Hi, friends! If you’re wondering why it’s been a little quiet around here, it’s because we have some big news. The entire CSC team is now headquartered in the PNW! I relocated to Seattle (near my hometown) almost two months ago. We shot these gorgeous products by our featured member Tiffany of aseede in my new apartment last week and it was my first Seattle shoot since before I even properly knew how to edit photos (AKA, 5 years ago). So it’s very special! What we immediately loved about aseede was that it’s a holistic skincare brand dedicated not just to natural products that make your skin look and feel great, but their connection to aromatherapy and healing. So please take a minute to check out their listing in our ethical shopping directory, and learn more about Tiffany’s company below.
Can you tell we’re going a bit moodier with our photos as of late? I snagged this runner from Etsy.
Tiffany says, Everything in my products can be grown or sourced within three hours of where they are produced. There are a few components like my frosted glass jars that come from farther away but I chose to use them because they’re made from recycled materials and can be reused for other purposes after you’ve finished your aseede balm, roller or oil. My labels are also made from 100% recycled materials which makes them highly biodegradable.
The most important and unique aspect of how I source aseede materials are the relationships I establish with my vendor partners. I pay a higher wage to procure ethically produced and fair trade products because conscious consumption and friendly earth practices are important aspects of the aseede brand.
One of the many things we love about Tiffany’s brand is that it’s not just the same product produced for everyone. When you order a custom product from aseede, you’ll actually receive a 1-on-1 aromatherapy session where she learns about your needs and the ingredients they can offer that are tailored to those needs.
In a typical aseede aromatherapy session we start with an in-depth conversation to ground and inform us both. We discussed topics that help me understand aspect of your life which will inform my aromatherapy recommendation such as your digestion, body structure and even personality. Any given response alone isn’t the answer, rather, the combination of responses build an aromatherapy profile that directs me towards your specific aroma needs and potential solutions.
The underlying aseede aromatherapy analysis is based in Ayurveda principles. Ayurveda is a medicinal system with Indian subcontinent historical roots that dates back 3,000 years. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a balance between the mind, body, and spirit and its main goal is to promote good overall health.
Personally, I’m really excited to use aseede’s aromatherapy products on my arm and wrist, which suffer from carpal tunnel and other inflammatory issues. If you’ve had any chronic pain, you know that anything you can do that will soothe the area is well worth learning more about. I love that essential oils can do that, and really subscribe to the idea that my mind, body, and spirit all contribute to what happens within me, not just emotionally, but physically too.
We also asked Tiffany for her tips on beginning a skincare regimen that works for each of our individual needs…
The best tip I have is to first consistently try something new because your skincare needs change and evolve and consider facial oils even if you have oily skin.
Your skin gets accustomed to your cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine especially if you use the same products all the time. It is better to mix it up every few weeks to keep your skin cells refreshed and renewed. A lot of people are initially scared to use a facial oil moisturizers because they are concerned it will make there face more oily. The amazing fact about aseede Hydration Lock Oil is that it is made from plant based oils that are the closest natural replicates for your sebum. Sebum is the natural oil your body produces and with proper skincare practices you can regulate your sebum production. Aseede helps regulate the amount of sebum you produce so you are hydrated but not oily.
Tiffany hand makes, bottles, and distributes aseede products in Cleveland, Ohio, and sources organic, fair trade ingredients and essential oils to produce her own balms and oils. Thanks so much to her for this insight into natural skincare products!