Winter is truly encroaching on our soft hands game. As much as we would loveee to get a mani and pedi every week, our pocket books shiver at the thought. There are other ways, however, that you can pamper your pretty toes and fingers (men too, don’t be afraid to feel pretty). Inner Sanctum + Wellness, a local small business in Oak Park, reached out to us to try a sample of their Organic Whipped Body Souffle and give an honest review.
Regina Thomas Dillard, owner, was inspired to create her natural beauty line due to her holistic upbringing. Her maternal grandmother and mother collected herbs and roots to heal the body and for topical skin treatments and Regina observed carefully.
After her baby daughter was born with an acute case of eczema, Regina turned to researching her mother and grandmother’s remedies and found curative results. She later became a teacher at the Oak Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, facilitating workshops like “Cooking with Herbs.” Regina delved deeper exploring more natural remedies for the skin.
Regina muses about the care she takes in creating her products: “When I select oils, I try at best to find purveyors in the countries where the oils are sourced. For instance, I currently purchase my lavender oils from a supplier in the Southern region of France and my tea tree oil from a supplier in Auckland, Australia. While oils vary greatly, as many claim to be the best on the market, I’m always on the lookout for essential oils which are high in quality, but cost-effective in order maintain a competitive price point”.
Monica doesn’t utilize lotion that much and Kate is picky with her scents sooo we got some dry snaky skin over here, no lie. Body butters can be a turn off too when they are too greasy and you find your skin sticking to your couch.
The Body Butta’ Breakdown
Our Body Souffle: Ritual
Vitamin E for healthy skin, almond and avocado oils, with mango butter, swirled with essential oils.
All of Inner Sanctum + Wellness Body Souffles are Whhhhippped (like Stewie Griffin says) to perfection. Kate kept joking that she was going to take a sample taste (note: don’t do this…it isn’t edible) as it looks like whipped butter or light fluffy whipped cream.
Luxurious with a soft and creamy feel. The body butter was non-greasy and massaged into the skin quite easily.
Monica and Kate’s husband battled over who would keep the body butter because of its woodsy winter scent. Ritual blends frankincense and myrrh for a delicate aroma that stays lightly on the skin. Kate is more of fruity person so she snatched the mini lavender eucalyptus scent and breathed in deeply to destress and decongest.
Inner Sanctum + Wellness carries bath and body oils, exfoliators, milk baths, and even home products like (YAY) yoga mat sprays.
Ready to slather yourself in butter? Sexy body butter that is…just in time for Valentine’s dayyy (cue the Barry White music). Inner Sanctum + Wellness products can be found at events around Chicagoland and on Etsy or shop directly at http://www.shop-isw.com/ and signup for updates.
Upcoming Events featuring Inner Sanctum and Wellness:
23 An Evening of Giving Back Event (7pm-1am)
One-Stop Productions, Chicago, IL
11 Sweets For the Sweetie Valentine’s Event (6-10pm)
Normandy Banquets, Elmhurst, IL
13 Married Couples Cross-Fit Event (8am-3pm)
Oak Brook Hills Resort, Oak Brook, IL