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Lalun Naturals, Autumn Gold Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer

Lalun Naturals Autumn Gold

Autumn Gold Cleanser

Ingredients: *Calendula infused Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, **Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) Oil, *Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, *Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil. **Certified Organic Ingredients, *Organic or wildcrafted.

Firstly I have to save I love the smell of this cleanser. It has some of my favourite oils in it. As a cleanser it was a bit too heavy for my combination acne prone skin. But I loved using it as an after shower moisturizer/body oil. As for ingredients I like how simple and pure the ingredients list is. There are plenty of skin loving oils such as safflower oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil.  Most people know that Jojoba oil is most similar to our skin’s own sebum production. Avocado oil is rich in fatty acids as well as anti-oxidants Vitamin A,B,D and E. Safflower oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and rich in linoleic acid. Chamomile and lavender are known for being calming and gentle to the skin. Both Rosemary and lavender are also known for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which helps heal skin prone to acne.

Cost: $18.00 USD, 114 g / 4 oz
Available at: Lalun Naturals
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Autumn Gold Toner

Ingredients: Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Water, **Aloe barbadensis Leaf (Aloe) Juice, Vegetable Glycerine, Colloidal Gold, *Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) Flower Essence. **Certified Organic, *Organic or wildcrafted.

Maggie has created a lovely, gentle toner perfect for transitioning into the colder weather of autumn. I don’t know about you but when summer starts slipping into autumn my skin takes a hit. It seems that almost suddenly I get crocodile skin that is thirsty for moisture. This toner was a great help for rehydrating my skin and perfect for use before applying serums. Chamomile is calming and aloe juice packs some hydrating power while the colloidal gold helps stimulate cell turn over. If you’ve got thirsty skin like me, this would be a great toner for you to add to your skin care regimen.

Cost: $18.00 USD, 114 g / 4 oz
Available at: Lalun Naturals
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

Autumn Gold Moisturizer

Ingredients: Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) Water, **Aloe barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, **Elaeis guineensis (Palm) Butter, *Calendula officinalis (Calendula) extract, **Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Colloidal Gold, *Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Glycerin, *Curcuma longa (Turmeric) Root Extract,**Elaeis guineensis (Palm) Fruit Oil, **Lecithin GMO free, Ricinis communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Citrus aurantium sinensis (Orange) Fiber, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) GMO Soy free, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, **Curcuma Xanthorrhiza (Turmeric) Root Extract, **Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Oil, **Helichrysum italicum (Helichrysum) Oil, **Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) Oil, **Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, Daucus carota (Carrot) Seed Oil. **Certified Organic, *Organic or wildcrafted.

Another winner, this moisturizer was gentle enough for me to use while I was having an allergic reaction to another product I tried. It’s no wonder because of the calming (chamomile, calendula, helichrysum), hydrating (aloe leaf juice, candelilla), and anti-inflammatory (yarrow) ingredients in this moisturizer. Pomegranate and carrot seed oil gives us an anti-oxidant hit with turmeric providing more anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. This is an impressive moisturizer for all of its wonderful ingredients. A small spatula is provided with it as the oils sometimes separate. But give it a little stir and apply and it provides a great moisturizing barrier to the external environment. You’re going to want to stock up on this moisturizer!

Cost: $34.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Lalun Naturals
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

Overall I would say that Maggie, the creator and founder of Lalun Naturals has come up with a winning trio of products that are great to use when the colder weather starts arriving. Things that I love about these products: simple yet pure ingredients, every ingredient has its purpose, and affordability. Maggie shows us that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg when it comes to getting good quality skincare products which are also natural, organic and eco-friendly.

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

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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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100% Pure, Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Cream


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Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Juice)*, Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)*, Theobroma Cacao Seed (Cocoa) Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit (Vanilla Absolute) Extract, Corylus Avellana Seed (Hazelnut) Oil, Extracts of Organic Coffee Kona (Green Coffee)*, Organic Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry)*, Rubus Fruticosus Fruit (Blackberry) and Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea)*, Citric Adid, Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Extract of Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf , Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme), Hydrastis Canadersis (Goldenseal), Ethyl Alcohol (Grain Alcohol), Extracts of Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit, Resveratrol, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf*, Garcinia Mangosteen (Mangosteen) Peel, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry) and Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin * Certified Organic

Previously I had only tried a small sample from Glam Goes Green. When I was Christmas shopping I went to Husk (closed in July 2015) and bought the full sized tube of body cream. 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 agree this stuff smells amazing. Okay, besides the lovely scent it’s a really good body cream. It’s a nice thick white cream and I could use oodles of this really quickly because it feels so luxurious. Instead, I like to spread it on damp skin just after my shower and amazingly, it still moisturizes really well if sparingly used. My skin absorbs this body cream like a sponge and I don’t get sticky or oily, unlike using pure coconut oil as a moisturizer. I would definitely repurchase this in the future. My only small complaint would be the tube it comes in. When you get towards the end of the tube it gets really hard to squeeze all the lotion out.

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

 


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Product Review: 100% Pure Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Cream


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Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Juice)*, Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)*, Theobroma Cacao Seed (Cocoa) Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit (Vanilla Absolute) Extract, Corylus Avellana Seed (Hazelnut) Oil, Extracts of Organic Coffee Kona (Green Coffee)*, Organic Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry)*, Rubus Fruticosus Fruit (Blackberry) and Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea)*, Citric Adid, Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Extract of Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf , Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme), Hydrastis Canadersis (Goldenseal), Ethyl Alcohol (Grain Alcohol), Extracts of Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit, Resveratrol, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf*, Garcinia Mangosteen (Mangosteen) Peel, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry) and Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin * Certified Organic

Previously I had only tried a small sample from Glam Goes Green. When I was Christmas shopping I went to Husk and bought the full sized tube of body cream. 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 agree this stuff smells amazing. Okay, besides the lovely scent it’s a really good body cream. It’s a nice thick white cream and I could use oodles of this really quickly because it feels so luxurious. Instead, I like to spread it on damp skin just after my shower and amazingly, it still moisturizes really well if sparingly used. My skin absorbs this body cream like a sponge and I don’t get sticky or oily, unlike using pure coconut oil as a moisturizer. I would definitely repurchase this in the future. My only small complaint would be the tube it comes in. When you get towards the end of the tube it gets really hard to squeeze all the lotion out.

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

 


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Product Review: Niko, Travel Set

Way back when I went to the Green Living Show in April, one of the companies I encountered there was Niko. I was impressed by their USDA Organic accreditation and when I read the ingredients on some of their products they looked really intriguing. Plus they are made right here in Toronto! I bought one of their travel sets to try out. The pictures below are all taken from the Niko website. I’ve listed the prices for the full sized products as well.

Travel Set contains:

Orange Peel Invigorating Facial Cleanser (USDA Organic)

Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour*, Olea (Orange) Europaea Peel Powder*, Olea (Olive Leaf) Europaea Powder*, Salix (White Willow Bark) Alba Powder*, Chondrus (Irish Moss) Crispus Powder*, Pimpinella (Anise Seed) Anisum Powder*, Maranta (Arrowroot) Arundinacea Powder*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Powder*, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Powder* , Glycyrrhiza (Licorice Root) Glabra Powder*, Ascophyllum (Kelp) Nodosum Powder*, Echinacea Purpurea Herb Powder*, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil*, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder*, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract (* Denotes organically produced ingredients)

This facial cleanser has a lovely citrus smell to it. Not surprising given the Orange Peel Powder, Lemongrass Powder and Lemon Peel Powder. It comes in grainy powder format which you must mix with water to apply to your skin. While the ingredients list is quite stellar, it was too abrasive for me to use as a daily cleanser. I did try it as a daily cleanser at first and it made my skin peel too much as well as drying it out. This cleanser worked better for me as a weekly peel mask rather than a daily cleanser. While I liked the scent of the cleanser and the grainy texture of it, I much prefer chemical exfoliants these days to manual ones. My skin is so very sensitive, so this cleanser is a bit too rough for me. But I think this would work for those whose skin isn’t as sensitive as mine. I wouldn’t repurchase this since I already have an exfoliant I really love.

Cost: Travel Set $45.00 CAD, 6 g / 0.2 oz
Full Size: $51.99 CAD, 115g / 4oz
Available at: Niko
Rating: 3/5

Seaweed Ocean Mist Toner (USDA Organic)

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Juice 1% Solution CertifiedOrganic)*, SDA 38B Lavender Alcohol Certified Organic*, Fucus (Bladderwrack) Vesiculosus* (sea weed extract), Porphyra (Seaweed) Umbilicalis*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract*, Punica Granatum Linn (Pomegranate) Oil*, Euterpe (Acai) Oleracea Extract*, Piper Methysticum (Kava Kava) Root Extract, Citrus Sinensis Peel Oil (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil*, Rosemarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary) Essential Oil, Lavandula Angustifolium Oil (Lavender) Essential Oil* (* Denotes organically produced ingredient)

This toner came in a size that was too small for me to really evaluate thoroughly. In any case, I wasn’t really impressed because it didn’t have any remarkable effects on my skin. I’m not sure if that’s because I didn’t get to use it long enough, or what. It’s clear in appearance and the scent was mild to my nose. Once absorbed by my skin the scent essentially disappeared. It did feel nice and refreshing on my skin when I sprayed it on. I don’t think I would repurchase this, given I didn’t notice any improvements to my skin.

Cost: Travel Set $45.00 CAD, 8 ml / 0.5 oz
Full Size: $31.99 CAD, 120 ml/ 4 oz
Available at: Niko
Rating: 3/5

Kakadu Plum Antioxidant Day Moisturizer (USDA Organic)

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Juice 1% Solution Certified Organic)*, Butyspermum Parkii (Shea) Seed Butter*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, SDA 38B Lavender Alcohol Certified Organic*, Xanthomonas Campestris (Xanthan) Gum non GMO, Lecithin*, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract*, Symphytum Officinale Root (Comfrey) Extract*, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract*, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Hips Oil*. (* Denotes organically produced ingredient)

To me Kakadu Plum has a really sharp almost citrus scent that is really refreshing. The Lavender Alcohol and Echinacea Root Extract lend astringent qualities to this moisturizer. It’s a white, opaque and medium weight in thickness, suitable for a day moisturizer for combination and oily skin types. I think this wouldn’t be moisturizing enough for those with dry to extremely dry skin. In any case, I notice a lot of the essential ingredients are in the other products above. Perhaps that’s why none of these products really wowed me.

Cost: Travel Set $45.00 CAD, 15 ml / 0.5 oz
Full Size: $49.99 CAD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Niko
Rating: 3/5

Seabuckthorn Anti-Aging Serum (USDA Organic)

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus Seed (Sunflower) Oil*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil Marigold flower, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil*, Chamelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolium Oil (Lavender) Essential Oil*, Rosemarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary) Essential Oil*, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E) . (* Denotes organically produced ingredient)

This serum is a medium yellow in colour and has the smooth texture of an oil serum. The scent is mild to my nose and dissipated once absorbed by my skin. Alas, my skin didn’t love some the oils in this serum. For some reason Pumpkin Seed Oil and Sunflower Oil somehow made me breakout. It’s really too bad. I liked the other ingredients in this serum but it just didn’t work for me.

Cost: Travel Set $45.00 CAD, 8 ml / 03 oz
Full Size: $54.99 CAD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Niko
Rating: 2/5

Overview:

I’m sad to report that my skin didn’t love Niko’s products. I love supporting Canadian companies but unfortunately not everything agrees with my skin. So while I was impressed with all the ingredients in each product & their USDA Organic accreditation, nothing really produced any considerable improvements to my skin. Maybe these products would work better for someone with a different skin type.

Have you ever tried Niko’s products? What worked for you?


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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

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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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November/December: Empties

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Osmia Organics, Spot Treatment
I’ve already written a full review which you can read here. I was a little skeptical when I got it. So many acne treatments I’ve used in the past didn’t work. But this stuff works! I would repurchase it now that it’s available at a retail store here in Toronto. But first I want to try a Toronto based brand’s blemish treatment to see how it compares. I’m coming for you Cocoon Apothecary! I always try to buy Canadian first & foremost.
Cost: $20.00 USD, 0.16 oz
Available at: Osmia Organics, Husk Toronto
Rating: 5/5

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GeoDeo Detox Complex Deodorant, Unscented:
Kinda iffy about this deodorant. Not all the ingredients are clean. There is PEG-100 Stearate  & Tocopheryl Acetate which both rate a 3 on EWG’s Skin Deep. But I needed a new deodorant as I’d developed a reaction to the one I was using at that point. GeoDeo worked up to a point. I started off feeling fresh applying after a shower but by the end of the day I was a little smelly. Not a lot smelly, just a little. But enough that I would have to rewash the shirt I was wearing. Won’t be repurchasing. Why is it so hard to find a good natural deodorant that keeps working?
Cost: $12,95 CAD, 2.3 oz, 65g
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods
Rating: 1/5

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Image Source: Pure + Simple

Holistic Vanity, Brightening Hyaluronic Lotion:
This was part of an intro kit I bought. I’m still finishing off the rest of the intro kit. But I ran out of the lotion since I use it more often. I’ve already repurchased a full sized bottle. I have to say, I really like this lotion. My skin feels really hydrated, dewy & smooth after I put it on. Full review for intro kit to come!
Cost: Intro Kit size $68.00 CAD for set of 4 items, 20 ml each, Full size $68.00 CAD, 100 ml
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

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Image Source: Healthy Planet

Now Solutions, Avocado Oil:
See full review here. I got bored of the Avocado Oil after a while. And I even started to get some skin irritation on my thigh, which I thought was weird. I didn’t experience this with the Apricot Kernel Oil which I was using just beforehand. I hadn’t changed anything else in my body care routine except to switch to the avocado oil. I won’t be repurchasing. I’m knocking the rating down a notch for the skin irritation.
Cost: $5.89 CAD, 118ml
Available at: Healthy Planet, Ambrosia Natural Foods, The Big Carrot & Noah’s Natural Foods
Rating: 3/5

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Yarok, Feed Your Do:
This is one of my fave natural hair brands. I love a lot of Yarok’s products. I’ve repurchased the Feed Your Do several times already. Originally this product came in a 4 oz jar. It now only comes in the 2 oz jar.  But a little goes a long way so I don’t need to repurchase as often as you might think.  I would like to change it up a bit though. Next I’ll be trying a made-in-Toronto brand called World Salon. They have a product called World Buzz that’s a pomade which I hope will give me pretty much the same texture & results as Yarok. I gotta spread the local brand love!
Cost: $18.00 CAD
Available at: Fresh Faced, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 5/5

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W3ll People, Narcissist Foundation & Concealer Stick:
See full review here. I finally finished up the sample I’d gotten from Fresh Faced. I’ve already bought the full size in #3 – medium neutral. I like using #2 – fair golden under my eyes, but #3 is perfect for all over my face. As I said in the full review, it’s very natural looking. And it pairs very nicely with my Haut Cosmetics powder foundation.
Cost: sample size $0.75 CAD, full size $39.00 CAD, 0.375oz, 10g
Available at: Fresh Faced, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 5/5

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Marie Veronique Organics, Everyday Coverage SPF:
See full review here. Yeah, I finally finished up my travel/sample size bottle from the acne intro kit. If not for the emu oil I would’ve repurchased this as it’s perfect for my daily SPF needs. But unless MVO reformulates without the emu oil I won’t buy it again. Same for their Treatment Serum & Treatment Oil which also contains emu oil.
Cost: $42.00 CAD, full sized bottle, 2 oz / 60 ml.
Available at: Lilou Organics, Fresh Faced
Rating: 3/5

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Image Source: Bare & English

Bare & English, Vanilla Coconut Lip Balm:
Yum, this lip balm tastes so good! It’s a softer lip balm than I’m used to & I seemed to use it up much quicker than other lippies I’ve tried. I like that these are made in Toronto.  The ingredients are also super clean & simple. Just 8 ingredients: candelilla wax, jojoba oil, almond oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E, coconut oil, olive oil & castor oil. I’m kind of middle of the road on this lippie though. I still found the corners of my mouth getting dry. I also wish they had bigger sizes for the balm.
Cost: $18.00 CAD
Available at: Bare & English, The Big Carrot & Noah’s Natural Foods. See website for more retailers.
Rating: 3/5