Saturday, May 22, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Skin Free Skincare CLOSED



Summer is just around the corner, which means I'll soon be wearing tank tops, camis, capris and skirts. If I want to show a little skin, I need to make sure it's in tip top shape. Soft and smooth. No razor bumps or ash. So, it was perfect timing when I was contacted by Skin Free to review some of their skincare products.

Skin Free products are designed and formulated by owner and practicing pharmacist, Julie Hinton, who has over 30 years of experience in compounding and natural skin care. After moving to the Blue Ridge of Virgina, her friends began calling her a "gypsy", so it was only natural she named her distribution company Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio. Having grown increasingly frustrated when asked to recommend products for patients with difficult skin problems and allergies, Julie decided to fill the void in the market with her own line of wholesome, natural skincare products.

Skin Free ingredients are all-natural, vegan and contain:
  • No Perfumes
  • No Petroleum
  • No Harmful Chemicals
  • No Steroids
  • No Colorants
  • No Greasy Feeling
  • No Animal Testing

The naturally-occurring vegetable oils and butters in Skin Free products have nutrients, antioxidants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and antibacterial agents that petroleum-based oils lack. The natural oils absorb directly into the skin without feeling greasy. They also come from replenishable sources, which makes them environmentally-friendly.

Skin Free products work to maintain the integrity of your skin, reduce exposure to antigens, and prevent acute outbreaks, making them a great option for people with the following conditions:
  • Extreme Dry Skin
  • Skin or Fragrance Allergies
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Diabetes
  • Renal Disease
  • Radiation or Chemotherapy
They are also perfect for pregnant moms, babies and the elderly. Skin Free is one of few companies who have achieved a "0" toxicity rating on the reputable Cosmetics Database.

Julie sent me her Sweet & Smooth Sugar Scrub in Mandarin Vanilla (ARV $14.99) and the Honeysuckle Soap from Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio (ARV $4.99)

The sugar scrub is simply exquisite. I use it at least 3x/week as an exfoliator. The texture of the sugar crystals is very fine so it isn't at all rough on your skin. It's just grainy enough to slough off the dead skin cells and leave behind soft, touchable skin. It's worlds better than using lotion alone. I don't think my skin has ever felt this good after showering! I feel totally confident baring a little leg after indulging in my sugar scrub. The Mandarin Vanilla scent is very warm and relaxing, although I feel the almond oil sort of masks the citrus. Nonetheless, it is delicious! The only downfall is that it can get rather slippery in the shower so you don't want to be overly liberal with the application. But that is the case with any scrub really.



The Honeysuckle Soap is also great. I loved that it came packaged in feminine floral paper with ribbon. The presentation would make a great gift for someone. The two-toned bar was so pretty and it smelled so nice, I almost didn't want to open it.



Made of coconut, olive and palm oils, shea butter and scented with essential oils, I found the soap very moisturizing. Most bar soaps dry out my hands so this is a much more pleasurable alternative. The honeysuckle smell brought me back to my childhood and was better than potpourri. I keep it in our guest bathroom and I've had several comments on how great it smells. I would love to try the Winter Yuzu fragrance once fall rolls around.

Bottom line: If you want safe, sumptuous skincare, Skin Free and Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio are the place to go.

BUY IT: You can purchase unscented Skin Free products from www.skinfree.net and essential oil-scented products from Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio at www.blueridgegypsy.com. Both sites have a shared shopping cart for easy shopping and convenience.

WIN IT: One lucky reader is going to win a $30 gift certificate to use at Skin Free and/or Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio!

MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY): Visit Skin Free and Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio and tell me what product(s) you'd choose if you won. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile to prevent disqualification!

SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES): To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!

1.) Follow my blog and/or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry each)

2.) Follow me and Skin Free on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:

Spruce up your skin for summer with a $30 gift certificate to @skinfree from @kris10chumley! Ends 6/6 http://bit.ly/azUsk2

Just leave me a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry per day max)

3.) Become a fan of Skin Free and Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio on Facebook. (1 entry)

4.) Add my button to your site and comment with a link where I can find it. (1 entry)

Giveaway will end on June 6, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: As noted above, I received a sugar scrub and soap bar from Julie at Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio to facilitate my candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are solely mine. Your experience may differ.

136 comments:

debbie said...

I would love the tuscan lavender soap. We have really dry and sensitive skin, so I would love to try this.
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debbie said...

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debbie said...

I am a gfc follower.
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cloud10277 said...

I would buy the Skin Free Spa Scrub Power Pak.
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cloud10277 said...

Following with GFC
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Denise said...

I'd love to try the Acai Scrub for Sparkling Skin.

aledol said...

Sugar Scrub

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Rebecca O said...

I would start with the Extra Moisturizing Soap & Shampoo Bar! And then go from there....there are just so many things I want to try out. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail

Rebecca O said...

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Rebecca O said...

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Rebecca O said...

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Lillian Juda Leonard-Beach said...

i follow on gfc

Lillian Juda Leonard-Beach said...

i subscribe

Lillian Juda Leonard-Beach said...

i follow on twitter

Lillian Juda Leonard-Beach said...

i follow SF on twitter

Lillian Juda Leonard-Beach said...

im a fan on FB

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Lillian Juda Leonard-Beach said...

i love the
Sweet & Smooth Sugar Scrub
and
Mandarin Vanilla soap

txgiggles45 said...

I would get the Butter Cream Hand & Body Lotion in Tuscan Lavender and the After Shower Moisture Spritz in Winter Yuzu! ;)
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llinda29 said...

I want Tuscan Lavender

Katie said...

I would like the Eczema Relief Kit from Skin Free!
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aledol said...

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SweetBea said...

I would like to try the face power pack
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Jolee said...

Love to try the Life Moisture Day Cream. joleehamlin at comcast dot net

Jolee said...

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aledol said...

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throuthehaze said...

I would love the Whipped Tamanu Body Butter
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throuthehaze said...

fan of Skin Free and Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio on Facebook-Rae Pavey
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Roxy said...

i'd get the Hand-made Shea Butter Soap - 4 oz. bar from Blue Ridge Gypsy

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Roxy said...

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Amanda said...

The after shower moisture spritz sounds wonderful!
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Amanda said...

I follow on GFC!
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Amanda said...

I'm an rss subscriber
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aledol said...

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Jenn S. said...

Would choose the Honeysuckle bath salts from Blue Ridge Gypsy.

aledol said...

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Elena said...

I would choose Super Moisture Body Balm, Super Moisture Butter Creme and Extra Moisturizing Soap and Shampoo Bar from Skin Free!

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Elena said...

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Subscribe to RSS feed in Google Reader.
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Elena said...

Follow you and Skin Free on Twitter (anatolyevna) and tweeted: http://twitter.com/anatolyevna/status/15262543515

Elena said...

Facebook Fan (Like) of Skin Free and Blue Ridge Gypsy (Elena Amble)

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aledol said...

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Elena said...

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aledol said...

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heaventrees said...

I would like to try the Mandarin Vanilla Bath Salts.

heaventrees said...

I follow on Google Friend Connect. (Christie)

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noteasytobegreen said...

I would like to try the niaouli scrub for blemish prone skin.

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noteasytobegreen said...

I follow via GFC (Jennifer Mo)

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Happi Shopr said...

I like the Skin Free Spa Scrub Power Pak. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Elena said...

Tweet 6/4: http://twitter.com/anatolyevna/status/15441555812

aledol said...

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idahomom said...

My son really needs Eczema Relief Kit

idahomom said...

following both
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idahomom said...

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idahomom said...

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chlorinebrain said...

I would love the Corrective Face Nectar from Skinfree & the Hand-made Shea Butter Soap in HOneysuckle from Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio

ky2here said...

Daytime Light Moisture™ - 1 oz - $22.99

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ky2here said...

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ky2here said...

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annemarie562000 said...

I would choose the Truest Rose Soap & After Shower Moisture Spritz, and the Winter Yuzu Soap & After Shower Moisture Spritz!

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annemarie562000 said...

I subscribe via email.

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annemarie562000 said...

I follow via Google.

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annemarie562000 said...

I follow you and Skin Free on Twitter. I tweeted. http://twitter.com/annemariez3/status/15525907590

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annemarie562000 said...

I am a fan of Skin Free and Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio on Facebook. (Annemarie Zito)

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Karen said...

I like "Honeysuckle Butter Creme"

Karen said...

gfc follower

Bakersdozen said...

I would get the Hand and Body Lotion - 8 oz. bottle and the after bath moisture spritz. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Robin said...

I would love to try their Mandarin Vanilla soap

Falon H. said...

I would choose the Acai Scrub for Sparkling Skin and/or the Tuscan Lavender After Shower Moisture Spritz.

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Falon H. said...

Following via google friend connect!

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Falon H. said...

I am an email subscriber!

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Falon H. said...

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susan1215 said...

Lite Moisture Cream for Daily Use -

susan1215 said...

follow via GFC

alli said...

I would choose the Green Clay Mask for Blemish Prone Skin!

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I follow your blog!

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alli said...

I became a Facebook fan of Skin Free/Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio (as Alli Tsao)

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lisa said...

I am interested in Super Moisture Butter Creme from Skin Free and Natural Liquid Soap from Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio. msmith572@yahoo.com

lisa said...

Email subscriber. msmith572@yahoo.com

lisa said...

I follow your blog. msmith572@yahoo.com

lisa said...

I follow you both on Twitter(samasam). Tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/15572477743

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lisa said...

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angie lilly said...

Natural Liquid Soap - 12 oz. bottle in the Mandarin Vanilla and the Woodspice would be my purchases!
Angie
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angie lilly said...

I follow you via blogger.
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angie lilly said...

I follow you via GFC.
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angie lilly said...

I subscribe via email.
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angie lilly said...

I subscribe via google reader.
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angie lilly said...

I follow you both on Twitter and tweeted here:
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angie lilly said...

I am their FB fan, Tofu Fairy
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kathy pease said...

id choose the Skin Renewal System - $32.00

kathy pease said...

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DG said...

Sweet & Smooth Sugar Scrub and the Whipped Tamanu Body Butter! :)

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DG said...

Sweet & Smooth Sugar Scrub and the Whipped Tamanu Body Butter! :)

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DG said...

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Scott said...

Niaouli Scrub for Blemish Prone Skin is one thing I would get for sure!
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Sarah said...

I'd get the Hand-made Shea Butter Soap - 4 oz. bar and the reed diffuser in Tuscan Lavender.

Sarah said...

Following via GFC

msrodeobrat said...

id like the Butter Cream Hand & Body Lotion in Tuscan Lavender

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aledol said...

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Shellie said...

I like the honeysuckle and patchouli soaps.
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Shellie said...

Following you publicly via GFC.

Shellie said...

Following you and Skinfree on Twitter and tweeted:http://twitter.com/fatmeatloaf1/status/15602179646

lilyk said...

I love the Whipped Tamanu Body Butter!

lilyk said...

I subscribed by email.

lilyk said...

I became a fan of Skin Free and Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio on Facebook.

tina reynolds said...

I really like After Shower Moisture Spritz - 8 oz. bottle thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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i follow your blog

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