A review from Personally Paleo

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Natural Skincare - Caroline's Dream

Google, Wikipedia and the internet in general has made it absurdly easy to enter a storm of information overload. But, with that being said, some of my wisest decisions have stemmed from knowledge I found during long, intensive internet searches.

One of my profound Paleo "a-ha!" moments was when I took a deeper look into not only what I was putting in my body, but what I was putting on it. Today's market is flooded with thousands of make-up brands, toothpastes, deodorants, lotions, etc with ingredients that I can't pronounce.  Aluminum in my deodorant? "No thanks." Parabens in my mascara? "But, why?" These questions and more led me on a quest to find the best "better for you" products around.

Although the Windy City is actually named for politicians (fact of the day for you!) Chicago is, in fact, a very windy city. My face and hands quickly become dry, wrinkly and sandpaper-like. Honestly, I could be walking outside for 5 minutes or 5 hours and I'm going to need lotion stat when I go back inside. With the amount of moisturizer I need to use, it was high on my priority list to find a natural product without a bunch of additives. Enter from stage left, Caroline's Dream.


Caroline's Dream

I discovered Caroline's Dream several weeks ago through the Paleo Foundation. Each of the products in their line of skincare is handmade by Susan, the owner. Susan's inspiration for her products stemmed from her grandmother, Caroline, who was an advocate for homeopathic remedies. Find out more about her story here. I was fortunate enough to try a portion of her skincare products that are paleo-certified.

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I've become a frequent flyer and daily user of the skin creams, with Lavender+Geranium being my favorite. The creams are light and airy. A little goes a long way without leaving your skin greasy. For me, one of the best parts is the subtlety of the scents. In most skin creams, strong smells (lavender usually being a primary offender) tend to give me a headache. I did not have that problem with Caroline's Dream, even when using it (primarily) on my face.  

The Peppermint foot cream, sadly, hasn't seen much use in my home yet (I'm still working on convincing my guy to increase the number of foot rubs around here.) I did apply it myself a few times when I would catch glimpses of my dry, callus ridden feet (I like to wear my callus' as badges of athletic honor). My feet felt better after a small amount. They almost seemed to be...dare I say it? "Normal." 

Between my use of two lip balms, I was able to match the ever-changing mood of Mother Nature. The Peppermint was great on chilly, frozen tundra-like days in the city. I saved the Sweet Orange for a day where it actually hit above 50 degrees and I loved the Orange Cream-sicle smell. Both provided instant relief that nourished for hours and didn't leave my lips feeling sticky.

The product I used the most was the Skin Salve. This jar has been living in my purse and is carried with me throughout the day. At the end of the day, when I find my hands particularly dry and ashy after washing them, walking outside, etc, this is what I reach for. Same with the other creams, a little goes a long way. This salve is the perfect relief and reversal for the harsh effects of winter my hands have seen. 

The best part about these products is not only how well they work, but that I can feel confident knowing exactly what I am putting on my body. For instance, some of the most common ingredients used are coconut oil and beeswax. The fact that each of these are handmade and labelled by Susan herself, is icing on the cake and shows how invested and passionate she is. 

Susan Shashok
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A Great Review from Paleo Movement Magazine

A Great Review from Paleo Movement Magazine

Caroline’s Dream

21 Nov 2014 by Karen Pendergrass in Business

A Review of Caroline’s Dream

Within the Paleo Community there has been an awakening ( perhaps a rude awakening) to the lurking dangers of everything we have exposed our bodies to over the years. Long work hours, artificial lights, chemical food enhancers and additives, and now we are becoming more cognizant of not only what we put into our bodies, but on our bodies as well.

And with this awakening, we have also come to realize that there’s nothing quite as awful as putting harsh and toxic chemicals on already acne prone, sensitive skin. This was also the conclusion of Susan, the owner of an organic skincare line called Caroline’s Dream.

20 years ago, Susan began formulating a line of skin products that could effectively address a variety of skin issues— without the harsh chemicals added. Using clean, whole ingredients like Sweet Almond Oil, Vermont Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Organic Essential Oils, Susan has developed a line of skincare products that have met the awakening minds of the Paleo Movement, and pleased them.

In fact, Caroline’s Dream face creams, body creams, foot creams, and healing salves are the newest skincare products to have met the standards of the The Paleo Foundation’s Certified Paleo label.   They contain no preservatives or parabens, just clean, whole, Paleo ingredients you already know. In this review, we will tell you a little bit about our first-hand experience with the Certified Paleo products from Caroline’s Dream.

 

Face and Body Creams

The creams for the face and body have a crispness to them, and are great for all skin types— from normal, to oily, to combination. Not only do they leave your skin feeling refreshed, but they doesn’t dry out the skin, either. The essential oils are timeless, smell like spring, and also nourish the skin. My favorite, which took me quite by surprise, was the Sandalwood and Lavender face and body cream. Mind you, this is coming from someone who isn’t a fan of either Lavender or Sandalwood, yet somehow, this duo was a match made in heaven. In fact, I had to email Susan immediately after trying it to let her know exactly how astonished I was by this product. Astonished. The Calendula face and body cream came in at a close second for its low-key, milder scent. Scent-wise, the face and body creams get an A+.

 

Salves

Caroline’s Dream offers two salves, one Relief Salve and one Super Skin Salve. The Super Skin Salve is formulated with Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, Vermont Beeswax, Shea, and Coconut Butter— and kissed with comfrey, calendula, rosemary, lavender, and tea tree essences. It’s a must-have in your medicine cabinet, especially in the coming winter months where dry, cracked hands are such a pain.  Formulated with Olive Oil, Black Walnut Oil, and infused with comfrey, calendula, and tea tree oil— it’s indicated on the site that the Relief Salve is great for eczema, minor burns, and bug bites and even fungal issues (gasp!). However, she failed to mention that it’s also amazing for skin rashes— including skin rashes on pets— and even reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

Lip Balms

Last but not least, Susan hadn’t forgotten to attend to the importance of a soft pucker, either—the Sweet Orange Lip balm offers a silky smooth finish with just the perfect amount of lingering sweetness, while the Peppermint Lip Balm is cooling, and reminiscent of your favorite peppermint lip balm that you were horrified to find contained some of the most ghastly ingredients.  If you can’t read the ingredients list on your current lip balm, it’s time for a change!

Overall, we have to give Caroline’s Dream two thumbs up. It’s not very often that you’re this pleasantly surprised by a skincare line.

Ready to make the switch to healthier skincare? Click here to check out Caroline’s Dream now!

Susan Shashok
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Please meet Sheri, one of our great customers!


"As a loyal user of Caroline's Dream products since 2003 I can attest to it's unbelievable magical properties. After a shower there is nothing I love more than Lavender + Sandalwood Cream all over my body - the best!" 
Susan Shashok
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Who is Caroline of Caroline's Dream?

Who is Caroline of Caroline's Dream?

Who is Caroline of Caroline's Dream?

Caroline is my paternal grandmother shown here as the cute baby and very pretty lady. She loved medicinal plants and simple home arts and Caroline is my inspiration for this natural, effective skincare. I like to think that she would appreciate the hard work and quality ingredients I put into each product that carries her name.

 

  

Susan Shashok
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Wondering about tree nut allergies and Sweet Almond Oil as an ingredient?

Updated August 2019

Navigating food allergies for yourself or a family member can be scary, daunting and fraught with misinformation. I don't make this kind of statement lightly since I know all about it. My eldest son, Nikolas was diagnosed with a tree nut allergy over 17 years ago when he was in elementary school.

I was several years into Caroline's Dream production and my first thought was how many gallons of sweet almond oil had touched my hands, kitchen counters and my son during those years!

Almond allergy in Skincare

Luckily, our allergist was quick to explain that the protein in raw nuts is what was triggering my son's skin reaction and that the heat produced during the process of expeller pressing almonds (mechanically grinding and compressing), effectively neutralizes the allergen protein from the resulting oil that I use in my products. what a relief to be able to separate that his chewing an almond produces a reaction but the oil I was using was safe for him to touch.

 

 

My business continued to grow along with my son (that's him above). I never took any extra precautions using Sweet Almond oil as an ingredient and he enjoys using my products. His favorites are Calendula cream and the deodorant.

In high school, he found that he could eat small amounts of tree nuts without resulting in a reaction. He doesn't worry about eating nuts anymore. 

Every family is different and I respect all the parents out there making the best choices they can for their loved ones. If you have specific product ingredient concerns, please ask, I love answering questions!

Susan

 

Susan Shashok
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Please meet Ashar, another wonderful customer!



" I am a constant user of your lip balm products year ‘round, and I’ve been known to poach Amy’s creams at times when my hands and face are all dried out. I know that they all seem to have an intended use (face, hands, feet, etc) but I just use whatever wherever and it always works. And smells good. And feels good cause we know it comes from you."

 

 

Susan Shashok
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Please meet Pepper, another wonderful customer!


"I love the Calendula Cream and I think it is my favorite. I love the feel of this cream as well as the scent. It does not feel heavy or greasy on my skin. All of the lip balms work so well! Chap sticks make my lips drier than before and these keep my lips healthy. I love all the lip balm options...orange, peppermint and maple. The super skin salve is good for so many uses. My daughter uses it to help my granddaughter with her skin issues and we keep a jar in the car and in the house for easy use.  Love these products!!!"

Susan Shashok
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Please meet Joanna, one of our great customers!

"As I approach my 50th birthday, taking good care of my skin has become more important than ever. Caroline's Dream body care products help me to feel nourished from the outside, in. I love these scrubs, balms and creams- my skin thanks me for using them every day!"

Susan Shashok
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Today's great customer, please meet Linda!


"I spend a lot of time outdoors working and playing and to relieve my skin, I use Lavender + Sandalwood Cream - my skin is rejuvenated! It doesn't take much cream, so a jar lasts a long time - another plus!"

Susan Shashok
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Today's great customer, please meet Jennifer!


"I have a few different creams from the Caroline’s Dream line. I love the light-weight texture of each of them. They are so easy to spread on your skin and feel so silky. My favorite is the Lavender+Geranium. I use it as a daily cream for my face. I think I will be purchasing the Super Skin Salve soon because I have heard such great things about it!"


Susan Shashok
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Today's great customer - please meet Nikolas!

 

 

"I like to use Calendula Cream after shaving. It keeps my face moisturized and lasts all day!"



Susan Shashok
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We have so many great customers! Let's meet Kat.


“I have been using Caroline's Dream Peppermint Foot Cream for a few years now and absolutely love the product. The cream is moisturizing without being greasy and the fragrance is very pleasing. Thanks Caroline's Dream for such a healing and natural product line.” 

Susan Shashok
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