Art of Organics + Laurel Whole Plant Organics
I was delighted to be asked to join the Brighten Challenge with Art of Organics and Laurel Whole Plant Organics this month! As you may well know, I'm a huge fan of Laurel; the woman and her incredible skin care line, and Art of Organics is bringing you $116 of her incredibleness featuring Laurel's Brighten Mask, Handcrafted Mask Bowl and Brush for $39.
Interestingly enough, the Brighten Mask was one of the few products of Laurel's I'd yet to try, and her mask brush was the first of it's kind in my collection. I committed to the challenge for the month of August to see how it affected my skin over the course of the month and now I get to share!
For starters, though, can I just say that when I watched Laurel's video (posted below) about the challenge, her approach and how to prepare and apply the mask, I had one of those "Ooooohhhhhhh" moments. You know, the I've been doing it wrong my entire life moments. Yeah. Those rock.
Can all the #ineverreadinstructions people come and join my club? I don't think I own a single kitchen appliance that I've actually read any part of the manual on.
Anyway. Back to the good stuff.
If you don't already know, Laurel is my girl. She gets it. She doesn't just strive to be organic for the sake of a trend, she's drawn to the science of plants in their whole form, the synergistic power of combining them, sourcing them locally, organically and biodynamically. There's no greenwashing coming out of her camp, and in fact, she's spoken out against greenwashed ingredients numerous times.
The mask featured in the Art of Organics box works to brighten, repair and firm tired skin. The ingredient list boasts:
- Camu Camu: Soothes and brightens
- Rosehip Fruit: Repairs skin cells
- Frankincense: Restores skin tone
- Carrot Seed: Targets hyperpigmentation
- Gota Kola: Stimulates collagen
Once I started applying this correctly, which had to do with the proper amount of filtered water along with a few drops of face serum and allowing it to steep for a while before applying. At first, I was thinking there was no way I'd be able to let it steep before applying. Much like when you make a cup of tea and then forget all about it until it's 3 hours later? Yeah.
But I made it work by making it my first step in my bedtime routine. I mixed the mask and let it sit while I removed my make-up, washed my face, brushed my teeth, tidied the surrounding area and warmed the water to take a shower or rinse. Then I applied the mask before I stepped into the shower and removed it either while I was in the shower or after. Easy peasy.
There's definitely an immediate glow you're left with after rinsing off the mask and over time, things like hyperpigmentation will begin to fade. The best part is, you can even spot treat problem areas every day to speed it up!
If this sounds good/great/stupendous to you, I'd recommend you grab a box to experience it all for yourself for the wowza price of $39!
Here is Laurel explaining all the details about how to mix and apply the mask (properly):