First off, let me start by apologizing. I can’t believe it’s been an entire week since I last wrote a post, considering that hasn’t happened since, well, ever. I’ve had an insanely busy week, with something going on everyday from 1-9, and considering that I don’t wake up until around 11, I had no time to sit down and actually craft a post for you. But now that my schedule is finally slowing down, I’m getting back into the swing of things and I’ll hopefully never be gone for a week again.
Today I wanted to share with you an incredible, all-natural skincare and cosmetics brand all about saving and worshiping bees. Waxing Kara is a brand all about feeding your body with natural ingredients. Created by Kara Brook in 2012, the company bases themselves off of morals such as conserving resources, saving and preserving bees, and giving back to organizations. And they aren’t messing around when it comes to the bees. Not only are the products made with honey and other bee-powered ingredients, Waxing Kara also preserves around 40 acres of land to plant crops that the bees will love.
So, what type of ingredients does Waxing Kara use? Aside from the token moisturizing honey, Waxing Kara also utilizes cocoa powder and butter for skin renewal, natural vegetable oils for hydration, essential oils for well-being, green tea for detoxifying, lavender for soothing, pumpkin for AHAs, Shea butter for moisture, citrus for brightening, and coffee for smoother skin. Not only are all of these ingredients completely natural, the brand also uses organic ingredients when they can.
I was very excited to get in touch with a lovely representative from the company, who graciously sent me a box of Waxing Kara products so that I could experience their greatness for myself. And let me say that I’ve never been so satisfied with an entire range of skincare. As many of you know, I have extremely sensitive skin, so I took many precautions to make sure that these products wouldn’t irritate my skin. Not a single one has caused me any sort of irritation, and I’ve been using them for around two weeks now. It’s getting harder and harder for me to find something chemical that doesn’t upset my skin, so I was uber excited to learn that these natural products did only good things.
I received seven products in total – the Clarity face mask, the Blossoms + Bourbon spa candle, the Chesterhaven sea salt scrub, the A Place in the Sun body butter, the Honey Raspberry Lemon lip scrub, and two lip balms; the original Sweet Lips as well as a Sweet Lips tinted lip balm in the color Petal.
I’ve got to start with the Chesterhaven scrub, since it changed my life. I’ve always had those little bumps on my upper arms, despite trying everything from Target brand exfoliaters to AmLactin lotion. After two-three days of using this scrub, the bumps were completely gone. Completely gone. I’ve never been so impressed with a product. The formula is not too rough, however the smell is definitely a little strong – titled Field of Flowers – and I would advise caution to those easily bothered by scent. I, however, have no issues with the scent, and will definitely be keeping this product around for a very long time. The scrub starts at $21.00 for 4oz.
The Clarity face mask is one of the coolest face masks I’ve ever used. The rose clay powder has a very distinct coconut smell, and can be mixed with different liquids for different skin types. I used it both with water, and then with milk for combination skin, and although I didn’t notice a huge difference in texture, I noticed a very big difference in smell. Obviously, milk on your face doesn’t sound very fun, but the mask leaves my face feeling extremely smooth and pampered. I would be very interested to see how the mask works on other skin types, with other liquids such as yogurt for dry skin and citrus juice for oily skin. This mask starts at $15.00 for 2oz, but if that isn’t enough for you, you can also get a bigger, 4oz size for $24.00.
I also received another scrub, the Honey Raspberry Lemon lip scrub. This scrub smells amazing. It honestly smells good enough to eat. The scrub itself does an amazing job exfoliating, however I did notice that it tends to be on the greasy side for extra hydration. It always leaves my lips feeling smooth and soft, and a little bit oily. To quote my mother, who just tried this out herself as I’m writing this, “a nice experience.” I think this definitely gives more hydration compared to the other lip scrub that I’m currently using, and I think it’s perfect for when your lips need a little TLC. I would not use this every day, but I’m currently using it about every other day and it’s working wonders. This lip scrub sells for $15.00 and is free from all nasties such as synthetic fragrance and flavor.
The Blossoms + Bourbon candle has a delicious orange, summery scent to it. If I’m being honest, I haven’t actually lit it yet, since I normally only light candles in the fall and winter. The candle itself is a pretty yellow color, and not only does it provide aromatherapy, but the melted oil can also be used as a deep moisturizer for dry skin. Can we talk about versatile? The product is made out of skin-safe soy wax as well as plenty of other oils for hydration, and sells for $24.00 for 4oz.
Looking for summer in a scent? A Place in the Sun is the sunniest, fruitiest scented lotion, perfect for summertime. The fragrance combines fruity aromas with summer botanicals and even a hint of green tea, all paired with a thick cream moisturizer. I’ll admit that I haven’t been using this lotion very much due to the heaviness. During the summer, my skin isn’t very dry and doesn’t need as much moisture. I do think that this lotion will be perfect for the wintertime, which is pretty ironic, considering the summery scent. I can’t wait to break it open in the colder months and dream of sunny days. You can purchase this lotion at $16.00 for 40z or $24.00 for 7oz.
The last two items are lip balms – the Sweet Lips Organic Honey Lip Balm and the Sweet Lips lip tint in the shade Petal. Both balms are conveniently sized, around the size of a standard Chapstick, and have delicious and subtle scents. The Honey Lip Balm smells of orange blossoms with a hint of honey, while the lip tint smells mostly like peppermint, which happens to be one of my favorite scents for lip products. Although I don’t typically wear colored lip balm, the shade Petal is very subtly purple with a hint of shimmer. I would not wear this on a regular basis, due to personal preferences, but I do think it’s a very fun color to wear every now and then. I do like the Honey Lip Balm quite much, however I’ve found that it’s best to put on already smooth lips, perhaps after using the lip scrub. The balm doesn’t do great on rough lips, which is actually good, because it encourages me to exfoliate more! These balms sell for $10.00 for the Honey Lip Balm and $8.00 for the lip tint.
As you can see, all of these products have super unique and adorable packaging, with bright colors and beautiful, eyecatching designs. I love the packaging a lot and I really think it fits the brand. The labels are not too simple but not too extravagant, just enough to get your attention and tell you everything, without adding unnecessary information. I love my little collection of Waxing Kara products and I can’t wait to keep using them!
You can purchase all of these products at Waxing Kara’s website, waxingkara.com, or you can visit their store, the Honey House, if you live in the Maryland area. You can also purchase the products at retailers such as West Elm, Anthropologie, or Uncommon Goods if you don’t happen to live in the Maryland area. If you’re looking to make the switch to all-natural products, Waxing Kara is a great go-to brand with tons of different natural products for you to try. Will you join me?
My delayed love to you, always.
Waxing Kara has sent me products for reviewing purposes; all opinions are my own.