Fresh Organic Beauty
When Om Aroma & Co recently contacted me regarding the launch of their Mini Beauty Serum Trio* I was nothing short of excited! Not only have I become quite the serum and face oil connoisseur/snob/junkie, I also love everything travel size.
Due to the nature of my job, I am “homebound” most days and the extent of my travel mainly consists of trips to and from school, activities and birthday parties (cue the violins!). Yet I am still obsessed with anything that comes in perfectly portioned miniature packaging that has me dreaming of chic weekend getaways rather than the everyday headache known as the pickup line.
Om Aroma & Co is a woman-owned and operated small batch organic skin care brand produced in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Om’s founder Angela Jia Kim, who used to be a professional concert pianist, started her company a few years ago after she had encountered an allergic reaction to a lotion she applied right before stepping on stage. Shocked to find out that said lotion contained 55 ingredients (most of which were synthetic chemicals), Angela became determined to create organic beauty products with only the purest of ingredients. Motivated by her newfound passion for organic living, she started experimenting with components found in nature such as coconut, caviar and olive oil, and after a year and 1,000 tries (!) to create the perfect cream, finally let her friends and family test her product. The positive response she received was so overwhelming that Angela decided to give up her music career and started working with a team of holistic formulators and skin care experts to launch her cosmetics line. Since then, Om Aroma has won several beauty awards and countless rave reviews by beauty editors and industry insiders alike.
This miniature set comes in an organic pouch and includes three of Om Aroma’s best selling face oils. Each serum is conveniently packed in a petite ampoule you can take with you wherever you go. It also makes for a generous trial size which lets you test each serum thoroughly before committing to a full size bottle. Depending on your individual needs, all of the oils can be layered or mixed together to deliver customized results!
The PROTECT Raspberry Serum is an antioxidant treatment for normal to dry skin that protects from free radicals, fights wrinkles and provides deep hydration all while repairing and conditioning the skin with a high dose of vitamin E. Packed with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, PROTECT gives your complexion a natural glow. Perfect for daytime use, red raspberry seeds provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 28-50. I apply 2-3 drops to the palms of my hands and massage them onto my face in the morning for added sun protection under my tinted sunscreen. The Raspberry Serum mixes well with other moisturizers and wears beautifully under makeup.
The GLOW Carrot Rose Serum is packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. Its antioxidant rich formula lures you in with the delicate smell of rose essential oil which smoothes fine lines and helps clear breakouts. I use GLOW in the morning and at night by adding it to any area that needs some extra TLC – occasional breakouts on my forehead and jawline or dryness around my eye area. It leaves my skin plump and super hydrated without ever feeling heavy or greasy.
The RENEW Pumpkin Seed Serum is my favorite of the bunch! It is Om Aroma’s best seller and for good reason. It is a potent all-rounder that repairs and rejuvenates the skin and makes it super soft with the help of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, E, and zinc. Pumpkin seeds help reduce wrinkles and fine lines while rose hip oil is known to diminish hyper pigmentation from age spots, acne scars and sun damage. At night, I massage 2-3 drops neat onto clean skin or mix them with a few drops of the GLOW Serum for extra oomph!
This mask was love at first sight! Ever since battling bouts of adult hormonal acne up until very recently, I have been a huge fan of honey in my skin care. Honey is a humectant meaning it attracts moisture and locks it in which can help your skin stay supple and glowing. It has natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties which promote healing and prevent infection. Honey is also full of antioxidants which aids in fighting premature aging of the skin, and gluconic acid which gently exfoliates for a more even tone and texture. Just remember that not all honey is created equal – some kinds may be 100 times more potent than others!
The honey used in the Detox Mask is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native Manuka bush known for its powerful therapeutic and detoxifying qualities. It draws impurities from the skin while sage extract as well as papaya and apricot enzymes gently digest dull cells for a brightening effect.
The Detox Mask is such a delightful treat especially if used as recommended: After applying, lay down and cover your face with a warm, moist towel for 5-10 minutes to let the mask sink in and let it fully unfold its calming aroma. Admittedly, this took a little getting used to as I am usually doing twelve other things while masking at home. However, after being forced to take a break and enjoy the moment, I felt very relaxed and at ease (I may or may not have fallen asleep once or twice). If you don’t have time to take advantage of this at-home spa session, don’t worry! You can also apply the Detox Mask in the shower and simply allow the steam to melt the honey into your face. No matter the application – my skin feels baby soft and is calm, clear and glowing afterwards. I absolutely love it!
As you all know by now, I have become extremely picky about ingredient quality in my skin care and am always ecstatic to find artisanal lines whose products – through the owner’s passion and determination – are nothing short of a piece of art. Om Aroma & Co definitely falls into this exclusive category and has completely wowed me! And as if making exceptionally pure and potent potions weren’t enough, Angela and her company also set themselves apart by offering “beauty with a cause.” She is an advocate and supporter of mothers who, like myself, have taken time to raise their children. Through their Dollar & Scents program, Om Aroma hires and mentors women who are ready to re-transition into the work force and offer them a second chance at a professional career. For every product you purchase, you help them to hire and help more women through this program. Pretty awesome if you ask this Mama (who is probably cursing someone in the pickup line as we speak)!
*Samples generously provided. Please see the general disclaimer for details.