You might remember me gushing earlier this year about the Selah, Be Body Butters (they remain my fave body butter to date) which at the time were the only products in the Selah line. When the brand founder (and guru of sorts, I might say) Shenaye announced over the summer that she would be making some new skincare additions to the line I had a mini-heart attack dreaming up what amazing products she could possibly create. During the process she kept followers up to date through email and also reached out for feedback getting a feel for what her general fan base was in to and was not in to. Things like this definitely create loyal customers and it’s a beautiful thing when the person creating the amazing products is as equally amazing and receptive and connected to their fans.
Shenaye was so kind to ask me if I would like to try the new skincare collection, to which of course I gave a big fat YES! I’ve been testing this beautiful batch of plant-based skincare since the better part of November and have gotten to know these products inside and out. Also, when I received this package of skincare back in November I was so eager to open it that I didn’t consider taking unboxing photos and I REALLY wished I had because it was wrapped with such beautiful presentation!
Smells Like Fall Body Butter
Of course, I’m starting with the OG whipped body butter! Before I do that, I want to mention that along with the launch of the new skincare collection, the body butter’s packaging has been updated to match the new. For some odd reason I was fond of the old clear jars, but amber and miron glass preserves the integrity and nutrients of the product and this is one fine packaging update! In love with the font, the new labels, the everything.
The Selah butters are made with a short but sweet list of nourishing ingredients: organic unrefined shea butter, organic unrefined cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, and avocado oil. The ‘Smells Like Fall’ scent includes delicious 100% pure essential oils of: sandalwood, cinnamon, clove, and it also includes ground bits of organic vanilla bean!
Newfound revelation after using Smells Like Fall*: I now like the traditional fall scent! This is possibly the only form I actually like it in, though. The fragrance of cinnamon was never a favorite of mine, nor do I do the whole pumpkin spice thing. However, Shenaye has nailed the fall scent into something my nose LOVES. It has a very natural cinnamon and clove scent (no nutmeg, so no pumpkin spice here!) I can’t get enough of this butter and haven’t missed a single day of using this good stuff on top of my water-based lotion (since my skin still needs hydration, hence I layer products). You only need the teeniest pea-sized amount of product to moisturize each section of your body! Performance-wise, it’s still #1 in my heart and not a single thing has changed since discovering these butters earlier this year. Light whipped texture that melts into a rich-yet-not-greasy oil that’s uber nourishing and moisturizing, and it’s fast absorbing. My skin looks its healthiest when using this body butter and it’s much less flakey and textured when I’m using it. It might be named “Smells Like Fall” but trust me, you are going to want this scent for the winter too! I highly recommend the Selah butters for the dry Winter months that are upon us – they have plenty of scents on offer including the brand new Lemon Vanilla, and one of my personal favorites, Lavender Vanilla.
From $28-$45, available in 4oz and 8oz sizes.
Selah, Be Oil Cleanser + moisturizer
The body butter being one of my favorite and most enjoyed products out of the line was a given, and I realize comparing one product to another of a completely different category is like comparing apples and oranges, but the Oil Cleanser + Moisturizer* is in strong competition with that butter for my top favorite.
Selah helpfully explains the benefits of each ingredient in their oil cleanser. This oil cleanser (or moisturizer, depending on how you wish to use it) is made with:
- Golden Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) – Full of peptides and lipids to nourish thirsty, dry skin. It is actually the oil closest to our own natural sebum production making it a great candidate to balance oil production and condition the skin.
- Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae rhamnoides) – extracted from the sea buckthorn berry, this oil is packed with omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9 along with tons of compounds that work together to reduce inflammation and redness in the skin. It also has plenty of antioxidants, carotenoids, and phytosterols to help regenerate skin cells. Full of vitamins, lipids and fatty acids, this oil is a key player in helping to heal the skin tissues.
- Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum inophyllum) – easily absorbs into the skin and helps to even skin tone and heal any scarring.
- Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) – Offers a wealth of moisture and also helps with skin elasticity while gently cleansing the skin.
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – a gentle and calming essential oil that helps to soothe irritated skin. Also helps with balancing oil production and healing any scarring.
- Grapefruit (Citrus x paradise) – tones and tightens the skin by increasing the circulation in the skin. Also helps to keep acne at bay by keeping the skin clean.
- Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) – helps to moisturize skin and keep it plump while balancing sebum (oil) production and soothing irritated skin.
- Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) – balances the skin’s oil production and tightens the skin.
- Carrot Seed (Daucus carota) – balances the skin’s oil production and stimulates new cell growth.
When Shenaye was developing the new skincare line and had asked for feedback, I was quick to express my dislike for coconut oil in facial skincare products. A little less than two years ago, I went through a period of oil cleansing solely with coconut oil every night and did so to only achieve horrendous results with my skin. Breakouts and clogged pores galore with enlarged pores over time. My skin has recovered thankfully, but it was the first and last time I ever used plain old coconut oil like this. Shenaye replied back with that she understood the concern, but mentioned that she finds the issue to be more so in how much coconut oil is used in the product and reassured that it would contain a fairly small amount. I was willing to give it a fair shake since she’s great with formulations that work simple and beautifully with the skin.
And of course, I’m 100% sold on this oil cleanser and she was totally right and smart to include the small percentage of coconut oil! It mainly contains a blend of lighter-weight oils, so the consistency of the small amount of coconut oil gives the cleanser an ability to provide a deeper cleanse and gives it an overall medium-weight silky texture. I ultimately judge a cleansing oil based on its ability to deep cleanse my pores. I experience what some people refer to as “grits”, which are these dried sebum-like plugs that invade my pores and if they aren’t extracted they often result in clogged pores and an eventual breakout. A good deep-cleansing oil will remove these and this is what I ultimately judge an oil cleanser on – its ability to effectively remove these weird pore plugs. This oil cleanser is one of the most effective ones I have ever tried at removing them and it will forever have my praise because it takes something special with the perfect consistency. Some oil cleansers are okay at getting the job done, but this one is amaze. One dropper full of oil is the perfect amount for a first cleanse whether it’s being used on bare skin or for makeup removal – it gives enough slip to remove makeup but it also provides just enough friction for pore cleansing and facial massaging. My pores are looking fantastic and clear and clean these days, and I’m happy to report that nearly 2 months in with nightly use my skin is responding happily to the included coconut oil in this cleanser. 5 stars all around!
Now, it will stain your face cloths (mine are all covered in orange splotches, hehe!) so you might want to pick up black face cloths if you mind stains.
From $35-$70, available in 2oz and 4oz sizes.
Selah, Be Skin Serum
This Serum* is the perfect sister product to the oil cleanser, also containing a base of jojoba oil and includes sea buckthorn to give it that similar orange tint that the cleanser has. However, it omits tamanu and coconut oil, and has a different blend of essential oils. I call it a sister product because of the similar qualities, but it’s a very lightweight serum that will give your skin the desired moisturized finish needed after using a medium-weight cleansing oil. I seldom use an oil-based serum on its own – I either layer it underneath a creamy water-based moisturizer or I put a drop or two of it in my hand on top of a little blob of said moisturizer (a micro emulsion, if you will) and apply. Also, I only apply it at night because of the included sweet orange essential oil. It’s a wonderfully nourishing yet lightweight boost to layer and mix with a water based moisturizer and it’s fast absorbing. It gives my skin an indescribable glow after application which has made it one of my best skincare friends during these months where my skin tends to go dull and dry from the cold weather. I’m easily prone to clogged pores and triggered by ingredients known to cause acne and clog pores, and this serum has not caused either issue for me so far!
Also, about that orange tint that I mentioned above – do not worry! The warm glow from the sea buckthorn fades quickly within minutes and I find when I mix it with a moisturizer it’s practically not there. If you’re in search for an affordable serum that’s safe for your acne-prone skin, nourishing, and glow-inducing, I think you will love this one!
Golden Jojoba Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, and essential oils Of: Rose Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, Palmarosa, Frankincense, Myrrh and Sweet Orange
From $22-$28, available in 1oz and 2oz sizes.
Powder clay masks are so much fun! I love to play “skincare scientist” by mixing different mediums and adding a drop or two of oils or serums into the mix for moisture boosts and further added benefits and nourishment.
The Selah, Be Clay Mask + Exfoliator* contains:
- Red Moroccan Clay (rhassoul clay) – Spa-quality clay rich in silica and magnesium
- Activated charcoal – Ideal for acne-prone skin; deep cleanses the pores removing impurities
- Dried flowers of calendula, rose, lavender, and arnica
- Marshmallow Root Powder – Especially when mixed with water in the form of a mask, it provides relief for irritations as well as soothes, moistens, softens, and heals
Before I get into the product experience I want to quickly mention that my mask I received looks different than it does on the Selah photos on their store. Their photos of this product look reddish-brown as if it contains more rhassoul clay, but mine is pure black. I’m not sure if a reformulation took place, or which color of mask will be the correct one that you’ll receive if purchased. I totally forgot to email and ask about this until the writing of this review, only because I actually still like the mask! If I get any updates as to why there was a difference in color with my mask, I will update this section of the post!
So, most detoxing masks that contain activated charcoal often include irritating spices, which aren’t inherently bad but if you’re sensitive and intolerant to the strong tingle sensation of spices, then you will know why I find masks like that to be so uncomfortable. I’m really happy to see a “detox” mask that doesn’t include these spices for that very reason – it’s more inclusive to those who are sensitive yet need a good deep cleanse. With that said, deep cleansing it certainly is! It could be user error and I might be applying too much or not using enough water, but I find it to be a bit more drying than most clay masks. Of course, this is instantly solved with serums and moisturizers, so no biggie to me. It’s incredibly refining on the pores, which I love. I really enjoy when masks contain “solids” like dried flowers, or sea salt, that aren’t readily absorbed or dried onto the skin but still provide benefits and…it’s just fun to see tiny solid pieces of nature stuck onto our faces! Highly recommend to try this mask if you have sensitive and acne-prone skin that’s in need of a good, gentle detox.
Available in a 4oz jar from $40 – mini bamboo spoon included!
An almost-mini-version of the beloved Selah body butter? Yes, please! The All-In-One Balm* contains shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and also contains mango butter and candelilla wax which transform it into a solid balm consistency compared to their whipped body butter. I say it’s an almost mini-version of it because it performs similarly, but it’s in the perfect travel sized tin great for moisturizing your everything on the go. It’s a bit more hygienic having a separate pot for use on your lips (yes, you can use the original butter on your lips!). It melts onto the lips providing deep moisture to soothe, soften, and repair dry and chapped lips. It’s also great for dry patches, which I would know after just getting over an awful cold with a lot of nose blowing involved – it really helped to banish a dry flakey nose. In love with the yummy lemon vanilla scent – not too lemon-y and the vanilla absolute essential oil is just too good. Makes me want to pick up a Lemon Vanilla body butter next! This balm is a great winter essential for lips, cuticles, dry patches, etc, so I highly recommend to pick one up! The All-In-One Balm comes in a .5oz tin.
Last but not least, the giant SELAH letters as seen in the above photos is actually what’s written on the tote bags that Selah includes in every order! Shenaye mentions on Instagram that no matter what you order – you will receive one of these totes. I love tote bags, I have a bajillion reusable grocery bags, and yes I actually use them all, but this one has been my favorite for toting skincare around. There’s probably a better way to travel with glass bottles, but I shove what I can into their respected product boxes, stuff ’em into this bag, and it’s good. The dry brush and soft facial cloths sitting below my oil cleanser and serum were also included in this PR package and Shenaye also mentioned on Instagram that she includes a little somethin’ somethin’ in every order, and that what’s included will be changed every so often. I personally never bought into the dry brush fad, but I actually love this mini one for exfoliating! I use it as sort of a manual exfoliating brush (so it doesn’t spin like a clarisonic) and I put a nice glob of sugar scrub on the head of the brush to exfoliate my feet. This way, you don’t end up over exfoliating your hands while scrubbing elsewhere. It’s come in super handy, and it’s like Shenaye truly thinks of everything. I got a mini dry brush, and I never knew I needed one!
I truly love and enjoy what the Selah, Be skincare line has to offer – it’s nothing short of real nourishment via simple, gentle, and skin-loving formulas that all skin types will enjoy. Not to mention, a e s t h e t i c s. Cool, modern packaging to match equally modern and cool formulas for the cool, (have I said cool too many times?) natural girl or guy. I highly recommend to explore this new skincare collection!
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