Nectar Hangover Cure was so christened after I woke up one morning after using it, having only had four hours of sleep, a midnight snack of chocolate mug cake, and- I’m ashamed to admit- only four glasses of water the day prior. And yet looking in the mirror, I was radiant. I should have looked a wreck. Though the bags under my eyes were present, they more closely resembled the coveted aegyo-sal “cute eye fat” than they did hollow eyes. I cheated my way to 8 hours of sleep and 8 glasses of water a day ✨
Used in the daytime, my glow was such that I didn’t need to use highlighter for that lit-from-within effect. [Also, one must always try to achieve the optimal level of glow through skincare rather than makeup, to achieve the most natural je ne sais quoi.] In the history of cosmetics, plant-based oils were most popularly used by the ancient Egyptians to boost circulation and deliver antioxidants to their skin to defend against sun and sand damage. Ahem, it’s time to give Cleopatra a run for her money.
Self-care and beauty in my book is all about the experience, and it certainly was an experience handcrafting this for myself, my friends, and my family. I’m in love with the old-world, floral//herbaceous scent and rich oil feel of Nectar, and the creation process was particularly exciting. Knowing that I’ve stuffed this with only the highest quality ingredients, skipped the fillers, and formulated this to suit skin types in the Philippine climate, I’m excited to share this potent, luxurious skin food from garden to shelf with everyone!
Nectar Hangover Cure Face Oil is a potent, organic, cruelty-free beauty serum of natural antioxidants, vitamins, and essential amino acids- loaded with all sorts of skin boosting nutrients. This plant-based hydrating serum works to soothe skin and promote overnight rejuvenation- whether you were up till the crack of dawn for midterms, vodka or Netflix. Wake up with tighter, radiant, and balanced skin.
African marigolds help to repair skin damage and irritation, and reduce itchiness, sensitivity, and dryness. This works wonders on eczema and dermatitis. It encourages skin healing by strengthening the moisture barrier, thereby protecting skin from photo-aging, free radical irritation, and other environmental stressors.
golden jojoba oil. argan oil. apricot seed oil. AFRICAN MARIGOLD extract. mulberry fruit extract. lavender extract. jasmine flower extract. rosa damascena essential oil. English lavender essential oil. immortelle essential oil. vitamin E oil.
This infusion also has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. [Don’t worry acne-prone loves, this is non-comedogenic and works to soothe breakouts, not exacerbate them!] It even balances sebum production, making this suitable for all skin types. I took care to use the lightest base oils (golden jojoba, argan oil, apricot seed oil) possible to suit the humid//tropical climate. Oily skin types can use Nectar alone or mixed into gel moisturizers; I love it with Celeteque Hydration- it’s my holy grail recommendation from Watsons. Dry skin types can add a few drops to their thicker moisturizers for the antioxidant boost.
A lot of love, research, and patience went into this bottle; from sourcing ingredients, growing and harvesting the plants, drying the marigolds and lavender, studying the chemistry, sterilizing tools and containers, experimenting with formulation, testing for adverse reactions on myself and on my family, but at last Nectar is ready ♡ I’m finally an albularyo.
*For any fellow witch doctors out there, this process is simultaneously easier and more difficult than you’d expect. Challenges include: growing your plants for the best and most bountiful yields; fighting off hordes of pests- those damned slugs and snails won’t give me a moment’s rest in this monsoon season. I lost half of my marigolds to snails a few weeks ago; drying herbs with this humidity- I’ve tried it all: oven drying, sun drying, silica gel, and dehydrators; sterilization is more than washing with soap and water; measuring ingredient quantities requires beakers, graduated cylinders, pipettes, a weighing scale… It’s a ride, let me tell you. But the results are well worth it.
*plant-based *handcrafted *cruelty-free *organic *raw *small-batch *skin-food *clean *no-filler-ingredients
I only produce this in small quantities to ensure high quality infusion. And because I can only harvest a little bit at a time, to keep my plants happy and healthy.