One of the key things to know about Greta Aguirre is that she raises every plant she uses in her skincare line herself, from seed. She literally has her hands on her products at every step.
The care shows.
Her products are gentle, effective and beautiful.
Lavender Cleanser/Toner was Greta's first skincare formula. It was born from decades of searching for products that DO WHAT SHE NEEDED THEM TO DO and NOURISH her skin at the same time.
She has struggled with sensitive skin and a lack of appropriate skincare options for her whole life. Most cleansers Greta's tried, even specialized boutique formulas, burned her face and left her skin stripped and irritated. Others didn't hurt, but also didn't clean effectively. She was always looking for something else, something more. She wanted her skin to feel healthier AFTER cleaning than it did BEFORE.
In 2014 it had been nearly ten years since Greta's family had moved from Los Angeles to Asheville North Carolina. During that time, she became obsessed with learning about the nourishing and healing powers of medicinal plants – this ancient knowledge is long associated with this particular part of Appalachia.
One day Greta noticed her cleanser-du-jour running low. She was not particularly excited about the product, so having to call and order from LA filled her with a dull, familiar dread. That moment is when it hit her -- "If I want something that feels good and does what I need it to do, I will have to make it myself. And if I was going to do it myself, I was going to start with the timeless wisdom I had gleaned from the natural world."
That same day Greta gathered a list of plants she thought would be helpful for her skin and started figuring out ways to incorporate them into a cleanser. She wanted a product that would clean thoroughly but act gently. Feeding and healing her skin at the same time. She wanted a cleanser that would tone her skin as well. A "cleanser/toner". Why not?
Greta started with lavender because of its affinity for the skin. Lavender prevents degeneration and encourages new growth, heals and calms, and helps prevent premature aging. Before long, she had incorporated nine different therapeutic plants into the lavender-lead formula. She messed around for a few weeks after that, changing little things here and there, and then BOOM! It was perfect.
From day one, Greta's skin was clean and felt nourished without a hint of irritation. She was over the moon!!! Lavender is the star, but each of the other herbs brings its own unique medicine to the recipe for cleansing, toning, and healing. She used her new cleanser/toner for several weeks before she told a soul.
Finally, sharing her discovery with a dear friend, who loved it too, but wondered if there was a way to make it even more suitable for her dry skin. So was born SOiL's Rose Cleanser/Toner. Rose is a buddy to all types but bestie to dry skin. It has a long list of antioxidants that neutralize damage from free radicals and protects from premature aging. Rose is an excellent emollient, and of course, it's nearly impossible not to love the smell! The synergy among the ingredients means the Rose Cleanser/Toner cleans, tones, and nurtures, all in one. It was formulated to help those with dry or mature skin but supports all skin types.
Though not initially created to sell, Greta is thrilled that SOiL's Cleanser/Toners are out in the world to help others the way they've helped herself and her loved ones. She hopes they bring health to your skin by putting a little green medicine magic in your life -- with love and healing from the plants, to her, to you.
Lavender Cleanser & Toner
Lavender Cleanser & Toner is formulated with a multitude of vital herbs to feed your skin countless combinations of plant goodness as it gently cleanses. It heals as it soothes, refines and balances, leaving the skin exquisitely clean, toned, and nourished.
Ingredients: Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana). Extracts: Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia), Calendula (Calendula ofioinalis), Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Horsetail (Equisetum arvense), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). Essential Oils: Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia), Carrot Seed (Daucus carota).
Directions: Shake well before use. Rinse face with warm water. Apply cleanser/toner to pure cotton pad. Gently wipe entire face clean. Do not rinse.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to maintain quality and preserve potency.