Last year, a new local brand called Lace & Rue launched an array of all-natural body products. This collection of lip and body scrubs, balms, hair sprays, and massage oils is carefully hand-made by Krista Pages who, since she named her brand after her two rescue cats, made sure that everything she put out was cruelty-free. They are eco-friendly, and free of preservatives as well. I decided to try three of the products in her line and I have been using them for the past year.
Right off the bat, I loved the packaging. I appreciate that they all come in sturdy glass containers that you could definitely reuse. The design of the labels are also simple and fresh. The brand has undergone a little bit of a makeover recently, and now it looks even better. But of course, packaging isn’t everything right?
Here are my thoughts after months of regular use, plus a little info on the rest of the collection…
Honey Body Scrub
This is a lovely mix of brown sugar, honey, lavender essential oil, and sweet almond oil. I use this about once every one to two weeks to exfoliate my skin. It does a great job of that and making my skin feel smoother. And I just love the relaxing scent that the lavender oil gives off. It’s addicting….
I don’t mind that some of the sugar ends up on my bathroom floor while I’m using it because it easily washes away and dissolves in the water. I would rather use this than the body scrubs from well-known brands that use microbeads that are horrible for the environment. Anyway, sugar scrubs in general are good for your skin. Even more so than salt scrubs because the granules are gentler.
Honey is well-known for having a lot of beauty benefits too. One being its natural ability to fight off bacteria, thereby helping with acne problems. It also supposedly has moisturizing properties and anti-oxidants for anti-aging.
I don’t know if it really makes my body look more “glowing” but I certainly feel good after I use this. Feels like I’m giving myself a good pampering after a long work week.
Price: P800 for 10.14 fl oz/300ml
They have three other variations of this scrub:
- Original Coffee – made of a blend of freshly ground Barako and Arabica beans, with cold-pressed virgin coconut oil and brown sugar; 100% Vegan (P1,100)
- Dead Sea Salt and Olive Oil – 100% Vegan (P2,900)
- Brown Sugar, Bergamot, and Lavender – also contains sweet almond oil (P860)
Spicy Chocolate Lip Buff
I love wearing matte lipsticks. And as any matte-loving woman knows, they show every crack on your lips. Not to mention the fact that it’s like the life is being sucked out of them throughout the day. Dehydrated much?? So I like to exfoliate them beforehand to make them smoother.
I love this spicy chocolate sugar scrub! The cinnamon and cocoa powder give it a delicious smell. The spice coming from the ginger oil and cayenne surprised me at first but I like the tingly sensation it leaves behind. Ginger is also supposed to improve skin elasticity so that’s an added benefit. After using this, my lipstick goes on beautifully!
I also use this on any other day when I feel that my lips are extra dry and cracked. They feel softer and smoother right after.
This one first came out in a 100ml jar, which I felt was a little too big since you only need a pinch at a time. So now they come in 40ml jars– still more generous than most lip balms I think. The Spicy Chocolate now costs P250.
Other lip products available:
- Coffee Lip Buff – made of freshly ground coffee beans, virgin coconut oil, and brown sugar (P200)
- Mint Chocolate Lip Buff – (probably what I would like to try next) a blend of peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen essential oils, brown sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and virgin coconut oil (P300)
- The Good Balm – not really a scrub, but rather a moisturizing balm with shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, and candelillia wax. This can also be used to moisturize other areas besides the lips, like on your cuticles, and under-eye areas. (P350)
Mermaid Hair Spray
This is my absolute favorite among the three! This is every curly-haired girl’s best friend. You know those beautiful defined waves you get after spending some time at the beach? Well, you can get that by using this sea salt spray with coconut oil. The coconut oil really makes a difference in making the hair softer and shinier. There are two variations of this:
- Vanilla Sea Salt Spray – which is the one I have; (P195)
- Ylang Ylang Sea Salt Spray – (P220)
I always get a TON of compliments on my hair whenever I use this. It brings out my curls without drying my hair out or making it crunchy and stiff. It also smells so nice (like toasted coconuts) and comes in a pretty frosted reusable glass bottle.
To apply it, I flip all my hair forward and spritz several times, scrunching my hair with my fingers. When I flip my hair back into place, it’s just the way I want it! When I run out of this stuff, I will definitely order another bottle PRONTO!
Tip: Make sure you shake the bottle well before spraying to make sure the ingredients are mixed well.
One of their newest releases is a Lavender and Bergamot massage oil which I haven’t tried yet. That one is priced at P350 for a 120ml bottle.
I think it’s quite obvious that I love all of these. I highly recommend them. With the holidays coming up, these would make great gifts for your loved ones.
I’m personally excited to see what other products Krista comes up with next for Lace & Rue!
Check them out or place your orders through these links—