New addition: July 2017
Sungod was created to feel like a gift to us humble humans from the sun god. It is for the souls who always crave sun rays, who worship the sun's power, and who, during dark winter months, dream about sun-washed beaches and cliffs. Sungod addresses our innate need for the sun and its literal and mysterious healing gifts. The sun nurtures, warms, dries what is damp, and banishes gloomy or depressed moods.
What goes hand-in-hand with a love for the sun, though, are the dangers of overexposure, from sun damage and premature signs of aging on the skin to the risk of skin cancer.
Our Sungod mask nurtures with sun-reminiscent and historically sun-associative botanicals (those with a correspondence to the third chakra in the body, the solar plexus), from sunflowers and calendulas to wildflower pollen and turmeric root, and it includes hard-studied anti-cancer plants (maitake and shiitake mushrooms, flower pollen, and goldenseal).
This soft flower-dust of a mask rebuilds skin tissue that is compromised, damaged from environmental factors, sensitized, or unhealthy. The extraordinary range of nutrients in Sungod comes from roots, mushrooms, adaptogenic herbs, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, and mineral-rich Celtic salt.
This is not a face mask that offers a quick but ephemeral brightening or purifying effect. Botanicals with the ability to substantially improve skin health and radiance need to be given a proper chance, with frequent applications and time (at least a few weeks). The results you can expect are an improvement in chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and cold-sore outbreaks; as well as faster skin healing and improved elasticity, thickness, coloring, firmness, and resilience (such as a decrease in tendency toward scarring). Mature and dry or dehydrated skin will look revitalized, thicker, and better nourished.
Here are highlights about the key ingredients:
Wildflower pollen: Bees collect pollen from many flower species flowering at once, so each bit of pollen will have constituents from hundreds to thousands of flowering plants, from trees to herbs and wildflowers. Pollen contains amino acids, enzymes, rutin, phospholipids, vitamins, and minerals. It is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-tumor, and immune-boosting; it is protective against radiation, and it strengthens capillaries. We buy the freshest wildflower pollen from a trusted artisan beekeeper from California.
Calendula is Ava's number one skin-healing and skin-beauty plant, hands down. It helps bring every imaginable yet undesirable skin condition to a healthier state. We grow most of our organic calendula flowers ourselves. Whole flowers are air-dried in soft sun or semi-shade and stored away from light and excessive heat. For this mask we take the dry flower heads and laboriously separate the yellow petals from the green flower sepals, then we mill the petals into a fine powder.
Comfrey is an important herb for many Western herbalists and flower essence practitioners. Its special gift is tissue regeneration (it is used in various preparations not limited to skin healing, from broken bones to head falls).
Calendula and comfrey are two of the most effective herbs to help skin that is highly sensitive to topical products and ingredients.
Goldenseal rhizome is the anti-acne component of this mask (along with the raw Celtic salt) with its antibacterial, antiviral, puffiness-reducing, and astringent properties.
The superfruit pomegranate supplies vitamins A, C, and E and also aids in sun-damage repair.
The scent of this powder mask is sunny and flower-malty from the calendula flower petals, sweet and comforting from the sunflower petals, and a touch green yet smooth from the comfrey leaves. (Smell the prepared paste, not the powder.) No essential oils have been added. The mask is triple milled into a very fine, soft powder. It turns creamy when you add water.
How does this compare to the other masks we offer?
Sungod is a soft powder mask designed to gradually yet significantly improve the skin over time. With regular use it helps reduce signs of aging and heal scars, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. The powder, a blend of wildflower pollen, shiitake and maitake mushrooms, and calendula and sunflower petals, forms a smooth, creamy paste when mixed with water or another liquid. This mask contains no essential oils, but does contain a small amount of clay.
Both Sungod and our other powder-format mask, Catharsis, require an extra moment of time to blend the powder with a liquid before using. While Sungod is designed to produce longer-term changes and heal the skin gradually over time, with Catharsis, you can expect immediate results after each use. Sungod is nurturing, while Catharsis is cooling.
Our other masks—Blackstrap Molasses, Frightening Green, and Pumpkin and Papaya—are all premoistened, so they require no preparation before use. All three effectively detoxify, exfoliate, and firm the skin, but Frightening Green is more geared toward healing acne, Blackstrap is more about firming, resurfacing, healing scars, and lightening pigmentation, and Pumpkin and Papaya is most recommended for dry, sensitive, and thinner skin.
Certified cruelty free, cold process, handcrafted, fair trade. Contains humanely gathered wildflower pollen collected by bees.
For all skin types, especially mature, with signs of aging, sensitive, and acne-prone.
Wildflower pollen, wildcrafted Solum fullonum (multani mitti, fuller's earth) clay, Calendula officinalis flower (organic or *), Aloe barbadensis leaf*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) petal (organic or *), organic Plukenetia volubilis (sacha inchi) seed, Hydrastis Canadensis (goldenseal) rhizome (responsibly wildcrafted or *), Symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf (wildcrafted or *), Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit juice*, Grifola frondosa (maitake) mushroom (organic or *), Curcuma longa (turmeric) root*, Withania somnifera (ashwagandha) root (organic or *), Lentinula edodes (shiitake) mushroom (organic or *), sunstainably wildcrafted Celtic salt (France)**.
** Nature et Progres certified.
Measure out 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the powder into a ceramic bowl and mix with a tiny amount of warm water to achieve a paste. Using a glass dropper makes it easier to add water a very small amount at a time. Apply the mask onto washed skin and leave on for 20 to 40 minutes (mist periodically during rest time to prevent the mask from hardening, if you like). Rinse off.
Excellent as an in-the-shower mask, too. Add 1–4 drops of a facial oil or oil-based serum to the paste for a more nurturing treatment. Or add a bit of raw organic honey for an overall beautifying effect, or both the oil and the honey. Replace the warm water with a hydrosol of your choice or our Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist.
We suggest using a flat mask brush to easily apply this product, resulting in a thin, even layer. This method of application will help you use just the right amount and give you the maximum number of applications from each jar.
Store in the refrigerator.
Filled to the brim. Freshness guaranteed for 6 months. Full size 1.09 oz. (31 g / 2.4 fl. oz.) jar. Sample 0.1 oz. (2.6 g / 0.25 fl. oz.) mini jar.
Assuming you use 1/2 teaspoon of Sungod at a time, the 1.09 oz. jar will be enough for 24 applications, and the sample jar will be enough for 3 applications.
Due to the very high cost of our ingredients and the labor-intensive (highly time consuming) small-batch production process, we are unable to accept returns of opened or unopened products at this time. But most products have a sample size option for purchase, so we encourage you to buy a sample first to ensure that the product suits your skin's needs and that you enjoy the texture, fragrance, and healing properties.