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Watch out Acne! Holistic Vanity is launching a new Acne Care Line

As you all know, I’m a supporter of buying local as much as possible. One of my favourite skincare brands is Holistic Vanity, produced by Pure + Simple. I’ve loved so many of their products and reviewed them on my blog (Damage Care Line, Rosacea Care Line and many more). I was super excited when Pure + Simple contacted me to try the new Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line. I’ve suffered from acne ever since I was a teenager. I was hoping when I got older and ate cleaner that the acne would disappear but it never did. Today my acne is almost non-existent but when that monthly time comes, I still get minor breakouts. The Acne Care Line will launch September 16th at all Pure + Simple locations as well as online. Finally, a skincare line that is effective in combating acne from a local Toronto brand! Here’s proof that you don’t need to put overly strong chemicals on your face (I’m looking at you Proactiv!) to get clear skin.

Acne Care line
Purifying Black Mud Cleanser

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Sodium Laurol Oat Amino Acids (Non-Irritating Surfactant), Decyl Glucoside (Coconut/Corn Derived Cleansing Agent), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil*, Coco Glucoside (Coconut Derived Cleansing Agent) Coconut Alcohol (Non Drying Emulsifier), Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived Emulsifier, Emoliant and Moisturiser), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Sucrose Polysoyate (Natural emolient), Gluconolactone (Fruit Acid) + Sodium Benzoate (Food grade Preservative), Soluble Collagen (Marine Derived), Maris Limus (Black Mud), Xanthan Gum, Lemongrass*, Ylang Ylang*, Turmeric*, Petitgrain*.   *Organic ingredients.

This creamy cleanser smells nicely of lemongrass and ylang ylang. I find this cleanser easier to spread on a damp face. You need only a couple of pumps to cover your face. The cleanser washes away cleanly and the lemongrass scent is refreshing. The scent can be a little strong until you get used to it. But once washed away it does dissipate. Black mud is a great ingredient known for its detoxifying and purifying properties. Lemongrass has natural astringent properties and is anti-microbial as well as anti-bacterial. Ylang Ylang is anti-inflammatory and helps to regulate sebum production. Aloe vera and shea butter provide gentle hydrating and moisturizing while also healing the skin. No wonder I like this cleanser so much! For those with super sensitive skin I would advise to use this cleanser sparingly at first to see how your skin reacts. Then if your skin is okay with it you can use it as directed. I used this cleanser during my “time of the month” and got only one large pimple. But that pimple is already disappearing as I continue to treat it with the Acne Care Line.

Cost: $28.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Anti-Bac Pine Mint Skin Tonic

Ingredients: Pinus Sylvestris (Pine)*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*.   *Certified organic ingredients.

Love the super simple ingredients list for this skin tonic. Pine is useful in treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and is anti-bacterial. Peppermint is anti-septic, anti-microbial and can help control oil secretion. I find this tonic a bit too strong for my skin so I like to mix it with the Healing Immortelle Tonic. Still, it’s a wonderful tonic that helps keep my skin matte and calm. It smells great too! The pine and peppermint scents are not strong at all. So this tonic should be okay for those with sensitive noses.

Cost: $26.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

Clarifying Black Cumin Oil

Ingredients:

Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) OilCertified organic ingredients.

A lovely mellow yellow oil, this one packs some powerhouse ingredients. Black cumin oil is known for nourishing the skin while reducing acne and scarring. It is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Read more about black cumin on the Holistic Vanity blog. Babassu oil is great for healing skin irritations, has cooling properties, and helps to rebalance the skin. I loved that this oil is absorbed into my skin quickly without leaving me feeling like a grease ball. Some oils can tend to sit on the surface of the skin but these did not.

Cost: $43.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Balancing Black Mud Turmeric Lotion

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes and Water, Glycerin*, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract, Maris Limus (Black Mud), Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol, Lemongrass*, Ylang Ylang*, Turmeric*, Petitgrain*.  *Certified organic ingredients.

This lotion is about medium thickness and a soft beige colour. Some of the amazing ingredients from the cleanser are also present in this lotion. I can definitely smell the lemongrass in this lotion as well as the black mud. I didn’t mind it though, as once my skin absorbed the lotion the scent goes away. I also loved this lotion. It kept my skin matte and yet velvety feeling. My skin has been feeling smoother with all of the products in the Acne Care Line so I really can’t complain.

Cost: $50.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Overall review:

I predict the Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line will be really popular. So many people suffer from acne and this skin care line will help many people. It’s certainly helped me control my acne breakouts. I’ve noticed that my skin is clearer, smoother and less pimple prone. An intro kit is available for those wishing to try before buying the larger sizes.  Keep in mind though, that you also have to eat cleaner to have better skin. No amount of amazing skin care products will help your skin if you are eating mostly processed foods, lots of animal proteins and GMOs.

**Products provided for consideration but all opinions are my own.


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Spots begone! @battysbath Cystic Acne Mask


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Ingredients: Aloe, seaweed powder, chamomile oil, clay, honey, geranium oil, tea tree oil, echinacea extract, burdock root extract, marshmallow root extract, green tea extract, honey suckle extract, vitamin E, vitamin C, alkyl acrylate, radish root ferment filtrate.

This is a wonderful mask for those with acne problems. Though it’s targeted towards those with cystic acne, it also works for me as a spot treatment on my smaller blemishes. When I do get those really big blemishes it helps to shrink them very quickly without overly drying out my skin. The mask is an almost clear, gel-like consistency. It smells mildly of tea tree but once you wash it off your face the smell is gone. I like to use this mask at night as a spot treatment, after I’ve removed all my makeup, cleansed and toned my skin. If I use it all over my face, then my skin will get dry if I leave it on too long. So be aware of this when you use this product. As for the ingredients what can I say? Tea tree and geranium oil are both anti-bacterial and anti-septic. There are also some great anti-oxidants in here with the Vitamin C and green tea. Chamomile, aloe, honey, and Vitamin E provide the skin nourishing properties. Seaweed powder and clay are also detoxifiers. The only thing I’m kind of iffy about is the alkyl acrylate which in my research is a thickener. Not sure this ingredient is completely necessary. Gladly the alkyl acrylate is the second last ingredient so the concentration should be between 1-3% of the product. I’ve sent a message to Batty’s Bath and am waiting a response.

I would repurchase this mask because I love that it’s clear. I could even wear it under my makeup if I wanted to but choose not to. I prefer to use my acne treatments in the evening. But for those who have really bad acne, if your make up products are not so clean this would help prevent and treat breakouts. I would recommend however, that you take a look at everything you put on your skin if you have really bad acne. What you eat also contributes to the condition of your skin. Since I started eating cleaner my skin has really improved in texture and luminosity.

Cost: $19.00 CAD, 60 g / 2 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

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Acne Treatments for every budget level

Hi all, one of the most common complaints I hear about going eco-friendly is that it can be expensive. Not always! But you do have to know what you’re looking for sometimes. That’s where green beauty bloggers like myself come in. We post product reviews so you can get a better idea of what will work for your skin before spending a whole lotta money.

I’m of the mindset where if it works amazing for my skin I’m willing to spend a bit more. But I also pick and choose where I’m willing to spend more. Not all of the products I use are high end. You can do the same easily. Here are three acne treatments I’ve tested at different price points so that you can decide how much you want to spend.

HIGH

MEDIUM

LOW/DIY

Odacite
Black Cumin &
Cajeput Oil

Osmia Organics
Spot Treatment

DIY
Thyme Blemish
Treatment

Read full review here

Read full review here

See DIY recipe here

TO USE: After cleansing skin, apply directly to blemishes.

TO USE: After cleansing skin, apply  directly to blemishes.

TO USE: After cleansing skin, apply directly to blemishes.

THE GOOD: Can be used concentrated or added to  moisturizer. Works fast in concentrated form.

THE GOOD: Gentle formulation
works well for those with sensitive skin.
Rollerball great for easy application.

THE GOOD: Easy to make and easy to customize to personal needs.  Ingredients are easy to find and last a long time.

THE BAD: Can be pricey for those on a budget.

THE BAD: It can take some time to make large blemishes disappear.

THE BAD: Takes a few days to steep. Upfront cost for ingredients if you don’t already have them.

COST: $31.00 CAD,
5 ml / 0.17 oz

COST: $23.00 CAD,
4.7 ml / 0.16 oz

COST: Depends on if organic or non-organic ingredients used

AVAILABLE AT:
The Detox Market Canada,
Fresh Faced

AVAILABLE AT: The Detox Market CanadaClementine Fields

AVAILABLE AT: Get supplies at your natural food store or online

MY RATING: 4/5

MY RATING: 4/5

MY RATING: 5/5


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Product Review: @battysbath Add-On’s for Acne Prone Kit

Note: All images are from the Batty’s Bath website.

Batty-skin support serum

Skin Support Serum

Ingredients: Wild Yam Root Extract, Red Clover Blossom Extract, Chate Tree Berry Extract, Burdock Root Extract, Sarsaparilla Root Extract & natural preservative: Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

This serum smells strongly of all the extract ingredients. I found the smell quite harsh & astringent. When I sprayed it on my face & inhaled a bit it would get me coughing. I think this serum would be best in a rollerball application so that it’s not accidentally inhaled. In colour it’s a medium brown, and loose liquid formation. It’s quite tingly & refreshing when I put it on my skin. But if you put a bit too much you might dry out your skin if you’re sensitive. It did help to balance & reduce my breakouts. But I’ve since found a DIY recipe that works better for me & replaces this step. Note that some of these extracts should not be used if you are pregnant.

Cost: $25.00 CAD, 1oz / 30g
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 3/5

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Acne BOP Mist

Ingredients: Organic Hydrosols of: Yarrow, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Lemon Balm. Organic: Aloe, Patchouli Oil, Lavender Oil, Neroli Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil & natural preservative: Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

This light beige mist is so nice! The hydrosols are much gentler on my skin. I can smell the neroli immediately when first sprayed, then the lavender with patchouli, & the other hydrosols afterwards. I know I’m talking like this mist is a perfume with its top notes, middle notes & base notes. LOL. Anyway, this mist is supposed to “balance oil production, clear out congested enlarged pores, & help purify blackheads.” It works for my skin better than the BOP Serum. I would also use this about once a week instead of daily.

Cost: $20.00 CAD, 2oz / 60g
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

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Acne BOP Serum

Ingredients: Organic Oils of: Hazelnut Grape Seed, Cedarwood, Palmarosa, Lavender, Tea Tree, Clovebud. Organic: aloe & White willow Bark extract. Natural: Wild Yam Root extract & Radish Rood Ferment Filtrate.

You can really smell the organic oils in this serum. I mostly smell the lavender & tea tree with hints of the other oils.  I could still smell them on my skin after putting it on my face. It takes some time to absorb. This serum is pretty oily & must be shaken to ensure all the oils are combined before applying. For my skin it was better to use this serum once a week compared to Batty’s recommendation of daily use. It’s good as a combined acne & hydrating product. But it’s pretty similar to the BOP Mist so I think if I repurchased I would get the BOP Mist instead of this one.

Cost: $17.00 CAD, 1oz / 30g
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 3/5

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Quick Stick Acne Fix

Ingredients: Witch Hazel, Patchouli Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil

This quick stick really works. It’s like the Canadian equivalent of Osmia Organics Spot Treatment. Except it’s more affordable & made in Canada. It’s an effective spot treatment for blemishes. Obviously it smells of the essential oils which make up its ingredients. But I smelled mostly patchouli & tea tree. Despite the witch hazel in this, it wasn’t drying for my skin at all. It does take some time to absorb into the skin though. But as I’ve mentioned in previous posts I now have a DIY recipe for a blemish treatment that works really well for me. So I won’t be repurchasing this.

Cost: $17.00, 10ml / 0.34 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

Overview:

Batty’s Bath Acne Prone Kit & the Add-On’s were hit & miss for me. I found that using all the products as recommended by Batty was too harsh on my skin. She was recommending the acne prone kit & add-on’s be used daily. Instead of simplifying my skin care routine it made things more complex. Not everyone wants to use so many products in one day.

You might be wondering what the effect was on my skin overall. Well, my skin got really clear at first then got steadily worse the longer I used the kit as directed. I was pretty miserable because my face literally exploded with breakouts, even on my neck.  That’s never happened to me before. I kept using the kit as directed because I wanted to test it out thoroughly for the recommended amount of time.  I used it for almost two months. Eventually, I had to completely stop using the acne prone kit.  Of the add-on’s I only continued using the Quick Stick until I ran out. My skin was so freaked out at this point that I needed to use something extremely gentle to heal it. So I purchased the cleanser & tonic from the Holistic Vanity Rosacea Care line (see full review here).

I’ve come to realize a number of things.  Firstly, my skin is more sensitive than I originally thought. Secondly, the more pure my products get, the more reactive my skin gets.  Especially if I use anything not so pure, anything harsh or anything that has too many ingredients. Thirdly, more isn’t always better for me! Piling on the products doesn’t end up with more beautiful skin as we’re often led to believe by the media. It’s been good to discover this though, so that I can strip away what’s not necessary. That’s such a liberating experience I can’t put it into words!

Overall rating: 3/5

Note: Batty’s Bath does the St. Horton’s Farmer’s Market in St.Thomas, Ontario. But you can also have your order shipped within Canada & to the USA.


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Product Review: @battysbath Add-On's for Acne Prone Kit

Note: All images are from the Batty’s Bath website.

Batty-skin support serum

Skin Support Serum

Ingredients: Wild Yam Root Extract, Red Clover Blossom Extract, Chate Tree Berry Extract, Burdock Root Extract, Sarsaparilla Root Extract & natural preservative: Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

This serum smells strongly of all the extract ingredients. I found the smell quite harsh & astringent. When I sprayed it on my face & inhaled a bit it would get me coughing. I think this serum would be best in a rollerball application so that it’s not accidentally inhaled. In colour it’s a medium brown, and loose liquid formation. It’s quite tingly & refreshing when I put it on my skin. But if you put a bit too much you might dry out your skin if you’re sensitive. It did help to balance & reduce my breakouts. But I’ve since found a DIY recipe that works better for me & replaces this step. Note that some of these extracts should not be used if you are pregnant.

Cost: $25.00 CAD, 1oz / 30g
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 3/5

batty-bop mist

Acne BOP Mist

Ingredients: Organic Hydrosols of: Yarrow, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Lemon Balm. Organic: Aloe, Patchouli Oil, Lavender Oil, Neroli Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil & natural preservative: Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

This light beige mist is so nice! The hydrosols are much gentler on my skin. I can smell the neroli immediately when first sprayed, then the lavender with patchouli, & the other hydrosols afterwards. I know I’m talking like this mist is a perfume with its top notes, middle notes & base notes. LOL. Anyway, this mist is supposed to “balance oil production, clear out congested enlarged pores, & help purify blackheads.” It works for my skin better than the BOP Serum. I would also use this about once a week instead of daily.

Cost: $20.00 CAD, 2oz / 60g
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

batty-bop serum

Acne BOP Serum

Ingredients: Organic Oils of: Hazelnut Grape Seed, Cedarwood, Palmarosa, Lavender, Tea Tree, Clovebud. Organic: aloe & White willow Bark extract. Natural: Wild Yam Root extract & Radish Rood Ferment Filtrate.

You can really smell the organic oils in this serum. I mostly smell the lavender & tea tree with hints of the other oils.  I could still smell them on my skin after putting it on my face. It takes some time to absorb. This serum is pretty oily & must be shaken to ensure all the oils are combined before applying. For my skin it was better to use this serum once a week compared to Batty’s recommendation of daily use. It’s good as a combined acne & hydrating product. But it’s pretty similar to the BOP Mist so I think if I repurchased I would get the BOP Mist instead of this one.

Cost: $17.00 CAD, 1oz / 30g
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 3/5

batty-quick stick

Quick Stick Acne Fix

Ingredients: Witch Hazel, Patchouli Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil

This quick stick really works. It’s like the Canadian equivalent of Osmia Organics Spot Treatment. Except it’s more affordable & made in Canada. It’s an effective spot treatment for blemishes. Obviously it smells of the essential oils which make up its ingredients. But I smelled mostly patchouli & tea tree. Despite the witch hazel in this, it wasn’t drying for my skin at all. It does take some time to absorb into the skin though. But as I’ve mentioned in previous posts I now have a DIY recipe for a blemish treatment that works really well for me. So I won’t be repurchasing this.

Cost: $17.00, 10ml / 0.34 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

Overview:

Batty’s Bath Acne Prone Kit & the Add-On’s were hit & miss for me. I found that using all the products as recommended by Batty was too harsh on my skin. She was recommending the acne prone kit & add-on’s be used daily. Instead of simplifying my skin care routine it made things more complex. Not everyone wants to use so many products in one day.

You might be wondering what the effect was on my skin overall. Well, my skin got really clear at first then got steadily worse the longer I used the kit as directed. I was pretty miserable because my face literally exploded with breakouts, even on my neck.  That’s never happened to me before. I kept using the kit as directed because I wanted to test it out thoroughly for the recommended amount of time.  I used it for almost two months. Eventually, I had to completely stop using the acne prone kit.  Of the add-on’s I only continued using the Quick Stick until I ran out. My skin was so freaked out at this point that I needed to use something extremely gentle to heal it. So I purchased the cleanser & tonic from the Holistic Vanity Rosacea Care line (see full review here).

I’ve come to realize a number of things.  Firstly, my skin is more sensitive than I originally thought. Secondly, the more pure my products get, the more reactive my skin gets.  Especially if I use anything not so pure, anything harsh or anything that has too many ingredients. Thirdly, more isn’t always better for me! Piling on the products doesn’t end up with more beautiful skin as we’re often led to believe by the media. It’s been good to discover this though, so that I can strip away what’s not necessary. That’s such a liberating experience I can’t put it into words!

Overall rating: 3/5

Note: Batty’s Bath does the St. Horton’s Farmer’s Market in St.Thomas, Ontario. But you can also have your order shipped within Canada & to the USA.


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Product Review: @battysbath Acne Prone Kit

I first heard about Batty’s Bath on twitter. I was intrigued by her ideas & website so I thought I would try out her Acne Prone Kit.

First of all this kit is really affordable. Four full sized products for $30.00 CAD? Wow. Plus it is made in London, Ontario by Jamie. So it qualifies as local for me. Plusses all around! Btw, Jamie’s nick name is Batty, hence Batty’s Bath. I’m going to review each item separately then give my overall impression of the kit. I also bought the add-on’s to get the full experience. But I’ll be posting those reviews separately. I’ve listed below the cost of each item if you were to buy them separately & the kit price at the end.

Note: All images are from the Batty’s Bath website.

The Acne Prone Kit consists of:

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Patchouli & Grapefruit Facial soap

Ingredients: Coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, deionized water, vegetable glycerin, walnut shell powder, organic jojoba oil, organic patchouliu oil, organic grapefruit oil, citric acid.

This soap was pretty middle of the road for me. It didn’t really seem to do anything especially nice for my skin. It does smell yummy though with the grapefruit & the patchouli oils.  It rinses clean & the scrubby bits were nice for exfoliating. As it was running out I used it on my body & like it better as a body soap than a facial soap. Will not repurchase.

Cost: $7.00 CAD, 59 g / 2 oz
Rating: 3/5

batty-tea tree scrub

Tea Tree Facial Nut Scrub

Ingredients: Purified water, organic olive oil, organic castor oil, organic tea tree oil, ground walnut shells, stearic acid, glycerin.

A nice facial scrub. I like the smell of tea tree & a little goes a long way. It’s too abrasive for me to use every day as Batty recommends in the acne prone skin routine.  When I did use it daily it just made my skin peel like crazy. It comes in a glass jar & early on it fell in my shower due to flimsy shelving. I got rid of those flimsy shelves after that!  It rinses clean & the walnut shells are gentle on my skin if I don’t scrub too hard. Anyway, not sure I would repurchase this as I like the chemical exfoliants better.

Cost: $15.00 CAD, 100 g / 3.5 oz
Rating: 3/5

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Patchouli Facial Moisturizer

Ingredients: organic: Cocoa seed butter, shea butter, grape seed oil, vegetable glycerol (soy), japanese green tea extract, patchouli essential oil, natural: deionized water, vegetable wax, stearic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride (from coconut oil), titanium dioxide (natural oxide), vitamin E, Rosemary extract, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (natural preservative).

As you can see from the picture it comes in a lovely glass jar. Patchouli is the star ingredient in this moisturizer. Obviously if you don’t like the way patchouli smells I wouldn’t recommend you buy this. The smell lingers on the skin for a while before absorption. The moisturizer itself is quite thick. I found it a bit too oily for wear during the work day. But it’s great for use at night. I also used some on my body & it made my skin as smooth as a baby’s butt! I’m not sure if I like it better as a facial moisturizer or as a body moisturizer! I would definitely repurchase this. It might even become a staple in my cosmetics drawer. This would be a godsend during the colder, drier winter weather.

Cost: $12.00 CAD, 2oz / 60g
Rating: 5/5

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Dry Clay Mask

Ingredients: 100% natural kaolin (green clay)

This clay mask is a pretty ordinary clay mask. For those not familiar with clay masks it basically smells like earth & feels like you’re slathering your face with mud. Which you are, really. LOL. But mud masks have been used to condition the skin since the time of the ancient Egyptians. I find kaolin clay more drying to my skin than some other clay masks. If you’re like me, make sure to use a good moisturizer or oil afterwards. You can also use aloe vera juice instead of water to mix into the mask. Anyway, I liked the Dead Sea Mud Mask better than this mask. I won’t be repurchasing.

Cost: $10.00 CAD, 50g / 1.76 oz
Rating: 3/5

Overview:

The Batty’s Bath Acne Prone Kit wasn’t better for my skin than anything else I’ve tried before. The only product I really loved was the Patchouli Facial Moisturizer & I would rather use it as body cream than a facial cream.

Acne Prone Kit Cost: $30.00 CAD (If each item is bought separately the total cost would be: $44.00 CAD)
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Overall Rating: 3/5

Note: Batty’s Bath does the St. Horton’s Farmer’s Market in St.Thomas, Ontario. But you can also have your order shipped within Canada & to the USA.


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May/June: Empties

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Penny Lane Organics Lip Balm, Mango Flavour
Read full review here. I finally finished off this lip balm. I have to say, the taste of this lip balm is so yummy though I know it’s not for eating. LOL. It also did a great job of keeping my lips perfectly hydrated. I would repurchase this after I’ve gone through my lip balm stash.
Cost: $5.00 CAD, 4.5 g
Available at: Penny Lane Organics
Rating: 5/5

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Holistic Vanity, Rosacea Care, Healing Immortelle Tonic
See full review here. My skin had a major freak out a little while ago. So I bought items from the Rosacea Care line to help calm my skin. This was the first item that I finished. Love this stuff! I may repurchase when I run out of my other toners/tonics.
Cost: $26.00 CAD, 100 ml
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 4/5

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Lavina Skincare, Barbary Fig Seed Oil **PR Sample
Full review to come. Lavina was kind enough to send me some samples of their Barbary Fig Seed Oil & I have to say I love this oil! It’s very gentle, healing, & hydrating. I think I’ve found my HG oil!
Cost: $29.99, 0.33 fl oz / 10ml
Available at: Lavina Skincare
Rating: 5/5

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Battys Bath, Conditioner in Happiness
Full review to come. While I really liked what the conditioner did to my hair I wasn’t so enamoured of the scent. Spearmint is associated in my mind with toothpaste. So yeah, I kinda felt like my hair smelled like toothpaste when I used this conditioner. I think next time I repurchase this I’ll get either the unscented or try the coconut cream or buttercream icing scents. Knocking it down a point in ratings due to that.
Cost: $17.00 CAD, 236 g / 8 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 3/5

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Osmia Organics, Spot Treatment
See full review here. This spot treatment really works. I’ve repurchased it before. It was a lifesaver for me with my acne prone skin. But now I’ve found a DIY recipe for a blemish treatment that I can make easily & for a lower cost. So I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this.
Cost: $20.00 CAD, 0.16 oz
Available at: Husk, Clementine Fields
Rating: 4/5

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Weleda Calendula Ointment

Ingredients:  Calendula Officinalis, Beeswax, Lanolin, Lanolin Alcohols, Sesame Oil, Water.

No review. I was pretty underwhelmed with this ointment. It’s a thick, yellowish colour that goes on easily.  But I can really smell the lanolin in this ointment & that puts me off liking it. Also it didn’t do anything beneficial to my skin other than hydrating it. I won’t be repurchasing this ointment.

Cost: $17.00 CAD, 0.88 OZ / 25g
Available at: Big Carrot, Ambrosia Natural Foods
Rating: 2/5