I love grapeseed oil for two main reasons:
The first is that it's an amazing, versatile oil for skincare. It's lightweight but emollient, easy to spread, and is easily absorbed. It softens and conditions skin without clogging pores or causing breakouts. It benefits all skin types, and is a good introductory oil for anyone new to oil cleansing or oil as a moisturizer.
The second reason is that it's pressed from the seeds left over from wine making. Instead of throwing away the seeds after the fruit is used, the seeds are washed and sent off to an oil producer. In the reduce/reuse/recycle circle, it is the ultimate oil, and I love that. Nothing is wasted.
Because grape seeds are so small, with just a tiny amount of oil in each seed, most commercial grapeseed oil is extracted with the help of heat or a chemical solvent, usually hexane, for maximum yield. It is then deodorized to remove its characteristic wine-like aroma. While not harmful (only trace amounts of the solvent remain in the oil), the oil is highly processed, and nearly colorless and odorless. It loses some of its "life", but is still a good oil for skincare.
Last year, right around this time, we changed our grapeseed oil from a more processed oil to one that was organically grown and filtered, but unrefined. To go from a semi-clear, semi-odorless oil to a deep green oil with a natural wine-like aroma was a big step, but we, and our customers, were happy to move to an organic oil.
Our new oil comes from several locations around the globe. Sourcing from different
locations allows for a year-round supply. As one location ends their growing season, another begins theirs. Because of differences such as in climate, altitude, and soil, the same oil from different parts of the globe can differ greatly. Sometimes even oil from the same area, and even the same farm, can differ depending on changing weather. Both of the grapeseed oils in the photo to the right are organically grown and unrefined. One is from Chile, and the other is from Spain.
Standardizing the growing process with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, along with heat processing and deodorizing, helps create a standardized end product. The differences from batch to batch, and location to location, are unnoticable. But, an organic, unrefined oil like the grapeseed oil that we use, has not gone through any standardization. Because of the differences in batches of oil, there may also be differences from batch to batch of our cleansing oil, or any other product we make with grapeseed oil.
If you've ever wondered why your cleansing oil has looked or smelled different each time you buy it, this is the reason (don't worry, these differences do not change the effectiveness of the product). We hope you and your skin love the organic oil.
PS. Is anyone a wine connoisseur? If you are an expert in the differences from region to region in the same type of wine, I'd love to hear about them in the comments below
I love coffeehouses.
Love is not even a strong enough description for how I feel about coffeehouses.
I've loved them since I was a teenager in the 90s, years before Starbucks took over the east coast. Back when independent coffeehouses could be found in nearly every town. Back when coffeehouses were a place to meet people, not to sit in front of laptops, earphones in, oblivious to our surroundings.
Opening a coffeehouse was my dream. I came close once, with location prepared, equipment ready, and business plan in place. Last-minute complications with the realtor and business partners brought that project to a halt (thankfully, or I wouldn't be where I am today).
I spent 10 years as a barista, in four different coffeehouses, in two different countries, and two different US states.
Whenever I travel, I seek out the coolest indie coffeehouses to meet locals. Every town I've ever moved to, I've met the majority of my friends at the coffeehouse. I even met my husband at a coffeehouse, the last one I worked at, my home away from home.
Maybe "obsessed with" would be a better description than "love".
Cleansing grains are powdered blends of clays and botanical ingredients such as herbs, nuts, and seeds. Sometimes called "buffing grains", they are used on their own or in addition to your favorite facial wash to gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Depending on the formula, cleansing grains may also be used as a facial mask, making them an ideal solution for anyone who loves the ease of 2-in-1 products.
Wunder Budder cleansing grains are a blend of fine mineral clays, freshly ground flowers, ground seeds, and specially blended essential oils. Handmade, they are shipped and stored dry, and can be used as both a face scrub for refreshing dull skin and as a purifying facial mask.
As I was working with these beautiful dried calendula flowers, I was thinking about why I never wanted to become a USDA certified organic company.
I sourced these flowers last fall. Although I had been happy with my previous calendula flower supplier (a USDA certified organic source), I didn't like that the flowers were being shipped from the other side of the country. In an emergency, I purchased a small amount of these naturally grown* calendula flowers from a local farm, in New Hampshire, just a few hours from where I'm located. I was so happy with them, I turned my my temporary fix into a permanent change. They're a higher quality, they're local, and even though they aren't USDA certified organic, they're still naturally grown.
If I was a USDA certified organic company, I would not have been able to make the switch. I would not have had the choice.
I support USDA certified organic products...
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