Beauty Heroes March 2020: Free + True

New month, new Beauty Heroes box! You know it has to be good if I’m finally posting. To be fair, the Beauty Heroes discoveries for January and February were stellar as well, but my brain and time management skills were not so nothing was posted.

But here I am again! I know everyone thought this blog was basically defunct (and by everyone, I mean me) since it’s been a year (?!?!) since my last post, but I just didn’t want to to come on too strong, you know? Kind of like the rule of waiting two days before calling a guy after a date (if that’s even a rule anymore? Was it ever a rule even?). Figured I’d better wait a year before posting or I might seem too eager.

Ha! Totally not what happened but that’s a post for another day… or year? 

Right now, we need to talk about the March Discovery from Beauty Heroes featuring Free + True. We get two full-size products this month: Body Prophet (6.8 fl oz, $48), which won the Indie Beauty Expo (IBE) Best In Show Award 2019 for body moisturizers, and Mama Pacha (1.7 fl oz, $58), a facial moisturizer. The total value of this month’s box is $106. I nabbed it for $39.95 with a 6-month prepaid subscription.

BODY PROPHET

First up, our hero! Body Prophet is described as “a creamy gel serum loaded with skin-soothing, dimple-reducing, free radical-fighting botanicals” but I’d be more likely to categorize it as a light lotion. It was actually so light in texture, I assumed there was no way it would meet my exacting standards for a body moisturizer. But this glorious concoction didn’t win a Best in Show Award for nothin’! It worked, and it worked well.

Body Prophet All Over Creamy Serum

It features aloe leaf juice and sea buckthorn berry oil, which my skin drinks up. I recognize the sea buckthorn oil in its scent, but I think what I smell most is the combination of pumpkin seed oil and extracts of calendula, German chamomile, and lavender flowers. It smells like dry earth and wind. Like a warm mid-morning wind in early autumn, as it blows across a small, lovingly-tended farm the day after harvest. Have I been to a small, lovingly-tended farm, on a morning or other? No. Does harvest even happen in the early autumn? Not a clue. Also… wind? I really couldn’t say. You guys know how I am about scents; I just go where they take me and this one just does it for me. It’s grounding and peaceful. I’m totally into it.

Body Prophet’s scent even elicited a specific compliment from my 14-year-old stepdaughter. If you have limited experience with teenagers, you may not know that compliments for their parents are especially uncommon. Should you earn the praise of a teenager, you’ve got something special going on!

Body Prophet (left) and Mama Pacha (right)

MAMA PACHA

The sidekick, Mama Pacha, is “formulated with the same hardy arctic peptides that are known to thrive in marine environments, meaning they support skin resilience in harsh conditions, as well”. It also combines a number of oils and hyaluronic acid to help soothe sensitivity and increase collagen, but I wasn’t sure it would be a match for my dry-as-the-desert skin.

Mama Pacha Moisture Infusion Cream

It wasn’t love at first application. Though it’s called a cream and considered “an all-weather moisturizer”, I felt Mama Pacha translated better as a light-to-maybe-mid-weight moisturizer. It dries down nicely without much time and smells pleasantly earthy without being at all herbal or medicinal, but it just doesn’t pack a punch. I tend to need heavy-hitting butters in my products or my skin starts to feel tight and this cream has only mango seed butter, which wasn’t enough for my skin after roughing out the winter and now in the first week of March.  

I was going to toss it in my “try again later” bin — it has excellent potential for warmer weather — but I saw that the discovery card recommended sealing Mama Pacha in with a few drops of Free + True Freedom Fighter Antioxidant Face Oil (1 fl oz, $68) to create “the mother of all moisture masks” and decided to try.

A deluxe sample of Freedom Fighter had been the LOVE MORE gift (included with purchases of $125 or more) in the Beauty Heroes Store last month, and as I regularly spend too much money on skincare, I had received the oil in my last order. Having all the potions necessary, I got to work layering and my thoughts about Mama Pacha changed somewhat. I still don’t think it meets the requirements of an all-weather moisturizer for my skin, but layering it provided enough of a moisture boost for daytime.

ALL THE FEELS

I’m sold. I am completely impressed with this brand. Free + True has so much going for it. The packaging is perfection. The glass bottles lend themselves to luxury, but the price points aren’t intimidating. The textures and fragrances of each of the three products I’ve had the chance to use are all lovely and didn’t fight for power over each other when combined, meaning nothing felt too sticky, oily or other when I applied them together.

There is really just something about the brand that resonates with me, and I can’t quite say why. The founder, Tami Blake, created the line in part because she didn’t have time for complex skincare rituals and wanted high-performing products that fit into her active lifestyle. This certainly isn’t my approach. You know I will cancel plans to spend more time with my skincare. Yet the design language and the sensory experience checks all my boxes.

FINAL SAY

I will be repurchasing Body Prophet most definitely. This is an absolute gem of a lotion and will have a regular seat on my shelves. I don’t think I’ll repurchase Mama Pacha. I do have my eye on the Ramblin Rose Soothing Facial Serum (1.7 fl oz, $68), which is a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid that may change the performance of Mama Pacha and ultimately change my mind. I’ll keep you up to date… next year. *wink*


A note about Beauty Heroes: Beauty Heroes has completely changed the way I experience clean beauty. My love for this company is real. Each month’s beauty discovery box contains a full-size hero product and a deluxe sample-size or full-size sidekick product for about $43/month with a 3-month pre-paid subscription.

Many of the full-size hero products retail for upward of $70 and the deluxe sidekicks often well above $30, so it’s one of the most cost effective ways to explore new brands and products. Additionally, members of the Beauty Heroes Tribe receive 15% off all purchases at The Beauty Store and free shipping on orders over $75, so it’s less expensive to repurchase items you’ve discovered and loved. The Beauty Store also offers a LOVE MORE deluxe size gift with purchases over $125.

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