It was love at first sight with LILFOX. Everything from their sleek packaging to their amazing ingredients have us in awe. Luxury skin care that are organic and effective. We had to find out more from Alexis Rose(AKA Madame Fox), Founder of LILFOX.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a lover of music, dancing, great food and wine and above all else animals! Every since I was a young girl I was intrigued by the healing properties of plants and the therapeutic effects of gardening and being present in nature. I was always creating beauty potions with different oils and herbs and crystals and knew there was a deeply sacred aspect to using the gifts that Mother Earth has given us to connect on a deeper level with the Earth.
What inspired you to create Lilfox?
In my late 20’s I decided to attain an aromatherapy certification and study organic cosmetic formulation. I was so intrigued by the vibrant energetics of the essential oils that I decided to create a collection that really captures the energetics of the plants and the plant parts that the essential oils come from. My goal is to help connect my clients back to nature with my products and transport them to the whimsical forest realm of lilfox all while giving them a unique daily self care ritual and a bright vixen glow.
What is your favorite Lilfox product and why?
Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar. This Brightening Serum contains the rare Moroccan Prickly Pear Seed Oil infused with night blooming Jasmine Oil and Pink Grapefruit oil to create it’s luxurious scent. Prickly Pear Seed oil is incredibly rich in Vitamin E (protects skin and helps skin retain moisture) and Omega 6 linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is a fatty acid that stimulates healthy cell production and turnover. This Beauty Nectar feels like liquid silk and absorbs quickly, soothes inflammation and leaves skin glowing. It is a highly effective moisturizing treatment for all skin types and will not clog pores. It cured my adult hormonal and cystic acne after I had tried everything!
What inspires you in nature?
Trees! I am completely enamored with them and constantly long to move to an area with more of a forest setting and lush greenery.
Tell us about your skincare routine.
I am a lover of baths and long soaks in my over sized tub. I love to indulge in a vixen spa ritual where I take time for myself at the end of the day and pamper my skin and soothe my spirit. I fill the tub up with hot steamy water, and forest floor dead sea and himalayan salt soak, and light candles. My favorite ritual is to cover myself from neck to toe with the Orange Blossom Ylang Bang Body Polish and leave on while soaking. Also I have a healthy masking habit and like to alternate between the Bamboo Charcoal Purifying Mask and the Chlorophyll + Tourmaline Brightening Antioxidant Mask. After I rinse my mask off and the body polish I like to saturate my face with the Anahata Neroli Toning Mist. I finish my ritual with a couple of drops of either the Maracuja + Rose Face Nectar or the Prickly Pear Beauty Nectar and massage over my face, neck and décolleté. I love to apply the Forest Floor Body Butter before bed because the grounding root essential oils instantly prepare me for bed.
What are your rules when it comes to looking for and using chemical-free cosmetics?
Chemical Free in cosmetics is a common misconception. Everything is a chemical because everything is made of matter. Anything that has mass and occupies space is matter. Matter consists of particles. So basically anything you can taste, smell or hold is made up of chemicals.
I do make a point to only put things on my skin that are 100% safe to eat since a majority of things that come in contact with our skin eventually with be absorbed into our bloodstream.
I actively create formulas that are concentrated with exotic oils and butters and do not contain useless filler ingredients like water. Once water is added to a formula it demands a preservative, so I would rather have my collection contain concentrated phytonutrients and have each ingredient reflect the beauty of whole plant synergy.
Why is using natural ingredients so important?
On a daily basis we come in contact with a multitude of nasty chemicals and toxins. More and more studies have shown the ability of topically applied agents to penetrate the skin, so by choosing to go all natural, you are limiting not only your skin’s exposure to many harmful agents, but also that of your entire body. When your skin has the opportunity to receive whole plant nutrition where the natural plant actives work in synergy with one another to repair and nourish skin cells there is a huge difference compared to the isolated synthetic active components found in commercial skincare. Commercial skincare can be harsh and strip skin of its protective functions. In many studies over 50% of women identify with having sensitive skin today and that can be attributed to all the harsh and synthetic skin care products in the market.
What are some of your organic and natural beauty must-haves?
Hydrosols! We source our certified organic Hydrosols direct from an artisan distiller in France. We choose to use these for our toning mists because the distiller uses fresh plant material and distills at low temperatures for a longer amount of time. This produces a hydrosol that is skin nourishing and helps to restore vital energy for all skin conditions.
Pure plant hydrosols are one of nature’s best kept secrets. They play an important role in protecting the skin from free radicals and pollution. They contain significant amounts of antioxidants to protect your skin. Spritzing your skin daily with these amazing healing plant waters restores pH balance, refreshes and tones skin tissue, and softens skin while dramatically increasing hydration. Additionally we infuse corresponding gemstones with each toning mist for an added energetic component. They are Magical!