A few weeks ago, I met a young woman named Desiree who recently created her own small business called Benshen, and sells all natural skin care products that she creates from her own kitchen! I must admit I have an obsession with skin care products, makeup, and the rituals of applying and removing both. I recently decided to transition to as close of a non-toxic skin care routine as possible, and with this transition I am so excited that Benshen appeared in my life. I love Benshen because it is a natural, small-batch, organic skincare line that is infused with essential oils, floral, and herbal elements. I also love that she is a local business owner because I want to support NYC!
I had to pleasure of meeting Desiree at the new moon ceremony that I recently posted about (read it here), and she was lovely and full of radiant energy in real life. Desiree has roots in ancient chinese medicine as she is studying to obtain her masters degree in acupuncture, and she regularly studies kundalini yoga. She really has a passion for her products and I can tell she puts her heart and soul into making them! Desiree uses sound current via specific mantras to infuse her products with elevated vibration. Her ingredients have all their living enzymes and life force intact. When she makes her batches she sings and plays the Naad sound current so that the product is created in a time and space of positive frequency. Only pure love goes into making each batch! I love the idea of someone singing a beautiful mantra and making a product with the intention of love, and then I get to put it onto my skin. I know that high frequency energy is being directly transferred to me.
Shortly after discovering Benshen, I ordered the Radiance Ritual Kit. The alchemy of the set reduces inflammation, redness, blemishes, dry skin, wrinkles, fine lines, softens the skin and creates softness and radiance.
The star product of the set is SERUM NO.1 which is made with sweet almond, olive, jojoba, sea buckthorn, blue chamomile, lavender, evening primrose, rose hips, and carrot seed. I add 2 drops to my moisturizer in the morning and apply 5 drops by gently pressing is into my skin at night underneath my evening moisturizer. The serum certainly has an herbal scent but its not overpowering. I love sea buckthorn oil as it promotes cell tissue building thus aiding in the healing of wounds, and restoring skin tissue with its high vitamin A and E content. I also really smell the blue chamomile, which has popped up in a few products recently on the market including Sunday Riley skin care and Fresh. My skin certainly has that glow that one would get from an oil, but it's not a greasy look. I've been using it for a few weeks now, and what I really notice is the fine lines on either side of my mouth have COMPLETELY DISSAPEARED and my skin is SO SOFT.
The kit also includes the ROSE SALT SCRUB, ROSE + ALOE TONER, and the THREE YELLOWS MASK. The mask is a collection of three chinese herbs that aid in reducing redness, inflammation, and itchiness combined with French Green Clay. I combine the mask with the rose toner in a bowl and then apply to my face for 15 minutes. After the mask I spritz on the rose toner and then press in the SERUM NO.1 and voila, a beautiful glow!
(three yellows mask making me look a little wicked witch of the west!)
You can read about Desiree here and purchase Benshen here. I would most certainly buy Benshen again, especially Serum No. 1! I haven't tried her other products, but would love to sample Serum No. 2 and her new body oil coming soon. I'll leave you with one last quote from Desiree that has really stuck with me "when you are in alignment with what you are meant to do in this life, the universe will take care of you, and everything will come to you as it should."