Real Girl Lifestyle

Look good, feel good, be good

Posted on: June 3, 2010

Add quality and integrity to your skin care regimen.

Pangea Organics’ priorities and Real Girl’s priorities seem to be riding a common wavelength. There’s so much good stuff to share about this well-formulated, independent product line that I almost don’t know where to begin. Almost. Because you know where Real Girl always turns her attention first: to the ingredient list.

Pangea’s products avoid all use of petroleum, sulfates, detergents, synthetic preservatives, and artificial colors and fragrances. But more exciting than what they lack is what they bring to the beautifully packaged table. The products I’ve seen are swimming in antioxidants and skin-quenching moisturizers, and the formulations enhance the efficacy of each ingredient. Pangea calls it “nourishing” your skin, making sure the active botanics in its products don’t just make for an impressive list of goods. There lies the first way to Real Girl’s heart. Instead of just name dropping a potent and expensive cell communicating ingredient like white tea or argan oil, Pangea is dedicated to making that ingredient work for you as deeply as possible. Love.

In the facial-care arena, Real Girl’s top pick so far would be the Italian Red Mandarin With Rose cream for dry to mature skin. I’ve previously rhapsodized about the antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C and rose oil, two of this cream’s active ingredients, and in addition you’ll find argan seed oil, another free-radical fighting agent found in the argan tree, native to Morocco. Its vitamin A and E and essential fatty acids act as potent antioxidants, and I’m impressed by how high the ingredient figures in the list, meaning Pangea invested in a significant concentration. The Italian Red Mandarin moisturizer delivers its vitamin C via pure ascorbic acid, an ingredient that struggles with stability issues, but Pangea has compensated brilliantly for this with an opaque, UVB resistant bottle that minimizes the ingredient’s interaction with the sun. When Real Girl finds a brand that thoughtfully matches its packaging to the needs of its ingredients, well, let’s just say it’s like finding the perfect date–he can be pretty, but Real Girl needs some substance too.

The Red Mandarin cream targets drier skin, packing some vital moisturizers and water-binding agents. Avocado oil penetrates deep into thirsty skin, additionally helping to combat sun damage, and pumpkin seed oil promotes the skin’s natural moisture while also adding further antioxidant powers to the mix. Indeed, your skin will feel supple and plumped by grease-free essential oils. I am eager to try the Nigerian Ginger, Sweet Lavender & Thyme for oily-to-combination skin next, since it would be a closer match to my own natural skin quality. What’s more, the price of these items, $36 for 2 ounces, truly impresses Real Girl. I’ve seen organic products with fewer beneficial ingredients cost twice as much for the same quantity or less in cheaper packaging. Well done, Pangea.

A bit more expensive, but also worthwhile, is the Turkish Rose & White Tea eye cream. White tea is a skin-care All-Star, boosting the skin’s immune system and fighting the effects of the sun, and the super-hydrating, emollient cream will make skin look plumper and fine lines less visible. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly, and always tap the product on with your fourth finger, which is your most gentle one and least likely to pull where your skin is most delicate.

Rather than move on to Pangea’s cleanser and body care, I’ll save that for another day and instead urge you to visit their website. Real Girl has rarely seen a skin care company so interested in addressing the concerns of its consumer community. Every question that flashed into Real Girl’s head–and many that didn’t–was answered by the thorough FAQ. When I saw “alcohol” high on its facial cleanser ingredients, for example, a little alarm went off in my Real head. Drying, stripping alcohol? But no, Pangea’s organic lavender alcohol is indeed non-drying (I’ve tried the cleanser) and if it helps ingredients penetrate the skin, definitely beneficial. And when I wondered why no Pangea products contained sunscreen, they answered by explaining that they are currently in research and development to formulate a mineral sunscreen (Real Girl’s favorite kind, as you’ve read) that reaches their high standards of quality. I would like to be first in line to test that product, please.

So there’s what you get for you–fine, organic, completely non-synthetic ingredients, beautiful, functional, and environmentally-responsible packaging, and anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients galore at a reasonable price.

Now here’s what you give.

Real Girl loves a product line that gives to the communities it cares about. Not just for PR sake, but to truly better the areas of the world where it wants to make a difference (ugh, Herbal Essences made such a fuss about donating to the rain forests. And they did, with the fine print specifying only for a wee number of initial bottles sold). Pangea currently donates 5% of its profits to Women for Women International, which provides “women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.” Plans for the future include the Pangea Institute, to research and educate about sustainable, socially and environmentally responsible business and living practices.

Real Girl’s interest is piqued–intellectually, covetously, and morally. Pangea Organics, we are not done yet.


Responsible, organic, high-quality ingredients


Environmentally-friendly, product-enhancing packaging

Moisturizer and antioxidant-packed to fight dryness and free radicals

Ethical, concerned company


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