So the undertones to our 'badassery' come from a space of loving to be active whether it be trail-skating... on quads of course... stahp...
Or expressing one of the many forms of Martial Arts which are my passion.
Grab life with all you've got.
No. We don't use brass knuckles in any of those 'arts' as my logo suggests. It's just an umbrella image to exude and conjure a toughness. Our products are tough on wrinkles and put the smack-down on skin-damage!
I'm Melanie. In addition to spending some time in Roller Derby, I am a 4th degree black belt in Koden Kan Combined Martial Arts, and martial arts instructor. Being only 5'6” I'm a compact little rocket that you don't want to heat up... that Irish temper is no joke. Seriously I'm super nice though. People think that if you like to hit stuff, you're mean. Not so, not so...
I do enjoy a challenge. And I do enjoy smashing my body into people; sometimes in a technically accurate kind of way (martial arts), and sometimes in a sailing wrecking ball kind of way (roller derby). Depends on the day.
So. How was FLUX - - - - manifested into this plane of existence? The short answer is supply and demand. I had a demand for a supply of amazing skincare products which were free of dyes, allergens and nastiness and had zero desire to pay 'boutique' prices. I started researching and ~ being the daughter of some entrepreneurial types, worked toward obtaining resources to make... all of 'that' happen.
I am SO excited to offer this to you.
This is one of those things that once you try it you love it... and you keep loving it. My sister and I, pictured in kissie-face photo, love you sis, get panicky when we start running low on --- really ANY of our FLUX products. We seriously make it a point of conversation, even though we both have instant access to the products - it's human nature to start rationing..."Well I only have like tiny smear left"...
run out.... *gulp *panic.....
We just look forward to drenching our little cells in it every morning, and the rare times we have run out .... It's kind of like the end of the world. Reminder: order ahead when you get low!
Man. I can't get enough of the serum. When you first get yours you'll probably just use it at 'certain times'... but within a few days you're like, "Well there's no way I'm going WITHOUT serum... that would be dumb". I'm kind of sad that I can only use it twice a day.
Then our Olive cream is this must-have super-hydrating, phenom day-cream that is just the right weight and a lovely consistency, with SERIOUS moisturizing powers.
The Night Cream is just a staple... can't live without it either. It's a little less-thick than the Olive. It amazes me the next morning every single night I use it. This is definitely one of our biggest selling anti-aging products.
Our heavenly Body Butter, especially in the cold; a total essential for me. The ingredients list on this one just blows my mind. For all your bits! External use only, you dirty monkeys.....
We have a fantastic Body Wash. Well, we call it "Everything Wash" because it's a Body Wash, Shampoo and Bubble bath... which... I think should be 'everything'! It's sulfate free of course and has a very impressive array of attributes.
Our two cleansers are stand-alone products. Our sulfate-free clear Facial Cleanser is the best thing that I've ever tried for getting makeup off. It just WORKS. And it is so mild that it doesn't strip your skin and has very little eye irritation. Super helpful.
Speaking of helpful, another flagship of FLUX is our ACNE Kung-Fu Activated Charcoal Cleanser. It does double duty by pulling dirt from the deeper layers of your skin, WHILE depositing super densely nutritious compounds into your skin. Dude it's borderline magical. I have had SO many reports of diminished breakouts and people just being in love with this stuff.
Each product has been hand-chosen by me... actually 'face-chosen'... and body-chosen.... if you want to get technical, and I've used them all for about 8 years. I'm actually 57, don't I look great? Pah. No, but I am 41, and I know for a fact that when I am in FLUX, I am quicker to smile, and my face just feels incredibly soft even to the end of the day. Before, my makeup would settle and definitely feel dried out half-way through the day. With my daily FLUX routine my skin feels supple to the bitter end of a long day. And I look younger now than before I started FLUX-ing! Of course – this is just 'my' experience... I would LOVE to hear about yours. Please write in with testimonials! Help me out man.
Here I'll help you with some quick Q & A.
Q: Hey Mel! (That's me) Are you just mixing this stuff up in bowls? I didn't know you were like... a scientist with a side degree in botany.
A: Um no. I have contracted this amazing lab which is chock-full of scientists and formulators who create these incredible healing salves serums soaps and creams for me. They work hard to give us the primo-kind sh*t.
I mix the scenting in a sterile environment locally, using nitrile gloves (no latex) in our quest to be a 'known-allergen-free' company. You'll notice there are no wheat ingredients (popular in hair-care); see the rest of my info & disclaimers to see what other nonsense we DON'T have in our products.
Q: So just how 'natural' are your products?
A: In the past I was extremely focused on getting the absolute highest organic content available, hoping that the percentage: “96% organic content” would 'sell' the product to the organic-label-hounds; those sniffing out the word, not really interested in reading and understanding the whole label. The problem with 'organic hound...ing' is that not everything that is pesticide-free or free of contaminants, chemicals etc. would be labeled organic. There is a very specific set of criteria and history, if you will, involving each ingredient in full-organic products. The ones that say, “So natural you can eat it....” Well, that's lovely, but I'd rather have something with just the minimum amount of preservation so that it has a shelf-life longer than a week. I don't need to be able to eat my lotion. FLUX is a small-batch company and you are getting 'fresh' product that is very natural. We will continue to stay true to our natural ingredients. And once you try our products, they sell themselves.
Our broad spectrum preservation system works hard to keep harmful bacteria and microorganisms which can contaminate your skincare products, OUT.
This 'minimal preservation system' is a very low concentration of Phenoxyethanol and Tetrasodium EDTA.
Tetrasodium EDTA is derived from sodium salts. Phenoxyethanol a naturally derived ether alcohol, is an alternative to parabens. Together, these are so effective just a tiny bit is needed to keep your skin safe.
Q: So then... why are your products 'special'?
A: I have found these products to be superior to anything I can get just going out locally and 'shopping around'. You'd be hard pressed to find this quality at fancy schmancy department stores. These lotions & creams etc are comparable to high-end all-natural brands. I'm happy to bring them to you at a lower cost with more diversity... and of course... the ever present badassery over 'those other guys'.
I custom-scent the products with aromatherapy in mind. Our scents are rockin'. The clarity and crisp nature of Rosemary which is also known as a mental-energy booster. Carrot Seed oil is just killer for your skin – it's said to nourish, tighten and rejuvenate. Aromatheraputically... it is touted as a brilliant stress buster; while having a earthy fragrance which I dig. Cardamom and Nutmeg which can bring enhanced concentration (both are considered aphrodisiacs) and give a sense of upliftment. (Shut-up... that's a 'compound' word). I ADORE our Bulgarian Lavender because we need some yin to our yang. It lightens, lends earthiness and brings balance. Our essential oil mixtures aim to create a clean, neutral scent that won't clash with other products. Great for women and men. Very FLUX.
I also pay close attention to the physical properties of the oils. While we don't really need to know that Carrot Seed oil is said to stimulate the lymph system (yes please) or that it is an efficient enhancer of the respiratory and digestive functions, they are fun facts. The whole 'tightening and rejuvenating the skin' part is what we're really after.
I use whole pure essential oils in my facial products.
I found that in my searching for versatile scents that 'everyone' will (hopefully) enjoy, there is a whole world of smells outside of what is produced botanically. So I've decided to let you decide which you want. You have the option for our Body Butter and Body-Wash/Shampoo, to use some fun scents I've collected, which are considered a 'natural fragrance'. We were taught... in organic-school... that 'fragrance' is bad because it can contain all sorts of unlisted ingredients. There are now a whole handful of different classifications – and while 'natural fragrance' won't have those listed, it is still natural. I found some scents that I just adore, and unless they figure out how to extract “Warm brown sugar & Fig” out of some baked-good, then we are using that for now. It's that good. It's delicious smelling and when mixed with the Shea, Mango & Cocoa Butter plus rose, orange peel, lavender and organic neem...of our Body Butter, something truly magical happens. Sometimes you don't want to smell like an herb.
UPDATE: Cleanser is HERE!
Q: Uh... dude. Why do you not have a cleanser?
A: Yeeeah. So I chose to start off with my flagship products, and I really feel like people need to know about and start using the anti-aging type products immediately. NOT because you look old... because it's never to early to start feeling fabulous about your face. Cleansing is a HUGE part of your skincare routine. Use what you have for now, I'll get mine up asap! Cleanser is coming! And it is excellent. I do “2 & 2” : Two pumps to get the make-up off, and two pumps to really clean the skin. The 'pumps' are via treatment-pump, so just 190 mcl is dispensed per depression.
I will inevitably come out with other scents and essential oil combinations. Maybe 3 per product, unless I find one that 'everyone' likes. Ha. In the meantime, just order 'unscented' if you are sensitive --- otherwise in your order notes/email, just see what scents we're currently running. Each product has it's own smell depending on its ingredients ~ obviously. They don't have much odor on their own, in fact I LOVE how Olive Cream smells all by itself.
UPDATE: Man/unisex scent is called FLEXX
All of our products are meant to be unisex. One of the future scents will be more masculine for you more serious-types. <3 I have it already, I just have to name it. Message me some FLUX-man-smell name ideas!
I am open to serious comments!
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