I am new to your line and would love to dive into the full collection - can you suggest a routine?

Cleanse twice daily with The Honey Mud. This is our super gentle enzyme cleanser that can also double as a masque for use as desired (safe for eye area and does remove light makeup). Every second or third day, exfoliate with The Clean Dirt to energize, decongest and soften the skin.

Once or twice per week, do a full detoxifying and healing hot masque treatment with The Problem Solver (this is amazing when blended with The Honey Mud as well).

After every cleansing or treatment, hydrate your face, neck and decollete with The Youth Dew (to balance skin's natural oils, clear and prevent breakouts and slow the onset of lines and wrinkles) or The Blue Cocoon (this hydrates, heals and soothes skin, very calming and amazing for eczema and inflamed skin conditions).

You can also absolutely layer these two, which I love. When my skin desires this, I typically massage The Youth Dew into my damp skin first, then sweep The Blue Cocoon over my most troubled areas, patting additional around my eye area and over my lips. When my skin is feeling in need of even more love, I first cleanse my skin (The Honey Mud), then steam over a pot of hot water with a towel over my head, exfoliate (The Clean Dirt), masque (The Problem Solver), and then massage a generous amount of The Blue Cocoon into my skin, placing a warm damp cloth over after to gently steam and lock in the benefits. This feels amazing and leaves skin incredibly happy and glowing. If needed, an extra drop of The Youth Dew or additional Blue Cocoon after seals the deal. (both are great for an eye and lip treatment as well!). :)

The Good Stuff is a head to toe body oil. I love it on damp skin following a shower, drizzled into my bath water, swiped over shoulders, decollete and legs for date nights and a few drops through my hair before bed.

Are all the products suitable for sensitive skin and active acne, even though they have a warming aspect to them?

My line is formulated to be adaptable to all skin types, including the most delicate and sensitive types.

I understand the concerns of this demographic on a very personal level - because they are my same issues. I have highly reactive, combination, sensitive skin that erupts in tiny blisters, rashes, and spots of eczema and various forms of dermatitis when out of balance, as well as hormonal acne (post-pregnancy/breastfeeding related).

I formulate for myself, first and foremost and I wholeheartedly encourage the use of each of these blends for sensitive skin. My clients have shared tremendous results with proper use of my line. The warming spices, while stimulating, are also highly anti-inflammatory and the level of healing you can reach with these concentrated blends is unparallelled. The only precaution I will share is one of common sense - be kind to your skin. If you have extreme rosacea, truly over-reactive skin or an active outbreak with open sores, you will need to be extra gentle in your care. The Problem Solver and The Clean Dirt will help you to clear this surge of activity in your skin, but you must brush them on gently. Do not rub. Do not scrub. Allow the power of the ingredients to work on their own without manual stimulation until your skin has begun to heal. You may feel intense heat and tingling as your circulation increases and blood rushes to your problem areas. This is good - allow the oxygen to naturally heal you from the inside while the nutrients penetrate your skin from the outside. Breathe, be calm and picture your skin returning to its natural rhythm and state of perfect health.

What are some things I should be careful of when treating my acne?

The majority of my clients come to me with skin that is overstressed, highly sensitized and exhausted.

Too often, those with troubled or acneic skin try to overcompensate by aggressively scrubbing, washing several times per day and experimenting with tons of products. It's tempting to layer on every new and exciting "acne fighting" solution that comes on the market, but it's more important to address the core issues of what is causing your inflammation in the first place. Is it your diet, lifestyle, hormones, genetics, an allergy or sensitivity to food/environment/products? There are truly wonderful options in skincare that can help to address acne and make a serious impact - but seriously radiant and clear skin will require you to make choices that are good for your whole body and self, and to give the space for your skin to balance and heal from within.

I have Rosacea and Acne, is The Blue Cocoon a good fit for me?

I think you would LOVE The Blue Cocoon. It is perfect for delicate skin types, particularly those prone to redness, heat, rosacea and acne.

The Blue Cocoon is beautifully adaptive and has become a favorite for various skin types ranging from dry, highly sensitive and reactive (an often perfect match, and the most obvious) to oily, acneic and inflamed types who benefit from the incredibly soothing, balancing and anti-inflammatory action of the blue tansy (and other acne-friendly essentials such as frankincense and myrrh). It makes a great spot treatment for calming areas of eczema/dermatitis/rosacea and similar conditions all the way to aggressive breakouts and just a tiny amount goes a long way in achieving beautiful results.

My jar of The Blue Cocoon melted, what can I do?

So very sorry your jar melted! One of the great things about this is how beautifully it melts when it touches warm skin. Unfortunately, that means it can melt when exposed to heat of all kinds! The good news is that no damage has been done and this will remain just as potent and beautiful as you've come to love. Here's what you can do - screw the lid on nice and tight and place the jar in a bowl of hot water. You want it to fully melt. Then, place the jar gently into your refrigerator and leave it overnight. It will firm up just like new. Allow to return to room temperature, or feel free to keep in the refrigerator during the hottest months for an extra cool treat!

Should I use The Clean Dirt every day? What are the main benefits?

The Clean Dirt gently exfoliates, easing congestion and helping you to shed dead and dehydrated skin. This stimulating treatment transforms and refines skin's appearance - addressing issues of uneven skin tone and discoloration, dryness and flakiness, oil imbalances and acne. It helps to fade scars and residual redness from past outbreaks while brightening your overall complexion. I would begin by using this every second or third day, increasing if you like as your skin adjusts. This formula removes light makeup and the daily grime. It is an exfoliant, so is not to be used to remove eye makeup. If you wear very heavy foundation, a separate makeup remover would be recommended, but if it is a light liquid or powder, you will be just fine to use The Clean Dirt alone. I recommend cleansing with The Honey Mud on the opposite side of the day and on in-between days (The Clean Dirt in am, The Honey Mud in pm, or vice versa). You can also use The Honey Mud just before your exfoliation treatment with The Clean Dirt or prior to The Problem Solver - and for an extra special treat, try blending The Honey Mud with either of the powder formulas.

Does The Clean Dirt remove makeup?

The Clean Dirt removes light makeup and the daily grime. It is an exfoliant, so is not to be used to remove eye makeup. If you wear very heavy foundation, a separate makeup remover would be recommended, but if it is a light liquid or powder, you will be just fine to use The Clean Dirt alone. For eye makeup, just a bit of pure coconut, olive or jojoba oil will dissolve away even waterproof mascara and I highly recommend this for a simple and healthy (great for lids and lashes) solution.

How do I use The Honey Mud?

The Honey Mud is the answer to anyone's search for the perfect gentle daily cleanser. It is designed to be used in rotation with The Clean Dirt. I recommend this for use twice daily, massaged into damp skin. It gently lifts away the debris of the day and rinses clean, leaving skin soft, happy and plump. This is safe for the eye area and delicate enough for all skin types. As a bonus, The Honey Mud doubles as a hydrating enzyme masque when smoothed over clean, dry skin. My absolutely favorite is to blend this with The Problem Solver - the best treatment of all time. Period. :)

Is it possible to use the Honey Mud also to remove eye make-up?

The Honey Mud is safe and gentle for the skin, including your eye area. If you wear light makeup (including most natural mascaras), you should be perfectly fine to remove with The Honey Mud. If you are wearing a bit heavier makeup, a soft and damp cloth will help to lift away the residue as you cleanse or you may remove your heavy makeup prior to a second cleanse with The Honey Mud.

What is the recommendation as a skin care routine for the eye area?

Cleanse your eye area gently, massaging lightly with The Honey Mud to release makeup, oils and debris. Follow with a soft, damp cloth if needed to remove all traces of lifted makeup. Rinse clear and follow with a touch of The Youth Dew or The Blue Cocoon. Both are safe and effective for the eye area and can be used daily or as a special treatment when needed.

What is the difference between The Blue Cocoon and The Youth Dew?

I tend to use The Youth Dew in the morning to balance my natural oil levels, keep my skin clear of hormonal breakouts and to slow the onset of lines and wrinkles. It’s a seriously powerful multi-tasker!

In the evening, I indulge with The Blue Cocoon. The Blue Cocoon is essentially a beautiful facial oil in balm form. In the jar, it is a solid. Once it touches skin, it turns immediately to a lovely fluid. This is used both as a hydrator (in rotation with or in addition to The Youth Dew) or as a treatment for skin that is sensitive, inflamed, damaged, acneic or irritated. It can be used as a spot treatment or for the full face, neck and decollete. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and soothes skin in the most beautiful way, providing the perfect level of hydration and healing, eliminating any redness and irritation. It works wonderfully for all skin types, and is especially effective for those prone to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea.

Is your line safe for pregnancy? What products would you recommend for pregnancy related acne?

All of my products are safe for you to use during this special time and after. I was actually finalizing the formulations of my original four products during my own pregnancy (I launched with my first retailer on the morning after my daughters birth!) and I still use and am immersed in the products as I blend and fill orders daily while being a breastfeeding mama.

I highly recommend The Problem Solver to help conquer hormonal breakouts. It is an intense treatment masque, warming and powerful, but highly addicting. The results are amazing. For ongoing congestion, The Clean Dirt is wonderful for clearing stagnant skin and reviving your natural glow. With both, the ideal pairing is The Youth Dew to add moisture while balancing your own natural oil production and restoring the perfect rhythm. It will also help keep acne at bay. If you are feeling extra sensitive during this time, The Honey Mud and The Blue Cocoon are a dream team for calming any irritations in your skin, as well as your nerves.

What sun protection product do you recommend to work in conjunction with your products?

I’m going to be a little controversial and admit that I do not wear sunscreen, nor do I particularly believe that the benefits of conventional sun protection outweigh the risks.

It's a heated subject without an easy answer. A good friend of mine and fellow green beauty expert Kristen Arnett wrote a great article that is a must-read. http://greenbeautyteam.com/answers-advice/skin-care/is-your-sunblock-preventing-or-causing-cancer/

I personally believe more in covering up or staying in the shade during the brightest time of the day and allowing smaller amounts of sun exposure on a regular basis to build up my own melanin and internal protection. Diet, and nourishment of your skin from the inside, is also integral to long-term protection. Coconut oil is fantastic head to toe for a natural screen of around SPF 8. On my face, I'll apply a mineral foundation with SPF on days I expect to be more directly exposed. The Blue Cocoon wears beautifully with protective foundations and can also be layered with your sunscreen should you find a natural match you love.

Is The Youth Dew safe for daytime use? I heard that citrus oils could be photosensitizing.

When utilizing citrus oils in any formulation, special care must be paid to respecting the proper balance of ratios to protect against potential heightened photosensitivity. I include only the highest quality oils in my blends, and pair any citrus with other naturally sun protective and healing ingredients for extra assurance of safety and efficacy. I completely avoid the most sensitizing of citrus oils (such as bergamot) in my formulas. If you are especially prone to sun sensitivity, or are taking any medications that may increase your risk, go ahead and indulge in The Youth Dew solely as your night treatment, rotating with The Blue Cocoon for daytime use.

Should I be concerned about the colloidal silver in The Honey Mud?

The Honey Mud does contain a very small amount of water in which silver particles are suspended (colloidal silver). Besides being an incredibly healing ingredient that works wonders to heal the skin, silver is also a natural preservative – used since medieval times for everything from battles wounds to infections.

I use this is in incredibly low dilution in my formula and have zero concern about this amazing ingredient’s safety. Argyria - the blue tinged skin condition that excessive silver consumption has gotten attention for - is the one notable and documented reaction and this happens only when used internally – in EXTREMELY high quantities over an extended period of time (as in gallons). You would have to work super hard (not to mention spend a fortune) to make this happen! And while I don’t always count on the FDA to be the know-all leader, they have approved over 130 products that incorporate silver for its anti-bacterial effect. Silver has been demonstrated to accelerate healing of virtually every type of damage to the body, especially burns, infections and soft tissue damage. Used externally as I do in The Honey Mud, this translates to serious protection against acne, inflammation, irritation, rashes and on and on – and also prevents me from having to turn to synthetic preservatives that do not meld with my core philosophies on keeping my potions truly clean and healthy.

I love silver. It’s both powerful and gentle and makes my formulas that much more effective and stable - with no more risk than eating off a silver plated spoon or wearing a silver necklace upon your skin.

What is Activated Bamboo Charcoal Powder? Is it different than regular charcoal?

Charcoal is essentially just pure carbon - ours is made using bamboo. This is then activated, by exposing the charcoal to extreme levels of heat in the presence of oxidizing gases such a CO2, steam, or air, which erodes the charcoal’s internal surfaces. This increases the adsorption ("adsorption" - the ability to bind atoms/molecules to a surface) capacity by creating an internal network of even smaller pores rendering it two to three times as effective as regular charcoal. This is used in food items, as well as medicinally, such as for food poisoning to draw toxins out of your body. We use it because it does the same for skin.

Of course in exception of the honey mud, are the other products vegan? Do you test on animals?

Yes, the entire line is vegan with the exception of The Honey Mud, which contains raw honey collected from bees that feast on unsprayed wildflowers. We do not test our ingredients, or final products, on animals.

What does the CoEnzyme Q10 in The Youth Dew come from?

My source of CoEnzyme Q10 is plant based - derived from a microbial fermentation process. It is vegetarian/vegan friendly.

I’m interested in The Honey Mud, but am concerned about the bees. Is there any honey left for them?

I completely understand your concern and want to ensure you that I source from a wonderful farm in Michigan that collects honey from the hives of bees that forage on unsprayed wildflowers. These bees are not carted around the country, fed sugar water or starved or killed or any of the other things that often happens in commercial bee farming. I truly care about this issue. Honey from healthy and happy hives has so many benefits and it certainly benefits the bees to have a good life. My source assures me that these bees are fat and happy off their own honey and are thriving - which contributes to the life and sustainability of the fields and flowers and surrounding wildlife as well.

What is the difference between an oil and a serum?

Oh man, what a question. I've had this conversation with so many people now, and everyone seems to have their own definition and opinion. I don't believe there's an actual specific difference that you can pinpoint 100% of the time in our current skincare world. It used to be more simple, but our face oils now often double as or replace serums and formulators and brand owners (like myself) can really name their products whatever they like, with little regulation. I think of it in this very simple, broken down way (and not everyone will agree):

A face oil adds hydration and nutrition.

A serum does something bonus - brightens, slows the onset of lines and wrinkles (The Youth Dew, via CoEnzymeQ10), tightens, exfoliates, etc.

Serums can be essentially a face oil blend with an extra ingredient(s), or it can be an oil-free base of aloe or an emulsion of oils and floral waters or any number of other things. Serums vary wildly in texture and use. Some replace your face oil (because it's basically a super-power one), and others are sticky and do not wear well alone at all and must be layered with a face oil or cream. I think with this question, there's not a blanket response. I will always direct my clients to reach out to the maker of the product they are looking at for suggested use and benefits - or to just play and see what their skin tells them when they take the space to listen. :)

Talk more about The Problem Solver

I wanted to give you a bit of additional information that I always find helpful since it really is a different experience than other powder formula masques on the market, natural or otherwise. The Problem Solver is famous for the active heat sensation you feel as this treatment's blend of power-players get to work. A notable acne fighter and skin beautifier here is the very potent cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper stimulates blood flow to the skin, which enables oxygen and necessary nutrients to reach the cells. It reduces inflammation and swelling and delivers antioxidant carotenes, flavonoids and high concentrations of vitamins C, A and E. For some of my clients, this heat is experienced as a mild tingle - in others, it is much more intense. This can vary even among the same person depending on the state of their skin at the time, what other products are being used, where they are in their hormonal cycle, if they are healthy or feeling unwell. Either way, the heat is a positive thing and what makes this such a special and effective treatment. If you know what to expect, it's hugely addicting. I promise you will grow to crave this heat! :)

Nutmeg and clove are both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, stopping breakouts in their tracks. Nutmeg is also a natural skin brightener, softening spots and discolorations and clove has a stimulating effect on the mind, which eliminates mental exhaustion and fatigue.

Cinnamon facilitates the synthesis of collagen in the skin, the breakdown of which is partially responsible for the skin’s appearance as we mature in years.

Raw cacao is insanely high in antioxidant superpowers (cocoa bean has 621 antioxidants, compared to a blueberry's 32), and has the added clinically proven effect of lowering stress hormones.

The Problem Solver gets it's signature black hue from activated bamboo carbon charcoal. In many parts of Asia this sexy sounding ingredient has been used for centuries for its ability to deeply and gently cleanse your pores, absorbing minerals, toxins, impurities, and other harmful substances from your skin. It is known as the “black diamond” of healers and addresses everything from acne to eczema with grace and ease. Once brought to life with water, the bamboo charcoal releases many beneficial minerals, such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. Rhassoul clay is truly one of the most effective ingredients in the battle for clear skin. It is very high in trace minerals such as silica, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium and sodium. Because of the high mineral content, astringent properties, and absorption properties, this clay is incredible for cleansing and detoxification. In clinical tests, Rhassoul has been shown to be effective on skin elasticity, clogged pores, improving skin clarity and appearance, and reducing flakiness and dryness.

Fuller’s Earth clay is a naturally occurring sedimentary clay composed mainly of alumina, silica, iron oxides, lime, and magnesia. It has been widely used as a skin-lightening agent, and it produces a lightening effect on the outer epidermal layer of the skin. Because of its enormous drawing capabilities, Fuller’s Earth clay literally draws and absorbs oil from the skin, and is the number one choice for those with oily skin or those who are prone to acne.

Red Alaea is sea salt that is created through natural evaporation when it is trapped in tidal pools and mixes with red volcanic clay. The red color itself comes from the extremely high amount of iron in the clay. The salt is said to contain 80 different naturally occurring minerals. The healing nutrients of Red Alaea can be absorbed directly through the skin. It can draw out and eliminate toxins, promoting a smooth and healthy complexion.

The Problem Solver can be incorporated into every person's beauty ritual. I generally recommend a full treatment once per week. For more sensitive types, just once or twice a month will make a great impact. If you have an active outbreak you are looking to clear or have sturdier skin that requires more intensive treatment, twice a week will suit you perfectly. You can even treat yourself three days in a row prior to big events or occasions when you are seeking an especially radiant complexion.

For the most impact, always use The Problem Solver following a thorough cleansing. You want your pores warm and open, ready to deeply absorb all the wonderful ingredients. Take the time to really enjoy your ritual, breathe as you feel the heat move into your cells. When your treatment is complete, step into a hot shower, allowing the steam and running water to soften the masque before rinsing away. After, be sure to hydrate and nourish your skin. The Youth Dew is a perfect compliment to The Problem Solver (benefits for all types from oily and acneic to mature skin) or The Blue Cocoon (beautiful for delicate types prone to inflammation, redness and irritation as well as a gorgeous treatment for normal and balanced skin) - massage a small amount onto face, neck & decollete while skin is still damp. Enjoy!