If you are anything like me, you relish in the chase. The hunt. You know it’s out there and thoughts like, “Five more minutes on Google” are no stranger to you. But then you don’t find it, or it’s almost perfect but in the end it’s lacking in some way. Girl, I GET IT!
Well I’m here to tell you, I’ve found it. Biodynamic, impeccably sourced, plant-powered skincare at it’s finest. Ladies and gents, please allow me to introduce you to Laurel.
In it’s truest form, Laurel is the definition of slow beauty. Based out of Sausalito, California, founder Laurel works side by side with local artisan farmers to procure over 150 plants each season. And when I say she works side by side, I mean she literally goes to the farms, cultivates relationships with her farmers, follows each ingredient from seed to harvest and ensures everything is grown (at the very minimum) organically. From there, the plants, flowers and herbs are brought to Laurel’s lab in raw form, steeped for months in handmade blends and turned into plant medicine for the skin.
(I mean, Laurel even makes all of their own botanicals extracts! This is just mind blowing considering #1, no one does this. And #2, commercial extracts can be a major buzzkill. They tend to be chemically refined and have a compromised nutrient density. So you are getting “it” but you are not really getting all of “it.”)
In addition, Laurel blends with oils that are certified organic or biodynamic, raw, cold-pressed, unrefined and pressed freshly specifically for Laurel. Essential oils that are certified organic or biodynamic that have not been contaminated with pesticides or herbicides. And instead of water, aloe or alcohol, Laurel uses certified organic or biodynamic plant hydrosols made by distilling rain water through freshly harvested plant material. I know. I KNOW!
Not only is this mind blowing, it guarantees unparalleled freshness and efficacy. And believe me, I’ve seen it first hand. Use anything Laurel, JUST ONCE and you will see a difference in your skin. This is especially true with her Brighten Mask.
What it is and what it isn’t…
If you’ve read TNK for any length of time, you will notice that I rarely talk about what’s “NOT” in a formula. I think that’s a cheap sales tactic and it’s often designed to distract us from what actually IS in the formula. (In fact I wrote a whole piece about it here in regards to buying chicken from the grocery). BUT I have to talk about what’s NOT in Laurel because it’s truly unique. Each formula is free from any harmful ingredients ofc but get this. Laurel is even free from bio-identical ingredients (which I see used in green beauty products labeled as “fragrance” or “aroma”), GMO’s and even conventionally grown plants. And while we are on the subject, Laurel is free of water, alcohol and fillers too.
Now that being said, let’s talk about what Laurel Skin actually IS too. Every single ingredient they formulate with is certified organic or certified biodynamic and they make no exceptions.
What’s in it for us?
What we get is rich, bold, beautifully formulated face oils that are raging with antioxidant potency. And Laurel takes every measure to preserve them by limiting light, heat and oxygen exposure. Laurel adds…
Our 100% organic, raw, unrefined whole plant ingredients contain hundreds of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. In short, there is simply no man-made ingredient that can compare to the delicate, intricate and powerful science of nature.Laurel
I probably should have led with this but Laurel was created by Laurel (a sommelier and skin specific herbalist) with spas and estheticians in mind. Offering the complexity to support customized, results-driven facials, yet intuitive enough for home use. And I can attest to that as I just got my FIRST EVER Laurel Skin facial here in Atlanta at Modern Holistic. By no exaggeration, this facial was, hands down, the best facial I’ve ever had. So if you are local – you have to get a facial here! But if you are not local, check out Laurel’s stockists list to see if there is a spa near you that offers Laurel Facials.
Here’s the thing though. Laurel is a small company. It will always be small. They work with the Earth and inside the gifts of Mother Nature’s annual and perennial bounty. If a key crop component of a mask is ruined one year, we won’t see that mask until the following year.
They sell out. Not that kind of sell-out. I mean like OUT OF STOCK sell out. They make limited editions like the Honey Rose Spice Mask which became available this January for the second time ever and only time will tell if we are fortunate enough to see it again. More here on that.
I also think it’s important to point out the date on the bottle is the manufacture date. Currently, everything Laurel is made in small batches and often “to order” (as in, you press “buy” on your computer and THEN they start making it). Everything is made fresh within a week of shipping and does not sit on shelves. And as with most natural skincare, it’s best used within a year of the manufacture date.
All of this to say, when I am lucky enough to have Laurel on hand, you best believe I AM USING IT…everyday….down to the last drop.
Here’s what I recommend:
Antioxidant Facial Serum – The first product Laurel ever created. Gosh, the color alone here will make you weak in the knees. But hear this. You are looking at 31 of the freshest and most potent + powerful botanicals. Nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and mineral activity address surface level symptoms of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, tone..) and they work to restore skin health. This oil goes on bright and rich and sinks right in. It’s smells of fresh harvested botanicals and a warm breeze on a summers eve. I love that this oil doubles as a serum and a moisturizer. I always say; Put your money where your face oil is! It’s the product that stays with you all day long. This is a beautiful one to invest in.
Sun Serum – People ask me all the time, “What can I use that will fade my hyper-pigmentation?” I’m like *neon arrows* THIS! And it’s not just me – I have had several readers reach out and confirm, they are seeing a difference in their skin. This serum delivers a firmer, more supple appearance, a brighter, more even skin tone and a visible reduction in redness and irritation. How? Studies show that nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, ferulic acid, beta carotene, and many different polyphenols can lessen damage brought on by both UVA and UVB rays. And it’s all here ladies and gents. Love this oil for both day and night. Try it!
Brighten Mask – I love this mask so much I also wrote about it here. All I have to say about this mask is USE IT ONCE and you will see a difference in your skin. This mask is bursting with Vitamin C and is designed to lighten discoloration with delicate raw fruit acids. (ONCE!)
Oh and Laurel’s signature mask brush and mask bowl set totally elevates the experience. The brush’s soft fan shape delivers product evenly and covers ground while the shallow, lipped, ivory, artisan-made bowl reigns you in from mixing up too much product.
Honey Berry Mask – SWOON WORTHY! This honey-based mask is formulated with just 5 superfood ingredients and works as an enzymatic exfoliator, a hydrator and visibly pumps and firms. If my supplies were endless, this would be me every morning. Leave it on for 5 minutes or 5 hours. It just gives my skin a glow from within – you know the kind where you see it and you’re like, “I’ll have what she’s having!” Try it!
Night Balm – OMG. If you are looking for a decadent overnight treatment OR a concentrated daytime moisturizer, look no further than Restore Nightly Facial Balm. The texture is smooth, creamy and decadent. While the color is rich and dreamy. This balm sinks into skin working to repair and regenerate as well as soothe. You can also use this as a mask too. Leave it on for 30 minutes then wipe off and radiate. Talk about a GLOW!
Do you have a Laurel fave?
Laurel works side by side with local artisan farmers to procure over 150 plants each season that are steeped for months in handmade blends and turned into plant medicine for the skin.
- Each formula is free from any synthetic ingredients
- Free of bio-identical ingredients
- Free of GMOs
- Free of water, alcohol, and fillers
- Full control of the supply chain from seed to bottle
- Plant-powered actives in high concentrations
- Artisanal organic skincare at it’s finest
- Limited edition products sell out fast
- Products are made in small batches (also a pro)