Elbows are one of those places that don’t often get much beauty attention, but when one of my children recently pointed out my “elephant-like” epidermis, I knew a solution was needed. After some online research, I discovered a brand called Earth Tu Face, a 100 per cent plant-based, all-natural skincare line – and its sumptuous Body Butter ($42 for 99g, first picture).
The butter’s main ingredient is high-quality organic virgin coconut oil, with non-GMO Vitamin E, sunflower-seed wax and cocoa butter packed in. Its restorative magic worked just after two applications, and I’ve started applying the luxurious oil on my legs, twice a day – it isn't cloying or heavy in the slightest – which leaves them feeling smooth and supple.
After success with this fatty acid-rich blend, I was enticed to try both the Skin Stick ($34, second picture) – an all-purpose balm specifically for the face and lips that is infused with geranium, vetiver and beeswax – and also the Exfoliant Powder Mask ($72, third picture). Ideal for sensitive skin like mine, the mask is a powder mixture of bentonite clay, oats and flower petals that is combined with water before use. It also has a winsome scent, thanks to lavender, rose and chamomile oils.
Earth Tu Face is the brainchild of California-based herbalists, Sarah Buscho and Marina Storm, who use only plant ingredients that are devoid of chemicals. Equally eco-friendly is the packaging, which uses compostable, reusable and recyclable containers, giving this green range of products a wonderfully, haute-hippie feel.