My mother and grandmother are the one's who articulated the importance of skincare. At a very early age they taught me how to take care of my skin and to take pride in self care. As I began educating myself on what products I was using, I started switching to all natural products and welcomed natural brands into my routine. I later saw the potential in this growing industry, and began dabbling with recipes. I spent hours researching because I loved discovering new ingredients and creating my own products.
Once I began sharing my research and recipes with friends and family I realized that many of them had never heard how powerful true plant, mineral and herb based products are. Their excitement and feedback brought me so much joy and I couldn’t stop.
I received an official certification in Organic Bodycare Products from East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies, where my knowledge of formulations, skin types, best practices, etc. was further strengthened. All the while I was in the process of designing and creating a full line of skin and self care — By June 2015, Oxalis Apothecary was born.
My passion for nature comes from growing up in the woods of rural Southern Illinois where I learned how resourceful it is — There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that all you really need is right in front of you.
Plant and mineral based ingredients are so powerful, and no lab can truly recreate what nature can do on its own.
I am honored to be able to work with many different ingredients, and they have not only changed my skin, but my deep appreciation for what Mother Nature has given us!
There are thousands of natural ingredients so it can be difficult to decide which ones to incorporate into your products and skincare routine. Some are better for certain things than others, and it’s important to educate yourself on which ones will work best for you.
Here is a list of incredible natural products that are worth trying:
- Jojoba Oil, mimics the skin's natural sebum (texture) and is packed with Vitamin E.
- Rosehip Oil (I always use unrefined Rosehip Oil) is a key carrier oil and rich in essential fatty acids that help aid dry, irritated skin and is known to have anti-aging properties.
- Coconut Oil is all the rage, and yes, it is total magic for so many things, just please don’t put it on your face! It rates as one of the highest comedogenic oils out there and will totally clog your pores. However, if you’ve got a sunburn, dry skin, eczema or almost any other ailment, slather it on!
- Pineapple extract, which contains the fruit enzyme, bromelain, is known to brighten skin and help remove dead skin cells. (Keep in mind that extracts are typically used in very low quantities because they pack a big punch.)
- French Green and Pink clays (naturally mined, of course!) are amazing ingredients to incorporate into many products. They can be used for a clay mask, cleansers, scrubs and more and are incredible at detoxifying and softening the skin.
- Hydrating Mists: Aloe Vera juice, Rosewater, Witch Hazel, Glycerin, these are what you need in your life to keep skin looking healthy!
ESSENTIAL OILS: Aromatherapy is another reason to use natural products. Each essential oil has multiple benefits, from lifting your mood to enhancing your health!
Geranium, Blue Yarrow, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Orange, Bergamot, Lavender, Grapefruit, Frankincense, essential oils are highly concentrated plant material that is distilled into an oil and to be used at the proper dilution rate.
Building a successful skincare routine can seem daunting, but my best advice is to keep it simple.
Wash your face daily, use a toner to balance your PH, top it all off with a serum or natural moisturizer — then get out there, and enjoy your day! Oh, and don’t forget to drink lemon water!
PS. Our favorite product is the Oxalis Facial Serum! It's incredible how a few drops of this stuff can create such a magical glow and happy skin. Check it out here!
About Erin Wexstten
Erin grew up in rural southern Illinois, which enabled her imagination and gave her a passion for roaming the woods—discovering sights untouched and unseen. As a child, she often mistook wild oxalis for a rare four-leaf clover, excitingly bringing them to her parents. These fond memories of discovery and curiosity have guided her creations, with honesty and transparency at their core. If you haven't already — check out Oxalis Apothecary here!