Sometimes with skincare, we all find a product we love but after a while our skin gets used to it and the products are no longer effective. We can try and try to find another product out there, but what if we just turned to Mother Nature? Maybe our skin just needs a detox and rid itself of all the chemicals we’ve been using? That’s exactly what the founder of Simplecare Products did.
In 2012, former Napa pastry chef Stephanie Gagne was looking for a skin care product to repair her skin because she was working long hours with little sleep. When she checked the labels of the ‘natural” products she was using and realized there was nothing natural about it. So, she used her culinary skills to make products of her own.
“After a rough battle with severe insomnia while working 80 hour weeks as a pastry chef, my skin began to look like crap – and people were not shy about telling me so! Looking for more natural products, I started my journey into researching skin care ingredients, their impact, and the cosmetics industry as whole,”Gagne says.
Gagne started formulating her own products using real ingredients like fruits, flowers, vegetables and spices.
“Commercial products are often made with many of the same old ingredients, and usually water, which requires preservatives. As a chef, I am always seeking to improve processes and was shocked to learn the nasty impact so many cosmetic ingredients have on our clean water, agriculture, and our future,” says Gagne.
Simplecare Products avoids all of those common fillers and environmental pollutants- or “crap” as the line likes it call it. Instead, the line blends real ingredients like coconut, pumpkin, strawberries and basil, which are used in their facial masks. This may seen unconventional to many of us who are used to slathering products on our bodies with ingredients we can’t even pronounce. Her cleanser contains coconut sugar, body scrubs use coffee beans and a heavy duty moisturizer that uses mango butter as the main ingredient. Basically, many products we have in our own home already.
The line is almost edible and is literally homemade. “Our ingredients are loaded with the vitamins and nutrients that sustain life, and they have wonderful skin benefits like helping to brighten skin tone, fight acne and oily skin, repair damage, and encourage new skin cell growth. Plus, they are completely safe to go down the drain,” says Gagne.
Simplecare Products uses local products like grape skinsand seeds , which are high in antioxidants, from Napa Valley wineries that would usually be tossed in the trash. The brand touts “sustainability and freshness”, when it comes to both ingredients and their own manufacturing practices. They do this by minimizing the use of plastics, source organic ingredients, and post expiration-date on their products.
When Gagne isn’t in the kitchen whipping up her products, she has her own YouTube channel where she offers D.I.Y. skincare videos using products that are already in your kitchen.
“I am simplifying homemade skin care for something extra fresh – we’ve even got short and sweet tips for the best ingredients to use on your skin, and a blog + videos teaching how to DIY at home with common pantry ingredients like coconut oil, juice pulp, or banana peels. This is truly simple care, blurring the lines between food and skin care in the best possible way.” Stephanie says.
You can find Simplecare Products at select Whole Foods locations in the Bay Area, Urban Outfitters and online, of course. Give them a try to give your skin a fresh needed break.