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 1609 reviews
Rice Against the Patriarchy! Blue Wave Cream! Dreamers Mask! These delights were surpassed only by the attendees who came together to support this launch. As an introvert stretched to my limit by the chaos circus of a week of ZoomSchool kindergarten (kindergartner pictured below -- he refused to rinse off his mask, citing his appreciation of the "blueberry flowers"), an active toddler, and a stressful career, I was hesitant to log in yet within moments was SO glad I did. It felt all the more cathartic to attend in the wake of RBG's crushing death. Finding self-care that doubles, at least nominally, as political activism is a rare gem. SB, thank you for merging these two objectives. I look forward to gifting #wearamask products to friends in need of a little pick-me-up these days.
ps - the "Spa Wash Packet" was a sleeper hit! If I had my way, everything I put under my nose would smell like this dreamy blend of lavender + hinoki. I am saving up my money for the day when SB launches a product with this scent.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Red wine in glasses and this review I've written...
Ok, take one last eyeroll and read on ;-) RWPS has a deceiving name because what it actually does for your skin is *REDUCE* redness. And while it's fighting that good fight, it also manages to leave your skin plump, glow-y, and moisturized. And unlike most red wines, a little bit goes a long way.
Who knew you could have such a wonderful experience of self-care via Zoom! The mini-self administered facial was just what I needed. The Blue Wave cream will be flying off the shelves!
Every time I slather this on my face, I half-expect I'll be whisked away on a magical journey to some far-off fairytale land. That's figuratively happened in terms of how Holy Lotus has plumped up my skin. Luscious on, luscious off.
I am the type of person who likes to do whatever I possibly can on-line, from the comfort of my home- and this party really delivered. Who knew you could have such a fun, relaxing spa experience at home?! It's also a really great way to meet and hang out with new like-minded people,
safely in the time of COVID. The products themselves are all wonderful, and smell amazing, and the experience is completed with Adeline leading the party through calming breathing exercises, product use and information, and of course a fun game of bingo! I hope there will be more of these virtual Sip, Shop & Skin parties, because I can't wait to attend again!
This toner leaves my skin looking super clean and healthy. It works equally well in both my morning and evening routines. Its kombucha scent is as expected, but dissipates quickly.
This was a very needed relaxing spa experience. I love that Adeline sends an email in advance so you know exactly what to expect and what you'll need. The spa wash packet is my favorite! The smell is so relaxing and rejuvenating. Then we get to try the actual products. The Rice Against the Patriarchy face wash is lovely and super exfoliating. It is really thick and luxurious feeling. My favorite products though have to be the Dreamer's Mask and the Blue Wave Cream. I love all the blueberry in this collection! While testing the products, we got to go into break out rooms and I got to meet some lovely people.
These virtual parties are so fun, relaxing, and it is amazing to connect with the community.
I have loved SB for a long time but loved this event and these products. Smaller group of folks and more connection than in online FB parties, and it was really nice to be able to try things and get instructions at the same time. We also got this amazing essential oil blend to add to our warm water wash basins that you can’t buy from SB yet—but I really want to.
I am on Zoom all day long, all the time, but I liked this online engagement and found it fun and relaxing. I really needed good self care and good skin care—and this event was 1000% it. That extra zero is not a typo.
In these tumultuous times, a party like this was just what I needed. Fun, relaxing, and a real treat for my skin. I got to try the lastest products, that were lovingly created by Sabbatical Beauty founder Adeline and I got to meet someone of my fellow Sabbatical Beauty community members. This was a wonderful escape and a great way to treat myself to a little self care.
This is my favorite last step product for my morning routine. It goes from a gorgeous glassy texture in the jar to a matte finish on my skin. I definitely will be purchasing more as soon as I'm running low.
I'm a kombucha fiend, but never considered it would be a match made in heaven for my face. Thank you, SB, for encouraging me to revisit this assumption! The cleanser leaves my skin silky soft yet remarkably clean, a result I've never achieved with other cleansers.
Full disclosure: I ordered Microbiome out of curiosity rather than well-defined expectations about how it would affect my skin. I was pleasantly surprised when a thin layer produced a matte finish and a sense of tautness that seemed to minimize fine lines and yield a lifting effect. Yet another magic potion from SB!
With pandemic precautions getting extended well-beyond the foreseeable future, I decided to spread a little cheer within my forensic psychology practice by making SB hand sanitizers available as an alternative to the soul- and moisture-sucking vats produced by big-name companies. It's a winning situation all around. Examinees actually enjoy sanitizing their hands, and I appreciate how my office smells less medicinal compared to the commodity-level goops I relied on in the past. Thank you, SB, for making it possible to take something that feels like a burden and transform it into a bright spot!
With pandemic precautions getting extended well-beyond the foreseeable future, I decided I needed to up my self-care game by replacing standard hygiene measures with things I actually enjoyed. Hinoki Rose instantly transports me to a cypress forest, a welcome mini-break from the covid-amplified stress of balancing two young children with a demanding career. Better yet, it doesn't dry out my hands as much as the commodity-style vats produced by big-name hand sanitizer companies. Small improvements add up quickly; do yourself a favor and give this a try before it disappears!
This toner really works it. There is a little bit of a sensation after application and that’s the acid working. After a few days, I noticed my bare skin is not so dull looking. Definitely noticed a glow. Not sure if it’s appropriate for sensitive skin as the sensation may possibly be too much for those with sensitive skin.