Luminance Skincare Review + Giveaway!! ($32+ Value) (Closed)
HELLO AND HAPPY FRIDAY!!
If your familiar with the word “Serendipity”, then you’ll understand my experience discovering the Luminance Skincare line!
I happen to be a plant based/natural makeup/nutrition book obsessed person and purchased the “Rawsome Vegan Life” book to drool over every page and of course tell myself that I will one day work up the courage and energy to replicate her beautiful creations..
When I happened to notice a giveaway from a company on her blog, which I had never heard of..
Being that I’ve sampled and shared over 250 companies from skincare to haircare.. all I could think was, WHO IS THIS COMPANY?!
So I entered to win, because.. well who doesn’t like to win free amazing products?! (I give away most of my excess to friends and family, they love me lol) Low and behold I was contacted by someone from the company stating that though I didn’t win the giveaway that they wanted to send me products anyways.. lol, all I was thinking at that point, I love this company already!
I ended up receiving an array of Luminance products and even had the pleasure of speaking with the owner myself on the inception of Luminance skincare and his ultimate goals behind the brand. The more I got to talk with him I just became a huge fan instantly.. He had me at, “I’m a engineer and my objective is to create a clean line of skincare that gets the highest ratings on EWG”
If you know anything about the Environmental Working Group, you know that this organization dissects every product known to man and goes through every ingredient with a fine tooth comb!
For a product to get a good rating on their website it almost has to be made of just water, and maybe air lol
With that being said, my overall interpretation of the brand itself and its founders is quite positive..
I have a strong feeling that this company, though straightforward with its product names, packaging, and more importantly its ingredients, are going to be making a huge impact in the natural skincare world and bringing about some stiff competition..
No glycerin, alcohols, solvents, petroleum derivatives, paraffin, bees wax, shea butter, parabens, synthetic preservatives or fragrances.
Every product is vegan. Organic. And raw.
I highly recommend Luminance Skincare!!
The Story of Luminance
Kim and his wife Priscilla. Kim was working as an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley when Priscilla became allergic to everything with synthetic fragrance, which is pretty much all commercial skincare products and much of that which is hand made. Priscilla couldn’t use soap, hair spray, perfume, laundry detergent…etc without getting a severe migraine. They looked for good products without synthetic fragrances and discovered that even “unscented” products use a synthetic masking scent to mask the typically unpleasant odor of all the nasty synthetic ingredients.
As these synthetic fragrances become less and less expensive they have become more and more pervasive. And the worst part is many are known carcinogens and remain completely unregulated by the FDA because they are not consumed orally.
We maintain that if you put it on your skin you’ve eaten it, you just didn’t have to chew and swallow first.
So what started as a way to free Priscilla from severe migraines has turned into a passion to create the finest, cleanest skincare products in the world. And now, ten years later, the product line includes deeply moisturizing handmade soaps and skin care products that are both organic and raw. Without anything synthetic. Toxic. Or harmful in any way.
Every product is formulated and handmade by Kim with an extremely high level of precision, sophistication, care and craftsmanship.
Organic Natural Rose Facial Toner
Spraying yourself with our Rosewater is like swimming in freshly plucked rose petals. It’s fragrant, pure, and will leave your face dewey with rose oil.
It also serves as a pH adjustment. This is how you help your face correct dry skin, oily skin, and skin that vacillates between the two (combination skin). Tap water is too alkaline for your face (sometimes in the high 9s). Your face is happy in the upper 6s. Spray your face with rose water after exposing it to tap water and your skin will thank you for it.
Our rosewater is not a hydrosol. It doesn’t have any alcohol, solvents or astringent.
Just pure rosewater.
German Blue Chamomile Eye Cream
We hand-craft this organic and completely natural eye cream with a wonderfully nutritious collection of fresh natural ingredients. And like all of our products we leave out all the synthetic nasties that just ought not to be there in the first place. This eye cream is raw and vegan. Excellent for puffiness and dark circles.
The skin around your eyes is the most delicate skin you have on your body and it’s no place for nasty chemicals. So meet an eye cream without alcohols or astringents. Without synthetic wax. Without harsh preservatives. Solvents, Metals or synthetic fragrances. As always, what we don’t use is as important as what we do.
So I could talk your ear off about this eye cream but here’s what we’ve accomplished and how. Briefly.
1. Herbal Extractions for increased circulation. Enhanced blood circulation helps the delicate skin above, below and around the eyes brings water into the tissue for greater hydration. Calendula, Honeysuckle, Ginko, Chickweed and Holy Basil to name a few.
2. A very specific collection of oils. Creates a barrier so that the enhanced hydration stays in the skin while allowing the skin to breathe. A small touch of Jojoba (more in the blog explaning why too much Jojoba is not a good idea). Evening Primrose, Kukui, Meadowfoam and Avocado. There are more!
3. German Blue Chamomile Essential Oil. A gentle muscle relaxant which helps with fine lines. It also is amazingly therapeutic, instantly calming inflamed skin. The antioxident and detoxing properties of this essential oil will also help reduce dark circles under the eyes. And it smells like heaven.
Water: Lavender Water, German Blue Chamomile Water. Oils: Tamarind Seed,Tamanu, Apricot Kernal, Macademia, Avocado,Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Argan, and Kukui. Organic Herbal Extracts: German Blue Chamomile, Tamarind Seed, Raspberry Seed, Comfry, Sea Buckthron, Holy Basil, Calendula, Tamanu, Honey Suckle, Rose Hips & Lavender. Essential Oils: German Blue Chamomile To Emulisfy: Olivem From Olive Skins To Naturally Preserve: Red Radish Root Extract. Craftsmanship. And care.
This natural organic sun screen relies upon the absorption characteristics of Red Raspberry Seed Oil. While this effective sun screen does not carry an FDA approved SPF rating, it does provide a respectable protection from the sun’s harmful radiations without any of the very harmful ingredients found in commercial sunblocks.
For best results apply a thin application to exposed skin every two hours, after swimming, or working out (perspiration weakens the protection).
No Zinc.* No Titanium. No Copper.
No Endocrine Disruption.
No Synthetic Ingredients. No Waxes.
No PABA. No Petrochemical Derivatives.
Ingredients: Red Raspberry Oil
*We are offering the Red Raspberry Seed Sun Screen with a small touch of Zinc, to provide a bit more protection for those who feel they need more. The zinc is in solution and will not make your skin pasty white and it is not nano particle zinc …. of course!
Wearing this mask is like burying your face in a bowl of freshly plucked rose petals. Fragrant, deeply moisturizing, calming, and luxurious. Pamper yourself with a glass of wine, a candle-lit bath, and our luxurious Rosewater Mask.
Pure rosewater- no alcohol, no astringent. Deep-penetrating oils that hydrate and nourish. Therapeutic extracts and herbs that help your skin achieve vitality. Perfection.
Water: Organic Rose Water Oils: Jojoba, Kukui, Argan, Avocado, Meadowfoam Herbal Extracts: Algae Cellulite Preservative: Red Radish Root Herbal Extracts: Organic CO2, Tamarind Seed, Holy Basil, Honeysuckle, Rose Hips, Lavender
Organic Facial Cleanser
We hand-craft this organic and natural cleanser for the most delicate skin. Like all our products it is vegan and raw and without anything synthetic, toxic or harmful in any way.
This face wash is truly the basis for healthy skin.
Formulated with the same wonderful ingredients we use in our moisturizers (and more!) This cleanser will gently cleanse, wonderfully nourish and deeply moisturize your skin.
And it’s soap. Real soap. Fact is, there is nothing better for your skin than a properly made and properly pH balanced hand made soap. When people say: don’t put soap on your face, what they should be saying is don’t put petrochemical grease strippers full of alcohol, metals and solvents on your face. Which by the way, accurately describes all of the commercially available cleansers.
Yup, soap is the way to go.
Ingredients: Water: Purified Water Oils: Coconut, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado, Meadowfoam, Argan, Kukui,Grape Seed and Rice Brand. Scents: A secret blend of 100% Pure Essential Oils. Herbal Extracts: Honeysuckle, Orchid and Chamomile. To Saponify: Food Grade Potassium Hydroxide*
A few words about Potassium Hydroxide: It is not synthetic. It is the traditional base component that when added to the fatty acids (the seed and fruit skin oils) to create an reaction resulting in hot process liquid soap. The most gentle skin loving variety of soaps. When the formulation is done right, and we do it by hand is small batches, with engineering precision, all of the Sodium Hydroxide reacts with all of the oils, and clays and essential oils into a wonderfullu fragrent, perfectly gentle and safe bottle of liquid soap.
We hand-craft this organic and completely natural moisturizer with the finest ingredients to make your skin healthy and supple. Just excellent for sensitive skin.
This cream is consistently our best-seller and a wonderful anti-aging facial moisturizer. Rich with collagen mimickers Tamarind Seed and Tamanu Oils. Formulated in a base of Lavender and German Blue Chamomile waters for a wonderfully calming antioxidant and a lovely honey like fragrance. Blended with a carefully constructed ratio of Argan Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Meadow Foam Oil. Along with a very therapeutic collection of CO2 extracted organic herbals. It just doesn’t get any better. Anywhere. At any price.
Deep Hydration Moisturizer is designed to penetrate quickly and leave your skin non greasy and silky smooth. Makeup can be applied within a few minutes.
Tip: This is a very rich cream and so if you happen to apply too much, simply find some more skin and spread it. The skin on your neck and top of your chest is the same skin that’s on your face (very delicate). This is a good place to put excess cream.
Deep Hydration Ingredients:
Water: Lavender Water Oils: Tamarind Seed,Tamanu, Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado, Jojoba, Meadow foam, Argan, Meadowfoam and Kukui. Organic Herbal Extracts: German Blue Chamomile, Tamarind Seed, Raspberry Seed, Comfrey, Sea Buckthorn, Holy Basil, Calendula, Tamanu, Honey Suckle, Rose Hips & Lavender. To Naturally Preserve: Red Radish Root Extract. Craftsmanship. And care.
Organic. Raw. Vegan. Skin Butter.
Our Skin Butter is by far the richest moisturizer we make. Fluffy and light. Rich! Profound in its simplicity; Argan Seed, Kukui Nut, Avocado Seed, Meadow Foam Oils whipped over a couple of days into a silky, delicate mouse.
An elegant moisturizer for people with large or small areas of dry skin. Anywhere and everywhere.
Eczema, Psoriasis or Dermatitis. Just wonderful. While it won’t cure the condition, it will help with the itching and the scaliness.
A little goes a long way. Absolutely non greasy. And vastly superior to Shea Butter.
Oils: Avocado, Kukui, Argan Herbal Extracts: Tamarind Seed, Raspberry Seed, Tamanu, Honeysuckle
Organic Maitake Mushroom Face Mask
This mask is a who’s who of what’s wonderful for your skin and my all time favorite. It’s raw, organic, completely nontoxic and thoroughly natural. Formulated with organic Mataki Mushroom Mycellia, Kelp, Macha Tea, wonderful food grade clay’s and a carefully selected blend of therapeutic herbal extractions.
The clays and seaweeds gently pull impurities from deep within your pours and the accumulated antioxidants of the Mycelia and Matcha Tea joins with the rich herbal content of the Hydration base to gently detox and richly nourish your face.
The mask is designed for two application styles:
1. It can be applied like a classical mask to be washed away in 10 minutes or so.
2. Or it can be applied thinner, to be left on overnight to occasionally replace your night time moisturizer. By leaving it on overnight you give the mushroom more time to work it’s detoxification magic. Either way your skin will feel lovely. Nourished. Detoxed.
Water: Lavender Oils: Jojoba. Kukui, Argan, Meadowfoam, Red Radish Root, Blue Chamomile Herbal Extracts: Maitake Mushroom Mycelia, Calendula, Honeysuckle, Botanical Blend, Tamarind Seed, Amaranth Seed, Horsetail, Matcha Tea, Rooibos Root and Ginko Root.