Luminance Skincare

Frequently Asked Questions

Acne prone skin?

Sensitive skin?

What do we recommend for mature skin?

Dull skin?

Do we test on animals?

Yes, eachother. But not the cute animals. Or fish. No the real answer is no, we do not test on non-human animals.

Palm Oil?

From a sustainable source. We're a little paranoid about giving all our secrets away because people literally come up to us and ask us how to make our products without admitting that they are competitors, uh we've learned to recognize you. You have a deadgiveaway. But the palm oil and the coconut oil we use is from a sustainable and responsible source.

Gluten Free?


Organic Certified?


How big is the company?

Retail Locations?


Are you reachable?


Sensitive Skin Causes and How to Care

Did you read our post on the FDA's definition of the word "Hypoallergenic"?

Spoiler alert, it means anything the company wants it to mean. Apparently words only sometimes have meaning.

So that's why we don't bother putting any of that nonsense on our labels, but are our products good for sensitive skin? How do we know? What ingredients should people with sensitive skin be looking for? I can hear your thoughts. Let's dive in.

1. It's not you it's your Cleanser. Really. Would you wash your face with a grease stripper? Before you answer that, you probably already have. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and it's ever changing names (Sodium dodecyl sulfate, Sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, Sodium salt sulfuric acid, Monododecyl ester sodium salt sulfuric acid, A13-00356, Akyposal SDS, Aquarex ME, Aquarex methyl, Ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium lauryl ether sulfate) is a petroleum-based grease-stripper. Like what a mechanic might use to wipe car oil off of his hands. And most people put that on their face twice a day. So yeah, your skin got irritated and reactionary.

2. Toners with alcohol and astringents are irritating. They claim to shrink your pores. And pores shrink when you put alcohol on them because skin is smart and doesn't want to absorb alcohol. But alcohol and astringents are irritating to the skin.

3. Mineral oil is the basis for almost all mass distributed moisturizers and serums. It's also an irritant.

So avoid that mess. And use oils that have therapeutic properties: Avocado Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Aragan Oil, and Meadow foam Oil. Tamanu extract. Matcha Tea.


EDIT: Introduce the idea that it's more about what you don't do than about what you do. Because we are working against 50 years of mass media marketing here. And we are all trained. So we need to unlearn a few things and shuffle a couple ideas around. It's not that difficult. This article is not going to blow your mind. But if you follow it your sensitive skin will become your skin. and thats the goal. Lets begin. 

DIY: Antioxidant Spray

Two blog posts ago we wrote about why antioxidants are good for acne prone skin both internally and externally. So today we're giving you a simple recipe for how to make your own antioxidant spray. (And it's pH adjusted- if you read the...

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No. Apple. Cidar. Vinegar.

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10 Reasons You Need Skin Butter On Hand ALL THE TIME

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Our Skin Butter is one of those products that customers aren't quick to try, but after buying it once they wonder how they the hell they got on so long with out it. We get folks coming to us at the farmers Market every week telling us different ways they've used the Skin Butter and some of the ways are genius and others are just funny. So I've compiled a list...


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DYI Vitamin C, Exfoliating & Antioxidant Mask

There's a lot of hype around Vitamin C in the skincare world these days. We've been bombarded with questions from our customers at the Farmer's Market about if there's any truth to the claims being made. So we decided to look into it and share what we've learned.

It turns out that Vitamin C is amazing for...

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Foods that seriously make your skin glow.

Before I get into the nitty-gritty here, I want to address the fact that we are a vegan skincare company and we're going to be discussing vegan and non-vegan foods. The point here is to suggest how to make the right choices of food that fit into your ethics, your lifestyle and are wonderful for your skin.

All of our products are vegan and we're really proud of that. 

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Why Luminance Skincare Products Look And Smell The Way They Do.

It's The Nature Of Mother Nature!

Every now and then. time to time one of my customers will ask why their current jar or bottle of one of my products smells a little different from the previous bottle or jar they received. Or why has a slightly different color. This is absolutely to be expected. Consider a peach from one tree smells and is of different coloration when compared to a peach from another tree. And the taste is slightly different. Both peaches are delicious and if considered separately both smell and taste wonderful. This analogy holds for Luminance Skincare Products. 

Ah but there is a difference. What about the difference!

Everything in nature smells a little bit different from hour to hour and day to day.  The subtle differences mother nature provides is something we expect and appreciate. it is the nature of Mother Nature.

As an example lets take something that never changes and is always the same; a can of peaches taken from the shelves of a grocery market. Open 2 or 20 or 30 cans an they will all smell the same. Open different brands and chances are they will all smell the same. Store a can and open it in a year or two and it will still smell the same. How is this possible when 2 peaches from the same tree smell look and taste different from one day to the next. It's possible because the essential nature of the canned peaches has been altered and preserved with the intent that they survive in a can sitting on a shelf for long periods of time. This holds true for just about everything. Including a vast majority of skincare products. 

Don't worry so much about things that smell a little bit different from time to time. Worry about things that always look and smell exactly the same all the time. 

Ok back to my products. I don't do anything to any of my products that changes the essential nature of the ingredients. I do not use synthetic and toxic preservatives. I only expect them to last 6 months and so we ship everything to you within a few weeks of formulation. Our products are fresh. And as such all of the ingredients are close to their natural state.

The color and scent will always be slightly different from batch to batch. Celebrate this!

And if you notice the scent is a little bit different or the color is a little bit lighter from time to time smile and know it's because you're using something close to nature and something extremely fresh.

Kim Emanuel

Father's Day Favorites

Here are a few of our favorite Father's Day products.

All Hand picked by Kim. 


Our handcrafted Traditional Spices bar soap is very popular among men, and women. It also lathers nicely for a perfect shave. To finish off that shave, we recommend the good stuff. 

The "good stuff" Kim is referring to in the Antioxidant Spray that has Antioxidants and Herbal Extract like naturally occurring Vitamin C from German Blue Chamomile which help the skin product more collagen and repair itself. Which is exactly what the skin needs after shaving. 

We hope you enjoy.

How Millennials Should Be Doing Anti-Aging Skincare

When we talk about anti-aging we're really trying to prevent wrinkles, keep the skin plump and healthy so that we can see the light reflecting off of the water near surface of your skin (think pregnancy glow). It's what healthy young skin looks like. So how do we keep it looking beautiful?

There are two types of aging...

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