Finding good skin care products is not very hard to do in a big city like Houston. However, finding skincare products that are customized specifically for your skin and skin concerns, that are made with natural products, and speaking with an individual or individuals that understand these natural ingredients and oils as it relates to skincare is another matter completely. Thank goodness one of our industry friends told us about Source Vital Apothecary! This Houston based “modern apothecary” has been producing and developing natural skin and body products for more than thirty years. They have everything from products for maturing skin and acne prone skin, to after workout relief sprays for muscles, to stress relief oils. The products are all made using high-quality plant based ingredients; no synthetics or harsh chemicals. So you sensitive skin folks can rejoice. Bonus points are needed because they are also cruelty-free and environmentally friendly. You can shop all the products entirely online, but I took advantage of the fact that they are Houston based to visit the showroom. Upon entering there is a skincare specialist to assist with making selections and answering questions. I was there specifically to check out the place and to find out more about their customized facial cocktails.

The facial cocktail is a serum formulated for an individual based on their skin type and areas of concern. By combining botanicals and essential oils, Source Vital can create the perfect all-in-one face oil serum for your skin.

There are four easy steps to follow…

  • Step 1-Select Your Serum Base (for normal to dry, normal and acne prone, oily and scarred skin, normal to sensitive)
  • Step 2-Select Your Infusions (you can select up to 2 infusions to improve your skin’s appearance)
  • Step 3-Select Your Shots (further improve appearance by adding a little extra oomph)
  • Step 4-Put Your Name On It (as you can see mine was named Get Swanked)

The great thing about my visit was it allowed me to discuss in detail my skin needs and concerns. When ordering online, you can always send them questions and view the complete ingredients list. After completing my form and getting my cocktail created, I was all set to go! Then to my surprise, they loaded me up with several samples of other products to try. After 30+ days of using my Source Vital products here are the things that I really like.

Customized Facial Cocktail: It works nicely, and I am really enjoying it. They combine several steps in the skin care routine with this all-in-one serum, but I still find myself using my essence and toner (personal preference) in my daily routine. However, since I’m on the road a few days a week, I’ve added this to my travel bag and find that works wonders for me when I use it with their cleanser and night cream.

Algae Deep CleanseThis deep pore facial cleanser is formulated using seaweed, botanicals, and essential oils. It is my favorite of all the products because I could see a noticeable change in the appearance of my pores within a few uses. It also leaves my skin feeling clean without removing all my moisture.

Tranquil MultiSprayI use this spray on my sheets and in hotel rooms. The spray is recommended during tense/stressful times or places to promote relaxation. Being someone that has insomnia, it helps me to relax and get in a zen state of mind.

If you are looking for handcrafted natural skin care and body products, I highly recommend you check out Source Vital by visiting them online by clicking here or heading to their showroom!

Until soon…Toodles

~Felice “Swanky Girl” Sloan


*Urban Swank was provided with free products or services for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are our own.

Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan

Felice is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food, beauty, and fashion.


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