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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


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What’s in My Drawer: Storage

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Here is my third and final drawer, my storage drawer. This is where I keep my samples and full sized products until they’re ready for rotation. As with the other What’s in My Drawer posts, not all items in this drawer have been reviewed yet so I will link to a page where you can get more information.

Hair Mask : Henna Sooq, Organic Amla Powder

Healing Ointments:
Sigrid Naturals, Comfrey Healing Salve

Sigrid Naturals, Calendula Ointment

Hand Creams:
Sudsatorium, Butterfingers

Crawford Street, Frankincense and Myrrh Hand Cream

Cleanser: Holistic Vanity, Damage Care, Rejuvenating Rosewater Cleanser

Oil: Lavina, Barbary Fig Seed Oil

Essential Oil: Now Solutions, Rosemary Essential Oil

Various Samples:

Sudsatorium, Conditioner Sampler Set

100% Pure, Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Cream

100% Pure, Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

Green Beaver, Green Tea Facial Cleanser

Green Beaver, Cranberry Delight Conditioner

What’s in your storage drawer?


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March/April: Empties

This past couple of months were full of experimentation for me. Some hits & some misses. Mostly misses. LOL. I’m starting to think I should go back to some of the other things I was using before!

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Afragreen Black Seed Soap
Full review to be posted next week. I liked this soap, but a little iffy about the palm kernel oil. So I’m not sure I would repurchase for that reason. But would definitely check out the other products Afragreen makes to see if anything appeals to me.
Cost: $4.99 CAD, 4oz
Available at: Healthy Planet Canada, Well.ca
Rating: 4/5

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Haut Cosmetics Bio-Mineral Foundation
See full review here. I’ve repurchased this mineral foundation ever since I was first introduced to it through Clean Care. It’s the closest match to my natural skin tone & it also wears really well for a full day of work. This is my HG foundation. Big plus that it’s made by a Canadian company!
Cost: $59.00 CAD, 10g
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Rating: 5/5

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Now Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is one of my fave essential oils. Plus it’s great for the scalp & skin. I put this in my DIY Hair Conditioning Rinse & other DIY recipes. The Weir’s Lane lavender essential oil smells different than this one. I’d rather go with Canadian made. So we’ll see how the Weir’s Lane compares.
Cost: $15.99 CAD, 30 ml
Available at: Healthy Planet Canada
Rating: 3/5

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Penny Lane Organics, Hemp Oil
My first time using hemp oil was a mixed bag of results. I liked hemp oil for use on my hair or body. It’s a nice mid-weight oil. But for oil cleansing it didn’t work for me. It just broke me out even more & somehow my skin ended up drier. I won’t be repurchasing this for oil cleansing though I might repurchase for other uses.
Cost: $5.25 CAD, 30 ml
Available at: Penny Lane Organics
Rating: 3/5

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Now Evening Primrose Oil
I find the smell of this oil off putting. It’s a kind of musty smell which I don’t like. So I mixed some tea tree & lavender in to mask the smell. That made it more bearable. Still as a body oil I think there are better oils out there. Grapeseed oil felt nicer on my skin & has no discernable smell.
Cost: $15.88 CAD, 4oz / 118 ml
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods
Rating: 3/5

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Conditioner & Hair Cream, Lavender
I love Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. I was hoping I would like their hair cream as well. It comes out of the pump thick & almost paste-like.  I think it would be good as a hair mask when your hair is really dry & damaged. But it’s too greasy for me to use daily & tends to build up. I also found it hard to wash out when I wanted to get rid of the residue. As for scent, I couldn’t even smell the lavender in this product. This might be better for people with super dry, thick hair but it was a bit too much for mine.
Cost: $7.93 CAD, 177ml / 6 fl.oz
Available at: Saffron Rouge
Rating: 3/5


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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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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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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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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


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Various Product Reviews – Now Foods, Soapwalla and Marie Veronique

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Now Foods, Avocado Oil
Yeah, maybe I’m a bit too methodical. But I wanted to get a handle on the differences between the common oils people use on their skin. The only way to do that besides reading about it, is to physically put them on my skin and see how it reacts. Avocado oil absorbs nicely into my skin after a shower. It’s a bit heavier than the apricot kernel oil I reviewed. It does however have a bit of a scent. What does it smell like? It smells a bit musty to me. But the scent is very mild and it also dissipates once dry. Not sure yet if I want to repurchase. Though I like its moisturizing properties. The next body oil I will try is one I purchased at the One of a Kind Show from the All Things Jill’s booth.
Cost: 5.89 CAD, 118ml,
Available at: Healthy Planet, Well.ca
Rating: 4/5

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Soapwalla, Lavender and French Clay Soap Bar
This is one hard bar of soap. After reviewing Ground Soap’s Bright and Feisty. I found this bar kinda hard. But it grew on me after a while. The scent is soft and mild. It smells of lavender and other herbals. It’s very subtle, which I like. It lathers nicely after I doused my bath mitt in water. It’s not as moisturizing as Ground Soap though. The only good thing about it not being so melty is that it will probably last longer in a regular soap dish that doesn’t have drainage holes. I liked Soapwalla’s Activted Bamboo Soap better and Ground Soap was better too. May not repurchase.
Cost: 10.00 CAD
Available at: Fresh Faced
Rating: 3/5

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Marie Veronique Organics, Treatment Mist:
I bought this after finishing my toner from Vauxhall. MVO’s Treatment Mist doesn’t have emu oil in it. So I’m ethically fine with it. I have to say, this toner works pretty well. I spritz it on after washing my face and before putting my serums and creams on. It’s also great for setting your makeup. I use loose mineral foundation which can be a tad drying so this helps put a bit of moisture back in. I would definitely repurchase.
Cost: 38.00 CAD, 4oz/120ml
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 5/5


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Various Product Reviews – @Now Foods @Soapwalla @MVOrganics

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Now Foods, Avocado Oil:
Yeah, maybe I’m a bit too methodical. But I wanted to get a handle on the differences between the common oils people use on their skin. The only way to do that besides reading about it, is to physically put them on my skin & see how it reacts. Avocado oil absorbs nicely into my skin after a shower. It’s a bit heavier than the apricot kernel oil I reviewed. It does however have a bit of a scent. What does it smell like? It smells a bit musty to me. But the scent is very mild & it also dissipates once dry. Not sure yet if I want to repurchase. Though I like its moisturizing properties. The next body oil I will try is one I purchased at the One of a Kind Show from the All Things Jill’s booth.
Cost: 5.89 CAD, 118ml, on Healthy Planet
Rating: 4/5 (took a point off for the musty smell but that’s nitpicking)

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Soapwalla, Lavender & French Clay Soap Bar:
This is one hard bar of soap. After reviewing Ground Soap’s Bright & Feisty. I found this bar kinda hard. But it grew on me after a while. The scent is soft & mild. It smells of lavender & other herbals. It’s very subtle, which I like. It lathers nicely after I doused my bath mitt in water. It’s not as moisturizing as Ground Soap though. The only good thing about it not being so melty is that it will probably last longer in a regular soap dish that doesn’t have drainage holes. I liked Soapwalla’s Activted Bamboo Soap better & Ground Soap was better too. May not repurchase.
Cost: 10.00 CAD on Fresh Faced
Rating: 3/5

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Marie Veronique Organics, Treatment Mist:
I bought this after finishing my toner from Vauxhall. MVO’s Treatment Mist doesn’t have emu oil in it. So I’m ethically fine with it. I have to say, this toner works pretty well. I spritz it on after washing my face & before putting my serums & creams on. It’s also great for setting your makeup. I use loose mineral foundation which can be a tad drying so this helps put a bit of moisture back in. I would definitely repurchase.
Cost: 38.00 CAD, 4oz/120ml on Fresh Faced
Rating: 5/5


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Product Review: @NOWFoods ~ Sweet Almond Oil & Apricot Kernel Oil

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Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil:
Yes peeps I’ve resisted tooth & nail but I finally jumped on the body oil bandwagon. In the latter half July & August I started using Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil instead of body lotion. I’ve been trying to simplify & purify my beauty routine & I thought what better way to do this than by using just a single body oil to moisturize? A single ingredient is a simple & pure as you can get! I’m happy to say that I’m now a body oil convert. Sweet Almond Oil is perfect for the summer months as it’s lighter & it absorbed easily into my skin without too much of an oily residue. It kept my skin nicely hydrated. Perfect for bare legs in the summertime.  Keep in mind I used very little. A couple of drops for each body part. Of course if you put it on thickly you’re going to be an oil slick. So just use common sense. My skin is oilier so I didn’t need much. If my mom were using this oil she would probably need to use much more, or a thicker more hydrating oil. A small, 118ml bottle of this oil goes for $6.99CAD on Well.ca & it lasted me about 2 & a half months.

Rating: 5/5

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Now Solutions Apricot Kernel Oil:
Since September I’ve been using the Apricot Kernel Oil along with Ground Soap’s Bright & Feisty Bar that I bought from Lilou Organics (review to come!). I’ve been loving this combination of products. The Apricot Kernel Oil is perfect for the drier months of fall. I slap some on my skin right after my shower & it keeps my skin hydrated all day long. My skin feels really nice & soft now. It’s the same price as the Sweet Almond Oil at Well.ca: $6.99 CAD for 118ml.

Rating: 5/5