A Review: Ursa Major

Not that long ago, the idea of using natural or organic skin care products was synonymous with the word hippie and promised to offer some overwhelming scent, along with a dissatisfying, or disappointing application process that at best needed to be used with delicate and extreme caution. What's more, is that a great number of skin care brands today claim the title of being organic and natural in terms of their ingredients list, but most still use synthetic chemicals somewhere within the mix. Surprisingly, in order to use the word organic in the arena of skin care, the requirement of actual organic components needs to be concocted from a small percentage of the overall ingredients. Not the case for Ursa Major however. The brand has spent a great deal of time and effort formulating the very best products they can with their company, utilizing only the best most natural and organic ingredients they can find. Their tagline "Super Natural" aptly reflects this emphasis.

Over the past couple of months I've had a chance to test out a handful of the products in their line-up on the daily and I have found them to be a true representation of what you would expect in terms of excellent, organic and natural skin care products; they're refreshing, they leave no residue, and they have a perfect combination of scents which allows for a subtle reminder throughout the day. The shave cream is in fact stellar and superb and since I've always preferred non lathering options, this has been the best experience to date and I'm happy to endorse it. The only downside to admit in this whole experience with Ursa Major, is that if your significant other happens to gets a hold of them, she may also love and use them as well. But that's a good thing really, as they don't have overly masculine scents. Aside from the products being a delight to use, I've also been appreciative of their simple, well designed and thoughtful branding, especially when skin care products generally seem to lack either an integrity of product or an engaging branding experience.

Overall I have to say that I'm throughly impressed with UM products as they make daily rituals pleasant, almost as though you're looking forward to the morning which means good things, especially so for this typical "not-a-morning-person" person.

"We believe anything’s possible in life when you look and feel your best. So we try to make healthy choices about how we live, what we eat and what we put on our skin – the body’s largest organ – choices that minimize exposure to synthetic chemicals while harnessing nature’s abundant power to nourish and restore."

Article & Photography by Darian Hocking

Christine Mitchell Adams & the team at Ursa Major

Ursa Major

Ursa Major Promise

– Potent formulations
– Advanced natural actives
– No 'filler' ingredients

– 98-100% natural, 51-83% organic
– Gluten-free, cruelty-free and vegan
– Zero toxics (sulfates, parabens, etc)

– Out-of-this-world aromas
– Luxurious textures
– Delightful sensations

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