Ellovi “Butter” Review
We’ve all heard the saying, "Nourish the Skin You’re In." It is true that the skin is our largest organ, so it only makes sense that we conscious people be just as careful with what we put ON our bodies, as we are with what we put IN our bodies. Now, I know reading labels can be a bitch, you’re sick of it, especially when you can’t really decipher what you are reading anyway, but it’s a must! Often lurking in those pretty packages are harsh chemicals, synthetic ingredients like Phthalates, triclosan, parabens, 2-ethylhexyl 4-dimethylaminobenzoate…huh? And yucky animal derivatives sneak their way into all kinds of beauty products & hide behind surreptitious names like “Squalene” aka Shark Liver Oil; “Ambergris” aka Whale Vomit; “Carmine” aka Crushed Beetle Carcass; “Tallow” aka Beef Fat; “Lanolin” aka Sheep Wool Wax —- you get the point. So…I’ve heard it said "if you can’t read it, don’t eat it" & I say if you "wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your glorious body!" So what the hell are you supposed to do now? I know, it ain’t easy vein’ green. But lucky for us, savvy, healthy awesome companies are starting to take the beauty world by storm, one healthy product at a time, & making it a heck of a lot easier to navigate through all the bottles & jars before us. One such brand is "Ellovi."
A few weeks ago, the founder of Ellovi contacted me & asked if I would like to try a complimentary jar of their new product "Butter," a handmade 6 ingredient body moisturizer that is 100% plant based & vegan friendly. Um…yes, please! How about a life time supply? ;) When my jar of “Butter” arrived, I was pleased to see a generous full sized jar! Yay. Thank you, kindly Ellovi! I opened it immediately & slathered it all over my hands. And anyone wanna take a stab at what it must have felt like? Yep, you got it…BUTTER. Super duper rich! I immediately knew this cream would be a lifesaver in the upcoming winter months. Also in the box was a letter printed on hot pink paper telling the story of Ellovi. Says the founder Kelly Winterhalter:
"Your skin absorbs whatever you put on it like a sponge, beginning with the product in this very package. It’s made from the most pure & nutritional ingredients in the world - plants. Every ingredient comes straight from nature. I promise Ellovi products will never contain synthetic chemicals, fillers, preservatives, or secret ingredients."
You’ve gotta love what they stand for. Ellovi’s products are made with these 3 fabulous principals: 1. "Purity" - Ingredients s pure you can eat them. 2: "Compassion" - No animal products or testing. 3."Sustainability" - Fair-trade ingredients & reusable glass jar. So what are the 6 ingredients that make up this dream cream? Macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, shea, & non GMO corn. That’s all folks. You really could eat it! And what common ingredient is it missing? Water. Most body butters contain water which only provides temporary hydration, but once the water evaporates, your skin is left feeling even drier. What’s the point, right? Since butter doesn’t contain a trace of water, it is highly concentrated, soaks in deeply, & nourishes the skin for days. Keeping it water free also means keeping it preservative free. Win/Win!
So what do I think about Butter?
Pros: It feels rich, without being greasy & absorbs beautifully into the skin, leaving a smooth & velvety finish. While Butter can be used as a facial & body moisturizer, I find it a little too rich for my face & all over body, but it feels wonderful on my hands, feet, knees, & elbows - all which tend to get dry & flaky, especially this time of year.
Cons (if you can call it that): At first I didn’t love the smell. I love aromatherapy & things that smell fresh & feminine, & Butter’s aroma is light & nutty. But this con is actually a really big pro because there aren’t any scary synthetics are lurking behind the flowery aroma, & since it is fairly neutral, I can mix in a drop or two of my favorite essential oils during each application - lemon if I want to feel uplifted, lavender if I want to relax, & sandalwood if I want to feel sexy.
Verdict: All in all I love it! Would I pay money for this, & recommend to friends? You betcha! I am excited to learn that Ellovi has big plans beyond Butter - they are working on an entire line of beauty products that are going to be pure & nutritious. Can’t wait!
Interested in grabbing a jar of Butter to nourish yourself with? Or what about a holiday gift, or stocking stuffer? You order online & connect with Ellovi by visiting their website at www.ellovi.com, & be sure follow on Facebook & twitter for up to date info & announcements. So whatcha waiting for? Get your jar ASAP & save your winter skin!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go smother myself with some Butter!
BTW…if you’re interested in learning more about healthy & safe cosmetics I recommend checking out No More Dirty Looks & Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
***Editor’s Note: The product featured in this post was provided by a representative of the company for editorial consideration. The opinions are honest & my own.
(Images courtesy of ellovi.com)