Can good skin really come in a jar? I’ve got my doubts, but this month’s Beauty Heroes sure do come close to proving the potential.
If True Nature Botanicals has been on your radar for a while, covet no more. Members of Beauty Heroes online subscription box will have a chance to delight in a fresh-as-spring face mask and signature face oil that were curated by the Beauty Heroes team to prime skin in time for the season. As always the price of monthly membership is $39. The products are valued at $118, so that’s incredible value.
The mask is the color of a juicy ripe melon—thanks to astaxanthan, a super-potent antioxidant—and that’s just the icing. It smells fantastic too (looking at you, neroli and jasmine!). But does it deliver?
Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask, valued at $90
If you’re intrigued by the name of the mask—Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask—so am I! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lactic acid based exfoliator (from beet sugar) paired with moisture-boosting mango and avocado butters in one dynamic product.
It is meant to be left on for three to five minutes, as per the directions, but non-sensitive skin types can leave on for up to 15 minutes. I tend to prolong use on certain areas to increase results. I wouldn’t leave on for too long or use more than once or twice a week though, because too much exfoliation disrupts the pH balance and health of skin.
Instantly on application I could feel a slight tingle on some of the small spots with scars and on random areas of my face. I always find a little tingle to be a reassuring sign that a product is active. In this case, it’s a very minimal feel.
Lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) chosen for its skin lightening properites, causes no dryness or taut skin in this formula. In fact, it can activate skin’s natural mechanisms to prevent moisture loss. The infusion of antioxidants in the green and white tea, the addition of the moisturizing butters and glycerin, plus the skin-lightening tuberose and potato flour leave skin comfortable. But exfoliated and brightened? Mmm…That is hard for me to tell but then l I noticed a few scabs peeling quicker and looking smaller. I will have to use a few more times to notice any other dramatic changes.
Generally, I prefer exfoliating with a scrub like my go to Flight Skincare Soft White Gentle Face Polish that uses walnut shells to physically exfoliate or with Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator Mask that combines both enzymes as well as walnut shells for mechanical and chemical exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells. I definitely see more immediate results after using them which is why I continue to repurchase. When a product relies solely on lactic acid, I don’t notice as big a difference to my skin.
That being said, Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask functions as a light chemical peel, and scabs are diminishing more rapidly which I’m totally pleased to see. I’d say it’s a pretty reliable indication that this mask shows promise with continued use. It is a gentler approach than using mechanical means—even when the ingredients in the formulas I mentioned above do leave skin balanced. I also find that a light peel enhances absorption of follow up products like toners and serums and heightens their efficacy.
And can we just say: pre-mixed mask! Hello?! Has anyone else missed those as much as this busy mama does? Sure, I love the versatility of a powder that can be blended with just about every ingredient in my kitchen. Yet I savor those few masks that are ready to go the minute I open the jar.
The Pacific Mask isn’t a camo color that would make anyone run for cover either—so definitely save some for the men in your life. It would do them some good to embrace their feminine side with a little mask (and so bonding for a relationship…not that we have tried yet, but I’m working on it!).
Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, glycerin (vegetable glycerin)*, lactic acid, mangifera indica (mango) butter, persea gratissima (avocado)butter, solanum tuberosum (potato) flour, xanthan gum, tuberosa (tuberose) essential oil, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil
* certified organic
Pacific Face Oil, travel size valued at $28
It is way too early to report results on the serum…sorry, my friends! My skin just can’t tell yet.
If you’re wondering why I’m posting this so early, it’s because I was so late last month in writing my review that I missed the cut-off date to receive that month’s box! Big oops. Though I will let you know that I’ve been testing out the Pacific Eye Serum for longer and am super excited about how smooth my eye area is looking. So I’ve got high hopes for the Face Oil too. It is also my initial positive impressions and great reviews that I’ve seen over the years that are encouraging enough to make me feel solid about recommending this brand and both products. Plus, I do trust Beauty Heroes for their meticulous vetting process. However if anything changes, I will update.
What I feel comfortable sharing so far is that the Face Oil glides on beautifully. Two to three drops absorb quickly with just the right amount left on skin to make application of foundation a breeze. I have not seen any breakouts from using it either which is a big deal, but, again a little too early to know for sure. I’ve been using it since I received it about two weeks ago (brain not so good at remembering when I got it!). Usually I like to use a serum for a month or more before getting a good feel of it.
Meanwhile, I’m blown away by the ingredients! It’s an A-list of all-star oils, among them green tea oil (did I even know that could be an oil too?), grapeseed, avocado, marula, hemp, borage, red raspberry, argan, evening primrose, squalane, rosehip, chia, papaya, passion fruit, kiwi, watermelon seed oils…need I go on? Well, there’s more!
The chia seeds, kiwi seeds plus Pacific Marine EFAs make for a potent blend of Omega 3s, balanced out with Omega 6 and 9 oils derived from the passion fruit and papaya seed oils. Pacific Marine EFAs is a non-fish source of omega 3 oil. These oils bolster the skin cell membrane of the epidermis—that’s the outer layer of skin that thins over time and is responsible for so many necessary functions. Application of topical omega 3 has been proven to relieve mild psoriasis and other scaling skin conditions like eczema and can reverse sun damage, especially in addition to taking an omega 3 supplement. For more info about the oils and the extraction process, check it out here. I do like how it feels on my skin and how it offers superior moisturizing and protective properties, something my face craves lately.
Ingredients: Camellia oleifera (green tea) oil*, vitus viniferi (grapeseed) oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, oenotherus biennis (evening primrose) oil*, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil*, squalene (vegetable squalene), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, passiflora incarnate (passion fruit) oil, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed CO2 oil*, Pacific Marine EFAs™, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, pinus densiflora (red pine needle) oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) essential oil**, rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil*, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*, boswellia carterii (frankincense) essential oil*
** obtained from a reputable source that complies with government regulations to reforest
About the company
True Nature Botanicals, soon to be called True Botanicals, was founded by Hillary Peterson, a cancer survivor who is committed to creating effective and safe personal care products that are equally luxurious, hence April’s theme: Nature Is Luxury.
Here’s what Jeannie Jarnot, founder of Beauty Heroes, told us Brand Ambassadors about the company:
“Currently, T(N)B is only sold directly through their website, at four or five spas and will soon be available in Barney’s, so it is a tightly held line. A new development is that TB is in the process of becoming Made Safe Certified and is the first Beauty Brand to pursue this new safety certification.”
Jeannie also let us know that the lovely Janny: Organically posted a highly informative intro to Made Safe on her blog. Definitely check it out!
This month’s Beauty Heroes selection is valued at $118. Should you want to give it a try, Beauty Heroes is one of my trusted sources for stellar beauty picks. I love this subscription box, as you can tell from all my previous posts about it. You can join the Beauty Heroes family here. Memberships will only be available for a little while longer. Once the boxes sell out, they’re gone.
I’m finding that a Beauty Heroes subscription or a single box makes an amazing gift for people I care about too. That’s something I’m keeping in mind as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approach, as well as for any birthdays or celebrations. They’re a fun way to share something I love with the people that I love, plus they offer a light-hearted but highly educational component and great service to match.
And who doesn’t appreciate a little natural luxury once in a while?
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