One of the greatest perks of being a vegan beauty blogger is learning about amazing indie beauty brands that prioritize high-quality ingredients and excellent performance. Jollification by Julia Morisset is one of my newest favorites. Based in Ottowa and Santo Domingo, Jollification is all about bringing handmade, yummy-smelling, natural ingredients to the conscious consumer. I’ve had the privilege of trying three of their products, and let’s just say–if you’re looking to stock up on reasonably priced green beauty goodies for you or a fellow green beauty lover—look no further! Jollification products are a treat for the skin and the senses.
Jollification (n.) – a lively celebration; merrymaking. In French, jolie means beautiful, as in Elle est très jolie.
What’s more beautiful than feeling joy?
Calling all java lovers! This all-natural soap is crafted with sea salt, coffee, raw organic cane sugar, olive oil, coconut oil, and vetiver. The soap has been thoroughly cured to ensure a long-lasting, gentle bar. The smell is downright edible, and as I write this, I’m tempted to brew some afternoon coffee to satisfy the craving this luscious soap has brought on! Its fragrance isn’t the only perk (pardon the pun!). As I’ve learned, coffee has a cool way of “waking” up skin and temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite.
To make your handmade Jollification soap bar last as long as possible, don’t let it sit in standing water, and store it on a well-ventilated soap dish (i.e. one with slats that allow the excess water to drain off).
This serum feels so indulgent. Blended with bergamot, neroli, and Bulgarian rose oils, this oil-based serum smells comforting and invigorating at once. This “skin food” serves as an astringent to improve skin elasticity, an antiseptic to keep skin clear, a sebum regulator to balance skin’s oil production, and a moisturizer to keep skin supple. The serum also contains rose hip oil, one of the best sources of skin-loving omega 3 fatty acids, and passion fruit oil, which is high in vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. Because this blend is so multi-purpose and gentle, it’s suitable for just about any skin type.
To use: Because the serum is highly concentrated, a little bit goes a long way. Press a few drops of the serum onto freshly cleansed, slightly damp skin to lock in moisture. For a bit of extra moisture, mix a few drops with your regular moisturizer. I’ve been combining Jollification serum with my night cream and applying it to my face, neck, and chest. Heavenly! The serum seems to help keep visible inflammation at bay.
Mask time! Clay and activated charcoal are some of the best ingredients for ridding pores of nasties and excess oil. This purifying mask contains three kinds of clay (kaolinite, Moroccan lava, and bentonite). In addition to these skin-clearing superstars, the mask also delivers a dose of turmeric (which is anti-inflammatory) and vitamin C.
I used this mask last night, and my skin felt new and looked fresh–as if I hadn’t by plagued by a head cold this week! Although it felt like the mask tightened my pores, my skin didn’t feel uncomfortably tight. (Some masks tend to really zap hydration.)
To use: Mix a tablespoon of the mask powder with filtered water, chamomile or green tea, or hydrosols. (Just avoid anything with oil since this will prevent the mask from doing its best work.) The blend should fizz a bit when mixed. Cleanse your face and pat dry. There is no need to exfoliate since the mask will do that for you! Apply to skin and allow the mask to dry (10-30 minutes, depending on humidity and the thickness of the mask paste). When you’re ready, gently massage your face with a warm, damp washcloth to remove the mask. Finish with your favorite toner, serum, and moisturizer.
Have you tried Jollification? I highly recommend this thoughtful brand.
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Photos: Mary Hood Luttrell