Bonjour tout le monde!
Several months ago, I came accross this little gem called French Girl Organics
thanks to Instagram. Being of French heritage, I was obviously intrigued by the brand, and I’m now happy to report that it’s a true Etsy gem 🙂 As the name of her line suggests, Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, is a Francophile and every year she leads tours in the Languedoc province, which borders the
Mediterranean. If you have never been there, it’s also nicknamed the “California of France” and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. Kristeen is a woman of many talents and her various passions – such as art, music, herbology and French Cuisine – are somehow fused into French Girl Organics. It’s also a family affair, since she’s sharing family recipes through her line.
Handmade, never tested on animals, with wildharvested and organic ingredients, French Girl Organics also stands out for its ingenious blend of ingredients. Kristeen’s products have this “just-picked-from-the-garden” type of freshness and I could definitely recognize in her line, the evocative scents from the south of
France, i.e lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary,
camomille or néroli.
The Néroli camomille facial polish
If you’re fond of cleansing grains, this is right up your alley! I loved this product to pieces. The smell is floral and uplifting, a mixture of soothing (chamomille, calendula) hydrating (rose) and astringent (myrrh, frankincense and cardamom) ingredients.
Mixed with a little bit of water, you end up with a grainy paste that both cleanses and exfoliates the skin. I like to keep this one as an morning cleanser (2-3/x week) because it leaves the skin with a fresh and glowing complexion. Unfortunately, it’s not available at the moment, but there is an (equally great) alternative made with activated charcoal and chamomille (here)
Ingredients: Brown rice powder, rose petals, chamomille flowers, calendula flowers, frankincense, myrrh, cardamom, patchouli, rosehip, hibiscus and Kaolin.
Menthe vert facial mask
I ‘ve sung its praises a few weeks back in this post
. The Menthe vert facial mask is one of the best masks I’ve ever used. It’s a mask looking and smelling like mint pudding, which is packed with so many breakout-fighting ingredients. It draws out impurities like a champ, and my skin absolutely loves it.
Ingredients:Aloe barbadensis (Aloe) Juice*, Kaolin (French Clay), Lavendula augustifola (Lavender) Distillate*, Aspalanthus lineans (Rooibos thé) tincture*, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Tincture, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Extract*, Aphanizomenon flosaqua (Blue Green Algae) Tincture* Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Matcha Powder* Activated (Bamboo) Charcoal, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Leaf Powder* *92% certified organic/wildcrafted
The Under Eye Moisturizer with Organic Blue Chamomile & Helichrysum
One word: concentrated. Despite the phenomenal blend of ingredients, it was too rich for my eye area. Luckily, my mom found it really effective and she noticed an improvement in her under eye elasticity. I believe it would be more suitable for drier skin types or those who are looking for a potent treatment to re-hydrate the eye area.
Ingredients:tamanu, rose hip seed, evening primrose, pomegranate seed, proprietary blend of organic essential oils, infused organic herbs in organic olive oil, organic argan oil, organic rose hip oil, organic borage and sea buckthorn oil, squalane oil, organic helichrysum and blue chamomile oils, organic lavender and neroli oils, organic ylang ylang oil.
I love the idea of a solid perfume in a stick, because it’s so convenient and easy to use. I picked Jasmin Vert out of curiosity. I have grown to like Jasmine, thanks to Bodhi & Birch’s Jasmine Falls. The scent of Jasmine is warm, strong and smoky, and really lingers on the skin.
Ingredients: organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, organic palm oil, wildcrafted candelilla wax, organic jojoba oil, organic plant waxes, blessings and love, wildcrafted or organic essential oils
A smart name: “peau claire” means clear skin in English. Obviously, I can never resist a good spot treatment. It contains a blend of antiseptic and hydrating ingredients such as Tamanu, argan and seabuckthorn oils. It dries up blemishes really well without leaving any marks. Sometimes I have a sneaky zit showing up under my eyebrow, and a few applications later this zit zapper will eradicate it. For most spots this spot treatment does the job, with the exception of a few pesky ones.
Ingredients: argan oil, tamanu oil, sea buckthorn oil, borage seed oil, neem oil, lavender, frankincense, rose geranium, helichrysum, organic essential oils
All products are made to order, and freshness comes with a little patience: if you place an order, be aware that you might have to wait a good week or two before having it shipped out. If you want to know more about the brand, head over to the Etsy shop (here). They frequently renew their shop with new additions according to seasons. If you want to get a taste of France with an American twist, look no further. Since using French Girl Organics, my skin says merci 🙂
Have you tried French Girl Organics?