Beauty VIP of the Week: Stark Skincare Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate Balm

This balm is daBALM.com. Balmalicious. Bad puns aside, Stark Skincare Grapefruit Cleanse & Hydrate Balm, GF for short, is kinda the bomb. I’m officially inaugurating GF into Beauty VIP territory. It’s a water-less balm (not unlike other VIP One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm) that does it all and does it flawlessly. Cleansing and hydrating your face, and even offering its services to dry elbows, lips, flyaway hairs and even post-shave.

Stark GF ingredients:  Shea Fruit Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Soybean Butter, Candelilla Wax, Camellia Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Arrowroot Powder, Orange Peel Wax, Vitamin E, pure essential oils.

One thing you should know about Stark Skincare is its belief in simplicity. The ingredients are few and powerful, and products in the line serve many purposes. This balm is a perfect example. The smell is HEAVENLY. The grapefruit is prominent and it also slightly smells of vanilla, to my nose. It brings me to good places when I just SMELL the product. Which I’m doing right this second as I type this. Truthfully, I can’t decide if I want to eat this or put it on my face.

Grapefruit is having a serious moment right now. It’s the citrus “it girl” right now. And grapefruit extract is a natural astringent, making it good for problematic skin and gentle enough for the sensitive types. Did I mention the smell? I did? Well…again, it is like therapy in a tub. Mine above is a cute little sample size, but I will be upgrading to the full 2 oz. version that comes in a beautiful glass jar that I plan to use and reuse because it’s just that cute.

While the conversation naturally gravitates to the most popular “it girl,” let’s not forget about the addition of shea butter (unprocessed in its most perfect state) and raw organic cocoa butter that together get all superpower-like on your skin. In comes virgin organic coconut oil to reduce puffiness and help rid skin of bacteria. The list goes on to include soybean butter (non GMO) to stimulate collagen production and a series of oils, namely organic camellia and sweet almond, to heal and help halt that inevitable process called aging.  

No water. No fake anything. All awesome and good for you. The price is right too at $40.

I love massaging this in to my face to remove makeup (remove with a microfiber cloth – I use my OLO Skin Shammy!) and find it gets rid of everything and makes my skin smooth. The fun part is then using it as a moisturizer. I love a good two-fer and you won’t find many products that you can use to CLEANSE and HYDRATE skin. All-around, VIP!

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