ISUN Skin Restore

The Skin Restore ($52) has a specially blended, wildcrafted assortment of essences – quite a set of esoteric ones you probably haven’t seen before. The 100% organic formulation starts with the sound Rice Bran Oil and moves into wavy layers of Sunflower, Avocado, and Sesame carriers to make for one a nutritiously filling, full bodied oil. It’s the type of body oil you’ll want for the upcoming wintery months, as it feels like a second skin when applied. Not heavy, but a duly protective sheath of nature’s goodness.

Bunnie Gulick, founder of ISUN Skincare, carefully handpicks her wildcrafted essentials in an obscure lab located in the San Juan mountains of Colorado and concocts what she aptly labels an “herb oil,” which is added to the above foundation of moisture. Many of these essential herbs are wildcrafted by indigenous people of the Amazon Rain Forest, who show a near religious reverence to their toiling and harvesting. They’ve actually been known to sing in respect to their bounties before plucked. Bunnie says,

“People are discovering the depth and authenticity of our products and vision. Beyond a rising mass consciousness that wants safe, organic and natural skin care products that also offer high performance results, our experience has been that while people want results, they want something more.”

And, an intangible sense you get. The synthetic-free formulation contains a roster of unconventional yet gutsy essences to sweetly soften and rejuvenate skin. In the herb mix are essences from: Green Tea, Gotu Kola, Milk Thistle, Lemon Balm, Licorice, Hibiscus, Gingko, Amla, Acai, Goji Berry, Rose Petal, Ginseng, Lotus & Blue Violet seamlessly weaved through ribbons of Jojoba and Grapeseed oil. And, this is beautiful succession of ancillary oils: Hemp Seed, Shea, Rosehip, and Buriti oils. Phew...yes, this oil has scale and a pyramidal composition of spiritual healing and unparalleled energy. Of the colossal lot of moisture, Burití Oil easily penetrates the skin's layers to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is a rich and nourishing oil that lubricates, restores elasticity, and harmonizes your skin's balance.

All in all, it’s an ornamental composition of essences that is something arrestingly different yet comforting. It’s for those of you with a furious disdain for Lavender. The oil is lilting with nicely balanced with Vetiver and Sandalwood accords with peeks of Geranium seeping through. A warm, balsamic effect dominates the scent, giving the scent a woodsy richness and illusionary feel. I mean, it actually can get frisky here with the earthiness of Patchouli, which would have added that fierce hippy feel to the scent, had it not been blended in with subtle strokes. Yes, it's an oil for the flower child in you.

There’s something special about the way the oil dovetails its essences of contrary qualities whose symbiosis fascinates at first slather. Its hierarchy of oils lends to the fuller body and adds a weighty feel. A feel which you’ll stroke again and again with unflagging ardor, hoping for and achieving inner peace.