BEAUTY IN A BOTTLE

Written by Jennifer Hoffner

   

   Women of many different cultures from around the world have been using essential oils as a part of their beauty regimen for centuries. They used natural and plant based oils for the purpose of beautifying and healing. In recent years here in the United States oils have been slowly penetrating the beauty Industry. It started with Moroccan Oil and Argan oil and now I read about oils in almost every magazine and beauty blog.

I started using oils as a part of my beauty regimen from a very young age. As a kid, my mother massaged coconut oil into my hair regularly and I always used it as a body moisturizer. Now in my 30s I still continue to use oils and have experimented with a plethora of them. Especially ones for my face. Because of my sensitive skin, it's been a challenge to find ones that don't make be break out or leave me looking greasy. 

Photography by Jennifer Hoffner

Photography by Jennifer Hoffner

 

Lucky for me my girlfriend Monica introduced me to my latest beauty obsession, Sof Naturals.  A small but equisite line of face oils, body oils, roll on oils and even lip balm. All the products are made without any chemicals or artificial ingredients and instead contain the highest quality natural and raw materials. Each batch is handcrafted with lots of love, care, and attention. And it certainly shows. 

Sof has become a part of my daily beauty and health ritual. I use their oils morning, day and night. For my face, I use the Argan oil,  known as "liquid gold", it leaves my skin glowing and hydrated. I  usually like to use this oil after I wash my face in the morning. It's all I wear throughout the day and I can literally skip the makeup.   Also, Jojoba with Helichrysum and lavendar which brightens my skin complexion and really helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Both oils are very light and light scented. The Body Oil Rose Trio is my go to for after a hot shower or bath. This oil is light and fast absorbing and also makes my skin radiate. The smell is also light but divine. (Side Note: This oil can also help open the heart chakra)

 

The roll on oils have been a great addition too. The Be Well roll on oil is something I have been using since the day I received it in mail. Which was several months ago! Just one roll a night helps to boost your immune system! So, every night I roll it on the bottom of my feet( specifically my soles) in hopes I won't catch whatever bug or flu is going around. So Far, so good! And Breathe Calm Energy with Hawaiian Sandalwood, it's great for those days when you find everyone and everything so annoying and you feel like you're losing your mind. Just a couple rolls and deep breaths till you reach calm.

Sof Natural is doing great things with ingredients and all the love they put into their products. To learn more about their products and purchase some for yourself please visit www.sofnaturals.com

 

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SPRING DRUGSTORE BEAUTY GUIDE

 

  Spring is finally here and so is our list of favorite drugstore beauty finds! We've tried and tested everything from makeup to vitamins to bring you the best and must-have products of the season. The best part is everything is under $20!!  

 

 

1. Olay Duo Soap

This 30x use cleanser is innovative and fantastic. One side gently exfoliates and the other cleanses and nourishes. My skin is left baby soft and smells great. $9.99

 

 

2. Nature's Bounty Hair Skin and Nails Gummies

Beauty starts from within and that means whatever goes in will affect what comes out. I've taken a pill form of bio 10 and the taste and the mere fact of swallowing a pill turn me off, but now I gladly will chew on this sweet treat. $7.32

 

 

3. Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

This has become my go-to mascara! It never gets clumpy and it really builds and separates my lashes. $8.49

 

 

4. L'Oréal Nude + Pop Balm

 This balm keeps my lips hydrated all day and the sheer color and tint is the perfect for daytime and even over lipstick at night. $3.99

 

 

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5. Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eyeliner

 This gel liner application is smooth and versatile. Whether you want a sharp clean line or smudged out for smokey look. $6.59

 

 

6. John Frieda Luminous Glaze

Not just for color or highlighted hair. You simply use it after shampooing and conditioning and your hair is glossy for days. One of my favorite products $9.99

 

 

7. John Frieda Frizz Ease 10 Day Tamer

This pre-shower treatment really delivers. I use this once a week and my hair is smooth, manageable, frizz free and my hair won't tangle. $12.99

 

 

8. Nip+Fab No Needle Fix Serum

When the unfortunate appearance of fine lines peeks through there's no need to spend money on fillers. This serum moisturises and plumps skin perfectly without the prick of needles. $19.99

 

9. Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Treatment

This Hydro Boost Lip Treatment is everything!! 
Thanks to the special ingredient Hyaluronic Acid this product helps to give your lips intense conditioning while locking in hydration to improve the texture. Your lips will be instantly plump, nourished, and smooth all day long. Great for a long flight, extra dry conditions or just everyday use. $9.99

 

 

10. Evian Spray Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water

A natural spring water hydrating spray that tones and refreshes your skin all day long. There are multiple uses for this product. You can spray it lightly over makeup to revive color. It can also help remove impurities from your skin. Great for all skin types. $9.99