May Lindstrom Skin The Blue Cocoon

May Lindstrom, model turned self-proclaimed "beauty chef" is arguable the darling of the green beauty world. Her concoctions are elegantly packaged and smell divine. Each product is a daily sensory experience; incorporate two or more and you've got yourself a serious ritual.  

Her Jasmine Garden Mist (not pictured) is a light floral and chocolate-ly  scented mist that revives complexions midday. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and I get a lot of zen out of the 3 seconds I take to close my eyes and spray it over my face -- no matter what my officemates must be thinking. 

And her Blue Cocoon balm, blue with blue tansy, is a mystical looking solid oil that melts instantly upon hitting the skin. It's soothing and hydrating, and great at quelling inflammation. It heals angry breakouts, and works as a great lip balm and eye cream in the parched winter months. Just be careful if you open a tub of this in July, I sloshed a good bit of it all over my bathroom counter. Yet another reason to break this one open in the winter. 

May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt

Photograph by Casey Broadwater

Photograph by Casey Broadwater

Described as daily microdermabrasion, this oxymoronically named cleanser has become a beloved staple amongst clean beauty enthusiasts. The Clean Dirt, a powdery mixture of clay, spices and salts only needs a few drops of warm water until is mousses up into a heated, tingly scrub. The spicy cocktail of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove smells vaguely Christmas-y and certainly gets the circulation going, but it's also spiked with H20-activated Vitamin C -- one of the few anti-aging ingredients scientifically proven to be, well, anti-aging. And the clay helps sweep away debris and mop up excess oil, leaving skin woken up and freshly scrubbed. I wouldn't recommend it for very sensitive skin, at least not on a regular basis. The spices are very spicy and one should take care with gently scrubbing, the granular bits—much like actual dirt—are large and uneven. But to liven up a dreary winter morning? This is the equivalent of a couple espresso shots and a brisk morning run.

Photograph by Casey Broadwater

Photograph by Casey Broadwater

Ingredients: White Halloysite Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root, *Rosa Centifolia (Pink Rose), *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), * Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), *Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Zingiber Officinale (Ginger), *Vanilla Planifolia Bean, **Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao).

*Certified Organic

**Fair Trade Certified

$60 /