What's pink and green and pure all over? Seeing as watermelons are out of season, the next best guess would be Olive's Organic Botanicals. This eco-conscious skincare company, which produces all manners of face, body, and baby products, is itself a baby in the cosmetics community. But as is true for newcomers in every industry, Olive's Organic Botanicals has had an opportunity to learn from the mistakes (phthalates, parabens
, synthetic fragrances, sulfates) of its competitors and has managed to avoid them. By eschewing the environmental chemicals highlighted in the book Anticancer
, its formulas are safe for cancer patients who are immunocompromised due to treatment with radiation or chemotherapy. Olive's Organic Botanicals has taken its anti-cancer stance even farther with the launch of a new Harmony facial moisturizer benefiting the research, treatment, and screening of breast cancer.
After a chance encounter with Olive's Organic Botanicals, I became acquainted with one of the simplest and strangest cleansers I have ever tried (and believe me, there has been a fair share). Olive's Facial Replenisher Cleanser with Carrot Seed
is simple not so much in execution as in composition. The formula is composed of nothing more than seven organic oils and extracts housed in an amber glass dropper bottle. When sedentary, the yellowish oils sink to the bottom while layer of creamy goodness settles on top. But once opened, a single squeeze of the dropper blends these two parts into a redolent potion that transports you to a dewy forest floor, or a tranquil moment with a strong cup of tea.
Instead of wetting the face and massaging the cleanser into already moist skin, Olive's Facial Replenisher needs no water. Rubbing the solution into dry skin creates a frothy lather without a trace of sodium lauryl sulfate
. Because the consistency is both creamy and oily, it can get messy. I found that the easiest way to apply it is to release the contents of about half a dropper into the palm of one hand, blend it with the other palm, and spread it over the face. The solution dries almost instantly and gives skin a healthy, matte glow. After rinsing it off, my skin tone seems brighter and my pores smaller. There is a clean softness, as well as a tightening sensation that makes a follow-up with moisturizer particularly satisfying.
The base of the formula is pure olive oil, which has much more to offer than heart-healthy cooking and bread dipping. Not only is it an inexpensive and efficient eye makeup remover
, but it also doubles as a non-comedogenic cleanser. Its unrefined state keeps contaminants away from skin while nutrients and antioxidants make their way in. As one of our picks for the Five Best botanical oils for skin care
, olive oil is a far superior, far more purposeful base than water, a ubiquitous solvent in all variations of formulas.
Each of the remaining ingredients serves its own purpose in rejuvenating mature skin. Coconut and jojoba oils are excellent natural emollients. Aloe vera
is suspected of a wide spectrum of skin benefits, from an absolute cure-all on one hand to immune system stimulation on the other. Regardless of which side of the spectrum you fall on, there is no doubt that aloe vera nourishes skin with polysaccharides, organic acids, enzymes, antibiotic agents, amino acids, and minerals. As the only botanical oil that contains naturally-occurring Retinoic (vitamin A) acid, rosehip oil
is also an abundant source of fatty acids, flavonoids, and vitamin C. The cleanser's signature carrot seed oil stimulates epidermal cell growth. Rich in beta-carotene and vitamins B, C, D, and E, carrot seed rejuvenates aging skin and improves the function of red blood cells, thus increasing elasticity.
Because Olive's Organic Botanicals relies on natural antioxidants (rosemary extract in particular) for slowing down the oxidation process and protecting from spoilage, the shelf life of its products is a mere 2-4 months. But 2 ounces of cleanser seems like an appropriate amount for this length of time.
Organic saponified olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, organic aloe vera, organic rosehip oil, organic carrot seed oil, organic rosemary extract.