I’ve mentioned Nature Island Botanicals a number of times on Never Say Die Beauty because it is my absolute favorite brand of artisanal skincare. Made by hand by Daphne Frampton, licensed aesthetician, in Rhode Island with natural and organic ingredients as well as with a lifetime of skincare and healthy living knowledge, Nature Island Botanicals skincare products are the perfect combination of efficacy, gentleness, purity, and fabulous scent.
Not only does Daphne make all her skincare products herself, but she travels around the northeast US every weekend from May through December selling her lovely wares at craft festivals and fairs in at least 6 states. I look forward to seeing her in person every July when she comes to the Waterfront Craft Festival in Gloucester Massachusetts. I can always find her at the fair because she has the perfect perch right by the ocean, and the scent of her bespoke skincare products draws me right to her booth.
Nature Island Botanicals products come in recyclable plastic or glass containers. They are simply packaged and labeled so Daphne can allocate more money to buying the absolutely best quality natural and organic ingredients. And I can vouch for the fact that that’s exactly what she does!
Here’s my haul from our July visit.
This time, I picked up two favorites – the Sweet & Blood Orange Soap and Caribbean Escapes Coconut Body Butter – and three new products to try – Caribbean Escapes White Ginger Body Butter, Gourmet Caribbean Coconut Lotion and Chamomile Infused Whipped Body Butter.
Sweet & Blood Orange Cold Pressed Vegan Soap
I just mentioned this stunningly gorgeous, amazingly citrusy, fragrant soap in my Beauty Empties post last week, and I got so many comments about the soap from readers. The colors remind me of a spectacular sunset like the one I saw tonight. The scent is revitalizing and energizing. I adore anything citrus!
The soap is a big, fat bar. I divide it in half and it lasts a long time that way. It’s super hydrating, but it does a great job cleaning too. Check out the all natural ingredients:
I need more of this soap for myself and also to give as holiday hostess gifts to friends who are handmade soap lovers. $10 for a big bar
Nature Island Botanicals has a variety of other scents, colors and key ingredients in addition to the Sweet & Blood Orange Pink Grapefruit & Bergamot soap including gender neutral and more masculine scents.
I’ve been buying the Caribbean Escapes Coconut Body Butter for more than 5 years. I could drink this stuff I love it so much! It was the scent of this body butter that initially drew me to Daphne’s booth, and it keeps me coming back. The scent is beyond coconut – there is something else in there – mango? – that takes the coconut scent up a notch. It is truly intoxicating. I can’t get enough of it. It’s also available in Citrus Sunrise that I must try next time, but I’ll still be buying the coconut one as well ‘coz I can’t live without it. $21
This year, I tried Daphne’s special Exotic White Ginger Body Butter for the first time. The exotic white ginger scent is a tropical floral that is beyond amazing. It is ultra feminine. I see hibiscus flowers and bougainvillea in my mind when I sniff this body butter. It’s a must for floral scent lovers. $22
Both of these “body butters” have a light to medium-weight texture that I would describe as “mousse-like”. They absorb easily, hydrate beautifully and leave my skin very soft. Because they are called “body butter”, I expected them to be heavy but they are not. They are perfection! I recommend them for all skin types.
Here you can get an idea of the ingredients in the body butter:
Gourmet Caribbean Coconut Lotion
I had always skipped trying the Gourmet Caribbean Coconut Lotion because I erroneously thought it would be too lightweight for my very dry skin. Well, I guess Daphne has her own descriptors because the Gourmet Caribbean Coconut Lotion is heavier than the Caribbean Escapes Coconut Body Butter! What a surprise! In spite of the fact that it comes in a deep blue plastic pump bottle, it is a thick cream. Very hydrating and protective. The perfect emollient for dry skin or very dry skin like mine and especially great for the winter. Boy, am I glad I tried this! Plus it has the same fabulous scent as my favorite Caribbean Escapes Coconut Body Butter. I’m sold on this. It will be a new cold weather staple for me! $22
Chamomile Infused Whipped Body Butter
The Chamomile Infused Whipped Body Butter is a true cold weather, super dry skin body butter. It is very very thick, almost a solid. When I rub it in, it melts into my skin making it feel unbelievably soft. If you don’t mind the scent of lavender and shea on your face, you can also use it as a facial moisturizing balm for skin that weather-stressed. I know I’ll be using this on my face after snow-shoeing this winter.
The scent is deep and lovely from the French Lavender essential oil, French and German Chamomile, and the organic fair trade shea butter. This is lovely to put on at night before bed or before or after skiing or outdoor winter sports.
Where/How to Buy Nature Island Botanicals
Since we’re all thinking about holiday gifts right now as well as pampering ourselves to get ready for holiday parties, Nature Island Botanicals needs to be on your list. NIB natural and organic skincare would make great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and perfect items to add to a spa gift basket.
Daphne is going to be at a holiday fair in Deep Wells, NY again this coming weekend. But most of us can’t get to Deep Wells to shop. An easier way to buy Nature Island Botanicals skincare is through the Nature Island Botanicals etsy shop. Also, you can message Daphne/Nature Island Botanicals via Facebook with your order. Or just pick up your phone and give her a call at (954) 646-4005 to order. That way she can tell you which of her fabulous soaps are in stock.
Nature Island Botanicals is offering FREE SHIPPING and FREE GIFT WRAP till December 15!
I love Nature Island Botanicals skincare. If you prefer natural and organic ingredients in your skincare and you like scented products (NIB has some unscented products too, but why would you want them when the scented ones are so divine?), Nature Island Botanicals will delight you and those you’re buying gifts for just like it does for me.