Featured Green Company: Blissoma

This blog is mostly about consuming less, or not at all, so I hesitated for a long time to even so much as mention a few of the small green companies whose products I love and think are well worth supporting. I finally decided to feature a few that I want, for purely selfish reasons, to stick around in years to come. Don’t worry, this isn’t about to become a review blog. Normal cantankerous greenie rants will continue momentarily.

Blissoma Organic Skincare
Owner: Julie Longyear
Products: all natural skincare, deodorant, and perfume

My tempermental skin loves Blissoma. Nothing calms it down faster when it’s having a spiteful hissy fit, and nothing upsets it faster than switching, even briefly, to another brand. (“But it says it’s organic!”) I originally found Blissoma through a giveaway on Fig and Sage and just keep coming back because it works. And for good reason: company owner Julie Longyear spent years testing and  fine-tuning the formulas to be gentle and effective. My favorite two Blissoma products are the non-soap facial cleanser, which smells lemony fresh and leaves my skin clean but not dry, and the smooth A+ serum, which helps keep breakouts at bay and works well as a light daily moisturizer.

Just a few more reasons why Blissoma rocks:

  • No bad stuff — parabens, phenoxyethanol, artificial fragrance, propylene glycol, TEA, etc.
  • Full ingredients disclosed on website
  • A majority of each product’s ingredients are certified organic
  • No animal products
  • Leaping Bunny certified
  • Green America approved
  • Powered by renewable energy
  • Handmade in small batches in St. Louis
  • Reasonably priced

Tomorrow (March 2) Julie is doing a major promotion through Jasmere. You can buy a $40 gift certificate for $19 or less, depending on how many people take advantage of the offer. If you’ve been looking for safer alternatives to conventional skincare that don’t break the budget or support corporate villains, I recommend Blissoma without any hesitations. And no, I wasn’t paid or asked to write this.

What are your favorite skincare brands? Have you seen The Story of Cosmetics?

9 responses to this post.

  1. Sounds great, off to check it out now!

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  2. Ah this is a tough one…my skin is really sensitive too and VERY temperamental, and I still have to find something that soothes it totally and for a long time…I now use Elemis (British brand) but I usually have to change brand often, because after a while nothing seems to work, not even organic (and very expensive!) stuff…
    I only choose companies that don’t taste on animals, obviously, but most brands specify that they don’t taste their PRODUCTS on animals, but don’t mention the component…

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    • I don’t think Blissoma ships to Europe, unfortunately. Another company I’ve had good results from is Skin & Bones — they do a really wonderful moisturizer that is just jojoba and several essential oils. You could try to recreate it at home if you have a good collection of essential oils (they use frankincense, sandalwood, and jasmine among others). My homemade version with cheaper essential oils is not, alas, quite as effective as theirs, but it might be an option.

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  3. Posted by Emily on 03/02/2011 at 19:44

    Have you tried their deodorant? It looks great, but has patchouli. I like patchouli, but my BF is very sensitive to the scent.

    I stopped used deodorant four years ago and I’ve been hoping that my body would reach some sort of equilibrium, but… no, its really time to start using something again. Any other readers have good results with a natural deodorant?

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    • I’m not a huge patchouli fan, either. I don’t actually use deodorant (not necessary for armchair greenies!), so I can’t make any recommendations personally. However, if you search for deodorant at figandsage.blogspot.com, they have many reviews. And they are very picky, so I would trust their opinions. I’ve heard good things about Bubble and Bee’s Pit Putty.

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    • Posted by Julie on 03/03/2011 at 11:09

      Hi Emily!
      The patchouli is a minor note in the scents, mostly there just to anchor the total blend. The essential oils are not an overbearing part of the formulation either -they get muted a little by the baking soda and cucumber juice, which are naturally odor-absorbing. The Juniper blend just smells clean, not heavy or perfumey. The lavender almost smells like just a mild, straight lavender. The other notes don’t stand out a whole lot.
      All in all if your BF dislikes patchouli I still don’t think he’ll have a problem with these. If it wasn’t listed as part of the ingredients you probably wouldn’t know it’s there at all.
      love!!!!! 🙂

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