I’ve always had pretty oily skin, and this herbal facial oil definitely balances out my oil production. Bonus that it helps unclogs pores! Grapeseed oil is the most lightweight base and it’s infused with some powerful healing botanicals. Love this stuff!
“Remineralize” and “detoxify” are two words I love to hear in regards to skincare. This micro exfoliant does both! Gently massaging this cleanser on your face will make you feel like Cleopatra — I promise!
Enlist the help of this probiotic elixir if you want to provide your skin with an extra barrier to harmful elements. This serum is hydrating, nourishing, and skin-reviving. It’s got a rich, earthy scent that I didn’t like at first, but now I can’t get enough!
This is part of the oily skin collection, and is my first product post washing, followed by the facial oil. You can also spritz your face or hair to feel energized, refreshed, and invigorated.
This very light-weight (and barely tinted) sunscreen works wonders! Although everyone’s skin behaves differently, it’s formulated to work with every skin type and has a subtle tint to it which offsets some of the white cast that you get with mineral sunscreens.
Not sure which products are right for your skin? The Annmarie team has created three sample kits; for dry, mature skin, for oily skin, and for normal or combination skin. These kits are only $10, and are a great way to sample some of their best products. Plus, you’ll get a copy of their Toxic Free Home Guide, a 90+ page resource!
WHY I LOVE THIS COMPANY
I first stumbled on the Annmarie Skin Care products back around 2010-2011 when I was living in NYC and working part-time as a nanny while building my business. The kids I cared for lived on the Upper West Side, and smack on Amsterdam Ave, halfway between their house and their school was this amazing little raw food cafe/market.
They had a small selection of skincare stuff, and it was all really lovely. They had a sample sale running (I love me some sales!), and I randomly grabbed a few products, which happened to be Annmarie Skin Care.
They were luxurious and amazing, but then the store closed their skincare department, and I tried to find the products elsewhere with no luck. So I moved on.
Fast forward like 3+ years, and my former business coach emails me and says “Lara, you need to be connected to Kevin Gianni and what he and his wife are doing…”
We get introduced, Kevin and I Skype, and we end up shooting the breeze for over an hour; turns out we both grew up in CT, and have loads in common. It honestly wasn’t until I was ON THIS SKYPE CALL that I realized Kevin Gianni and the Annmarie Gianni skincare line were one in the same.
DUH. I felt pretty dumb.
I got to meet Kevin and Annmarie in person a few years back at a conference and have been fast friends since. When they’re in town, we always make sure to get together!
I’m sharing all this backstory with you because sometimes products can feel disconnected from the people that make them, and these are people that have HEART, and a strong mission to create amazing products.
If you’ve not yet stepped into the world of Annmarie Skincare, you definitely should!
MY INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN
I sat down to chat with Kevin about their products, what some of the problems are in the industry, and why they started a skincare line. Kevin talks about the disturbing discovering of intentional labeling fraud, preservatives in skin care, why the “don’t buy ingredients you cannot pronounce” mantra isn’t really that good, and two important ingredients to avoid!
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR MAIN TALKING POINTS:
3:29 – What inspired Kevin and Annmarie to create a skincare line after years of being in the health & wellness space?
7:30 – Kevin’s disturbing discovering of intentional labeling fraud
13:36 – I ask Kevin what they were adamant about not compromising on
15:08 – Kevin talks about preservatives in skin care and why packaging can make a big difference in the need for preservatives
21:29 – The “levels” of skincare products in the industry, including ones that “angel dust”
23:49 – Two important ingredients to note/avoid: benzoyl peroxide & oxybenzone (I mentioned oxybenzone in Tuesday’s email)
39:58 – Easy Tip on how to sleuth out if a product has preservatives
42:41 – Why the “don’t buy ingredients you cannot pronounce” mantra isn’t really that good
47:01 – Kevin talks about major problems with toxicology studies
51:13: Kevin shares a big cheat that can save you tons of $$
GET A SAMPLE KIT FOR ONLY $10 & GET A 90+ PAGE TOXIC FREE HOME GUIDE!
Buy one of these kits, and you’ll receive a $10.00 off coupon that you can use for a future purchase. So, if you like the products and purchase a full sized product in the future, your kit is essentially free!
But here’s what’s even better. When you get one of their sample kits, you’ll get their newly UPDATED Toxic Free Home Guide.
This beautifully designed guide covers dozens of areas in our live where toxic chemicals are hiding out, and points to easy product swaps that can keep us safe and healthy.