This week, meet the Madame Fox, Alexis, from Lil Fox Botanicals. Check out what she has to say about her whimsical array of beautifully packaged (did we mention the beautiful calligraphy?) natural goods from essential oils, bathing salt to facial serum!
How did it all started? What motivated you to start your own brand? Every since I was a young girl I was intrigued my 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. 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.
Why is using natural ingredients so important? Where do you source them?
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.
If you have to choose ONE product that is our absolute must-have, what would it be?
Our new Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar. This Brightening Serum contains the rare Moroccan Prickly Pear Seed Oil, French Plum Seed Oil, and Pomegranate 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 heathy cell production and turnover. While Pomegranate seed oil contains high amount of polyphenols and antinflammatory properties. French Plum Seed oil smells of marzipan,is light and fast absorbing, and also boasts incredibly high levels of vitamin E. 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.
4. We’re curious about you as well – what is a typical day in your life like?
I wake up with my furry little Papillion Jimi Hendrix making funny sounds and motioning me to take him outside. I stroll into my tropical garden paradise of a back yard with him and relax in the morning south Florida sun for a moment or two. I then make an almond milk latte and feed little Jimi. I check my morning emails and make a list of new orders to prepare, and then go to my studio/showroom close by. Once I arrive at my studio I check my inventory and see what I need to make for the day, if I am running low on anything and then prepare fresh lot of LILFOX treats. I also will have hand written cards to prepare with each order and wrap each product with recycled tissue paper and include extra samples with each order, always something extra!
If my husband is not traveling for work we will try to eat lunch and take a break together from our busy days. He totally spoils me with authentic cooking from his hometown Verona in North Eastern Italy. Rissotto with porcini mushrooms is a favorite!
After lunch I will then work to finish packing orders and respond to any unanswered emails. Being the Founder and Formulator of LILFOX there is always something to do and emails to catch up on.
At night I will then make dinner, always something tasty. I love to take Jimi on walks through our quiet Miami neighborhood and look at a the lush tropical foliage. I have a fascination with trees and plants (no surprise!) and could spend hours surrounded by plants. I also have a healthy obsession with watching planet earth and nature programs so often will snuggle on the couch with jimi and my muppet and relax to David Attenborough's lovely narration.
My night usually winds down with an evening soak in my oversized tub. I have another healthy obsession with my vixen spa ritual where I take time for myself at the end of the day and pamper my skin and restore my spirit. I fill the tub up with hot steamy water, dead sea and himalayan salts, 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 theAnahata 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. I then snuggle up next to my husband and Jimi Hendrix and drift into LILFOX dreamland.
5.What are your wellness tips for us?
Plenty of Beauty rest is key! I need 8 hours to truly function at my finest! Eat colorful foods and lots of veggies and keep hydrated. If something or someone isn't contributing to your joy and happiness, focus on letting go of that aspect of your life. When You love your self you can then love others and radiate a joy and glow from within. Glow on!