A Beautifully RAD Gift for Christmas!

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If you’re like me, there are still a few people on your gift list that you haven’t finished shopping for. Or maybe you haven’t started shopping at all because you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift. In either case, the RAD Soap Co. can come to your rescue with their new American Beauty line.

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Image courtesy of the RAD Soap Co.

American Beauty follows the formula of nearly all of RAD’s products*: vegan-friendly, non-GMO and 100 percent natural. You won’t find any junk in RAD’s products–just plant-based ingredients formulated to nourish and improve all skin types.

I’ve been a fan of RAD for a long time and recently had the pleasure of stopping by their Albany, NY facility for a visit. I’ve been there once before, and it’s an amazing little place! Soap and cream and Shuga-Bubs as far as the eye can see, and the lovely smell of freshly made soap hanging in the air–pretty much a little slice of heaven for a soap geek like me. Before I left, Sue (who, incidentally, is now a 100 percent plant-based eater!) gave me a sample of the then brand-new American Beauty bar. It was so new that it didn’t even have a wrapper yet! Talk about hot off the presses.

American Beauty contains Egyptian rose and Himalayan sea salt along with RAD’s standard blend of plant-based oils. The rose gives it an especially unique and powerful scent. In fact, for a few days it was doubling as an inadvertent air freshener in my bathroom. The bar itself has a creamy texture that translates into a foamy lather with a smell that’s quite a bit lighter and lingers just enough to be noticeable. I like it so much that I’ve used it to wash from head to toe, including my hair!

Not long after trying the soap, I was visiting the RAD table at the farmers market and noticed that the bar was now not only dressed in an attractive pink, rose-studded label, but it was also accompanied by a pot of cream with the same branding. Another line from RAD was born! And they were generous enough to allow me to take the cream home to try for a review.

Like the soap, the American Beauty cream has an initial rush of rose scent that diminishes to light floral overtones as you rub it in. RAD even puts a rose petal on top for an elegant touch when you open the jar, making it perfect for gifts! The cream is thick, silky and smooth, and it only takes a tiny dollop to start rejuvenating your skin.

american beauty cream petal closeup

This power in this rich cream comes from a blend of antioxidant oils, including red clover, hemp, rose hip, rice bran, grapeseed, borage, evening primrose and red raspberry seed. Along with witch hazel, this combination helps to:

  • Regenerate, tighten and refresh skin
  • Fight inflammation
  • Slows skin aging
  • Clear up conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Protect against free radical damage
  • Improve skin texture
  • Replete important nutrients
  • Increase moisture content and strengthen the moisture barrier
  • Reduce lines, wrinkles and scales

Unlike a lot of skin care gimmicks that you see splashed all over TV and in magazines, American Beauty derives its benefits from the natural occurrence of vitamin C, vitamin E and essential fatty acids, including the often-elusive GLA, in the oils it contains. Thus, RAD bills it as a “youth preserving cream.”

I’m not one to hop on the skincare bandwagon and start using products just because I hit a certain age, but since I’ve never made moisturizing part of my facial care routine, I decided to test American Beauty out as a sort of “night cream.” After only a few days of using it, I noticed that the skin on my face was not only smoother but also tighter and more elastic. I hadn’t realized that it was loose in any way before, but I also tend to forget that I’m 30 years old and should be expecting at least a few age-related changes.

american beauty cream jarOne thing I do notice is that, when the weather gets cold and indoor heat gets dry, a band of dark skin develops underneath my lower lip. Having read that this could be caused by excessive dryness (which I definitely have around my lips in the winter!), I made sure to apply a generous amount of American Beauty to that area. Lo and behold, I’ve noticed the color beginning to lighten up, no weird chemicals required.

In my estimation, RAD really knocked it out of the park with this one. I always love trying their new products and have never been disappointed. So if you’re still stumped for gift ideas, I highly recommend sending a little bit of American Beauty to a few lucky recipients. I guarantee they’ll think it’s a very RAD product indeed!

Is everyone on your list already youthfully radiant? Have no fear; RAD has plenty of other amazing gift sets for Christmas or any time. My personal obsession at the moment is their brand-new caffeinated line, made in partnership with another local company, Death Wish Coffee. The soap, cream and scrub line has coffee in it, and it smells like chocolate brownies. How can you go wrong?

Keep up with RAD Soap on your favorite social media channels for all the latest news and new product launches!

*RAD’s lip balms do contain beeswax, but no products ever contain chemical additives or artificial anything!

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About the Author:

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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