We are having a relaxing little holiday in Winterpark Colorado this week. Follow along on my Insta Stories for more about this beautiful town and the adorable Air BnB we are staying in.
A small, woman-owned skincare line called “Taui” grabbed my attention recently, boldly touting itself as an alternative to the cult favorite Egyptian Magic. Living in Colorado, the battle against dry skin is for real out here. You’ve heard me talk about Egyptian Magic before, and I’ll tell ya what, there’s a new contender in the world of Egyptian Balms and I’m pretty jazzed about this one!
Taui has returned back to the actual original Egyptian formula of olive oil and raw beeswax with honey and propolis. That’s it. Four ingredients. No additives, no preservatives, no fragrance, no chemicals and no fillers. Made by hand, by two people who have a long history in the beauty industry and of course, it’s cruelty-free. Taui prides itself on the superiority of their ingredients. Both organic and sustainable, this small company boasts, “The ingredients in Taui are the best we can find, anywhere in the world, at any price.”
When I spoke with one of the owners, Emma, she told me that promoting transparency around ingredients was very important to them. She explained, “So many of us use products without really understanding what’s in them, and without knowing how high-quality those ingredients really are. And this is especially for products being advertised as “natural. We chose these four ingredients because they are the most effective, and we believe that simplicity is the key to natural skincare.”
I’ve been using this for several weeks now, and I’m obsessed. This product has all the goodness of Egyptian Magic but has some differences that are just too good to ignore. First, let’s take the packaging: Taui No. 1 Egyptian Balm comes in 2 sizes, the first is a 2 oz. glass jar. I like glass SO much better than plastic! Its a beautiful, minimalist-look, jar that I will most definitely reuse for mixing other beauty products (hello, tanning drops + moisturizer!). Taui also makes a one-ounce tube! This is huge for me as well because one of the things that I use this balm for is my hands and cuticles, so being able to pop this cute little tube in my bag is a major win.
This balm is rich and substantial, without being oily. It is NOT waxy in any way and when compared to Egyptian Magic, this balm does absorb into my skin faster and has less scent which I really like. I’ve been using this in the exact same way that I’ve always used Egyptian Magic: on my hands and cuticles, as a last step at night after applying my serums and tretinoin, on my lips as lip balm, on my hair to tame fly-a-ways and everyone in the family uses it for any scratches or cuts to aid in healing without a scar. I can tell you Taui No.1 has performed just as well as Egyptian Magic in every way.
I am ordering several of these for stocking stuffers for my crew (at $19 for the jar and $11 for the tube, the price is definitely right too!). Taui will be offering Fresh Air and False Lashes readers a discount code after the holiday- so check back and I’ll add the code here.
Thank you to Emma at Taui for gifting me this new, favorite product! As always, the product opinions here are all mine!
A note about holiday shopping
If you’re trying to scoop up some other deals this weekend, I’m linking to some of my favorites for gift giving…..and for gifting myself which always happens a little bit too.
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Links to some of my favorite sales to snag the goods at a good price!
Pro Tip- If you are in the US and you haven’t already, don’t you dare buy a thing online without first signing up at Ebates! I’ve gotten over $1000 back this year already. You can read more about this here, and/or sign up here.
Whew! Now that we got that out of the way……..
Of course Nordstrom. Free Shipping and Free Returns, an amazing return policy and one of the easiest shopping platforms out there makes Nordstrom a no-brainer.
You’ve heard me go on about Sundance here. They simply cannot be beaten for beautiful artisanal, one of a kind pieces. Shop their Catalog Outlet for beautiful gifts under $30.
Beautiful, unique and very well made pieces. My husband buys my jewelry here and we often buy lovely pieces that always please our minimalist daughter! Shop the link below for pieces under $100.
If you or someone on your list is a makeup lover- you owe it to yourself to check out BH Cosmetics. Proving you don’t have to spend a fortune for beautiful makeup and brushes! I talked about them here.
The last one is newer to me but my current purchases have made it another favorite for buying higher end pieces at amazing prices! Check out YOOX below.