I've been a fan of Becca and Mars' homemade bath, body and skin care products for maybe a year and a half now, and I still get geeked when new products are added to the line. The reason? because proprietress Erica Wolfe keeps outdoing herself. In the time since I've started using the brand, some sort of something special happened somewhere along the line to kick up the magic quotient. Case in point: the new Calming Complexion Serum.
It's got some very attractive and well-researched ingredients, this was not a slap-dash formulation. With hazelnut oil, borage seed oil, jojoba, vitamin E and vegetable glycerin, and a touch of lemon and lavender essential oils, it really did calm my very sensitive skin and hydrate it for the entire day. It softens effectively and quickly, perfect for my evening facial massages, and and is only $17.50 for a 1 oz bottle. It seriously makes me embarrassed about all the money I've spent on face oils, but we need to look forward, not back!
Also new is Becca and Mars' Tangerine Sugar Lip Scrub ($3.50). You know those delicious looking lip scrubs that come in every flavor from green apple to red velvet cake? This product is just as good, if not better (all-natural ingredients here), and literally a fraction of the price. It's a gorgeous hydrating balm made with tangerine essential oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax and grainy sugar to exfoliate the lips. You remove the scrub with a damp washcloth, and once the sugar is gone (you can also lick it off if you want to), what you're left with is the moisture and protection of the sweet almond oil and beeswax. I now consider lip scrub to be an essential and quick beauty trick for die-hard lipstick fans and for anyone who needs to smooth out their flaky lips.
It's also great for sensitive lips, too. What, you've never heard of sensitive lips? I had never had a problem with any lip product until I tried a scrub in a lipstick tube by Korres, and my lips felt like they were on fire when I used it. Needless to say, I trashed it and never had the courage to try another lip scrub until now. The judiciously-chosen, healthy ingredients make a big difference.
All of Becca and Mars products are affordable, and I'm happy to say, of fantastic quality. If you're looking to get about eight times your money's worth from some of your skin care products, you need to check out this little corner of Etsy heaven.
[samples provided by company for my consideration]