Have you seen Kristin’s new venture, Curio?
It’s a carefully curated collection of handmade “potions for skeptics”. I definitely fall into the category of skeptic where skincare is concerned, so when Kristin sent me a care package of some of the items, I was in equal parts thrilled and cautious.
I have a history with skincare of getting not very good results. In fact the majority of products decidedly disagree with me and end up being returned for a refund. Even the really pricy stuff like Eve Lom!
But I still like to test them, so dove straight in. I was very pleasantly surprised!
The first product I tried was the Immortelle Salve. The parcel arrived whilst I was in the middle of a head cold, with the resultant Rudolphesque nose. The salve turned out to be my salvation (did you see what I did there!). A gentle dab brought instant relief and continued use as necessary was soothing and healing.
I love this product. It doesn’t sting but gently becalms irritated skin. It’s also really effective at taming irritated and irritating cuticles that have been badly treated.
Definitely a star product.
Next up…lip balm!
Now I don’t know about you but I loathe and detest most lip balms. They are thick and greasy and taste appalling. Not so Lip Balm A. This is a light balm that is quickly absorbed and leaves your lips soft and kissable. It’s great for use under lipstick so you get a nice, even coverage, but I also use it (a lot!) over lipstick as a simple gloss.
It’s gentle enough for the kids, and not too girly for my most manly of husbands, who I forced into trying it when he was
bitching and moaning about suffering from chapped lips. Any product that can stop that happening is a winner in my book.
The product that caused me most trepidation was Serum A.
My history with serums is more than chequered. Even the fashionista’s favourite, Estèe Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair, brings me out in a spotted rash. But, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Especially as Serum A has my two fave skin healing ingredients, rosehip seed oil and vitamin E.
I’ve been known to spilt vitamin E capsules and apply the oil mixed with a little moisturiser. This is a much nicer way to get the good stuff onto your face. Gently carrot coloured this has a subtle rose fragrance that is a delight.
And, it works! Without causing a reaction! Woo hoo! And at a third of the cost of the Estèe Lauder stuff. My skin is smoother and this absorbs quickly so you can use it in the morning under your makeup. Who has time in a morning to wait 20 minutes for lotions to absorb? Not me, that’s for sure.
Last but not least is Roll-on Fragrance A.
Oh my stars this is lovely. A subtle blend of ylang ylang and grapefruit, just roll it on your pulse points for a little burst of happiness. I’ve already told Kristin that I want this in All. The. Things. Body butter…yes please! Bath oil…swoon! Hand cream…ooooooh! Room spray! Scented candles! Everything. It’s sublime. I’ve got my fingers crossed!
You may have worked out by now that I love these little pots of potions. I wasn’t expecting that to happen. I love the French apothecary feel of the little bottles and tins. In fact the only fly in the ointment (sorry…couldn’t resist) is the labelling, which fades a little with handling. BUT, the joy of small businesses is that they can be responsive to feedback, and Kristin is already on the ball with this and organising new, non-fading labels as we speak. She’ll even ship you new ones if you’ve got the old ones and need to replace them!
It’s wonderful that what started off as an experiment for her own use, has blossomed into a collection of delightful, useable, useful potions that don’t cost the earth and don’t mess up your skin. That are beautifully and subtly fragranced, naturally coloured, and not overly packaged.
If you need a wee treat for yourself you could do worse than head over to Kristin’s shop and pop something in the basket. My next purchase is the body oil to match the roll-on fragrance. I’ve already placed the order, which is surely the best recommendation of all!