As you may know, the distinguishing quality of Terra Dona Skincare is that its products are 100% natural. Why do we go through the trouble of emphasizing that all of our products are "100% Natural", versus just saying "Natural"? Isn't the meaning of a "natural" product obvious? The common misconception that many may have of seeing the word "natural" on a label is that the product is made solely from natural ingredients...and nothing else. However, the truth is a different story.
As far as regulating beauty/cosmetic products, there has not been an update to federal regulations of beauty products in over 80 years. The most recent action was the landmark National Cosmetics Act presented by Congressional Representative, Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) in Washington in November, 2019. This states that in order for a beauty product to be considered natural, 70% of its ingredients excluding water must be natural. (https://www.beautypackaging.com/contents/view_breaking-news/2019-11-06/the-natural-cosmetics-act-aims-to-define-natural/) So for all the math whizzes out there, that leaves 30% that can be other chemical, artificial, and synthetic ingredients, often used as preservatives or to enhance the feel of a product. (e.g. Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin to name a couple) So the closest thing to any overarching regulation for beauty products that to claim a product is natural, only 70% of the ingredients must be natural, still leaving room for plenty of other synthetic, chemical ingredients to be used.
Additionally, one has to wonder how beauty and skin care companies can mass produce millions of products claiming they are natural. If a product truly were natural it would need to uniquely packaged and/or stored (such as in a refrigerator) to preserve the integrity and quality of the ingredients which are more sensitive to degradation otherwise. This is not likely the case with large, commercial cosmetic brand products. Having said this, we are not in any way saying, the products themselves are not effective or well-made, but rather, our hope is to educate consumers on what they are actually receiving since the term "natural" has high consumer appeal with respect to beauty and skin care products.
In contrast, Terra Dona Skincare products are guaranteed to contain 100% natural ingredients and surprise, are packaged in specialty Miron Violet Glass bottles and jars, specifically designed to block out the harmful UV rays which deteriorate the quality of ingredients. This increases the shelf-life while preserving the integrity of the products to maximize the products' benefits. Moreover, our luxurious body soufflés (body butter, in essence) must be stored in a cool (room temp) place away from heat, so as to preserve the rich, fluffy consistency that glides on beautifully on skin and is made to be absorbed into skin quickly. Otherwise, it could "melt", and while it still contains its amazing skin-nourishing qualities, it isn't quite the same experience! Lastly, our products are hand-crafted and when purchased online, each product is made-to-order, so that people get a "freshly" made product. These are the thoughtful measures that get taken into crafting our products, not as selling points, but because our products actually are 100% natural, and these steps are required to provide people with the best-quality product. In the end, you get to decide what products you put on your skin, but our hope is that you will carefully read the labels and ask questions before making decisions so you actually get what you THINK you are getting. So clearly stating Terra Dona Skincare products are 100% natural seems a minor, but necessary step to serve that very purpose.
As the holiday season embarks upon us, Terra Dona Skincare participated in the annual Essex Holiday Craft Fair on Sat, 12/7/19 at Essex High School. It was our first time in attendance to this particular craft fair, and while all the shows and fairs we participate in are enjoyable, this had an extra sparkle about it. It was great to meet so many wonderful people who were so interested in hearing about the products and were interested in giving our products to others as gifts. The spirit of the season was certainly felt as people were perusing the assortment and variety of crafts, foods, etc of the vendors present.
Having said all this, for Terra Dona Skincare, the element that stands out most from this experience was receiving genuine interest from men to use our products!!! This was big. We emphasize that both men and women can use our products, but due to the "cosmetic" or "beauty" aspect of the skin care industry as a whole, women are generally drawn more to our products despite our efforts to include men. It was at this event though, that we began getting genuine interest from BOTH genders about personally using our products. The fact is that men do want to take care of themselves inside and out, and should not be denied the benefits of a high-quality, 100% natural skin care product which is, as many say, Made with Love in Vermont! We were pleased to see this interest peaking from men, and even if it wasn't necessarily expressed that they would be using a product for themselves, they showed sincere interest in what the ingredients were and reading about each of Terra Dona Skincare products! Knowledge is power, and we thoroughly appreciate the interest in learning and using our products by the emerging demographic of men!
A high-quality skin care product with ingredients that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, moisture, and properties of maintaining and even regenerating cells in our body should be able to be used on any and all skin types--young, mature, aging, acne-prone, and male or female. Making high-quality skin care products with only the finest natural ingredients is the cornerstone of what Terra Dona Skincare believes in, and we hope to see the continued interest from men in our products.
Aside from that, the Essex Holiday Craft Fair had a very nice turnout and even included a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus!
This craft fair is for Relay For Life - Team Sunflowers, raising money for The American Cancer Society as well, a VERY worthy cause!
As you may know Terra Dona Skincare made their debut appearance at the Made in Vermont Marketplace in Essex Junction, VT earlier this month. It was a lot of fun and very exciting to meet so many people and have the chance to share the knowledge and passion that goes into making these fine skin care products! In looking at the data, the Stem Cell Firming Eye Dew was our #1 seller, followed closely by both the Botanic Nectars Face Oil and Peppermint Patty Body Souffles! While I think the show went pretty well from what I could gauge, at the end of the day, the most insightful aspect of this first-time experience debuting Terra Dona Skincare at a fair/market is that when someone is genuinely passionate and interested in what they are doing, it shows, and others pick up on that enthusiasm and want to learn more and become engaged. Energy is vital to your success! I had a blast and look forward to the fall lineup of shows, festivals, and fairs that are to come for us! Below are a few snapshots from the Made in Vermont Marketplace! Cheers!
So EXCITED to share this!! The greatest thing is ANYONE can use Terra Dona Skincare products because they are made with 100% Natural Ingredients & all-inclusively promote HEALTHY SKIN in everyone, regardless of age, specific skin concerns (acne-prone, oily/dry, wrinkles, sun-damaged), or whether you are male or female! This is my personal routine every morning and night. Here’s to healthy, resilient skin and 100% natural skin care!
Tomorrow it will be March, and the Made in Vermont Marketplace is happening the weekend of 4/6 and 4/7 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, VT! I am very excited about this, especially considering this will be the first time showcasing Terra Dona Skincare products in a public setting since first launching this skincare line on 11/15/2018! I am hopeful it will be the first of many public appearances as well! Interestingly, all products purchased online here are made-to-order yet as that is not a practical strategy for an in-person open marketplace for obvious reasons, I will have products pre-made for POS transactions. As such, today, I worked on preparing the Cocoa Blossoms Body Soufflé for the Made in Vermont Marketplace and thought I would share a couple of photos from that process. The essential oils contributing to the sensual chocolatey floral aroma of the Cocoa Blossoms Body Soufflé (the other variety of body soufflé being Peppermint Patty) is a combination of Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Frankincense, Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Geranium, and Lemon. The picture of me below is taken while mixing the essential oils to create this delightful body soufflé and the last picture is showing the fruits of my labor with the final product of the body soufflé immediately after being scooped into the jars appropriately in the configuration of a heart as the entire process is carried out with great care and love, and I love doing it! For additional information about The Made in Vermont Marketplace, visit www.madeinvermontmarketplace.com. Cheers!
You may not know that I live in Vermont, but what you probably do know is that when people talk about Vermont, one of the most common associations has to do with it being a place where some of the best maple syrup comes from. It's true, and we don't take that lightly. Maple sap is the clear liquid which flows from trees and subsequently gets boiled to make the maple syrup we love to put on a stack of pancakes. Maple sap can definitely stand on its own though. It makes a wonderfully refreshing beverage and is nutritionally dense, being rich in over 46 bio-active compounds including vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, enzymes, antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation. All of these components are beneficial for our bodies on the inside and is often drank by athletes to replenish themselves. So that got me thinking about the possibility of using it as an ingredient for skin care and whether it would exhibit beneficial effects for skin. The short answer is a big YES! As it turns out, maple sap happens to be one of the primary ingredients in Terra Dona Skincare's Hydrating Glow (Hy-Lo) Gel, which is highly effective in keeping skin hydrated, soft, and smooth and I have seen visible results soon after applying on myself and others! Granted, there are other natural, nourishing, and in short, amazing, ingredients in Terra Dona Skincare's Hy-Lo Gel, but being that maple sap is the second ingredient listed in it (meaning it is the second most prevalent ingredient used), its contribution to how effective the Hy-Lo Gel is cannot be ignored.
Collecting sap from the trees is quite involved and has very specific temperature requirements to be done. In Vermont, and most of New England, Maple Sugaring Season, as it is called, is considered to begin sometime around late March through the end of April. The reason is that the sap flows best when there are below freezing temperatures at night and 40-45 degree(F) weather during the day. The pressure that results in the trees from this drastic and sharp temperature change causes the sap to flow. It's quite a long-standing tradition in the New England area and makes for quite an event, with people coming to visit from all over to partake in this custom of collecting maple sap from trees and partaking in the process of making maple syrup! Check out the article below discussing the process of how maple sap is collected and made into maple syrup in more detail and some great sugaring farms in New England! On a final note, I feel as a Vermonter, it deserves mentioning that this article states in the very first sentence that in the prior year, 4 million gallons of maple syrup were produced in the U.S., and Vermont trees were responsible for nearly 2 million gallons! :)
Grab a bucket. The maple sap is running!
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Hello All! I'm Jasmine, the founder and creator of Terra Dona Skincare. I hope to discuss all kinds of matters here involving skin care for anyone interested in issues and topics involving skin and/or skin care. Most of all, I hope to educate the readers as I firmly believe knowledge is power and ultimately empowers you to take action and make the difference you want to see a reality.