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Loving :: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Made With Natural, Organic, Wild-Crafted Ingredients + Founder Interview

Posted Dec 02 2010 4:20pm
"My line is made for compete nourishment, inside and out.  This line contains uniquely infused oils with highly nutritious herbs, which are high in antioxidants and phyo-nutrients to help you look younger and younger." -Annmarie Gianni 

I've been putting natural and organic skin care lines to the test over the last three years and while I try to give each at least a couple weeks (3-4 if possible) before officially coming to any conclusions, I can usually tell right away whether a line is something special or not.  There are times when I can't wait to get finished with a trial period and move on to the next, but then there are those times when I don't want to stop using a product/line because it's just that amazing.  Enter new brand Annmarie Gianni Skin Care .       

This line hit my radar two months ago and I was pleasantly surprised after one, yes one, use.  Smells good?  Check.  Feels good?  Check.  Makes my skin feel and look good?  Check.  And the ingredients are made of only high quality natural, organic and wild-crafted contents.  Bottom line: when ultra high quality ingredients are used you'll see and feel a noticeable difference, usually quite quickly.  I strongly urge you to check out their fabulous ingredient lists. Annmarie 's credentials include an extensive background in health, nutrition, fitness and she's Co-Host/Founder of RenegradeHealth.com , along with her husband, Kevin Gianni .

I received the Anti-Aging Mini Kit to try and it will last you about 2-3 weeks. The facial oils will last the longest.  The results and experience caught me off guard and blew me away.  Though not yet widely known to the masses since the line is relatively new, take my word for it - this line rivals the top competitors in the natural beauty scene and you are sure to hear more about it in the future.

Besides what's on the label there's something else that is immensely important to me: trust.  As a conscious consumer, it's so important to me to be able to trust the products I'm using, trust who's making them and who's behind them.  I trust Annmarie Gianni.  Her background speaks for itself and she puts importance first on internal beauty and health.  After reading my product reviews below, be sure to check out my exclusive interview with her because she gave some really great answers!

Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Review:


 
Aloe-Herb Cleanser $24.95

Has a delightful citrus aroma, thin consistency and doesn't foam.  I looked forward to using this cleanser morning and night.  Soft, gentle and hydrating are the name of the game with this.  My skin seemed to crave it.

Ingredients: Love, organic aloe vera juice infused with organic herbs (lavender flowers, calendula flowers, life everlasting flowers, hyssop, lemon balm, neem leaf, olive leaf, plantago leaf ); organic coconut oil; cocoglucoside (coconut oil & glycerine); organic vegetable glycerine; aspen bark extract; organic ruby grapefruit oil; organic lemon oil; organic green mandarin oil; xanthan gum; organic rosemary oleoresin.

Ayurvedic Facial Scrub $24.95

Exfoliating shouldn't be done daily but should definitely be done at least a couple times a week.  This scrub consists entirely of crushed herbs and it smells like it should be in your spice rack, in fact you could totally cook with it if you wanted to.  I mixed this with the cleanser 2-3 times a week and the result was skin as soft as a baby's bottom.

Note: Lip scrubs seem to be popular these days in order to exfoliate chapped and flaky lips.  Mix a dollop of mask and a small shake of scrub and gently rub into lips.  Your lips will feel amazing and in case you ingest a little in the process, there's nothing to worry about because this is a totally edible product.  

Ingredients: Love, organic lavender flowers; organic fenugreek seed; rhassoul clay; organic rosemary leaves; organic lemon balm leaves; organic shavegrass (horsetail herb); organic neem leaves; organic comfrey root; organic lemon peel; honey powder.

Neroli Toning Mist $19.95

Entirely refreshing this is a great follow-up to the cleanser and prep for moisture.  Neroli is great for skin and calming for the mind.

Ingredient: Love and pure organic neroli distillate.

psst...what's a distillate you ask?  Click here.


Anti-Aging Serum $49.95

Though many serums are actually facial oils, this isn't one of those.  This smells like applesauce and it's a very thin milky liquid that is a great pore-shrinking, skin-smoothing treatment that provides a matte finish which is perfect to use before applying makeup. 

Ingredients: Love, organic rose distillate; organic aloe vera gel; organic rose distillate & vegetable glycerin herb extract of gotu kola leaves, gingko leaves, rosemary leaves, calendula flowers, comfrey root, fennel seed; rhodiola root; life everlasting flowers, milk thistle seed; plantain leaves; roobibos, shavegrass, nettle leaves, amla berries, seabuckthorn berries; olive-derived sodium hyaluronate; organic edelweiss extract; organic buddleja davidii extract; organic flax seed extract; organic sunflower seed extract; organic red raspberry seed extract; organic chia seed oil; organic carrot seed oil; organic tamanu oil; organic rose hip seed oil extract; vitamin E tocopherols (non- GMO); aspen bark extract; essential oils of rose absolute, frankincense, sweet myrrh, vetiver, jasmine sambac; organic rosemary leaf extract; xanthan gum.

Anti-Aging Facial Oil $49.95



 Hands-down the superstar product of the line!  If you can just afford one thing, splurge on this (or one of the other serums if this isn't suited for your skin type) or at least put it on your Christmas wish list.  This is for dry, aging skin types and is one of the best facial oils I've ever used - no exaggeration.  This makes my skin feel uh-mazing and the ingredient deck is nothing short of phenomenal. It has a warm and soothing scent, slightly woodsy and a bit herbal.  This ranks up in my top 5 favorite serums of all time.  And here's the thing - I know the price might make you wince at first, but I only use 2-3 drops for my entire face & neck.  This bottle will last you at least 6 months.  Divide that up and you've got a killer serum on your hands for just over eight bucks a month.  It's worth every penny.   


Ingredients: Love, organic jojoba oil infused with wild-crafted & organic herbs: milk thistle seed, rosemary leaves, green tea leaves, roobibos, life everlasting flowers, licorice root, gingko leaves, ginseng leaves, gotu kola leaves, calendula flowers, lavender flowers, hibiscus flowers, echinacea purpurea, plantain leaves, shavegrass, chamomile flowers, malva flowers; organic oleic sunflower oil; hempseed oil; organic rosehip seed oil; organic red raspberry seed oil; organic cranberry seed oil; organic blueberry seed oil; chia seed oil; organic carrot seed oil; organic broccoli seed oil; organic pumpkin seed oil; organic pomegranate seed oil; organic black cumin seed oil; organic acai berry oil; wild-crafted buriti fruit oil; organic seabuckthorn berry oil, vitamin E tocopherols (non-GMO) essential oils of sandalwood, jasmine sambac, vetiver, rose absolute, sweet fennel, frankincense.

Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin $34.95


All of the facial oils are where it's at for me.  The whole line is fabulous but the facial oils, oh my!  After my Anti-Aging Oil ran out I began to use this and I like it a lot too, not quite as hydrating, obviously - but my skin still responded very well to it.  Another fabulous product!

Ingredients: Love, herb oil (grapeseed oil, life everlasting, green tea, gotu kola, rosemary, calendula, lavender, milk thistle, lemon balm, licorice root, roobibos, hibiscus, rhodiola, gingko, plantain, amla, ashwaghanda, acai, goji berry, horsetail, comfrey leaves, comfrey root, rose petal, echinacea, ginseng, lotus, boswellia, blue violet), fractionated coconut oil, oleic sunflower oil, olive oil, aloe vera oil, passion fruit oil, tamanu oil, carrot seed oil, vitamin E tocopherols, evening primrose extract, seabuckthorn berry extract, red raspberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, rosehip extract, calendula extract, buriti fruit oil, sandalwood oil, jasmine sambac oil, bergamot oil, blue chamomile oil, rosemary oleoresin. Organic or Wildcrafted.



Herbal Facial Oil for Oily and Acne Prone Skin $34.95

I used this as a spot treatment for blemishes and one stubborn zit in particular.  You know the kind, the one that's red, painful and you know it will turn into a volcano.  So I decided to treat it with this oil and I woke up the next day and it was substantially reduced and no longer painful or on the brink of eruption; instead it was noticeably in the process of healing. I continued to use it and it healed wonderfully and quickly.  Highly recommended!


Ingredients: Love, herb oil (grapeseed oil, white willow bark, rosemary, barberry bark, neem, green tea, basil, bitter orange peel, echinacea, hibiscus flower, goji berry, milk thistle seed, licorice root), fractionated coconut oil, hazelnut oil, passion fruit oil, carrot seed oil, pettigrain oil, rice bran oil, vitamin E tocopherols, buriti fruit oil, red raspberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, rosehip extract, rosehip seed extract, carrot extract, clementine oil, litsea cubeba oil, frangipani oil, rosemary oleoresin. Organic or Wildcrafted.

Coconut Honey Facial Mask $29.95


Not only does this make your skin feel wonderfully smooth, it's totally edible and you know what?  I ate it. Yep. I slathered it on my freshly toasted Ezekial Sprouted Grain bread and it was pretty delicious. Melts like butter. That's how natural it is people.  You can eat it.  And your skin will love you for feeding it healthy food. 

Ingredients: Love, raw mountain wildflower honey, organic extra virgin coconut oil, beeswax, organic vanilla powder.

Coconut Body & Face Oil $29.95


A great body oil with a mild lavender aroma that I like to use after my nighttime shower.  I don't use lotion when I'm using this.  You know that scaly, flaky skin you get on your legs in the winter?  I'm already getting it but this oil took it right away.  I apply this at night and in the morning my legs are still super smooth - no flakes whatsoever. I use this all over - just haven't tried on my face yet. 


Ingredients: Love, Base Oils (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil; Aloe Vera Oil; Olive Oil; Rice Bran Oil) Herb-Infused Sunflower and Grapeseed oils (Herbs include -Milk thistle seed; Rosemary; Green tea; Rooibos; Life Everlasting; Licorice root; Gingko; Ginseng leaves; Gotu kola; Calendula flowers; Lavender flowers; Hibiscus flowers; Echinacea purpurea; Plantain; Shavegrass; Chamomile flowers; Malva flowers) Essential Oils (Lavender; Elemi; Peru Balsam; Frankincense) Vitamin E Tocopherols (Non-GMO)
Fig+Sage Interviews Founder Annmarie Gianni:
Annmarie Gianni at Natural Products Expo West

F+S: What is your background with regards to health & beauty?

AG: I started in health and fitness then branched out from there.  I was trained as a massage therapist, athletic trainer and have ran a successful personal training business in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

As I was working with one on one clients teaching them about good nutrition I was practicing it myself.  The more clean my diet became, the more I was concerned with what I was putting on my body as well.  I was reaching for the most nutrient rich foods so why not reach for the most nutritious skin care products.  Your skin is in fact your largest organ and can absorb up to 60% of what is put on it.

Currently my husband Kevin and I are living in an RV and traveling the United States exploring and spreading the word of natural health and good skin care through our online blog www.RenegadeHealth.com and my website www.AnnmarieGianni.com

F+S: Why did you feel as though the natural beauty market needed yet another brand?

AG: This really isn’t another brand.  It’s a new category.  When I was looking for a line that had no chemical ingredients and that worked for my skin I couldn’t find anything that fit both requirements.  Most natural and organic products had chemicals in them and most of the natural products didn’t work.

So I decided to create a new brand that redefined what natural, organic, wildcrafted and effective really meant.

F+S: What percentage of your ingredients are organic?

AG: Close to 90%.  Some ingredients are from local farmers that do not have the organic certification, but practice organic ways.  The remainder are wild-crafted.  What wild-crafted means is that the plant is picked in its natural environment, not from a farm.  Examples of these wildcrafted ingredients are our nettles, horsetail and alpine bark which are harvested in the high mountains of Colorado.

F+S: For the "organic" ingredients listed on the label, are they certified organic and if so, by which certifying agency?

AG: They are certified organic; you cannot list ingredients as organic if it is not certified.  There are a lot of products on the market that claim to be organic on the front label, but may only have 1-2% organic ingredients listed.  When it comes to skin care you need to go beyond even reading the labels.  You have to find a company that you trust.  Many companies add certain ingredients to their products as preservatives and are not required to add them to the labels at all.  

This is downright deceptive and we do not participate in this type of green washing.

As for the second part of the question most of our ingredients are certified through Oregon Tilth which is fully accredited with the USDA National Organic Program.

F+S: Where are the products made and do you outsource or are they made by hand in house?

AG: The products are made by a team of ours in the Pristine Mountains of Colorado.  They are all made by hand in small batches.  We do not like to keep any product in stock on the shelf for long so when a customer gets their order they know that it is fresh.  Once the product is made they are then sent to our warehouse in California for bottling, labeling and shipping.

 F+S: Is your packaging eco-friendly?

AG: Concern for the environment is huge for us.  That is one of the reason why we do not use any chemicals or synthetic ingredients.  Our ground water is so polluted with skin care run off, so any way I can help reduce that am happy.  Our labels are bio-degradable, any promotional material is printed on recycled paper.  

Also we package the line in glass bottles.  These bottles are not only re-usable they also act as a way to preserve the products.  We’ve focused on a specific form of violet glass called Miron Violet-Glass.  While most traditional colors of glass used in packaging allow visible light to pass through, Miron Glass does not. Protecting your product from light gives added benefits such as less oxidation from light damage, longer shelf life and more potent blend of ingredients.

F+S: What is your favorite product?

AG: That is so hard to say... how about what is my favorite product in the summer and in the winter?  In the summer, I love the Neroli Toning Mist, it is so cooling and refreshing.  I don't just use it on my face, I use it all over as a body spray.  The scent is so fresh and it is wonderful in a stressful moment because the aromatherapy of it is grounding and calming.

In the winter, I am loving the Coconut Honey Mask.  Where I am living in New Jersey at the moment ,the heat in the house has been drying out my skin.  This mask is extremely hydrating and has some amazing healing properties to it as well.  Honey is great to help reduce inflammation, it is an anti-microbial, as well has have B and E vitamins.

F+S: Do you have any tips on improving skin through nutrition?

AG: We could do a whole course on this! Teaching nutrition is a big part of my background!

Tip #1 - Hydration: In today's society many people are chronically dehydrated.  And when your body is dehydrated it will affect the skin in many ways.  The first thing dry skin can lead to is wrinkles; second, it can help loose you skin elasticity and third is the permeability of our cells. The cell’s role is to absorb the good and release the bad, when a cell is less permeable it is harder for it to do its job.

How do you stay hydrated?

Drink plenty of clean water.  The amount you need is varies because of weather, your body’s mineral levels and more.  A quick guide line is to take your body weight and divide that number in half.  That number is the amount of ounces of water you need to drink daily.  For example if you weigh 100 lbs, then you would need to drink 50 oz of water a day.

Eat a high raw diet, which consists of lots of fresh fruit and veggies.  Smoothies and freshly made juices.  These watery rich foods will help keep your cells from drying up.

Also getting your essential fatty acids (EFAs) - your good fats - are very important.  Oils like olive and coconut oil are great, as are foods like avocados, and various nuts and seeds.  Having a good balance of EFA will also help keep your skin hydrated and help keep the elasticity of your collagen fibers.  Without its elasticity, your skin - over time - can start to sag.

Tip #2 - Help Support Your Digestion: What is happening on your skin can be directly related to what is happening inside your digestive tract.

How do you help your digestion?

- Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet
- Take a digestive enzyme and or HCL supplement (please consult your health care practitioner on amounts)
- Incorporate fermented foods to help re-populate your gut flora.
- See a colon-hydrotherapist  - a colonic or series of them can be very beneficial.

Tip #3 What to Do to Help Control Your Acne:  Most people reach for an external product to fix their acne.  Unfortunately, acne is more a reflection of what’s going on internally.  Acne is generally associated with allergies, digestion or hormones.

For allergies:

Are you eating any of these?

1. Cow's dairy.
2. Wheat / Gluten.
3. Nuts.
4. Seeds / Sesame.

Just the elimination of these foods for two weeks (completely) from your diet can literally cause health miracles.  It doesn't mean that these foods are necessarily or patently bad... it just means your body doesn't work well with them at this moment. (Unless you have a serious nut allergy, then you need to be incredibly cautious.)  

But, your acne could easily go away with just the removal of one or all of these foods.

For digestion (see above)

For regulating your hormones:

Try a two week elimination diet, taking these items out of your daily menu.

1. Flax seed / oil.
2. Soy
3. Non-organic cow dairy.
4. Non-organic animal products.
5. Plastic bottles / BPA

F+S: Do you plan on launching more products in the future?

AG: Yes! We have a few in the pipeline right now - in particular - a body wash, and sunscreen.  And I know more will come as well... maybe even a men’s line.

F+S: Where can your products be purchased?

All Annmarie Skin Care products can be found here: http://www.AnnmarieGianni.com

If you want to purchase in a store near you, go to: http://www.annmariegianni.com/store-locations

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I asked for the list of stores that currently carry Annmarie Gianni products so I could include them here for our readers.  I've got to tell you that I was pretty excited to see that one of the stores is in my hometown, or close to it, in San Luis Obispo, California!

Azna Gluten Free Bakery
2647 Cameron Park Dr
Cameron Park, CA 95682
916-761-8431

The Raw Food World
406 Bryant Circle, Unit E
Ojai, CA 93023
805-901-6236

New Frontiers Natural Market Place
896 Foothill Blvd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
805-785-0106

Affinity Skin Care
Town and Country Center
1151 Hilltop Drive
Redding, CA 96003
530-245-0404

The Water Brewery
545 W 18TH ST SUITE C
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949-650-4505

Color 1
Denise Schwartz
405 El Sueno
Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-509-1195

Carolyn Marie Solton
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
949-640-2666

White River Medical Center
Cheering Section Gift Shop
1710 Harrison St
Batesville, AR 72501
870-262-6555

Brenda Fulfer
Down to Earth Health Foods, LLC
9846 W. State St.
Star, ID 83669
208-866-5646
downtoearthhealthfoods@yahoo. com

Down to Earth Hilo
303 Makaala Street
Hilo, HI 96720
808-935-5515

Kayden Radhe
After Sea Aesthetics, Inc
111 Mano Dr.
Kula, HI 96790
808-876-0009

Renew Therapeutic Skin Care
174 Valley View Rd.
Ashley Falls, MA 01222
413-441-2526

Jennie Fresa
110 EAST MAIN STREET
CLINTON CT 06413
860-664-3923

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Find in U.S.: www.annmariegianni.com

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Find in Australia or New Zealand: www.annmariegianni.com.au


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Watch: Annmarie Gianni talk about her new skin care line




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Disclosure: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care sent us the product mentioned above for the purpose of an honest and candid review, but other than that we were not compensated in any way to write this review.  We happen to love the products. We don't write about everything that we're sent, only those we feel are worth writing about.  We're honest and we're fair.  To read more about our review criteria, click here .

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