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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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July/August Empties

Sudsatorium, Kiwi Herman Body LotionReview

Love this body lotion! The smell is so relaxing and refreshing at the same time. I’m going to repurchase a bigger bottle!

Cost: $12.95 CAD 125 ml / 7 oz (also available in sizes from 60 ml/2 oz to 500 ml/16.8 oz)
Available at: Natural Code, Thair, Etsy
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Holistic Vanity, Rosacea Care, Healing Immortelle Tonic – Review

This tonic is my HG toner. When my skin is irritated and inflamed this toner helps to calm everything down. I always make sure to have this tonic in my cabinet. I never want to run out as it works for my skin so well! I’ve repurchased this tonic many times and will continue to do so.

Cost: $26.00 CAD, 100 ml
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Acure Organics, Moroccan Argan Oil+ Argan Stem Cell ConditionerReview

This conditioner didn’t perform as well for me as I would have liked. When I used this conditioner, my hair felt flat after I dried it. I won’t be repurchasing.

Cost: $18.50 CAD, 235 ml / 8 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Greeniherb
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 3/5

John Masters Organics, Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner (sample) – Review to come

This 10 ml sample size was only a single use for my hair type. I’ve got very thirsty hair. I liked the way my hair felt after using the sample so when I finish my current conditioner I’m going to buy the full size to see how long term use affects my hair.

Cost: $34.00 CAD, 207 ml / 7 oz
Available at: John Masters, Clementine Fields, Fresh Faced
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

John Masters Organics, Rose & Apricot Hair Milk (sample) – Review to come

Another 10 ml sample size. This one I mixed with my DIY leave-in conditioner and it was great for helping to keep my hair frizz free. It gave my leave-in a light hold that I liked. I don’t like the smell too much as I’m not much a fan of rose scents. But I’ve bought the full size so that I can continue to mix it with my leave-in.

Cost: $40.25 CAD, 118 ml / 4 oz
Available at: John Masters, Thair, Ambrosia Natural Foods, Fresh Faced
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

John Masters Organics, Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor (sample) – Review to come

I really liked this 10 ml sample size of this product. The hair reconstructor was thick enough to provide some intensive moisture for my thirsty hair. I’ve also bought the full size of this to test out for a longer period of time. This product smells great. I really love the honey and hibiscus smell.

Cost: $39.00 CAD, 118 ml / 4 oz
Available at: John Masters, Ambrosia Natural Foods, Clementine Fields, Fresh Faced
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Lavina, Barbary Fig Seed OilReview

Lavina’s Barbary Fig Seed Oil remains one of my favourite oils and companies as well. Barbary Fig Seed Oil is packed with lots of properties that are beneficial to the skin: its high amounts of linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid), Vitamin E, and anti-inflammatories such as betalain and zinc. I also love Lavina’s Jojoba Oil and Argan Oil. I use Lavina’s Argan Oil in my DIY leave-in conditioner. I have repurchased this oil many times and will continue to do so.

Cost: $30.00 CAD, 10 ml / 0.33 fl oz
Available at: Lavina
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Egyptian Magic, All Purpose Skin Cream – No Review

I received this jar of cream in the Think Dirty Clean Beauty Box. There’s no doubt, it’s a great all around skin cream with very simple ingredients. The price point is reasonable as well. However, I can get a large jar of organic shea butter from New Directions Aromatics that costs less in the long run and gives me the same results. I won’t be repurchasing this product.

Cost: $38.52 CAD, 118 ml / 4 oz
Available at: Think Dirty app, Amazon.ca, Egyptian Magic, Other stockists
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Sudsatorium, Naughty Face and Body SoapReview

I have to admit, I love Sudsatorium’s Naughty soap. I’ve tried some of Sudsatorium’s products and so far they keep hitting out of the park! I guess that means I’m an addict. Naughty is soap containing Bamboo Charcoal, Licorice Root Decoction, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, and Sea Salt. It left my skin soft and kept my skin clear. Sometimes I get body acne and Naughty kept me from breaking out. 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
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5


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May/June : Empties

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Flowers to Fragrance, Lavender and Geranium Cleansing LotionReview

This cleanser is a pleasure to use. It’s texture is creamy and the smell of the lavender and geranium is so soothing. It feels like a luxurious treat at the end of a long work day. I love that Flowers to Fragance is a family run business from rural Ontario. I love to shop local whenever I can, especially when the products are this great!

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

Flowers to Fragrance, Deodorant Spray in Citrus Lavender  – Review

Unfortunately this deodorant spray didn’t work too well for me once the weather warmed up significantly. It worked fine for me in the cooler weather but also didn’t last all day long. I’m also detoxing at the moment so maybe that has to factored in as well. Anyway I may not repurchase this since it didn’t work well for me.

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

Lotus Wei, Joy Juice Mist and Inspired Action MistReview

I’ve loved Lotus Wei’s aromatherapy for quite a while now. I’ve tried other aromatherapy brands but I always seem to come back to Lotus Wei. There’s something very special about the vibrational and energetic qualities of Lotus Wei’s aromatherapy.  Besides the mists I’ve also reviewed their elixirs, serums and perfumes. I have no doubt I will be repurchasing again after I’ve finished off some the other aromatherapy I have in my stash.

Cost: $40.00 CAD, 50 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Detox MarketClementine FieldsLotus Wei
Rating: 5/5

Marie Veronique Advanced, Serum Du Jour (sample) – Review

I finally finished my sample sized bottle of Serum Du Jour. I’m actually surprised how long it lasted. A small amount really goes a long way and helps to offset the price of the full sized bottle. Those on a budget should keep in mind that sometimes you get what you pay for. So pick and choose which items you want to splurge on. This serum is totally worth the price. I will repurchase this serum once I finish off some other serums I have in my cabinet. This sample was provided for review but all opinions expressed are my own.

Cost: Full Size, $90.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Rating: 4/5

Marie Veronique Advanced, Eye Recovery Serum (sample) – Review

This was another sample provided for review but wow this one really blew my socks off. I can’t tell you how many under eye creams I’ve tried that did nothing at all for my dark circles. This product combined with the lightening serum proved to be a great duo for me. My under eye circles are almost gone. I’ve run out of the sample sized bottle that I was sent and now I’m planning on buying the full sized bottle soon.

Cost: Full Size, $75.00 USD, 15 ml / 0.5 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 5/5

Marie Veronique Advanced, Luminous Lightening Serum (sample) – Review

I love, love, love this lightening serum. It worked so well for me that my hyperpigmentation spots are almost gone. I’ve already repurchased a full sized bottle of this serum after having finished the sample size they sent me for consideration.

Cost: Full Size, $110.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Rating: 5/5

Herbaceutikals, Smooth On Lip BalmReview

This is a nice lip balm. I really love the simple ingredients list and knowing that all the ingredients are safe. I have so many lip balms at this point however that I may not be repurchasing for quite some time. But I do love the farm to product ethics of this brand.

Cost: $4.00 USD, 4 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Vibe’s BeautyHerbaceutikals
Rating: 4/5

Sudsatorium, Luscious Clay Soap – No Review

One of my favourite local brands, Sudsatorium sells on etsy and is also available now at many stores within Toronto. The luscious clay soap was the first soap of theirs that I have tried. Though I’m a big lover of their conditioners, shampoo and lotions. Now I can say that I love their soaps as well. Besides making me smell heavenly, I loved the slightly gritty texture of the soap which was great for exfoliating. Plus the rhassoul and kaolin clay are amazing at keeping the skin detoxified and purified. This is one soap I’m definitely going to repurchase and if I really like you I’ll give it to you as a gift as well!

Cost: Small, $3.95 CAD, 50 g / 1.8 oz , Large, 100 g / 3.3 oz for $6.95)
Available at: Sudsatorium Etsy Shop, Upcoming Markets
Rating: 5/5

Have you tried any of these products or brands?


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Product Review: @Coutiver Clay and Almond Milk Soap


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Ingredients: Saponified Virgin olive oil*, groundnut oil, rapeseed oil* and virgin coconut oil*; fresh almond milk*; French green clay; filtered water.

71% minimum of the ingredients are from *organic agriculture. 100% of the ingredients are natural.

Thanks to the lovely Katie Vibes I was able to get my hands on some eco-beauty brands from the UK through the #greenbeautyswap organized by NatuRia. This is the first product I’m reviewing from the Christmas swap. To see what else I received from Katie click here. And now, on to the review!

This soap is a beautiful solid green colour from the French green clay. I love how simple the ingredient list reads. Both Olive oil and coconut oil have long been used as moisturizers from head to toe. I’ve never used anything with rapeseed oil in it. But according to my research rapeseed oil has antioxidant properties and is a rich source of omega-3 and omeag-6 fatty acids. Green clay is great for detoxifying and smoothing the skin. As for scent, it doesn’t have any scent that I could discern. So it would be suitable for those allergic or sensitive to scents. When combined with water it makes a surprisingly thick lather that washes off clean and without residue. My skin feels silky smooth after using this soap. It’s a pretty solid bar of soap so I think this will last me quite a while. It will get a bit slimy if left in the shower without draining properly. Repurchase? I might consider that, if duties and shipping to Canada aren’t exorbitant.

Cost: $7.29 CAD, 100 g / 3. 4 oz
Available at: Coutiver Etsy Shop
Rating: 4/5


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Green Beauty Holiday Gifts For $30 and Under

I’m the kind of gifter that doesn’t like to give people things I haven’t tried before. So here is a list of my favourite holiday gifts to give. I’ve tried all of these at one time or another and can attest to their wonderfulness!


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Olive Authentique Soapsread review

Made in Quebec, this company is a regular at the One of A Kind Show and I picked some soaps up for gift giving. I love their Dead Sea Mud Soap!
Cost: $10.00 CAD, 100 g / 4 oz
Available at: Olive Authentique, Logan & Finley


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Osmia Spot Treatmentread review
For the acne prone this little roll on can be a life saver. So I would this to someone who’s struggling with acne. Who doesn’t want the blessing of clear skin?
Cost: $26.00 CAD, 5 ml / 0.16 oz
Available at: Clementine Fields


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Lavina Barbary Fig Seed Oilread review
I love this oil for it’s richness and hydrating properties. This is also safe for sensitive skinned and acne prone people.
Cost: $29.99 CAD, 10 ml / 0.33 fl oz
Available at: Lavina


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Leaves of Trees Argan Hand and Body Lotionread review
This is a cute little tube of hand lotion that looks like toothpaste! Comes in a variety of scents: Lavender, Frankincense, Orange Blossom, Pink Grapefruit, Rose Cardamom and Unscented.
Cost: $25.00 CAD, 150 ml / 5 oz
$15.00 CAD, 37 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Leaves of Trees, Fresh Faced


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Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Shaving Gelread review
For the men in your life whom you’re secretly trying to convert to green beauty products. My hubby uses this and loves it!
Cost: $11.99 CAD, 207 ml / 7 oz
Available at: Well.ca


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Pure Anada Pressed Blush or Eyeshadowread review
For the makeup artist wannabe, you can create a customized magnetic compact full of Pure Anada’s stunning eyeshadows and blushes.
Cost: eyeshadow: $8.00 CAD, 3 g / 0.11 oz
blush: $12.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.32 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green, The Pure Boutique


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Lippy Girl Lipstickread review
If you know any vegans they will love these lipsticks. Lippy Girl also makes blush, eyeshadow and lip gloss!
Cost: 15.50 CAD, 3.8 g / 0.13 oz
Available at: Lippy Girl, White Apothecary


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Sudsatorium Conditionersread review
Know someone who loves scents and conditioners? This would be the perfect gift! Their conditioners are vegan, cruelty free, and fair trade as well.
Cost: $24.95 CAD, 500 ml / 16.9 fl oz
$16.95 CAD, 250 ml / 8.4 fl oz
$9.95 CAD, 125 ml / 4.2 fl oz
$5.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 fl oz
Available at: The Detox Market, Sudsatorium

So there you have it, my green beauty gift guide for $30 and under. Hope you enjoy it!


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@welldotca Haul: @TheGreenBeaver and @TheraWise

Green Beaver, Extra Gentle Castile Sunflower Liquid Soap in Zesty Orange

Ingredients: Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Potasium Cocoate** (saponified organic coconut oil), Potassium Sunflowerate** (saponified organic sunflower oil), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil*

100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 31.7% of the total ingredients are from organic farming. *Ingredients from organic farming. ** Made using organic ingredients

This castile soap has a refreshing citrus scent thanks to the orange peel oil and lemon oil. As for appearance, it’s a light yellow colour that reminds me of vegetable oil. If you use it pure without diluting it can be a bit dry until you splash the water on your hands. Hubby seemed to have an allergic reaction to this soap so he’s stopped using it as a body wash. We’re currently using it as hand soap and for regular household cleaning as well. It’s slightly more expensive than Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap and has a bit of an oily film to it when used for cleaning. Otherwise, it works well. We’re going to test this a bit longer and decide from there if we want to repurchase it.

Cost: $13.99 CAD, 495 ml / 17 oz
Available at: Well.ca
Rating: 4/5

TheraWise, SHO Healing Ointment

Ingredients: Calendula Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract, Burdock Root Extract, Barley Beta-Glucan Concentrate, Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil, Soya Sterols, Seabuckthorn Berry Oil, Organic Aloe Extract, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil (Containing- EFA’s , Tocopherol and Phytosterols), Organic Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin A, C, E, Olive Oil Emulsifiers and Waxes, Natural Plant Preservatives

This ointment is thick, white and smells mildly of Calendula and Chamomile. I tested it out for my All Natural First Aid Kit post and it worked amazingly well at healing some scratches I had on my legs. The scratches that I didn’t put the ointment on healed much slower. Hubby also used it when he got razor burn from shaving his beard off. His face was bright red, bumpy and inflamed where his beard was. I made him slather this ointment on every night. Within a couple of days his razor burn was almost entirely gone. This would also be great for those with little kids. If you don’t want to use something like polysporin, TheraWise’s Healing Ointment works just as well, if not better. I would definitely repurchase this.

Cost: $15.99 CAD, 28 g / 10 oz
Available at: Well.ca
Rating: 5/5


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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.