May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand. May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism. Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone. May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace. May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them. Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.
Earlier this year i had the opportunity, thanks to Luca fromthe herbjar,to try out a completely chemical free natural moisturiser.while i was more than willing to give it a try i didn’t hold up too much hope because all the natural facial care stuff i’d tried to date, had, had the affect of clogging my pores and causing a lot of spots, usually with continual use, after a few weeks.
a few year ago, a bout of shingles which led to post viral fatigue, left me with extreme reactions to perfumes and other chemicals, in all care products. it was a nightmare at first trying to find natural alternatives for all the products i could no longer use - especially as a lot of the stuff out there proclaiming to be natural are infact nothing of the sort! but that’s another story - i eventually found some products that my skin didn’t react to, but facial care products were proving most difficult for me. i’d had breakouts of acne during my adult life, then developed rosacea while being unwell with the post viral fatigue. being naturally very pale, some mornings after showering i’d look like i’d been baked in the sun for days.. facial skin looking red raw, except for the white rings around my eyes. anyway, tried as i might i couldn’t find a cleanser or moisturiser to suit. so began to make a cleanser from milk and lavender mostly, recipe here. still had no luck with a moisturiser though. so i used grapeseed oil - occasionally adding one drop of ylang ylang to 10mls of grapeseed for an enriching treat.
So when i started using herbjar’s moisturiser for sensitive skin, initial impressions were good.. nice simple glass jars which when opened let out a very gentle natural aroma.. most pleasant.
this pic was taken when the cream arrived. after being transported in the heat it had softened a little - (this is because it doesn't contain the stabilisers that are often used in other cosmetics, but unfortunately there is a choice between having those or a really natural cream) - once in the house and at cooler, more regular temperature, the product returned to a more solid creamy, consistency and has remained that way -(as you can see in the pic below) - and just look at that colour - so rich and natural.
the moisturiser is quite dense, as it isn’t water based so its best to apply it to slightly damp skin, and you need only a very tiny amount. the first couple of weeks of use i noticed that my rosacea seemed to get a little worse, although my skin didn’t feel irritated it just looked redder, and as it also felt so much softer and looked much improved - moisture wise - i kept using it. persistence paid off, my skin slowly began to loose its intense redness.. still red after a shower but calmed down much quicker after applying the cream.
i’m now hooked lol. my skin loves it. the free jar that luca had initially sent me to sample was used up, with the help of my other half, who said it felt great on his skin after shaving.
now.. to be honest, the price (even though it's not extortionate) would have put me off initially, am not usually one to spend much on care products.. and i wouldn’t have justified spending that amount on a face cream when i could use the oil much cheaper - (even tho’ preferring using a moisturising cream) - but after seeing how long a jar actually lasts, it’s well worth it!
i have experimented with the amount i use on my face and neck, and the less the better.. it can be quite oily/greasy if you apply too much.. so its not a matter of needing to be stingy with it either, its just a real case of less is best. you really do only need a very tiny amount.
there's info about the ingredientshere.if you have any further questions about products atthe herbjar,Luca is lovely and will answer all your questions,contact info here.
so girls, or even men with irritated skin after shaving, if you want a good completely natural moisturiser trythe herbjar's products, they really are fantastic. (i think so anyway:)
thanks, Luca, for asking me if i'd like to sample it, if you hadn’t i'd be none the wiser, and there’s something most definitely in there that’s helping to reduce the redness of my skin.
NOTE: I’m not saying this heals rosacea. only that it’s helped with mine. i do still have to be careful of consuming too much of certain things, like coffee. in moderation it’s fine, but if i over-indulge.. skin flares! same as at stressful times, so am guessing that’s adrenal related, perhaps?? rambling aside :o) back to herbjar…
if you’re interested in the moisturiser's, or want to check out any of herbjar's other natural products, get yourself over tothe website, or blog.
and...i was under no obligation to do a post about this moisturiser, i wanted to : )
'Some people do not have to search, for they find their niche easily in life and rest there seemingly contented and resigned. At times I envy them, but usually I do not understand... and seldom do they understand me. I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we completely content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power and unceasing motion, its mystery and unfathomable beauty. We like forests, mountains, deserts, hidden rivers and lovely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as our laughter; to share our sadness with the ones we love is perhaps as great a joy as we know. Unless it is to share our laughter. We searchers are ambitious, only for life itself.. and anything beautiful it can provide. Most of all, we want to love and be loved, to live in a relationship that will not impede our wanderings and prevail our search. We do not want to prove ourselves to others or compete for love. This passage is for wanderers, dreamers, and lovers who dare to ask of life.. everything which is authentic and beautiful.'
~ found in the door of a deserted store in Colorado
Good and bad (positive and negative) are all manmade, sinners and saints are all manmade. And they are not different at all; the difference is only superficial, very superficial, not even skin-deep. Scratch a little, and in your saint you will find the sinner.
just popping in to say, hello lovelies.. i’ve been spending some autumn-ness, curled, on a bed of golden leaves.. enjoying some quiet time. well, not quite.. ha! i have spent most of this week laying on the bed or the sofa lol. had an enormous abscess, very nearly on my ahem…. tender parts. so so painful, felt completely exhausted and very shitty.. i opted not to take the anti-biotics (unless infection kicks in, and it’s absolutely necessary) so with the aid of homeopathy, hot compress’ and natural poultices, healing is slow but steady - so far - feel so much better for taking the natural route. still not completely cleared, but on the mend.. the worst seems to be over. thankfully : )
‘Life has a way of tripping us up when we dictate the terms’
doesn’t it just! although, apart from the discomfort, (or more realistically, excruciating pain!) preventing me from much movement, i have quite enjoyed doing nothing much. even managed to get completely engrossed in a book i recently acquired - ‘the dance of the dissident daughter’ by sue monk kidd - a great read.
i love the way she writes, her ability to pick you up, and take you with her - so thoughtfully.
what i haven’t liked, this week - and very much noticed it - was my aversion to saying ‘no‘.. to chores.. necessities, like meals and stuff.. but, yet again. i had to accept, that sometimes, there’s that necessity/obligation to self first.. to allow healing, so that we can function.. whole, again.. imperfectly..
do you find it easy to turn off, when you need to.. and let others look after themselves, and you ?
"It's better to say no when you need to, and to say yes when you want to. Otherwise, anger will creep in, and you'll resent the person or the obligation. Affirm: I feel no guilt when I say no to someone."
~ Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
i lurve.. these creatures.. and being a taurean, can often resemble them, in my stubbornness!
this time, being stubborn prevented me from guzzling down those anti-biotics, cos a part of me was a little afraid of infection.. and wanted to ;)
You are standing at exactly the place towards which you have been traveling ~ for seven years or seventy years or seven hundred years.
Your reality is within you, it is not somewhere else. But to understand the point, sometimes it takes years. You knock on many doors before you come to your own door...and then you are puzzled, because this is the house you had left and this is the house you have been searching for ~Osho