A Passion for Organics
By Tonie Minsal
The impetus that spurred Diana at
to create her line is passion: Diana is passionate about
enlightening people as to the effects of putting chemicals on
their person. All of TerrEssentialsí products
are certified 100% organic. I LOVE what Terressentials does
with their ingredient listings: not only do they list whatís
in their products, they list whatís not in them as well. I
urge all you bathers to check out her site - itís very
Terressentialsí baby range is top drawer - I loved every single
product. All of the baby products share the same curiously
pleasing scent, a blend of sweet orange, lavender,
and rose geranium essential oils.
Baby Wash ($12.95 for 6oz) rocks- it has
superior rinsability and leaves the skin nice and soft. The
Organic Baby Massage Oil ($12.95 for 6oz) is
wonderful- it absorbs so well it's almost invisible.
While I got a real bang out of the name, Organic Terrific Tush Treatment
($19.95 for 4oz) was a tad too stiff in texture for my liking.
Once I managed to get it worked in though, it was really nice.
It has an oddly pleasing fragrance just like the other
products in the baby range, and I love the fact that itís
TerrEssentials Organic Baby Body Lotion ($16.95
for 6oz) is super-duper! Really light with no residue, nicely
moisturizing, and leaves that fabu fragrance lingering. I
canít say enough about this range- every item in it is a
I am so geeked over cocoa butter- I just love what it does for
my skin, and the fact that the results last. Thatís why I love
TerrEssentials Seductive Spice Anointing Body Oil ($15.95 for
6oz). The fragrance is really spicy and earthy and
This oil has one of the nicest textures Iíve ever
felt in a body oil; it's like putting liquid
cocoa butter on your bod- you get all the benefits of the
cocoa butter with the convenience of an oil.
I tried the
Passionate Lavender fragrance too, and I must say, it was
There are times when even the balmiest gal wants something
lighter, and for those times, TerrEssentials Organic Flower
Therapy Silken Velvet Body Lotion ($17.85 for 6oz) is
Truly natural lotions are notorious for having
funky textures, but TerrEssentials has managed to get it just
right. The name pretty much says it all: itís silky, velvety,
and just a really nice product. This lotion is jam packed with
just too much good stuff to list! It smells wonderful and is a
pleasure to use.
I consider Terressentials Body Cremes ($21.95 for 4oz) to be more of a balm than a crŤme, due to the cocoa
butter and beeswax they contain. The fragrances were a bit
pedestrian for my taste - which is not to say that they arenít
good, I just love really exotic stuff- but they do contain
really cool organic ingredients.
These crŤmes are very stiff and
thick at first, but once you work them in they have a nice
texture with no greasy residue. They worked quite nicely to
relieve my winter-ravaged hands, which is no small task! I
think these are really pricey, but that may well be due to the
organic ingredients used.
Iím more of a bar soap kinda babe, but TerrEssentials Organic
Body Wash ($11.75 for 8oz) was pretty cool. I tried it in Sultry
Spice; I was tripped out by the fragrance, another one of TerrEssentials curiously pleasant blends. This stuff left my
skin nice and soft. I mixed this wash with
some salt and made a really nice foot scrub with it!
I find liquid castile soaps to be drying, but I keep TerrEssentialsí
Organic Chilliní Mint Tea Tree Hand Soap
($7.25 for 8oz) by my kitchen sink. While not my method of
choice for hand washing, I did find it to have a nice, zingy
fragrance. I actually multi-task with this product - I use it
to do dishes as well as clean my stove, and I really like the
fact that it does the job sans chemicals!
In case you havenít figured it out already, Tonie
likes to smell good. Just because I use all natural products
doesnít mean I want to smell like I just rubbed falafels under
my arms. After years of trial and error, I finally found a
natural deodorant that I like - Real Purity - the other ones
Iíve tried simply donít work; so I was pretty skeptical when
it came time to try TerrEssentialsí Organic Super Protection
Deodorant ($10.00 for 3oz). I must say - I prefer my regular
brand. The blend of essential oils does smell nice though.
TerrEssentials products are available at