When New York City holistic-health guru Hope Gillerman  began experiencing skin problems, she sought the advice of an esteemed Chinese herbologist who prescribed a regimen of organic and wild-crafted essential flower oils. After experiencing their effectiveness, Hope began creating skin care formulations for her clientele, whose response was equally positive. HGO LAB Organic Skin Care  harnesses the antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, relaxing and uplifting properties of essential oils. The formulas are also 100 percent preservative free and 97 to 100 percent organic and safe and effective for even the most sensitive skin types.
It’s a return to time-honored remedies that we’re seeing more and more in the beauty industry—and for good reason. Essential oils have been used for centuries to treat everything from blemishes and bug bites to indigestion and depression. Getting back to nature and homeopathy (the origin of medicine) often yields better results than high-tech, synthetically derived formulas because our skin is more compatible with ingredients that restore balance.
One of the standouts from the HGO LAB Skin Care line is the Flowers Face Balm  ($21). Unlike creams, which often contain useless fillers and synthetic preservatives, this balm is incredibly concentrated and deeply moisturizing thanks to rich coconut and jojoba oils. An aromatic blend of Helychrysum, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang yields an exotic, uplifting floral scent I can’t get enough of! But the real beauty of this balm is its multitasking talents. Use it as a moisturizer for face, eyes, lips, and cuticles; pat a little over makeup for dewy cheekbones or use it to smooth over fly-away hair. It’s a brilliant reminder that simple can still be seriously effective.
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