Why I Created Healthy Harvest Facial Oils

Please enjoy this guest post by our dear friend Stephanie Tourles, creator of our silky soft nourishing Olive Essentials Facial Oils.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Stephanie Tourles, and I’m a licensed holistic esthetician, herbalist, certified aromatherapist, and author of 12 books on the subjects of natural skin and body care, raw food nutrition, and topically-applied herbal remedies.  I’ve written and taught about the benefits of pure, natural skin and body care for nearly 30 years, as well as created recipes and products.  I care about the purity of what goes onto my own skin and I care about what goes onto yours. I’m absolutely passionate about high quality, plant-derived, totally chemical-free skin care!

I discovered that they consisted primarily of water, synthetic skin softeners such as diethanolamine (a skin irritant and hormone disruptor), chemical exfoliating acids, a synthetic vitamin or two, propylene glycol (a cheap petroleum byproduct) artificial fragrance, and preservatives

Let me share a bit of back story with you as to why I began to develop facial oil blends in the first place.  

In the mid-1990s, I decided to see what all the hoopla was about concerning the highly touted “youthifying” commercial facial serums that many cosmetic companies were launching.  These ½-ounce to 1-ounce bottles of promise came at a hefty price – starting at around $50.00 per bottle, which was quite a sum back then.  After a bit of ingredient sleuthing, I discovered that they consisted primarily of water, synthetic skin softeners such as diethanolamine (a skin irritant and hormone disruptor), chemical exfoliating acids, a synthetic vitamin or two, propylene glycol (a cheap petroleum byproduct) artificial fragrance, and preservatives. To say the least, they were an undesirable “cocktail for the face.”   

So I decided to experiment and create my own natural, highly beneficial versions of these commercial serums using all manner of nourishing ingredients. The result:  herbal-infused and/or essential oil-based facial oil blends that your skin will literally drink!  For years, I wrote about my discoveries and taught women – and a few men – how to make their own. People were beginning to desire “clean skin care” . . . and they still are!

So why did I decide to formulate facial oils using Healthy Harvest’s Tuscan olive oil?  

In December of 2015, Karl Burgart, owner of Healthy Harvest, sent me a sample of his new unrefined, unfiltered, raw, low-acid, enzyme-rich, organic, high polyphenol count (read: high in antioxidants), Tuscan olive oil, intending me to consume it, which I did…but I also applied it to my skin one evening after my routine cleansing as a substitute for my regular moisturizer.  Well, let me tell you, that’s all it took . . . I awoke the next morning with dewy soft, smooth, unusually velvety skin. My 53-year-old skin glowed and felt comfortable! I just knew that I had to formulate a couple of exquisite facial oils for Healthy Harvest. 

“Think of these facial oils as skin food.”

Tuscan olive oil is different . . . it’s light and silky upon the skin – unlike many olive oils – which tend to be moderately heavy. Think of these facial oils as skin food – essential nourishment for the health of your face, neck, chest, and hands (the texture of your hands will greatly benefit each time you apply these – so be sure to massage it in well).

Additionally, I included organic and wildcrafted essential oils into these formulations with properties known to tone & tighten the skin, aid in healing, reduce inflammation, rejuvenate aging skin, improve conditions of psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea, and help prevent scar formation immediately post injury, plus they soothe and calm the psyche.

In every skin care book I write or class I teach, I always stress the importance of understanding the following:   Your skin EATS or absorbs up to 60% of what is applied to it. So, if good-for-you ingredients can affect your skin (and even muscle tissue or bloodstream), so can the potentially irritating synthetic colors, fragrances, and artificial ingredients – which I suggest that you avoid. Your skin is your largest organ, your “living hide,” so to speak – a living, breathing, and excreting organism – not just an inert covering.  The ingredients in Healthy Harvest’s Olive Essentials Facial Oils No. 1 and No. 2 are totally biocompatible with your body – your body will recognize the natural nutrients in the olive oil and beneficial properties of the essential oils.  Your cells will literally drink them up . . . thus aiding in healing, nourishing, rejuvenating, comforting, restoring, and “youthifying” your skin.  

How To Use Healthy Harvest Olive Essentials Facial Oils

Both facial oils are designed to be used INSTEAD of your regular moisturizer, twice daily.  The facial oils actually seal in the important moisture remaining on your skin from your toner/astringent/hydrosol – after you’ve cleansed – and truly nourish your skin, leaving it feeling fabulous, toned, tightened, plump, and lifted, with diminished wrinkle visibility – prolonging the youthful qualities and functions of your skin. Please don’t be afraid of using an oil on your face.  It only takes 4-8 drops with each application and rapidly penetrates.  The beautiful Italian and Greek peoples have used pure olive oil on their skin and hair for thousands of years – much to their benefit.  Many often appear younger than their years well up into their 80s and beyond.

Olive Essentials Facial Oils are guaranteed to contain no synthetic fragrances, silicones, mineral oils, parabens, GMO ingredients, phthalates, propylene glycol, DEA, EDTA, acrylates, nano technology, BHT, or any other questionable ingredients. No animal testing.

Olive Essentials Facial Oils No. 1 and No. 2 contain minimal ingredients that are exquisitely effective . . . Organic Tuscan olive oil plus absolutely pure organic or ethically wild-harvested essential oils. That’s it . . . and that’s all you need for glorious, healthy skin – in addition to good food and lifestyle habits (but you already know that).

This is what small-batch, artisinal skin care is all about – made by hand using superior quality ingredients offered by Mother Nature – not merely concocted in a chemist’s lab with the main focus being profit.  Karl and I want you to have the VERY BEST for your skin . . . and want to be transparent about our product’s ingredients!  Guaranteed purity, incredible effectiveness, with no useless filler. With consistent use, your skin will thank you with healthy radiance!

For more information about Stephanie Tourles, her books, events, podcasts, videos, and to follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and sign up for her monthly blog, visit her website www.stephanietourles.com

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