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Au Naturale, Concealer and Foundation

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Au Naturale, Crème Concealer in Beige

Ingredients: Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Iron Oxides, Kaolin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano), Organic Maranta Arledinacea

Another find from green beauty shop Natural Code is Au Naturale‘s Crème Concealer in Beige. This concealer actually looks way too light for my skin tone in the swatch above. But if you look at the picture below where I’ve blended it into my skin you can hardly detect it. Some great ingredients in this concealer, kaolin clay is great for absorbing oils, jojoba oil is also close to the skin’s natural sebum production. Rosemary and Olive are both known as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. I like the simplicity of using this concealer. I just dab my fingers into the pot and pat it gently on my under eye circles and blemishes. The coverage can be built up from medium to full. I like to keep it at medium coverage since I think that looks more natural and realistic than being able to cover up all the tiny imperfections. Since my skin is blemish prone and very sensitive I’m quite picky about what I put on my face. I’m happy to report that this concealer didn’t break me out, nor did it cause any other reactions. I’m seriously considering making this concealer my everyday concealer as it’s so easy to use and I like the coverage. The small pot is also very travel friendly, compared to some powder concealers I’ve tried. I would like to play with the other concealer colours (like Buff) to see if that would suit me better.

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Cost: $30.00 CAD, 5.5 ml / 0.2 oz
Available at: Natural Code, Au Naturale
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

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Au Naturale, Powder Foundation in Sand

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, and Iron Oxides.

I wanted to like this foundation. However there are too many oxides in this foundation and I found it would leave a very white cast around my eyes and any dry spots. The colour seemed to be the right one for me when I swatched at the store. But when I got it home I realized it was several shades too light for me. Luckily I had some darker pigments I was able to add to this foundation so that I could make it usable for my skin without looking like I was auditioning for Kabuki. The container also isn’t very travel friendly. The large perforated top lets a lot of foundation out. Once you take the plastic sticker off its hard to dispense a little at a time unless you are careful. I tend to like foundations with more clays included in the formulation like Haut’s Bio Mineral Foundation. My skin is already prone to some oilyness and this foundation didn’t work that well for me because of the shininess of the oxides and mica. The oxides can provide great coverage but unless Au Naturale reformulates by adding some clays in, I don’t think I will be repurchasing this foundation again.

Cost: $40.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.3 oz
Available at: Natural Code, Au Naturale
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 3/5

Have you ever tried Au Naturale?


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Lily Lolo: Eyeshadow, Concealer, Blush, Brow Duo + Discount Code


I was first introduced to Lily Lolo by Katie Vibes in the Christmas Beauty Swap. She sent me their eyeshadow in Moonlight and I loved it! So after that experience I wanted to know more about the brand and purchased the concealer, blush and brow powder from White Apothecary. Now that I’ve used all these products for a while, I thought it was time for a product review.


Eyeshadow in Moonlight

Ingredients: mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), chromium oxide (CI 77288), ferric ferricyanide (CI 77510), ultramarine blue (CI 77007).

Moonlight is mix of brown and purple with some gold coloured flecks. As a loose mineral powder eyeshadow it has incredible pigment and great colour payoff. With that in mind, a little goes a long way. Using my makeup brush I will tap a little bit onto the cap and swirl my eyeshadow brush in it. I like to use this shade as my eyeliner in the day time. In the night time this would be a great shade to create a smokey eye look. It lasts all day long without creasing so it still looks great from the time I first put it on, till when I wash it off at the end of the day. I’m really liking this eyeshadow and it makes me wonder what their pressed eyeshadows are like. I would repurchase this once I run out.

Cost: $15.00 CAD, 1.3 g/ 0.05 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo UK, Lily Lolo USA, Naturismo
Rating: 5/5

Concealer in Caramel

Ingredients: kaolin, titanium dioxide, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499.

I tried swatching this concealer. If you look at the picture above you’ll see the blush swatch, the eyebrow duo swatch and below that is the concealer. It’s really hard to see because it’s pretty close to my natural skin tone. It’s only a shade lighter than my skin so it’s perfect as a concealer. When I use this, it looks like I’m literally erasing my blemishes and pigmentation spots. Yet at the same time it manages to feel very light and look natural on my skin. It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing any concealer. This is the best powder concealer I’ve tried so far in my green beauty journey. If this concealer matched my skin perfectly I would use only this instead of layering my Haut Bio-Mineral Foundation on top. I hope someday Lily Lolo comes out with more shades for this concealer. The only slightly strange thing about this concealer: it leaves an oily residue on the glass bowl I use to apply my makeup. It’s not a big deal for me though. I will most definitely repurchase this once I run out.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 4.5 g/ 0.2 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo UK, Lily Lolo USA, Naturismo
Rating: 4/5

Blush in The Pink

Ingredients: mica, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, sodium hyaluronate, eryngiu, maritimum callus culture filtrate [+/- silica, tin oxide, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (iron oxide), CI 77492 (iron oxide), CI 77499 (iron oxide), CI 77742 (manganese violet), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77510 (ferric ferrocyanide), CI 77288 (chromium oxide), CI 75470 (carmine)]

Oh no, I confess I didn’t realize there was carmine in this blush. I try to stay away from products with animal by-products but this one slipped through my radar. It’s too bad because I really like this blush. It lends a natural pink flush to my cheeks. It’s sheer and light but totally buildable for a more dramatic look. I like to keep it sheer and natural-looking for my daytime makeup since I work in an office. It wouldn’t do to walk around looking like Raggedy Ann. It has good staying power as well and doesn’t crease or change colour on my face as some blushes have done in the past. Well I’m going to have to knock this rating down a notch because of the carmine. If Lily Lolo ever reformulates without carmine I would repurchase this.

Cost: $22.00 CAD, 4 g/ 0.2 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo UK, Lily Lolo USA, Naturismo
Rating: 3/5

Brow Powder in Dark

Ingredients: WAX – kaolin, Ricinus communis seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Cera alba (beeswax), Candelilla cera, zinc stearate, hydrogenated castor oil, Copernicia cerifera cera, CI 77891(titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (iron oxide), CI 77492 (iron oxide). POWDER – kaolin, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, zinc stearate, [+/- CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (iron oxide), CI 77492 (iron oxide), CI 77499 (iron oxide)

I’m wondering now if I should have gotten this brow powder in medium. The dark is a bit too dark for me, even though I have very dark hair. I didn’t like the texture of this product and it didn’t go on naturally though I tried different applications. I also didn’t like the wax as it felt too heavy. I’m liking the Lavera brow gel better for keeping my brows in place. This just didn’t work for me.

Cost: $18.00 CAD, 2 g/ 0.1 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo UK, Lily Lolo USA, Naturismo
Rating: 2/5

Have you ever tried Lily Lolo?

Get 15% off Lily Lolo with my discount code: EESPRING2015 at White Apothecary. Code is valid from May 1st to May 31st.


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Product Review: @zuiiorganic Concealer Pencil and Lip Liner

 

Zuii Organic, Lip Liner in Berry

Ingredients: Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) cera* cera alba* butyrospermum parkii (shae butter) fruit*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, ricinus communis (castor seed) oil*, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera*, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, May contain (+/-) CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77019, CI 77499, CI 77891. * Certified Organic ingredients

This is a fairly pigmented lip liner made by Zuii Organic. I’ve never used Zuii before and I have to say, it’s holding up nicely as a lip liner. Then again, I’m not as demanding in my criteria for this type of product. It just has to go on smoothly and last a decent amount of time. That is exactly what Zuii’s lip liner does. Though I have to say, I was disappointed that they only have four colour options. I do hope they expand this in the future. If you know of the colour profiling system I would recommend the Berry colour for Winters. It’s a nice deep berry red colour with hints of purple in it. The only complaint I have about this lip liner is that the cap easily comes off. It’s quite loose and if I had this in my purse I would worry about the cap coming off and marking up the inside of my purse. I wouldn’t recommend this particular lip liner to be used while traveling with because of the cap problem. It’s also quite pricey for a lip liner. You can get a lip liner with toxic ingredients for less than $10.00 usually. I’m not sure if it’s standard for eco-friendly lip liners to be pricey as this is the first time I’m replacing mine. As for accessibity, I haven’t found this lip liner at a Canadian etailer (online retailer) but the brand does seem to be available in the USA as well as as in the UK, Australia and Asia. Check out their store locator below for more details.

Cost: $19.99 CAD, 1.2 g / 0.4 oz
Available at: Big Carrot, Store Locator
Rating: 4/5


Upper lip: natural. Lower lip: Zuii Organic Lip Liner in Berry


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Zuii Organic, Concealer Pencil in Latte

Ingredients: Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) cera*, cera alba*, helianthus annuus seed oil*, carthamus tinctorius oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, ricinus communis (castor seed) oil*, persea gratissma oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shae butter) fruit*, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera*, sorbitan olivate, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol caprylic/capric triglyceride, may contain (+/-), CI 77007 / CI 77259 / CI 77491 / CI 77492, CI 77499 / CI 77510, CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 77947, CI 77742, CI 75470. * Certified Organic ingredients

Just looking at it, you would think this concealer pencil looks too yellowish to match my skintone. But when I put it on, it disappears into my skin so perfectly. I like to use this concealer pencil as a final touch up. Anything that my mineral foundation doesn’t cover (like stubborn blemishes) will be covered up by this highly pigmented and thick concealer. Since I’m moving towards using less makeup, this is the perfect product for that transition. It covers up my under eye circles amazingly while still looking natural. It’s like a magic eraser! There are some coconut oil derivatives in the ingredients which so far haven’t caused me to break out. But I’ll have to see if that’s still the case in the long term. The cap on this concealer pencil is very loose, just like the lip liner. It’s a good thing I don’t travel with it. This product is scentless. I would consider purchasing this again. I haven’t found this at a Canadian etailer (online retailer) other than Zuii Organic. But if I do find one, I will update the links.

Cost: $24.99 CAD, 1.8 g / 0.6 oz
Available at: Big Carrot, Store Locator
Rating: 4/5

Have you ever tried Zuii Organic‘s products? What did you think of them?


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February/March: Empties

Laidbare, From Dusk Till Dawn Vitamin C SerumReview

I’m currently undecided if I want to repurchase this serum. It seemed to work well on my under eye circles but didn’t do much for my skin tone.

Cost: $9.99 GBP, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: NaturismoLaidbare Naturaceuticals
Rating: 3/5

100% Pure, Candy BlushReview

This was a decent blush. But it’s certainly not very travel-friendly. One accidental drop and it shattered to pieces. I had to use it as a loose blush because of that. I love the colour but I’m not sure if I would repurchase this again.

Cost: $36.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.32 oz
Available at: Big Carrot100% Pure CanadaHusk
Rating: 4/5

Lily Lolo, Concealer (Samples) – No Review

My first time trying out the brand Lily Lolo came courtesy of Katie Vibes when she gave me the Lily Lolo Loose Powder Eyeshadow in Moonlight for the Green Beauty Swap. I really liked the eyeshadow, so I thought I would try more of Lily Lolo’s products. When Naturalla Beauty had a discount code on her blog, I happily bought some samples of the concealer from the Lily Lolo USA website. It looks like the concealer sample pack is no longer available on the Lily Lolo USA website which is a pity. For things like concealer and foundation I find it helpful to try the sample sizes before buying the full sized product. I bought the colours Nude and Caramel. Nude is about three shades too pale for me but works well for concealing my under eye circles. Caramel is also too light for my skin tone but is much closer to it. Now if they had another concealer a shade darker it would be a perfect match for me! I have already bought the full sized concealer in Caramel from White Apothecary.

Cost: Full Size: $21.00 CAD, 4.5 g / 0.16 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo USA, Lily Lolo UK
Rating: 4/5

Haut Cosmetics, Purifying Primer Review

This is still one of my favourite primers. I also like to use it in the evening as a kind of treatment cream when I’m breaking out. It helps keep my skin clear without having to use too much spot treatment. With my acne, I find a multi-pronged approach works well.

Cost: $ 59.00 CAD, 250 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics, Beauteabar
Rating: 5/5

Hurraw, Lip Balm in Vanilla BeanReview

My original review was for the grapefruit flavour so I decided to try a new flavour this time around. Hurraw doesn’t disappoint. My lips were still beautifully hydrated all day long with the Vanilla Bean flavour. I would definitely repurchase this balm.

Cost: $3.79 CAD
Available at: HurrawThe Big Carrot, Noah’s Natural Foods.
Rating: 5/5

Crawford Street, Tangerine Lip BalmReview

Another nice lip balm. This one was living in my purse for the longest time. Since this balm is more solid than others I’ve tried, it lasted longer and also doubled as face balm in a pinch. There isn’t much tangerine flavour to it but that’s okay. You don’t always want to taste your lip balm when you’re eating food. I would repurchase this in the future.

Cost: $5.00 CAD, 4 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Logan & FinleyCrawford StreetClementine Fields
Rating: 4/5


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Product Review: @battysbath Primer, Concealer, Deodorant

All images from Batty’s Bath website.

Facial Primer & Detox Daily Moisturizer

Ingredients: Organic: Cocoa Seed Butter, Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Vegetable glycerol (soy), Japanese green tea extract, and natural: Clays (green, pink, kaolin, moroccan lava), Deionized water, Candelilla wax, Stearic acid, Caprylic/capric triglyceride (from coconut oil), Titanium dioxide (natural oxide), Vitamin E, Rosemary extract, Radish root ferment filtrate (natural preservative).

There isn’t much of a scent to this thick, creamy white primer by Batty’s Bath. It glides onto my skin and provides a nice barrier to the environmental pollutants outdoors. If you read the ingredients list this primer has four (yes that’s right) clays in it! Each clay has a specific purpose. Green is for detoxing the skin, rebalancing oil flow and repairs scars. Pink is for hydrating and skin firming. Kaolin is for “slip” to give your skin a smooth texture so that your makeup goes on flawlessly. Finally Moroccan lava is for rejuvenation, detoxification, toning of the skin, reducing dryness, improves skin clarity and elasticity. With all these clays in there you would think that there might be some colour to this primer but it goes on clear. I was kind of hesitant to try this primer at first as coconut oil tends to break me out. But this primer doesn’t do that to me thankfully. Now that it’s winter here in the great white north my skin really needs a nice thick primer like this one to protect my skin of the harsh temperatures. I also used this primer in the summer and it didn’t make my makeup melt off my face when the weather was humid. It’s really a great all season primer! Those with dry skin will love this primer too. I’ve already repurchased this & will continue to do so.

Cost: $12.00 CAD, 60 g / 2 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

Mineral Concealer in Warm Sand

Ingredients: Jojoba oil, Avocado butter, Sweet almond oil, Aloe, Shea butter, Titanium dioxide, Mica, Cocoa butter, Castor oil, Evening primrose oil, Iron oxide, Zinc oxide, Beeswax, Rosemary extract, Meadowfoam oil, Neem oil, Rosehip oil, Vitamin E.

This concealer is scentless as well. It’s a thick-looking paste in the little plastic tub. But when I dab my finger on it and apply to my face it actually can go on as sheer or as thick as you would like. I use a little bit at a time and build up the coverage I want. The container looks small but don’t be deceived, a single tap of the finger is usually enough for me to get medium coverage. So this little pot will last me a long time. As for colour, despite the name Warm Sand, the colour goes on a bit too white for my complexion. But it does work amazingly well for covering up the dark circles under my eyes and blemishes. As for the ingredients, there’s a lot to approve of in this list. The ingredients read like a role call of what to put on your face if it’s dehydrated and needs some TLC. This concealer didn’t break me out at all, which is a common problem for me. In fact my very sensitive skin was really happy with this concealer. I think I’ll try the next darker colour to see if that’s a better match for my complexion. I hope Batty makes this concealer in a wider variety of colours someday. I’m sure a lot of people would love to get their hands on a concealer like this!

Cost: $12.00 CAD, 5 g / 0.18 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

Natural Deodorant, in Unscented

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Aloe Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Chamomile Flower Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil*, Vegetable Derived Gum, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin E. *All fragrance oils are phthalate free.

Well since I got this deodorant in unscented, guess what? It doesn’t smell like anything! Go figure. LOL. All kidding aside, I find even if a product says unscented you usually find some kind of scent. If it’s not a natural product it smells like a chemical laboratory to me. This deodorant works for about 12 hours on me. It didn’t begin that way. When I first started using it, the protection would only last for about 8 hours (the length of an average work day). But for some reason it works better on me now. I have repurchased this in Mangoberry and have to confess that I like the scented versions of her deodorant better. The nice thing about this deodorant is that it’s clear, goes on clear, and dries clear. It didn’t stain my clothing. It doesn’t prevent you from sweating so it would be a good idea to wear something that doesn’t show sweat easily. I’ve also bought this deodorant for my dad in Man Musk and Unscented for my mom because I wanted them to stop using the toxic deodorants. They both report that it works well for them. This is important especially for my mom, who has a number of allergies she has to worry about. But she hasn’t had any reactions after using it for months. I will repurchase this and try the other scents to see which one I like best. Besides Unscented, Mangoberry and Man Musk, this deodorant also comes in: Peppermint, Coconut Cream, Cucumber, Margarita/Key Lime, Raspberry and Warm Vanilla Sugar. Just a note though, Batty doesn’t make these deodorants all the time so get them while you can!

Cost: $15.00 CAD, 118 g / 4 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5


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Product Review Updates: Antipodes, W3ll People, Rahua, Weleda

I wanted to write updates for some of my older product reviews since things did change over time. It’s amazing how the effect of a product can change depending on what you’re using before or after it. Product formulations also change so sometimes that is the reason why a product may work better or worse for you over time. So without further ado, here are the updates!


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Antipodes, Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner

Ingredients list: Aqua (purified water), lavendula officinalis (pure distilled lavender water)**, salvia officinalis (distilled sage water), anthemis nobilis (chamomile), naticide (preservative), fragrances of lavender and sage, d-limonene*, geraniol*, linalool*, coumarin*. *Component of essential oil.

Read empties review here.  Read original review here. The first time I tried this product I was using other products around it that completely dried out my skin. It wasn’t pretty. I went back to it again and it worked a lot better for me. But now the efficacy of the toner has waned. It doesn’t seem to do much for my skin now. I’m not going to repurchase this when I have a DIY recipe that works better for me and costs less.

Cost: $32.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.5 fl oz
Available at: Urb Organic Spa, White Apothecary
Rating: 2/5


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W3ll People, Narcissist Foundation & Concealer Stick

Ingredients: Organic sunflower oil, organic castor seed oil, organic beeswax, silica, castor isostearate beeswax succinate, mica (CI 77019), safflower seed oil and organic aloe extract, lysine, tocopherol, proprietary essential oil blend, organic green tea, chamomile. May contain titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)

Original review.  Read samples review here. Well I’m so glad I stuck with this product because after I found my colour match I’ve been using it every day ever since. I’ve tried other foundations but so far this one has worked the best for me. It gives me a nice, even, golden glow and goes on easily. I wasn’t fond of stick foundation/concealers before W3ll People, but these guys have me convinced. I’ve also tried the Vapour Illusionist Concealer and that didn’t work as well on me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still try samples of other foundations. But until I find something better this is the one for me. Why mess with perfection?

Cost: $39.00 CAD, 10g / 0.38 oz
Available at: Fresh Faced, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 5/5


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Rahua Beauty, Voluminous Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqua, organic green tea leaf extract, organic lemongrass extract, organic aloe vera leaf extract, colza oil, glycerin, jojoba seed oil, rahua ungurahua oil, stearalkonium chloride (plant-derived), glyceryl stearate, shea butter, hydrolyzed quinoa, potassium sorbate (plant-derived), tocopherol (vitamin E), lavender oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, panthenol, citric acid.
Read original review here. My hair must have gone through some changes. This used to work like a dream on my curly, prone to frizz hair. But when I tried it again 2 months ago it just made my hair limp. Perhaps it’s because I’m using more DIY products on my hair? Now I’m wondering if Rahua’s Finishing Treatment will still work for me or not. I’ll have to experiment and find out!
Cost: $39.00 CAD, 275 ml / 9.3 oz
Available at: Saffron Rouge, Pure + Simple, Fresh Faced
Rating: 3/5 stars


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Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant

Ingredients: Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Rosa Moschata, Rosa Damascena, Glycerin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate. * from natural essential oils

Read original review here. Well, I gave up on this deodorant after a while. I started getting sick of the fake rose smell.  Also the alcohol started drying out the skin on my armpits really badly. I’ve come to the realization that spray deodorants aren’t the greatest thing for me. I also wanted to get away from limonene and linalool as much as possible. I know this deodorant works well for a lot of people, so don’t give this a nix just because of my review. But if you have sensitive skin or dry skin, especially on your armpits then you might want to try something less drying.

Cost: $18.55 CAD, 100mL /3.4 fl.oz
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 2/5


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June/July: Empties

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Leaves of Trees, Coffee Argan Scrub
Read full review here. I’m testing out another scrub right now. I have to say that I keep comparing it to this one which I like soooo much better. The toothpaste-like tube makes it so no muss no fuss. Plus the scent of this scrub is so strong. But I think I’ll try the Grapefruit/Tangerine scent next time.
Cost: $15.00 CAD, 37 ml / 1.25 oz
(also available in 110 ml / 4 oz)
Available at:
Leaves of Trees, List of stockists, Fresh Faced
Rating:
5/5

Holistic Vanity, Aloe Kumari Cleanser
Read full review here. This is a nice, gentle cleanser and I think I actually like it better than the Holistic Vanity, Rosewater Cleanser. Will probably repurchase in the future.
Cost: $28.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.38 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

Haut Cosmetics, Beige Brightener (sample)
Read full review here. This brightener is multipurpose. It can be used as both a concealer and a highlighter. I’ve been using it as a concealer and a little goes a long way so the sample size is usually perfect for me. I finished my little pot and am trying a different concealer right now but I may repurchase this in the future.
Cost: Sample size: $6.00 CAD
Full size: $29.50 CAD, 4.25 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Rating: 4/5

Haut Cosmetics, Bio Mineral Foundation in Burnt Almond (refill)
Read full review here. I’ve repurchased this foundation many times. Haut now has this available as a refill instead of getting the container with sifter lid every time. I like this idea as the refill option is also cheaper and saves them from having to buy more containers that aren’t needed.
Cost: Refill: $49.95 CAD, 10 g / 0.35 oz
With Container: $59.00 CAD, 10 g / 0.35 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Rating: 5/5

La Bella Figura, Modern Radiance Concentrate
This stuff is incredibly pricey. Having said that, I bought this bottle in February and gave almost half to my mom to share it with her.  It still lasted me until the end of July. Six months is pretty good, y’all! Looking back, I could’ve just used one pump for my whole face instead of two and then it would have lasted even longer. As for performance, it worked amazingly well at fading my dark spots. Every day the dark spots got lighter until they disappeared. This would be a 5/5 except for the price. Not everyone can afford to lay down so much money for one item. Not sure if I will repurchase this in the future. I’m currently looking to see if I can I find something that works just as well but costs less.
Cost: $169.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1.0 oz
Available at: Clementine Fields, Husk, Eco Diva Beauty
Rating: 4/5

Lily of the Desert, Aloe Vera Gel
No review. According to Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic, this isn’t the greatest aloe vera gel out there. She gives it a 3 out of 4 rating. Read her article on aloe vera here. But this brand is easily found in most natural food stores. I’ve never heard of or seen Avivir Aloe Gel in any of the natural food stores or online shops I buy from. Anyway, I used this aloe vera gel to make my own leave-in conditioner and hair gel. It works well, but I will be looking for a better aloe vera gel in the future.
Cost: $7.99, 342 g / 12 oz
Available at: Healthy Planet, Nutrition House, Big Carrot
Rating: 3/5

Susdatorium, Conditioner Sampler Set, Hawaii Five Oh and Okra
Winfrey Conditioners

Review to come. I heard about Sudsatorium on twitter and I just had to get some of their products to test them out. I got the conditioner sampler set and a sample size of their Butterfingers hand cream. The first conditioners from the sampler set I finished were the Hawaii Five Oh and the Okra Winfrey. First of all, oh my goodness do these conditioners smell good! They smell very strongly even after my hair dried. I got lots of compliments on how good I smelled while using these conditioners. If you’re sensitive to scents though, these might be too strong for you. Hawaii Five Oh smells like what you would expect, coconutty!  It’s white in colour, smooth in texture and made my hair very shiny. Plus I love the name of this product. Every time I looked at the bottle the theme for Hawaii Five Oh (the tv show) would go through my head. LOL. The next conditioner I finished was Okra Winfrey. Okra Winfrey is a green coloured, somewhat chunky and thick conditioner. I would have liked to see it blended into a smoother texture. My hair smelled very pretty after using this and it also conditioned my hair nicely. Though I found I would still frizz out when the weather got humid. I’ll do a full review of the conditioner sampler set when I’ve used all the 13 sample sizes up.
Cost: $58.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at:
Sudsatorium Etsy Shop
Rating:
 4/5