Review: Odacité Baobab Sarsaparilla Serum Concentrate

 

When my daughter was born almost 4 years ago (how is that possible?!?), my skincare routine went into a downward spiral.  It was practically non-existent.    

When I finally began emerging from the baby haze, I took a hard look at my face in the mirror.  I could see many things.  I could see shining love, I could see my daughter’s face, and I could also see neglect. Sleeplessness, lack of self care, and a poor diet had left the skin around my eyes dull, wrinkled and it was aging me terribly.  My toddler was sleeping better, I was eating better.  Now, a serious eye cream was in order. 

I tried a couple of creams that were seriously underwhelming.  They were moisturizing, but little else.  I’ve inherited these crow’s feet, and I’m totally fine with them.  But I knew I didn’t have to live with the dullness.

Enter Odacité, a super clean brand that stresses freshness and efficacy, using only organic or wildcrafted ingredients that are cruelty-free.  Each item has a “Freshiency Date,” the window of time during which the ingredients share their most efficacious properties.  Without the preservatives found in conventional brands, this becomes vitally important.  In short, Odacité is doing everything right!   I’d been longing to try one of their products, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so.

I chose the Baobab Sarsaparilla Serum Concentrate.  The two highlighted ingredients, Baobab and Sarsaparilla, deliver a potent one-two punch.  Baobab oil is highly moisturizing, and increases elasticity, while Sarsaparilla has anti-inflammatory properties, and reduces fluid retention.  The instructions suggest either adding a few drops to your eye cream, or for a more intensive treatment, using the oil directly on the eye area.  I’m blessed with skin that is not easily aggravated, and I needed intense help, so of course, I took the intensive route, applying 1 drop (yep that’s it) morning and night. 

The results?  So. Good.  So good so good so good.  The crow’s feet are not gone. They’re never going to be, nor would I want them to be.  But now they are softer, and the whole area more radiant.  Makeup goes on smoothly.  I look well rested, even though I never am.  I’m completely smitten.  I even gave my sister a bottle for her 40th birthday. It’s milestone-worthy. 

The complete ingredients are: Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin wildcrafted Baobab (Adansonia digitata) seed oil, Sarsaparilla, Palmarosa, Lavender, Neroli, Roman chamomile, Sandalwood, Geranium, Bisabolol (Hemidesmus indicus, Cymbopogon martinii, Lavandula angustifolia, Citrus aurantium, Anthemis nobilis, Santalum spicatum, Pelargonium graveolens, Vanillomopsis erythropappa) essential oils, Certified GMO free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.

 I can’t wait to try their other products.  I’m thinking the Green Tea Lemongrass might be next…

Have you used Odacité?  Which are your favorites?

Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse= Crazy Sparkle!

There are two facts, many would say shameful, that you should know about me.

  1. I am a vegetarian who despises mushrooms.
  2. I am a green beauty devotee who can’t stand coconut.

Seriously.  Coconut is just a deal breaker.  I’ve tried so many times to like it.  It’s benefits are legendary, it’s fans legion.  But I just cannot get past the taste or smell.  So for me, the idea of oil pulling, i.e. swishing coconut oil around in your mouth…just…no.

A few months ago, I was thrilled to discover oil pulling’s kid sister: Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse.  Basically a mouthwash, it contains food grade Hydrogen Peroxide and a nice balance of essential oils.  The first time I used it, I actually understood what is meant by a sparkling smile.  So white and shiny!  I actually pranced over to my husband and smiled in his face.  Look at my teeth, I exclaimed!  He agreed.

According to the company, food grade hydrogen peroxide is made without the stabilizers of the regular drugstore variety.  These contain chemicals laden with heavy metals.  Not the stuff of a healthy mouth.  It is also formulated without glycerin, alcohol and sodium laurel sulfate, common ingredients in toothpaste and mouthwash.  Interestingly, glycerin is found in most ”natural” toothpastes as well, and inhibits the the ability of the teeth to re-enamel themselves.  I checked my toothpaste, and sure enough, glycerin was the third ingredient.  There are many other health benefits, too numerous to list.  The one I’m most excited about is as a cure for (and probably a preventer of) canker sores.  I’ve suffered mercilessly my whole life, and I can’t wait to see the results.  

How do you use it?  Easy!  They’ve created a protocol!  

“Toxic Morning Mouth Protocol

First thing in the morning when you wake up:

Squirt a small amount of the Brushing Rinse in your mouth.

Swish for a minute or so while you multitask.

With the Rinse still in your mouth, brush your teeth and tongue.

Spit out the massive amount of foam.

When you drink your morning water, your immune system will be thrilled that you haven’t re-ingested yesterday’s toxins.”

Now, I have to admit, I don’t always do the first-thing-in-the-morning part.  While I dream of a lovely morning filled with self-care rituals and intention setting, life with a 3 year old is generally more about being awakened with a start, and hurtling headlong into giggles, demands, questions, and other pre-schooler delights.  Occasionally I remember to rinse first thing, but it has replaced my toothpaste, and I’m never looking back.  

My only complaint: it’s hard to travel with.  So I haven’t completely kicked to old toothpaste to the curb.  I also dream of a more luxurious looking bottle.  Something about squirting it into your mouth is less than…glamourous.  So when we get a new bottle, I decant half for myself into a lovely container, and the other half goes in the shower for my husband.  

Coconut oil, who needs you?

Green Reverie arrives!

I’m so happy you’ve found your way to this small sliver of the internet, written in my intimate corner of this vastly beautiful, connected world.  Each of us is so small, and yet our actions are writ so large.  The way we care for ourselves and our planet is of enormous importance.

I created this blog as a challenge: To live our lives in a way that expands our understanding of each other and the world around us, to live lives of deeper green and better choices.  I created this blog as a celebration: To explore and proclaim the growing and shining community that supports us in these challenges.  And I created this blog to empower: To discover and provide the tools we need to live up to our aspirations.

I envision this space, filled with equal parts exploration, indignation, and inspiration, guiding us toward:

Beauty products made from beautiful ingredients.

Cleaning products made from clean ingredients.

Products that use the best of what our natural world provides us, rather than adulterated facsimiles that harm us.  

Products that are created by small, transparent businesses who have your best self in mind when they imagine.  

Daily practices that address the pitfalls of overconsumption and disposability.  

A growing connection to the earth and one another that these products and practices can provide, even (and perhaps especially) for those of us living in large cities where we cannot see the stars.

Now, do yourself a favor and click over to Dylan Thomas, and Fern Hill, the truest Green Reverie, full of joy and remorse, celebration and yearning.