Welcome to BLOOM Skin Essentials!
BLOOM’s ideas for glowing skin were developed by Misty Litt, a holistic nutritionist with a profound knowledge of skin health.
Dry, combination, and oily skin types reflect different conditions within the body. That’s why BLOOM seeks out the most luxurious product lines that deliver the essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals your specific skin type needs to regenerate and thrive.
BLOOM’s top picks are based on time-tested ingredients esteemed for their rejuvenating properties. They include rare botanical oils known to repair skin cells and improve elasticity and tone. What’s more, they will enchant you with their therapeutic aromas.
Many people want to know how I came to be so obsessive about what goes on my body that I created my own skin care blog.
First off, I should say that I remember the very first beauty mask that I made. I was ten years old, and I trapped my big sister in the bathroom to spread oatmeal and honey on her face. She was grossed out, and I was amazed that putting food on the body could make anyone beautiful.
In short, I was a fashion magazine-reading, beauty-obsessed adolescent who slept in headgear and wore a back brace. My family lived outside of town, and I didn’t have much social life, so I had time to brew big dreams.
Fast forward a decade, and I found myself backpacking the Big Island of Hawaii for six months with a friend. We got off the plane, hitched a ride (I no longer condone this!), and our driver welcomed us to the “land of milk and honey”.
He promptly dropped us off in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night. We rolled out our sleeping bags, thinking we’d made a huge mistake. The next morning we awoke to a large family of banana spiders nesting directly above our heads.
We slid out from under the spiders, rolled up our sleeping bags, and as we were awaiting our next ride, I noticed a tiny pamphlet in the bushes.
It listed every single vitamin and mineral, its benefit to the body, and the food source from which each nutrient was available. I was astounded.
I was raised on home-grown meats and veggies, but I didn’t want to eat them. Why would I, when Taco Bell had just opened up in my little town? The idea that blueberries contained something called antioxidants that staved off diseases while making me beautiful literally blew my mind. Blueberries?? That was 20 years ago, and the seed it planted has been with me ever since.
I continued my grand adventures, living in tents in Yosemite and beach houses in Santa Cruz, where I studied Cultural and Medical Anthropology at UCSC. It was during this time that my interest in the intersection of health, beauty, and nutrition across cultures was piqued.
The BLOOM Story
Fast forward a few more years, and I was working in London, New York, and Dallas. These years were immensely important. I met the love of my life (in London), enjoyed a blissful early-married life (in NYC), and had my children (in Dallas). It was in Dallas that the seeds for BLOOM finally began to germinate.
We knew from the moment of her birth that something wasn’t right with our daughter. She was endlessly colicky and throwing up, had chronic dark circles under her eyes, and was late to walk, talk, and pretty much everything else. After going to a multitude of doctors who dismissed our concerns, we finally learned that she had a severe digestive disorder, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, and a slew of other problems no 4-year old should have to endure.
We were working with a functional medicine doctor who had me comb through every single item we were eating, drinking, and putting onto our skin. No more unidentifiable names, no more additives, preservatives, dyes, fragrances, or synthetic ingredients. I thought we were pretty healthy until I looked closely at all of the labels in my home.
To say that I almost had a nervous breakdown would be an understatement. It was then that I got into what I call “deep” nutrition. I wanted to understand how the body functions and what the toxic ingredients in our food and personal care items were doing to our children and us. I cooked every meal and snack my children ate for six months and renewed my interest in making skincare products with zeal and desperation. It was an insane time, but I came out of it knowing my purpose.
Wanting to live the most natural lifestyle possible, my husband and I moved our family to Colorado, which was the piece of the puzzle that put BLOOM and my nutrition quest into high gear.
I enrolled in a graduate program for Nutrition Therapy, which goes beyond traditional nutrition education and delves deeply into biophysics and the new, cutting-edge sciences of epigenetics and nutrigenomics. During this time, I learned that each of us has a unique constitutional makeup that affects – and is affected by – every single particle, thought, and action in this complex web of life. I learned that everything we eat, drink, think and put onto our bodies literally makes us or breaks us from one moment to the next.
I researched and read (and am still reading) every book imaginable on the therapeutic properties of food and plants. I began experimenting with skin care at a new level and with a fresh perspective. I was no longer rubbing olive oil onto my skin because it had only one ingredient – I was getting into truly customized, deeply-rooted skin care.
One person after another gained interest in my products, and I finally decided to give them a name: BLOOM. That name is a culmination of my life’s story. From the gawky adolescent with scoliosis and an oatmeal face mask; to the 20-year-old adventurer discovering nutrition while hitchhiking in Hawaii; to the 30-year-old mother who moved heaven and earth to meet the needs of her child; to the 40-year-old woman who is more certain than ever what she is doing on this big, blue planet. I have finally bloomed.
In my world, nothing is of more value than knowing what is going onto and into my and my family’s bodies. The mission of BLOOM is to share that knowledge and inspiration with those who are interested. And for those who aren’t, that’s okay. Just feel secure knowing that BLOOM has covered the bases for you. And there is SO much yet to come.
Meet Sandy, the staff writer
I’m from Colorado, where I’m blessed to spend time in the mountains nearly every weekend. I was a contributing writer for a variety of beauty and fashion magazines until I met Misty.
I thought I’d heard it all before. After all, there are many successful blogs taking a natural approach to health and beauty.
But the more I learned about her story and explored what BLOOM offers, the more value I recognized. When she asked me to join the team, I was eager to accept. It’s satisfying to write about topics that I know are helping people. Plus, what I am learning is changing my life for the better, too.
The BLOOM Approach
While BLOOM is deeply rooted in the science of essential nutrients that benefit the skin, our goal is to infuse your daily beauty ritual with that deep sense of purification, relaxation, and well-being you typically only experience only at the spa. The BLOOM approach is about cleansing, hydrating, and nourishing your skin daily with the freshest, safest, most luxurious organic ingredients for your skin type.
What BLOOM seeks:
- Organic, steam-distilled, medical-grade botanical and essential oils
- Organic herbs, roots, and plant extracts
- USDA-certified organic ghee and milk
What BLOOM refuses:
- Harsh chemicals or toxins
- Synthetic fragrances
- Artificial preservatives
- Fillers, including water
- Pesticides / Insecticides
- PEGs, parabens, or phenoxyethanol
- Nanoparticles, silicone, or sodium lauryl sulfate
- Drying alcohols or petroleum-based products
BLOOM lives conscientious & cruelty-free
- We choose botanicals that are 100% undiluted and sourced from sustainable organic farms.
- We prefer containers are made from 100% recyclable glass and shipping materials that are recyclable, biodegradable and/or compostable.
- We love formulas that are vegetarian or vegan, preservative-free and toxin-free, formulated with no gluten or soy ingredients.
- We live cruelty-free: We want our animal friends to enjoy life and, we do want products tested on them.
Raves about BLOOM
This is responsible luxury. They choose ambrosia for the skin. I always find something that makes me feel as if I had just enjoyed the most delicious spa treatment.
— Emily, Dry Skin
I am astounded by what I’ve found here. I am rarely impressed with skincare products (particularly plant-based products). I find that most of them do an adequate job of cleaning or moisturizing – and not much more. The BLOOM picks are really special. The serum is magic. It has completely faded years of sun and breakout discoloration that I’ve tried for years to correct with chemical peels and high-powered retinol-based creams.
— Heather, Oily Skin
I love BLOOM. My skin is glowing and the products smell and feel divine.
— Lindsey, Dry Skin
I had a facial today and the esthetician wanted to know what I use on my face. She said my skin is so moist and hydrated – not something she typically sees from a woman in her 60s. I told her about BLOOM and she bookmarked the page on the spot.
— Diane, Dry Skin
I love BLOOM! I really like that my products are customized for my combination skin. I’m very particular with my skin and I’m blown away at how my skin looks and feels now. My face always feels moisturized – never dry or oily. I sleep well at night knowing that we are all using the most natural, therapeutic ingredients for our skin.
— Staci, Combination Skin
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