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Acure Organics, Moroccan Argan Oil+ Argan Stem Cell Conditioner

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Ingredients: Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearylkonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented sugar), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside (from corn and glucose), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (guar gum conditioner), Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable-derived), L-Arginine (amino acid), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Sorbitan Olivate (from olives + sugar), Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Cellulose (plant derived), D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin. E), Lactic Acid (vegetable derived), Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) seed oil, Organic Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells, glycerophosphoinositol lysine (from sunflower), Prunus dulcis (Almond) Extract, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia Bark) Oil

This conditioner comes in a plastic squeeze bottle which can get a little messy when standing on its head. The conditioner is white in colour and has a medium thickness. The smell is light and herbal and dissipates after my hair dries. The description on the bottle reads “triple moisture conditioner”. I would say it got half-way there but not all the way for me. My hair is curly and very thirsty. My scalp is also prone to dryness so I always need a very nourishing conditioner. While this did help nourish my hair and scalp a bit, I was hoping for better results. I suppose I was expecting too much. But with a name like triple moisture I really wanted something thicker and more hydrating. I don’t think I will repurchase this. I’ve heard good thinks about John Masters Avocado Conditioner. So I’m going to try that next to compare effectiveness. As for the ingredients list it’s got a great list of hydrating and smoothing properties but for some reason my hair didn’t love it that much. While my hair did have less tangles as I used this conditioner, it didn’t feel any thicker and my hair was actually flatter when I styled it. I lost the volume I usually have with other hair conditioners.

Cost: $18.50 CAD, 235 ml / 8 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green, iherb
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 3/5

Have you ever tried Acure Organics?

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July/August Empties

Sudsatorium, Kiwi Herman Body LotionReview

Love this body lotion! The smell is so relaxing and refreshing at the same time. I’m going to repurchase a bigger bottle!

Cost: $12.95 CAD 125 ml / 7 oz (also available in sizes from 60 ml/2 oz to 500 ml/16.8 oz)
Available at: Natural Code, Thair, Etsy
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Holistic Vanity, Rosacea Care, Healing Immortelle Tonic – Review

This tonic is my HG toner. When my skin is irritated and inflamed this toner helps to calm everything down. I always make sure to have this tonic in my cabinet. I never want to run out as it works for my skin so well! I’ve repurchased this tonic many times and will continue to do so.

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

Acure Organics, Moroccan Argan Oil+ Argan Stem Cell ConditionerReview

This conditioner didn’t perform as well for me as I would have liked. When I used this conditioner, my hair felt flat after I dried it. I won’t be repurchasing.

Cost: $18.50 CAD, 235 ml / 8 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Greeniherb
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 3/5

John Masters Organics, Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner (sample) – Review to come

This 10 ml sample size was only a single use for my hair type. I’ve got very thirsty hair. I liked the way my hair felt after using the sample so when I finish my current conditioner I’m going to buy the full size to see how long term use affects my hair.

Cost: $34.00 CAD, 207 ml / 7 oz
Available at: John Masters, Clementine Fields, Fresh Faced
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

John Masters Organics, Rose & Apricot Hair Milk (sample) – Review to come

Another 10 ml sample size. This one I mixed with my DIY leave-in conditioner and it was great for helping to keep my hair frizz free. It gave my leave-in a light hold that I liked. I don’t like the smell too much as I’m not much a fan of rose scents. But I’ve bought the full size so that I can continue to mix it with my leave-in.

Cost: $40.25 CAD, 118 ml / 4 oz
Available at: John Masters, Thair, Ambrosia Natural Foods, Fresh Faced
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

John Masters Organics, Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor (sample) – Review to come

I really liked this 10 ml sample size of this product. The hair reconstructor was thick enough to provide some intensive moisture for my thirsty hair. I’ve also bought the full size of this to test out for a longer period of time. This product smells great. I really love the honey and hibiscus smell.

Cost: $39.00 CAD, 118 ml / 4 oz
Available at: John Masters, Ambrosia Natural Foods, Clementine Fields, Fresh Faced
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Lavina, Barbary Fig Seed OilReview

Lavina’s Barbary Fig Seed Oil remains one of my favourite oils and companies as well. Barbary Fig Seed Oil is packed with lots of properties that are beneficial to the skin: its high amounts of linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid), Vitamin E, and anti-inflammatories such as betalain and zinc. I also love Lavina’s Jojoba Oil and Argan Oil. I use Lavina’s Argan Oil in my DIY leave-in conditioner. I have repurchased this oil many times and will continue to do so.

Cost: $30.00 CAD, 10 ml / 0.33 fl oz
Available at: Lavina
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Egyptian Magic, All Purpose Skin Cream – No Review

I received this jar of cream in the Think Dirty Clean Beauty Box. There’s no doubt, it’s a great all around skin cream with very simple ingredients. The price point is reasonable as well. However, I can get a large jar of organic shea butter from New Directions Aromatics that costs less in the long run and gives me the same results. I won’t be repurchasing this product.

Cost: $38.52 CAD, 118 ml / 4 oz
Available at: Think Dirty app, Amazon.ca, Egyptian Magic, Other stockists
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Sudsatorium, Naughty Face and Body SoapReview

I have to admit, I love Sudsatorium’s Naughty soap. I’ve tried some of Sudsatorium’s products and so far they keep hitting out of the park! I guess that means I’m an addict. Naughty is soap containing Bamboo Charcoal, Licorice Root Decoction, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, and Sea Salt. It left my skin soft and kept my skin clear. Sometimes I get body acne and Naughty kept me from breaking out. I’ll have to repurchase this after I finish the other soaps I’ve bought from Sudsatorium!

Cost: $ 3.95 CAD, 50 g / 1.8 oz
Available at: Etsy, Detox Market
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5


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Spotlight on: Sudastorium

Note: Logo images are from Sudsatorium Etsy and Company website.

Introduction to company:

I can’t remember how I first heard about Sudsatorium. I think it was on twitter. But as soon as I learned about them I was immediately intrigued. It’s not often that you find a Canadian company that makes fair trade, vegan, organic and cruelty free products! Every box on my list got checked off and then I learned that they also donate 5% of proceeds to grassroots charities. Wow! I really admire their ethics. Most recently I saw Sudsatorium at the Green Living Show where I bought a bunch of their soaps. I’ve also tried their conditioners, which I love! Lucky me, Olive agreed to let me interview her for the blog. I hope you enjoy this interview!

How did Sudsatorium come to be? Was it something you had always wanted to do or something you fell into?

Sudsatorium is a passion project that started out of necessity. When diagnosed with a series of adult-onset restrictive allergies in my mid-teens, life suddenly became a struggle. I came to the realization that not only did I have to reassess what I was putting in my body, but also everything I was putting on my body as well, so I began crafting natural beauty products out of my kitchen purely for myself.

How did your education in the world of natural beauty products start?

We like to think of our education in natural beauty as more of a crash course, spurred on by necessity, immersing ourselves entirely into the process and learning as we went. Keep in mind that it took well over a decade before we ever even thought about turning what we were doing into a professional endeavour, so we’ve all had plenty of time over the years to fill in the knowledge gaps through traditional schooling; because curiosity and pluckiness could only get us so far!

Was it difficult to find the quality of ingredients you wanted for your products?

We’ve always been strongly committed to ethical sourcing, which for us means seeking out organic – and ideally – fairly traded raw materials whenever possible. We’ve been lucky enough to have plenty of help from various fair trade organizations who’ve helped connect us with the right people around the world. It is all about fostering positive relationships with the farmers and workers who are responsible for growing, harvesting, distilling and all the other arduous work that goes into producing the brilliant ingredients that make Sudsatorium what it is.


John Luther of Sudsatorium at the Green Living Show, March 2015

What products do you personally use besides the ones you make?

By far and away, aloe. We have potted aloe vera plants all over our shop kitchen, to have on hand to quell the flames of sunburn, moisturize dry bits and pieces (especially our hands which are constantly taking a beating), take care of untimely blemishes, whatever the case be. We’ve even been known to nibble on a leaf after meals to help keep tummy troubles at bay! LOVE IT.

What one ingredient or product would you never, ever use and why?

Fragrance’ which isn’t really one ingredient, but complex mixtures of dozens of chemicals, none of which are required by law to be listed amongst the ingredients. We read a recent study by Environmental Defence saying that laboratory analysis of top-selling colognes and perfumes identified an average of 14 chemicals per product not listed on the label, including multiple chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or interfere with hormone function. No thanks.


Where do you hope to see Sudsatorium in the future?

Hopefully (fingers crossed) continuing to do what we love, right here in Toronto, our home and constant source of inspiration. If we stay true to our principles and keep doing everything with passion, we’re confident that we’ll find ourselves in a good place.

My thanks to Olive Pendergraph and John Luther of Sudsatorium for taking time out of their busy schedule to answer these questions. To stay in contact with Sudsatorium you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! If you live in Toronto they will be at the Bellwoods Flea, Leslieville Flea and Annex Flea this spring/summer!


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3 Best Natural Conditioners

I don’t really use shampoo but I love, love, love conditioners! So here are some of what I consider the best natural conditioners.

Batty’s Bath Conditionerreview

I like to use this conditioner as a setting lotion. But it also works amazing as regular conditioner. It reduces fly aways, frizziness and gives my hair a lovely shine. This conditioner is made in London, Ontario. I have repurchased this multiple times already.

Cost: $17.00, 236 g / 8 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

Sudsatorium, I Drink Your Milkshake Conditionerreview

I’m loving this vegan, fair-trade, cruely free, conditioner! It makes my hair soft, shiny, manageable, and it smells so good! Plus proceeds of every purchase goes to grassroots charities. This product is made in Toronto, Ontario. You can’t beat this. I will definitely keep repurchasing this conditioner.

Cost: $16.95 CAD, 250 ml / 8.4 oz
(also available in 3 other sizes)

Available at: Sudsatorium Etsy ShopDetox Market Canada
Rating: 4/5

Rahua, Voluminous Conditioner – review

It’s been a while since I used this conditioner but it’s still one of my faves. Like the Batty’s Bath conditioner it also keeps the frizzies at bay and tames the fly aways while giving my hair bounce and shine. What more could a woman ask for?

Cost: $34.00 CAD for 275ml / 9.3 oz
Available at: Fresh Faced, Blossom Lounge, Detox Market Canada
Rating: 4/5

What are your favourite conditioners?


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Sudsatorium Conditioners

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If you’ve been paying attention to my empties posts you would know that a while back, I bought the conditioner sampler set from Sudsatorium. The sampler set is no longer available on the Etsy Shop but you are still able to buy sample sizes of each conditioner separately. It was really hard to pick a favourite from their conditioners. I liked different conditioners for different reasons. For example, I really liked A Brewed Awakening for the smell: chocolate coffee brownie. I also liked Day of the Bed for its scalp soothing properties. Duck Duck Booze was also great for the scalp and for getting my hair really shiny. For the conditioners that didn’t suit my hair type, I had my sister-in-law try them.  She tried Living in the Mo-Mint as well as Chilly Willy. She liked both but noted that her hair would feel heavy towards the end of the day. All in all I would say the Sudsatorium conditioner sampler set was a great first product to try. Considering that these conditioners are vegan, fair-trade, cruelty-free, plus proceeds go to grassroots charities, I think the prices and value cannot be beat! I’ve already purchased a full sized I Drink Your Milkshake conditioner after trying the sample. A brief note to those who are sensitive to scents. Most of their conditioners have strong smells so if you’re not a fan of scents then these conditioners might not be for you! There is only one conditioner that is suitable for those allergic to scents and it’s called: unscentsed. Big surprise there eh? 🙂

Cost: $5.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz (also available in 3 larger sizes)
Brand Origin: Canada
Available at: Sudsatorium Etsy Shop, Detox Market Canada
Rating: 4/5


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Product Review: @SUDSATORIUM Conditioners

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If you’ve been paying attention to my empties posts you would know that a while back, I bought the conditioner sampler set from Sudsatorium. The sampler set is no longer available on the Etsy Shop but you are still able to buy sample sizes of each conditioner separately. It was really hard to pick a favourite from their conditioners. I liked different conditioners for different reasons. For example, I really liked A Brewed Awakening for the smell: chocolate coffee brownie. I also liked Day of the Bed for its scalp soothing properties. Duck Duck Booze was also great for the scalp and for getting my hair really shiny. For the conditioners that didn’t suit my hair type, I had my sister-in-law try them.  She tried Living in the Mo-Mint as well as Chilly Willy. She liked both but noted that her hair would feel heavy towards the end of the day. All in all I would say the Sudsatorium conditioner sampler set was a great first product to try. Considering that these conditioners are vegan, fair-trade, cruelty-free, plus proceeds go to grassroots charities, I think the prices and value cannot be beat! I’ve already purchased a full sized I Drink Your Milkshake conditioner after trying the sample. A brief note to those who are sensitive to scents. Most of their conditioners have strong smells so if you’re not a fan of scents then these conditioners might not be for you! There is only one conditioner that is suitable for those allergic to scents and it’s called: unscentsed. Big surprise there eh? 🙂

Cost: $5.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz (also available in 3 larger sizes)
Available at: Sudsatorium Etsy Shop, Detox Market Canada
Rating: 4/5


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Green Beauty Holiday Gifts For $30 and Under

I’m the kind of gifter that doesn’t like to give people things I haven’t tried before. So here is a list of my favourite holiday gifts to give. I’ve tried all of these at one time or another and can attest to their wonderfulness!


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Olive Authentique Soapsread review

Made in Quebec, this company is a regular at the One of A Kind Show and I picked some soaps up for gift giving. I love their Dead Sea Mud Soap!
Cost: $10.00 CAD, 100 g / 4 oz
Available at: Olive Authentique, Logan & Finley


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Osmia Spot Treatmentread review
For the acne prone this little roll on can be a life saver. So I would this to someone who’s struggling with acne. Who doesn’t want the blessing of clear skin?
Cost: $26.00 CAD, 5 ml / 0.16 oz
Available at: Clementine Fields


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Lavina Barbary Fig Seed Oilread review
I love this oil for it’s richness and hydrating properties. This is also safe for sensitive skinned and acne prone people.
Cost: $29.99 CAD, 10 ml / 0.33 fl oz
Available at: Lavina


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Leaves of Trees Argan Hand and Body Lotionread review
This is a cute little tube of hand lotion that looks like toothpaste! Comes in a variety of scents: Lavender, Frankincense, Orange Blossom, Pink Grapefruit, Rose Cardamom and Unscented.
Cost: $25.00 CAD, 150 ml / 5 oz
$15.00 CAD, 37 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Leaves of Trees, Fresh Faced


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Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Shaving Gelread review
For the men in your life whom you’re secretly trying to convert to green beauty products. My hubby uses this and loves it!
Cost: $11.99 CAD, 207 ml / 7 oz
Available at: Well.ca


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Pure Anada Pressed Blush or Eyeshadowread review
For the makeup artist wannabe, you can create a customized magnetic compact full of Pure Anada’s stunning eyeshadows and blushes.
Cost: eyeshadow: $8.00 CAD, 3 g / 0.11 oz
blush: $12.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.32 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green, The Pure Boutique


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Lippy Girl Lipstickread review
If you know any vegans they will love these lipsticks. Lippy Girl also makes blush, eyeshadow and lip gloss!
Cost: 15.50 CAD, 3.8 g / 0.13 oz
Available at: Lippy Girl, White Apothecary


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Sudsatorium Conditionersread review
Know someone who loves scents and conditioners? This would be the perfect gift! Their conditioners are vegan, cruelty free, and fair trade as well.
Cost: $24.95 CAD, 500 ml / 16.9 fl oz
$16.95 CAD, 250 ml / 8.4 fl oz
$9.95 CAD, 125 ml / 4.2 fl oz
$5.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 fl oz
Available at: The Detox Market, Sudsatorium

So there you have it, my green beauty gift guide for $30 and under. Hope you enjoy it!