Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beauty: Dirty Beauty, Nature-Based Skincare

Southern Designer Collections Showcase: May 25 @ Openhouse Gallery, New York, NY
In this piece, we're featuring Dirty Beauty.
Dirty Beauty is a nature-based skin care line.  Company founder Samantha Dickey, a down-to-Earth, eco-friendly lady, is steadfast in her belief that what goes on your body is just as important as what goes in your body.  What does that mean for consumers?  It means we get healthy glowing skin from products without hard to pronounce chemicals and preservatives.  As a matter of fact, the body creams and butters are made fresh before shipping to avoid the use of preservatives.
I've had the opportunity to try a few of the products first hand.  The Lavender Lemon Balm Toner which will be available May 31, not only smells wonderful but feels wonderful as well.  It's refreshing.  It's non-drying.  It leaves your skin soft and glowing. 
I have a hard time finding skin care products to use in the summer that don't one, make my face feel like an oil slick and two, feel like I have five pounds of goop slopped on.  My first day out using this toner it was a bit humid out.  I'm one of those people who perspires a lot.  The first thing I noticed was it didn't feel like my face was running off.  Secondly, my face didn't feel gritty and grimy by the end of the day.  I still felt soft and reasonably fresh after a day in the elements.
The second product I tried was the lavender Sleepy Body Cream.  It's rich and creamy.  It blends into the skin well and doesn't leave behind a waxy feeling build-up.  I could snap my fingers immediately after applying and it left my skin soft and silky.  The soothing scent is perfect for after your nighttime bath.
The final product I tried was the Georgia Lip Balm.  The creamy, minty beeswax lip balm gives that cool, refreshing feeling.  It's goes on smooth and makes your lips feel luxurious and kissably soft.  I'm a big fan of mint tea and the wonderful mint scent has me reaching for my mug only to realize it's my lips that smell so delicious! 
Good, yet affordable skin care can be hard to find but, Dirty Beauty covers both aspects. 

Bath Salt from the Dirty Beauty product line
Being an eco-friendly company, Dirty Beauty believes in re-use and recycle.  All packaging includes home compostable, bio-degradable and recycled components.  To encourage re-use, the company offers refills.  The lovely green bottles above, once they're empty, just order a refill which comes in packaging that is bio-degradable and refill your bottle.

Dirty Beauty founder Samantha Dickey