Friday, March 20, 2015

Around the world with Red Flower part I

Within the next few weeks, I plan on taking readers on a journey through the world of skincare with red flower. First a little bit about this innovative line:

red flower was created from a deep-rooted love of the land and spirituality, as well as a sense of science and holistic medicine. we’re founded on the principles of world traditions, sustainable sourcing, ritual, well-being and aesthetics. all of our products are created around cultural body-care rituals from around the world. from the onsens of japan to the hammams of turkey, we tell the story of a destination through scent and by capturing the spiritual potential of native plants and extracts. red flower offers an ever-evolving line of flower body washes, lotions, shampoo and conditioners that are entirely botanically based, 100 percent vegetarian and paraben-free, available in 13 flower scents. red flower was founded by yael alkalay with a vision for people to create ritual and beauty in their everyday lives. focusing on both the internal and the external, always searching and trying to find, yael believes that true indulgence is personal and takes a lifetime. what started in 1999 at barneys new york with six flower candles and two organic flower teas soon grew into a global presence. the line continues to evolve and grow with over a hundred products. each is simple and clean and contains powerful, natural ingredients that promote health, environmental consciousness and integrity. this is what makes red flower so innovative.

The products are inspired as noted above, by body-care rituals that are treasured from the around the world.  I had the opportunity to review products from the Japan line, the Hammam line and the nature Line.  I want to do the review great justice so I plan on taking readers on a trip once a week for three weeks reviewing the products I used from a particular  red flower line.

 So fasten your seat belts and get ready for trip to the Hammam.  A Hammam is a Turkish bath. They are places your go to rejuvinate, and cleanse and they are a ritual favorred by many different sacred cultures.  red flower created the Hammam line to capture this experience.
 hammam means spreader of warmth. in an atmosphere of half light, quiescence and devotion, is a sensual ritual of heat, steam, detoxification, rich scent and relaxation based on the skin care practices of the hammam bath house. tracing its roots back to the ancient roman thermae–the body treatment traditions of the hammam can still be experienced from the far-reaching costa of andalusia, spain to the hot springs of turkey, tunisia and morocco. retreat into an intense blend of essential oils, plant, nut and fruit extracts, carefully chosen for their therapeutic and healing properties. layer powerful ingredients, heady scents and incredible textures to treat the body to a crescendo of temperature and detoxification for a euphoric lightness of being.

I got to use the Jasmine Rose Rhassoul Clay.   You mix it with water and apply to the entire body.  It draws out impurities while you while the scents relax and take you away.  The blend of rhassoul and bentonite clay is detoxifying, and the essential oils of  rose, eglantine, jasmine and moroccan blue tansy are a powerfully relaxing mix. It is an amazing experience.  I use this any time I am feeling under the weather or just in need of a cleansing.  

After drawing out the impurities and cleansing yourself, you step from your shower and spray the intoxicating Orange Quince Steam Mist all over yourself. 
This blend of gently toning citrus oils and stimulating wood and fruit extracts act as a gentle peel to encourage renewal. lemon, pink grapefruit and neroli oils brighten mind energy, while helping to rid the skin of excess sebaceous toxins. anti-oxidizing and nutrient-rich, these oils contain vitamins a, b and c, used to brighten dull skin. With every mist, stimulate circulation to remove impurities from the skin's surface, tighten pores, and recharge with a dose of concentrated oxygen to brighten the complexion.

I am addicted to the scent (I adore neroli) and I love how refreshing and awakening this is after a long, hot shower.  I also use this as a mid-day pick-me-up.  It really does make me feel lighter and brighter.

Stay tuned, as next week, we travel to Japan with  red flower and an exciting giveaway!

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