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Review: evanhealy skin care

From a young age, my mom urged me to use moisturizer. “You’ll thank me when you’re my age!” She said. I’ve only just begun to notice the faintest lines around my eyes from smiling (never a bad thing!), but I’m glad I listened. I’ve been lucky to have healthy-looking skin, and while I’d like to chalk it all up to genetics, I know I have some solid quality products to thank.

One of these products is evanhealy. I’ve been using organic skincare products for a dozen years, but it wasn’t until I moved to San Diego that I stumbled across this organic, holistic, and plant-based line.

Evanhealy (eponymously named for its founder) is a holistic line that sells cleansers, serums, hydrosols, masks, moisturizers, and all things skin care. The company tends to focus on those with sensitive skin, but is more importantly concerned with creating organic, hand-crafted products that “empower the users.” This might sound esoteric, but Evan is honest in what she wants to do and it shows in her brand.

1. Sheer Tint Sun Stick SPF 30 ($19.95)

I’ll start with the product that has been the most critical for me: Sheer Tint Sun Stick SPF 30. There’s a lot to love in this 0.5 oz stick, and the start of that list is its convenience. I have a hard time wanting to put on sunscreen, first because of the high levels of chemicals in most conventional sunscreens and second, because of the greasy, sticky-coat feeling. I was thrilled to discover evanhealy’s sun stick because it comes in a portable, easily applicable stick and is free of chemicals. So what does it include?

Ingredients: Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil*, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax*, Beeswax* (Cera Alba), Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) Seed Oil*, Argan (Argania Spinosa) Kernel Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Peel Oil*, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax*, Vanilla Flavor*, Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Seed Butter*, Shea (ButyrospermumParkii) Butter*, Tocopherol, Mica (CI77019), Iron Oxide (CI 77491).

The red raspberry seed oil gives the stick a pretty pink color, which helps mask the zinc oxide. While there are other all-natural sunscreen sticks out there, I haven’t found any that don’t leave my face looking streaky and white. Plus, the smell isn’t overly strong, but subtle. If you find that the sunscreen sits on too heavy, simply rub in with your fingers or a makeup brush.

2. Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm ($22.95)

The second product I’d recommend to those who with sensitive skin, an attraction to the outdoors, and a propensity for big, wide smiles is the Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm. Once again, this product comes in an applicator tube and is thick with shea butter (for moisture), rosehip oil (to reverse damaged skin), and wild carrot seed oil (to promote clear skin) from Queen Anne’s Lace.

Ingredients: Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil*, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil*, Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii) Butter*, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil*, Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Butter*, Rosehip Seed (Rosa Canina) Fruit Oil*, Olive (Olea Europaea) Fruit Oil*, Immortelle (Helichrysum Italicum) Extract*, Immortelle (Helichrysum Italicum) Flower Oil*, Carrot (Daucus Carota) Fruit Oil*, Tocopherol (non-GMO).

The eye balm is a welcome change to other eye creams I’ve tried. While the product is oil-based, it doesn’t have an oily feel on the skin and I didn’t feel like I had to wipe away any excess. In a pinch I’ve also used this product as a lip balm, face moisturizer, or salve, all with good results. While you can apply the balm directly onto the delicate skin under your eye, I like to take a swipe with my finger and gently rub it in.

3. Lavender Facial Tonic HydroSoul ($26.50)

Hydrosols are botanical remedies, seemingly similar to aromatherapy sprays or diffusers yet entirely different. Evanhealy HydroSouls are entirely hand-crafted, meaning that every step is done entirely by hand, from harvest to distillation to bottling. Relationships with small family farms are at the forefront of the brand, so that each batch has a slightly different smell due to changing growing conditions. Evanhealy uses an ancient technique of distilling in copper alembic stills over a period of four hours—different still is the fact that evanhealy distills solely for the hydrosols, and not the essential oil that is currently popular.

100% Organic Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) floral hydrosol *

I love the Lavender Facial Tonic HydroSoul because of its benefits: soothes sensitive skin, diminishes redness, and naturally therapeutic due to its scent. You might be surprised when you first smell evanhealy’s facial tonics, especially if you’re used to lavender as an essential oil. The HydroSoul is light, and while it smells obviously of lavender, has a honey note, too. I really like spraying it on after a long day running around outside, before and after plane rides, or at night to wind down from the day. Evanhealy has plenty of HydroSoul options if you’re not a fan of lavender: check out Rose Geranium, Lemon Thyme, Tusli (Holy Basil), or even Douglas Fir. The only HydroSoul I haven’t tried, and wouldn’t recommend unless you’re looking to heal, is the Immortelle Facial Tonic HydroSoul. Whenever I spray it on, I’m told that I smell very strongly of celery (and while I do eat a lot of vegetables, smelling like vegetables isn’t something I’m going for…).

Keep in mind that because of the high quality and handcrafted creation of evanhealy, the products aren’t cheap. I purchase some of my evanhealy favorite products when I notice a sale at my local food co-op, but it’s worth noting that, while pricey, products last you a LONG time. I used the Lavender Facial Tonic HydroSoul multiple times a day for nearly six months, while I’ve yet to make a dent in the Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm. Best of all, it’s nice to support a small company that is doing its part in supporting local farms, promoting the benefits of products grown without pesticides, and actually nourishing the skin.

Disclaimer: I was not asked to do a review, but did receive two of the three products mentioned above for free; the third, along with several other products, I regularly purchase and love!

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