Let’s Talk Healthy Ingredients In Cosmetics

Let’s Talk Healthy Ingredients In Cosmetics

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of covering all of the nasty ingredients in mainstream cosmetics. Yes, it is super important to know which ingredients to avoid and why. Of course, you want and need to know how to ID them on products labels. But sometimes it’s nice to talk about the healthy ingredients making up beauty products. Here are some of my absolute faves!

5 of My Favorite Healthy Ingredients In Cosmetics

1. Natural oils: Oh, man. Do I love plant oils. Not only are they more compatible with skin than synthetic oils, there are oils for every skin type. Yep, even oily skin types can benefit from the right oils. The key is to find the ones your skin loves. I am crazy about jojoba (most closely matched to skin’s own natural oils, so pretty much works for everyone), sweet almond, rosehip, and sea buckthorn just for starters. I have, however, found that my skin does not get along well with argan and coconut, but I know many people who get great results with those two oils. So, do some experimenting and find out which are best suited to your skin.

2. Natural butters: Nothing beats slathering dry skin in a rich balm when dryness has reached it’s peak. Using natural butters, like mango seed, cocoa, and shea, before you get to the chapped and irritated stage helps. I love to pat In Fiore Fleur Vibrante onto my skin right before going to bed at night to wake up to skin that looks supple and glowing, and feels super soft and smooth.

3. Witch hazel: This astringent ingredient is much milder than alcohol or other harsh ingredients, and great for quickly cleansing the skin. I use it on nights when I don’t need to remove much makeup or am too tired for a full on cleanse.

4. Caffeine: Yep, the same stuff that puts a pep in your step perks up skin too. Green tea and coffee bean extracts are both good for making skin look firmer and brighter. LOVE caffeinated eye cream or serum to diminish signs of dark circles and puffiness.

5. Rose: I know, rose may seem old fashioned. But over the years it’s turned out to be one of my all time fave ingredients. There’s rose oil, rose extract, rose hydrosol … so many ways to get in on the goodness of this lovely ingredient. Rosehip oil is lightly moisturizing and doesn’t feel greasy on skin, and is perfect for lessening the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone, and dullness. Rose hydrosol, used on its own or as the main ingredient in a toner, is so gentle on skin, and has a refreshing and softening feel. Plus, the smell is light and not at all obnoxious.

How to Write Copy for Your Brand (The Formula I Use for My Clients)

How to Write Copy for Your Brand

Branding. It’s all about creating a cohesive and memorable experience for your followers. Know what is one of the most important elements in any brand? Your words. Yep, they should be as consistent as your brand colors, fonts, and images. Today I’m sharing my formula to teach you how to write copy for your brand that is 100% YOU!

Writing in your own voice seems like it should be easy, right? Then you imagine it going out to your followers and you think twice about that snarky line or slang term. Or maybe your voice is inconsistent. As in, sometimes you write in a casual, creative way, and other times you tend to sound more by the book.

The best way to keep you on the same track when writing your own copy is to have a formula. A guide that you can refer to that keeps your words sounding like your brand.

How to Write Copy for Your Brand

My Formula for Creating Cohesive Brand Copy

 

  • When I take on a new client, the first thing I do is have them give me a few words or phrases that they feel best describes their brand. I may or may not use the actual words in their copy, but they definitely give me a vibe to base things on.
  • Next up, I ask them for any keyword terms or tags that they would like included in the copy I write for them. These are usually well researched and highly important to the brand.
  • Third, I work up a voice and tone. Most often brands will have an idea on this already. If not, I give them an idea on voice and tone for their copy based on the description they give of their brand.
  • I also like to know the main demographic a brand works with. Who reads their blog, follows them on social media, and subscribes to their list? Are they thirty to forty year old mothers who are strapped for time? Are they twenty-somethings with less disposable income? Are they 50-ish and looking for high-end items that make them feel fabulous? It’s important to dial in on your target audience before you start writing.

If you are wondering how the heck you are supposed to make all of that happen, let me break it down for you. Fill in the blanks below and you are on your way to creating your own brand copy formula.

4 Key Elements to Creating Your Brand Copy (Fill In the Blank)

1. Your Brand Terms and Phrases: Which three words or phrases best describe your brand? Do you feel your brand is authentic? Luxe? A catalyst for change? A mother’s best friend? Try to think of how you want the user of your products, services, or site to feel.

 


2. Your Brand Keywords and Tags: You probably know which keywords and tags are most important to your brand for use on your site, blog, and social media. If not, head on over to Google Analytics keyword analyzer and get busy.

 


3. Your Brand Voice and Tone: These two terms are thrown around a lot in terms of copywriting. But what are they, really? Voice is your brand’s overall personality, while tone is the feel of your brand. For instance, my brand voice is straightforward and knowledgeable. My brand tone is casual and fun. I like to communicate my message in clear terms that are backed up with experience and know how, but in a way that is relatable with a bit of slang thrown in. Make sense?

 


4. Your Brand Demographic: You know who you are dealing with. Jot down the demo!

 


Now, follow these guidelines whenever you write any copy for your brand. From product descriptions, to emails, to that new downloadable guide you are wanting to write. This way you will have a professional brand that conveys your important message, and your followers will recognize you in a heartbeat.

There you have it. My formula for writing cohesive brand copy. Not feeling the DIY method? Get in touch so we can talk how to create your brand copy!

Is Fresh Copy On Your New Year’s Resolution List?


Is Fresh Copy On Your New Year's Resolution List?

I’ve had my nose so buried in client work lately and getting things tied up for the end of the year, that I almost forgot I have a blog of my own! I didn’t really forget about it but, as you online biz owners can probably relate, my own blog often gets the least of my attention.

It’s still here, I promise, and I am currently booking for next year. If you are a natural beauty brand or retailer and fresh copy for your site is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, let’s get you penciled in and start setting up a plan for your project.

Not sure exactly what your project looks like or if you need help at all? We can set up a Free Discovery Session for your site and see what may need to be brushed up.

Some things that you may need help with in the copy department:

FTC compliance — Did you know FTC advertising regulations apply to your product descriptions, information pages, ebooks, etc? You can learn more about FTC regulations and how to comply here, or feel free to shoot me a message for more info.

Product descriptions — You retailers aren’t using the brand description on your site, are you? And you product creators, do your descriptions share the full experience? If not, it’s time to get some super juicy product descriptions rolling on your site.

Standard Pages — Did you know this is one of the first places your visitors go when they get to your site? Whether you have decent About and Commitment pages that need a brush up, or haven’t gotten around to those yet, I can help. For now, feel free to use my Ingredients to Avoid page. All I ask is that you give me credit with a link back to my site.

Let’s get one thing checked off your to do list for next year and set up a time to talk more about your copy needs. Send me a message to get things started.

 

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What You Need to Know About Getting Started With Natural Beauty

What You Need to Know About Getting Started With Natural Beauty

When I first started out in the natural beauty biz over a decade ago, I wrote about greening your routine and how to get started with clean beauty a lot. Back then high quality natural brands and products were slimmer pickin’s, research and knowledge on ingredients and practices was skimpier, and there weren’t as many experts around to share their good stuff.

Even though there are loads of clean products today, and the market is continuing to grow at lightning speed, many are still wondering … how do I get started with natural beauty?

I love this question! It’s like a reality check. Whenever a reader posts this in a comment or email, it reminds me that people want to know more and they want to use healthier products.

It also reminds me of how difficult it was when I tried to clean up my own beauty cabinet. All of those ingredients to avoid, where to buy new products, how to buy new products.

So, I’ve compiled many of those posts I wrote on getting started into one handy guide. Whether you are looking to get started with natural beauty and personal care, want a refresher, or even if you would simply love a great list of places and products to shop, this guide has it.

Your Guide to Getting Started With Natural Beauty

What’s Your Type?

We All Have Issues

Choosing Skincare: A Worksheet

Choosing Skincare: Some Real Life Examples

How to Make the Switch to Natural Products

Dealing With Cheats

Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

Ingredient Listings Decoded: A Handy Cheat Sheet

Ingredient Navigation: How to Tell If a Product Is Truly Safe

Favorite Places to Shop Natural Beauty

Now that you are armed with the tools to ID safe products, know what you and your skin want, and have a plan for getting started, it’s time for the fun stuff. Where to shop! My two favorite online shops are Beauteabar and The Detox Market. As for products and brands? There are so many, but here are some of my top picks.

A Handful of My Favorite Brands

The brands and products I love are too many to list in one blog post. But here are a sampling of some of my top picks, must-haves, and daily use items.

Lavera

La Bella Figura

Soapwalla

Kjaer Weis

RMS Beauty

In Fiore

May Lindstrom

One Love Organics

W3LL People

Vapour Organic Beauty

Kypris Beauty

Vintner’s Daughter

Rare El’Ements

Acure Organics

Benecos

Amala Beauty

Image: freestocks.org at Unsplash

 

The whole affiliate disclaimer thing: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I make a percentage of purchases from them. It’s one of the ways I support my business. The two things you need to know about that … I only recommend products I 100% believe in and only support shops I care about.

How To Avoid the Writing Errors That Put Gwyneth Paltrow Under Investigation

How To Avoid the Writing Errors That Put Gwyneth Paltrow Under Investigation

Uh-oh. Looks like Gwyneth Paltrow is getting some public flogging over her health and wellness website, Goop, once again. She’s taken flack over the sometimes silly-seeming products she promotes, but this time it’s not coming from consumers and bloggers. Or even Martha Stewart.

It looks like Goop may be in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Those of us who are beauty bloggers recognize these guys as the ones who make us put up those disclaimers telling our audience things like “this post is sponsored by …” or “there are affiliate links in this post from which I receive a small compensation”. Yep, if you’ve ever wondered why we bother with those obtrusive disclaimers, it’s the FTC.

While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) governs cosmetic labeling, the FTC regulates advertising claims. This includes product descriptions on brand websites.

As a beauty copywriter I am very familiar with FTC regulations. Basically, when marketing a cosmetic product for sale you cannot describe the product as altering or affecting the structure or function of a human body, or curing or preventing disease or health issues. In the eyes of the FDA, drugs do those things, cosmetics do not.

Even if I absolutely swear a client product has done something amazing to my skin, like made it firmer or erased a wrinkle, I can’t say that in the product description I write for them. It has to be all about making the skin look and feel more attractive. That’s the law.

But it looks like the copywriting team at Goop missed the memo. I love to read the health articles at Goop and Jean Godfrey-June has long been my beauty editor idol. The problem isn’t with the articles recommending products or remedies, it’s when health claims are used to market the products, as in product descriptions on sales pages.

For example, one of the products in question is a flower essence blend that can be used on the skin for “trauma repair”. The trouble spot is “this formula helps clear, stabilize and soothe emotional trauma.” They could have said “this formula lends a feeling of clarity, stability, and soothing to emotional trauma.” (I’m also a fan of the Oxford comma 😉) or “designed to offer a clear, stabilized, and soothing feeling to mind and body.” Either of those would have worked with FTC law but making health claims is the no-no.

Another example is a moisturizer on the site that is said to “work throughout the day to firm and rejuvenate the skin.” It can “give the feeling of firmer, rejuvenated skin” or “increase the appearance of firmer, rejuvenated skin” under FTC law, but it cannot claim to physically alter the skin.

If all of this is a bit too word nerd for you, the main issue is this. If you read any cosmetic product advertising that claims to improve your health or the actual structure of your skin, it is in violation of FTC laws. Authentic natural beauty brands know this and product descriptions that follow FTC regulations are proof you are dealing with a pro.

If you are a natural beauty brand or shop owner who would like help coming up with product descriptions that won’t get you in trouble with the FTC, contact me. It can be tricky to work within these guidelines and not repeat the same words and phrases over and over. I’m well versed in FTC laws and would love to help you put together fresh product descriptions that are as creative as they are legal. Let’s talk!

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This Is the Best Way to Use Facial Oils for Summer

This Is the Best Way to Use Facial Oils for Summer

Ok, ok. School has started, which means it seems much less summery than it did a week ago. But summer weather is here to stay (for a little longer, anyway) and that means summer skincare is still a necessity. And there is a special way you should be using your favorite facial oil for the season.

While summer may bring along sticky, sweaty skin and an upswing in breakouts, the complexion can also become dry. And summer dry skin is way different than winter dry skin.

Summer dry skin feels thin, droopy, and sandpapery. This calls for a dose of softening, smoothing, plumping ingredients.

If it were winter, you’d probably reach for rich facial oils to hydrate and repair parched skin. Here’s the deal with oils … they are perfect year-round. It’s your delivery method that needs to be switched up.

Rather than swapping out facial oils for the season, I have my favorites and use them throughout the year. If you feel your facial oil leaves your skin greasy this time of year, you are going to love this trick.

Maybe you’ve heard of skincare cocktailing but are unsure exactly what it is or how to do it? Skincare cocktailing is the technique of mixing products to either bolster their effectiveness or treat more than one concern.

Take cleanser for example. Sometimes, if my skin is feeling both dirty and dry, I will mix a cream cleanser with a bit of gel cleanser to clean my skin and add a hit of moisture at the same time. Other times, when my skin is feeling dry and rough, I’ll mix a bit of exfoliant with my creamy cleanser. Adding a few drops of facial oil to your daily moisturizer is skincare cocktailing too.

3 Steps to Summertime Skincare Cocktailing

1. First, make sure the facial oil you’ve chosen is good for your skin. Below are a few oils that work well on the different skin types. This is just the tip of the iceberg where healthy facial oils are concerned, but should get you going.

In Fiore Calme Complexe Face Oil Concentré

Sensitive — In Fiore Calme Complexe Face Oil Concentré

RMS Beauty Beauty Oil

Normal to Dry — RMS Beauty Beauty Oil

Maya Chia The Super Couple

Dry + Mature — Maya Chia The Super Couple

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Acne Prone — Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

In Fiore Pur Complexe Face Oil Concentré

Oily — In Fiore Pur Complexe Face Oil Concentré

2. Next, you will need a facial mist, essence, or toner. Choose a product designed for your skin type that’s made with ingredients to address your skin issues. Here are some of my top picks.

In Fiore Vitale Toning Floral Essence

Dry + Sensitive — In Fiore Vitale Toning Floral Essence

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden Botanical Mist

Sensitive + Mature — May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden Botanical Mist

La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer

Oily + Mature — La Bella Figura Jardin De Fleurs Skin Revitalizer

3. Now for the delivery. Spritz or spill a dime-sized amount of the mist or essence into your palm. Add three or four drops of facial oil and blend lightly, then pat onto skin. Patting, rather than rubbing, gives the complexion a bright and glowy look, and a velvety soft, cushiony feel.

Delivering oil to your skin with the help of a facial mist not only means no greasy look or feel, but offers a hit of refreshment to skin and even more amazing ingredients going to work. Feel free to use all year if you like. Now that’s a summer cocktail I can truly get behind.

Photo by Tanja Heffner on Unsplash

 

The whole affiliate disclaimer thing: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I make a percentage of purchases from them. It’s one of the ways I support my business. The two things you need to know about that … I only recommend products I 100% believe in and only support shops I care about.

10 Organic Beauty Brands Pretty Enough To Display

Beauteabar IG shelf image

Because there’s always room for more gorgeous organic beauty bottles sitting on your vanity, I’ve updated this list to include a few more product lines that are a must for any beautiful bathroom shelf. Oh, and they do lovely things to your skin too!

Beauty products are supposed to make you look great, right? Well, these will give your bathroom shelf a makeover too.

Pretty products are one way to boost your bathroom’s curb appeal. These are my best in beauty for product packaging. Oh, I also love the stuff that comes in them too.

Modern Aesthetic

Kjaer Weis Lipstick

1. Kjaer Weis   The sleekness of every single thing from this line is mesmerizing. High performance, healthy, and refillable too.

Vapour Organic Beauty Lux Lip Conditioner
2. Vapour Organic Beauty   Can’t stand the cool factor when I whip out the Lip Conditioner. All of the makeup items in this line offer unbelievable color and feel.

 

Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist

3. Kahina Giving Beauty Mmm, the perfect go-with-everything print on these beautiful bottles. Gentle, nourishing formulas are a dream.

Apothecary Cool

 

SW Basics Cream

4. SW Basics   Straight forward labeling that looks so good. Have the Cream on my counter at all times.

YULI Metamorphic Elixir

5. Yuli   Seriously, has a product line ever looked better? This brand takes high quality formulas and minimalist packaging to a new level of loveliness.

Fig Yarrow Cleansing Nectar

6. Fig + Yarrow  The ultimate in straight-forward, small batch style beauty. A no nonsense line that is a pleasure to use. Added bonus … available at Target too!

Boho Vibe

Kypris Beauty Antioxidant Dew

7. Kypris Beauty  A facial oil lovers dream come true, this brand offers up highly curated combinations of powerful oils that make skin look fabulous. The exotic looking bottles don’t look too bad sitting on your vanity either.

La Bella Figura Beauty Positano Perfume Oil

8. La Bella Figura Positano Perfume   As if you’re traveling Europe, circa 1977, and pulled this out of your fringe bag. Exotically scented, easy to use, and all natural.

All Glam

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud

9. May Lindstrom Skin   So, chic. This line gives that high end look and feel with results to match. A ritual for skin that has massive label appeal.

In Fiore Fleur Vibrante Healing Floral Essence Face Balm Concentré

10. In Fiore  Super stylish packaging makes you want to try this brand. Amazing results keep you coming back for more. I can’t get enough of the Fleur Vibrante Healing Floral Essence/Face Balm Concentré.

Top image via Beauteabar.com on Instagram @beauteabar

 

The whole affiliate disclaimer thing: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I make a percentage of purchases from them. It’s one of the ways I support my business. The two things you need to know about that … I only recommend products I 100% believe in and only support shops I care about.

What You Need to Know About Layering Summer Skincare for Beautiful Skin

What You Need to Know About Layering Summer Skincare for Beautiful Skin

When you think layering skincare, do you think cold weather? We like to pile on the products in the winter when skin is dry and dull. You may be wondering how to use all of your important summer skincare products in the heat without looking like a grease slick.

Layering is an important process when it comes to getting the most from your healthy products. And that goes for summertime too.

We may not be slathering on the thicker, super emollient products that our skin craves in winter months, but there are plenty of sunny weather essentials our skin needs too. The key is getting maximum benefit from all of your healthy products without causing clogged pores, breakouts, or greasy looking skin.

Summer Skincare Products You Need

So, what are the most important skincare products to use in the summer? The following will get you started setting up a summertime skincare routine your skin will love. And all items are available in my Shop.

A gentle cleanser that removes dirt, debris, and makeup, without stripping the skin or being overly emollient is essential. In Fiore Treate Gentle Cleansing Emulsion gets skin clean without irritating or disrupting pH balance.

Summer is the perfect time to add a toner or facial mist to your beauty arsenal. Not only is it refreshing and cooling, but is the perfect way to add light hydration that is non-greasy. Try La Bella Figura Beauty Jardin De Fleurs Skin Revitalizer and In Fiore Vitale Toning Floral Essence.

It’s always nice to see that dry, rough skin of winter disappear with the season. But have you noticed a bit of rough texture now that we are a few weeks into summer? Exfoliation is key to smooth, healthy skin year-round. The lovely Kypris Glow Philtre Mask smooths skin and clears pores at the same time. Use once a week for silky softness and fabulous glow.

Yes, you can totally use a facial oil in the summer. And In Fiore Complexe De Fleur Cellular Renewal Complex is what I’m all about right now. If your skin is happier with a gel type serum, try Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum, which is making my sun spots vanish.

As you can probably tell, I’m totally in love with anything In Fiore right now. (watch for a full review coming soon!) And that goes for In Fiore Crème de Fleur Complexe Rejuvené. This moisturizer offers light hydration that doesn’t leave a greasy feel on skin, but soaks in and makes skin happy. If you tend to have dryness in the summer, you’ll also love In Fiore Fleur Vibrante Healing Floral Essence Face Balm Concentré. I pat this luscious balm onto my skin each night before going to bed. It is a super skin softener, has a lovely scent, and makes me feel like movie star.

We can’t talk summer skincare without covering sun protection. Read all about my favorite sunscreens for face.

Layering Your Summer Skincare

Now, how to apply all of these glorious products so your skin gets all of the wonderful benefits of the healthy ingredients. The easiest way to remember how to layer products is to go from lightest weight to thicker products. Another tip: Apply your most important product closest to skin. So, if you are treating acne or lines, you’ll want to put that puppy on before your heavier lotions and creams.

1. Always start your skincare protocol with clean skin. Tip — cleansing is the perfect time for a facial massage. Work your cleanser into your skin in gentle circular motions, working up and out. You’ll be amazed how this revs up your glow.

2. Next up is that scrumptious facial mist you are excited to try out. Spritz onto clean skin and allow a minute to soak in. I give my skin 30 seconds to a minute (or so) between each product, so they can soak in and go to work.

3. Now it’s time for your facial oil or serum. Remember to pat your products on rather than rubbing them into skin. I can’t believe the difference in the way this makes my skin look. When I take the time to pat on my products my complexion looks firmer, smoother, and brighter.

4. Once the serum or facial oil has had a chance to soak in, you can apply your moisturizer. Again, pat onto skin. Same goes for sunscreen, which you can use in place of moisturizer if it is hydrating enough for your skin, but you will need to blend sunscreen into skin a bit. Like I said above, for nighttime I give my skin a good dose of balm so I wake up hydrated instead of parched.

Summer skincare trick: If you’ve layered it up and your skin looks or feels greasy, give it an extra hit of facial mist. Adding this product on top of your moisturizing products will tone down excess oiliness and give you a matte finish. Feel free to mist throughout the day to combat greasiness or perk skin up.

That’s it. Not so tough. And if you use the right products for your skin type you shouldn’t see any shine or greasiness. Just healthy vibrant skin. Now go enjoy that sunshine, girl.

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Product Review :: Amala Beauty Rejuvenate

Product Review :: Amala Beauty Rejuvenate

You know how sometimes you find a product that totally lives up to its claims? Such is not often the case when it comes to anti-aging products. Maybe my goals for serums and creams are too lofty. Still, it’s disheartening to get your hopes up and cash in on little results.

Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised by Amala Beauty Rejuvenate products. Wait … that doesn’t even cover what I was. Astounded and pretty dang happy is more like it.

I’m a big fan of facial oils. They soften, smooth, plump, and hydrate skin. And my skin can use all the plumping and hydrating it can get. But, while I sample many different products on a regular basis, my daily skincare routine has remained the same for a long time now. And oils are a big part of it.

The truth is, I’d been feeling the need for some bigger gun products. Yes, I was still getting the smoothness and glow from my favorite oils. But loss of firmness and vitality was an issue I felt needed dealing with.

I received two products from Amala Beauty to test out. They are both from the Brightening line. Something I felt would be a great fit for summertime stories if I liked the products. And I do. More on that soon.

Along with them came a couple of sample-sized testers from the Rejuvenate line. Due to personal experience and a dermatologist recently telling me to keep expectations low where anti-aging skincare is concerned, my hopes for amazing results were in check.

Well, let me just say that these two products chuck those reality checks right out the window. Now that I know skincare can offer real results where wrinkles and loss of firmness are concerned, I won’t be able to help but measure other products to them.

What is this amazing duo? Advanced Firming Concentrate and Targeted Wrinkle Treatment.

So, here’s how I use these two rock stars. In the morning, I pat the concentrate onto clean skin and allow it to soak in for a second or two. They’ve done clinical tests on this stuff that show bigtime results in 1 to 4 weeks, but my skin looked better instantly. Good to know the effects may build over time, though.

Then I go over my trouble spots with the wrinkle treatment (forehead wrinkles, lines around mouth, jawline, and under chin. This roller ball tube feels so good on skin and is fun to use. I let this soak in a bit too before patting on my daily moisturizer.

I swear, my skin hasn’t looked as good in years. I love, love these two products. My complexion looks firm, smooth, and glowing.

Alas, youthful radiance comes with a price. You’ll be handing over around 400 clams for both products. Ouch, I know. But if you think about going in for laser or other invasive treatments this seems like a steal. That’s how I’m choosing to look at it anyway.

I always suggest trying to get ahold of samples before purchasing expensive skincare, or at least checking a brand’s return policy. Amala accepts returns of opened products within 30 days as long as you have the original packaging and less than 30% of the product has been used.

If you buy one or both of these products, would you please let me know your experience? I’d love to see how they work for you!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some writing to do. Have to make some bank to keep up my new skincare habit.