Today Im reviewing some pretty nifty products from Fig + Yarrow. I had originally heard about these via Essie Button. As soon as I found their site, I was hooked and absolutely knew I had to try some of their stuff. Fig + Yarrow is an all natural, organic, hand made line of skin care and health products. I love their design and story, so I was very happy to be able to review a few things. I spent a few weeks trying everything out and tinkering with everything. Honestly, Im pretty impressed overall. Expertly and luxuriously made, you really feel the love, time and effort that is put into every single jar.
First up, we have the Cardamom + Coffee Body Scrub. I dont drink coffee, but i really love the smell of it. I usually lean towards coffee type smells for candles and such…so I knew i would really like this. Im a big fan of cardamom, especially the way my friend incorporates it into teas. I have been using this about once or twice a week to really exfoliate my body. The texture feels exactly like roughly ground coffee beans, without being overly abrasive. Its incredibly invigorating and an awesome start to your morning. :) My skin feels super soft and nourished after using this, because of the various oils and shea butter. It dies leave a slight film on your skin, but I find that skin absorbs it rather quickly. It smells delicious, but the smell doesnt stay for very long, at least that was the case for my skin. This scrub is right in the middle ground between being dry and moist. Not super dry, but not super wet. It emulsifies as you massage it into your skin yet I find that I need quite a bit of it to really get all the parts of my body. Its especially wonderful to use as part of a pedicure! Every time I go to paint my toe nails, I reach for this as a deep cleaning, invigorating foot scrub. Im definitely a fan of this. I am totally and completely in love. It feels even better knowing that it was hand crafted and that there are no harmful or unnecessary chemicals in it.
Up next is the Facial Scrub. I was a bit hesitant to use this right off the bat because I had a bit of redness and peeling from a bad sun burn. I had no reason to be worried however, as I find this to be a very soft scrub. Its not very abrasive, but it leaves my skin feeling soft and radiant. It really helped with the redness and peeling and my skin felt really soothed after using it. It made that awful sun burn peeling stage go by quickly and painlessly. I think this will be wonderful for someone looking for a scrub that wont be harmful or painful for sensitive skin. There was no need to rub this in roughly or use any sort of face brush or anything. The first time I used this, I used it with my Clarisonic. That was a mistake as it stained the brush head and left a foul smell on it. Just your hands and warm water work wonders with this scrub. Its easy to use and really helped to bring my face back to basics, healthy and glowing. I dont use this everyday, I alternate days. One day yes, one day no. Its been a great part of my skin care routine and I already need a refill! The only downside here, which is minor really, is I dont really enjoy the smell. I think it has a very strong smell that I cant quite place. But that is an insignificant grievance when compared to all the goodness this scrub provides. Another winner in my book. :)
Last but not least, we the Black Clay Mask. First off, let me just say I am a HUGE fan of anything with black clay or charcoal (my holy grail face wash is Boscia’s Detoxifying Black Cleanser for that very same reason). So when I saw this, I immediately had to have it. I dont use masks often, as I like to leave them for my pampering sessions. So far Ive used this about 3 or 4 times, with plenty of trial and error. This mask comes in the form of a fine, black powder. You then mix the powder with either water, milk or honey. Whatever you prefer. Ive only used this with water, but I am curious to try it with milk. Anyway, the first time I used it I did a full face. I mixed it to the consistency of a lotion (anything less and it becomes a watery mess), which turned out be about two parts powder to one part water. Using this as a full face mask didnt work for me. I thought I wouldnt have a problem, because it is geared towards oil prone and challenged skin but certain parts of my face just were not having it. I have large pores around my nose, and the mask settled into my pores and stayed there. Looked like I had a massive explosion of black heads. I do have very troublesome skin, so now I just avoid using the mask around my nose and use it as a spot treatment on my cheeks, forehead and chin. It helps relieve any redness in those areas and really bring out any impurities. Its been great using this now that its getting really hot in Florida and my skin constantly feels clogged and sweaty. I will go back to using this as a full face mask when the weather cools down and my pores are no longer a problem (my skin changes a lot with the seasons). A little warning though, it is a messy process and dont be afraid of the black sink water, it doesnt stain lol. The mask itself dries incredibly fast, way under 10 minutes. I thought that was a great perk, sometimes it sucks to leave a mask on forever waiting FOR THAT ONE SPOT TO DRY. >.> Ha! I think we have allllll been there. Anyway, I enjoy this mask quite a bit.
Heres what it looks like while you wear it, can anyone say sexy coal miner?
All in all, I really like the products I got and I cant wait to try more. Please do check out their site and hang around, they have a wide selection of things. They are a bit expensive, but I believe them to be worth every penny. The quality and effort put in to each line is unmatched. “You get what you pay for” definitely rings true here, you get amazing, healthy, beautifully made products. The amazing folks at Fig + Yarrow were kind enough to provide me with a coupon code for you guys to use if you are interested in trying their products. Use the code CMS15 at checkout to receive 15% off your order. (expires July 31, 2014). How awesome is that?!
What products are you guys interested in trying?
Thats all for now, friends! See you guys later!