I felt like a kid in a candy store during my trip to Follain.
Follain is an absolutely adorable store located in South End, Boston that sells natural and organic skincare. I was blown away by how thoughtful this space was. Instead of rows upon rows of products, the products sold at Follain are curated by the owner of the store, skincare enthusiast and entrepreneur, Tara Foley. I had the pleasure of meeting her and asking her more about the store and its goodies:
Camera-happy-me coercing the ladies into a photo:
Did I mention they both have amazing skin? Dies.
Follain is divided into 3 separate sections. Face care, body care, and natural makeup.
As I wandered around the store ooh-ing, aah-ing and sampling, I discovered some new brands I’d never heard about (hides in shame): Tammy Fender, Dr. Alkaitis, and Shamanuti (a holler to locally sourced skin care).
The store also carries a decent range of natural makeup by Jane Iredale, RMS Beauty and Ilia Beauty.
Aside from being introduced to new skin care brands and getting product recommendations from her, she also changed my mind about toner.
Tara is a huge proponent of using toner. Unfortunately, when I think of toner, my teenage skin nightmares come to mind – alcohol-based stuff that left my skin red and stinging.
And then I tried Shamanuti seaweed toner which is not seaweed-y smelling despite the name. In fact, it smells nice and fresh. Tara recommended a couple of spritzes to my face right after washing quickly followed by moisturizer over the still dewy skin. I tried that at home that night. Man… I am sold. For life.
We’ve had a cold spell hit Boston and last night my apartment was as dry as a desert with the heater cranked up. Me? I was happy as a clam. Love the Shamanuti seaweed toner and I can’t wait to try out my other new purchase, the Tammy Fender Antioxidant Creme Neroli and Orange:
2014 new year’s resolution. Revamp skincare routine. Can you hear my pocket sighing?