In this interview, we speak to one of our favorite community members, Charmaine Heath! Originally from the UK, Char now lives in France and is one of the most lovely people we know.
Char Today (lipstick and mascara only!)
Thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview! Tell us about yourself.
I am 46 years of age, married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren and I'm a Holistic Therapist specialising in massage and Crystal healing therapy and aromatherapy. I also help others battling with mental health illnesses (like myself) with Talk Therapy.
How did you learn about Sabbatical Beauty?
I discovered SB by luck whilst searching the Etsy platform. I was looking for a Natural, Korean Type Skincare Range.
What convinced you to try the products?
Firstly the main thing that convinced me to try the products was the fact that the active ingredients were so amazingly high and they didn't contain unnecessary fillers and such. Also the option to purchase sample sizes to check the products work for you and do not cause irritation or allergic reactions is awesome.
Can you tell us about results you’ve had with Sabbatical Beauty?
My personal results since first using SB products back in March is truly outstanding. Wrinkles and fine lines are far less visible and in some areas have totally vanished. My skin texture is now much more smooth and plumped and looks more youthful. My hubby says I glow . Also I've learnt that self care and self love is so important and totally necessary.
Char's Before and After pictures with Sabbatical Beauty!
What’s your desert island SB product, and why?
My desert island SB product would have to be the Soy and Rice mask scrub because it's so versatile. It can be used as a cleanser, a scrub and a mask. It smells divine and leaves my skin smoother and brighter.
Are you a part of the Sabbatical Beauty Facebook community? How does it help your enjoyment and use of the products?
I am happy to be part of the SB FB Community because it's so much more than a place to discuss Skincare. It's full of caring, loving, supportive people, many of which I'm happy to now call good friends.This community is a safe, sacred place for me where I feel I can talk freely about everything and anything without being judged or criticized.
What advice would you give to a potential first time buyer?
My advice for any potential first time buyer would definitely be Start with sample sizes and patch test first, these products have super powers and your skin may need time to adjust.
Introduce new products one at a time and slowly and definitely move to the double cleansing method. Oh and get the Anti-aging Eye Gel-Oil those were huge game changers for me and AAEGO is so, so versatile it's not just for eyes
Thanks so much for talking to us today!
Thank you so much for inviting me to do this interview, it's been an absolute pleasure and honour. SB, Adeline and the Elves I Love You
WHY SABBATICAL BEAUTY?
WHY CHOOSE US?
- Our products contain higher percentages of active ingredients than the majority of products on the market. This means you can see amazing differences very quickly, and with only a scant amount of product.
- Our products are manufactured in-house by a small team of women in Philadelphia, PA, in small batches, with love.
- Our products are never tested on animals, just Adeline and Sabbatical Beauty employees.
- Everyone who works for Sabbatical Beauty earns a living wage.
WHAT DO PEOPLE LOVE ABOUT SABBATICAL BEAUTY?
- Our stuff works. And works quickly, period. And we sell sample sizes, so you don't need to commit a lot financially to test if a product works for your individual skin chemistry.
- Our mission as a feminist company is not to sell you skincare as something that you need, but rather a routine that will help you with prioritizing yourself and own needs for self-care.
- Our products come with an amazing, supportive Facebook community of people always willing to help, even in issues outside of skincare.
- We have a generous thirty day returns and refunds policy.
Why Our Customers Love Usfrom 1585 reviews
I purchased the sample size Revive at the end of 2016. By the end of January 2017, I was a Sabbatical Beauty convert for life. This set completely changed both my face and my attitude about skincare. Morning and night, I would use the products according to the sample routine card that came with the set, starting with the Beauty Water (just a tiny tingle!). With repeated usage, I became much more aware of how my skin responded to each product - in my case, that meant dropping the Winter is Coming from my face routine (and instead, using it on my hair to tame frizz). Of all the products in the set, the APH and Marine serums are my favorites, indeed, they're some of my favorites out of everything I've tried from Sabbatical Beauty. APH refreshes, and Marine calms the redness that used to be a problem for my sensitive skin. If you're curious about the SB routine, this kit is perfect to get started.
I have extremely sensitive skin, get super-dry patches in winter, am prone to breakouts (hormonal and stress-related) and live in a desert. This makes finding a moisturizer challenging. Enter Calm cream, which I started using in January of this year. It's thick and creamy, but my winter-dry sky just drinks it up. For the long winter here, Calm cream is my go-to moisturizer; I use it as the final step before sunscreen in my morning routine, and at night, I'll put a thicker layer of it on to use as a sleeping pack.
The rest of the year, I find it's more than I need for my daily moisturizer, so I rotate it with my other SB sleeping packs, and I also use it on my feet. Calm cream is a wonderful overnight treatment for flip-flop feet!
This is a product I'll be ordering again, for me and for my daughter who tends to love vegan products. With either double cleansing or by itself, I love the gentle effective cleansing and the cool, refreshing feel. Moreover, even though I loved the way that the Aloe & Oat Cleanser worked, I never loved the bland scent. For me, just smelling this a treat!
When Janah's Strawberry Serum first arrived, I loved the scent, but just sort of left it on the shelf. Now that I'm thick in the hellish heat of summer, I appreciate it so much! It absorbs quickly, with no stickiness. The scent is refreshing & cooling somehow — when I use it after the cucumber mint foaming cleanser, my skin and senses feel alive and happy. It also leaves my skin ready for any other serum or cream I feel like using; it's the perfect summer first layer. I'm so glad I have the subscription box, because I might have missed this otherwise.
Don't let the 'oil' in its name scare you. I live in a humid tropical climate and am prone to acne, and DGO has done nothing but good for my skin. I love everything about it; it smells like a very expensive rose perfume, it absorbs very quickly into the skin and doesn't leave you feeling heavy and oily, and it makes me look all glowy the morning after. On my lazy days, I just cleanse, tone, and slather on this amazing product.
This is a lovely product for the sensitive skin around your eyes. It's nourishing moisturizing, soothing, and has helped diminish the fine lines around my eyes. Now that the skin is healthier, I've noticed I use less makeup around my eyes (specifically concealer) and it applies better. No matter what routine I'm using this will always be part of it, morning and night.
While it's not one of the listed benefits, I've noticed my eyebrows and lashes have grown more, too. I finally have enough eyebrows that I can actually shape them instead of just filling them in with makeup.
I have normal /combination skin so some moisturizers are too thick for my skin. This cream is perfection. I can only echo the postitive comments others have already mentioned. It gives good coverage, isn't too thick, absorbs well leaving my skin feeling velvety. I can (& do) use this in all types of weather- including high temps and humidity. The scent is delightful, the results are amazing. This has become a core part of my routine.
Foaming Rose Cleanser is a staple in my routine! If you need help keeping your skin clear, perhaps from minor or micro acne, this product is a must. The rose cleanser not only smells fantastic, it has truly helped my skin stay clear and bright.
Absolutely worth it's price! It helps keep my skin clear, it's a joy to use, and it lasts such a long time! Highly recommend
I use this product both as a mask as well as an overnight spot treatment.
When I have breakouts, this product helps minimize the scope as well as the recovery time. It's also been helpful with some blemishes that I thought were permanent-- they've minimized in appearance and inflammation over time.
This product is one I always have to have in stock: it's wonderful for prevention as well as a remedy.
This was one of the first SB products that I've tried and it's remained a staple. Beauty water is perfect as a toner &/or Micellar water. It's cleaning, calming, toning, is great for prepping your skin for serums and /or oils or makeup. It's helped with irritation and discoloration, especially around my eyes. This is one product I always have to have in stock!
My once a month without fail hormonal acne scars fade quickly and the scent of the rose balm is excellent. My skin is rather clear and the pimples I do get are 1 or 2 that come and go. It may be from this set or may be from the general sense of calm I feel knowing that I'm taking care of myself and using products that nourish my skin instead of trying to shred acne away.
I love moisturizing, cleansing oils almost as much as I love leave-on masks. The combination is perfect! My skin feels clean and soft after this mask. There is a barely-there scent - I can't tell what is is, but it is warm and well-rounded and natural. Picture is me wearing my Nourish Mask to rejuvenate after coming home from work :)
My skin has been super cranky lately but it loves this serum! It's helped even the tone and added an extra glow. I also don't mind the scent; it reminds me of my nana's spanicopita!
So, I officially have an SB problem. Thank goodness for all the promos they offer to help afford my SB addiction. I have been a skin care junkie since for many, many years now and these products just work. Even though I love the double cleanse method I do hate the cleansing balm. I have already bought the full size asian powerhouse serum and will buy the full size camel milk cream and mask. I'm on the fence with the marine, but this stuff seriously makes you beautiful. I have had hormonal acne since I was 20. Seven years later I think I have finally found my holy grail. I'm including a photo of me. Just woke up flawless. By the way, I have already placed 3 more orders that I am anxiously awaiting.
I had an accident with my cat one day where he got scared while I was holding him and he ended up biting through my top and bottom lips. I had to have 17 stitches and I honestly thought my face would never look the same again. The doctors told me I'd probably have red scars above and below my mouth forever. I had just joined SB a week or so before the accident and my friends there suggested I try R&H on the area because the honey in it was healing. I did and the results were seriously staggering. People I worked with were shocked at how fast the area healed up. My doctors were amazed. I now have almost no visible scarring and one would have to look very close to know anything ever even happened to me. I'm forever thankful to SB for saving my face and R&H cream has a permanent place on my shelf.
I love these Sheet Masks. They're perfect for boosting your moisturisers power and wonderful with the wash off masks too. I love anything with Rose scent and especially like using these Sheet Masks with the delicious Camellia Rose wash off mask ~ Heaven