Small Miracles: Aster & Bay Indigo Therapy Oil

My posts tend to be rather long (I do ramble on, don’t I?), so in this series of short posts I am going to highlight some of my favorite products that pack a strong punch despite their smaller size.

Spend enough time around beauty bloggers and you will realize that we take ingredients seriously. From argan oil to Vitamin C, we all have our favorites – the star ingredients whose presence makes a product that much more special. As for me, I love an exotic oil or a powerful active as much as the next beauty-obsessed gal, but my heart belongs to blue tansy. Also known as Moroccan chamomile, this blue-hued essential oil is profoundly calming, both to the skin and to the mind. Applied topically to the skin, it soothes inflammation, while it’s gently sweet scent eases anxiety and helps me relax. It’s no wonder then that the moment I came across Aster + Bay’s Indigo Therapy Oil while browsing Integrity Botanicals,  I had to add it to my shopping cart.

In addition to blue tansy, Indigo also contains blue chamomile, blue yarrow and blue cypress in a grape seed oil base. Aside from being rather pretty, these blue oils all contain azulene, an organic compound with impressive skin-calming abilities. Indigo is billed as an all-purpose anti-inflammatory for anything from bug bites to acne. As it happened, my Integrity Botanicals order arrived right around the time I was dealing with a particularly nasty spot on my cheek: red, painful and deep seated, it was pretty clear that this baby had camped out on my face for the long haul. I decided to try Indigo out of pure desperation: it wasn’t likely to help, but it wouldn’t hurt and I would get to enjoy that delicious blue tansy scent. I applied the oil (the cooling metal rollerball is a nice touch) a couple of times during the day and before going to bed. The next day the Monster Spot seemed to have shrunk and after two more days it was almost completely gone.

It’s rather unusual for me to form an opinion about a product after quite such a short time, but thanks to its lovely scent, unusual color, thoroughly affordable price and, most importantly, ruthless efficiency in dispatching of pimples, Indigo has made a fan out of me. Blue tansy does have a particular scent and it might not be for everyone, but if you happen to like May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon or LBF’s Travel Remedy, I think you would love Indigo. It’s a small product that packs a powerful punch and I am thrilled to have discovered it.

13 responses to Small Miracles: Aster & Bay Indigo Therapy Oil

  1. sbgirl

    It sounds as if your skin is a bit similar to mine (pale, thin, fine pores but prone to occasional cystic acne), although my most annoying battle by far has been with perioral dermatitis (a close cousin to acne). Already so afraid to try an oil (!) since my derm always says use “oil free everything”! I will definitely try this Indigo potion, however, and would be most grateful to hear your thoughts on what oils and brands really work best for reactive skin? Laurel seems fab (and what lovely people, who actually recommended gradually adding in new products to avoid a total skin freak out); Yuli and Kahina also sound amazing? So pleased you’re testing all these “celadon” goodies and reporting back on their green goodness! 🙂

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Oh man, the PD sounds terrible! But! I can actually give advice, even though I don’t suffer from it myself. You must check out Osmia Organics ( I am going to write about them in my upcoming cleanser post, but the founder is a doctor and she suffered from PD herself, so she has products addressing it specifically. Try her Black Soap – people who have PD swear by it. Also, she has a great blog post about PD and which products to use. Good luck! 🙂

      • sbgirl

        Oh, thank you! I actually did try Osmia a couple of years ago, and Sara, the Dr. who created it is SO helpful and lovely! I find I have instant bad luck every time I stop the plethora of chemical laden potions…maybe there is a “learning curve” our skin must go through? (And like you, am very funny about a product that might smell nice but isn’t quite my cup of tea! Not sure who said it – sounds like Diana Vreeland?? – but if “the eye is a snob”, the nose is most certainly one as well! 🙂

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        Haha, yeah my nose is a huge, snobby jerk! As for the skincare “learning curve”, I don’t really believe in skin “purging” or anything like that, but I think that of your skin is particularly temperamental, it might have an initial reaction to a change of products. Also, people in the green community don’t talk about it much, but EOs can actually cause serious allergic reactions, so it’s entirely possible that there is a specific ingredient that just doesn’t agree with you. X

  2. I’m a huge fan of blue tansy too, didn’t realize Aster & Bay has this Indigo oil! Blue cocoon is a winter dream, and you will love Organic Bath’s Nourish face oil when it’s released. 😀

  3. sbgirl

    Glad to know about the EO’s – I had not thought of this…perhaps Yuli is a good choice since they don’t seem to add scent. Wondering if you have tried the Konjac sponges in any formulation? I’ve even seen it in turmeric, in addition to the pink, red, green clay and charcoal…

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      I have – in red and pink clay. They are lovely, but I’m not sure the added clays and things actually do much? Then again, maybe I just don’t use them regularly enough.

  4. minnow

    such a timely post! i too adore blue chamomile and added the indigo therapy oil on my recent integrity botanicals order. now i’m dealing with a gnarly and painful zit right under my nose. 😒 my usual treatment is thyme tincture throughout the day as well as a spot mask at night of evan healy’s green tea clay mixed with cv skinlabs relief spray and a few drops of the thyme. so i’m wondering how to incorporate the indigo oil. i’ve rolled it on there a couple times over the past 24 hrs with the thyme but i’m wondering if i should be doing it on it’s own? did you use anything else in addition to the indigo oil? also, did you use it on top of mist / oils or underneath? many thanks for this post and for your lovely, funny and helpful blog, which is one of my faves! 😍

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Oh I am so thrilled you like the blog – what a lovely thing to say! I’m sorry to hear about your zit, what a pain (literally)! It certainly sounds like you’re doing everything just right to get rid of that sucker and hopefully Indigo will help as well. I usually apply it after my facial mist and before facial oil, just because I want to make sure it absorbs properly. I usually use Pollen & Wax’s Magis blemish serum (which is amazing and which I can’t review because the P&W hiatus seems to be ongoing), but I think for the purposes of a review I actually skipped it theast time. I think the best way to layer treatments would be the thyme tincture (so awesome that you’re using that, btw) and then Indigo. Good luck! Xx

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