I adore a new niche, handmade find and this one hails all the way from the Greek island of Crete. In such an idyllic setting three women, Filio, Voula and Maria got together to create the Fisika workshop, the home of their handmade skincare products using the best olive oil, herbs and essential oils.
What instantly attracted me to Fisika was this idea of women getting together to do something that they love, and that love of pure and simple ingredients shines through in the formulas. The soap and cream recipes stem from seeing their own Grandmother's making soap and I love that they are carrying on those traditions and making them their own.
Before Christmas they kindly sent me a couple of products to try, you may have already spotted them in my Christmas gift guide as I loved how exquisitely packaged everything came. In the UK we have had one of the mildest winters on record, until the last few weeks which have seen me navigating snow and icy temperatures. I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about this rich and nourishing cream which is perfect for even the chilliest of climates.
The Revitalising Face cream with lavender* (10 Euros for 30 mls) Is firstly wonderfully affordable for what you get, as it really is one of those concentrated products that only need to be applied sparingly. Secondly although this is marketed as a cream, it has no water, but rather a rich olive oil base so in my opinion more of a balm than a cream. It is also marketed as being for all skin types, I think that entirely depends on how you use it as there is more than one way. The first way you can use it is in place of a cream (night or day), as with any oil based product I find it absorbs much more nicely and quickly on damp skin. It makes a lovely overnight treatment and is as you would expect from the ingredients list very softening and smoothing. The beeswax acts as a barrier against the elements during the day, so perfect for skin that needs protecting. The second way to use it would be as a dry skin treatment, so only spot treating any areas of concerns, perfect for chapped cheeks or sore noses. this way may be more suitable for anyone who finds heavier skin products problematic. The third way I have been using it, is as a moisture mask, I apply a thin layer and relax in the bath and let the soothing olive oil, beeswax and lavender do their job. Great for perking up dry and tired skin.
There are many similar face balms on market, so there is nothing revolutionary about this in terms of the formula, but the charm of the brand, passion of the brand owners and obvious quality of the local ingredients make it certainly worth a mention. Fisika ship internationally at www.fisikashop.com/en.
*A sample was generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own.