body oil

Dry, dry skin. Itchy, itchy legs.

Every winter I go through this. In the summer I can use something as simple and easy to find as coconut oil to moisturize my legs. As soon as the temperature drops, though, my legs become unbearably itchy and dry. For years, I’ve had a constant search for the moisturizer, oil, or oil blend that will calm the skin and lock in more hydration.

I know all of the things you’re supposed to do for dry skin in winter–don’t shower every day, don’t use very hot water, don’t shave legs too often, do moisturize immediately after a shower or bath, do eat healthy fats, and so on and so forth.

I do all of these things! I have been doing them for years! I still feel like I need moisturizer 3 times a day on my legs…When I stopped using chemicals in my body products a few years ago, that alleviated a little bit of the problem, but it still persists.

HOWEVER! I may have found the antidote! I used this luxurious new USDA organic body oil from HollyBeth Organics once a day (at night) for a week, and after the 2 showers that I took that week as well. This made a HUGE difference! It’s a process, and I know that I need more time to heal the scratched skin, but I think I’m on the road to recovery

The blend of base oils is apricot seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, and sunflower seed oil. The apricot seed oil penetrates quickly and deeply, while the pumpkin seed oil helps cellular rejuvenation to rebuild damaged skin, and the sunflower seed oil is very anti-inflammatory. The essential oil blend smells fantastic, very light and fresh, with litsea, ylang ylang, and black pepper

I’m so glad I found this amazing body oil from HollyBeth Organics!

Becca Bussert

3 key tips for the novice organic shopper

Switching to Organic Skincare?  3 Key Tips for the Novice Organic Shopper


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  1. Don’t be fooled by packaging

You know the saying don’t judge a book by its cover? Don’t judge products by their packaging. No matter how pretty or ‘natural’ the bottle looks, flip that puppy over and read the ingredients on the back! It’s not about the bottle, although having environmentally-conscious packaging is always a plus. You’re not putting the bottle on your face or skin, it’s what’s inside that counts.

  1. Know the difference between ‘natural,’ ‘made with organic ingredients,’ and ‘certified organic’

There is a huge difference between something that is ‘inspired by nature,’ yet contains a dozen ingredients you can’t pronounce, and a product whose ingredients actually occur in nature, not a lab. Don’t be fooled by natural-sounding names or jargon, or even products that claim to be organic, but are not certified organic. Many products contain a mix of organic and non-organic ingredients, which is not to say that the other ingredients are necessarily harmful, but they aren’t organic. To be able to trust something as completely organic, it must have the USDA certified organic seal on the package.

  1. Less is more

It is a huge misconception that ‘organic’ means less effective. Certified organic skincare products do not contain any fillers or preservatives, so they pack quite a punch! For instance, all of our products are made without water, so they simply consist of pure ingredients, and nothing else. Because of this potency, you’ll find that a tiny amount of a product, such as our Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer, will go a long way. You’ll be buying less often, and seeing better (and healthier) results.