This is one product that I have been wanting to get my hands on for so long now. I was so excited to receive this balm which is handmade in Montreal by the founder of Stark Skincare, Jessica. Before even applying this dreamy balm to my face, I fell in love with the consistency and the smell! The consistency is so creamy and applies like a dream to the skin. It smells like fresh Grapefruit and instantly wakes me up in the morning. I love to use this as a deep cleansing treatment. I will put a small amount of this on my skin, massage it in and let it sit for 5-15 minutes and then I take a very warm wash cloth and put it on my face and let that sit for a minute, then I slowly start to wipe the balm residue off but I like to have some left over on my skin because it doubles as a moisturizer also! This balm is fantastic. The size and amount of product given for how little you need, combined with the brilliance and multi-tasking purposes of this product make it well worth the price of $40. This is also great for using on the lips, hands, hair, everywhere!! I love products that can be used for so many things and this is one of those products that you will find yourself using for all different needs. The scent of this is absolutely intoxicating and my skin feels like silk and smells like heaven after using this.
This product contains NO water and is Vegan, Gluten-Free and Certified Cruelty-Free.
A little more info on this delicious balm…
This highly nutritious, water-less balm has the unique concept of being both cleanser and hydrator, making life simple and beautiful. Similar to the “oil cleansing method” popular in Europe or the cold-creams our mothers and grandmothers used, this delicious balm melts away daily grime and dirt, replenishing your skin with healthy, antioxidant-rich plant-derived oils and butters! Next, the balm can be used as a moisturizer, alone or with Stark’s CYPRESS Purity + Defense oil (an especially luxurious treat for a night-time ritual).
How to Use
Use a pea sized amount, and warm between fingers. Massage into skin and let the nutritious oils and butters be soaked up before gently wiping away with a warm, wet cloth. You may splash with water if you like. Next, it can be used as a moisturizer for face, body, lips and hair! Use on dry elbows, parched lips or fly-away hair or as a great after-shave balm!
Grapefruit extract is cleansing and has astringent properties. Wonderful for occasionally problematic skin, also gentle enough for dry, sensitive skin. Has a wonderful, fresh aroma that is uplifting and invigorating. This balm smells absolutely mouth-watering.
Un-processed Shea butter and raw organic cocoa butter heal, soften and protect skin with a light, natural SPF. Both have a rich history of use in Africa, which is now backed by scientific studies, they are highly healing butters that can undo some of the damage done by the sun.
Virgin organic coconut oil, long used in the Ayurveda tradition, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties due to its high content of fatty acids.
Non-GMO soybean butter is chock full of isoflavones and stimulates collagen production. It is also rich in antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory.
Organic camellia seed oil (same plant as green tea) and organic sweet almond oil are light, soothing and healing oils, and are known to slow the aging process.
This product is preservative-free, so please wash and dry hands before scooping product out and please do not get any water in the balm. Water and oil are not friends! 🙂 Use a clean teaspoon to scrape a small amount of product out, to prolong the life of your balm even longer. With proper handing, this product can stay fresh for up to 18 months.
Have you ever tried this delicious Grapefruit Balm or any other products from the Stark Skincare line? Please share your thoughts!
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