V&M Naturals: Consciously Beautiful with A Heart
By: Eunice Guzon & Hera Batara
Today, the growing conscious movement is beginning to permeate almost all aspects of life for those of us who decide to be mindful of the truth, that how the way we live affects our health, other people and the earth. We are becoming more and more thoughtful of how we eat, what we wear, how we treat other people, what we buy, what we put in and on our bodies, wanting to ensure that our actions only create positive ripples.
This consciousness has reached the realm of beauty and for the conscious shopper of today, beauty is not only skin deep. Thankfully, there is a growing number of beauty brands especially in the Philippines that heed to this philosophy. One such company is Venus&Mars (V&M) Naturals.
From honeycomb to activated carbon, you can find a wide range of skin food in their soaps
The company started from a cousin`s simple skin dilemma that won`t go away even with multiple trips to several dermatologists who prescribed numerous treatments. Searching for a remedy, lead them to discovering Emu oil, the only thing that worked.
Emu Oil — in case you haven’t heard of it
The efficacy of this natural ingredient inspired founder, Jamie Tan, to share it to Filipinos who are looking for healthier, more natural alternatives for skin care. More importantly, she wanted to impart, that there is still hope for people who are frustrated and are having difficulty resolving their skin woes.
What’s in your beauty products? Here’s a preview of all the natural ingredients in V&M’s Bikini Bomb
Not only does V&M Naturals, promote safe, non-toxic, healthier beauty routines, they are also committed to supporting a waste-free world. They have partnered with various organizations that upcycle and recycle to ensure that they do not contribute to the pollution in the world, and are continuously finding ways to improve their business and uphold this cause.
You can have all the benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt through their soap bars or bath soaks (below)
For beauty enthusiasts who want to become conscious shoppers, Jamie has the following tips for you:
- Read the label, do your research and try
Do not be afraid to try because you might just find your skin and body’s perfect match to being naturally beautiful and healthy.
- Do not look for miracle results
Using natural products is a journey, so make the journey your goal. Start your conscious beauty routine with simple products that you are positive you can stick to, and practice using them daily.
- Listen to what your body needs
Being healthy is the best gift you can give yourself. Give yourself the love you deserve by not skimping on the things you will tremendously benefit from – like living healthy, through eating right, proper exercise and simply investing in and using safe cosmetics.
You can start your ‘conscious beauty’ journey with these V&M must-haves. Yes, summer may be over, but with the Philippines being blessed of perennial heat and sunshine, it wouldn`t hurt to include these products in our daily skin regimen:
1. Keep Safe Sunblock (P580)
Their Emu Oil-infused tinted sunblock evens skin tone and keeps skin moisturized and smooth as it protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. It is formulated with fruit extracts from Grapefruit and Bitter Orange that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains Tea Tree oil which makes it suitable for oily and acne-prone skin. Blended with loads of emollients such as Argan Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Emu Oil, your skin will appear perfected and luminous all over.
2. Aloe Deo (P555)
V&M Naturals Aloe Tea + Licorice Mint Deodorant helps counteract unpleasant body odors without inhibiting the important functions of the skin. Fortified with Emu Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf, Alpha Arbutin, Licorice and Mulberry extracts, this deodorizing spray moisturizes underarm skin as it brightens it with daily use. It dries within seconds leaving no stickiness. It contains Tea Tree extract and Peppermint Essential oil, which are known for their refreshing and mildly astringent properties; Zea Mays and naturally sourced Potassium Alum that combat odor-causing bacteria.
3. Bikini Bomb (P380)
Enjoy its micro-peeling effect – you’re sure to replace any unwanted epidermal skin! What’s more? It definitely won’t leave your skin dry, rough and flaky! This powerful combination is designed to replace old skin tissues with a younger looking, brighter and pinkish glow! Highly recommended for dark elbows, bikini area, knees, armpit, nape, neck and even old scars!
4. Rosewater + Aloe Soothing Toner (P425)
Natural Rosewater, known for its mild astringent properties and fresh aroma, combines with soothing Aloe Vera in this gentle formula. V&M Naturals Rosewater and Aloe Soothing Toner is developed with a botanical blend of cleansing and softening ingredients to gently remove lingering traces of cleanser and any trapped dirt, oil and make-up leaving your face feeling moisturized and refreshed with regular, everyday use.
5. Clear Y Rosy (P850)
Scrub-a-dub-dub your way to a smoother skin! Washing with Clear y Rosy Face and Body Scrub is like taking your face on a trip to seaside for an invigorating splash in the water. The minerals in Dead Sea salt soften as it scrub away dirt and dead skin for a bright, fresh face. Blended with Emu Oil, Aloe Vera, Sunflower Oil and Chamomile, this scrub hydrates thirsty skin, leaving it balanced and soft. The cleansing, revitalizing and detoxifying effects of Gota Kola, Japanese Knotweed, Skullcap, Green Tea, Licorice, Wild Chamomile, Rosemary and Papaya extracts are ideal for blemished skin, blackheads and dark spots, promoting a visually brightened complexion with regular use.
Try and test how conscious beauty-shopping can do wonders for your skin. Follow V&M Naturals on Facebook or Instagram for updates on schedules for their pop-up booths at events and bazaars around the metro.
It’s their birthday month this June so expect lots of crazy promos and treats from them! Get their products online or visit their stores located at SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall and their newest kiosk at Ayala Malls The 30th.
Other conscious local beauty brands we love:
This pro-poor, pro-environment and pro-Philippines beauty brand, carrying a wide-range of products, from bath soaps, to make-up and beauty oils is now available as far as North America.
Be sure to check out their 100% Natural Purifying Facial Scrub made with real strawberry seeds and fine bamboo granules!
Born out of faith and passion, this brand produces fresh, hand-crafted and plant-based personal care and wellness products. If you have little scars here and there that you want to get rid of, the combination of their rosehip serum, brightening balm and goat’s milk cream will work like a miracle!
Inspired by the abundance of resources in our beloved country, NannyRose uses all-Natural ingredients to produce their hair care products. Is your hair damaged because of stress, dirt or pollution? Their Gugo & Lawat herbal shampoo promises to revitalize your hair follicles, reduce hairfall and add shine to your hair.
4. Ilog Maria
Ilog Maria is a bee farm located in Silang, Cavite that has harnessed the potential of bee products to create an expanded line of merchandise which which now includes beauty and skin care. We love their Honey Mint Beeswax Lip Balm for soft and kissable lips!