Now and days, it’s hard to trust most skincare products out on the market. Commercials and other forms of advertisements may seem enticing, but they are much more misleading than most people tend to believe. No matter what a company may promise you, in the end, you never really know what exactly you’re putting on your skin, what toxins are actually being absorbed into your body, and what goes on behind the scenes to create the products you think are the best for you and the environment. According to the American Journal of Public Health, the skin absorbs an average of 64% of total contaminants… gross right? It’s not exactly easy lacking confidence about what you’re putting on your skin. So, you might ask, just like I did, what’s the next best thing? Organic, natural skincare lines… right? Or so you thought.
After trying loads and loads of “organic”, or “natural” beauty and skincare lines and products, it turns out that they weren’t doing exactly what they promised. Or even worse, they weren’t as organic as I’d like. After years of searching, a solution for all of our skincare problems is now ready to be put to good use!
I came across Annmarie Gianni Skin Care products through my father, who brought my attention to the company. Annmarie is pure, natural, and organic line of skin care products, ranging from face masks to face oils to face washes. Now, I know what you’re thinking: this must be another misleading blog post about “organic, natural” beauty products I’m going to be suckered into buying… right?
Annmarie Skin Care lives up to their three-step proprietary process.: “Honest. Wild. Beautiful.” Not only do all Annmarie products support community development by actively supporting many organizations and local community programs, all of their products are also cruelty free, organic and wildcrafted, non-GMO, truthfully labeled; real, pure, and unadulterated. What more could you ask for? The story, perhaps, of where these heaven-sent products came from?!
And the story of Annmarie Skincare begins like this…
“In 2008, healthy living bloggers Annmarie and Kevin Gianni powered up a vegetable oil-powered RV and embarked on a 2½-year journey across North and South America. Their goal: to track down the best natural-care products and protocols to share with viewers of their popular YouTube videocast, The Renegade Health Show. While Annmarie and Kevin were posting interviews with healthcare experts, manufacturers, growers, and healers, their viewers were posting a question of their own: “Annmarie, what products do you use for your skin?”
They combed through their cupboards examining labels and were horrified to discover that nothing Annmarie was using met their own high standards. So shortly after their trip began, they set out to find a product line they could recommend.
They talked with skin care company owners but weren’t always impressed with their ingredients or results. They then spoke with formulators about developing their own skin care line but were dismayed by how many said the way to make products cleaner and greener was just to not list any toxic ingredients on the label if they were present in amounts too small to be covered by federal labeling regulations. That wasn’t what Annmarie and Kevin wanted either. Their products would have to be free of toxic chemicals.
They had just about given up the quest when Annmarie walked into a small spa in Patagonia, Arizona. The esthetician there introduced her to a line of skin care unlike anything Annmarie had ever known. The products felt so different—alive, with a palpable energetic vibration—and the scent was like nothing she had experienced before. When Annmarie applied the face oil, she saw immediate results. After more than six months of searching, here at last was a product line they could recommend.
Annmarie contacted Bunnie, the owner of the skin care line. An herbalist and a chemist, Bunnie has been formulating organic skin care products for over 30 years, using herbs and extracts straight from nature — in their finest and purest form. Unfortunately, her products are sold only in spas. But after finding a line so closely aligned with their values, Annmarie and Kevin couldn’t just let it go. Back they went to Bunnie, to see if she would help them bring a natural skin care line to the wider public. Happily, she agreed.
In 2010, Annmarie Skin Care was launched. Each product is made with intention, using our 3-step, Honest. Wild. Beautiful. proprietary process. All ingredients are hand-selected, then infused in base oils and aloe juice, and then crafted using additional plant extracts and ingredients to make them as effective as possible. The result is beautiful, glowing skin.
Today, Annmarie and Kevin spread the message about good, clean, effective skin care through consumer education and a natural, organic, wild-crafted product line that speaks for itself. Together with COO Rachel Pachivas, they’ve put together a team that is dedicated to helping people make better decisions about their skin, beauty, and overall health.
The team’s research into industry practices has uncovered hidden processes in ingredient production, chemical derivatives in so-called natural ingredients, and other shortcuts and oversights. These investigations have helped Annmarie Skin Care create processes to ensure high quality products that will deliver results customers can count on—now and into the future.”
So, what does all of this have to do with me?
After trying out some of their skin care products, I’m hooked. Although all products work differently depending on your skin type, after letting the team at Annmarie Skin Care know my skin type, they sent me products that best fit my liking and overall skin type. I’ll give you some brief information about a few of the products I tried out:
Annmarie’s Honey Coconut Mask is gluten-free, and made with organic and wildcrafted, made with raw mountain wildflower honey, extra virgin coconut oil, beeswax, and vanilla extract. This product smells good enough to eat… and believe it or not, it’s natural enough to eat too! This is the perfect moisturizing mask to help hydrate, moisturize, and nourish dry skin. It even helps to even out your skin tone, or even the fine lines on your skin. It’s best to apply this mask on a clean face and to warm skin. After leaving the mask on for 15 minutes, rinse the mask off and towel dry your face and voila!
This toning mist hydrates, refreshes, softens, and balances the look of your skin. The sweet, natural scent of orange-blossom aroma of neroli oil soothes the body and the mind. It’s made with three simple ingredients: aloe vera juice, aspen bark extract, and neroli essential oil. After washing your face, whether it be in the morning or at night, lightly spray this mist on your face and let dry– or, use it throughout the day for a little pick me up to feel hydrated and refreshed!
Although the Aloe Herb Cleanser and Ayurvedic Facial Scrub do not need to be used together, they are the perfect combination for clean, soft, nourished, radiant skin! The cleanser is a pH balanced, aloe vera based, cream facial cleanser. Not only does it remove makeup, it also cleanses your skin using a blend of natural oils containing essential fatty acids to keep skin naturally hydrated. It’s made with aloe vera juice, coconut oil, lemon essential oil, natural herbs such as calendula, lavender flowers, lemon balm, life everlasting flowers, olive leaves, etc., rosemary extract, and plenty of more natural ingredients! And pairing the Aloe Herb Cleanser with the Ayurvedic Facial Scrub is just what you need to get your skin looking beautiful and revitalized. The Ayurvedic Facial Scrub is an Indian herbal treatment that exfoliates and softens the skin! The mineral-rich Rhassoul clay from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco absorbs excess oils from the face, too. This treatment is gentle and powerful, made with Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Fenugreek, Rosemary, Shavegrass, aloe vera powder, and a few other natural ingredients. Mixing the cleanser and the scrub together, one to two pumps of the cleanser and about a teaspoon of the scrub, will give you an even richer scrub than sampling mixing the facial scrub with water alone. If you’re looking for clean, nourished, and radiant skin, give these products a go!
Being able to try out some of the Annmarie Skin Care products was a blessing in disguise! Not only did I find some new favorite must-have products, I found a company that I am happy to share with all of you!
Head over to the Annmarie Skin Care website to get FREE personalized results for your “skin score!” If you aren’t convinced already, check out the Annmarie Skin Care website here for even MORE information and MORE products that aren’t only good for you, but also good for the environment!