Shave Crème by Nurture My Body
This is going to be a difficult post to write. Here we have courageous and well-meaning entrepreneurs who endeavor in earnest to develop and distribute truly harmless, organic products. At this, Nurture My Body succeeds. Thus, you have the kind of initiative that is at the heart of today’s consumer demand and at the core of Truth In Aging's mission. But consumers also demand a bit more, e.g. the product should demonstrably work. And in this, it is less clear that they have succeeded.
Nurture My Body was created, seemingly at least five years ago, by Patty Kerr, who has “twenty-six years in the beauty industry as a licensed Esthetician and Hairstylist, a Certificate in Nutrition, Body Care and Herbalism”. With this rich expertise, Patty has developed a full range of natural skin care products distributed online and through only eight physical stores in the US. The ingredients, see below for the Shave Crème, are mostly plant-based and appear carefully chosen.
If Patty’s ambition was merely to “do no harm”, I believe she does that better than most. But Patty wants more, she attaches to every one of her products “an uplifting message that can inspire your mind and bless your body”. She further acknowledges how her inspiration and work has benefited from “the enormous contribution [..] gleaned from the Ramtha School”. For those of you not yet familiar with the Ramtha School, it proselytizes the teachings of Rathma, “an immortal God who lived once as a human being in the long gone continent of Lemuria 35,000 years ago from where he conquered the physical world and death”.
Incidentally, Rathma communicates exclusively his teaching by “channeling” through the body of JZKnight, a blond lady who has a French-chateau-styled mansion in Washington State, sells since 1977 tickets to her events, seminars, retreats, “Quantum Bar” food, kitchen utensils, CDs, sweatshirts and 120 books, including “ UFOs: Understanding Our Brain's Connection to Alien Life”, a DVD which retails $24.95.
“The totality of [Rathma’s] message can be expressed in the statement: “You are God””, which sounds fine to me. Where I start being a touch concerned is when Patty then asks her clients (me, today) to “just take a moment out of your busy day to imbue the product you're about to use with self-love, that on a cellular level, could improve your health, reaffirm your greatness, and remind you of your infinite potential”.
Am I being asked, myself, to “imbue” something in the product so that it works? Am I being asked, “through self-love”, to create the active ingredient? Isn’t it what the product is meant to do in the first place?
If not, perhaps I should buy some $3 Gillette foam at Walmart and instill “on a cellular level” some magical Guerlain fragrance, an exceptional Dermalogica active, and a luscious moisturizer from Aveda. While I am at it, I should add a young assistant with hot towels at the ready…
Anyway, I am a good and generous soul, so I tried. I started by looking at the package and attempted to make sense of the name Shave Crème. In English, one would say ‘shaving cream’ or in French ‘crème à raser’, but one would not say ‘shave cream’ or “rase crème”… Anyway… the names of the other products in the range are so sober and straightforward that I will not suspect Patty and her team of snobbery gone wrong. Applying the “crème” itself is relatively pleasant thanks to the light texture and fresh fragrance. However, it is absorbed almost immediately by the skin and thus it is impossible to know whether enough has been applied and whether some patches have been forgotten. Better safe than sorry, I decided, day after day, to put more and more “crème” on my face. Unfortunately, the impact remained absolutely the same: negligible.
It is certainly true that the skin is soft and that the razor blade glides relatively smoothly, but little to no hair is actually cut. Is it because of the lack of camphor? Is it because the hair has been too softened? I could not say. But I started, naturally, wielding the razor with more insistence first, then I went “against the hair” and lastly I had to be really aggressive around the chin. As any teenager soon discovers, this approach results in a bad shave, with razor burns and a few minor cuts. The result would have been better with tap water.
This product can indeed be praised for doing no harm, but it can also be criticized for doing no good! So…following the request from Patty to remind myself “of my infinite potential”, I went back to the Ramtha School where I learned that, once one integrates the wisdom of Ramtha, one is “no longer limited by one’s own body”. That suddenly cleared everything up for me, a true revelation: no body, so no hair, so no need for shaving, so no need for the “Shave Crème”!! A useless product that is well conceived because it was never meant to be useful in the first place…
Purified Water, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Carthamnus Tinctorius (High Oleic Safflower) Oil**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Vegetable Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Leaf) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Infusion**, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow Blue Flowers) Infusion**, Plantago Major (Plantain Leaf) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, TTaraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Root) Infusion**, Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root) Infusion**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) CO2**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) CO2**, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) CO2**, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) CO2**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract
* Organic ** Certified Organic *** Wildcrafted **** Biodynamic/Demeter Certified