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Spa Review: Pure + Simple, Super Hydrating Facial

As most of you know, I love shopping local and one of my favourite places to buy my skincare is Pure + Simple. Not only do they have their own lines of amazing skincare (see my reviews on Holistic Vanity and Pure + Simple products) but they also carry cosmetics and other skincare lines. The newly revamped Yorkville spa location has miles of shelf space which allows them to also carry some haircare products which aren’t available at the other locations. The Yorkville location also has a Wellness Centre with services that the other locations don’t have. For example there is naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, massage therapy and nutrition sessions available at this lovely location on the upper floors.

After my review of the Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line I was offered the chance to visit the Yorkville location and experience one of their new facials. I had the lovely Isabella for my Super Hydrating Facial and I loved every minute of it! Isabella did all of the traditional facial steps. She first removed all of my makeup, then examined my skin and proceeded with the steaming, facial mask, extractions and massages. I also got to have the high frequency treatment and oxygen sprayed on my face to help my skin absorb the products being slathered on my skin. I have to say, Isabella has very talented hands. She was both gentle and firm depending on what my skin needed. We had an interesting chat during my facial. I love talking to estheticians! We traded skincare and makeup tips, tricks and routines. Isabella, I’m trying your eyebrow tips and loving them so far! At the end of my treatment Isabella asked me if I had any questions. I bought some of the items she suggested for my dehydrated skin and I’ve been using them with great results. I’ll be reviewing those products in a future post. I left the spa with a very oily face but totally relaxed and mellow. I will definitely be booking my next facial at the Pure + Simple Yorkville location with Isabella.

Rating: 5/5

Thanks again to Pure + Simple for the facial. To learn more about Pure + Simple check out a list of their locations. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

At the front of the spa they have their cosmetics section. This is a natural makeup wonderland I’d like to play in the next time I get a chance!

Just to give you an idea of how much shelf space they have, after the cosmetics section are these long rows of shelves to the back of the store. And behind the receiving desk near the waiting area is another set of shelves.

Here’s a shot of their haircare selection. Intelligent Nutrients, John Masters, Rahua and InnerSense are among the lines they carry. I went a little crazy buying some of the hair products!

The waiting area on the first floor.

One of the cozy and relaxing treatment rooms.

Yorkville room

Have you ever had a facial at Pure + Simple? You may also like my review to the Aquabrasion facial, also at Pure + Simple.


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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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Product Review Updates: Antipodes, W3ll People, Rahua, Weleda

I wanted to write updates for some of my older product reviews since things did change over time. It’s amazing how the effect of a product can change depending on what you’re using before or after it. Product formulations also change so sometimes that is the reason why a product may work better or worse for you over time. So without further ado, here are the updates!


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Antipodes, Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner

Ingredients list: Aqua (purified water), lavendula officinalis (pure distilled lavender water)**, salvia officinalis (distilled sage water), anthemis nobilis (chamomile), naticide (preservative), fragrances of lavender and sage, d-limonene*, geraniol*, linalool*, coumarin*. *Component of essential oil.

Read empties review here.  Read original review here. The first time I tried this product I was using other products around it that completely dried out my skin. It wasn’t pretty. I went back to it again and it worked a lot better for me. But now the efficacy of the toner has waned. It doesn’t seem to do much for my skin now. I’m not going to repurchase this when I have a DIY recipe that works better for me and costs less.

Cost: $32.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.5 fl oz
Available at: Urb Organic Spa, White Apothecary
Rating: 2/5


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W3ll People, Narcissist Foundation & Concealer Stick

Ingredients: Organic sunflower oil, organic castor seed oil, organic beeswax, silica, castor isostearate beeswax succinate, mica (CI 77019), safflower seed oil and organic aloe extract, lysine, tocopherol, proprietary essential oil blend, organic green tea, chamomile. May contain titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)

Original review.  Read samples review here. Well I’m so glad I stuck with this product because after I found my colour match I’ve been using it every day ever since. I’ve tried other foundations but so far this one has worked the best for me. It gives me a nice, even, golden glow and goes on easily. I wasn’t fond of stick foundation/concealers before W3ll People, but these guys have me convinced. I’ve also tried the Vapour Illusionist Concealer and that didn’t work as well on me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still try samples of other foundations. But until I find something better this is the one for me. Why mess with perfection?

Cost: $39.00 CAD, 10g / 0.38 oz
Available at: Fresh Faced, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 5/5


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Rahua Beauty, Voluminous Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqua, organic green tea leaf extract, organic lemongrass extract, organic aloe vera leaf extract, colza oil, glycerin, jojoba seed oil, rahua ungurahua oil, stearalkonium chloride (plant-derived), glyceryl stearate, shea butter, hydrolyzed quinoa, potassium sorbate (plant-derived), tocopherol (vitamin E), lavender oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, panthenol, citric acid.
Read original review here. My hair must have gone through some changes. This used to work like a dream on my curly, prone to frizz hair. But when I tried it again 2 months ago it just made my hair limp. Perhaps it’s because I’m using more DIY products on my hair? Now I’m wondering if Rahua’s Finishing Treatment will still work for me or not. I’ll have to experiment and find out!
Cost: $39.00 CAD, 275 ml / 9.3 oz
Available at: Saffron Rouge, Pure + Simple, Fresh Faced
Rating: 3/5 stars


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Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant

Ingredients: Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Rosa Moschata, Rosa Damascena, Glycerin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate. * from natural essential oils

Read original review here. Well, I gave up on this deodorant after a while. I started getting sick of the fake rose smell.  Also the alcohol started drying out the skin on my armpits really badly. I’ve come to the realization that spray deodorants aren’t the greatest thing for me. I also wanted to get away from limonene and linalool as much as possible. I know this deodorant works well for a lot of people, so don’t give this a nix just because of my review. But if you have sensitive skin or dry skin, especially on your armpits then you might want to try something less drying.

Cost: $18.55 CAD, 100mL /3.4 fl.oz
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 2/5


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January/February: Empties

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All things Jill, Zen Lotus Massage Oil:
I finished my bottle of this great stuff in mid-February.  I love the subtle smell!  As I mentioned in my full review of this massage/body oil, I think it’s best used in the summer months when I’m only looking for a light body oil. I would repurchase it when the weather gets warmer.
Cost: $11.95 CAD, 125 ml
Available at: All Things Jill, Grassroots & For other retail locations click here
Rating: 5/5

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Image Source: Fresh Faced

Marie Veronique Organics, Treatment Cleanser:
I’m also pretty fond of this cleanser. Other cleansers for acne prone skin have left my skin dehydrated.
The ingredients in this cleanser are a balance of acne control & hydrating properties so this works wonders with my skin. Plus it smells great too! Once I finish my current cleanser I’m going to repurchase this one.
Cost: $38.00 CAD, 4oz/120ml
Available at: Fresh FacedLilou Organics
Rating: 5/5

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Marie Veronique Organics, Treatment Mist:
This treatment mist is on my Best of 2013 list. I’ve tried a lot of toner’s & so far this is the one I keep coming back to. I’m glad there isn’t any emu oil in this product! I’m not vegan but I like to stay away from animal by-products in my personal care products. I was hoping to repurchase this from Fresh Faced but they aren’t carrying it again until spring. 😦
Cost: $38.00 CAD, 4oz/120ml
Available at: Fresh Faced, Lilou Organics
Rating: 5/5

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Rahua, Finishing Treatment:
Another of my old faves, Rahua’s products just seem to work really well for my hair. This product is also on my Best of 2013 list. The star ingredients of Rahua, Palo Santo, & Quinoa are wonderful for nourishing, soothing & hydrating the hair follicles & scalp. My hair gets really lustrous when I use this stuff. I use it sparingly though, since it’s expensive. What I like to do is scrunch this into my hair after my shower & it holds my hair all day as if it were a hair gel!  I repurchase this whenever it’s on sale. Have gone through 2 jars in the last two years.
Cost: $52.00 CAD, 2fl.oz/60ml
Available at: Fresh Faced
Rating: 5/5

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Dr. Mist, Deodorant:
I had to stop using this for a time. For some reason it was drying out my skin.What I do now is roll some witch hazel on my armpits & let it dry. Then I put the Dr. Mist on. This technique is working so far & my skin is no longer getting dried out.  Dr. Mist is still the best deodorant I’ve ever used. I’ve already repurchased this.
Cost: $8.79 CAD, 50 ml
Available at: Well.ca, The Big Carrot, & most Rexall Pharma Plus locations.
Rating: 4/5


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Best of 2013

It took a bit of time to get this post together. I have so many favourites for different purposes. So at long last here is my list of the things I tried/discovered in 2013 that really made an impression on me.

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Skincare:
Cleanser: Holistic Vanity – Rejuvenating Rosewater Cleanser. Full review to come. It’s just so soothing!
Toner: Marie Veronique Organics – Treatment Mist. Full review here.. Great to apply after a freshly washed face & also to set makeup.
Serum: Antipodes – Hosanna Intense H20 Serum. Full review here. So hydrating I can’t do without this for long.
Masks: May Lindstrom – The Problem Solver. See empties post here. It’s the best all around mask I’ve tried so far & I keep coming back to it. Also works great as a spot treatment.

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Makeup:
Concealer: W3ll People – Narcissist Concealer & Foundation. See empties post here. I use this as a concealer. Great stuff!
Foundation: Haut Cosmetics – Bio Mineral Foundation. See full review here. Best loose mineral foundation I’ve ever used. Bonus that it’s a Canadian brand & a Clean Care Member.
Eyeshadow: Pure AnadaRead full review here. Nice loose mineral eye shadows. I’m going to try their pressed eyeshadow next. Canadian Brand as well!
Lipstick/Lip gloss: Marie NatieLip gloss. Review to come. Just got their lip gloss in December & loving it already. Smells & tastes delicious. Colour goes on smoothly & semi-sheer. A Clean Care Member & Canadian brand!

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Haircare:
Rahua – Finishing Treatment & Voluminous Conditioner. See full review here. I use the Voluminous Conditioner as a detangler & leave-in conditioner! Finishing Treatment is perfect for days I want a more natural look. It’s better as a setting cream.
Yarok – Feed Your Do. See full review here. Perfect for giving my natural curls hold without being crunchy.

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Body care:
Soap: I’m torn between Ground Soap (see review here) & Olive Authentique! It’s a tie!
Hand cream: Pure AnadaRead full review here. It’s so luxurious!
Body lotion: World Salon Protect – No review yet. This is a multi-tasking product that also works as a conditioner, detangler, & body lotion. But I like it best as a body lotion.


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Product Review: @RahuaBeauty Finishing Treatment, Voluminous Conditioner and Hair Wax

All images are from the Rahua website.

What can I say? I love me some Rahua! I discovered Rahua through Fresh Faced & Saffron Rouge. I’ve tried three of their products now & really love them.

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Finishing Treatment
This was the first product I’ve used of Rahua’s. I  used this every day as a leave-in & styling cream but it’s kind of expensive at $52.00 CAD for 60mL (2fl.oz). I like the consistency though. It’s thicker than hair gel, but not thick enough to be like a hair wax or pomade. When I used it as a styling cream my hair was very shiny, soft & frizz free. There was actually a bit of hold to it as well. Pricey, but well worth the cost for the hair it gave me. When I repurchase I will just use it sparingly to make it last longer.
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Voluminous Conditioner
At $34.00 CAD for 275mL (9.3 oz) the voluminous conditioner is much more affordable. Since I make my own conditioning rinse, I started using this as a leave-in after I finished my jar of Finishing Treatment. As a styling cream this doesn’t have enough hold to keep my loose, curly hair frizz-free. So for me it’s just good for a casual day at home or when I’m out doing something active. It’s still great for keeping my hair hydrated though. And the smell is so subtle.  It fades to nothing when my hair dries, so it won’t bother those who are allergic to scents.
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Hair Wax
I’m not sure why, but Fresh Faced isn’t carrying the hair wax yet. Only Saffron Rouge is carrying it right now. But the Yarok Styling Whip was out of stock so I thought I would try this hair wax. I must say, if you need heavy duty hold, this is the stuff! It’s $37.00 CAD for 90mL (3fl.oz). It’s more expensive than the Yarok Styling Whip but a small dab goes a long way & holds quite well. I watched the little video Rahua had on their website & it made me laugh. Cute! This works best on my hair when it’s sopping wet. Otherwise I end up putting a little too much & my hair becomes rock hard. Gotta be careful about that. I don’t want to end up with helmet head! LOL.
Rating: 5/5 stars

Final Thoughts:
Rahua is a great line. I’m so glad I heard about them. There are more & more options now for eco-friendly products. I checked the ratings for these products on Skin Deep & on the Think Dirty App. The ratings on the Think Dirty App were zero toxicity for the Voluminous Conditioner & Finishing Treatment. The hair wax isn’t yet listed in their app since it’s the newest product.  As for Skin Deep, they didn’t have any listings for Rahua’s products so I checked the ingredients individually & most of them rated from 0-2 in toxicity (which EWG considers safe to use). For example, in the Finishing Treatment, one of the ingredients Stearalkonium Chloride has a 4 rating (moderate toxicity) on Skin Deep. It’s listed as a possible toxicant or allergen. So just be aware if you’re the type who has chemical sensitivities!


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Rahua, Finishing Treatment, Voluminous Conditioner and Hair Wax

All images are from the Rahua website.

What can I say? I love me some Rahua! I discovered Rahua through Fresh Faced & Saffron Rouge. I’ve tried three of their products now & really love them.

rahua-treatment

Finishing Treatment
This was the first product I’ve used of Rahua’s. I  used this every day as a leave-in & styling cream but it’s kind of expensive at $52.00 CAD for 60mL (2fl.oz). I like the consistency though. It’s thicker than hair gel, but not thick enough to be like a hair wax or pomade. When I used it as a styling cream my hair was very shiny, soft & frizz free. There was actually a bit of hold to it as well. Pricey, but well worth the cost for the hair it gave me. When I repurchase I will just use it sparingly to make it last longer.
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Voluminous Conditioner
At $34.00 CAD for 275mL (9.3 oz) the voluminous conditioner is much more affordable. Since I make my own conditioning rinse, I started using this as a leave-in after I finished my jar of Finishing Treatment. As a styling cream this doesn’t have enough hold to keep my loose, curly hair frizz-free. So for me it’s just good for a casual day at home or when I’m out doing something active. It’s still great for keeping my hair hydrated though. And the smell is so subtle.  It fades to nothing when my hair dries, so it won’t bother those who are allergic to scents.
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Hair Wax
I’m not sure why, but Fresh Faced isn’t carrying the hair wax yet. Only Saffron Rouge is carrying it right now. But the Yarok Styling Whip was out of stock so I thought I would try this hair wax. I must say, if you need heavy duty hold, this is the stuff! It’s $37.00 CAD for 90mL (3fl.oz). It’s more expensive than the Yarok Styling Whip but a small dab goes a long way & holds quite well. I watched the little video Rahua had on their website & it made me laugh. Cute! This works best on my hair when it’s sopping wet. Otherwise I end up putting a little too much & my hair becomes rock hard. Gotta be careful about that. I don’t want to end up with helmet head! LOL.
Rating: 5/5 stars

Final Thoughts:
Rahua is a great line. I’m so glad I heard about them. There are more & more options now for eco-friendly products. I checked the ratings for these products on Skin Deep & on the Think Dirty App. The ratings on the Think Dirty App were zero toxicity for the Voluminous Conditioner & Finishing Treatment. The hair wax isn’t yet listed in their app since it’s the newest product.  As for Skin Deep, they didn’t have any listings for Rahua’s products so I checked the ingredients individually & most of them rated from 0-2 in toxicity (which EWG considers safe to use). For example, in the Finishing Treatment, one of the ingredients Stearalkonium Chloride has a 4 rating (moderate toxicity) on Skin Deep. It’s listed as a possible toxicant or allergen. So just be aware if you’re the type who has chemical sensitivities!