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.
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.
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.