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Sudsatorium, Kiwi Herman Body Lotion and Naughty Soap

Hi, My name is Hazel and I’m a Sudsatorium addict. Here are some the latest things I’m loving from one of my fave Canadian brands. There will be another post soon with reviews on the haircare products I’ve bought from Sudsatorium so stay tuned!

Kiwi Herman

Kiwi Herman Body Lotion

Ingredients: Fresh Organic Ravensara Leaf Infusion (Ravensara aromatica), Fresh Organic Coconut Water (Cocos nucifera), Fair Trade Wild Harvested Ucuuba Butter (Virola sebifera), Fair Trade Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Fresh Organic Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia chinensis), Palm-Free Vegetable-Derived Cetyl Alcohol, Organic Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Non-GMO Lactobacillus Ferment (Fermented Korean Cabbage)

OMG. I have to rave about this body lotion. I love the smell so much. It’s so relaxing and yet refreshing at the same time. It takes me to a sensory paradise that I want to live in all day long. The scent is kind of tropical with the Kiwi fruit and Coconut oil, but you can also smell the Jasmine and Vanilla. Besides the smell, I love the way it works. It’s not thick in texture, so you wouldn’t guess how moisturizing it is. I love to slather it on after my shower. It absorbs quickly leaving my skin hydrated but not greasy. Let’s talk about the properties of these ingredients. Ravensara is from Madagascar and is said to have anti-deppresant, anti-bacterial and even aphrodisiac properties. That explains why I love the smell! Ucuuba butter comes from the Amazon region of South America has anti-aging properties and is used to treat skin issues like acne, eczema, and dry skin. Kiwi fruit contains vitamin C and vitamin E which helps keep skin firm and helps fight free radicals. Combining these two wonderful ingredients with coconut oil, coconut water and kiwi fruit makes for a thin but very nourishing body lotion. I’ll definitely repurchase this lotion and keep it in rotation with my other favourite body lotions.

Cost: $12.95 CAD 125 ml / 7 oz
Available at: Natural CodeEtsy
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Naughty soap

Naughty Face and Body Soap

Ingredients: Fresh Organic Licorice Root Decoction, Organic Rapeseed Oil. Organic Coconut Oil, Vegetable-Derived Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Coco Glucoside, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Fair Trade Organic Rosewood Oil, Organic Sandalwood Oil, Organic Bamboo Charcoal, Sea Salt

I have to confess that using Naughty was actually quite the opposite experience! This dark black soap left my skin soft and kept my skin clear. My skin didn’t misbehave when I used this soap! Sometimes I get acne on my back or neckline and Naughty kept me from breaking out. Licorice root is anti-inflammatory and known for helping with acne, eczema and psoriasis. It also helps reduce the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation. Rapeseed oil provides your skin with anti-oxidants, coconut oil helps your skin retain moisture, and bamboo charcoal is helps absorb excess oil. 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, Natural Code
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Have you ever tried Sudsatorium?

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All you need is love and chocolate from ChocoSol Traders


ChocoSol Traders has become one of my favourite organic chocolate brands. Green & Black’s used to be my favourite but I’ve since realized the benefits of eating a more artisan type of chocolate and raw chocolate. What makes them artisans?  Well, ChocoSol Traders make sure they deal only with fair-trade cacao bean suppliers, and they make their chocolate right here in my home city of Toronto using eco-friendly power. They have a “cradle to cradle” approach in making their chocolate, which is organic, shade grown and sourced from indigenous communities in the Lacondon Jungle of Chiapas, Mexico and the Oaxacan mountains of Southern Mexico. They also use ingredients grown in Southern Ontario. To read more about ChocoSol Traders, check out their About Us page.

I love all the unique flavours they have for their bars. At the Total Health Show back in April I was able to nab the Jaguar Swirl and Coffee Crunch flavours which aren’t available at the health food stores I frequent. The bars were delicious and I found a small square of chocolate really satisfying. With some chocolate bars in the past I would eat one piece and then want to devour the whole bar! But with ChocoSol Traders’ my chocolate craving would be satisfied with just one square. Perhaps it’s because their chocolate is quite dense and the flavour profile is also intense. Chocolate bars aside, I’ve also tried their cacao nibs which I use to make the Earth Diet cookie dough balls. The cacao nibs work great as “chocolate chips” and are actually healthier for you than milk chocolate chips as these are as pure as you can get. For those not familiar with cacao nibs, they are created from cacao beans that have been roasted, cracked and de-shelled. The only nit picky thing I can complain about with ChocoSol Traders is that I wish they had an online shop so I could get my hands on more of their special flavours. But then again, I suppose that would defeat the purpose of their slow chocolate/food ethics. Besides chocolate bars, they also sell drinking chocolate, cacao nibs, roasted coffee, hemp seeds, chia seeds, vanilla pods and agave. Check out their youtube video of drinking chocolate below. Doesn’t it look scrumptious? I’ve yet to try their drinking chocolate. Maybe when the weather cools down again I can get my hands around a hot mug of their drinking chocolate.

Cost: Half bar $4.80 CAD
Available at: Noah’s Natural Foods, Ambrosia Natural Foods, List of other stockists
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

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Pure + Simple, Purifying French Clay Mask and Calming Mask


Pure + Simple, Purifying French Clay Mask

Ingredients: Water, Montmorillonite Clay, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Linoleamidopropyl Phosphatidyl PG-dimonium Chloride (Linoleic Acid Derivative), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water*, Sucrose Cocoate (Coconut Derived Emulsifier), Salix Nigra (Willow Bark) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Beta Glucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Foraha) Fruit/Seed Oil*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Extract*, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract*, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Taraxacum Officinalis (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Cedrelopsis Grevei (Katrafay) Bark Oil, Melaleuca Quinquenervia (Niaouli) Leaf Oil*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Citrus Hystrix (Combava) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Undecylenoyl Glycine (Amino Acid), Capryloyl Glycine (Amino Acid), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Lecithin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum. *Certified Organic

I love simplicity. Using this clay mask is simple and expedient because it’s a moist mask and you don’t need to mix it with water. It comes out of the tube ready to be used. It’s also quite gentle on my sensitive skin despite being a purifying mask. Green clay is the main purifying ingredient in this mask. But the oat beta glucan also assists in reducing blemishes. It smells just lovely. You can definitely smell the green tea, tea tree and rosemary essential oils. The mask is thin and so it dries out quickly. For a more intensive effect, you can layer it on thick and leave it on for a longer period of time. You can also use this mask as a spot treatment for blemishes. Since I do my at home facials once a week, I like to keep a mask on my face for 30 minutes to an hour after it’s dried. I just wish there was a larger size of this mask available so I could cut down on packaging waste.

Cost: $21.95 CAD, 50 ml / 1.6 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

Pure + Simple, Calming Cucumber Mask

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cassia, Cassia Angustifolia (India Senna) Seed Polysaccharide, Sclerotium Gum Powder, Vegetable Collagen, Morringa Pteygosperma (Moringa) Seed Extract, Leuconostoc (Radish) Root Ferment Filtrate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Copper PCA, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Distillate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract.

This mask is a super star for rehydrating my skin. I use this mask most often in the winter time to combat the dry winter air and indoor heating. But it’s also great to use in the summer time if you’ve been sunburned. Cucumber and rice are calming and cooling, while sea algae and senna seed extract help to hydrate and plump the skin. In texture the mask is thin, clear, and gel-like. It washes off cleanly and my skin feels smooth and moisturized afterwards. It’s great for sensitive skin as well. I’ve used it at times when I’ve had an allergic reaction to something and need immediate relief.

Cost: $25.25 CAD, 50 ml / 1.6 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple, Glam Goes Green
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Have you ever tried Pure + Simple Products?


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Flowers to Fragrance, Cleanser and Deodorant

Lavender and Geranium Cleansing Lotion

Ingredients: Water, Emulsifier Wax, Sweet Almond Oil, Rose Hydrosol, vitE Grapefruit Seed Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil

I love the simple ingredients list for this cleanser! It is thick in texture and when I apply it to my face it feels simply luxurious. Sweet almond oil and rose hydrosol provide the moisturizing elements. Grape seed extract contains vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid which is great for healing the skin. Lavender essential oil and geranium essential oil reduces inflammation, balances, tones and purifies the skin. This cleanser was super gentle on my skin and didn’t make my skin react at all. This is a great cleanser all year around and feels most soothing in the dry winter months. As for scent, you can smell the essential oils in it but the scent is mild and dissipates once I finish washing my face. I love the smell of lavender which is calming and I would pump some of the cleanser in my hand and then breathe in a few breaths before spreading the cleansing lotion on. What a treat to have lavender from a local farm in this lovely cleansing lotion! I would definitely buy this again and even give it away as a gift to my loved ones.

Cost: $19.99 CAD, 250 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Flowers to Fragrance
Rating: 5/5

Deodorant Spray in Citrus Lavender

Ingredients: Witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, sea salt, lemon essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, orange essential oil, cypress essential oil, lavender essential oil, coriander essential oil, geranium essential oil.

This deodorant works but it last that long for me. Maybe it’s my body chemistry, but I would find myself slightly smelly the next morning when I got up. Given that this is a natural deodorant that is mostly made up of just essential oils I think that’s pretty great. But for those who are super active or are detoxing, this might not work for them. I’ve finished this deodorant up before the summer has gotten really hot or humid so I’m not sure how well it would hold up in that kind of weather. I do love the smell of this deodorant however. The citrus oils are such a refreshing smell. The skin on my arm pits is pretty sensitive so I’m happy to report that I didn’t have any reaction to the ingredients. I’m currently undecided if I will repurchase this again.

Cost: $11.99 CAD, 250 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Flowers to Fragrance
Rating: 3/5


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Miik Clothing, Charlotte Cardi and Jamie Buttoned Tunic

About Miik Clothing

I’ve been a fan of Miik Clothing since I learned about them through Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic. I love that they are local, eco and their clothing is well made. Read more about Miik on their About Us page. Check out the interview with founder Donna Smith below.

I currently don’t have any pictures of myself wearing the Charlotte Cardi or the Jamie Tunic but I’ll beg my hubby to take pictures. You can also check out my Instagram pics of my other Miik Clothing here: Emily Cardigan in Black, Wendy Dress in Watermelon. I’ve just realized I need to take more pictures of my Miik Clothing! I have more pieces than these pictures suggest.


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Charlotte Cardi

This cardi is perfect to pair with my summer dresses. It shows off the shape of my dress while keeping my arms and back covered enough so that I won’t freeze while at work. It’s also sleek and simple enough that it doesn’t detract from whatever dress I’m wearing. I work in an office so in the summer time they crank up the AC. I’m prone to getting cold easily, so a cardigan with this kind of shape works perfectly for me. I bought this cardi in black. But it’s pretty hard to see details of the shape and style when you see the picture of the black cardi so I chose the port colour to showcase. As for material the cardi is light and comfortable, not bulky at all. I’ve never heard of sorona before but according to my research it is a biopolymer “containing 37% annually renewable plant based ingredients.”

Materials: 90% rayon-made-from-bamboo and 10% lycra; 55% rayon-made-from-bamboo,
35% sorona and 10% lycra.
Color: Port (Also available in: Black and Ink Blue)
Cost: $175.00 CAD
Available at: Miik Clothing, Logan & Finley, Other stockists


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Jamie Buttoned Tunic

I love the Jamie buttoned tunic. It was however, too long for my petite stature. I’m only about 5’3″ so when I first put the tunic on, it was too long to be a tunic and too short to be a dress. I ended up taking it to an alterationist to have it shortened. Now it looks much better on me. The fit isn’t 100% perfect as it hangs on me a little, but I do love this tunic. The colour options are great for one thing, and it’s also the light and comfortable fabric. It has washed well so far and I look forward to years of wearing it. When I have worn it out casually or even at work on casual day, I always get compliments on the colour.

Materials: 90% rayon-made-from-bamboo and 10% lycra. 55% rayon-made-from-bamboo,
35% sorona and 10% lycra.
Color: Port/Red Wine (Also available in: Charcoal Sorona/Port, Black/Charcoal Sorona, Port/Black, Ink Blue/Black, Port, Ink Blue, Red Wine, and Black)
Cost: $165.00 CAD
Available at: Miik Clothing, Logan & Finley, Other stockists

Overall, I would say these pieces are great additions to my wardrobe. At these prices I would consider these investment pieces. Miik Clothing does last a long time if you take care of it properly. So all Miik lovers take heart, your piece of clothing will last with proper care. Also, they do have clearance sales at the end of the season. But you’ve got to be quick because sizes and colours sell out in a snap! Also, while eco-friendly clothing tends to be more expensive, you can rest easy knowing that you’re not contributing to global waste or pollution and the people sewing your clothing are paid fairly. My policy these days is to vote with my dollar! I’m all for fair wages, and eco-friendly, sustainably made clothing.


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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

Have you ever tried Batty’s Bath?


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Jennifer Fukushima, Monilifera Jacket


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Materials: 26% Recycled Wool, 17% Hemp, 14% Recycled Polyester, 13% Nylon, 12% Wool, 12% Cotton, 3% Organic Cotton, 3% Other Fibres, Plastic Buttons.

I’m a lucky, lucky lady that Jennifer Fukushima lives and works in my city. I love her clothing and her ethics. Jennifer makes clothing from recycled and eco-friendly fabrics. If you have ever visited stores like Fresh Collective and Chartreuse Style then you might have seen her work in their stores. 

For those addicted to fast fashion please don’t get sticker shock. Jennifer’s clothing is meticulously sewn here in Toronto. Plus keep in mind the work that goes into each garment. Using recycled fabrics and piecing them together into one whole clothing item takes time and precision. While the clothing can be pricey, I think the quality is well worth it. Just looking at the stitching it looks like a piece of art. The stitches and seams are so neat, clean and they don’t unravel. I have been frustrated in the past when buying eco-friendly clothing that has been shoddily sewn together. No need to worry about that with this piece. The Monilifera jacket is perfect for most seasons except for the warmer months. In the winter time it keeps me warm and is easy to layer with. In the spring and fall it works well as a light jacket. I wore it to the Green Living Show in April and I often wear it at work on casual Fridays. It’s nice enough to wear to the office and casual enough so that you don’t look overdressed if you’re at a casual event. Pick one up when you can! Once the item sells out there won’t be any more. These jackets are limited run.

Cost: $199 (sale), $379 (regular)
Available at: Jennifer Fukushima, Fresh Collective
Rating: 5/5