Decades ago in the natural skin care world, the pendulum used to only swing far to the hippie side (Dr. Bronner's) or equally as far into expensive fancy (Aveda). Today, the products are , and even more satisfyingly real. Take this body wash, which starts with foraged plants, moss, mushrooms and forest bits, concentrated and blended with gentle body-safe soap. The result is the Pacific Northwest in a bottle, a heady and aromatic body wash from Juniper Ridge. Your skin will breathe a sigh of relief; your nose will breathe a real sigh of joy. The pine needled Cascade Forest aroma is lush and serves as a wake-up call during your morning scrub.
Body washes are a dime a dozen at any store in the western world. Scented like "mountain breeze" or "crisp water" (really?), these fragrances make most normal noses curl up and shudder. But when you open THIS bottle of Cascade Forest Body Wash, you'll be hit not with cloying chemical-ness, but with Mt. Hood. Yep, all those pine needles and forest duff, concentrated down into a tawny liquid ready for scrubbing your whole self. A body wash that is quite remarkable, while still being real and sustainable? Awesome.
The company is called Juniper Ridge, and it's a good choice for a name, for one of the scents that tickles the nose with distinction is juniper. Whether its from a forest of shrubbery or a small pour of botanical gin, juniper is unmistakeable. Perhaps their point is to say: we are distinctive and real. It works.
This foresty body wash is strong, hoo boy is it strong. I really love the scent, rich and lingering. It as strong as those artificially scented beauty bars we love to chastise, but thankfully Juniper Ridge's scents are real and refreshing.
Here's what they say about their process: "All Juniper Ridge products are 100% Wildcrafted and produced using old perfume making techniques including distillation, tincturing, infusion and enfleurage. A hundred years ago, all perfumes were made this way. Today Juniper Ridge are the only ones who handle every step of the process themselves, from beginning to end. These formulas vary from year to year and harvest to harvest, based on rainfall, temperature, exact harvesting location, and season. The exact formula depends on what they find in the wind, a conversation with the living, wild ecology."
Enfleurage? Yeah, me, too. Turns out that it is kind of like tincture (where you steep the fragrant thing in alcohol or vinegar), except the medium is fat. This is great for making perfumes and soaps, exactly what Juniper Ridge does.
Each time they make these scents, they head out into the environment and gather the essence of that space, whether desert or forest. Then it's into the mobile lab (a van with some pretty cool distillation and concentrating devices) for the real work of making an amazing scent. It's why their scents smell like the places they came from, on that day. Each batch varies and makes the experience uniquely natural.
Aside from being fruity, green, and awesome, olive oil has properties that make it great, whether eating it or smearing it on your face. Check this out:
Polyphenols are a class of antioxidants found in organic extra virgin olive oil. Organic extra virgin olive oil is full of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damage. One of the most important health components of olive oil is hydroxytyrosol, a potent polyphenol. Hydroxytyrosol can slow the aging process in the skin by stabilizing the cell plasma membrane.
Why jojoba oil? The answer lies in the substance known as sebum: a natural skin wax that can build up when overproduced by your body. Jojoba is a rare bird in that it contains waxes that almost perfectly mimic the makeup of sebum. No veggie oil does that, only jojoba. This means it can absorb almost perfectly and, because like dissolves like, even penetrate and lift away the waxes that build up and clog pores and hair follicles.
Cascade Forest is made with true firs from the Northwest. We work with Hall’s family to harvest true firs on their timber land in the Pacific Northwest. Sustainable harvesting is easy here because we’re harvesting around the bottoms of the tree and those tall trees keep growing towards the sky.
"All of our plants are wildharvested with the utmost sensitivity and respect for the existing wildscape. We return to the same stands year after year to carefully monitor regrowth. We never use alien or invasive species and are actively involved in native plant restoration projects from San Diego to Seattle. 10% of all of our profits are annually donated to a portfolio of Western Wilderness Defense organizations. We revel in the intact forest habitats of the West, and tirelessly work to promote education as to how best to protect them."
"Sustainable is a flabby, over-used word. I’d like to clarify, in detail, what we mean when we say sustainable. I started Juniper Ridge twenty years ago. We’ve been going back to the exact same wild gardens, all on private land and with permission, every year since the start of the company. I love making things that connect people to that deep, quiet experience of being out on the trail – it’s like a religion to me. I often take the Juniper Ridge crew out to do trail work with me. I have way more habitat restoration and weeding projects going than I can do alone. I’m also in business to put the money we make back to work, protecting the wildlands that have given us so much."
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