What is your greatest fear? Mine is that my children will grow up without the beauty of snowcapped peaks and crystal-clear lakes, but rather mountains of trash and seas of garbage.
Here at Earth-Kissed Beauty, we love our Earth and everything it gives us! As we use curated, natural ingredients to create our products, it’s just as important to us how you receive them. As a company, we’re proud to swim against the current of packaging that ends up in landfills and oceans. We scoured through the catalogs to find the right containers that not only represent who we are but what we care about. Our plastic bottles and jars are made of PET while our vials are made from glass. Not only are these containers easy to recycle, but even better when upcycled!
PET isn’t as hard to find as you think, you’ve probably got an abundance of it in your fridge or in your closet. Polyethylene terephthalate is one of the most common and easiest to recycle plastics in the world. In fact, you could melt and repurpose it right in your oven – like this guy who melted PET caps from milk jugs into a salad bowl! It can be clear like a bottle of water or it can be opaque, like our Cranberry Pomegranate Hair & Body Oil bottle. In our case, the dark color of the plastic helps block out light from hitting the product inside and saving it from degradation.
Glass, another clean and recyclable material, is easy to find on our shelves. We use it to store our facial oils. When you finally hit the bottom of the vial, you could toss it in your recycling bin, but there’s an even better option: Upcycling! Our lovely little glass vials are perfect for storing so many things and are ready to live another life beyond the bin! Insert string LED lights for a colorful light fixture. Add a little water and turn them into a sweet mini vase for a few sprigs of wildflowers or fresh herbs. Or simply use them to hold little odds and ends for your next craft project.
Our Body Butters and Face Masks come in wide shallow PET jars that are just begging to be repurposed! For the clear jars, attach a battery powered LED to the inside of the lid, screw back on, and flip over for a soft, diffused night light. Turn the wider body butter jars into a mini succulent filled fairy garden. Save up a set of 4 to turn into wheels for your kids’ next physics project.
Honestly, the possibilities for our packaging are endless but our Earth is not. Here’s our friendly reminder to think beyond the bin next time you finish up a jar of your favorite body butter!
It’s officially Autumn when you start digging through your closet to unearth your favorite sweater. And if you’re in North Carolina like me, you’ll probably only wear it for 2 hours before it feels like Summer again! Just like it’s time to pull on an extra layer to stay warm, we need to add on those extra layers of moisture and hydration. Making seasonal changes to skincare routines is essential to maintain a happy complexion. While the needs of every skin type are different, these simple rules of thumb can help upgrade any routine for a colder and dryer season.
First rule of thumb--Level up products!
Whatever moisturizer you are using right now, level it up to something richer. For example, if you use a body oil, try indulging in a body butter. The richer feel of the butter means it absorbs slower and creates a longer lasting barrier on your skin to help trap moisture. If you’re using a lightweight or water-based lotion, upgrade to a body oil. It’s the same principle.
Second rule of thumb--Wear an extra layer!
If you have a simple 2 step routine where you cleanse then moisturize, you need to apply a fast absorbing moisturizer in between. Try adding facial oil, a moisturizing toner, or serum. Make sure to give it a few minutes to absorb into your skin before putting your regular moisturizer on to seal it. This step ensures your skin has a little extra hydration to get it through the next chilly day or super dry office.
Third rule of thumb--Renewal!
All those rich products and hydration are meant to protect the skin and keep it from becoming dry and flaky. Sometimes this process traps the dead skin and dirt in place, and you need a little help to remove it—that’s when exfoliating sugar scrubs and clay-based face masks come into play!
Body and face scrubs help slough away the dead skin and invigorate as they do; increasing circulation, evening out texture, and kickstarting the renewal process so your skin is ready to drink in whatever you put on it next. At this point, you could put on your regular body oil or moisturizer and bask in your own glow for the night, but why not give your face a little extra love? This is the perfect and most effective time to apply our Renewal Night Cream! Daylight savings? I don’t know her - cuz you’re the sun now, baby!
Depending on your skin needs, you may only need to do a Renewal step 1 to 3 nights a week, but no more than that, as you’ll interrupt the healing process and may compromise your skin barrier instead. This happens a lot when people discover a scrub or mask they love; they love the feeling of fresh skin and the glow after, but end up over-exfoliating by doing it too often without realizing that exfoliation is just half of the renewal process, the other half is healing time!
Whatever skincare routine changes you decide to go for this season, just remember, consistency is key! We all have those days when our hormones are off, stress is high, or we’re pulling all-nighters; but that is not an excuse to ignore your body and its biggest organ. Don’t give up on your skin, be kind to it, and it will love you back! Happy Fall!