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2014/10/29 / Shanan


Let’s talk about beauty products! Because, well, I mean why not.

I’m always somewhat fascinated to hear what other people use on their skin so here I shall assume that said fascination flows both ways (otherwise I’m just going to look really narcissistic).

A few years ago I started phasing out all the chemical junk I’d been using and I’ve become very particular about the products I now buy. So particular that walking down the aisles in a typical drugstore these days makes me feel like I’m breaking out in hives or something.

I discovered my absolute favourite source for organic beauty, Saffron Rouge, and that’s where I do much of my (online) shopping. I really can’t say enough good things about this company – their product selection, customer service, free samples, etc are truly excellent (nobody’s paying me to write any of this, by the way). And I think if you’re willing to spend a little money on truly natural, top quality brands, they will do the job. Of course everybody has their own particular skincare regime that works, but behold the splendour in the grass and see what I’m using right now:

1.  Suki Exfoliate Foaming Facial Cleanser – I’m a big fan of many Suki products and this is one of their best-sellers. I use it at night and it gently exfoliates my skin while smelling like fresh lemons.

2. Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser – this is my face-wash for the morning, when I can get it together to do the whole skincare routine (sometimes it’s just jump outta bed and listen to the rantings of a three year old and make breakfast and pack the school lunch and then whoops it’s noon). Living Nature products tend to be quite gentle and have a particular ‘natural’ scent that’s not for everyone, but I love them.  The brand is slowly being phased out from Saffron Rouge, which is a shame (the company is based in New Zealand and there’s some sort of change afoot re: their North American distribution) but you can find their full range of products here.

3.  Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum – my sister turned me on to this line and I’m hooked although I will admit upfront that the products are the most expensive I’ve used, so I try to have just one in rotation at a time. This anti-aging serum is more like a light lotion that smells divine and blends into your skin so creamy and smooth. I actually smile a little whenever I put it on. Probably because I look so young again? I have no idea. Available in Canada at Good Gosh Beauty.

4.  Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment – it’s just occurred to me that perhaps I should have photographed these products going clockwise in the order I actually use them…*  BB’s is owned by Clorox which doesn’t thrill me but I roll this tea tree-based oil onto any pimples and it does its thing.

5.  John Masters Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 – please tell me you are applying a facial sunscreen every day. My fear of looking like a brown dried prune in the near future scares me into wearing this, which is very highly rated by EWG and doesn’t leave a weird white residue like many other non-chemical sunscreens.

6.  Living Nature Illuminating Foundation – this falls more into the category of makeup, but I do use it every day as my last skincare regime step. It doesn’t actually offer much coverage like a foundation, but rather just adds a really lovely subtle glow to your skin. I’m convinced that whenever I get compliments on my complexion, it’s largely because of this product.

7.  Elabloom Nourishing Facial Oil – I was initially skeptical of the whole ‘oil as moisturizer’ concept that has become a recent trend but let me assure you I am full-on converted. This is a wonderful product and made in Toronto to boot.

8. Suki Clarifying Toner – another great Suki product, with just the right amount of astringency and their signature lemony scent.

On the hunt for: a good eye cream.

And there you have it. This is apparently what takes up so much of my time – applying skincare products. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Next time – natural makeup?

* In order of application: Suki exfoliating cleanser or Living Nature cleanser (P.M. and A.M.), Suki toner, Tata Harper serum, Burt’s Bee’s spot treatment, Elabloom oil, John Masters sunscreen (A.M.), Living Nature foundation (A.M.).

  • Gillian:

    Nicely done, Shan. Saffron Rouge is the BEST!! I’ve recently tried the Body Deli’s Firming Flax Eye Cream, and it’s lovely. As you know, I am obsessed with my **crow’s feet** and this cream actually feels like it might be diminishing them… ever so slightly! I also love Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronzing Tint. It provides the nicest sun kissed sheen, without the sun :)

  • natalia:

    I’ve never been one for many products – used the very gentle Purpose soap my whole life, Clinique all about eyes, and Aveno moisturizer/sunscreen. But more recently (with my aging, spotting skin) I’ve found the Ole Hendriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub and Invigorating Night Treatment. I am obsessed! Lovely, gentle product and my skin feels so lovely after. My mom also recently bought me the Clarisonic Aria vibrating cleansing brush. It does feel pretty awesome and all the tiny bumps from build-up are decreasing!

  • Shanan:

    Gillian – I’ve ordered the flax eye cream! I think I’m going to need something with serious power once I become sleep-deprived with baby again…

    Natalia – I’ve always been curious about the Clarisonic! It’s not too harsh? Maybe it will go on my Christmas list.

  • natalia:

    Its not harsh at all! It is a vibrating brush that you move VERY slowly across your face. I say yes to adding it to the Christmas list!

  • allison_bt:

    I too have been much more conscious about my skin care products as of two years ago and try to go as natural as possible. I’ve actually been raiding the beauty aisle at Whole Foods lately, cos I’m unemployed and junk, and certified organic / fair trade neem oil & African honey moisturizer for $10? Yes, please. Based on the small $4 jar I bought back in February, this large jar should last me a year and a half! I’ve also been using Thayer’s Rose Petal & Witch Hazel toner which I like but think I will be giving up soon for a toner with exfoliating properties (ie, fruit acids or something). I was using NARS’ moisturizing toner which is more gel-like and has lots of fruit acids but doesn’t dry out the skin and I think I’ll go back to that. Overall though, my fave natural brands are Jurlique and REN. Jurlique has an amazing eye cream too!

    Oh yeah, and thanks for sharing! I love these sorts of posts!!

  • Shanan:

    Allison, I love Jurlique, too! My sister has spent time in Australia and introduced me to the line. I’ll have to check out REN, too. I desperately wish we had a Whole Foods close by, both so that I could browse organic skincare products in person and ensure that I can get fresh kumquats any damn time I please.


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