Disclosure: This is a sponsored post at the invitation of Whole Foods and their Summer Fun promotion. All views and opinions, however, are my own.
Last week, Whole Foods in La Jolla, CA held a beauty blogger’s dream event — an open house that showcased product lines carried in their stores — and also a goodie bag of delights! The sparkling sodas and salad mixer with other bloggers was an added bonus!
There were four product line stations. I started at Evan Healy‘s station.
Evan Healy discusses her philosophy of skincare.
Evan Healy, the founder of her eponyous skincare line was actually right there to explain her products, how to use them, why they work, and her philosophy of treating the skin and body gently to encourage balance. All of her products use the highest quality plant and mineral materials, many of them organic.
Each blogger got a quick assessment of primary skin issues and was given a skincare kit with 2 weeks worth of products. As a mature person dealing with hormonal breakouts (two of which I have since learned are actually pre-cancerous objects of interest and NOT breakouts — more on that in another post…), I was given the Rose Treatment Kit since its key ingredient, Rose Geranium essential oil encourages hormonal balance and is also good for aging skin.
The Rose Treatment Kit contents: Cleansing Milk, Rose Geranium Facial Tonic Hydrosol, Roship Treatment Facial Serum, Rose Vetiver Day Moisturizer, French Rose Clay for weekly treatment masks.
All of the kits feature a treatment serum which consists of a special blend of oils and essential oils. The key is to put a few drops of the serum oil into your palm, then spritz a few sprays of the hydrosol on top, mix quickly and massage onto your cleansed face. The combination absorbs almost instantly, leaving the skin super-refreshed.
I am currently testing this group of products and so far I love it! My breakouts have calmed down significantly and I no longer get dry patches by the end of the day.
The next station featured Aura Cacia Products. I was already familiar with this line since I use their lavender and eucalyptus essential oils in my henna paste. They have a high standard of quality at very affordable prices. Their environmentally friendly farming and packaging policies are also a plus.
Aura Cacia Bath Salts
The Aura Cacia representative gave out full-sized sample packets of aromatherapy Mineral Bath salts. He also demonstrated that you can make your own therapeutic bath salt mix by adding several drops of essential oils to either Kosher Salt (shown in the tin above) or epsom salts. He also recommended massaging a drop or two of peppermint oil on the soles of your feet before going for a run to increase circulation. And a drop of peppermint oil rubbed in the palm and then inhaled gives a quick caffeine-free boost.
Next up, Dr. Bronner’s station.
One of the Bronner clan discusses the many benefits of the classic liquid soap.
Dr. Bronner’s All-One Magic Soap is practically a hippie institution. I remember buying the classic peppermint soap at our local health foods store in Nashville (run by the good hippies from The Farm, a utopian community). The scent was a blast of peppermint and it made everything tingle when I used it in the shower. But it wasn’t just for showers… it was (and still is) the jack-of-all-soaps — dish soap, floor wash, window wash, hand-wash soap, shampoo (albeit a bit harsh), flea-repellent dog wash, eco-friendly bug spray for garden plants… the list goes on and on.
Now the company makes much more than just liquid castille soaps — there are lotions, hard soaps, baby products, hand sanitizers (made from natural coconut alcohol), lip products, and natural cooking oils.
The 4th and 5th generation descendents of the original German soapmaker immigrants have taken the All-One transcendental philosophy and applied it in their practices of partnering with Fair Trade farmers and promoting organic integrity, the reintroduction of industrial hemp production in the U.S. and fair trade practices.
I still love the liquid jack-of-all-soaps — and make sure I have a bottle on hand both at home and when we go camping.
The final station was the Mineral Fusion Booth.
I am already a big fan of Mineral Fusion — but had not tried their nail colors. They are Formaldehyde, toulene, camphor and dibutyl pthalate free — and come in 61 gorgeous colors! Whole Foods in La Jolla had the full range of nail products as well as their acetone-free nail polish remover and treatment products.
a small selection of Mineral Fusion Nail Products
The representative had 2 gifts for us:
Mineral Fusion Mini Polish Trio
Mineral Fusion Lip Sheer Pencil
The nail polish colors are perfectly yummy — the sea green is now my favorite summer shade…. and the Sheer Moisture Lip Tint is exactly what it says it is: a sheer wash of super-moisturizing color. It is totally goof-proof and not only makes your lips feel amazing, it smells good, too.
If that weren’t enough fun for one evening, Whole Foods gave each of us bloggers a reusable shopping bag filled with full-sized body care items for us to try.
The goodie bag…
My husband immediately took the Desert Essence Coconut body lotion… reminds him of Hawaii… and it takes care of the chapping he gets from working in the garden.
Some of the items in the gift bag. Reviews are in the works.
Squee!!! I suppose not many people get a thrill out of cotton balls… but as someone who uses them all day long to prepare skin for henna, I truly appreciate a quality cotton ball… these are made from organic cotton — so you know there’s no nasty pesticides used in growing the cotton (better for the planet, and the birds, bees and other beneficial insects).
Organic cotton balls are just a small item that shows the company’s commitment to lessening harmful environmental impacts from unnecessary (and toxic) chemicals — and its investment in the future of the planet.
Another way Whole Foods shows its commitment to a healthier planet is its stance on not allowing microbeads in any of the products they sell. Microbeads are very small plastic beads used as exfoliants in soaps, body washes, body scrubs, facial scrubs, and some toothpastes. These beads are plastic which means they never biodegrade, but just accumulate in our fresh and saltwater environments. Illinois has already banned products with microbeads; Hawaii and New York are currently debating the issue. Microbeads are a serious problem in the Great Lakes, causing malnutrition in fish who see them as food and cannot digest or get rid of them. In addition, the beads absorb toxic chemicals and are a haven for bacterial blooms. According to NPR, “Lake Ontario’s levels are highest, with counts of up to 1.1 million plastic particles per square kilometer.” Pretty scary stuff.
In addition to being committed to caring for the planet on a large scale, Whole Foods also has stringent quality standards for its beauty and body care products.
- They only sell personal care products that have not been tested on animals
- They are committed to high-quality products with a proven track record.
- They promote products with naturally-derived and plant-based ingredients, pure essential oil fragrances, gentle preservatives and non-petroleum ingredients.
- They carefully evaluate each product they sell.
- They aim for products with minimal environmental impact in both manufacturing and packaging.
- They make sure their personal care products are accurately labelled, have established safety data and are less likely to cause skin irritation or allergies.
I had sort of known about the standards but was very impressed when I checked out the website to see the full measure of their policies and the practical ways these are implemented. It makes me even more impressed with their own store brand, 365 — to know that their own products are also made with strict standards of quality. (Which I knew empirically through use, but it’s nice to see it in print.)
Whew! That was a lot to cover in one post! Thanks for hanging in for the duration!
As a special gift for my San Diego readers, Whole Foods has given me a coupon good for Friday, June 27, 2014 only — at any of the San Diego Whole Foods locations: Del Mar, Encinitas, Hillcrest, and La Jolla….
(I love you, Whole Foods, but can you please open a store in East County? Thanks!)