Salacia Salts

This morning I was wondering which new southern made product I've fallen for this summer...and an answer came to me rather easily. It's the Kiss My Grits lip scrub by Salacia Salts in Savannah, Georgia. It feels good, tastes good and most importantly, it does its job. It's a permanent fixture in my bag, traveling with me wherever I go...

I love my lip scrub so much, I now want to delve into one of Salacia's many other scrumptious skincare creations, which include body butters and washes, salt soaks and aromatherapy cubes- all with a nod to the South. I'm a fan...

 

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Little Barn Apothecary

Simplicity is a very nice thing. Joshua Morgan and Brad Scoggins think so too, which is why they started a skin care company of their own, called Little Barn Apothecary. It's built on the philosophy of combining pure, simple ingredients, or as Joshua sums it up, "We do more with less."

 

Their premiere collection is an impressive one and includes soaks, salves, scrubs and oils. Joshua, "When we think of the South, we think farmers, fields and gardens. We take our inspiration directly from the earth and the South holds a pure, unadulterated palette of organic raw ingredients right in our own backyard." 

When I asked the boys (who are based in Stone Mountain, Georgia) which products they'd recommend for a relaxing spa night, they were quick to come up with a plan. First, slather your face with cocoa cardamom rose detox mask, then soak in orange clove bathing milk. Follow up with the body oil and finish with a few drops of the simple, sumptuous face oil. 

Life partners as well as business partners, Joshua and Brad are a true team. Joshua spent 16 years in the beauty, spa and wellness arena while Brad has extensive expertise in marketing, hospitality and brand management. Joshua, "We literally do it all and we do it all as one. Brad photographs while I create the set and hold the lighting. He stirs, I pour, then he labels..." Ahhh, cuteness overload.

I got a hold of a few Little Barn products a couple weeks ago and had a spa night of my own. I began with their Simple Coffee Scrub (fair trade organic coffee beans, real cane sugar, sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil). The combined oils work to moisturize and soften, are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. I loved the rich smell of coffee and it was a very effective exfoliator. The older I get, the more I like and appreciate these simple, natural ingredients on my skin.

Then I tried their Detox Mask (organic cocoa powder, Kansas organic blue cornmeal, ground cardamom seed, rose essential oil). The organic cocoa is full of antioxidants while the cornmeal is another excellent exfoliant. The cardamom is antibacterial and helps improve circulation as the rose essential oil smooths the skin. Plus, the rose aroma strengthens the heart both spiritually and emotionally. I loved it and my skin felt so soft. The added bonus is you need to use very little of this mask (and the scrub) with each use, so the shelf life is excellent.

I'm a sucker for a good logo and these guys hit it out of the park. It represents their brand philosphy to a tee. I highly recommend trying a few Little Barn Apothecary products. This impressive little company is less than a year old, with well designed products that incorporate high quality, purposeful ingredients, all bottled with love. It's just that simple.  

 

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Basil + Bergamot

The last time I visited HollyBeth Anderson in her studio workshop, she had just finished concocting a new product for her ever expanding USDA Organic skincare line, HollyBeth Organics. Her latest endeavor combines basil and bergamot essential oils with camellia and sunflower base oils to create a luxurious hand wash and body lotion. I'm blogging about it because I just can't get enough of it. I'm addicted. 

Bergamot isn't widely known in the U.S. but it's a fragrant fruit about the size of an orange. The fruit can be found growing in France, Italy and Turkey and many use it for its essential oil or to make marmalade. It's antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, making it a popular skincare choice. Bergamot also helps to open the heart chakra and uplift the mind. 

Basil is antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It's also soothing to the skin and full of antioxidants to replenish and protect. As the bergamot uplifts the spirit, basil helps bring spiritual clarity, which makes it a really good way to start your day.

I just can't say enough good things about it. HollyBeth Organics is the only USDA Certified Organic skincare company in Georgia and there truly is an incredible benefit in using only organic oils on your face and body. Once you start, you can't go back. 

I love this pic of HollyBeth in her lovely backyard garden. She lives and breathes an organic, healthy and beautiful lifestyle. Always an inspiration... Find her Basil Bergamot goodness, here. And explore HollyBeth's online shop to find lots of skincare options that will make you an addict. But in the best way possible. 

 

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HollyBeth Organics **with a discount!

Passion is contagious. Which may explain why when my friend HollyBeth Anderson told me about her latest organic skincare creation- Nourishing Body Oil, I couldn't help but get excited about it too...

The main ingredients (which are all USDA organic) are sunflower oil, rich in vitamins A, D and E to help diminish fine lines; Pumpkin Seed oil, high in fatty acids, vitamin A and C which brightens and smooths the skin; Pomegranate seel oil, a powerhouse of anti-aging benefits that is packed with antioxidants; Palmarosa and Petitgrain essential oils which serve to fight wrinkles and add a subtle fragrance of tranquility. 

Like all of HollyBeth's products, this oil immediately feels good on your skin- quickly absorbing without feeling greasy. HollyBeth concocted this formula after a strong, intuitive inspiration. HollyBeth, "I've always wanted to do something with pomegranate and pumpkin because of their incredible elixir properties." I'm always happy when she is inspired- it's good for the rest of us. 

If you follow Sweet Peach, you know I am an avid fan of all that she does. Her thoughtful formulas come from a place of true care and passion and I do deeply appreciate that. As the only USDA certified organic skincare company in Georgia, HollyBeth Organics is a special find. Peruse all the goodness, here. And as if HollyBeth isn't amazing enough, she's offering 15% off any order - such a great deal and perfect timing for holiday shoppers. Thanks HollyBeth! 

 

 

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