Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Songcroft Naturals Review: Frankincense Rose Cream

Songcroft Naturals is a family-owned business in Snohomish, Washington.  Marilene Richardson is the Owner and Chief Formulator and she learned the importance of natural living at an early age.  After becoming ill and extremely chemically sensitive, she made it her mission to create her own line of natural personal care products.

Something that sets Songcroft Naturals apart from other natural skincare brands is that they grow many of their ingredients on their farm using organic practices.  "SongCroft is a working permaculture farm with bees, dairy goats, chickens, fruit trees, and lots of culinary as well as medicinal herbs and vegetables. Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and principles which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future."

The Frankincense Rose Cream was formulated to encourage healthy skin and this is what we all strive for, right?!  I would say it's a light to medium weight moisturizer.  The consistency is thin, but it definitely leaves my skin hydrated.  The scent is delicate and not overpowering at all.  It works well under makeup and provides a smooth base for foundation.  Marilene also suggested using it as a base for a DIY foundation!  Check out her post for details.  I tend to use lots of face oils, but it's nice to have a cream moisturizer for a change.

Ingredients: Water, Aloe perryi (Aloe Vera), Prunus americana (Apricot) oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Sodium benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Sodium stearoyl lactylate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Organic Soy Lecithin, Cera alba (Beeswax), Rosa damascens (Rose) Flower Distilate, Boswellia carteri (Frankencense), Pelargonium gaveolens (Rose Geranium), Canaga odorate (Ylang Ylang), Citrus medica limonium (lemon), Rosa rubiginosa (Rose Hip) oil

I must admit I didn't recognize some of the ingredients and had to look them up.   I used EWG as a reference and all of the ingredients in question scored a 1 or below, with the exception of Sodium Benzoate (it scored a 3).

Marilene provided this information to clarify further: "...sodium benzoate is a food grade preservative.  We use it in conjunction with the radish lacto-ferment to provide a broad spectrum preservative against bacteria and fungus.  It should also be noted the cetearyl alcohol is different than other alcohols. It is an emulsion stabilizer and is not drying.  Sodium stearoyl lactylate is not from dairy and is a salt that helps in emulsifying.  Sodium benzoate is also an emulsifying ingredient. These ingredients help the cream ingredients to not separate."

"...we choose to practice truth in labeling and provide all names using INCI standards.. Some of our ingredients are not legally required to be listed as they are at such a small amount but we do list them because it is the right thing to do."

Songcroft Naturals has generously offered a 10% discount AND free shipping using the code "gsgigi" at checkout!  They have a wide range of products, so check them out!

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I was given this product in exchange for my opinion.  All thoughts are my own!


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