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 1829 reviews
I was searching for a niacinamide serum, and lo and behold! SB has crafted one with no only my favorite redness reducing ingredient, but aloe, camellia oil, and witch hazel as well. My skin soaks this mix right up, and looks soft, calm, and protected. No noticeable smell either, which is great since I'm picky about scents. My only complaint is that it can leave my skin a touch shiny. Not oily, but just tight and light reflecting. I'm guessing it's the thing film of aloe. No biggie! If I want to look super matte on certain days, I just use this at night instead of during the day under makeup.
I highly recommend going to this workshop if it becomes available again! I learned so much about crystals and how/why they work, and about the 7 physical chakras (plus the fact that there are more chakras I didn’t know about!). Plus, Adeline was kind enough to send us a recording of it so we can go back to rewatch and read through all the slides. The guided meditation at the end was wonderful. As soon as I was settled, all of my cats came and laid down with me- I have heard before that animals like to be near magic being practiced. I started the workshop with a pretty bad headache, but within moments of laying down and setting the lapis lazuli on my third eye chakra, the pain lessened significantly (I signed up too late to purchase the crystal kit so I provided my own). I was honestly shocked. Between the sound of Adeline’s voice and the crystals, I was feeling so relaxed and peaceful by the end, I actually almost fell asleep. I didn’t do a before and after photo, though, because I was using my phone for the Zoom call. I didn’t even think to look in the mirror after, I just went to bed because I was so relaxed afterwards. I really felt wonderful- and better informed on crystals!
I struggle with self care and prioritizing myself and my needs. This was a gift to myself and my heart. It was nice to be surrounded by like minded individuals. I have taken a few classes on crystals and I was impressed by content. The delivery was heartfelt and the information given was very informative. This is a great course to take as you start your journey into working crystals.
I also got the crystal kit which at first I thought the stones were a bit small. After doing the facial though I think these are actually a very good size. The crystals felt so nice, they even have a nice scent to them as well.
I got a sample of the Dorian Gray Beauty Oil. This stuff is crazy, crazy good. I really enjoyed the meditation. I am working dealing with my PTSD triggers. I found the meditation relaxing but inspiring. I found myself opening my energy to a more healing and grounded place. I felt more into myself than I prior to the course. As nervous as I was when I started the course, I was so at ease at the end.
I look forward to attending future courses, Adeline has much love for crystals which made this such a wonderful course.
If you have trouble making time for self-care, feel overwhelmed, or just need a moment to yourself, I highly recommend committing to one of the Crystal Magic skin care classes. The class was educational and relaxing and it made me clean my skin before bed. 😉 I don’t make the time to meditate when I know it can help me, but these classes have helped me slowly introduce myself to the benefits of community, crystals, and quiet. Feeling more relaxed, grounded, skin improvements, inner reflection, and also being a part of a community of like-minded individuals. I did the crystal facial with Kiki Mask, but I’m looking forward to taking what I learned in class and do a crystal facial more often. I noticed the dark circles under my eyes lightened and the overall brightening of my face. Thank you Adelaine for creating the class and holding space for us. Namaste.
I came into this knowing absolutely nothing about the healing properties of crystals, chakras, etc and now I have a base I am excited to build on. Adeline is a fantastic lecturer and made complicated concepts easy to understand. The crystal facial/meditation was magical. I definitely felt a burst of electrical energy in my body as I settled in with the crystals in place and afterwards I was deeply relaxed and saw an overall brightening of my complexion and reduced puffiness. I’m looking forward to incorporating this practice into my regular routine. I highly recommend this workshop.
Wonderful class. Adeline was very knowledgeable.
I never used toner, but after reading everyone's rave reviews of BAT on the SB Facebook page, decided to give this a try. Wow! I'm a convert. BAT leaves my skin smoother, softer, and brighter. Give it a try!
After getting really dry angry winter skin last year, this sleeping pack is amazing. It works so well for me that I'm writing a review before my full size version arrives! I have very sensitive combination skin, which can be oily and dry at once especially in the winter, but this product is a dream. I wake up with soft skin, and after a couple weeks it seems to be calming my skin texture and discoloration as well. It feels like I am putting my skin to sleep at night so it can rest and heal! I would absolutely recommend this product. The sample size lasted me about three weeks with nightly use--you don't need a lot to make a big impact!
I bought this for myself, but I have mostly been using it on my husband. The bags on his eyes were so big and dark he looked fifteen years older. We now have a nightly ritual where I pat a small amount of this gel under his eyes, and after a few weeks the darkness is almost gone! Even he has noticed the results. A little bit of this product goes a long way.
This product is a staple, must-have, go-to in my skin care collection. I've done a 20 minute full face treatment and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and nourished. But the real magic happens when I use it as a spot treatment on blemishes. I put it on a pimple two or three nights in a row and it's gone. I put it on my husband's stubborn blackhead on his nose and it clears up. I put it on the tiny milia I sometimes get around my eyes and they flatten. The move for me is to do it at night. I cleanse my face, put this product in a thin layer on the trouble spots, do toner and moisturizer on the rest of my face being careful to avoid the treated spots, and then go to bed. When I wake up in the morning I wash it off and I see visible improvement every time. The other really amazing thing about this product is that it disappears. So unlike a lot of masks/spot treatments, you don't see the spots on your face. I answer the door for the delivery guy with this stuff on my face and he'd never know! I got the trial size about 6 weeks ago and even though I use it a few times a week I've barely made a dent in it. If you use it as a spot treatment it will last forever because you really just need a very thin layer. I'm not one to over do my skin care routine, I keep it clean and simple and aim to use as few products as possible and this is one product I will definitely continue to keep in my permanent rotation.
I'll be honest, when I saw reviews and read Facebook group posts about how the water tasted fresher, cleaner, smoother, or otherwise different, I thought folks must have been mistaken. So, when I got this bottle, I compared the water from the grounded boss bottle that had been charged in moonlight to my normal water. I was surprised when I noticed a significant difference. The slight chemical aftertaste from my tap was gone. The water had a slight mineral quality and definitely tasted and felt different. In addition, as I sipped throughout the day, I felt energized without feeling jittery. In fact, I had a major presentation at work, and felt grounded, present, and less anxious than normal.
In addition, the bottle is beautiful, elegant, sturdy, and easy to clean. It isn't too heavy, and the crystals fit beautifully in the compartment.
All day today I noticed I was more centered, more focused, and more mindful. I'm a convert. I just refilled it and set it on the windowsill to charge.
I really wish I had tried this sooner and now it's gone...I love that it's a roller ball I bring it with me everywhere. I like to roll it around my eyes at work, its nice and cool it helps to wake up my tired eyes. My hands were really dry and chapped after shoveling snow yesterday, I put this on them and then some SB handpotion, softened them right up. I'd love it if this became available again someday!!
When I decided to sign up for this Personalized Sip, Shop, & Skin Event, I thought it was going to be identical to the other Sip, Shop, & Skin Events. Girl! was I wrong! After completing the initial skin "survey," I received a specialized package of sample goodies dedicated especially for me to use during this Event. Then, I received an email detailing everything in my specialized package and why it was chosen for me (I printed mine!). Dawn was our Skin Whisperer for the evening. Even though the gathering was small, she was well prepared to speak to each one of us individually regarding the skin care she packaged for each of us. My notes, indicate that someone (Dawn?) must have said "Listen to your Face." I then wrote "... well, my face says it feels great!" I'm glad that I treated myself to this Event. I'm always glad when I treat myself to a SBee event! Ha! And, hey to the fellow skin-worshipers in my Event!
I have tried seemingly every "virtual" activity on the planet over the past year. Cooking classes, cocktail-making classes, drag shows, game nights, workouts - but the Sip, Shop & Skin (Virtual) party might have been the only one that left me feeling genuinely better about myself and my skin. Dawn was our lead, and explained every single aspect of our skincare lineup with expertise and laypeople's terms. We had folks from near Philly all the way to California, and we were able to go through the process together even from afar! Great gift for yourself or for someone you love.
A friend who is very skincare savvy introduced me to SB, and I've been quietly following them on IG and FB for about a year. The products all looked really interesting, but I had no idea how to get started choosing what to buy and try. (I did the skincare quizzes, but I often doubt whether or not I'm accurately describing my skin and its needs--I'm that much of a skincare amateur!) I had plans to be in Philadelphia last year and was going to stop by to get a few recommendations, but the pandemic shut that down. I finally got up the nerve to buy a few trial products, and while I liked them, I wondered if they were the right ones for me and if I was using them correctly. I ultimately decided to treat myself to a Sip, Shop, Skin class, and I'm really glad I did! Dawn and Adeline were super helpful and thoughtful as they picked out sample they felt would be right for me, and Dawn expertly walked our small group through her own day and night routines as she taught us how to build our own. I learned a lot about the brand, and I got a taste of the SB community at the party. (Folks were kind, and I felt motivated to join a Facebook party the next day to meet other people!) I followed the instructions for the party (wellness drink chilled, warm water bowl with spa packet gathered, washcloths at the ready). I lit a few candles, closed myself off in a room, and just gave the class my all. It may have been the most relaxing hour and a half I've had in a long time. My skin felt great afterwards, and I left feeling more informed and confident about making decisions about what products to buy for myself. My next order is on the way (thanks to the party discount!), and I'm already looking forward to future events.