Review and photos by Leslie Carvitto
I’m still toughing out winter, but thankfully the darkest day of the season has come and gone. I can finally look forward to longer, warmer, and more sunlit days. Even though I live in the Northwest, a region known for its heavy clouds and monochrome days, I’m optimistic about spring’s approach.
Though I’m not a winter enthusiast, I embraced it this year as an opportunity to rest, reflect and adopt self-care practices. I’ve never been a big consumer of beauty or skincare products, but with an outdoor, on the go lifestyle, I began to look for ways to rejuvenate my dry and rough skin. In my search, I found Samudra Skin & Sea.
Samudra Skin & Sea is a socially conscious skincare line based in San Francisco, CA. Samudra, which means ‘ocean in Sanskrit, emphasizes ocean protection and conservation as the heart of their mission. With every purchase of their seaweed suffused products, Samudra’s goal is to bring benefits
to skincare routines, and raise awareness of our impact on the ocean and her creatures.
It’s Expensive: The body butter is $42 for a 100 ml jar, and the clay mask rings up at $28 for a 50 ml jar. For comparison, a body butter product similar in size from the Body Shop would cost around $10 and a clay mask about $16.
Products are almost exclusively available online. Most of Samudra’s stockists are in San Francisco, so if you don’t live there you’ll need to purchase products from the website. Most of us are used to shopping online, but it’s convenient to be able to purchase something right when you need it, and nice to support a local store that carries it.
It can get messy. The clay-based mask is grey loose powder. Apply over the sink and in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty in case some of it gets on you.
Samudra Skin & Sea creates thoughtful products that are great for all skin types. The price is more than average, but you’ll feel good knowing every purchase supports a small, socially conscious and ethical business. And remember, a little goes a long way so you won’t need to restock too quickly.
Samudra Skin & Sea’s mission is to provide pure skincare featuring wild seaweed while respecting the complexity and sanctity of the ocean. Through their core ingredient, they strive to protect ocean health and biodiversity. They partner with marine conservation campaigns that benefit people and marine life.
Editor’s Note: Leslie was given the clay face mask and a body butter sample for free by Samudra Skin & Sea for review. These are her true and unbiased thoughts on the products.
Leslie Carvitto is a freelance writer and photographer based in Seattle, WA. She is fueled by creativity, community, coffee and the great outdoors. Find more of her work at Forever Stoked and follow her travels on Instagram.