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January/February: Empties

100% Pure, Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Creamreview

Previously I had only tried a small sample of this body cream from Glam Goes Green. But when I was Christmas shopping I went to Husk and bought the full sized tube. I have to say, this stuff is the bomb! It smells like the world’s most yummiest, mouth watering vanilla cupcake. I’m not usually a fan of vanilla (and neither is hubby). But we both agreed that this stuff smells amazing. It’s not an overpowering scent either. It is subtle and sweet. Besides the lovely scent it actually is a really good body cream. It’s thick but I like to spread it on damp skin just after my shower and it still moisturizes really well if sparingly used. My skin feels silky smooth after using this body cream and of course smells like heaven. I love it! I will repurchase this again in the future.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 236 ml / 8.0 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green, 100% Pure, Husk
Rating: 5/5

Lavina, Organic Jojoba Oilreview

Hello mama! Here’s a lovely oil that can be used head to toe. I’ve been trying a lot of DIY recipes lately and I often see jojoba oil listed as one of the ingredients. It’s a really versatile oil and I’ve been loving it in my hair as well as on my face. I created my own DIY facial oil blend for nourishing and clarifying my skin. It’s been working so well I may not buy anymore facial oils in the future unless I’m tempted beyond measure. This one gets full marks because it ticks off all my criteria. Organic? Cold Pressed? Canadian business? Check, check and check!

Cost: $20.00 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Lavina
Rating: 5/5

Holistic Vanity, Brightening Hyaluronic Lotionreview

Holistic Vanity is another brand love affair for me. I like a lot of their products so you’ll see me mention them a lot on my blog. This lotion is lovely and soothing. Paired with the Antipodes brightening serum it’s a knock out team. The lotion is light enough to use for the day time but I like to use it at night. I must get some more of this soon.

Cost: $68.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

Antipodes, Apostle Skin-Brightening Serumreview

I have sensitive skin. So when I find a brightening serum that doesn’t irritate it, I tend to stay loyal unless I find something better. So far, I haven’t found any product better than this brightening serum. I’m a fan of convenience so I haven’t been rubbing my face with lemons, even though it may cost less. I’m still loving this serum so I will definitely repurchase this again!

Cost: $58.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1.0 oz
Available at: White ApothecaryUrb Organic Spa
Rating: 5/5

Have you tried any of these brands?


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DIY: Balancing Facial Oil

I’ve been on a real DIY streak lately. I guess it’s because at this point in my life I’m finding that simple is better. My most recent DIY venture is making my own balancing facial oil specifically for my acne prone sensitive skin. I took a look at Osmia Organic’s ingredients list for their spot treatment for some guidance and came up with this facial oil that suits my skin’s needs perfectly. I just made this facial oil on the fly so keep in mind you may need to adjust ingredients according to your own skin type. Jojoba oil and avocado oil are both oils with stellar hydrating properties. As for the essential oils, they all have some very interesting therapeutic and aromatherapy properties that I could talk about all day long. Tea tree is antimicrobial and antifungal, as well as being effective for stimulating the immune system. Cypress is astringent, antiseptic, and works well to soothe and calm the nerves. Thyme is cleansing, purifying and aids memory and concentration. Rosemary is also astringent and great for clearing the mind and improving mental awareness.

Ingredients:

¼ cup jojoba oil
¼ cup avocado oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
2 drops thyme essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions:
Combine the oils and essential oils in a glass bottle and store in a cool, dry place for up to a month. Essential oils are very potent. If you have very sensitive skin you should probably start with just one drop of each oil (or even cut down the number of essential oils you use) and do a patch test to see if you develop a reaction. I put my oils in a glass bottle with pump top for easy dispensing.

Below is a picture of what the oils actually look like after being combined. I like to use this oil on my face after removing make up and then spritzing with toner. If I need more hydration after that, I will add a layer of moisturizer once my skin has absorbed the oil. If I have blemishes I spot treat them with a DIY blemish treatment where needed.

There you have it, my first DIY facial oil that I made without following a recipe! It’s been working wonders for my skin so far. My skin has been very balanced and hydrated lately. When I do get blemishes, they are small and disappear quickly without my having to do too much to them.

Have you ever tried making your own facial oil?


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Product Review and #Giveaway: @LavinaSkinCare Jojoba Oil


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Ingredients: 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Jojoba Oil

I used to think of jojoba as a pretty ordinary head-to-toe oil, but since I’ve been using Lavina’s Jojoba Oil I’ve totally changed my mind. The quality of their oil is wonderful! I’ve used jojoba oil before from other brands. But I didn’t see the same results with other brands as I did with Lavina’s. Simply put, their jojoba oil has now become one of my must-have-at-all-times items. I’m pretty addicted to their Barbary Fig Seed Oil too (read review here). I love that their jojoba contains absolutely zero additives. What’s in the bottle? Just 100% organic cold-pressed jojoba oil, and nothing else. You can’t beat that kind of purity. I use jojoba all over. It’s in my DIY Leave-In Conditioner, I use it as a body moisturizer, and a facial moisturizer too. Jojoba is really so versatile, and Lavina’s is a great quality oil. I will most definitely repurchase this oil in the future.

Cost: $20.00 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Lavina
Rating: 5/5

Want a bottle of your own to try? Enter the giveaway below to win a 60 ml bottle of Lavina’s amazing Jojoba Oil which comes with a 10 ml Argan Oil!

Brand: Lavina

Read the interview with the founders of Lavina here

Status: CLOSED

Prize: Lavina Jojoba Oil 60 ml + Argan Oil 10 ml

Enter Dates: February 16 – 25, 2015

Eligibility: International residents

Winner: Cindy Aiton

*** CLICK HERE TO ENTER ***


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Product Review and Giveaway: Lavina Jojoba Oil


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Ingredients: 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Jojoba Oil

I used to think of jojoba as a pretty ordinary head-to-toe oil, but since I’ve been using Lavina’s Jojoba Oil I’ve totally changed my mind. The quality of their oil is wonderful! I’ve used jojoba oil before from other brands. But I didn’t see the same results with other brands as I did with Lavina’s. Simply put, their jojoba oil has now become one of my must-have-at-all-times items. I’m pretty addicted to their Barbary Fig Seed Oil too (read review here). I love that their jojoba contains absolutely zero additives. What’s in the bottle? Just 100% organic cold-pressed jojoba oil, and nothing else. You can’t beat that kind of purity. I use jojoba all over. It’s in my DIY Leave-In Conditioner, I use it as a body moisturizer, and a facial moisturizer too. Jojoba is really so versatile, and Lavina’s is a great quality oil. I will most definitely repurchase this oil in the future.

Cost: $20.00 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Lavina
Rating: 5/5

Want a bottle of your own to try? Enter the giveaway below to win a 60 ml bottle of Lavina’s amazing Jojoba Oil which comes with a 10 ml Argan Oil!

Brand: Lavina

Read the interview with the founders of Lavina

Status: CLOSED

Prize: Lavina Jojoba Oil 60 ml + Argan Oil 10 ml

Enter Dates: February 16 – 25, 2015

Eligibility: International residents

Winner: Cindy Aiton

*** CLICK HERE TO ENTER ***


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Product Review: @Odacite Concentrates


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Odacité, Black Cumin + Cajeput Pimple Concentrate

Ingredients: Highest-grade cold-pressed certified organic virgin organic black cumin oil, certified organic cajeput essential oil, certified GMO-free vitamin E.

This pimple concentrate has a nice, clean, slightly spicy scent to it. The scent is mild and dissipates once the concentrate is absorbed into the skin. I like that this product is versatile. You can use it undiluted as a spot treatment directly on blemishes, or you can add it to your moisturizer. When used in its concentrated form it worked fast to reduce the size of my blemishes without drying or irritating my skin. It’s kind of pricey compared to other spot treatments but I can’t deny the effectiveness of it. I’m knocking it down a notch due to cost. I will likely repurchase this in the future. Note: If your skin is very sensitive, be careful with this concentrate as it’s very strong.

Cost: $31.00 CAD, 5 ml / 0.17 oz

Available at: The Detox Market, Fresh Faced

Rating: 4/5

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Odacité, Jojoba Lavender Clogged Pores Serum Concentrate

Ingredients: Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin organic jojoba oil, certified organic lavender essential oil, certified GMO-free vitamin E (tocopherols).

I have to confess, this concentrate didn’t do much for my skin. It has that lovely lavender scent going for it. But it only unclogged my pores a little. A good steam does more for my skin. Also this would be an easy DIY oil that could be made for less. The ingredients are definitely high quality but I don’t think I’ll repurchase this in the future.

Cost: $33.00 CAD, 5 ml / 0.17 oz

Available at: The Detox Market, Fresh Faced

Rating: 3/5


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August/September: Empties

Aura Cacia Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a lot like Jojoba Oil. It doesn’t have much of a smell either. While Jojoba is a heavier oil, grapeseed is lighter and easier to spread on my skin. This oil is better used during the summer months because it’s lighter. It’s a light golden yellow in appearance and for me it feels like it sits on the surface of my skin, providing a barrier to environmental pollutants. I don’t think I’ll repurchase this oil as fall is now coming and this will be too light for use come winter time. I’m also experimenting with other oils. Oh, another thing about grapeseed oil, it’s also used in cooking! But make sure if you put the cooking oil on your skin that it’s organic.
Cost: $6.29 CAD, 118 ml / 4.0 oz
Available at: Well.ca, Healthy Planet, Ambrosia Natural Foods
Rating: 4/5

Now Solutions, Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil doesn’t really have much of a smell so it’s perfect for those who are scent sensitive or purists. It’s medium golden yellow in appearance but completely absorbs into the skin. I like to use it just after my shower as I find having damp skin helps to spread the oil easier. Jojoba oil is a medium weight oil in my books. It’s nice and moisturizing but not overly heavy. It’s also a common ingredient in DIY recipes so it can be useful to have it around. Besides using this for the skin you can also use this on your hair. But only put as much as necessary, otherwise you’ll end up with greasy, lanky hair. I like to repurchase this oil every now and then to keep it on hand.
Cost: $16.99 CAD, 118 ml / 4.0 oz
Available at: Well.ca, Healthy Planet, Ambrosia Natural Foods
Rating: 4/5

Susdatorium, Conditioner Sampler Set, Umpa Lumpa and Unscentsed

Review of Conditioner Sampler Set to come. I’ll do a full review of the conditioner sampler set when I’ve used all the 13 sample sizes up. Umpa Lumpa is coloured purple and smells very strongly of the tropical fruits that make up its main ingredients list. The smell was too strong for me so I had to water it down. But it really did a great job at making my hair soft and manageable. Unscentsed on the other hand, was completely unscented and that was quite refreshing too. I didn’t try it as a detangler but it works nicely as a conditioner. All of Sudsatorium’s conditioners are generally really good in quality. So far it’s been pretty hard to get a conditioner that doesn’t do it job very well. I think I may repurchase Unscentsed in the future to try it out as a detangler.
Cost: $58.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Sudsatorium Etsy Shop
Rating: 4/5