19.6.14

my latest beauty essentials


As I mentioned in my post about Fresh Faced, I have become increasingly more interested in replacing my beauty products with healthier alternatives. I’ve stuck with natural deodorants since last fall (to be honest, I had moments where I was sure I would go back to antiperspirant!), which was a good start, and my visit with Julie from Province Apothecary certainly helped. In the past few months I’ve whittled down my routine to a few basics, and a few multi-purpose products, and here are the ones that are working well for me at the moment. It’s not perfect and I still have a few products I need to find. For example, a healthier foundation would be great, since I use foundation/tinted moisturizer every day (I’m currently using one from Bourjois). I really don’t mind that my choices look more like the inside of a health food store basket than a fancy department store one.


Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil: I’ve been using the oil-cleansing method to get makeup off, and it has been working well for me. I rinse my face with warm water, rub some oil gently for a few moments, then wipe off with a clean washcloth. When I’m feeling lazy I use a Desert Essence cleanser that works well, but I think the oil gets out more city grime and whatnot.

Heritage Products Rosewater & Glycerin: I’ve been using this for a long time now. It’s great in summer to refresh your skin & help you cool down, but I also use it as a toner. It smells so good.

Elovi Body Butter: I was sent this body butter to try out (thanks, Elovi!) and honestly, it is so good. I’ve never really cared for body butters, but this one absorbs quickly, has a delicate, pleasant smell, and only six ingredients. I’ve been using it as a multi-purpose balm, including putting it on the areas that I’m having laser tattoo removal on! The ingredients are really nourishing and massaging it in helps with blood circulation to make them heal faster.

Pai Rosehip Oil: I received this as part of a gift bag at the Green + Good event, and I’ve been trying to remember to apply it before bed. I haven’t been super consistent with it yet, because I’m pretty forgetful about applying things to my face in the evening. But I feel really good about it and I always wake up with softer skin when I do use it.

Graydon Sun Cream: This also came from the gift bag, and I was stoked to get it! I use this every morning in between my moisturizer/serum and my makeup, and it’s worked really well. I’m pretty paranoid about getting too much sun on my face, but luckily I have a good collection of hats to use in conjunction with sunscreens. Plus I like that this one isn’t full of scary ingredients and is made in Canada.

Ilia lipstick: Neon Angel is my daily lipstick lately. It’s bright, but not alarmingly so (I like a bold lip). It’s matte, which I like, and has decent staying power. One of the few lipsticks I’ve been reaching for lately.

Leaves of Tress Argan Oil: I am so lazy when it comes to my hair, especially lately, since I cannot win any battles against humidity. I wash it every few days (I just use whatever looks okay and is on sale at the health food store—currently a Giovanni shampoo), and sometimes I’ll just air dry it and let it do it’s thing, or once in a while I’ll straighten it. I’ve tried lots of different products for frizz and heat protection but mostly I don’t notice much of a difference, other than the fact that my hair gets gunked up faster. I’ll usually just run a tiny amount of argan oil through at the tips (I used to use the OLO hair tonic but I dropped it on the bathroom floor, tragically). I like to try conditioning masks with food or coconut oil once in a while, so if you know of any good ones, let me know!

Lulu Organics Hair Powder: Ive had the Patchouli & Amber powder for ages now and I really only use it in emergency situations for a little freshening up. I love the smell.

Province Apothecary Facial Serum and Lip Balm: I am an unabashed fan of Province Apothecary and would own all of the products if I could. Julie gave me a custom serum in early January in exchange for something I did for her, and I used it as a moisturizer until it ran out last week. I think it really saved my skin over the winter because I never had any dryness or really any trouble. Now that it’s basically summer I’ve switched to her moisturizer, which I picked up at The Detox Market. It’s only been a few days but so far so good (I think you have to use a product for a few weeks to get a real feel for it!). And her lip balm is my current favourite, really silky and long-lasting.

Bergamot essential oil: For Christmas Geoff gave me an aromatherapy diffuser and I’ve enjoyed learning about different oils and their effects. Most of the time I use lavender only, since it’s so calming, but I also use bergamot quite a bit—it’s a little more energizing and good for low moods. I got this one at Dynasty.

Chakra by Nova: I ordered a sample of this and wore it on our trip to Lisbon. Ever since then it’s reminded me of Lisbon, which I love. It has that perfect combination of musk & floral that makes my nose so happy.

Lovefresh Natural Cream Deodorant in Moroccan Rose Absolute: Okay, I have found the one! This is my absolute favourite natural deodorant. I liked many of the ones that I wrote about in my deodorant post, but if I were to revise that post, this one would be my top pick. It smells lovely, it is easy to apply (I’ve gotten used to applying deodorant with my fingers), and the company is local. I transferred a little of the cream to a small container to carry it around with me, but I don’t often have to reapply throughout the day (except on the muggiest days, of course).


I’d love to hear about your favourite beauty products, particularly those that happen to be organic & all-natural!

27 comments:

  1. Girl, I am an advocate for natural products though and through! I've made my own body moisturizer with beeswax, almond oil, coconut oil and almond oil. I wash my face with either PA oil cleanser or Naturopathica Aloe Cleanser. Thayer's toner, PA custom serum and a mixture of Kosmea Rosehip Oil/Sigrid Natural Nurture Face Cream. . When I have the occasional hormonal breakout, that's when I have to reach for my prescribed stuff. For sunscreen I use a brand called Bamboo, it doesn't leave my face feeling sticky & it doesn't leave a sheen. I have yet to find an all natural concealer and powder that does the trick. Right now I use Nars & Bare Minerals. Baby steps!

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    1. Yeah girl, baby steps! I feel like we should get together and talk about this!!

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    2. I also use black cumin seed oil on those trouble spots on my face. Have you tried dry brushing? I try to do it before showering. Let's gab!

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    3. I love dry brushing! Feel really energized in the morning when I remember to do it. I've been using Pure and Simple oils for moisture and just started the oil cleansing method - love it so far. Had been using the soapwalla natural deodorant over the winter but I think I need to switch it up .. seems to have stopped working for me (or maybe it's just summer in Toronto finally!)
      Also... coconut oil for moisturizer. The best. :)

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    4. I've heard that natural deodorants can stop working after a while... I wonder if it's like shampoo, where you should switch every once in a while. But yeah, definitely a sweaty summer so far!

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  2. Have you tried a coconut milk hair soak? It's the BEST. My hair gets really dry at the ends, but coconut milk makes it soft and shiny.

    I just rub a tablespoon or two of coconut milk into my hair, especially at the ends, and let it sit about five minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual.

    The other cool thing is that it's a good use for half-used cans of coconut milk if you're using it for cooking. If I ever have any leftover, I freeze it in ice cube trays. Then I can just defrost a cube at a time for my hair about once a week. So cheap and good!

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    1. Oooh, I haven't! That sounds so good! I always come across recipes that require only a couple of tablespoons of coconut milk and I never make them because I don't know what to do with the rest of the can. Gonna try this! Thanks!

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  3. Anonymous19.6.14

    funny, i have been trying to change up all my products for more natural ones too. it's been a challenge given my extremely dry sensitive skin, though. i changed my shampoo/conditioner to acure organics and have been liking it (the mint one) but have yet to find a body wash though that isn't drying (i normally use aveeno). i switched from the Fresh seaberry to Living Libations seabuckthorn but still deciding which one i like better. i was using the josie maran argan face moisturizer w spf 40 but it got discontinued and i was dismayed to find that it also actually has a bunch of chemicals in it. my search continues! -filipa

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    1. I started using a Jason body wash that is pretty nice. Not too harsh, and it smells like roses! And yeah, I think that once you start this "journey" it's a lengthy process... but feels so good to start!

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  4. thanks for this post! i really like PA. Sweet Song (made by two herbalists out of Lakefield, ON) also has some lovely products with all certified organic ingredients. i recommend their Rose Petal Botanical Cream -- smells amazing, is decadent, but absorbs beautifully. i've also ordered a beauty box from Vegan Cuts - they send a bunch of beauty/skin samples that are cruelty-free (and tend to be all-natural). i like being able to try different brands before settling on a favorite.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations! Sweet Song sounds wonderful. And yeah, you really have to sit with a product for a while before you know its full effect!

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  5. Anonymous20.6.14

    The Kjaer Weis foundation is amazing. I'll never use anything else!
    http://www.freshfaced.ca/collections/kjaer-weis/products/kjaer-weis-foundation

    -Sarah

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  6. I switched to Josie Maran for all of my makeup a few years ago and I've been really happy with everything. It's one of the healthiest makeup lines that I've come across and no animal testing. There might be a good foundation waiting for you there.

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    1. I used Josie Maran for a while, actually! Those little kits you get at Sephora are great. I just haven't been able to splash out on one in a while!

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  7. Great post. I changed all my products to natural ones a few years ago and it's been so good for me. Natural make-up is actually amazing, my skin has never been happier. I use W3ll People's Altruist Satin Mineral Foundation. I used Alima Pure for years, but unfortunately it's impossible to find in London.
    Other make-up tips: Studio 78 for concealer, Kjaer Weis for blush/bronzer, RMS for their amazing cream eye shadow, and Vapour Organic for eyeliner. You should check out http://nomoredirtylooks.com/ if you haven't already - I found so many good products after reading their book/website.

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    1. Oh wow, thanks! Great recommendations. I signed the book out of the library, thanks!

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  8. I just started using the Pai rosehip oil, and I swear it is making my nose pores smaller! They are a ridiculous obsession of mine, so I am pretty pleased about that. I also love Ilia. Their Arabian Knights lip conditioner is an amazing colour!

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    1. Cool! Yeah, I love the smell too!

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  9. It's great that you're making the switch to natural alternatives for beauty, I am an avid fan of organic, natural, non-toxic methods, as for cosmetics there's quite a few brands to try but what I've tried and liked are ecco bella, RMS, sappho, dr.hauschka, logona, and zuii most are made with crushed flowers and minerals to get their pigment, pretty dreamy! I make my own custom blends of skin/hair oils and the like at home to save money and overall just enjoy experimenting and learning!

    And my current favorite beauty tip is activated charcoal powder to whiten teeth naturally!

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    1. Thanks! I really admire people who can do it themselves. I don't think I'm knowledgeable enough yet but maybe one day.

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  10. RMS Beauty Uncover up - raw, organic and amazing. It's pricey but a little goes a long way and the packaging is very chic. The whole RMS line has changed my skin for the better.

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    1. Oh yes, I've been meaning to try this one. I went to look at it in person but I was thrown off by the fact that I was expecting it to be different! But I'd like to try it sometime. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  11. I've honestly never been into beauty products and apparently it shows because I'm pretty rough on my skin :/ However i'm super excited I found your blog so I can at least follow someone who knows what they're talking about and can help me out with their advice! haha. I found your blog today via bloglovin and I'm so excited to be following along now!

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    1. Aw, well I'm not really that much of an expert but it's never too late to start! Thank you.

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  12. I will have to try that Lovefresh deodorant! I bought a few sample sizes of Primal Pit Paste (light, normal, and jasmine) so I'm currently testing those out. I also recently got samples of Alima Pure mineral eyeshadows, concealer, blush, and foundation from Fresh Faced. I don't think the eyeshadows are pigmented enough for me, but I'm very impressed with the concealer, blush, and foundation and will probably buy the full sizes. My perennial favourites are Juice Beauty's blemish cleanser and moisturizer, Desert Essence shampoo, avocado oil for skin and hair (instead of conditioner), and Alba Organics sunscreen.

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    1. Oh cool, love the avocado oil tip. Thanks for the suggestions!

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