I met Lori, owner of L.c. of acirema, at a GAPS get together. We were talking about food, health issues, kids and herbs and we just clicked. I asked her if I could review some of her products on the blog. From her personality I knew they would be infused with good nature and joy.
Lori is a mother, an herbalist, and in the process of taking charge of her own health. She is definitely an inspiration to me!
Her products are wonderful. They are very intricate. You can tell the thought, care, and knowledge that was put into developing these products to make them the very best. I also appreciate that they are very clean and natural with no ingredients that make me cringe. I can identify every thing she lists as an ingredient which is a big deal for me.
From her Etsy description:
“At l.c. of acirema, we believe that “all natural” means that every single, last ingredient is natural. Not that the main ingredient is natural and that’s enough. Or even that almost all ingredients are natural, besides the fragrance oil and synthetic preservatives. At l.c. of acirema we use only natural ingredients and that includes our natural preservatives. We are….
* sulfate/sls-free *phenoxyethanol-free
* caprlyl glycol (Optiphen)-free * synthetic color-free
*corn, cottonseed, canola and soybean oil-free * petroleum-free
*Never any mineral oil, no solvent-extracted carrier oils, no Tetra-sodium EDTA, no polysorbate 20 or 80.
* And no fragrance oils. The term “fragrance” can have up to 4,000 separate chemicals, which the FDA does not require the manufacturer to list. Many of these chemicals are carcinogenic, toxic, or hormone disruptors.”
Lori was very generous with the products she sent me to try! I have to say they were all wonderful but I liked some more than others.
Herbal Skin Care 101 Kit, “Oil Cleansing” and Mug Paste
The Herbal Skin Care 101 Kit includes a cleansing facial oil, an herbal vinegar toner, and a skin rejuvenating lotion, and a skin restorative infusion.
Lets start by talking about the Mug Paste. This is not a part of her Herbal Skin Care set, but sold separately. This paste looks like nasty black goo but it has a beautiful sweet herby smell. I put it on my face and let it sit while I was taking a bath then washed it off. It exfoliated my skin wonderfully without dehydrating it, which so many masks do. It pulled the impurities to the surface to be washed way with the facial oil.
Facial Oil: Do you remember when I talked about Oil Cleansing Method and all of its awesome benefits? If not you can read up here. Lori started oil cleansing before it was the “cool” thing to do. Instead of simply using olive and castor oils Lori infused a few different oils with several nourishing herbs for the skin making a delightful oil to cleanse the skin. It isn’t slimy and absorbs well leaving the face even cleaner of oil and excess debris than my OCM solution.
Then I used the toner. I have not been using toner since switching to OCM because I just have not had time to research how to make it. Lori did all the work for me and created a beautiful herb infused vinegar that tones and tightens the pores without drying out the skin. All the toners I have used in the past were very drying. I think the herbal infusions help support the skin and skin health.
Now my favorite part. The lotion. I am not a fan of making lotion. Too much can go bad and I am not a patient person to tweak recipes so I usually just use some almond oil as a facial moisturizer. This lotion is beautiful, silky smooth, and full of herbey goodness. I love it. It absorbs into the skin nicely leaving soft, smooth, supple, non greasy skin.
The Skin Restorative Infusion is a great blend of herbs that will nourish and heal the skin. A lot of skin issues are caused from turmoil going on inside the body and this tea addresses the nutritional aspect of skin health. I love the herbs she used BUT I am not a fan of how sweet it is. I tend to like my teas without added sweet. I know she made this for the general population though so I will say my husband loves the tea and he is very picky with herbal tea.
Foot Butter, Lavender and Virginia Cedarwood
This foot butter is wonderful. I walk around bare footed most of the time so I get dry cracked heels. This creamy foot butter is very soothing to my tired dry feet. I love to use it at night because it is very soothing. I noticed it helps me fall asleep easier at night too.
She concocted Dragon Juice as an alternative to kool-aid and juice for her kids. IT is sweet, vibrant and full of flavor. Another thing I noticed while reading the ingredients is it is full of highly nutritious herbs that support the body and the immune system and it would be the perfect tea to drink to prevent or fight a bug. Again this is too sweet for me, but I am not a sweet loving kid. My daughter fought my husband for the tea cup so I had to brew her some too.
There are so many great products by L.C. of acirema that I can’t list but I highly encourage you to stop by her etsy shop and take a look at all of her creations. You can tell she has mastered the art of herbalism and puts a lot of thought and care into her products. You can follow Lori by signing up for her news letter or through her Facebook page.
Do you want to try these awesome products for your self?
There are two ways to do that! Lori has been kind enough to give my followers 30% off of their orders using the code MAMMA30. You can also enter to win $50 of her amazing products in a giveaway starting January 16th. Keep your eyes out so you can enter to win!