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Good things in small packages: beauty

In traditional Chinese medicine the orchid is used to help cure coughs and lung illnesses. The ancient Greeks associated it with virility, and the Aztecs were said to drink a mixture of the vanilla orchid and chocolate to give them power and strength.
Purple Orchid by rakratchada torsap/

Put these mini products in organza drawstring bags to give to girlfriends, into boxes for hostess gifts or into your own cosmetic bag for constant use. The two companies we tested products for are all natural, hand-made or organic items. Today we look at small beauty products from a company called: Good Earth Beauty and Garden Apothecary.

Good Earth Beauty calls itself a “natural and organic beauty shop” whose products are not tested on animals. They carry Cosmetics, Bath & Body, Hair Care, items for Babies, and Pets. We received a bath bar for Penny, our dog, and it smells out of this world. It is very much citrus and although we have not washed her as of this writing, we think it will be great if it performs anything like it smells.

We also received a sample of the Bubble Gum Lip Scrub. This is a sugary product you rub on the lips in a circular motion that will help to exfoliate dead skin—a must if you want luxurious lips meant for kissing. The sugar creates the roughness and it is combined with organic sunflower, coconut and almond oil and organic shea butter and jojoba; it’s messy and strange to apply but leaves lips smooth.

We also sampled the ‘think pretty’ beauty elixir—a face serum for overnight glow. The minute I put it on my skin I knew it had Squalene—here are the ingredients: Olive Squalene, Immortelle Oil, Vitamin C, Grapefruit Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Oil, Orchid Extract. And it’s true, if your skin is dry you need to add this into your regiment. Plus, a little (just a few drops) goes a long way.

Garden Apothecary sent an organic oil that is a blend of organic Cacao + Cardamom with a base oil of almond. They suggest it for a romantic gift. The ingredients are: Organic almond oil, vitamin e, organic cacao absolutes, organic cardamom oil, *blended oils. I am using it to rub onto sore muscles around the neck—where a lot of tension lies—and behind the knees after I’ve done a ton of walking. It’s nice and warming. And the organic cacao has great botanical properties.

The company says on its website, “All Garden Apothecary products are handmade to order in small batches to ensure quality and freshness. They have a short (2 year) lifespan for a reason – use them like you would fresh food!” Their Founder, Jennifer Lee Segale, has a back ground in professional botany so she should know these things.

The $16 bottle should last a while depending on how you use it. They also have a Peppermint Face & Body Mist I’d like to try. Peppermint should help you to be more perky when the 3 pm doldrums set in, in the middle of the day.

There you have it, a botanical collective in small delights.

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