Caroline's Dream owner Susan Shashok started making her own beauty products nearly 20 years ago. At the time, she was battling dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin, and no amount of chemical-laden conventional products soothed her problems. Even the all-natural alternatives left her wanting more—and so, to fill the void, she created her own product line and called it Caroline’s Dream.

Named after Shashok’s paternal grandmother, whose affinity for herbal remedies and gardening inspired the company’s all-natural approach, Caroline’s Dream is dedicated to creating the highest-quality products with the purest ingredients available. This means the company works hard to source ingredients from sustainable suppliers and to create products in small batches to ensure each meets a standard of excellence.

Caroline’s Dream products utilize the natural, healing powers of such ingredients as expeller-pressed sweet almond oil and cold-pressed coconut and extra virgin olive oils, in addition to unrefined shea and cocoa butters. Along with Vermont-local beeswax from Dancing Bee Gardens and homemade oil infusions made with organic herbs, the decadent salves and creams that emerge from the Caroline’s Dream headquarters are wholesome and gentle, but potent.

Caroline’s Dream has a modest offering of products, but what the company lacks in quantity is more than made up for in quality.

Lip Balm Three Pack

Three lip balms are available: Sweet Orange and Peppermint, scented only with organic essential oils, and the famous Mountain Maple Lip Balm. Mountain Maple has no flavor, but the scent is reminiscent of Saturday morning pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup. The thick, luxurious texture is due in large part to the beeswax in the balm, along with the sweet almond oil, organic calendula-infused olive oil, and natural maple flavor. Shashok’s son Alex came up with the tagline for the Mountain Maple Lip Balm—“Like kissing pancakes!”

Caroline's Dream products

The Moisturizing creams are available in four varieties: Calendula Cream, Lavender + Geranium Cream, Lavender + Sandalwood Cream, and Peppermint Forest Foot Cream. Made with distilled water, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax and organic essential oils, these creams have a decadent texture more akin to actual butter and cream than any body-care product term meant to suggest the same. With gentle, herbal scents, significant staying power and fast absorption, the Caroline’s Dream moisturizing creams are made to nourish and heal the skin. In particular, the Calendula Cream harnesses the traditional power of calendula to speed the process of wound healing and reduce the appearance of scars. The combination of lavender and sandalwood essential oils in the Lavender + Sandalwood Cream strikes the perfect balance between woodsy and floral—it is both bright and rustic, and on the skin, it feels like heaven.

The Peppermint Forest Cream is advertised specifically for use on the feet, but this fresh moisturizer would be an excellent treatment for dry hands or as an aromatherapy remedy for a tired, cluttered mind.

Salves

Caroline’s Dream also makes the Super Skin Salve. This concentrated version of the moisturizing cream are made with olive oil and local beeswax, and it is the medicinal infusions that set these salves apart from the rest of the products....  The Super Skin Salve is a hardworking skin saver, used by loyal Caroline’s Dream customers for everything from diaper rash and bug bites to dry, cracked, bleeding hands in the wintertime. With coconut oil, comfrey-infused olive oil, calendula, shea and cocoa butters, and essential oils of rosemary, tea tree and lavender, the healing potential of all of these ingredients comes together in one powerhouse product.

Salves are solid at room temperature but require only a little body heat to become smooth and pliable. The... Super Skin Salve has a grassy, summer garden scent from the herbal essential oils within. ...