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 1768 reviews
I cannot rave enough about Pumpkin Spice Latte. The effect is immediate with my skin tone evened out, smooth, and moist. I sometimes skip the other serums because this effect is so perfect, just what I wanted. It’s lightweight enough for me to use as first serum after the Botanical Acid. This formula is right and subtly delicious. I had one travel size which I kept in the fridge for months and it seems to smell artificial. I dislike that one - but not sure if it’s because I have kept it for so long. Can the SB team consider putting this in the staple line? It’s torturous to see it out of stock so soon and have to wait long for the next stock, it being a seasonal item.
When I heard people raving about using *oil* to clean their faces, I figured it was a scam. Clearly this demonstrates my skincare ignorance loud and clear. I used the Vacuum Cleansing Oil only because a sample size arrived in a shipment, and I figured "don't knock it till ya try it." I fully confess to the error of my uninformed pre-VCO beliefs! After VCO, my face feels cleaner than after using standard soap, my pores are less visible (as if they've been, ahem, vacuumed), and yet my skin feels hydrated -- not dried out and pruny like after harsher pore-cleansing products. Moments after using the sample size and realizing the error of my initial expectations, I bought three full sizes (b/c free shipping, you know).
I got the travel size of this to try in the fall collection. I tested it, thought it smelled nice, very woodsy/like pine, and didn't think much of it. It sat on my coffee table. Then after a very long, stressful day I started to feel the tell tale signs of a panic attack coming on. My heart was speeding up, my palms were sweaty, my chest was feeling tight. I saw the grounding spray and thought, "it can't hurt." I sprayed my wrists, sat down and took a deep breath. Within seconds I felt snapped back into the present. My anxiety eased. I immediately bought a full size and now make sure to give myself a spritz when I know I'm facing a difficult situation or stressful day. It has made a big difference in helping me stay grounded when I need it most.
I bought a travel size of this along with the rose foaming cleanser to use as a second cleanse. Couldn't choose one over the other so I got a full size of each and now I just alternate the two. This is a very soothing cleanser my skin feels soft and hydrated after I use this. It really helps with the redness on my cheeks. I like the smell it reminds me of the woods after it rains. You only need a dime size amount of this cleanser (same goes for the rose foaming cleanser) full size should last a while.
I started out with a trial size of Rose foaming cleanser and the Bamboo cleanser to use after my vacuum oil cleanse. Loved them both so much I bought a full size of each. The Rose cleanser smells so good, I find it to be relaxing. Sometimes I use it as a first cleanser when I'm being lazy, and my skin always looks so clean and smooth. It keeps my oily areas under control but not dried out. Loving it!❤
I really appreciated the chance to learn from Lynn about how to use my gua-sha tool. I didn't even know how to say it, let alone use it! Lynn was really kind, slow, but also very knowledgeable about how to use this tool. Even two (or so? Pandemic!) days after the event, I have used it and thought about how it works. She took us through how to do a whole routine. There is so much to know about this, but Lynn was able to simplify it, without making it simplistic. I came out of the 1.5 hour workshop with more knowledge and sense that I could do this for myself. I urge you to get on this workshop train the next time there is a stop available!
I have sensitive, combination skin and wanted something to help add moisture to the dry areas without being too heavy on the oily areas of my skin. Hydra is great for adding moisture and soothing my skin while also helping my acne. It is a real multi-tasker that is gentle, soothing, and healing. Every time I use it, my skin feels refreshed.
I have combination skin with hormonal acne. Most products marketed to help acne from other companies have been harsh, irritating, or drying. Or they didn't make a difference at all. Tea Tree Volcanic Ashley serum is a game changer for me. I use it as a spot treatment and have seen pimples shrink in half overnight and disappear quickly without scarring or discoloration. And it is super gentle on my sensitive skin!
Lynn is such a lovely, calm, and knowledgable teacher. I learned so much and am so excited to see long term effects that I experienced during the workshop. I told my husband about it and now he wants to learn how to do it!
I have tried many eye related skincare products, including expensive brands, but non is as good as this. If you find the Anti-aging eye gel oil too oily for you, get this! The reformulated Bright Eyes works really well for me under makeup or without. I could see the visible effect on the lines (and not due to effect of silicone found in many eye products that attempt to hide lines) and the tightening of skin around my eyes (works on puffy eyes and dark circles due to late nights). I love this.
I really like this cream! It smells fantastic and and a great texture. It leaves my face feeling hydrated and bouncy. I haven’t noticed any negative reactions on my skin- I have sensitive skin and rosacea.
I love this oil! I use it a few times a week for facial guasha. It leaves my fave feeling smooth and hydrated. The oil washes off easily and completely. I just purchased a full sized product.
I was a little worried that this sake bomb splash would be irritating on my sensitive skin but it's not at all!! I felt minimal stinging but not bad. It actually helped relieve my redness instead of causing it like most things do to me. Left my skin so soft and ready for my serums. Definitely a keeper.
Love this sake and rice sleeping pack. It melts under your fingers and feels so nice on my skin. Oh yea..it smells amazing too! My skin is so soft and glowy in the morning.
I started using Kombucha Foaming Cleanser this summer and am hooked. It's invigorating yet gentle, foams up nicely, rinses clean and does not leave my skin dry. I have oily/combo and now aging skin and it feels so good to use this cleanser. It is a fantastic product that is so well-balanced and thoughtfully crafted. I has become one of my essential SB items. Highly recommend!