28 Jan 2016

BODY CARE SERIES (PART I): YOU DESERVE IT ALL


This is the first post in a series of six wherein I talk about taking care of ourselves and more specifically, how taking care of ourselves starts with taking care of our bodies. The series is sponsored by Luminance Skin Care; a wonderful vegan, organic body care company.

What if you owned a machine that did everything for you? Some examples: transported you where you need to be, made sure your blood sugar levels and bones were healthy, told you when to sleep and wake up, alerted you to what kinds of foods you should eat or stay away from, warned about dangerous situations and helped you escape them, reminded you of things you love and rewarded you when you did them, or had trillions of individual union workers on the job 24/7 with your longevity as their main objective?

Hey, guess what. This machine is real and it's called YOUR BODY. Take a look at it right now. It's magnificent, glorious and elegant in its complexity and uniqueness. The size, shape, colour and ability of your body do not change these realities. You are beautiful. Hold yourself, touch yourself, feel your skin, look into your eyes, examine your feet, wrists, neck or whatever else you please - take in your body with all your senses. You LIVE in and through this amazing, organic machine. Our bodies allow us to experience the world, each in our own one-of-a-kind way, and much of what I love about life is so because of the relationship between my body and the world surrounding it. I love sesame oil thanks to my olfactory system; I love sex thanks to oxytocin and dopamine; I love lifting weights thanks to endorphins; I love my family, Jack and friends thanks to encoded neural pathways throughout my brain. My self is inextricably connected to my body. I love myself and therefore I love my body. This isn't to say I feel this confident all the time. Some days I'm my own worst enemy and it's a struggle to overcome this negative pattern of thinking, but I will be saving that story for another post in this series. (Note: if you feel uncomfortable in your own body: that is totally valid. My point here is to remind us of the fact that our bodies biologically allow us to experience the world, and that's pretty f#cking awesome, but of course many of us are born into bodies we don't feel like ourselves in and I hope we can all ultimately find ways to make our bodies safe places and homes, even if there are often serious barriers to this human right).

The reason I am writing all these words about how rad you are is because I want you to understand... how rad you are. Your body IS a wonderland, dammit (but please no affiliation to the John Mayer song), and you deserve all the things to take care of it. I'm talking about BODY CARE (a huge aspect of self care, in my opinion): looking out for your skin and keeping it happy by using organic, ethically-produced products made with your wellbeing in mind. Luminance Skin Care is a shining example of a company that provides this. I will be the first to say that I like making my own body products, anything from shampoo to deodorant to mouthwash to face masks: I've tried DIY versions and love them. But at the end of the day I don't really know what I am doing and am not an expert on my epidermis. I don't understand how to navigate making a truly excellent daily skincare product or master the art of soap-making, I'm better at concocting edible vegan recipes in the kitchen. So yes I do enjoy making my own face masks sometimes with oats and fruit but for my everyday routine, Luminance Skin Care is my go-to. The company is literally five people (started by Kim when his wife needed skincare products that didn't cause migraines) and all products are handmade, always vegan, organic and raw without anything synthetic.

I have very sensitive skin and majorly screwed it up moisture-wise after years of over-exfoliating, but Luminance products helped bring it back to a healthy place and now I am constantly getting compliments on how nice my largest organ looks (which makes me feel really good about myself). I use their cleanser, moisturizer and rosewater toner daily; their masks every week or two; and their body butter every few days. Honestly them getting in touch with me to do a series of sponsored posts was SUCH a great idea because I love talking about self care, and for me body care is a major part of that. So in the coming posts (I'll be doing one every month for the next five months) I hope to share with you my thoughts on giving ourselves what we deserve in terms of self care and body care, and gushing about how Luminance goodies are a terrific match for this. Oh and I almost forgot! Luminance wants you to try their products yourself, for freeeeeee. I am hosting a giveaway of their Introductory Gift Box which includes a cleanser, toner and moisturizer (the winning trio I use everyday). Enter the giveaway by commenting below: ask a question about Luminance Skin Care. This giveaway is open to all people worldwide. MUCH LOVE Y'ALL.


xo

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Reika Hunt said...

I had never heard of Luminance Skincare before. I just checked their site and am impressed... I'm so glad that these kinds of companies exist, making it easier for all of us in our pursuit to be kinder to the planet and ourselves.

Lisa Eggers said...

I've had severely bad cystic acne for about two years. I've dramatically improved my skin by going vegan, not eating gluten, or processed sugars. I have breakouts still here and there. Mainly when I eat soy or something that doesn't agree with me. However I'm healing my skin now from scarring. I've been using Santinas which I'm happy with overall. Organic rose seed oil at night which dramatically reduced redness and discoloration. However my skin is now a little over oily. Do you have any recommendations for acne prone but healing skin? Thanks!

Jessica Kim said...

I had moved away to Scandinavia for a while and my face completely turned inside out. I went to see a dermatologist and she prescribed me both oral and topical treatments. They made things even worse. Now that I'm back home (in Vancouver) my skin is slowly healing but I'm left with deep scars and extremely dry patches. What line of your products should I look into? Many thanks!

Lale Yasemin Kaya said...

Where does Luminance Skincare get their ingredients from? Are they a regenerative business?..I would love to try their products. They look like they are bottled in glass!!!! :D

Namaste,
Lale

Kiki Empey said...

I've been out on most commercial skin care for ages, but these guys look great. I really need some pep in my skin, moving to the west coast has been better for it but I'd love to give it a boost.

Ella Crawford said...

I can't say I understand my skin at all, which, being 17 is somewhat understandable. I have begun to listen to my body about what it wants and am learning how to look after it. Your comment on how you screwed up your skin by over exfoliating definitely resonates - not knowing how to look after your own body is pretty relevant to me right now. You seem to have come to the other side of that - I'm sure it helps that you're not a teenager like me - and I'm hoping I can get there with you soon enough. Ella x

Danielle Crouch said...

I have acne and therefore have used and continue to use pretty harsh chemicals on my skin (which never seem to work completely), so I wonder if my face could benefit from some gentler products like the ones you mentioned. I would be very interested in trying these products, especially since they are vegan and organic (that's right up my alley!).

Danielle Crouch said...

The question behind my previous comment, which I didn't actually directly express, was: does Luminance have products for fighting acne?

rovinglights said...

This is awesome! I've only relatively recently become concious of trying to buy the most ethical products I can and I'm still on the hunt for great ethical beauty products so this is perfect!

Alison Ayubi said...

Wow!! Over my past 3 years of veganism I've been experimenting with different cruelty free skin care brands & trying to find what fits me best. This sounds like an amazing company!! I love your post as well, so full of beauty and honesty and encouragement I think all of us need.

Rachel said...

Wow! I'd love to try the products. I have intensely dry skin most of the time, and lately have just been oil cleansing for my daily face washing routine. I'm wondering how these products would replace that routine without being drying?

Amy Lynn said...

I've heard of this brand and I really want to try their products! I'm wondering if these products would help with dry skin?

Amy Lynn said...

I've heard of this brand and I really want to try their products! I'm wondering if these products would help with dry skin?

Hannah M said...

Looks like lovely stuff. I've always been a little shy of skincare products because I feel like I don't know what I'm doing with them - like, how often should I use lotions and things? Do I need to scrub my face every day or only every other day or what? My guess is that the answers to those depend on the person, but more generally, another thing I've always wondered: what exactly is toner and what is it supposed to do? Total mystery to me.

Virginia Rech said...

These look gorgeous! I have very dry skin, I wonder if the serum or the facial butter would be better for me?

charly said...

So kind to introduce us to some organic plant-based skin care :)

lacy davis said...

my question is around dryness! What is your top recommendation for dry skin? I just moved to Oregon and ever since I got here, I swear my skin flakes off in sheets.

Danielle T said...

And of course I'm having a few technical difficulties with my last comment? Or maybe it worked? Who knows. Anyway, here I am again to express my admiration for you and everything you do here. This sounds like such a great company to support and to have support you back!

Shy said...

How/when would you recommend washing your face (and what to use) when you live in a frozen tundra? North Canadian here. I've always heard it was best to wash your face with cold water when the weather's cold to prevent drying out but a nice hot face wash is so comforting!

Danielle said...

Wow! A skincare company that has values! What a concept?! My question is regarding the Skin Deep EWG website. Do you strive to have all of your products at a 0 or 1? Thanks for introducing me to this great company!

Valentina said...

Wow, it's wonderful! I just moved to Usa and I don't know many brands yet, specially like that one!

Melody said...

These products look amazing! I'd love to try these- I try to buy from natural, organic skincare companies as much as possible!

Christine said...

I've been following a vegan diet for some time now, and I've been trying to transition to vegan products in every aspect of my life as well. I've always had sensitive skin, and I've mostly been using Lush products, but I would LOVE to find another natural vegan product line that works even better! I'm currently living in Utah, where it's VERY dry compared to my hometown of Seattle, (Pacific northwest for the win!!!!) so anything that will help my poor suffering face is very welcome. Also, Emily, your blog is my absolute favorite!!!!! You have helped inspire me through my vegan transition--I am coming from a difficult place, and your reflections on self-love, identity, and compassion are always beautiful and just what I need to hear. Thank you so much and keep up the good work! Maybe someday once I move back home I will be able to meet you and thank you face to face--I've always wanted to explore up in your neck of the woods :)

Adina said...

What preservatives are used and what is the average shelf life of Luminance products? Thanks for the introduction to this company -- I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your Body Care Series, as well!

Clara P said...

Hi, I never heard about this brand before. I usually make my own serums and creams as I find it cheaper and way pure this way.
I would love to try this brand though!
Thanks!

Jordyn Schwersky said...

I haven't heard of this before, but it looks and sounds amazing. *heart eyes*

jordynmyah.com

Cayla Caufiled said...

This sounds great! I would LOVES to try out these products. Maybe they can help with my really dry skin from this strange Calgary, Canada winters.

Cayla Caufiled said...

This sounds great! I would LOVES to try out these products. Maybe they can help with my really dry skin from this strange Calgary, Canada winters.

OnAJourney said...

Like Emily, I've made my own products but really have no clue what I'm doing! Do these products also work well on aging skin....I'm in my mid-50's and am showing signs of less elasticity. Thanks!

Laura Pugh said...

This looks incredible! What do they consider the most essential products to have? There are so many out there, so I'd love to know their favorite products for a minimalist bathroom cabinet ;)

Antoinette Arrington said...

Can the whole range be made unscented? I have mild skin trouble when I'm pregnant…and suffer from severe morning sickness.....that leads to dehydration issues. It would be nice to be able to still care for my skin with the whole line without having to neglect it or switch to something else. That may help nursing moms as well. Is it possible?

Antoinette Arrington said...

In addition, I mean available in both scented and unscented versions.

OnAJourney said...

What size is the Body Lotion? It's hard to read the bottle.

saij MW said...

I make some of my own products as well, but it would be nice to have something that I knew was vegan safe. Thank you for educating us. Saij

Cal said...

What is the cost of the products? There's lots of great stuff out there but I'm often turned off by the price.

Laila said...

These products look and sound beautiful! Is there anything specifically for whiteheads and blackheads? I never used to get them but as I've gotten older, it's been an issue. Thanks!

Stephanie said...

What is the packaging like on these products? Is it recyclable?

Danae Karahaliou said...

All these products are amazing!I am sure I could benefit so much by using them!Is there any products especially for acne?It is something I struggle with

Josh Norem said...

I am very excited to try this line of skincare products. Thanks for introducing us. I am particularly intrigued by the Red Raspberry Sunscreen. A non-metallic liquid, that doesn't turn your face a weird ghostly color? What!?!? I live in Hawaii and love the sun, but would like some protection when outdoors for many hours. I am wondering about the difference in the effectiveness between the Red Raspberry Sunscreen and the Red Raspberry with the Touch of Zinc. Is there a noticeable difference? Or is it a just-in-case addition to make people feel more comfortable with a "looks too good to be true" zinc-free option? Have you tried either of them? Or both?

JMyers666 said...

Which of your products do you recommend most for someone in their mid-30's with anti-aging concerns?

karla cheselka said...

What is the adhesive used on the labels? Also, are the products safe to use for someone who is prone to eczema on face and hands?

Binnur said...

Wow, their products sound superb!
I agree, we should all treat our skin (and whole body) the best we can!
Sometimes it can feel like it is punishing us (by breaking or drying out), but that is only because it needs better care.

The skin on the face is very complex though.
But how does one moisturize dry parts without overmoisturizing the oily ones?
Do I need two products?

Claire Hinkley said...

Which is your favorite product?

Maya Popovich said...

this is all so beautiful! I love reading your words on body love and happiness but also the recognition that sometimes it just doesn't work that way even if you want it to. these products look awesome, I am excited to check them out! :)

Nicole said...

I'm wondering which product is Kim's personal favourite!

Bekah said...

I was literally just thinking about making my own products, because the amount of chemicals in store brands really bothers me. But I'm so baffled by the process and feel so out of my league. I'd love to try products that are all natural ingredients! My skin is so sensitive as well. What is the packaging made out of? Plastic, glass? It'd be great to have something I could recycle :)

JillyT said...

I have an extreme allergy to methylisothiazolinone in all concentrations, however minuscule. This is used in nearly all water-based products, cosmetics, cleaning products, paint, glue, fuel etc. Consequently I'm finding it difficult to find a safe, natural skincare line. Luminance sounds very promising. Are all their products MI/MCI free? Also, will they be available in the UK? This is a wonderful opportunity for someone, many thanks Em for giving us all a chance x

Elizabeth said...

What product and skincare routines do you recommend to make skin look brighter and less dull?

Nellie said...

Awesome! I'm looking forward to this body care series :D Are the Luminance products packaged in glass? I would love to be able to reuse/repurpose the packaging :)

Rachel Lebovic said...

What ingredients do you use in your products and how do they each benefit the skin?

Heather said...

Do you have a favorite product for everyday use? Or any product that would be a good gift for someone who you don't know what exactly they would like?

Kathrine Kofoed said...

Emily, thank you for sharing these posts! Luminence looks incredible. I will definitely be checking out their products. I'd love to know how often I should exfoliate my face? And what kind of exfoliant works best without harming the skin? I too have been victim of overexfoliating due to too-large plastic granules in those drugstore chemical-filled face washes....Thank you, as always, for sharing your thoughts on here!

Unknown said...

Emily! Hey! Question: how do you say "Luminence" en espanol? I'm going to costa rica in a few weeks and brushing up on my bilingual skillz
Thanks!
XX

Jessica C. said...

I love love Luminance! My family hadn't seen me in awhile (over a year) and almost all of them asked me what I was using because my skin just glowed! Needless to say, they are all fans now as well!

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Lisa Eggers said...
I've had severely bad cystic acne for about two years. I've dramatically improved my skin by going vegan, not eating gluten, or processed sugars. I have breakouts still here and there. Mainly when I eat soy or something that doesn't agree with me. However I'm healing my skin now from scarring. I've been using Santinas which I'm happy with overall. Organic rose seed oil at night which dramatically reduced redness and discoloration. However my skin is now a little over oily. Do you have any recommendations for acne prone but healing skin? Thanks!

Hi Lisa
So it sounds like you are using an oil dominant skincare system, and so it is very easy to use too much product on your skin, so if you are getting feeling a little over oily perhaps you are using too much product. A very common problem.

If it's not overuse then typically skin that is becoming oily is the result of an facial cleanser that's not properly pH adjusted or is sneaking in a synthetic preservative, or a toner containing alcohol or astringent; both of which can cause the skin to over or under produce oils as a protectant.

Hard to tell, but it's always a good exercise is to give your labels a good honest read and no matter how much you think you love a product line, really get into the ingredients with a critical mindset and know what you are putting on your skin.

Sincerely
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Jessica Kim said...
I had moved away to Scandinavia for a while and my face completely turned inside out. I went to see a dermatologist and she prescribed me both oral and topical treatments. They made things even worse. Now that I'm back home (in Vancouver) my skin is slowly healing but I'm left with deep scars and extremely dry patches. What line of your products should I look into? Many thanks!

January 28, 2016 8:31 pm

Hi Jessica
I am sorry that you are having this all too common problem with a dermatologist; they are typically wonderful people who have become myopic and somewhat brainwashed by the mainstream cosmetic and pharmacological world.

Your skin is reacting to both an environment and now a treatment that it is interpreting as a threat and desperately trying to defend itself and you, this is what skin naturally does. It senses what's on the outside and recreates itself to protect what's on the inside from the environment.

The first step for you is to simply help your skin get back to it's normalized state. You would do this with our Delicate Facial Cleanser, Rosewater Toner, Anti-oxidant Spray and Deep Hydration Facial Moisturizer. Descriptions and instructions to use the products are in detail on the website www.luminanceskincare.com. Visit the website and read the product descriptions, ingredients and then go to the instruction section and blog posts and just read around the various topics. You will discover that our approach is very natural, simple in it's sophistication, gentle and all centered around helping skin regain it's health.

If you would like to discuss in person simply give me a call.

Sincerely
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765

Susana said...

I have always wanted to try this line of skincare but I hesitate. I have very sensitive skin. I have tried many products and have found none that have worked for me they either make my skin uneven (i tend to see red patches and uneven skin tone) either that or I breakout. I have given up on skincare. I tend to just keep it simple and use coconut oil when needed. I notice your simple ingredients which is great. DO you have any products that work on sensitive skin? Thank you!

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Lale Yasemin Kaya said...
Where does Luminance Skincare get their ingredients from? Are they a regenerative business?..I would love to try their products. They look like they are bottled in glass!!!! :D

Namaste,
Lale

January 28, 2016 9:02 pm

Hi Lale
Good questions! I source ingredients from all over the world from sources I have very carefully investigated. I use organic when it makes sense and if my ingredient is not organic it is wildcrafted.
Luminance is extremely regenerative. We just wrote a blog post discussing how we see ourselves, our philosophy and how we do business. See A Peak Behind The Curtin at http://luminanceskincare.com/blogs/news. And then beyond that our business model is a Pay It Forward Model >> Luminance can never be sold, it can only be gifted internally.
And yes everything is in nice recycled glass.

If you would like to discuss in person simply give me a call.

Sincerely
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Kiki Empey said...
I've been out on most commercial skin care for ages, but these guys look great. I really need some pep in my skin, moving to the west coast has been better for it but I'd love to give it a boost.

January 28, 2016 10:58 pm

Hi Kiki
Well if you have specific questions please feel free to give me a call or email. Just in general we are organic, mostly raw and completely vegan. You'll never find a synthetic ingredient (except one in the shampoo, I'll explain that one if you have interest), no toxins or anything harmful to skin or the environment.

Sincerely
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765

Vicky L. said...

Kim and Luminance got my skin back on track, looking and feeling luminous after skin cancer surgery. I tried a number of "organic, healthy, non-X-Y-Z" products which left my sensitive skin a mess. Add the scar and it was pretty depressing. I have absolutely no hesitation to recommend these products. So my question: who used up half of the bottle of rosewater tonic (in the photo)?! It's my favorite skin treat, so I can't blame anyone :)

antonia balaban said...

I love your products and give them to everyone I know. My sons beautiful girlfriend struggles with psoriasis and I'm wondering if you can offer a good routine to deal with serious psoriasis? Thanks!

Nicci Joyful said...

What's the best way to help dry feet? My feet are always dry and snag my socks.

Nicci Joyful said...

What's the best way to help dry feet? My feet are always dry and snag my socks.

Chelsey said...

Hahaha..love that analogy! Our bodies ARE machines.

Katie Doyle said...

Hi! Thank you for having this offer! Is funny because I just heard about your company yesterday. I am super excited to try your product! I hope this is the end to finding the perfect skincare! Can you tell me more about the natural elements in the products? Thank you!!!

Shell*Belle said...

I've been using Lumincance for about a month now and my skin has NEVER felt so good! I'm wondering if my skin tends to be average (not too oily and not too dry) if I need to use the serum? I'm currently using just the cleanser, toner and moisturizer.

ccmosch said...

Is there a natural way to lighten skin spots I've gotten over time. I have them all over my body, but the ones I would like to see get lighter are the ones on my face. Thanks!

Ronda said...

Hi. I have rosacea, do you have specific recommendations for that? Thank you.

Jacalyn Webster said...

Hi Emily! Luminance Skin Care sounds like an absolutely outstanding company. It was awesome to find out they are based out of California, where I live. I tend to go to LUSH for vegan body care products, so it is wonderful to find out about small companies like Luminance starting up and thriving. I have always loved your blog and I would love to be entered in this giveaway drawing. Thank you for sharing and much love to you! --Jacalyn Webster, naturallyjacalyn.com

Victoria Davies said...

I would love to try out some of these products!! My question is which product would you recommend best for spot/acne prone skin? :)

kp322 said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! What would you recommend for dry skin that is also acne prone? All of the products I used to use are not vegan or cruelty free and I've been breaking out a lot since becoming vegan.

Linda Martin said...

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway. I have adult acne and some wrinkles and I would love to try this product

DaughterofGrace said...

Huge fan here! In the future, do you see yourself developing skincare products for children and/or babies?

TrueLark said...

What an exciting giveaway - thank you for the opportunity!!

I am always interested in finding quality organic, non-toxic, truly natural skin care products, and Luminance really fits the bill!

I understand Luminance is based in California, so I'd like to know if they normally ship internationally (I'm in Canada)?

Thanks again!

LaraB said...

Absolutely love luminance products! Haven't tried the body care yet, just face. Do you have an anti aging serum yet?

Dee said...

One of the best companies out there. Great products and incredible customer service.

Bit of Wimzy said...

I am so happy to have found Luminance!! All their products are AMAZING and SO affordable, I use all of them and I'm totally hooked! Their customer service is absolutely the BEST too:)

speedveg said...

My question would be about very dry skin. Have heard of Luminance - cannot wait to try their products!!

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Ella Crawford said...
I can't say I understand my skin at all, which, being 17 is somewhat understandable. I have begun to listen to my body about what it wants and am learning how to look after it. Your comment on how you screwed up your skin by over exfoliating definitely resonates - not knowing how to look after your own body is pretty relevant to me right now. You seem to have come to the other side of that - I'm sure it helps that you're not a teenager like me - and I'm hoping I can get there with you soon enough. Ella x

January 29, 2016 12:21 am

Hi Ella
Skin is a most wonderful organ! Most likely you will live through these times and your skin will come back into balance and heal itself thereafter. Meanwhile please do not use aggressive exfoliants that scratch the skin; this sets up a downward spiraling condition of your skin trying to defend itself against the exfoliation. Properly cleanse, tone and moisturize as a set of basics and then use a gentle enzyme exfoliant. See my website instructions http://luminanceskincare.com/pages/instructions; there is a lot of information for the care of youthful skin, skincare in general and exfoliation.

Sincerely
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765

Jenna Muller said...

This brand looks amazing! I've been keeping an eye out for any vegan skincare and so far, this looks like it might be the best one.

Basht said...

Oh my gosh, this is incredible.
I really don't know what I would ask Luminance, outside of where can i find your products in Edmonton, Alberta?

Richelle said...

This looks amazing! The products look so luxe but I love that they're also vegan and organic, always my main concern!
So my question is as follows: Whenever I pick out products it's always sorted by skin type although I'm never quite sure what kind of skin type I am. Numerous people including cosmeticians and doctors have said different things from that I have severely dehydrated skin to oily and acne prone. How can I figure out my skin type once and for all?
Thanks!

Jacquelyn said...

when I first went vegan my skin got a lot better, however now I still get breakouts. I don't eat a lot of refined sugars or oils and mainly eat whole foods. Any tips on how to get better skin as a vegan?

mariam said...

I'm super paranoid about using any products on my skin/hair/face. Anything I put on my skin is almost always homemade and simple with one or two ingredients. Sometimes, though, I feel like homemade products never work as well as ones with special products in them. What are the benefits of using products like the ones Luminance makes as opposed to making them myself with plants?

Kim said...

I guess I have combination skin... Prone to acne at times but also can get dry. What facial products would you recommend? Thanks! Great to learn about your line as I'm looking for a new skincare option.

Erika G. said...

My only question is when can I start?! ;-) SO glad to see this is great for super sensitive skin so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that I win! (And if not, my tax return will at least be put to good use)

Heidi Mlynek said...

Looking into their product now. Very excited.

Vegies said...

Ahhh I have been wanting to start this line for so long. One of the best out there. Would love to win this!


Arlene

Jessica Bourne said...

Very excited to learn about this company, I've been looking for new facial skin care products recently. This is exactly what I was looking for! I would also like to find a new hand lotion, my hands get very dry during the winter to the point where they crack and bleed :(. Does this company have anything that would help with that?

Sumi Dutta said...

would love this!!!

Jaye said...

I love learning about new products! My question is what products would be considered essentials for combination skin?

Renay Piper said...

looks AMAZING, super informative site. i've emailed to ask a question about the moisturizer and once i hear back i'll be ordering the intro pack. thanks for sharing about this great company! xo

Jessica Vlasveld said...

Are these products available in retail locations or only online? Thanks! :)

Rebecca Tait Smith said...

ooohhh im interested!!

Kathleen G said...

2016 is my year for skincare so I've been definitely on the hunt for natural products to try and compliment my skin type. Would you recommend this line for combination skin? Thank you (:

~Amanda~ said...

I love luminance! Everything I have tried has been great! One of my favorites is the blue chamomile eye cream.

Vidya said...

Do you guys have oil based serums? Plan make them. Would love to try.

Geena Rose said...

I loved this post! I like to try to take some time for self care one night a week where I take a nice shower with some aromatherapy essential oils (don't have a Tub) and then do a mask and put on coconut oil and relax in my robe. I always love trying new vegan products. My question would be what they recommend if you have dry skin and don't regularly break out but when you do it takes a while for a pimple to go away? Sometimes I'll have 1 pimple and it will leave a mark for like 3 weeks !

Karina Lopez said...

I've been looking for an all vegan and organic skincare company but to scared to try because I have sensitive skin. I do feel like Once I use Vegan products my skin will change because of the natural ingredients. Right or wrong? Anyway Your products looks amazing and I hope I can win this amazing giveaway!

Allie Chaperon said...

Ooo exciting! Looking forward to more posts like this.

Carla Barrentine said...

I have chronic dry skin. I oil wash, I moisturize with oil, and nothing really helps. My skin has been left looking aged and dull. These products sound great and I would love to try them. What would you recommend?

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Danielle Crouch said...
I have acne and therefore have used and continue to use pretty harsh chemicals on my skin (which never seem to work completely), so I wonder if my face could benefit from some gentler products like the ones you mentioned. I would be very interested in trying these products, especially since they are vegan and organic (that's right up my alley!).

January 29, 2016 1:18 am

Hi Danielle
Well I wish I could say definitively that my products would cure your acne, but while many of our customers have great success with our products in the control of their acne it is not always all that's needed. I will say that the "harsh chemicals" will in most cases make acne go away, but the mid and long term cost can be high. Everything from organ damage, to cancer to skin that one day just looks completely tired and aged beyond it's years.

I don't know how old you are but my general advice is to try to get off the harsh treatments and attempt to merge onto something more long term healthful.

Please get in touch with my business partner Elena Saxton. Elena has gone through various acne treatments and has come out of it with lovely, glowing skin using healthy alternative. elena@kimrolloemanuel.com. Please reach out to her for help.

Sincerely
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765


Maryann D. said...

I have very dry, aging and sensitive skin. Which product would be best for me to use at night?
twinkle at optonline dot net

Carolyn Chin said...

Hi Luminance! My skin gets dry during the winter, any product recommendations? I love the packaging and concept of the brand.

Seattlegirl521 said...

Love your blog💖 These products sounds amazing!! Especially the rose water toner. I've been ill for several years so I have to go all natural. My body has basically becoming allergic to itself. I actually love going all natural not only for myself but for my amazing kids and my angel dog. Thank you so much

Serene Ong said...

Skin care range looks amazing. I need something that is good for acne but won't dry out the skin as I've started taking a medication which makes my skin extremely dry. How many applications would you get out of the sunscreen? Zinc is a very common ingredient in sun protection products - what are the negative effects of zinc and other metals?

Nicole Huckins said...

I'm also prone to acne, but don't have overly oily or dry skin. Anything specific you recommend?

Maria Chen said...

I do have a very sensitive skin. What are the products that you can suggest for me to use? Thanks!

Kelsey Kroeker said...

Been are your blog and following your Instagram for about a year now. Love seeing you and your recipes evolve and grow. Keep up the awesome work and thanks for the fun giveaway opportunity!

lynnsbeans said...

ANY TIPS FOR DRY CRACKED SKIN THE WINTER IS HARD ON MY SKIN

Yarn Theory said...

Love, Love Luminance Skin Care! So happy they don't contain any icky stuff: parabens, GMOs, pesticides, etc. I was however wondering because LSC's products don't contain any synthetic preservatives what's the long the product will last? How can I tell if I have a cream, lotion, etc that has unfortunately expired?

Amber said...

I'm curious about what's next. what other products are you working on or might we see pop up in the future?

- amber y

Zuzia Hajduk said...

I always have a problem about..two things I want the most. First I really want healthy skin with no rough places...skin that is delicate like in childhood. And second I would love to find a product with natural ingredients makes my hair soft and undamaged all the time. So..my question is..could you help me with smooth skin and natural beauty hair with no chemistry?

Karmen L said...

I am so excited to try this skincare line one day! I know my skin reacts best with natural methods of cleansing and without the chemicals like parabens and pesticides. My question is what products work best for acne? As an acne-sufferer for over 6 years now, I have yet to find the perfect products for my skin!

LDT said...

My biggest concerns with skin care products revolve around whether they contain fragrances, sls (or a similar ingredient, disguised), phalates, parables, or petroleum products. So that would be my question: are these products free from the "dirty dozen" chemicals to avoid.
I have really struggled with keeping my skin clear for YEARS and of course it's often dry at the same time. I would be thrilled to find clean products that help me regain some epidermal balance.

Em Klu said...

I've been dealing with acne for over two years now, and honestly one of my biggest wishes it have clear skin without using any harsh chemicals on my face or body. Luminance Skincare looks like such nice and natural products, I definitely would love to try them! What's the best luminance skincare product to get rid of acne? xxx

izamandi said...

i live in sweden and during the winter i get SO dry under my eyes, what would help? xx

Amber's said...

All my questions have been answered on their site! I always make sure to check the ingredients of various products to make sure they just have essential ingredients, and in this case, they do! Love that they are organic and vegan as well. That's fantastic!

Kailey Nicholas said...

what would you recommend for acne scars and blemishes?

PhookaSidhe said...

I get short lived pimples on my chin/jaw with long lasting red marks. Do you have a product that would help those red marks fade quickly?

joan said...

What is used as a preservative? Or is do these products need to be refrigerated?

shelsbels said...

I'd love to try this stuff, would it help with light scaring ?

Carey Hurst said...

What would be the best regime for shedding heals , dryness .

joti baral said...

What product would lighten acne marks & hyper pigmentation?

Ellie Haun said...

What can I do to get rid of my acne? I'm 17, I wash my face every night and put on salyic acid and witch hazel. I'm also vegan and try to eat as healthy as possible but my acne is still really bad! :(
Also, what can I use to lighten red acne scars?
Also, Emily, what is your favorite homemade face mask?

Jessica Piekenbrock said...

I tend to get dry itchy skin during the winter months...what would be the best thing to use one that?

Om Nom Herbivore said...

I've been working towards using simpler vegan products for my cleansers, lotions, etc. I've even tried making my own, but like similar to you, I am no skin expert! I just checked out their website - looks legit :)

Amy C said...

oh hooray some trusty non nastiness skin care - I've been using Living Libations but I like to change it up with products and this could potentially be my new fave.
Also took a look and they do a sunscreen - oh sunny happy joy

Yoga Bambi said...

I am living in Qatar in the Middle East where the water is desalinated and heavily chlorinated. It is playing havoc with my skin, in addition to the harsh, dusty climate.
What would you recommend for skin that feels like a lizards? I would love to use products that can combat the constant parched feeling my skin has.

Michal said...

Thank you for this post (and all posts)!
Are Luminance Skin Care products suitable for skin suffering from rosacea?
Thank you ^_^

Tamlyn Mills said...

They all look so pretty and like they will smell lovely too. I wonder if the mud mask sets dry? I sometimes leave it on overnight to stop myself scratching my face (nightmares) so I like ones that set dry and don't cover the pillow :P

Brittnie Fuller said...

What are the benefits of using a rose water toner? Does it help with dry skin?

Crystal Porter said...

Do you have any products that are good for combination skin and adult acne? :)

C said...

Great brand!! Any advice for how to use it on very dry skin?

Henrietta said...

aha I love that the toner is half empty in the photo - real proof that they are in fact v used products! Will check them out (I'd love to say I'd buy them buuuuut I start art school next week so poverty ahoy over here ahah)

Koyuki said...

Lovely! Body care from both inside and out is so important. Still on my journey to combat pimples and get that glow again! Do they stock in stores? I live in Japan, and international shipping gets expensive.

Megan Gray said...

This is awesome but I know that other attempts at organic skin care solutions have been very harsh on my skin. How is Luminance any different?

Kim Emanuel said...

Reika Hunt said...
I had never heard of Luminance Skincare before. I just checked their site and am impressed... I'm so glad that these kinds of companies exist, making it easier for all of us in our pursuit to be kinder to the planet and ourselves.
January 28, 2016 8:06 pm

Hi Reika
Thanks for the kind words and of course if you have additional questions please just give me a call or email me directly.

Kim Emanuel
Luminance Skincare
Founder / Formulator
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

OpenID rovinglights said...
This is awesome! I've only relatively recently become concious of trying to buy the most ethical products I can and I'm still on the hunt for great ethical beauty products so this is perfect!

January 29, 2016 2:36 am

Hi
Yup, every day it just tickles me to all get out that we are able to present an absolutely clean, ethical skincare product line. If you have specific questions please feel free to give a call or send and email.

Kim Emanuel
Luminance Skincare
Founder / Formulator
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com


Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Alison Ayubi said...
Wow!! Over my past 3 years of veganism I've been experimenting with different cruelty free skin care brands & trying to find what fits me best. This sounds like an amazing company!! I love your post as well, so full of beauty and honesty and encouragement I think all of us need.

January 29, 2016 3:51 am

Hi Allison
Please feel free to shoot me an email or phone call if you'd like to discuss your skin and I will try to help you design a system to care for and balance your skin.

Sincerely

Kim Emanuel
Luminance Skincare
Founder / Formulator
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Rachel said...
Wow! I'd love to try the products. I have intensely dry skin most of the time, and lately have just been oil cleansing for my daily face washing routine. I'm wondering how these products would replace that routine without being drying?

January 29, 2016 4:48 am

Hi Rachel
Thanks for the question! My product formulations leverage the ancient traditions of oil cleansing but with a bit of modern organic chemistry and engineering incorporated. I am very fond of saying that everything modern is not bad and everything ancient is good. As in all things in life the truth is usually in the middle somewhere.

In general our system is three very basic products; Delicate Facial Cleanser, Rosewater Toner and a Facial Moisturizer (we have two: Deep Hydration for over 30 years and Hydration for under 30 years). The Delicate Facial Cleanser is a real handmade soap with additional oils added to balance the pH to match the pH of your skin), it will not only gently cleans but will begin your routine with the beginning of deep moisturization. Rosewater Toner is an alcohol and astringent free toner to re-balance your skin after exposure to typically high alkaline tap water you use to rinse. And finally the Facial Moisturizer is to protect the outer levels of your skin providing moisture protection.

The entire product line is built upon linoleic fatty acid profiles, all in a pH balanced format. If you decide to give us a try I'm sure you'll be pleased with your skin.

Kim Emanuel
Luminance Skincare
Founder / Formulator
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com




Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Amy Lynn said...
I've heard of this brand and I really want to try their products! I'm wondering if these products would help with dry skin?

January 29, 2016 5:08 am

Hi Amy
In my experience very few of us are born with troubled skin, either dry, oily or combination. Typically dry skin is the result of synthetic cleansers, alcohol and astringent filled products, synthetic preservatives and petrochemical wax emulsifiers. When you stop using products with these ingredients your skin will reach an optimal and normalized state.

I never use any of these nasties in any of my products.

Initially I would recommend three products that will bring your skin back into balance:
Delicate Facial Cleanser
Rosewater Toner
Hydration Facial Moisturizer (under 30 years) or Deep Hydration Facial Moisturizer (over 30 years)

Visit my website and go o the instructions and blog sections for very detailed info. Or if you wish you can always call or email me me direct.

Kim Emanuel
Luminance Skincare
Founder / Formulator
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...


OpenID Hannah M said...
Looks like lovely stuff. I've always been a little shy of skincare products because I feel like I don't know what I'm doing with them - like, how often should I use lotions and things? Do I need to scrub my face every day or only every other day or what? My guess is that the answers to those depend on the person, but more generally, another thing I've always wondered: what exactly is toner and what is it supposed to do? Total mystery to me.

January 29, 2016 5:10 am

Hi Hannah
Not to worry the skincare space is filled with so much confusing and conflicting misinformation it's just overwhelming!

So here's my take on it all:

Skincare should be simple, fairly quick and affordable. And to that end I have developed a pH balanced cleanser, rosewater toner and a few moisturizers which are age dependent. Please visit my website and read the instruction on facial care. http://luminanceskincare.com/pages/instructions read sections on cleansing, toning and moisturizing.

To get you started I would suggest Delicate Facial Cleanser, Rosewater Toner and Moisturizer (Hydration if you are under 30 and Deep Hydration if you are over 30)

And of course if you wish feel free to call me or send an email with any questions,

Kim Emanuel
Luminance Skincare
Founder / Formulator
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com


Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Virginia Rech said...
These look gorgeous! I have very dry skin, I wonder if the serum or the facial butter would be better for me?

January 29, 2016 6:01 am

Hi Virginia

As I was just saying to a previous question, very very few are born with troubled overly dry or oily skin; it's generally how we are caring for our skin.Typically out of balance skin is the result of harsh synthetic cleansers, toners filled with alcohols and astringents, highly alkaline tap water and moisturizers heavily dependent upon synthetic ingredients.

If you start using cleaner products you will notice very quickly that your skin will normalize to a very nice space and the really cool thing is that afterwards if you continue to use clean products your skin will be lovely and glowing for many many years. My product line is designed and formulated around this simple concept.

Initially I always recommend to start my three basic products, and then in a few weeks if your skin settles to a little bit dry or a little bit oily we can easily solve that with either a mask, butter or serum. The three basics: Delicate Facial Cleanser, Rosewater Toner and either Hydration Moisturizer (under 30) or Deep Hydration Moisturizer (over 30)

Check the website and visit the instructions page and the blog, or if you wish you can email or call me directly, Im always here to answer questions. www.http://luminanceskincare.com/pages/instructions.

Kim Emanuel
Luminance Skincare
Founder / Formulator
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com


Rachel Taube said...

OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO HAPPY YOU FEATURED THIS COMPANY ON YOUR BLOG! I am from the Bay Area and have sampled their products at a farmer's market in Oakland and FELL IN LOVE. I have been wanting to treat myself ever since. I love that the products are vegan and all natural, and also local to me. I would love to try them out at home and am curious: what are some of their best products for combination/oily skin, for sun protection, and for undereye bags/wrinkles? Thanks so much in advance and I hope I'm able to try the products!

Laura said...

Hey Em! This sounds like an awesome giveaway! And its so cool that people from all over the world can participate this time:) Well I normally pretty much don't use anything on my skin but since I went off the pill I have to deal with a little more problematic skin. It's not to bad but I have more pimples in the face and especially on my back now. Do you think luminance will balance my skin again? And how long will the samples last? Thanks and much love!

Saffron Nicholson said...

Wow, this company sounds amazing! Exactly the kind of thing I want to be using on my body, natural stuff that doesn't cost the earth! I was wondering though if you find the facial moisturiser light or heavy? My face has a tendancy to go all oily after moisturising and it is a nightmare trying to find one that's light enough and I like, maybe this will be the perfect one, fingers crossed!
Thank you!! Saffron xxx

Celina T said...

I'd be curious to hear their thoughts on sunscreen!

Kim Emanuel said...

charly said...
So kind to introduce us to some organic plant-based skin care :)
January 29, 2016 6:20 am

Hi Charly
Yes I am very pleased to have my products reviewed here. And rest assured all is Vegan, Organic and handmade by me personally without anything synthetic, toxic or harmful in any way to anything.
Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger lacy davis said...
my question is around dryness! What is your top recommendation for dry skin? I just moved to Oregon and ever since I got here, I swear my skin flakes off in sheets.

January 29, 2016 7:08 am

Hi Lacy
In almost all cases dry skin is caused either by water that's too alkaline or a skincare system containing various synthetics, alcohols, solvents or astringents. Very few of us are born with skin issues, it is what we do to it. I should also add that what we put into the inside of our bodies has an effect. Try to avoid excess meats especially those that are altered with antibiotics and fillers, try to limit dairy, sugar and gluten.

If you adopt a truly clean skincare system your dry skin should go away.
From my product line I would recommend the following, and please visit the website and get into the instructions for facial care.
1. Delicate Facial Cleanser
2. Rosewater Facial Toner
3. Antioxident Spray
4. Hydration or Deep Hydration Facial Moisturizers (Hydration if you're under 30 and Deep Hydration if you have more years)

Feel free to call me if you wish to discuss in person

Sincerely
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Danielle Crouch said...
The question behind my previous comment, which I didn't actually directly express, was: does Luminance have products for fighting acne?

January 29, 2016 1:20 am

Hi Danielle
I cannot find my previous answer that I think I submitted to you ... just in case here's another.
There's not a Luminance Skincare Product that will cure acne but my basic cleansing, toning, anti oxidizing and moisturizing will help with any external causes and certainly keep your skin healthy and more comfortable; all without introducing toxins into your body.

I would recommend the basic 5 primary members of our acne prone skincare line:
1. Delicate Facial Cleanser
2. Rosewater Facial Toner
3. Antioxidant Spray
4. Acne Serum
5. Hydration Moisturizer

To to: http://luminanceskincare.com/pages/how-to-help-skin-with-acne and read through this, and then if you have further questions just give me a call or email directly. I will try to help as much as I can!

Sincerely
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

The His and Her Report said...

Hello! My name is Neida and So far I've loved what I have read about the Luminance Products. Now, my question...I keep getting flaky skin around my eyebrows & lips. I really hate it because it doesnt allow me to apply my makeup evenly & when I do use makeup it flakes off with the skin, which makes it look like a mess. Do you have a product that can help me with this flakiness, I've tried moisturizers & I drink a lot of water. I don't know why it happens but I'm looking for a natural way to take care of it.
Any advice would be helpful. Thank you!

Sheelagh Daly said...

I love the look of these products and that they're vegan and organic. My one question would be about the simplicity of the ingredients used. I find a lot of natural skin products have just as massive a list of ingredients as the regular ones and many of the ingredients are extracts or fractured pieces of the natural version. Is that the case with Luminance products?

Abigail Swift said...

I have been vegan for 5 years and eat a very clean diet but still get acne in the bottom part of my face, what products would you recommend? Thanks!

Charles Griggs said...

Does luminance beauty products accommodate darker skin tones? Thanks!

Charles Griggs said...

Does luminance beauty products accommodate darker skin tones? Thanks!

Rose Truesdale said...

I'd love to try Luminance! I currently use Town & Anchor, plus jojoba oil, but I still have redness and scarring from years of addressing whack hormones with... more hormones. I'm attempting to detox all the products I use on my skin, from cleanser to makeup, but overhauls are pricey. Keep us posted on how Luminance works for you!

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Sheelagh Daly said...
I love the look of these products and that they're vegan and organic. My one question would be about the simplicity of the ingredients used. I find a lot of natural skin products have just as massive a list of ingredients as the regular ones and many of the ingredients are extracts or fractured pieces of the natural version. Is that the case with Luminance products?

February 06, 2016 7:13 pm

Hi Seelagh

Excellent question! And you are very correct that many natural skincare products have massive lists of ingredients; I do not subscribe to this shotgun approach. I think the reason it happens is the formulators don't really have a clue to how the skin and the body work together and their theory is that if one just sticks lots of good stuff then it must be good; the problem is secondary and derivative ingredient interactions. Oils and herbs do interact and not always in expected ways, so you are wise to be cautious

I only use the ingredients necessary to nourish properly for the specific application. I do not use derivatives or cracked versions of primary ingredients. Every product is sculpted with an essential and minimal profile of oils and herbals necessary to balance and nourish the skin. If you get into my ingredient labels and have questions please don't hesitate to drop me an email or give a call.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com





Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Rose Truesdale said...
I'd love to try Luminance! I currently use Town & Anchor, plus jojoba oil, but I still have redness and scarring from years of addressing whack hormones with... more hormones. I'm attempting to detox all the products I use on my skin, from cleanser to makeup, but overhauls are pricey. Keep us posted on how Luminance works for you!

February 07, 2016 7:30 am

Hi Rose

Well to start you might have a look here http://www.paiskincare.com/blog/2011/04/11/the-facts-about-phenoxyethanol-%E2%80%93-revisited/ ... Phenoxyethanol is the preservative used by Town and Anchor, I and many others consider this to be very toxic. Additionally their toners are using alcohols and astringents; not great. I don't want to deeply criticize another product lines ingredients, but might have a very close look at what's in anything you put on your skin, 20% or so gets into your body.

The reason I get into this is because many "Natural" products have a nice list of ingredients and then use all kinds of not so wonderful binders, fillers, thickeners & preservatives.

If you're curious about how my products work or their ingredients, please visit my site at www.luminanceskincare.com and browse through the specific ingredients and testimonials. And if you have specific questions please don't hesitate to give me a call or send an email.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Charles Griggs said...
Does luminance beauty products accommodate darker skin tones? Thanks!

February 07, 2016 12:15 am

Hi Charles
Absolutely my products are excellent for darker skin tones. Especially the Skin Butter is wonderful.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Abigail Swift said...
I have been vegan for 5 years and eat a very clean diet but still get acne in the bottom part of my face, what products would you recommend? Thanks!

February 06, 2016 8:29 pm

Hi Abigail
The first thing I would reccommend is for you to go to my website and read this FAQ on acne prone skin http://luminanceskincare.com/pages/faq-about-acne. It was written by my business partner Elena. And then I would suggest you contact her directly by email elena@kimrolloemanuel.com. Elena is very expert in the application of our product line for Acne Prone Skin. I could give an answer, but Elena is much more knowledgable with this sort of skin condition.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger The His and Her Report said...
Hello! My name is Neida and So far I've loved what I have read about the Luminance Products. Now, my question...I keep getting flaky skin around my eyebrows & lips. I really hate it because it doesnt allow me to apply my makeup evenly & when I do use makeup it flakes off with the skin, which makes it look like a mess. Do you have a product that can help me with this flakiness, I've tried moisturizers & I drink a lot of water. I don't know why it happens but I'm looking for a natural way to take care of it.
Any advice would be helpful. Thank you!

February 06, 2016 6:18 pm

Hi Neida
Please call me.

I am certain I can help you but I need to ask you several questions about your current skincare products and how you are taking care of your skin.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Brittnie Fuller said...
What are the benefits of using a rose water toner? Does it help with dry skin?

Hi Brittnie

Yes it helps enormously with dry skin. Highly alkaline (hard water) tap water is a primary cause of overly dry skin, so anytime tap water (or well water for that matter) touches your skin you should give an immediate spritz of Rosewater Toner.

My Rosewater Toner has a pH of ~5.8. Tap water can be as high as 8.5 or in some cases into the low 9's. Toner rebalances your pH.

One more thing to consider; Toners should never contain alcohol or astringent. Think about it; first you cleanse your skin, and then if use a toner with alcohol or astringent your skin will close and tighten to the extent that your moisturizer will not be able to penetrate properly.

I do not believe in any product that tightens or closes the skin.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Mari said...

Thank you for this opportunity Emily! Always love reading your blog and seeing what's new!

To Luminance Skincare:

First off, thank you for partnering with TRVL for this giveaway! Here are my questions: what is the shelf life of these products? Also, how many of the ingredients do you source from within North America?

Thanks!

dropastitch@yahoo.com said...

I have areas of skin on my legs where I am losing pigmentation. Any idea what is causing this or what I can do about it?? It looks like I have white polka dots on my legs. :-(

Natalie said...

I have one item from Luminance Skincare & it's the rosewater hydration mask. It is beyond amazing! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Carissa Anne said...

I'm so glad I got to find your blog because of this giveaway

Yi Leng Elaine said...

Are Luminance Skincare products suitable for all skin types?

Lexi said...

What's the shelf life of their products? And I also was wondering what the main difference is between their line for younger people versus those who are a little older? Thank you so much for this giveaway!

MTS said...

Hi, I was wondering what Kim thinks about putting coconut oil on facial skin. Some things that I have read are totally in support of this and other groups/companies say that it's a bad idea as coconut oil may clog your pores. Thank you!

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Mari said...
Thank you for this opportunity Emily! Always love reading your blog and seeing what's new!

To Luminance Skincare:

First off, thank you for partnering with TRVL for this giveaway! Here are my questions: what is the shelf life of these products? Also, how many of the ingredients do you source from within North America?

Thanks!

February 07, 2016 3:39 pm

Hi Mari
You're welcome and it's really is me who is grateful to be presented here ... love this blog!

Ok. The shelf life is finite and infinite all at the same time. Finite because I preserve everything with Red Radish Root Extract and this only provides a room temperature shelf life of 5 to 8 months; call it an average of 6 months. And the infinite part is because we stand behind every product you purchase for as long as own it and the jar or bottle is empty. If a product every spoils or grows a bit of mold or whatever just let us know and we will immediately ship you a replacement at absolutely no charge. We even cover the shipping.

So you never have to worry about our very naturally preserved product spoiling!

The vast majority of my ingredients come from North America. The exceptions are some of the very exotic oils from North Africa and the south pacific. We get a few essential oils from South America and India. My Holy Basil comes in from Southern India. I try to keep everything as local as possible; and now having said that I avoid everything grown in the Central Valley of California or any major agricultural center for that matter. I just don't believe that the single organic farmer in the California Central Valley can with any conviction claim to be organic while sharing water and air with farms with very toxic farming habits.

Thanks those were very good questions!

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com


Audrey Reyes said...

I was wondering what the shelf life on these products is?

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger dropastitch@yahoo.com said...
I have areas of skin on my legs where I am losing pigmentation. Any idea what is causing this or what I can do about it?? It looks like I have white polka dots on my legs. :-(

February 07, 2016 6:41 pm

Hi
I don't know and to my knowledge it is not known by anyone. I have copied the address of a website that enters the discussion. I will keep my eyes open and if I happen on something that at least helps I will post it on my website www.luminanceskincare.com.

Check out this site: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/vitiligo-common-cause-loss-skin-pigment

I am sorry I don't have a better answer for you!!!

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Audrey Reyes said...
I was wondering what the shelf life on these products is?

February 07, 2016 8:17 pm

Hi Audrey
I just answered this to another reader and not trying to be lazy, but I am copying that answer.

Ok. The shelf life is finite and infinite all at the same time. Finite because I preserve everything with Red Radish Root Extract and this only provides a room temperature shelf life of 5 to 8 months; call it an average of 6 months. And the infinite part is because we stand behind every product you purchase for as long as own it and the jar or bottle is empty. If a product every spoils or grows a bit of mold or whatever just let us know and we will immediately ship you a replacement at absolutely no charge. We even cover the shipping.

So you never have to worry about our very naturally preserved product spoiling!

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger MTS said...
Hi, I was wondering what Kim thinks about putting coconut oil on facial skin. Some things that I have read are totally in support of this and other groups/companies say that it's a bad idea as coconut oil may clog your pores. Thank you!

February 07, 2016 8:05 pm

Hi MTS
Yes coconut oil is not a good idea for your skin. Once upon a time it may have been the best you could get your hands on and so by default it was considered ok; but it will congest your pours. The real reason that everyone seems to miss is Coconut Oil has a high concentration of Lauric Acid, which tends to solidify components of Sebum (a natural secretion from the deep skin up and out of your pours). Solidifying Sebum will congest your skin. The other thing is Coconut Oil has a component of tiny particles that have a slightly higher melting point that body temperature; these little bits collect leading to congested pours.

So what do you do? Well fortunately there are many wonderful oils that one can use to cleanse and moisturize skin. Simply swap the coconut for organic avocado, meadow-foam, kukui, rose hip, borage, prickly pear ... these are all high oleic fatty acid profiles and simply wonderful for your skin.

Reserve your coconut for your smoothie; because coconut oil is a wonderful oil to consume ... or at least I think it is, this is a food blog so I better be careful!. Haha!

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Yi Leng Elaine said...
Are Luminance Skincare products suitable for all skin types?

February 07, 2016 7:25 pm

Hi Yi Leng
Absolutely our products are suitable for all skin types. It's because we're very careful to use ingredients that skin receives as a nutrient. And we're just as careful to stay away from anything synthetic, toxic, genetically modified or in any way harmful.

Funny thing about skin, the vast majority of us is born with really good skin, we just mess it up along the way. I've designed my products to simply bring the skin back into balance so it can do it's job in health and comfort. And healthy skin is lovely skin.

It sounds like you might have a condition you're concerned with, if that's the case please don't hesitate to call me directly, we can discuss and I will try to help you.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Michelle Blanken said...

What ingredients/products are good for lightening and healing acne scars?

Unknown said...

Hi lisa! I had really terrible painful cystic acne for 2 years and I tried everthing. It wasn't until about a year of veganism, and these products that my skin finally healed. It didn't happen over night, and I still have breakouts. But using these products was a step in the right direction. I also have dermatographia, so products like proactive and acutane were too harsh on my skin/ didn't work. This is the holy grail of hollistic, natural beautiful balanced skin products.

Heather Mcgonigle said...

I've seriously been eyeing up this skincare line for the longest time! It's so exciting to see that one of my favourite bloggers uses them! Thanks for all you do!!

Courtney ~ Le Rouge Cottage said...

Found your site through this company on Instagram!Been dying to try their products!

Tiamarie Morrell said...

I've been looking into more holistic beauty products. I have oily skin, will oil based products be to much for me?

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Jennifer said...
I've been reducing the amount andrange of products I use on my face and body, as well as simplifying them-coconut oil for moisturizing the body, etc... But I must say luminance seems like something I would still love to use because of their natural ingredients and ethical approach to their products! I've been experimenting with cutting out products for washing and cleansing my face and so far it seems I still need something to cleanse my skin and pores :)

February 08, 2016 2:48 am

Hi Jennifer
Thanks for the comment and if I may I would suggest that you only use the coconut oil from the neck down and if you're interested in something far better and a bit less expensive, switch over to Avocado or Sun Flower Oil; both have a more beneficial fatty acid profile for skin. Coconut tends to clog and congest the pours over long term use. Coconut is wonderful internally but externally there are better choices out there.

For facial cleansing you would look for a soap based cleanser that is pH adjusted to around a 6.2, and preferably one without alcohols, solvents or astringent. And then always follow your facial rinse with an alcohol/solvent/astringent free toner to rebalance your facial skin after exposure to your rinsing tap water (tap water is universally far to basic, high pH, for the face),


Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Courtney ~ Le Rouge Cottage said...
Found your site through this company on Instagram!Been dying to try their products!

February 07, 2016 9:22 pm

Well Courtney how bout a 10% discount to ease the way?
I just put one in place for you, email me at kim@kimrolloemanuel.com and I will send you the discount code.


Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Heather Mcgonigle said...
I've seriously been eyeing up this skincare line for the longest time! It's so exciting to see that one of my favourite bloggers uses them! Thanks for all you do!!

February 07, 2016 9:20 pm

Well Heather thanks for taking interest in my products!
And yes I love this blogger as well!
To ease the way I have placed a %10 discount code in place for you, just send me an email at kim@kimrolloemanuel.com and I'll immediately send you the code.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com


Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Unknown said...
Hi lisa! I had really terrible painful cystic acne for 2 years and I tried everthing. It wasn't until about a year of veganism, and these products that my skin finally healed. It didn't happen over night, and I still have breakouts. But using these products was a step in the right direction. I also have dermatographia, so products like proactive and acutane were too harsh on my skin/ didn't work. This is the holy grail of hollistic, natural beautiful balanced skin products.

February 07, 2016 8:59 pm

Hi
I am touched that the products along with a vegan diet have helped you! You make my day!
Thank you so much. If ever you wish to call me to discuss a few new products in development that may help you further please don't hesitate to call me anytime.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com


Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Michelle Blanken said...
What ingredients/products are good for lightening and healing acne scars?

February 07, 2016 8:40 pm

Hi Michelle

I wish I had better news, but I am always on the look out for such a product line and so far no luck. And I wish to advise you to be very cautions with product claims and ingredient listings; just be sure to vet everything through the Skin Deep EWG website. Or if you wish give me a call and I will help you as much as I can.

My products will help your skin get and stay healthy but will not cure pre-existing scaring.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Lexi said...
What's the shelf life of their products? And I also was wondering what the main difference is between their line for younger people versus those who are a little older? Thank you so much for this giveaway!

February 07, 2016 7:30 pm

Hi Lexi
With regard to shelf life please forgive me but I am just copying this answer from another readers question. Then below that I will answer your question re the differences between youthful and mature products.
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Ok. The shelf life is finite and infinite all at the same time. Finite because I preserve everything with Red Radish Root Extract and this only provides a room temperature shelf life of 5 to 8 months; call it an average of 6 months. And the infinite part is because we stand behind every product you purchase for as long as own it and the jar or bottle is empty. If a product every spoils or grows a bit of mold or whatever just let us know and we will immediately ship you a replacement at absolutely no charge. We even cover the shipping.

So you never have to worry about our very naturally preserved product spoiling!
__________________________________________________________________________

Hydration Facial Moisturizer is for more youthful skin (typically under 30 or 35 years). It is 15% lighter than Deep Hydration and with a slight shift in ingredients to oils that reduce inflammation
Deep Hydration Facial Moisturizer is for skin over 35 years old. In this one I am using a collection of oils that mimic the function of collagen (we make less and less collagen as we age) Also Deep Hydration is 15% richer than Hydration.

And to extend a little bit. Many of my customers have been asking for a product that is richer than Deep Hydration and so we developed the Nite Time Facial Butter; an extremely rich peptide infused just before you go to bed facial moisturizer; it has become an overnight best seller.

Hope this all helps. If not give me a call.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com


Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Tiamarie Morrell said...
I've been looking into more holistic beauty products. I have oily skin, will oil based products be to much for me?

February 08, 2016 5:27 am

Hi Tiamarie

It is a very common question asked and no oil based products will not make your skin more oily; to the contrary my products will help normalize your skin and reduce surface oils.

It all comes down to the oils used, typically skincare products that contain synthetic oils (mineral oils), coconut oil, jojoba oil, alcohols, astringents, synthetic cleansers. solvents, synthetic preservatives, thickeners or binders will drive the skin either to the oily side or dry side or unpredictable T-Zone patterns of oily and dry.

The trick is to use the right oils. Oils that the skin considers and can use as a nutrient source. If you get into my website or read the ingredients on my labels you will find organic/wildcrafted seed oils with high profiles of linoleic, oleic and gamma linoleic fatty acids. And a equally nice list of herbals. These are the ingredients that when combined in a responsible clean way present a food and nutrient source for your skin; helping your skin to normalize to it's natural, healthy and balanced state.

Very few of us are born with problem skin; mostly it's our diet and how we take care of your skin that tends to shift us into problem areas.

My recommendations:
1. Delicate Facial Cleanser
2. Rosewater Facial Toner
3. Hydration Facial Moisturizer

If you stop what you are doing now and switch to just these products and carefully follow the instructions your skin should recover.

Call me if you have further questions.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com



Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Nicole Huckins said...
I'm also prone to acne, but don't have overly oily or dry skin. Anything specific you recommend?

January 30, 2016 4:37 pm

Hi Nicole
Yes the trick is to get your skin cleansed, toned and moisturized; and then use something gentle to help control bacteria.

From my product line I recommend:
My recommendations:
1. Delicate Facial Cleanser
2. Rosewater Facial Toner
3. Anti-Oxident Spray
4. Acne Serum
5. Hydration Facial Moisturizer

Use these products for a month weeks without changing (try to use them for one full cycle)
And then reevaluate your skin and occasional acne. It is important to note that you should not try to mix product lines; the ones I mentioned are a complete skincare system directed to the occasional acne breakout to moderate acne and so you should not need anything else that might cloud your results.

Please feel free to call me if you wish to discuss further

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com




Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger The His and Her Report said...
Hello! My name is Neida and So far I've loved what I have read about the Luminance Products. Now, my question...I keep getting flaky skin around my eyebrows & lips. I really hate it because it doesnt allow me to apply my makeup evenly & when I do use makeup it flakes off with the skin, which makes it look like a mess. Do you have a product that can help me with this flakiness, I've tried moisturizers & I drink a lot of water. I don't know why it happens but I'm looking for a natural way to take care of it.
Any advice would be helpful. Thank you!

February 06, 2016 6:18 pm

Hi
Ok without knowing more about the part of the world you live in, the cleansers and toners (if any) you are using it is difficult for me to make a intellegent suggestion.

So please call me so we can discuss in real time >> I am pretty sure I can help you. ... and btw, I get lots of calls from all around the world and so your call will not in any way be intrusive ... this is what I do and I take great joy helping folks solve their skin issues. I look forward to speaking with you.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Celina T said...
I'd be curious to hear their thoughts on sunscreen!

February 05, 2016 12:18 am

Hi Celina
Sunscreen or shade. One or the other is essential as the consequence can be horrible!

The trick is to find a sunscreen that is not toxic or using nano-particulate metals (the jury is not in on these finely ground metals, for now I advise extreme caution until more is known). I am not even in favor of classic Zinc or Titanium formulations applied to the skin.

For a long time I did not have a sunscreen in my product line, and then one day I stumbled upon Red Raspberry Seed Oil. If it is cold pressed, organic and extremely pure it affords an absorbent sun screen in the area of 99% UVA and UVB absorption >> this is equivalent to an spf in the 40's. Very adequate protection. I have had this tested at a local university physics department.

There is a catch and a wonderful benefit for skin health.
The Catch: It must be applied every 2 hours and immediately after swimming or after sweaty workout.
The Wonderful Benefit For Skin Health: Red Raspberry Seed Oil is high in linoleic fatty acids which get into the skin, dissolve coagulated skin oils from the pours, giving a deep non greasy deep oil cleansing. It is an extremely nice oil for skin.

Personal testimony: I shave my head and work for hours and hours every weekend in the sun without a hat and have never had a burn.

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com


Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Saffron Nicholson said...
Wow, this company sounds amazing! Exactly the kind of thing I want to be using on my body, natural stuff that doesn't cost the earth! I was wondering though if you find the facial moisturiser light or heavy? My face has a tendancy to go all oily after moisturising and it is a nightmare trying to find one that's light enough and I like, maybe this will be the perfect one, fingers crossed!
Thank you!! Saffron xxx

February 04, 2016 8:54 am

Hi Saffron
My guess is that your moisturizer is not the problem, but rather your cleanser and toner (or more general the way you are treating your skin before you apply moisturizer. If you are using products containing even trace amounts synthetic preservatives, binders, emulsifiers, alcohols, solvents or astringents this is where the culprit most likely lives.

Very few of us are born with naturally overly oily or overly dry skin; it is in almost all cases what we are doing to it that messes things up.

In almost every case like yours I have been able to normalize and optimize skin to a naturally lovely glowing state. The trick is to cleanse with a "clean" cleanser and then compensate for highly alkaline tap water with an alcohol and astringent free toner. it usually is really that straight forward. In most cases oily skin is skin trying to defend itself from inappropriate skincare product ingredients.

If you are willing to try 3 of my products to break this cycle I will place a 15% discount on the website for you for our basic 3 products.
Just email me and I will send you the discount code.

Recommendation:
Delicate Facial Cleanser
Rosewater Facial Toner
Hydration Facial Moisturizer (if you are under 35 years) Deep Hydration Facial Moisturizer (35 years and more)

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com

Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Laura said...
Hey Em! This sounds like an awesome giveaway! And its so cool that people from all over the world can participate this time:) Well I normally pretty much don't use anything on my skin but since I went off the pill I have to deal with a little more problematic skin. It's not to bad but I have more pimples in the face and especially on my back now. Do you think luminance will balance my skin again? And how long will the samples last? Thanks and much love!

February 03, 2016 6:04 pm

Hi Laura
I can assure you we can get your skin back in balance; but your question would be better answered by my business partner Elena Saxton, a woman who with lots of experience dealing with hormonal rebound after going off birth control.

Please send her an email at: elena@kimrolloemanuel.com
Elena will be pleased to hear from you, listen to your situation and provide a course of our products that will help. Most likely she will have some dietary suggestion as well.


Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com


Kim Emanuel said...

Blogger Megan Gray said...
This is awesome but I know that other attempts at organic skin care solutions have been very harsh on my skin. How is Luminance any different?

February 03, 2016 11:25 am

Hi Megan
I am sorry to hear previous attempts have failed you.

Please know that just because it's "Organic" or "Natural" doesn't mean it is properly formulated to actually benefit skin; not all organic ingredients are good for skin. All I can suggest is that you visit my site and read through the hundreds and hundred of feedback comments.

Read my ingredients. Read the customer feedback. Check the ingredients on EWG (skin deep) website.

And then if you have one more try left in you, give us a try. If you are not pleased just let us know and we will give you an immediate and 100% refund ... might check our customer service policy for a statement of how we behave ourselves. Without knowing more about your skin it is difficult for me to promise you my products will be wonderful for your skin, but I can say we have thousands of repeat customers all over the world, with every type of skin who for many years have been pleased with the gentle nature of our products.

Try the following:
Delicate Facial Cleanser
Rosewater Facial Toner
Deep Hydration Facial Moisturizer (Mature Skin) or Hydration Facial Moisturizer (Youthful skin)

Cheers
Kim Emanuel
Founder / Formulator
Luminance Skincare
707 372 6765
kim@kimrolloemanuel.com




Jordan Sparrow said...

These look great! I'm still searching for a quality facial moisturiser that is vegan, free from parabens, a d doesn't make me break out. Are these products free from scary synthetics?

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone :) i've checked out the site and so happy to know vegan skincare exists! Since I was 14 i've had extremely dry lips to the point that I heavily relied on vaseline. After a few years I realised they contain very harsh ingredients but also darken lips - which is the case with mine. Do you have any products which would help bring the "pinkness" back?
Thank you

Holly O'Gorman said...

I love cruelty free products. Do you offer a sunscreen as well?

Lydia Claire said...

I found their website to be so thorough I can't think of anything to ask!

Corrine Greenfield said...

What is best for older skin and wrinkles?

Lory said...

Hey! So since the moisturizer contains Red Raspberry extract, does it provide any sun protection? Or is that just when Red Raspberry oil is in a product? All of this stuff looks great, thanks!

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