So, I’m a Berkeley girl who decided to try Eminence Organic Skin Care to see what all the fuss was about.
I’m almost embarrassed to publish this article, but I know there are other women (and men) out there like me, who might like to know about Eminence Organics products. If you are curious and want to learn more, read on.
I believe transparency is absolutely essential, so before I get ahead of myself, there are 3 things you need to know:
- I was raised in Berkeley in the 70’s.
- My childhood anthem was “Free to Be You & Me.”
- My company was hired by Eminence Organic Skin Care to work on their Organic Farm in Hungary, and also the Eminence Kids Foundation, and through this experience, I spoke a few times with the owner, Boldijarre Koronczay.
- I have an amazing mom!
When I first began researching the brand for our project, I let my skepticism be known. After all, I was raised to consider beauty products to be a bit of a fad. I was preparing to write a powerful post, titled “Free to Be, You & Me,” about how not to get swept up by beauty products that come in small bottles, and how it is all just a lot of hype.
Isn’t it strange when something seemingly insignificant happens which then creates such an epiphany it changes you forever? Let me explain.
Being raised in Berkeley in the 70’s has single-handedly had both the greatest impact and the greatest hindrance on my decision making.
In the hippie culture and UC Berkeley environment where you were taught to question everything, I was raised from day one to look carefully at labels, seek out natural organic ingredients, and know how to identify fake advertising from a legitimate composition of ingredients.
The benefit? As an adult conscious consumer, I now know better than most how to discern truth from fraud, accuracy from sneaky marketing, and slanted politicized propaganda from thoughtfully researched positive reputable reliable information I can trust.
As a young girl, Berkeley was utopia! My mom raised me as a single parent while simultaneously getting her PhD in City Planning from UC Berkeley (only the 3rd woman to do so). She was a new generation of powerful strong women, breaking ceilings for their daughters and sons to expand our sense of self and what was possible. It makes me want to cry when I think of how determined she was to make it easier for me to more freely pursue my dreams.
Berkeley enveloped us both into this experimental community of goodhearted young passionate people fighting for a better life for all.
But, there was a catch. Berkeley culture at that time taught me organic was good, but “feminine” was bad.
Being raised as a girl in Berkeley during the Women’s Liberation Movement, meant that incredible high-quality products, like Eminence Organics, were good for their organic natural contents…. But, they fell into this category of feminine, high-end spa and luxury skincare products meant to keep a woman down… and therefore, I shouldn’t buy them.
This list of feminine things to avoid included:
spa treatments, facials, cleansers, masques, treatments, moisturizers, anti-aging serums, concentrated oils, skincare products, perfumes, exfoliants, toners, mists, luxury hotels, flying first class, shaving or (gulp) waxing bikini hair, lipstick, any make-up at all, fancy big amazing weddings, massage treatments, high heels, fancy dresses, lingerie, letting a man open a door, asking for directions, mascara, hair treatments… You get the idea.
I was encouraged to stick with practical products like Ivory Soap and Vaseline. After all, bar soap could clean both my face and the dishes. Vaseline could both moisturize skin and lips and lubricate machinery!
Caption: Marlo Thomas narrating her famous “Free to Be, You and Me” story, “Ladies First.” There was no question who the villain of the story was!
What does this have to do with Eminence Organic Skin Care? Everything.
When my company was first hired by Eminence, the good Berkeley girl in me was suspicious and arrogantly condescending about this “fancy girly silly company”. So, I did plenty of research, stumbling upon this Day Spa Magazine article, “5 Questions with Boldijarre Koronczay”:
“At only four years old, Boldijarre Koronczay, the Hungarian-born CEO and personality behind Eminence Organic Skin Care, was diagnosed with leukemia, and given a 0.1% chance of survival. His parents’ solution? Natural remedies. ‘They turned to holistic medicine, feeding me only organic and biodynamic food—you didn’t know it was called that then, you just knew it was good for you and came straight from the farm,’ the now-healthy Koronczay recalls. ‘I truly believe that saved my life.’”
This article lead me down a rabbit hole of positive discovery, impressive revelations, and indisputable, respectable, and legitimately positive information. This company has such a heart and soul, and they continue to set a standard for community, support and integrity.
The foundation of this company was built on the values I hold most dear, and I was impressed. I shared the Eminence brand with my mom. She was impressed.
Teaching me a lesson: Letting products speak for themselves
When Eminence Organics got wind of my condescending attitude toward luxurious high-quality organic natural products for the face and body, a package mysteriously arrived on my doorstep one day. No card. Just filled with products.
The first thing I did – despite myself- was clap my hands with excitement. A gift is a gift! It was so much fun to receive, and the presentation was impeccable. Catching myself, however, I quickly returned to my skepticism. I rolled up my sleeves and began to go through each product and study its origins, its ingredients and its contents.
They were going to have to fight for this organic and green savvy conscious consumer’s recommendation.
Eminence Organic Skin Care not only impressed me with their products, they shattered my beliefs about treating oneself well, inside and out.
The experience was life changing for so many reasons. This is what I learned in that moment:
- Taking care of your skin and treating yourself well is not “feminine,” it’s simply treating yourself well.
- Quality is quality. Results are results. My skin felt completely different after Eminence touched it. It was soft, supple and glowing.
- I (and my skin) can be strong, powerful, and beautiful, at the same time.
BONUS: My 5 favorite Eminence Organic Skin Care products from the box:
- Facial Recovery Oil
- Sweet Red Rose Tonique
- Bright Skin Moisturizer
- Sour Cherry Masque
- Stone Crop Gel Wash
Every day, I begin my new ritual with the Stone Crop Gel Wash. I had never even heard of stone crop before, but I had been introduced to this photogenic plant from the Eminence Organic Farm in Hungary. It smells so fresh and unlike anything I’ve put on my face.
Here’s a pic we took of the Stone Crop plant from Eminence Organics Farm in Hungary. That’s right. This type of plant I saw with my own two eyes in Hungary goes into making the product! I love thinking of this picture when I put the product on my skin:
When I get out of the hot shower (I watched a video where Boldijarre said this was the best time to apply products), I spray the Sweet Red Rose Tonique four times on my face…. It smells SO GOOD!…. and then take 3 drops of the Facial Recovery Oil and rub it on the tips of my fingers before applying it evenly on my skin. This concentrated oil is my absolute FAVORITE product ever. This little golden bottle is filled with Biodynamic® ingredients (the trademark is important, and represents Demeter International Certified Biodynamic® farm, which is the most purely organic quality possible). It’s like giving myself a mini massage and I was so surprised at how my skin soaks it up. It’s not greasy at all… I don’t know how to describe it other than to say, my skin looks refreshed and radiant. Now I know what they mean when they say “glowing!”
And the Sour Cherry Masque…. Forget about it. I have to resist wanting to eat it, it feels and smells so good (I did actually taste a tiny bit!).
The Berkeley girl in me loves seeing the natural chunks of organic cherry, and the feel and texture on my skin is playful, delicious, and fun. I treat myself to the masque directly out of the shower before the other ritual about once a week or so…
Even my husband loves Eminence products! And now he follows my ritual, too! These products are so pure and highly concentrated, and their scent is so deeply subtle and nourishing – we both just love how each other’s skin looks and smells… organic and delicious!
My face loves the extra attention, and…. I feel so good about myself and my skin. I feel like I’m both taking care of myself, and that I smell pretty. It has lightened up my attitude, and makes me feel lighter and gentler and… feminine.
Take away: I’m only as limited as my own mind.
Have you ever felt limited by your beliefs as a child? Did you ever struggle as a woman between finding simultaneous beauty and power?
Have you tried Eminence Organic Skin Care yet? Are there other brands that you love – tell me about them!
I’d love to read your comments.