I've been to paradise, but I've never been to Maine. (Wow, that reference may be too old for even me.)
I've spent most of my life about a seven-hour drive from Vacationland (that's an actual nickname for Maine), but I've never felt particularly motivated to go. One of my favorite bartenders, Jim, and his wife are from there, and he makes it sound absolutely lovely; but not lovely enough for me to drop everything, board my dogs, rent a car and go on a solo road trip to look at lobsters and stuff.
This week's Indie Product of The Week, however, has me thismuchcloser to asking Enterprise to pick me up. (I hear that's a thing they do.)
Minka Miracle Hand Salve is a little pot of delight from a shop in Kennebunkport, a town you might have heard of because Presidents Bush hang out there. LET'S NOT MAKE THIS POLITICAL.
The shop, called Minka after the types of homes where Japanese artists lived, stocks locally made accessories, home goods and body care, most of which are made by owner Michelle Rose. Miracle Hand Salve is among the handmade body-care products.
Even though they misguidedly say that their products are made without chemicals (that would be a miracle), I gave it shot, because I love a good salve and have a semantically forgiving heart.
There's only a handful of ingredients in this all-natural, sweet-smelling formula, and they were brought together to thoroughly moisturize skin and even help ease the annoyances of eczema and psoriasis.
The texture is unexpected and awesome--kind of like if you were to dig your finger into some Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, which I don't actually recommend doing. It's almost grainy!
As soon as you start smoothing it into your skin, however, it melts into a glowy blanket of moisturized goodness.
Now my hand is ready for that cute little sterling silver heart ring they also sell at Minka.