By Tonie Minsal
From New York comes Michael Blake and his
line, entirely organic and based solely on oils. The first
product I tried from this line was the Renewing After Sun
($29.00 for a 4oz pump bottle), and I must say - itís great.
Jojoba and avocado oils blend nicely with essential oils of
lavender, geranium and clary sage, and infusions of burdock,
calendula, comfrey, and yarrow herbs. This oil is extremely
aromatic, which I loved, and very moisturizing, not greasy at
all. The pump bottle is really convenient! I never venture out
into the sun, but I used this oil apresí bain, as well as
after washing my hands, and I just loved the aroma it left.
Skin Therapy ($23.00 for a 1.5oz jar) is a healing balm with
olive oil, beeswax, essential oils, and herbal infusions. I
liked the balm, but the tea tree oil turned me off as Iím not a
big fan of its koala bear-y fragrance - too medicinal for me.
Three products in the ubh line are available in either
Grapefruit or Lavender - the Soothing Bath Salts, the
Bath Oil, and the Moisturizing Body Oil. I preferred the
Grapefruit fragrance- a very fresh, happy aroma that I kept
coming back to sniff, but Iím afraid it didnít prefer me!
think Iím allergic to it, as it left me itchiní like Ichabod
from Dr. Suessí ABC book! The Lavender wasnít my cup of tea -
too camphoric for me. I liked ubhís carrier oil blends, itís
their essential oil blends, with the exception of the Renewing
After Sun, that just didnít do it for me.
Ubhís Soothing Bath Salts ($19.00 for a 6oz jar)Ö Um, I
was reeeally allergic to the grapefruit one - I suffered immediate
burning, itching, and stinging. It was a
nightmare, as the
warm bath water enabled the grapefruit essential oil to
penetrate my skin, making removal of said oil next to
I informed Michael of this and he did say he was
sorry; he tested the batch of essential oil on himself with no
adverse reaction. Oh well, ya canít win Ďem all.
I have to
be honest bathers - after my experience with the grapefruit bath
salts, I shied away from trying the lavender one; however, my
Mom tried them and said they were very soothing.
Bath Oil ($25.00 for a 2oz bottle), with a base of jojoba
oil, was nicely fragrant, and the little pump container was
fun to use.
The Moisturizing Body Oil ($29.00 for a 4oz
bottle), with its jojoba and avocado oil base, was just great
in the shower, so convenient and moisturizing.
While aesthetically, ubh's packaging is a bit too utilitarian
for me - I love stuff in cobalt blue or green glass jars with
cool pictures on them - I did find them to be terribly
convenient to use.
The writing is etched on the glass jars and
bottles, the pump bottles are fab in the shower, and I get the
distinct feeling that Michael knew exactly what he was doing
when he chose the actual bottles - they fit in my hand
perfectly. Check them out online at 4ubh.com.