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Beauty Obsession: Alki Organix

Honeycomb

I’ve written extensively about the skin benefits of honey, here and elsewhere, and I’m a sucker for products with honey in them. In particular, I especially love facial products with honey, since the antiseptic and antibacterial qualities in honey are particularly effective against cystic acne. (Which I decidedly do not love.)

So I was excited to try a few of Shirley Makela’s products, created for her new company, Alki Organix. Shirley is a holistic health and nutritional coach, and like so many creators of natural and organic cosmetics, created her line out of a desire to find products that would soothe and nurture her sensitive skin.

The result is a product line with supremely natural ingredients, using really soothing ingredients like certified organic sunflower and virgin unrefined coconut oils, certified organic witch hazel, grape seed oil, mango butter, meadowfoam seed oil, and honey as a base. (And no water. Just pure, potent ingredients.) Read on for the scoop about her Manuka Honey Facial treatment (and a small bonus write-up on my favorites of her skin balms that I tried). —Aleigh

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Beauty Obsession: Living Nature

   
A few weeks ago, I mentioned to Catherine at Saffron Rouge that I’ve been looking for a gentle natural makeup remover. I’m still trying really hard to stick with this year’s beauty resolutions, and the first one—not going to bed with makeup on—was reinforced last week when lovely makeup artist Sally Biondo mentioned that it’s the number one bad beauty habit she encourages people to break.

This idea of never going to bed without cleansing your face is not new—we all know it’s important. And yet, I have to admit, I’m sometimes guilty of breaking this rule. Usually it’s when I’m tired and also trying to also stick with the fourth rule—getting enough sleep! (Which is really an extremely wimpy excuse for not taking good care of your skin.)

Luckily, Catherine sent me three products* that are helping me keep up with my nighttime routine, from a company I’d been longing to try: Living Nature. Read on for details!

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