Some things just go together like red wine and chocolate. Since our Pomegranate & Myrrh Cuticle Oil and Exfoliating Sugar Fleurettes happen to be two of those things, who are we to stand in the way of destiny? Especially when it comes in the shape of the perfect mani-pedi starter…

Cuticle Oil

This fast-absorbing formula packs three powerhouse ingredients that support longer, stronger, smoother nails. Nutrient-rich Pomegranate Seed Oil promotes collagen production, aids in skin regeneration, and contains enough antioxidants to provide anti-aging benefits. Horsetail has traditionally been used to improve brittle nails, while anecdotal evidence supports the use of this silicate-rich herb to improve nail health and diminish brittleness. Finally, Myrrh essential oil promotes less ridged growth, and further strengthens nails.

Sugar Fleurettes

At the heart of any sugar scrub is the sugar, and our attention to detail starts with finely ground sugar to ensure extra-gentle, scratch-free exfoliation. Our blend of Sweet Almond, Avocado and Olive Oil is balanced to be fast absorbing, smoothing and nutrient-rich, while cocoa butter’s occlusive properties create a deeply protective barrier on top of skin.

To Use

Cuticle Oil: apply a tiny amount to each bare nail bed (about one drop per hand) & allow to sit undisturbed for several minutes to partially absorb. Gently massage remaining oil into cuticles and nails, allowing oil to finish absorbing. Works best on damp skin with open pores, such as after a shower or bath.

Sugar Fleurettes: Take one fleurette at a time and begin breaking it up in your hand with water. Once you have begun to create a rich lather, gently work into damp skin using a circular motion until sugar has completely dissolved. Take your time! Rinse thoroughly and pat dry, following with a moisturizer. Check out our guide on all things exfoliation for more information.

***Please note that the exfoliating power of these fleurettes is specifically formulated for 'normal' skin on hands, arms, legs, feet and body, and are not recommended for use on delicate skin such as the face.***

What's in the Bottle

Myrrh has significant anecdotal evidence suggesting it promotes stronger, less brittle and less ridged nail growth, although reliable research on external use is scant. These properties are proposed to stem from myrrh's moisturizing properties and ability to combat bacteria and fungus, but more research is needed to confirm and quantify such claims.

Horsetail is high in silica and antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It has traditionally been used around the world (internally & topically) to stop hair loss and improve nail growth. While some research exists supporting the efficacy orally ingested silica in improving hair and nail growth, and anecdotal reports support the use of topically applied horsetail in promoting less-ridged, less-brittle nail growth, there has been little to no research into either the efficacy of topically applied silica or topically applied horsetail

Pomegranate Seed Oil is a highly hydrating oil with a medium absorption rate, primarily used for its softening, regenerating and protecting qualities. It is rich in polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and DNA repair effects; deeply moisturizing essential fatty acids; and antioxidants, including a high dose of Vitamin C.

Sweet Almond Oil is an incredibly popular carrier oil because it penetrates deeply with a non-greasy finish. High in Vitamin A, D & E, essential fatty acids and zinc, it is antioxidant, strongly anti-inflammatory, reduces skin irritation, and reduces the appearance of scars. It is highly emollient and slightly occlusive.

Olive Oil is emollient and occlusive, meaning it softens and moisturizes within skin and forms a barrier on top of skin preventing moisture loss and protecting the skin from the surrounding environment. It is rich in squalene, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and rich in Vitamins A, D, E and K

Jojoba Oil is chemically so similar to sebum (skin’s natural oil) that the body responds to it as though it were sebum. This allows jojoba oil to penetrate quickly, easily and deeply into skin, pulling its humectant, (selectively) antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties with it.

What's in the Box

Sugar has a very low melting point compared to salt, making it a much gentler and less abrasive option than salt or non-dissolving physical exfoliants. We find it far less likely to scratch skin, especially when finely ground as in our formulations. Sugar is also moisturizing, serving as a natural humectant that draws water into the skin, and is classified as skin conditioning and soothing.

Cocoa Butter is one of those rare moisturizers that’s the full triple threat with occlusive, emollient and humectant properties. It is also rich in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and serves as a great thickener, giving some needed stiffness that help our fleurettes keep their shape.

Avocado Oil is emollient and occlusive, and distinguished by being incredibly nutrient-dense. It has high levels of fatty acids (mostly oleic acid), phytosterols, lecithin, all of which are deeply moisturizing and antioxidants and vitamins A & E, which address environmental damage.

Sweet Almond Oil is an incredibly popular carrier oil because it penetrates deeply with a non-greasy finish. High in Vitamin A, D & E, essential fatty acids and zinc, it is antioxidant, strongly anti-inflammatory, reduces skin irritation, and reduces the appearance of scars. It is highly emollient and slightly occlusive.

Soap is made from oils or fats that have been saponified by certain salts. At present, we do not make our own soap, so we have chosen as natural and non-drying a soap base as possible made from coconut, palm & safflower oil. The addition of soap helps to stabilize the fleurette shapes, form a rich lather, and offer true cleansing properties.

Don't Forget to Moisturize

Even though our fleurettes are moisturizing, the entire point of exfoliation is to remove the top dead layers of skin, revealing the fresh, new softer skin underneath. This new skin is extremely fragile and delicate and needs to have the protection afforded by the removed skin replaced to avoid irritation and premature weathering. It is therefore critical that you apply some occlusive agent to any freshly exfoliated skin. (An occlusive agent is a category of moisturizer that creates a physical barrier on top of the skin. Vaseline, olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, etc. are all different types of heavier occlusive agent that serve this purpose).

Full Ingredient List

Cuticle Oil: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (pomegranate) Seed Oil, Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) Oil, Equisetum Arvense (horsetail) Extract, Fragrance.

Fleurettes: Sucrose (Sugar), Prunus Amygdalus Aulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Sorbitol (Sugar Used as Thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), Glyceryl Oleate (Olive Extracted Emollient), Fragrance

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