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SACRED BOTANICALS: HIBISCUS

We don’t use the term “hero ingredient” often or lightly, but Hibiscus is justifiably a hero ingredient. As a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and anti-aging antioxidants, Hibiscus has more than earned its “Nature’s Botox” moniker. It’s no wonder we blended potent Hibiscus Seed peptides into our new Hydrating Petal Cream.

You might be wondering what makes Hibiscus any different than other skincare ingredients that claim a myriad of benefits for your face. There are so many ingredients out there that claim to

do this or fix that, it can be overwhelming trying to work them all into your routine. One of the things we love most about Hibiscus is that its potent peptides pack multiple benefits into this one ingredient.

Hibiscus is not only rich in antioxidant Vitamin C, a powerhouse skincare ingredient by anyone’s standards, it also contains anthocyanosides. Anthocyanosides neutralize free radicals, a major source of skin aging, and act as an anti-inflammatory to visibly calm stressed skin. Those with sensitive skin know how hard it can be to find a powerful skincare product that doesn’t cause irritation as an unfortunate side effect. Due to its inflammation-fighting capabilities, Hibiscus is one of the rare ingredients that can do both. In case those benefits weren’t enough,anthocyanosides also act as an astringent and minimize the appearance of pores.

Fighting signs of aging isn’t the only superpower in Hibiscus’s arsenal. It’s also a rich source of AHAs. These gentle exfoliators increase cell turnover, reduce breakouts, and brighten the complexion without stripping the skin of its natural oils. They also improve skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation over time.

Finally, Hibiscus has a high mucilage content. Mucilage is a substance created by plants to help them retain water and nutrients. It works as an intense hydrator for skin and improves skin’s ability to retain moisture, resulting in a supple, youthful complexion.

Hibiscus is just one of many hardworking botanicals we use in our products. Clean, potent ingredients are the focus of our formulations, and the results speak for themselves. Incorporate our new Hydrating Petal Cream into your skincare routine and experience the power of Hibiscus for yourself.

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A Candid Interview With Our Founder, Casey Georgeson and re•spin, An Online Wellness Community

THE WAY THIS “CLEAN” BEAUTY BRAND IS PUTTING WOMEN’S HEALING AND EMPOWERMENT FIRST
By: Jessica Ourisman
 

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare once wrote. In the case of the indie beauty brand, Saint Jane, there is actually great depth and significance in their name. It references a historical figure and saint, Jane De Chantal, a French baroness who dedicated her life to healing and uplifting vulnerable women outcast by society in the 1500s. This healing legacy alludes to the root of the founder’s mission and ethos, whose philosophy aims to heal sensitive skin and to empower women — giving back to non-profits that empower girls and women.

But as the mother of three young daughters, CEO and founder Casey Georgeson’s business decisions to prioritize women’s health are deeply personal. As you’ll learn, she aims to support women’s health, healing, and wellness through critical moments of pause and self-care set aside to nourish and rē-connect the mind, body, skin, and spirit. Georgeson’s story also provides insight into the growing “clean” beauty niche, which is slowly but surely transforming the billion-dollar industry, rē-spinning the way consumers think about beauty and personal care products.

The Founder’s Journey to “Clean”

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare once wrote. In the case of the indie beauty brand, Saint Jane, there is actually great depth and significance in their name. It references a historical figure and saint, Jane De Chantal, a French baroness who dedicated her life to healing and uplifting vulnerable women outcast by society in the 1500s. This healing legacy alludes to the root of the founder’s mission and ethos, whose philosophy aims to heal sensitive skin and to empower women — giving back to non-profits that empower girls and women.

But as the mother of three young daughters, CEO and founder Casey Georgeson’s business decisions to prioritize women’s health are deeply personal. As you’ll learn, she aims to support women’s health, healing, and wellness through critical moments of pause and self-care set aside to nourish and rē-connect the mind, body, skin, and spirit. Georgeson’s story also provides insight into the growing “clean” beauty niche, which is slowly but surely transforming the billion-dollar industry, rē-spinning the way consumers think about beauty and personal care products.

The Controversy Over “Clean”

Many deride the clean beauty industry, in part due to the fact that the term is still legally unregulated and thus can be used as a marketing ploy. Although a growing body of research exists, experts often disagree when it comes to what constitutes “safe” (with a major debate brewing over sunscreen), fueling discourse and continued research — but also divisive rhetoric among impassioned beauty consumers and commentators. If you’re one of the skeptics, simply try thinking of the push for “non-toxic” beauty in terms of consumer preference; just as some of us prefer organic, farm-to-table cuisine, opt to be vegetarians or flexitarians, or to practice yoga as opposed to pilates, it comes down to personal choice and sovereignty over one’s body — something that each of us is entitled to. After all, what makes a person feel safe is a highly personal decision. Even without industry regulations in place, you can trust that the products you purchase from Saint Jane adhere to Georgeson’s notion of “clean”; namely, “ingredients that are globally recognized to be less toxic.”

“For too many years, women didn’t know ingredients in their beauty products were toxic or dangerous, like Formaldehyde, which we now know is a carcinogen.” Talc is another common (and legal) ingredient that has been found to occasionally be contaminated with the carcinogen asbestos, and Johnson & Johnson has actually been ordered to pay billions of dollars in damages to cancer patients and their families due to suspected links between their talcum powder — yes, the same baby powder made for use on our babies — and the disease. (As recently as June 2021, J&J lost a Supreme Court appeal to overturn a $2 billion settlement awarded by a jury, after already having been ordered to pay $4.9 billion in damages for talc’s link to ovarian cancer back in 2018.)

Debates aside, growing consumer interest in personal care, fragrance, skincare, and cosmetic products that make their ethics part of their business models — from sustainability, to ingredient selection, to supply chain transparency — is apparent. “Brands are absolutely taking notice [of this growing consumer trend and] represents a significant shift that I believe will ultimately make the beauty industry safer and more regulated,” Georgeson says. She is not alone in her belief that beauty’s best practices should be aligned with wellness of the self, with that of the planet, animals, and the communities of people involved.

 

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Let’s not forget that the world of CBD is often stigmatized still, and that championing this anti-inflammatory, wellness ingredient is aligned with the original Saint Jane’s efforts to serve the marginalized and shunned. Mostly, it is the multi-dimensional, more comprehensive approach to wellness — of the skin, of the self, and also of the planet —  that is rē-spinning the way that we think about beauty brands.

But because the niche is unregulated, do not trust a label to tell you what adheres to these principles; it takes digging deeper to know what it is you’re investing in. “The wellness of our planet is integral to the brand,” Georgeson says. “We partner with companies and farmers around the world to support their diverse cultures and empower their rich traditions in a modern and sustainable way with environmentally sound practices.” Whether it occurs tomorrow or in the next 20 years, the industry is undergoing a shift that is being led by health-conscious entrepreneurs and brands like Saint Jane.

 

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Sacred Botanicals: Sandalwood

Centuries old Sandwood and its use for both medicinal and skincare benefits have been recorded for over 4,000 years, making it among the earliest botanicals to be used in this way.

Native to India, Sandalwood has a rich history and was believed to have been used in the bathing rituals of Hindu Gods. It is even written that the most powerful Goddess, Lakshmi resided in a Sandalwood Tree.

It was known then, and known now to hydrate, rejuvenate and soothe the skin. The unique and powerful benefits of this botanical are ideal for many skin concerns and skin types. As such a versatile ingredient, Sandalwood is one of our 20 botanicals found in our best-selling Luxury Beauty Serum. Our multipurpose skin calming, balancing and nourishing powerhouse serum.

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Sandalwood blends with our other botanicals and Whole-Flower CBD and attributes to the skin calming and nourishing effects of Luxury Beauty Serum. An essential ingredient in the efficacy of our hero serum.

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For complexions on the drier side, Sandalwood can provide deep replenishment for moisture loss. It’s a natural emollient with powerful, hydrating effects on the skin. The scientific structure of Sandalwood allows deeper absorption into the skin to deliver an intense dose of moisture.

Sandalwood is the perfect gentle exfoliant for brighter skin. Rich, and liquid gold in color this oil has mild, natural astringent properties making it essential for skin renewal. 

Soothing and calming. Our two favorite skin benefits of the botanicals we select for our formulas. Sandalwood doesn’t disappoint in this department. It is rich with calming compounds with the unparalleled ability to renew the complexion. A dream botanical for harsh skin concerns like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

The calming effects of Sandalwood go beyond the skin. When it comes to aromatherapy, the calming scent of Sandalwood is a favorite. It is said that the most aromatic Sandalwood Oil comes from the oldest trees. It’s rich, woody aroma is just as effective at uniting your senses as it is balancing your skin.



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The Female Side of CBD

 

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Women are incredible beings. We work hard, we get things done, we empower everything around us. Uncoincidentally, so does the female side of the hemp plant. From plant to bottle to your skincare routine, we empower women at every step. Every formula is infused with nutrient-rich CBD sourced and harvested from the female side of the hemp plant full of benefits for the skin.

So why do we use the female side of the hemp plant? It’s simple. When we started our journey into discovering CBD for the skin and harnessing its transformative power, we knew that only the highest, purest concentrations would do. Unlike its male counterpart, female hemp plants produce more desirable flowers, the cannabinoid-rich blooms with the highest level of CBD, ideal for skincare benefits. 

The female flower has a higher number of trichomes which protect the plant from environmental stressors. When female hemp plants begin to produce flowers in the wild, they often become vulnerable. They start to attract various insects and animals, and are exposed to harmful UV rays and damaging winds. It’s the over abundant amount of trichomes on the plant that protect the flower from harm and allow it to thrive in the wild.

The strength of a woman is universal, even in nature. The female side of the hemp plant is resilient, thrives in harsh situations and is a survivor. It spends its life protecting itself, and when harvested and extracted, is a nourishing powerhouse. The true embodiment of the female spirit. 

A plant with the ability to protect itself in its natural environment, imagine what it can do for your skin. That protective instinct is deeply rooted in its DNA, and translates beautifully to empower your skin to its very best form. The cannabinoids from the female flower carry the same protective benefits, and when used in highly concentrated serums like Luxury Beauty Serum, Luxury Body Serum and The C-Drops, can help protect and nourish your skin barrier and balance your complexion. The positive impact CBD can have on your skin goes even deeper.

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CBD, especially when combined with other skin-saving botanicals, can be incredibly calming for acne prone skin, sensitive skin, and even for common skin irritations like rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. The key benefit here is balance, CBD can help regulate oil production and its hydrating properties can combat dryness/dullness. So no matter your skin type, CBD is a beautiful balancing act and universally transformative.

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Sacred Botanicals: Helichrysum "The Everlasting Flower"

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In every drop of Saint Jane serum, every jar of eye cream, and every swipe of lip treatment are sacred, trusted botanicals that have been used for centuries to treat and transform the skin.

Of the 20 potent botanicals found in our award-winning Luxury Beauty Serum, Helichrysum is one we harness for its concentrated antioxidant potency and historical healing powers. This powerful botanical, also known as “Everlasting” or “Immortelle”, impresses with its extreme gentleness and high efficacy. 

Some of the first known uses of Helichrysum comes from the time of the Ancient Greeks, as it was known and used for its wound healing ability often used after the frequent battles of that time period. 

Helichrysum appears countless times in Greek mythology, most notably in Homer’s epic poem when the hero Oydsseus returns to the Pheonician coast and meets the divine Nausicaa, the beautiful daughter of the king. It is told the secret of her beauty is the extraordinary oil of the “flower that never fades, even when it is picked,” earning its name...Immortelle.

In addition to its rich history, this everlasting flower really shines when it comes to benefits for the skin, as the ancient women of history discovered. The renewing oil is an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic...the list goes on. The esters found naturally occurring in the oil are known to help reduce the appearance of acne and have a calming effect on the skin. The presence of naturally occurring chemical components make up the unique structure of this oil that’s powerful enough to balance oily and dry skin, but gentle enough for sensitive skin, especially when mixed with other botanicals (like the 19 others in Luxury Beauty Serum).

Helichrysum oil can be incredibly moisturizing, even for oily complexions and its powerful renewing properties have been shown to slow and even visibly reverse signs of aging. The high concentrations of antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties help to repair and restore skin cells, revive dull skin and combat fine lines and dark spots. 

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When selecting and sourcing our botanical blends, those that have the ability to calm skin stress are close to our hearts. Helichrysum is both antibiotic and antifungal and an effective treatment for so many skin irritations. Using a serum like Luxury Beauty Serum, with concentrations of Helichrysum can help combat skin stress like breakouts, eczema, psoriasis and other skin concerns. Our love for this everlasting flower and it’s healing history runs deep and infusing its sacred benefits into every golden drop will empower your skin to find balance and calm. 



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The Saint Series, Vol. 12: Renata Helfman

 

Meet Renata Helfman, a philanthropist, clean beauty advocate and an inspirational addition to our Saint Series. Always searching for ways to share her knowledge and help those around her, Renata began volunteering with cancer patients at Cedars Sinai in 2011 and was surprised to learn that the hospital did not have a beauty program in place. Specifically, she made it her mission to bring beauty, compassion and human touch to patients in need through offering complimentary, personalized, and oncology-sensitive beauty and skin care services. That’s when she founded Lipstick Angels. Renata shared her story with us, and we know you’ll find it just as inspiring as we do. 


Q: What inspired you to start Lipstick Angles?

A: I started Lipstick Angels because I was looking for a way to give back simply as a volunteer. I was a busy makeup artist working around the country and when I looked for an opportunity to work with cancer patients in a hospital setting I could not find one, so I took it upon myself to create it.  It definitely was not easy but the organization always had a life of its own from day one. I am so happy that now there is a venue for other makeup artists and aestheticians to give back in this capacity and of course an organization that is looking at people living with cancer with a mind, body and spirit connection.

 

Q: Because of the Pandemic, you’ve had to pivot and find new ways to reach cancer patients virtually.  Can you tell us about it? 

A: Yes, I am so incredibly excited that we have launched a virtual platform for our classes and private sessions. We can now send our patients a wonderful variety of skincare , make up and wellness products directly to their homes .We then set up a private Zoom call for them to work directly with a Lipstick Angel. We feel that this is a unique opportunity to expand our footprint and be able to reach more and more cancer patients in need. We are thrilled that we will be able to do this even when we go back into the hospital and have more options for patients to connect with us.


Q: Makeup and beauty can be transformative, especially for those who are going through Chemo. Can you share some of your favorite moments since starting Lipstick Angels?

A: Well, there are so many incredible moments. But I can remember one that always sticks out. I was actually working with this beautiful woman in the infusion center while she was getting her chemotherapy and tears came to her eyes after I showed her how she looked in the mirror. When I asked her if she was ok she just said that she was so happy that today she was not going to hide in the car when she picked her daughter up from school, she was going to go in and get her. This was a huge moment for our organization to understand how cancer affects the whole family and I always see that little girl’s face and how she must have felt seeing her mom come into the school and get her and feel like herself again.

 

Q: You are an advocate for clean beauty.  Why is using clean beauty/skincare important for you?

A: Clean beauty for me is very personal. When I discovered all of the chemicals in the personal care items almost 20 years ago my life really changed for the better. I was suffering from some health issues and I knew I had to clean up my act and learn what was really going into my body. Thinking about it now, who could have imagined how important it would be for my career now working with people living with cancer. There is no reason for anyone not to be educated about what they are putting on their skin ( it is your largest organ) but as a cancer patient you have to be even more careful about everything you do. Staying as healthy as you can imagine is vital to keep your immune system strong so you can get through the chemotherapy and or radiation.


Q: How can we support and get involved with Lipstick Angels?

A: There are lots of ways to support Lipstick Angels. If you are a makeup artist or aesthetician and you are interested in volunteering please visit our website Lipstickangles.org. You can also make a tax-deductible donation on our website - every dollar helps us deliver our programs around the country! Also, supporting brands like Saint Jane who we have partnerships with is such a beautiful way to show your support and receive the gift of beauty yourself.

 

Q: What are your secrets to self-care and balance?

A: I think that’s the key is definitely balance in everything in life. It is a hard lesson to learn but I will say if you can be kind to yourself and others and let yourself color outside of the lines once in a while it is a really good thing!


Q: If you were to be anointed into sainthood, what would it be for?

A: I hate to say it but I think I would be the Saint of Overworking! I don’t look at it as a negative at all, I just love what I do and get excited to get up every day and lead this organization with all my heart and soul. 

Bonus Q: What's your favorite SAINT JANE product and why do you love it?

A: My favorite product is hard to choose because they are all AMAZING!  But I, of course, must go with the exquisite lip cream in the shade “Ritual.” The color is divine and 100% of the proceeds are donated to Lipstick Angels. If that’s not love then what is? Continue reading

Nightly Calming Skincare Routine with Sunnie Brook

Life can be stressful. We believe that stealing moments of self-care for yourself whenever you can is so important to recharge your battery, soothe your soul, and relax your body. When was the last time you took a moment for yourself to just...be? Self-care is so much more than a good bath and a calming skincare routine, but it's a great place to start. It may seem small, but it can make all the difference.

We asked Sunnie Brook, celebrity hair stylist, beauty expert, and a busy new-mother how she incorporates Saint Jane into her nightly routine to melt away stress and prep for a restful night's sleep.

 

STEP 1: Calm and hydrate the skin.

One clean skin, apply a full dropper of Luxury Beauty Serum and massage into your skin for 3-5 minutes. This 100% clean serum has nutrient-dense hemp extract and 20 potent botanicals to gently resurface, calm skin stress, and hydrate the skin.

Pro Tip: Spend some extra time massaging the product into your temples and along the jawline to release tension and increase blood flow to the skin. (It’s really relaxing). For even better results and to help with lymphatic drainage, use a Smoothing Stone for a deep facial massage.

 

 

STEP 2: Brighten and depuff under eyes.

Next, layer on Bright Repair Eye Cream on your under eyes using your ring finger and gentle tapping motions. Concentrate the product on any dark circles or discoloration and tap the access over any fine lines and wrinkles and down onto the orbital bone and surrounding eye area.

This eye cream visibly corrects the intensity of dark circles and with 10% active Vitamin C, while calming botanicals work to de-puff delicate under eyes. Green Tea and Grapeseed deliver rich antioxidants for a calm, well-rested look.

Pro Tip: Store this eye cream in the fridge for even more of a cooling, de-puffing effect and a soothing experience.


STEP 3: An ultra-luxe bath.

This step is one of our favorite ways to use Luxury Body Serum. Run a hot bath (bubbles optional!) and dispense 3-5 pumps of Luxury Body Serum directly into the water. The nutrient-rich formula will permeate the water and envelope your skin for a restorative experience. 

Soak for at least 30 minutes (or longer if it's been one of those days). Allow the serum infused water to absorb into the skin and bask in the vanilla-bourbon sensory experience. 

Pro Tip: Give yourself a rub-down while soaking! Massage your hands, feet, calves or anywhere you feel tension. The potent hemp extract in the serum works wonders to soothe muscle fatigue. It's the ultimate in CBD self-care


STEP 4: Post-bath hydration.

On damp, post-glorious bath skin, apply Luxury Body Serum here, there and everywhere. Massage into the skin until fully absorbed.

This serum is a vitamin-rich super blend packed with 28 potent botanicals delivering omegas, and exfoliating fruit acids into the skin. The blend is the perfect balance of rich hydration and gentle exfoliation to reveal the most radiant, silky soft skin.

Pro Tip: This body serum can be used in so many different ways. Try using as a cuticle treatment, or a leave-in hair oil for head to toe benefits. 


STEP 5: The best sleep of your life.

The body serum is super rich but absorbs really quickly meaning you can jump right into your pajamas, put on a sleep mask and crawl into bed.

Taking the time to treat your body to these simple self-care steps will help clear your mind, and relax your soul for the most deep, restful sleep that you deserve.

Pro Tip: Have trouble falling asleep? Listening to a meditation app or a soothing sound machine helps to calm your body and relax your mind. 











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