Episencial Skincare Review + Giveaway {CLOSED}

The sun has been staying out long enough to warm up our chilly Oregon spring. Malakai is also feeling up to playing outside for a little while here and there. I took him out back and lathered his face, ears, neck, and hands in our new Episencial Sunny Sunscreen. We received the Sunny Sunscreen kit from Espisencial  with SPF 35 natural sunscreen, protective face balm, and soothing cream. 



Since the sun took til now to come out, we tried the face balm first. It is meant to soothe and protect sensitive areas like the face and lips. Malakai has actually been picking at his lips causing them to be cracked + dry. I applied a little of this and hoped he wouldn’t just smear it off. He actually rubbed his lips together and left it on! By that afternoon his lips were already softer and the skin wasn’t peeling. 

I also put some of the balm on his cheeks that had been chapped. I did this a couple days before bed and the redness and dryness went away fairly quickly. I think I may have overdone it though because he did end up getting a pimple on his cheek, although the lotion may not have been the cause. 

Next I actually used the soothing cream on myself. Since Malakai’s troubled areas were responding well to the face balm and he doesn’t really have any other skin care needs I used the cream on my hands. They get really dry from washing so often, especially my knuckles. I smoothed some on where my skin tends to crack. It provided some nice relief. I’ll definitely use this on Malakai if he has dry skin patches on the rest of his body in the future. 

We’ve used the sunscreen several times but for the longest duration this morning when we played out back in the garden. Malakai’s fair skin is still a healthy color, not pink at all!


I love that these products are natural AND affordable. I have such a hard time justifying spending a lot of money on something just to get the natural product, although it’s what I’d prefer. 


In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Episencial is offering 15% off all of their baby safe skincare products when you buy Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35! Only at Dermstore.com. Code DSSUNNY. Offer ends Monday, May 23rd. 

Today is the last day to take advantage of this discount code above so please head over and stock up for summer to keep your kiddos skin safe!


One lucky reader of Breaking New Ground will have a chance to WIN the Sunny Sunscreen Kit that I reviewed here. 


Mandatory Entry:
Visit Episencial and leave a comment on this post with your favorite product or one that you want to try the most (other than the 3 mentioned here). 

Extra Entries:
~follow Episencial and tweet about today’s 15% off deal. (this entry only good when completed today 5.23.11) Comment with a link to your tweet. Please use the following tweet:

ENDS TODAY- enjoy 15% off Episencial products when you buy Sunny Sunscreen! Only at dermstore.com. Code DSSUNNY. http://bit.ly/kcOwnb 

~like Episencial and Facebook about today’s deal (again this entry only good when completed today 5.23.11) comment with a link to your status. Please use the following text:

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Episencial is offering 15% off all of their baby safe skincare products when you buy Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35! Only at dermstore.com. Code DSSUNNY. Offer ends Monday, May 23rd. http://bit.ly/kcOwnb 

~ follow Episencial + Tweet or like Episencial + Facebook about this giveaway, may be done at any time during the length of this giveaway. Comment with a link to your tweet or FB status. Please be sure to link back to this specific post. 

That’s 4 chances to win. This giveaway will end on Friday May 27th and the winner will be announced on Saturday May 28th. 

please, oh please be sure that your email address is in your blogger profile, on your site linked to your open ID or within your comment (format shanleann1 at gmail dot com) so I can notify you if you win. Otherwise, you forfeit your chances.

This giveaway will end Friday May 27th 2011 at 11pm PDT. Winner will be selected at random via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to an email in order to claim the prize or it will be awarded to an alternate. 
Open to U.S. + Canadian residents only. All comments will be verified. Comments subject to removal without notification based on their relevance to contest. All comments will be verified. So, please be sure to follow instructions carefully. 
Questions? As always click on the “email me” button to send me a message. Please do not leave a comment here that isn’t intended to be an entry into the giveaway. 
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this giveaway. All opinions are my own. Click for additional disclosures and PR policies.
  1. Kelly

    May 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Oooh, their Better Body Butter sounds really moisturizing! Looks like a good company. I hope I win! 🙂


    dkf725 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Bekah

    May 24, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I would love to try pretty much any of their baby products..Jack had super dry skin and I am thinking this little guy might as well!

  3. Anne-Marie T

    May 24, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Would love to try their Better Body Butter.


  4. Anne-Marie T

    May 24, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Liked Episencial and Facebook and posted the deal on my FB



  5. Anne-Marie T

    May 24, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Following Episencial on twitter and tweeted the deal


  6. Nicci @ Changing the Universe

    May 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    OH I'd love to try the bubble bath!

    changingtheuniverse at gmail dot com

  7. Jenny

    May 25, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I would love to try the Playful Foaming Wash for my son- sounds great! He has pretty sensitive skin (like me) but this sounds nice and soothing!

  8. RaettigFamily

    May 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I'd like to try their Better Body Butter

  9. Kristy Evans

    May 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I would love to try the face balm on my 3 & 4 year olds and also the playful foaming wash.

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