from BathLife:
FaceTime Gentle Makeup Remover: This mousse-like pink cream works to dissolve makeup (perfect for days when I'm wearing long-wear foundation) while it also provides light exfoliation. Pink clay gives it its rosy color, and macadamia butter creates a fluffy texture. Ground adzuki beans and joboba beans scrub the surface of the skin ever so gently, while shea butter and babassu butter keep things soft. The scent is a refreshing note of geranium essential oil. Just a fingertip of FaceTime is enough for each use; I spread and massage it over my face, rinse off, and then use my regular cleanser.($3.75 for a .5 oz. trial size, $9 for a 2 oz. jar)
Purify Facial Soap: This plain-looking bar has become my favorite nighttime cleansing product. It's a gentle facial soap spiked with Dead Sea clay, which (according to BathLife) has a "high content of over 26 minerals, algae, sodium, and sulphur." Purify gives my oily skin a deep-cleaned feeling, but it doesn't leave my face feeling stripped or tight, since it also contains macadamia oil, grapeseed oil, and olive oil for nourishment. Skin needs a diet rich in fatty acids, just like the body does!($3.75 for a 2 oz. bar, $6.95 for 4 oz. bar)
Detox Purifying Facial Mask: Once a week, I apply this mask for even more thorough cleaning. It's easier on my skin than some of the clay masks I've used in the past, and it has a nice, simple ingredients list: Dead Sea clay, dark cocoa powder, and aloe powder. The clay’s detoxifying effect is balanced by the cocoa powder’s antioxidants and the aloe’s soothing properties. I mix a teaspoon of Detox with a teaspoon of water (you could also use honey or plain yogurt, for added moisture), apply a thin layer to my face, and let it dry for ten minutes. It's also fun to use, because it looks and smells just brownie mix when it's wet!($13 for 2 oz.)
I've been happy with all my orders from BathLife, since Kimberlee also offers excellent customer service (and cute packaging) for all her handmade products. Do check out her site at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BathLife if you're in the market for some new natural skincare.
Disclaimer: These products were purchased by the reviewer
Credits: Images via BathLife on Etsy
Credit: Melanie Parker /Veronica Lake in I Married A Witch.