Helen’s Gift is named after my mom Helen Turner Furze, who succumbed to breast cancer 6 days before her 58th birthday in August 1974. In 2018 when I turned 57, I realized the timeline of my life, as if it were my mother’s, was running out. It was time for me to turn a circumstance that shaped my life into something positive.
Volunteering for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation’s 44-mile 3-day walk for the last three years opened my eyes to the contemporary world of breast cancer. People survive, unlike 1974 when treatment was a one-sized-fits-all, cookie cutter option. And with survival comes challenges; effects from chemo and radiation, follow-up drug therapy, and the emotional toll of looking over your shoulder to see if the cancer will creep back into your life.
My goal was to come up with a product to address dry, damaged skin with an uplifting and mood-enhancing aroma. Borne first in the Helen’s Gift line of topicals is Daily Moisture. More will be added as time goes on.
Helen's Gift Daily Moisture for Face & Body
Daily Moisture for Face and Body contains distilled water, cannabis root-infused coconut oil, mango butter, baobab oil, camellia oil, passion fruit seed oil, pumpkin seed oil and the essential oils of copiaba, elemi, frankincense, geranium, orange and rosewood, Caprylic acid (from MCT oil) as a preservative, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol as an emulsifier.
Helen's Gift Deep Moisture
Deep Moisture was created last winter to combat my overdry skin. Made with rich elements of Shea nut butter, cocoa butter, milk thistle seed oil, aloe vera and the essential oils of chamomile, frankincense, geranium helicrysum, juniper, lavender, myrrh and patchouli, the aroma is as intoxicating as the cream is rich. Use slightly diluted on the face, or all over the body straight. Made with distilled water, emulsifying wax and Optiphen as a preservative.