Thursday, 25 August 2016

Hall of Fame - Skincando - the products you didn't know you needed

Back in January when I was in LA, I went to meet May Lindstrom in her LA office. There was a pot of Combat-Ready Balm in the bathroom and I picked it up. Obviously. In my defence, it was out in the open, I don't go snooping in people's bathrooms. (No really I don't.)
May's team were very complimentary about the brand so I of course had to get some. (Another reason I love May, she and her team spread the love.)

After I Instagrammed the above photo, the founder of skincando, Sara Damelio, reached out to me and sent me a travel/gift pack.

To say I have been blown away is an understatement. I love this brand. I do not foresee a time when I will not have Combat-Ready Balm in my house. I've used it on my face (spots), my body, the kids, the husband, everywhere. The Mr. burnt a small patch of the back of his neck while we were away (his fault) and I applied this directly on it for a couple of days. It both soothed it and prevented it blistering. 

I've used the lip balms non-stop since I got my hands on them. I am obsessed. The Combat-Ready Lip Balm and the Brew Lip Balm are honestly brilliant.  

The Bug Repellant spray, while it does actually work to repel bugs, actually smells so nice that I randomly spray it in the house to wake me up. Think Caudalie Beauty Elixir for mosquitos. :) Unlike a lot of repellents, the spray is child, animal and earth-friendly. 

There are three different sections to the brand, Combat-Ready, Luxe and Kids. Sara also offers a vegan version of her Miracle Cream, knowing that not everyone wants to use beeswax. Each product is made by hand in small batches to keep it fresh.

There is a lovely back story to the Combat-Ready balm involving a soldier sending a letter asking for more of the 'magic balm' to soothe his skin in Iraq. This led to Sara starting Operation Sand Flea. A brilliant initiative where customers can shop online for the troops overseas and skincando will cover the shipping and donate extra products in each parcel. How great is that?

skincando is available from and they ship worldwide for free. 

For a limited time, Sara will include one free Travel Miracle Cream per order over $50.00 exclusively for you lovely readers. 

More information on Operation Sand Flea is here:

Finding brands like this are my absolute favourite part of my job - the smaller start-ups get me the most excited. 
For the gorgeousness of the products, the affordability and the ethos of the brand, skincando, in its entirety, is going in the Hall Of Fame.

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  1. I have to admit I have never heard about them, and I am not sure I would have looked into something that says combat-ready on the tin. But it might convince the husband to look after his skin.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. Hmmm not sure about the free world wide shipping. I'm always on to that, as Australia seems to be on another planet when it comes to shipping costs :-) They charged me for shipping, albeit not a huge amount.

  3. Great to see skinandco here. I've been using their products since the beginning of the year - love the anise-y kick in the brew lip balm.

  4. If these guys are publicly traded, I would be checking out the stock as well as the products. Esp with the new reality of Zika. Now I know where the next paycheck will go.

  5. My esthetician introduced me to this brand about 4-5 years ago(?) when I had just had a baby... she had met the owner and gotten to do a facial on her. She raved about the woman and her ethic... I've been impressed ever since. Thank you for the reminder to purchase again!

  6. Just purchased. Can't wait to see if the bug spray works I am a mosquito magnet!

  7. This sounds great, I love the sound of the Combat-Ready Balm. A good multi-purpose balm is always an essential!

    Gemma x
    The British Feather - A UK Lifestyle Blog

  8. my (now ex) bf used the balm when he was in afghanistan and it really helped keep his skin in good condition over there. i think he just used it as a moisturiser for his face and also on his hands

  9. Hi Caroline! Did you also use this as a body lotion? I'm looking for something super nourishing since where I live is so dry. I'm obsessed with the smell of Josie Maran body butter but I'm not sure it's nourishing enough. Looking for something to rub all over to prepare for the harsh winter months coming. Eek!

  10. I just saw one of the ingredients in the balm is fish oil...whaaaaat?! I'm assuming no scent of that. What is that helpful for? Just curious, I plan to order it.

  11. I believe free shipping is only for the free shipping to Singapore either.

  12. I was wondering if anyone knew if this brand was cruelty free? I know they're organic and they recycle so they have limited waste but I wasn't sure if there were any policies which meant they had to test on animals? :)