March 28, 2012

beauty scoop | one love organics essentials to go travel kit

It’s no secret that I’m a product junkie. I love trying tons of new beauty loot to stay on top of the latest developments in skin care and cosmetics. This obsession with all things beauty kiiiinda makes me and my apartment resemble an episode of Hoarders — or, as I like to think, your neighborhood natural Sephora store.

However, I’ve fallen in love with a product line that could help me change all of that. One Love Organics offers a simple, pared-down approach to natural skin care that will help you clear the clutter in your bathroom vanity to make space for products that are gentle, chic and, most importantly, work.

“I spent several years creating these formulas (we manufacture our products in-house), and we really pared it down to what is necessary: cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing,” says One Love Organics president Suzanne LeRoux.

Suzanne helped me get acquainted with her simple skin care line by letting me sample the Essentials to Go Travel Kit which definitely pares it down to what’s necessary for a long weekend away from your overly stocked beauty stash.

one love organics essentials to go travel kit

{One Love Organics' Essentials to Go Travel Kit costs $48. You can add on the Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum for an additional $19. Photo Courtesy One Love Organics}

The kit features smaller sizes of the Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, Microderma Scrub and Masque, Skin Savior Waterless Multi Balm and one My New Best Friend Skin Shammy. I also got the “extra goodies” option so I could test the Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum.

All of the products are clean, simple and gentle. Here’s my favorites that I’ll be buying in full sizes:

one love organics easy does it cleanser

{One Love Organics' Easy Does It cleanser costs $29 for 8.8 ounces. Photo Courtesy One Love Organics}

The Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, one of my favorites (and lots of other people’s from the look of this product offering), smells like fresh honey and apples thanks to apple peel extract, apple oil and honeysuckles.

This cleanser isn’t just reserved for your face; you can use it in your hair and on your body (talk about paring down products!). Its scent isn’t overly feminine, so it’s just fine for everyone in your home to use — though I haven’t shared this information with the teacher man. This gentle wash has earned permanent sink space in my bathroom.

one love organics skin savior beauty balm

{One Love Organics' Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm costs $68 for 3.5 ounces. Photo Courtesy One Love Organics}

My other favorite from the line is the Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm. This multipurpose product is packed with so many amazing ingredients — organic virgin coconut oil, organic sweet soy seed oil, organic beeswax, mango seed butter, chia seed extract. I use it as a cleanser and moisturizer, and I add a touch of it to my cheeks on blah days when I feel like my skin is a bit dull. It gives a nice, dewy glow and feeds my skin with an extra boost of moisture.

A little of this balm goes a long way. Because it’s loaded with so many uber-moisturizing ingredients, it has a very thick consistency; you don’t need a lot of it to see an effect! I use a bit more when I’m cleansing my skin with it (think of the balm as a thicker, more nutrient-dense approach to the oil cleansing method) and help remove excess product with the My New Best Friend Skin Shammy, another must-have if you’re going to spring for the balm.

one love organics my new best friend skin shammy

{A set of two One Love Organics skin shammies costs $24. Photo Courtesy One Love Organics}

I’ve never been a fan of wash cloths. I always use my hands to cleanse and rinse my face, but when I use the Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, the shammy is a must. This microfiber cloth accumulates all the dirt and oil that the balm helps lift out of your pores instead of pushing it around on your face the way a wash cloth does. Plus, the shammy is extremely soft and gentle, so your skin won’t be irritated the way it could be from a harsher cloth. I only use the shammy with the balm — it’s a fun ritual, and that way, I get more uses out of it (it’s good for about 200 washes).

What do you think of multipurpose products? Do you have any favorite “one does it all” products similar to One Love Organics? Have you tried this simple and chic skin care line? Tell me what you know in the products section.

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