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September/October: Empties

My empties are quite late this month. But at long last here they are!

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Lily of the Desert, Aloe Vera Juice Inner Fillet – No review

Aloe vera is very soothing for the skin and hair. Some people also like to drink it. I prefer to use it externally. I’m currently using this in a hair rinse and in my leave-in conditioner. This aloe vera has a few additives like citric acid and potassium sorbate which rate as a 2 and 3 on EWG’s Skin Deep.

Cost: $29.99 CAD, 3.8 L / 128 oz
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods, Well.ca, Healthy Planet
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 4/5

Thayer’s Original Witch Hazel with Aloe VeraReview

Well there isn’t much I can say about this item that I haven’t said before. Witch Hazel is a staple in my medicine cabinet for its versatility. I use it as a toner and I also use it to make my own perfume. I’ve already repurchased this!

Cost: $12.99 CAD, 355 ml / 12 oz
Available at: Well.ca, Big CarrotNoah’s Natural Foods
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

Silkka Garden Apothecary, Blossom Hydration Mist – Review

This has become one of my favourite mists. I love multi-function products. I use this as a toner when my skin needs hydration. I’ve also used it as a perfume and it’s great on my hair too! I only wish this was available in a refill so that I could just keep the one bottle and keep refilling it.

Cost: $15.00 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Silkka Garden Apothecary
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Phyt’s, Fluide Hydratant (sample) – No review

I received a 3ml sample of this from my acupuncturist JoAnn Alafriz and while I liked the product it seems a bit pricey to me. I also didn’t like that they do not disclose what parfum consists of.

Cost: $88.00 USD, 40 g / 1.4 oz
Available at: Phyt’s Beauty and Spa, Phyt’s USA
Brand Origin: France
Rating: 3/5

Sudsatorium, Java Conditioner – Review to come

As with all Sudsatorium products I’ve tried so far, I love the smell of this stuff! Java conditioner is a lovely, hydrating conditioner. I honestly can’t decide which conditioner I love from these guys. It helps that this local company is also vegan, fair trade and helps grassroots charities. What’s not to love?

Cost: $6.95 CAD, 60 ml/ 2 oz
Available at: Sudsatorium
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Sudsatorium, Bosom’s Buddy (aka The Firm) – Review to come

This is a firming lotion which was formerly called The Firm. I know it’s meant to be used for the breasts but I actually used it on my wobbly bits (arms, thighs, belly). I used it for a month and then stopped using it to see if I would feel a difference. The verdict? My skin does feel firmer with this lotion. The only teeny tiny thing I don’t like about this lotion is that the scent is very strong. It does dissipate so that’s good. Despite the strong smell I think I’ll repurchase this because I like the results it gives.

Cost: $17.95 CAD, 125 ml/ 4.2 oz
Available at: Sudsatorium, Natural Code
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

Flowers to Fragrance, Lavender (Grosso) Essential Oil – No review

I love shopping local and Flowers to Fragrance is a company I first discovered at the Green Living Show. Lavender is another staple in my medicine cabinet and the quality of this essential oil is great! Will definitely repurchase.

Cost: $15.99 CAD, 10 ml / 0.3 oz
Available at: Flowers to Fragrance
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Meow Meow Tweet, Grapefruit Baking Soda Free Deodorant (sample) – Review to come

This stuff works! And so far it hasn’t given me a rash like the baking soda based natural deodorants have. I finished my sample from Sarah of Natural Code and have already repurchased a full sized jar.

Cost: $20.99 CAD, 68 g / 2.4 oz
Available at: Natural Code, Well.ca
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5


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Toners for every budget level

Hi all, one of the most common complaints I hear about going eco-friendly is that it can be expensive. Not always! But you do have to know what you’re looking for sometimes.

I’m of the mindset where if it works amazing for my skin I’m willing to spend a bit more. But I also pick and choose where I’m willing to spend more. Not all of the products I use are high end. Here we have some of my favourite toners that I’ve tested. These toners are suitable for sensitive, acne prone skin which is the skin type I have. The most expensive toner isn’t that crazy expensive. Then again most toners aren’t that pricey.

High Medium Low/DIY
Marie Veronique
Treatment Mist
Holistic Vanity
Healing Immortelle Tonic
Thayer’s
Witch Hazel

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TO USE:
Apply after cleansing  the face.
TO USE:
Apply after cleansing the face.
TO USE:
Apply after cleansing
the face.
THE GOOD:
Works very well to balance acne prone skin.
THE GOOD:
Very soothing for skin that is sensitive and irritated.
THE GOOD:
Widely available and easily affordable.
THE BAD:
Somewhat pricey for toner. 
THE BAD:
Smell can be off putting to those who aren’t used to immortelle.
THE BAD:
Can be drying to the skin if
overused.
COST: $37.00 CAD,
120 ml / 4 oz
COST: $26.00 CAD,
100 ml / 3.3 oz
COST: $12.99 CAD,
355 ml / 12 oz
AVAILABLE AT:
Lilou Organics
AVAILABLE AT:
Pure + Simple
AVAILABLE AT:
Well.caBig Carrot,
Noah’s Natural Foods
MY RATING: 5/5 MY RATING: 5/5 MY RATING: 5/5


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November/December: Empties

Indie Lee, Squalane Facial Oil (sample)

No review. Well, since my last empties post had six items in it, I didn’t have much for this go around. Also, due to some allergic reactions I wasn’t trying too many new things. But I did try Indie Lee’s Squalane Facial Oil, which came in a sample size with my last Fresh Faced order. I have to say, I really liked this sample. It was very hydrating and helped my skin to recover from the allergic reactions I was suffering from. I’m thinking I’ll buy a full sized bottle when Fresh Faced
gets them back in stock.

Cost: $32.00 CAD, 29 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Fresh Faced, Blossom Lounge
Rating: 5/5

Thayer’s Original Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera

No review. This is one of my regular purchases for my skin care routine. There are so many uses for witch hazel. I like to apply this to my arm pits before putting on deodorant. Somehow it makes my deodorant work better. I also use this to make my DIY blemish treatment to steep the thyme. I don’t use this on my face however because I find it too drying. I always make sure I’ve got a bottle or two of this lying around.

Cost: $12.99 CAD, 355 ml / 12 oz
Available at: Well.ca, Big Carrot, Noah’s Natural Foods
Rating: 5/5


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The All Natural First Aid Kit

I don’t know about you. But I don’t like to use conventional medicine if I don’t have to. Why? Most conventional medications are full of toxic chemicals that merely mask symptoms. To me, using these medications is the equivalent of using a hammer to kill a spider. It’s overkill. Most of the time, we don’t need two Advils or Extra Strength Tylenol unless our pain threshold is significant. That’s why my first time of defense when I get a headache or any other boo-boo is to use something all natural. The wonderful thing about these items I’ve listed below is that they perform more than one function.

So here’s a list of what I would put in my All Natural First Aid Kit besides the obligatory bandages, gauze, scissors, etc. You can use an all natural product, or if you’re a real purist grab a single ingredient. For the products I have used everything except the Manitoba Mist, which comes recommended by CBC.ca. They tested it against other DEET Bug Repellants. The test convinced me so I think I will give Manitoba Mist a go next time I have the need for a bug repellant.

Issue Product Single Ingredient
For Headaches, Sore Muscles, Congestion Jaydancin’s Deep Relief Peppermint oil or Cayenne
For Sunburn, Skin Rashes Sigrid Naturals Calendula Healing Ointment Aloe Vera
For Sprains, Bruises Sigrid Naturals Comfrey Healing Salve Arnica
For Insect Bites Pure + Simple Purifying French Clay Mask Vinegar
For Healing Wounds Therawise Skin Healing Ointment Echinacea, Calendula, Tea Tree, or Lavender Oil
As an Antiseptic Thayer’s Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Lemon, Honey, Pineapple, Lavender Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Bug Repellant Manitoba Mist Cinnamon Leaf Oil or Citronella Essential Oil

Plus:

Organic Cotton Swabs

Organic Cotton Rounds

Recycled Plastic Adhesive Bandages

Gauze

Scissors

Elastic Tensor Bandage

So what would you put in your all natural first aid kit?