( product photos courtesy of www.bellavirtuorganics.com)
Bella Virtu Organics is a line of skincare that is made in small batches and is organic. The line is made by Claire Powell, who is originally from the United Kingdom and now lives in Minnesota with her husband and two sons. She is passionate about bringing you a brand that looks at aging a positive way. Beauty should make women feel good about themselves and should be about self-love and joy, about damage-control regime. She doesn't put anything into her products that shouldn't be there. The ingredients are all botanical based and natural.
I tried out a few of the products, specifically the Winter Skincare System. That includes three products: the Rhassoul Clay & Rose Rejuvenating Mask, the Helichrysum & Lavender Intense Hydrating Cream and the Moisturizing Radiance Facial Serum. Below is my review of the items, which I believe will make a great self-care gift for Valentine's Day this year. This past year self-care has taken off more than anyone could have expected and skincare has really boomed. Women want to look good and feel good about themselves, which is ok. If you are of the belief that organic skincare is up your alley, then I urge you to take a look at Bella Virtu Organics, which has some of the best independent small batch organic skincare I have ever seen. The products are top-notch, well made and have incredible ingredients.
0.5 fl.oz./15mL $32.00
The Moisturizing Facial Radiance Serum is part of the Winter Skincare System and is for normal, dry, to mature skin types. The serum rejuvenates, heals and smoothes winter skin with Clary Sage and Helichrysum (Immortelle) Essential Oils and Safflower Oil. It deeply moisturizes, combating the drying effects of outdoor air and indoor winter heating systems. The serum also contains Evening Primrose Oil which has anti-inflammatory benefits and helps to fight dry skin. Sea Buckthorn Oil has anti-aging benefits, it is rich in Vitamin A and bakuchiol (a derivative of Vitamin A similar to retinol) that fights fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin tone and texture. Finally, Rosemary Oil smoothes fine lines and prevents wrinkles and helps to even out skin tone. These oils also balance natural oil production in the skin, reduce blemishes, lock in moisture and calm inflammation. it can be used twice a day under moisturizer, just massage 3-4 drops on face and neck.
I found this oil to be very calming, the orangey-scent of the Clary Sage warm and inviting, It is not an oil that is too rich for the skin types listed above. If you have combination skin, use it once per day as it might be a little rich under makeup. It does sink into skin fairly well but it does leave skin feeling soft and supple. I like that it moisturizes my skin so well and leaves my skin feeling much better than prior to using it.
2 oz./60 g $38.00
The Helichrysum & Lavender Intense Moisture Cream is a thick, rich deeply moisturizing and rejuvenating cream. It contains Shea Butter to soften the skin. Açai extract for its powerful antioxidant properties. Lavender Oil calms hydrates and repairs the skin. Helichrysum Essential Oil, also known as Immortelle, heals and smoothes fine lines. Aloe Vera Leaf juice helps to protect the skin and supports the production of collagen. Grapeseed Oil helps to combat breakouts, heals the skin, decreases inflammation and heals scars. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps kill free radicals and is a potent anti-inflammatory. Sunflower Seed Oil fights acne, fights premature aging and prevents sun damage. Finally, Glycerin is a powerful humectant that helps to pull moisture into the skin, deep into the dermis. It is actually better than hyaluronic acid because the molecule is smaller and it can reach the lower levels of the skin.
This cream is something that I would recommend for normal, dry and mature skin types. It is very thick, rich and intense. The cream does however sink into the skin and leaves it feeling soft and deeply moisturized. I happen to have very dry skin and it was not too heavy for my skin. The way this cream smells is divine, because of all the wonderful botanicals.
2 oz./60g $28.00
The Rhassoul Clay & Rose Rejuvenating Mask has Rhassoul Clay, which has been used for over 1,000 years by the people of Morocco and the surrounding region to cleanse and brighten their skin. It is only found in the Atlas mountains and is a rich source of important beneficial minerals such as Magnesium, Iron and Potassium. These minerals provide benefits to the skin such as improved tone, hydration, elasticity and new skin cell production, but because of their negative charges, they attract and hold onto toxins which are rinsed away with the mask. It also contains soothing and anti-bacterial Echinacea, which heals and protect the skin. Rose Powder helps to soothe the skin. Comfrey Powder is an anti-inflammatory, moisturizes, softens skin and helps to speed healing. It is recommended that this mask be used twice a week to revitalize skin, reduce pore size and heal the skin that is distressed from winter air and indoor heating.
To use mask: mix 1/2 tsp. of the mask powder with 1/2 tsp. of hot water or until it has the consistency of syrup (but without being sticky). If you would like, add a drop or two of the Bella Virtu Organics Facial Radiance Serum for added nourishment. Avoid using metal utensil that might change the important negative charge that detoxifies the skin. Apply over the face and leave for 15 minutes. Remove the mask by softening with a wet washcloth over the mask and using tepid water. Make sure to avoid getting the mask in your eyes.
This mask is great for deeply cleansing the skin; leaving it soft smooth and radiant. It moisturizes and helps to improve clarity. Also, it will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Best of all, this mask can combat acne, blackheads and pimples; it has great anti-inflammatory powers. The jar should last about 2 months if used 2x a week. I personally think this mask is so nice. I actually had a breakout on my chin and used this mask and it helped to calm and clear up the breakout on my chin. The Comfrey Root and Rose Powder is excellent for calming the skin and the Rhassoul Clay pulls out the sebum and dead skin cells in the skin that are causing the acne breakouts. It also leaves the skin moisturized, which is unusual for a clay mask, which is why I like it. This mask is definitely self-care at its finest!
Below is a photo of me using the mask:
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Until Next Time~
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