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This is a true story. It's the story when Jess and Adri met (yep, the wife & husband founders of Stark). A few years ago, at a cafe furnished with a mix of vintage couches, plants and Arabesque knick-knacks in downtown Montreal, 2 strangers met to discuss a novel-writing competition they were both participating in (and promptly abandoned). "He's so tall!" she thought as he pulled a chair out for her "And what a gentleman!" (seriously, who's an old-fashioned gentleman anymore?) .
They smiled and stared at one another, and for two fairly shy and awkward people, were not uncomfortable for a moment. Over Rooibos tea, lemon Perrier and cookies, they talked about anything and everything but their novels. She's born and bred in Canada, hates the cold but maintains that winter "isn't so bad when you're prepared". He's from the desert, South American roots transplanted to the Middle East, and prefers sand in his hair to frost. Hours later, it was time to go home. At a street corner on St-Catherine's he said, in his calm voice "see you around", and pulled her in for a soft kiss.
Years later, married and with a baby, we stop and kiss at that corner every time we pass it. A little like our love, this lip treatment is a balm inspired both by freezing Montreal street corners, and hot dry desert climes, and is soft and sweet... and unlike this very true love story, this balm is not at all cheesy.
Inspired by the arid climes of the North African desert and the frost-bitten intersections of Montreal, is Stark's 5th member of the family, Argan Lip Treatment. Argan, or "liquid gold" as it's sometimes called, is incredibly rich in vitamin E, making it an antioxidant (and anti-age) heavy-hitter. *NEW!* Because you asked for it, our "ag" treatment now has TWO formulas: one for day, one for night!
The texture: Not exactly a lip balm, this silken, buttery lip treatment melts into lips creating a serum-like treatment for parched lips in need of protection, rejuvenation and a little shine. Lips feel instantly relieved, incredibly soft, and plumped with just a touch of natural glossiness. The natural color of your lips is subtly brought out with a light stain provided by alkanet root.
The scent: Rose is known as a timeless skin rejeuvenator, and has an uplifting scent. Vanilla is calming and comforting, and smells delicious with the nuttiness of Argan and Cocoa seed butter. The new daytime formula also has a touch of an herbal-peppermint note, making the balm refreshing and a little stimulating.
The texture: Creamier and thicker than the day-time formula, the night-time is meant to be like a hydrating cream for your lips, meant to sink a little bit slower into your lips and provide a blanket of rich, nourishing moisture thanks to the addition of capuacu butter and avocado oil.
The scent: 2 kinds of calming, soothing chamomile (German and South African) blended with sweet orange and (surprise!) warm coconut
* n.b: This treatment was created to contain very little wax to lessen "drag" and stickiness on lips (compared to most balms), but just enough to be used in an oval tube, which is more hygienic than a lip balm jar, and less wasteful (and "goopy"!) than other options. However, this means that your Lip Treatment should be kept out of direct sunlight or very hot conditions. If it does melt, simply pop it into the fridge, standing right side up. Can be worn in a pocket or purse safely, however!
Simply apply to lips as needed, day and night. When available, smooch and repeat.
Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil and Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil infused with Alkanna Tinctoria (Alkanet) Root Powder, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, pure essential oil
Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil and Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil infused with Calendula Officinalis Flower, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, pure essential oils.
A golden shape-shifter. A nimble traveller. An aromatic companion, with rich blood orange and spicy, earthy notes. From solid to liquid, clear to opaque, cleansing, moisturizing, uplifting and relaxing; an ultra-versatile cleansing & makeup-removing balm that rinses clean, or can be left on skin to soothe and moisturize.
A balm inspired by the simple pleasures that anchor your day. A quiet moment in the early morning, golden light beginning to pour in through the window. Speckles of sparkling dust caught in the sunshine, drifting silently as you sip your coffee and nibble breakfast. The room is quiet, still, before the world wakes up.
This highly nutritious, water-less balm has the unique concept of being both cleanser and moisturizer, making life simple and beautiful (oh, you didn't know all you needed was this balm? Yep!). This delicious, transforming balm melts away daily grime and dirt by disappearing into a cleansing oil on contact with skin, then rinsing away with a milky texture once water is massaged onto skin, replenishing your skin with healthy, antioxidant-rich plant-derived oils and butters, such as linoleic acid-rich pumpkin seed, regenerative sea buckthorn and deeply nourishing organic Shea and mango seed butters. Next, the balm can be used as a moisturizer, alone or with a Stark oil. Create a thick mask for an overnight hydration treatment, apply to dry body parts, use as a lip balm or simply gaze at the balm lovingly... AURORA does it all! Blood orange, turmeric, pettitgrain and wild katrafay are the star essential oils, regenerating cells and deeply cleansing skin from impurities.
Who is it for?:
* Those with very sensitive skin may find this balm a little irritating (although most do not). If you have known sensitivities to citrus oils or coconut oil, this product may not be suitable for you.
There are many ways to use AURORA
1. Use a pea sized amount, and warm between fingers. Massage into dry skin or wet skin and let the nutritious oils and butters be soaked up before gently wiping away with a warm, wet cloth. You will notice a milky emulsion occurs and can be rinsed away clean. You may splash with water if you like, for an extra-clean feel.
2. Again, using a pea-sized amount in the palm of your hand, slowly add a few drops of warm water and emulsify, creating a cleansing OR hydrating lotion!
3. Next, it can be used as a beauty balm moisturizer for face, body, lips and hair! A perfect skin prep under your daily SPF!
This product is preservative-free, so please wash and dry hands before scooping product out and please do not get any water in the jar. Do NOT store jar in the shower or bath. Water and oil are not friends! :) Use a clean teaspoon to scrape a small amount of product out, to prolong the life of your balm even longer. With proper handing, this product can stay fresh for up to 18 months. Use on dry elbows, parched lips or fly-away hair or as a great after-shave balm!
2 oz./ 60 ml or 4 oz./ 120 ml. All our products contain zero synthetic ingredients! Contains NO water...a little goes a LONG way! Vegan, Gluten-free, certified cruelty-free. Packaged in a beautiful glass jar, with our iconic design! Please re-use.
Cocos nucifera oil*, Glycine soja (non-GMO) butter, Butyrospermum parkii butter*, Theobroma cacao (organic cocoa) butter, Mangifera indica seed butter, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Cucurbita Pepo Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate (coconut-derived and ECOCERT approved for organic products)**, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Supercritical CO2) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Tocopherol (non-GMO vit. E), Soy lecithin*, pure essential oils*.
* organic ingredients. ** These are essentially fruit salts and fatty alcohol derived from coconut...sketchy name, but 100% safe and non-irritating.
Blood orange essential oil is not only cleansing and has astringent properties, but is an antioxidant powerhouse, as are turmeric and katrafay. Wonderful for occasionally problematic skin, also gentle enough for dry, sensitive skin. Has a wonderful, fresh aroma that is uplifting and invigorating, with a slightly earthy undertone. This balm smells absolutely mouth-watering. Un-processed Shea butter and raw organic cocoa butter heal, soften and protect skin with a light, natural SPF. Both have a rich history of use in Africa, which is now backed by scientific studies, they are highly healing butters that can undo some of the damage done by the sun. Virgin organic coconut oil, long used in the Ayurveda tradition, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal .
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