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Farizad’s Veil is Ava’s take on a sun shield formula for the contemporary woman: luxurious, non-pore-clogging, light, breathable, flexible, and with a beautiful, sophisticated natural scent. It is a liberation of sun protection from its typically oily carrier medium. Since most of us have a carefully researched and tested skin care ritual for our skin type, we don’t want to add a layer of sunscreen cream into the mix, which could clog the pores or feel unbreathable or heavy.
With Farizad’s Veil, you use your own beloved daytime facial oil and add just a bit of Farizad’s Veil powder to it. It mixes right in and offers a range of protection options depending on how much of the powder you use, without inadvertently adding anything undesirable.
The fragrance, product name, and label design were inspired by Farizad, a heroine from Arabian Nights. Determined, a believer in destiny and in her intuition’s voice, Farizad had the smile of the rose and cried real pearls!
The sun protective ingredient here is highest-grade, minimally processed non-nano and uncoated zinc oxide (particle size 325 nm), which is the healthiest, safest, and most reliable sun shield ingredient available today (the only other nontoxic option is titanium dioxide, but it does not offer full-spectrum UV protection; all other sun protection options are chemical compounds). Nano particles are controversial and it remains to be proven whether they are safe for our health, and we specifically used uncoated zinc oxide as the most unrefined, most natural version (coated zinc oxide means that the particles have been coated with another substance).
Zinc oxide has so many advantages as a sun shield: it can be safely used around the eyes, and it is a physical sun reflector, so it works immediately after application and makes one feel (a little) cooler when in the sun. It is biodegradable and safe for coral reefs and other marine life (it settles on the sea floor without causing any harm or entering into chemical reactions).
There are several skin care benefits from zinc oxide itself, from anti-acne and anti-inflammatory action to protective and soothing properties. The anti-acne benefits only shine if you use zinc oxide in a noncomedogenic, acne-skin-appropriate facial oil or serum.
The second ingredient in Farizad’s Veil is pure powdered aloe, which performs many functions here, from moisturising, skin damage preventing, and skin damage correcting to cooling, repairing, and soothing. With how many skin care products do you get to wear the actual powdered herbs on your skin all day? That is a mask session in itself. The aloe also softens the stark white colour of the zinc oxide, making it less-than-typically skin whitening.
Farizad’s Veil can be used all year long, not only to shield from the sun, but also to soothe skin irritations, reduce redness, speed healing of acne breakouts, and decrease hyperpigmentation.
The scent is very feminine yet assertive (reminiscent of a woman with confidence and trust in her inner guidance): Moroccan roses, precious and rare pink Indian champaca flower (with a tea and honey element), rose geranium, Madagascar geranium leaves, and a delicate frankincense that has an orange undertone and is not the masculine type, yet has an amber-like resin component. As with all our products, all the aroma components are fully disclosed in the ingredients list and are artisan-distilled, small-batch, therapeutic-grade essential oils and absolutes, organic or responsibly wildcrafted.
The fragrance will preserve well in the glass container for at least six months. If for any reason you would rather have an unscented powder, leave the jar for a few days with the lid off, just lightly covered with fabric or a paper towel to protect the product from dust.
Measure out a single-use amount of the powder (1/32 to 1/16 teaspoon) into a ceramic bowl and add from several drops to half a dropper of your favourite daytime face oil or oil-based serum. Mix with your fingertips to create a thin, smooth lotion. Apply onto the skin, rubbing in gently with your fingertips to minimise the whitening effect and to distribute evenly. Add extra drops of your oil directly onto your face if needed to achieve an even distribution. We especially recommend using our Ruby Face Oil to mix with Farizad’s Veil, as that oil is lightweight, sun-protective, fast-absorbing, and highly appropriate for daytime use in the summer.
Depending on the quantity used, our testing shows that Farizad’s Veil provides sun protection roughly equal to a sunscreen with an SPF of 20 to 40 (the more powder used, the higher the sun protection).
Non-nano uncoated zinc oxide 94% (Canada); Aloe barbadensis leaf powder*, Rosa centifolia (rose) absolute (Morocco; organic whenever available), pink Michelia champaca L. absolute (India)†, organic Pelargonium graveolens (geranium bourbon) oil (Madagascar), Pelargonium roseum (rose geranium) oil*, Boswellia sacra (frankincense) oil†.
*Certified organic. †Responsibly wildcrafted.
All absolutes are hexane free whenever available.
Certified cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, small batch.