My obsession with skincare has been a long and windy road. Growing up as a girl with Rasta parents, what you think you need to be pretty and cool is almost certainly not what you’re going to get. I’m pretty sure the first time I mentioned make up to my mom, she laughed in my face.
Now, my mom is Sicilian and grew up in the projects of east Boston, then moved to the mountains of Jamaica and turned Rasta. So she has this way of throwing that Italian mother shade/shame, but incorporating the cockiness of a Rasta to really make you feel dumb. It’s an incredible talent.
To add insult to injury, I have all brothers. Like, eight of them. (Possibly more, it’s unclear...) So there was no back door, secret make up trail for me. I figured that if I kept my skin looking right by keeping it clean and my skin tone even, I could still shine. And, to be quite frank, that’s worked really well for me. But, it’s been a journey that has cost me thousands of dollars to figure out.
I’m talking Sephora VIB Rouge status for multiple years. Until a girl lost her job and had to figure something out. Because when you don’t have a comfortable, steady check coming in, it’s really hard to justify paying $44 for a bottle of face toner. And $58 for a face oil. And $62 for a vitamin c serum. That ten step routine gets real stressful, real quick.
But skincare is life. I’m not making that up. The way you treat your skin now is going to show for the rest of your life. Your skin is the largest organ on your body, so it’s important to have a routine for constant cleansing and replenishment to keep unhealthy bacteria’s out and your skin hydrated and clean. And, let’s be real - if your skin looks good, you’re going to feel that much better and be more confident in everything that you do. It’s a beautiful or vicious cycle, depending on how you look at things.
I’ve already told you about the amazing healing properties of roses, and since I’ve taken full control of my skin care routine, they’ve been a daily key in my practice. The first product that I made myself was a hydrating rose face toner. If you don’t know, toning your face is the most important thing you can do after cleansing. By applying toner, you immediately replenish the hydration that was eliminated through cleansing, and you basically lay an even blanket down for your face, so that any additional products used are better applied and received by your skin. Toner is what makes your fancy products actually work for you, including make up. It’s a must-have, first layer of protection for your face.
My hydrating rose face toner is comprised of only seven ingredients, with no preservatives or alcohol. My goal was to create a natural product that hydrates and tones, and that’s exactly what this concoction does. It’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin, for daily use, or multiple-times-daily, if you’re like me. I keep a mini in my pocket and spray it on my face constantly - it’s been a life saver through this winter!
Full sized bottles will be available in the studio for $25 starting this weekend! The minis are already in the studio, and the set includes a mini face oil blend for $10.
Check out the ingredient list and my explanations for each ingredient below. I know you all are going to love this as much as I do, and I’m so excited to share this healing and hydrating product with you!
hydrating rose face toner
Ingredients: distilled water (dissolves impurities), rose water (cleansing anti-inflammatory), vegetable glycerin (seals moisture), hyaluronic acid (moisturizes and synthesizes collagen - this “acid” is naturally produced in our bodies, and I use a pure, vegan blend), rose essential oil (emollient, cleanser, moisturizer), lavender essential oil (reduces acne and restores skin), citric acid mixture (distilled water + citric acid powder; evens skin tone, unclogs pores and adjusts pH)
cool & calm face oil blend
Ingredients: sweet almond oil (gently unclogs pores), rose oil (cleanses pores and helps remove debris from skin), jojoba oil (protects skin)