Shedding some light on the natural skincare industry
The vast majority of skincare that you find on shelves from $5 to $500 is utter crap made by the same four companies using cheap synthetic ingredients and packaged differently to attract various market sectors.And the “natural” stuff - yes there’s some people trying their best to make beautiful intentional products - but the reality is that the oils they’re blending and infusing are already rancid and the plant matter is imported from all corners of the earth.
I don’t want to discredit anyone trying hard to create something good however I have not been able to find a skincare product that is made with the level of integrity, quality and craftsmanship that I expect.
For the Four Shrubs face oil I use only Golden Jojoba oil, 100% organic from Arizona (not imported from Egypt which would be the cheaper option)
I don’t dilute this precious golden elixir with any substandard oils because jojoba is the only oil that our skin recognizes as similar to our own sebum and because it is not in fact an oil but a wax - allowing it to remain incredible stable and not oxidase (rot) like all the other seed, plant and nut oils that you will typically find in skincare products.
Other companies don’t do this - they don't use only organic golden jojoba (and this is not good for you or your skin)
That’s because Jojoba is extremely expensive and they can make more money by using cheaper oils such as almond, sunflower, coconut, grapeseed, argan, apricot kernel, castor etc. (I would put none of these on my face by the way and neither should you, they are all rotten before they reach the shelf)
I harvest intuitively, and always with the utmost respect.
Harvesting is an agreement between the harvester and plant, it’s not just taking, at least for me.
Oregon Grape root and stem bark contains berberine, an alkaloid with antimicrobial & anti-inflammatory activity that can help with wound-healing, psoriasis, eczema & acne.
Juniper has powerful antioxidants that help maintain skin health & vitality by reducing free radical damage.
The oil is simple, sweet and wonderfully effective in its hydrating, healing and nourishing activities.
I don’t have plans to make other skincare products because I like this one and it does everything I need it to: cleanse, bless, and protect my skin.