The Best Deli in Town

If you know anything about me, you already know I’m a huge proponent of raw/natural foods. I have my certification in plant-based nutrition from Cornell and have taken half a year’s worth of “cooking lessons” from an all-raw chef. So it only makes sense that I would be extremely attracted to The Body Deli from the moment I laid eyes on their vibrant colored website brimming with fresh fruits and H2O. But what I wanted to know was whether or not my lust for their clever marketing would turn into a love for products that actually worked. I was so smitten while reading their ingredients lists, I thought there was no way I’d find depth beyond my instant attraction. It seemed too good to be true. However, after trying several products from the The Body Deli, I’m happy to say…this beautiful brand actually has the brains to match.

The Body Deli products are made with “fresh, uncooked superfoods.” It simply doesn’t get any better than that. Why wouldn’t you want to feed your skin and hair the same nutritious foods you feed your body?  Some of The Body Deli products are so fresh, in fact, that they actually have to be refrigerated. And no, it’s not just a silly marketing gimmick, (although it may look that way when you’re staring at a glass case full of refrigerated beauty products.)

Whenever I hear about celebrities who are diehard fans of this or that beauty brand, I usually discount it. But with The Body Deli, I didn’t have to because the celebrities who’ve embraced them are already known for their all-natural approach to health and beauty—women like Alicia Silverstone, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson. In other words, they’re serious about this kind of stuff.

The first product I tried was the Blueberry Fusion Scrub, and yes, as many of the women in the testimonials proclaimed—it smells amazing and, better yet, my skin looked immediately smoother after just one use.

My pores were smaller and more refined. It’s not a miracle potion of some kind, but it is definitely an exceptional facial scrub. The reason it works so well is because it uses all natural lactic, malic and citric acids to remove dull, dry skin cells, revealing brighter skin texture. Here’s the part I love most: The ingredients include such things as wild blueberry puree, acai berry puree and pomegranate juice. Which sounds exactly like the ingredients I put in my Vita-Mix to make a smoothie yesterday. I can confidently say there is no other beauty brand willing to be this pure and innovative when it comes to what goes in their products.

I also tried their Radiance Enzyme Peel, which contains therapeutic grade Manuka honey, known for its skin healing benefits.

The ingredients’ list for this peel reads like the back of a Probiotics bottle at your local health food store, (L. Acidophilus, L. Bulgaricum, L. Leichmanni, etc.). Other ingredients that got me borderline giddy included kale juice, beet juice, spinach juice and goji berry. The peel worked well, revealing a brighter complexion. It may not be the best choice for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin, however.

The only negative thing I have to say about The Body Deli is really not negative–it’s just the downside to all things truly natural. Just as I’d have to pay a whooping $8 for a 4-pack of organic bell peppers at the grocery store instead of $4 for the regular, pesticide-laden ones, so too does this purity come at a higher price. The Blueberry Fusion Scrub is $36, (which is still not too bad when compared to some high-end brands), and the Radiance Peel was recently marked down from $48 to $38. So while I may not be able to outfit my entire bathroom with The Body Deli anytime soon (as much as I’d like too), for a beauty splurge, this is most definitely the freshest way to go.

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