Maximus is partial to Origins eyeshadow
I’ve been using Origins products for many years, but I actually rarely shop at an Origins store. That’s because their website features free samples, and I often shop using coupon codes to get their DELUXE samples, while taking advantage of the free shipping deal (good on any order).
I think there’s a lot to like about Origins, but if you’re new to their products, here are some things I like about the brand.
Product Container Recycling and Samples
They offer a great product recycling program in their stores. Just bring in an empty container. They’ll recycle it for you, and give you a free sample of your choice in return. It’ll be one of their regular products in a sample jar (similar to Sephora’s little plastic sample jars).
To get even BIGGER samples, place your orders through their website. Some of the samples are amazing! It depends on their promotions and specials, but many are larger than the samples they give in the stores.
The company’s mission is to “create high-performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science.” They use potent plants and organic ingredients and animal-friendly practices. All of their products are also formulated without parabens, phthalates, PABA, mineral oil, DEA (diethanolamine, a known carcinogen) and animal ingredients, and thanks to their Plant A Tree campaign, they’ve planted 93,000 trees so far.
I spend a lot of time outdoors (hiking, snowshoeing, skiing) and also use my sunroof a lot, despite the fact that I’m a New Englander, so a daily moisturizer with at least SPF 15 is a must.
I’m addicted to Have a Nice Day ($37.50 for a 1.7-oz. jar). It smells a little bit citrusy, and I think it’s just incredible. I haven’t been able to find anything similar at the drugstore, and mind you I’ve looked. It’s on the pricey side, but a jar does last me a very long time.
I also use Ginzing, which comes in a cute little jar, to help with puffy eyes and dark circles. Once a customer in an Origins store told me that she couldn’t see my puffy eyes or dark circles at all, which I thought was quite a compliment in the harsh store lighting. All I could do was hold up a jar of Ginzing and smile. 🙂
Although it’s also pricey, the little jar lasts me a very long time (close to one year with daily use). Because the skin under my eyes is sensitive to irritation, and I wear contact lenses, I have to be extra careful about what I put near my eyes. I never have a with Ginzing. I think it’s one of the company’s best new products in recent years (plus, apparently, it makes me look â€˜refreshed’ while shopping!).
Scrub for Bath/Shower
Gloom Away is my absolute favorite shower scrub, and I think it also makes a great gift. I gave the lotion and bath gel to a coworker for the holidays last year, and they couldn’t stop saying how much they liked it. The line is grapefruit scented and really provides a nice pick-me-up when you’re getting ready in the morning (click here for Karen’s review).
There are a couple of Origins face washes that work really well. I have combination skin that tends to be very sensitive. I enjoy their face wash samples since I travel quite a bit and they are small enough to travel with.
I carry their Smileage Plus lip product in every bag. My current favorite is Vintage, a deep plum shade. According to the Origins website, “These 95% organic lip tints are formulated with Organic Beeswax, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter and Organic Aloe Vera, plus an organic essential oil blend of Tangerine and Lime.” Don’t they sound great?
They come in a small narrow tube, so they fit well in even my smallest wristlet or purse. The colors are more like a sheer lip tint, but they’re great to put on during the workday, because you don’t really need a mirror.
I also find Origins eye shadows to be delightful. Each neat square compact comes with a mirror, and I think they just look wonderful sitting in my makeup bag.
If you’re unsure about which eye shadow or lip treatment to try first, stop by an Origins store. Their staff is always ready to help, and if you sign up for their e-newsletter, you’ll get coupons good for free products (that’s how I got into Smileage Plus).
And the brand even offers free mini-facials. Just call the store to ask what they have going on, and book a free facial in one of their treatment rooms (the larger stores tend to have these). I love stuff like that. 🙂
What do you think of Origins? Do you have any favorite products from the brand?