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From Farm To Bottle:
Flourish Natural Body Care

I cannot think of a more appropriate name for this Vermont-based natural body care company than Flourish. The word to me implies the ability to thrive and prosper in a supportive environment, and this truly reflects the journey that founder Kirsten Connor has gone through in the past decade, from weathering an economic recession to surviving Tropical Storm Irene that wiped out their house, farmland and everything they owned. 

With a lot of hard work and the help of their family, friends and community, Flourish Natural Bodycare was relaunched last November with the addition of herbal infusions in their products and the inclusion of styling products to their line.

All their products from the lip balm to body lotion to shampoo and conditioner are lovingly handcrafted in small batches in their workshop in Woodstock, using ingredients either farmed locally on their five-acre farm in Vermont or ethically sourced and certified organic from external suppliers, and their process adheres to strict EcoCert guidelines.

Apart from their inspirational story, what drew me to the brand was their lovely selection of scents. Kirsten has formulated alluring blends like Lavender Mint, Patchouli Tangerine and Rosewood Infusion, but given that my mind has been on the arrival of spring, I immediately gravitated towards the Honey Blossom line of products. 

Kirsten was so sweet in offering to send me some of the Honey Blossom products to try, and you can imagine my excitement when a beautiful-packaged parcel arrived at my doorstep a few days later! 

I fell in love with the delicate floral scent of the product before I even tested it on my body- the subtle scent of Marshmellow Root perfectly complements the softly sweet scent of the Honey Blossom. The pump bottle also gets a thumbs up from me, making it easy to dispense the product in the shower. 

You may already know that honey is my all-time favorite beauty ingredient, with the ability to provide intense hydration and gentle cleansing. Marshmallow Root has a high mucilage content and provides additional nourishment for the skin, and oats help to soften the skin and lock in moisture. I love how the body wash worked into a light, creamy lather with water and rinsed off cleanly, leaving my skin feeling soft and silky all over. 

Ingredients: water, althea officinalis (marshmallow root), aveena sativa (oat), Vermont honey, organic vegetable glycerin, Ecocert decyl glucoside, Ecocert sodium lauryl sulfoacetate*, Ecocert gluconolactone**, Ecocert sodium benzoate**(preservative system), hydrolyzed wheat protein, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, panthenol(vitamin), essential oil blend of aniba rosaedora, citrus sinensis, vanilla planifolia and non-gmo xantham gum
I usually prefer using body oil in the colder months because the dry climate in New York is really harsh on my skin, but I have been surprised by how nourishing this lotion is and how well it has worked for me. It is lightweight and quickly absorbed into my skin without leaving a white cast or tackiness. With my other products, I have to reapply at least once or twice a day to make my skin happy, but this lotion lasts me almost the entire day.
It carries the same delicate floral scent as the body wash, and it is perfect if you who like to layer their scents. I have found that 4-5 full pumps is enough for my entire body and this generous-sized bottle will last me a few months at least!
Ingredients: purified water, honey, althea officinalis (marshmallow root) extract, organic vegetable glycerin, organic cocos nucifera (coconut oil), caprylic capric triglycerides(esterized coconut oil), organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), EcoCert glyceryl glyceryl stearate and cetearyl alcohol (and) sodium stearoyl lactylate*(emulsifying system), EcoCert gluconolactone** and EcoCert sodium benzoate(preservative system)** and tocopherol
* Derived from coconut and palm oils, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA) is a safe, skin friendly cleanser that offers rich lather without irritation potential.

** Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate is the preservative system that Flourish uses to insure a safe, effective product, approved by ECOCERT as a preservative in certified organic cosmetics.

From L-R: Honey Blossom Body Wash and Honey Blossom Body Lotion

I have become a bit of a balm fiend recently, but this Honey Blossom lip balm is honestly one of the best I have tried. The rich formula means that a single swipe over my lips is enough to provide the hydration my lips need, and I also use it to sooth my dry cuticles and knuckles. Vegans should take note that this does contain beeswax, sourced from local farmers with healthy bees.
Ingredients: Organic olive oil, organic beeswax, organic http://flourishbodycare.com/shop-by-scent/ oil, vitamin E and essential oil blend
Kirsten eats, sleeps and breathes Flourish Natural Body Care and her passion and love for what she does is evident in the quality of the product and the experience I have had using them. She has definitely found herself a new fan in me and I am so honored to be able to share her wonderful brand with my readers!

Good news - you can use code NIHAO to get 20% off your order at Flourish Natural Body Care! Happy shopping!

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