Giveaway :: Laurel Whole Plant Organics

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


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Balance. Oh, friends. This month’s theme is one that really hits home. Seeking balance is a never ending process and here at the BSP we want to honor that. There is no better way to do that than to kick our month off with a brand that believes that beauty is something that begins within and you honor it by mindfully choosing how to protect the very essence of yourself: your skin.

Let me introduce Laurel Shaffer and Laurel Whole Plant Organics with her own mission statement:

“As we are awakening and learning where our food comes from, this is also a time to be aware of where our skin care comes from, how its made, and what is in it. The most effective skin care is raw, organic, farm sourced, handcrafted and made with love. It’s time to raise the bar for skin care ingredients.”

This, friends, is the heart of the matter. The things we put in and on our body affect the way we feel, the way we live. There is no separation. As for me? I’m ordering this Travel Set to get myself immersed in treating my skin the way it deserves to be treated. After all, there is zero balance without self-love. Fact. Let Laurel Whole Plant Organics help.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics is giving away one California Body Oil to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, May 13th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Laurel Whole Plant Organics and tell us: How has your skincare routine changed over the years? Any home potions or elixirs you want to share with us?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, May 20th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Trisha says:

    My skin is really sensitive and over the years my skin care routine has gotten simpler and simpler. I’ve found that the fewer products I put on my face, the better my skin has gotten.

    I use the oil cleansing method for my face, baking soda and apple cider vinegar for my hair, and use coconut oil as a moisturizer.  Now that it’s getting to be warmer I’ll add a sunscreen for sensitive skin to my routine. 

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my skincare is now all about Jan Marini. i have adult acne, and her stuff is the only thing i’ve found that works, after having tried everything else under the sun. 

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    Susan F says:

    I love Trader Joe’s Clean face wash, followed by Lancomes Absolut

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    Kate B says:

    I first discovered Angels on Bare Skin from LUSH about 10 years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m not great about using it on the regular, but when I do take the time to wash my face, this leaves it very soft and clean feeling without making my skin tight and requiring still more products to make it comfortable.

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    jenn says:

    I have used Laurel’s products for years and my skin has truly never felt or looked better. I am thrilled that she has been featured on the BSP website because I believe more people should be aware of the Laurel brand’s wonderful mission and more importantly their amazing products.

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    ren says:

    as a teenager, it was drilled into me that my face was oily. so very oily. so i used oil free cleansers and stripped the oils with alcohols and…needless to say, it didn’t do much good. but now i realize that my skin is actually fairly dry and very sensitive and that all that harsh stuff wasn’t helping. the minute i started using oils for cleansing and moisturizing i had a whole new…skin. if only i had known then what i know now.

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    Ginger G. says:

    their products look amazing!! I’d love to try them!  My skin used to be more oily and recently i’ve been using argan oil to moisturize and seems to make my skin less oily!

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    Caroline says:

    I’ve been loving oils! My routine has become much more natural, leading me to want to try brands like Laurel!

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    megan says:

    I LOVE skin oils! Moroccan argan, Egyptian carrot seed, Brazilian passion fruit, and more. They have done wonderful things for my combination skin.

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    Eliza Elliott says:

    I started using coconut oil to moisturize…works great and hopefully I am preventing wrinkles.

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    Deirdre says:

    I switched to paraben-free, all-natural skincare when I became pregnant with my first child. 5 years and another child later, I have stuck with my decision and implemented it into my children’s skincare routine.

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    Emily S. says:

    My skin is sensitive and I’ve battled eczema since I was a baby.  Over time I’ve become super careful about ingredients in beauty products and recently began making my own moisturizer, body oil, and deodorant.  It is amazing what you can do with simple, organic ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, arrowroot powder, olive oil, almond oil, vitamin e, beeswax, dried herbs, and essential oils. My skin has been so much healthier and happier since I made the switch to organic skincare.  

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    Susanna B. says:

    I’ve moved towards more natural and simple ingredients over time but still hadn’t found “the one” routine and am always changing things around and trying new things. 

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    Elizabeth says:

    I was 5 years old when my mother discovered I was allergic to aloe (my eyes were swollen shut for a week!) and 8 years old when we discovered I had a reaction to topical vitamin E.    The result of these sensitivities/reactions is that I’ve basically had…no skin care regime at all. I spent about 15 years constantly worrying I would reaction to anything/everything.  As I’ve gotten older, my skin has gotten less sensitive, but now I don’t know what to do!  

    I was always fascinated when I saw girls in college using lotion.  They seemed so glamorous to me, and strange.  I’m now in my earl 30s and my skin is starting to need some love.  But I don’t know what to do!  Last summer, I started applying coconut oil every night before I went to bed – but….that makes a bit of a mess and doesn’t absorb easily!  I believe in wholesome organic ingredients and want to find a way to use them on my body, if I could just find a way to pull that off simply.

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    Angie says:

    Over the years, I’ve been more diligent in keeping up with my skincare routine. I’ve been really good at switching up products depending on the seasons or the skin problems I’m having at the time. I’ve also gradually been transitioning into using more natural products, which has really been great for my skin overall.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Well, now I don’t sleep in my makeup like I did as a teen… 😀

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    In my teen years I battled with acne and used every last drugstore product known to mankind.  I then learned of Mario Badescu and it saved my face!  With that I try now to use good moisturizers and always something with an SPF.  My friend makes me my own honey sugar lip scrubs and lemon balm for my cuticles.  Loving the fun of trying out homemade products.

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    Nikki says:

    My approach to skincare has definitely evolved over time.  Before, I tried different drugstore combinations of products to clean, moisturize, fight acne, deal with facial hair (really, nearly everybody has a little upperlip peach fuzz) and “beautify” with makeup.  I was never very happy with the results, but not for lack of trying. I was frustrated with masks that didn’t seem to fix anything, and makeup that never looked as good as the magazines.  In my twenties I tried a natural skincare line and got a few facials from professional estheticians that told me why I wasn’t pleased with the results of my efforts, even with reading books by Debra Dodd and Paula Begoun about non-toxic, natural alternatives and the true ingredients in products.  Things got better, but now in my (late) thirties I deal with drier skin, sun damage, stray whiskers on my chin, hormonal break-outs (still), and a desire to still look as beautiful as possible.  Thankfully, I feel that the population is better informed and natural products are more available and appealing than in the past!  I am using oils and a gentler approach and getting much better and more immediate results! Thank goodness! I feel that it is a lifelong learning process to not only understand what all is out there, but what is best for each individual body.  

    My favorite at-home beauty potion is organic sugar with olive oil, vanilla extract and lavender oil.  I use it for body scrub and exfoliating the heels of my feet.  Works better than any body wash or foot scrub from the store for me.  Smells wonderful too!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    It has become less and less.  At least when I was younger I took the time to care for my skin but now with children I just don’t take the time.  I know I should.  I do try to use at least moisturizer because my skin gets very dry and red.

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    Jennifer says:

    In the middle of winter, when my skin is dry, dry, dry, I use good old fashioned Vaseline on it. I smear it all over my face and hands and it makes that itchy dryness go away.

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    Carmen Parra says:

    I’m in my 30’s now and a mother of to boys; a 3 year old and very active 1 year old! Sleep isn’t always on top of my list because I find myself staying up cleaning the house and doing the things I can’t do while the boys are awake. Sometimes I would find that I’d fall asleep without washing my face because I was so tired. Then one morning, while looking at my face in the mirror, I realized that I am not the youthful 20 year old that could get away with not washing my face or taking care of it. I decided that I need to prioritize my health (skin included)! I researched and found that there are so many fillers in products and chemicals that do more damage than good. So, I’m still on my quest to figure out what works for me. So far, I’ve been using Argan Oil and have found that my skin feels and looks better. I have used coconut oil, especially in the winter months when my skin feels so dry. It truly helps, especially with the itchiness. I hope to continue to seek products, such as the California Oil that The Bright Side Project is giving away.

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    Carmen Parra says:

    I must be tired, sorry for the type: *two boys

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    Clarissa says:

    I’ve become much more aware of ingredients and my standards have gotten much higher over the years. I use more skincare but less makeup. I adore Laurel’s products and just learned about The Bright Side Project. I’m enjoying the content!

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    Kim E. says:

    My skin care routine has changed from EXFOLIATION to Nourishing my skin!  After years of Glycolic face wash, glycolic gels, and microdrmabrasion (causing inflammation) …I finally just stopped and couldn’t take the redness and dryness of my skin .  I am NOW  replenishing and nourishing with Laurel skin care.  I started with Anti-inflammitory serum, my skin is moist, dewy and  now have a nice even skin tone.   Also using Balance Serum.  Makes a huge difference with my skin, feel s and looks nourished,  not scrubbed!  I LOVE HER SERUMS (plant oils).  Skin damage, wrinkles, acne and brown spots virtually gone!! :-{}

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    Sue F says:

    Me and my sisters were blessed with our mom’s skin – she always taught us to keep it simple and don’t dry it out by overwashing.  I have been using St Ives facial scrub and follow with Oil of Olay day and night cream

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    Emma L says:

    I have become so terrified of parabens, phthalates and other scary additives that I have stopped taking care of my skin. At the moment, all I use is coconut oil, which has its merits, of course, but I would love to implement a new and healthier skincare routine.

    The distinct advantage to using coconut oil is that it is easy to get onto a plane, due to it being solid until heated up substantially and is considered a food. Thus, the “100 ml” rule does not apply to it, apparently, which makes it super easy to pop off for a weekend without having to check my luggage due to oversized skincare products.

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    iamalighthouse says:

    It has! I have gotten much more ‘natural’. I doing oil cleansing and it’s an amazing moisturizer. 🙂

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    vivian says:

    I have always had bad acne since puberty and it is still a battle even though I am over 30 years old. The only thing that seemed to help was getting enough sleep and birth control pills. Well two kids later neither of those 2 options is even a possibility so I have tried using natural products and it does help!!

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    Jennifer says:

    I didn’t grow up with an understanding of the impact my environment has on my health, but through my 20’s I developed an awareness of how important it is to keep things natural.  Now, as a mom in my 30’s, I make informed choices on what my family puts in and on our bodies, and we prefer it simple.  Whole foods, organic fabrics, chemical free bodycare… Right now, we all use coconut oil on our skin, the kids love the smell, and I love the benefits – win-win!

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    Jacqueline says:

    I used to not mind chemical-based skin care if it promised to deliver results. But as I changed how I ate, I naturally started desiring cleaner skin care too. Now I’m in love with plant-based skin care and can’t imagine going back.

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    Sparrow says:

    Ah! Youth is so fleeting. Why didn’t I appreciate it more? Le sigh. When I was younger, I had lovely skin, but I’m finding now that I have to be more careful about what I put on it. I’m looking for more natural approaches that still clean and protect and enliven. I think mother earth can help me with this. She’s so dynamic and surprising. I love the idea and philosophy of natural skin care and want to explore what is out there. My best beauty advice is be careful what you put in your body. I chose early on to avoid addicting foods/drinks and to put whole foods in my body, and I feel this is a holistic approach to better overall skin and body health.

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    Jennifer says:

    I used to be into mainstream dept store skin care but started using more natural products about five years ago and will never go back to my previous routine. I was always adding, whereas now I only use simple things that work beautifully. I have also noticed my diet had a huge effect on my skin, when you eat beautiful whole foods, your skin is beautiful too.

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    The biggest change besides switching to green & natural products is the use of oils in my daily routine. Prior to turning a certain age, I never would have considered using natural oils on my skin, now I crave it daily.  I would have never survived this past winter without the moisture that natural oils gives me and would never give them up now that I’ve discovered them.  Love the look of the new packaging and brand!  Would love to try anything from the line!   

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    Kim g says:


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    Joren Robles says:

    At the age of 37, I have yet to figure out what’s best for my skin. Dimming the lights have helped;)

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    Amie A says:

    I now read ingredients and ensure everything is natural and that there is no animal testing involved with any products I purchase.  I use rosewater for facial cleansing, which is especially good in the summer. 

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    Susie says:

    I try to take special care of my hands. I think it’s easy to forget about, but the hands work hard and quickly can look beyond their age. I rely on 100% pure organic Shea butter. It’s also exactly what I used religiously on my pregnant belly with both my kids, one 9 pounds and the other 10, and happily no stretch marks. I love the stuff and keep it at my bedside, apply before sleep and I’m set!