Natural Facial Skincare Products

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A few months ago I made the switch over to all natural products. I can give most of the credit as to why to the Toxicology class I took in university last term. Every day my jaw would drop to the floor, as I learnt more shocking and horrific facts about what we do to the world we live in today. I realized that if I am a being from nature and a part of nature, why am I smearing lotions and potions full of chemicals and toxins onto my skin hoping for a miracle? Humans evolved from the earth, and we will return into it – that is a natural environment that certainly does not include parabens, synthetic colours or phthalates, to name a few. Also, I was learning just how damaging these products are to the environment – and that enough was a reason for change.

The products I have here today are what I use on my face every day and/or night. I swear by these products, they all smell so incredible and they are much more friendly to the environment and my skin. I have recently had to make a dietary switch over to an Autoimmune Paleo AIP diet due to allergies and finding natural products that are free of allergens is actually a lot easier than I thought. Also, I had always struggled with severe cystic acne and eczema, and no matter how many different creams, or washes or medications I used on my face, my face remained dry and full of stubborn acne. Since I switched over to all natural products I very rarely get cystic acne, and my skin glows!

Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth

Things to look for: when purchasing natural products, I try to only support companies that package their products in glass containers. This is because glass containers are 100% recyclable, and glass can be continually recycled into more glass, maintaining high quality. Creating plastic items, on the other hand, releases toxic emissions into the air, and recycled plastic loses its quality and so new plastic must always be made. Plastic pollution is also devastating to the environment. Also, plastic containers are well known for leaching harmful chemicals (from which they are composed of) into the product they store, which is then absorbed into our skin. Really try to reduce consumption of plastic items, and recycle everything possible!

A lot of these natural products are GMO free! While there is a lot of controversy on GMO’s, I am personally glad to avoid them. Here is a well written article on GMOs for you to read.

I was able to find a lot of amazing natural skincare products at Dad’s Organic Market in Saskatoon, and surprisingly at Winners as well. However I really want to take the time to talk about an incredible company here in Saskatoon that is really taking sustainably sourced products to the next level –  Green Tree Beauty will plant a tree for every product sold. You can purchase products from them online, or at Alchemy Clothing & Salon here in Saskatoon. They source natural, sustainable and cruelty-free cosmetics with a goal of being kinder to the environment and to others. Definitely a company I feel happy about supporting!

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Viva Organics Aromatherapy Facial Toner

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty
  • Made in Canada
  • Free of: paraben, phylates, gluten, GMO, artificial fragrances, perfumes and colourant. Is hypoallergenic and cruelty-free.

I use this product as a toner, right after I wash my face. I spray it on and let it dry before adding another product on top of it. This toner brightens skin, and balances pH, and helps with controlling acne.

Viva Organics Concentrated Antioxidant Serum 

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty
  • Made in Canada
  • Free of: paraben, phylates, gluten, GMO, artificial fragrances, perfumes and colourant. Is hypoallergenic and cruelty-free

I immediately smooth on a pump of this after the toner onto my face and neck. This is a great product which adds a highly beneficial layer to my skincare regime. This serum helps to reduce scars and fine lines, and definitely makes my skin more radiant. It is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and organic compounds, which help my skin to repair itself and look its best.

Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market (or here)
  • Made in New Zealand
  • Free of all the nasties – vegetarian society approved

This is an incredible day-time moisturizer. A little goes a long way with this moisturizing product! My skin is dry, and yet very oily and this moisturizer makes my skin feel comfortable! It has an incredible fresh scent, and this company will continue to be one of my favourites due to their high quality products.

Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream 

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market (or here)
  • Made in Australia
  • 100% vegan & cruelty free
  • 100% Carbon Neutral
  • Grey Water Safe
  • Free of: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Synthetic fragrances, animal derivatives, harsh detergents, propylene glycol, artificial colours, triethanoamine, mineral oils, EDTA and parabens.

First of all, this cream smells like sugar cookies – I want to eat it. Second of all, how amazing is this sustainable company? This is a very moisturizing cream as kakadu plum, rose hip oil and pomegranate work together to combat early signs of aging and dryness. There is a lot of product here that will also go a long way!

Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen 

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market (or here)
  • Made in Canada
  • 100% Natural
  • Free of: any chemicals, including PEG, BHT, artificial fragrance and colors, DEA, TEA, urea, and propylene glycol. This product is hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and noncomedogenic.

This sunscreen is the best sunscreen I’ve ever used. It has a natural tint to it so it does not have that gross white residue that a lot of sunscreens leave behind. It does not clog up my skin, and it is also not greasy at all! It is water resistant and I mix it with my daily moisturizer then apply to my face and neck.

Andalou Naturals Purple Carrot Luminous Night Cream

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market (or here)
  • Made in the USA
  • Vegan & Cruelty Free
  • Uses Non-GMO, certified organic and fair trade ingredients
  • 98% Nature Derived

I use this cream every night. It is very rich and has a pleasant fruity smell. This stuff ensures my eczema is never here to stay, and I wake up with super clear, bright and glowing skin. This cream is very rich in antioxidants, and helps defend against UV damage, hyper pigmentation and premature aging.

Northlore Rosehip Seed Oil

This oil is my go-to product. I use it under all of my creams, night and day. This oil has multiple uses: as a cleanser or as a moisturizer. This product saves my skin from the typical Saskatchewan climate. I find that layering these products has really benefitted my skin. 1 drop is enough to smooth over my face for the day time (as I don’t want to use too much under my makeup) and 3-4 drops is enough for my face and my neck for bedtime.

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That sums up the products that I use on my face! Thank you for reading, and I hope to see you on the greener side!

– Tiara

Lavender & Lemon Cupcakes

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Today I took the time to bake some Lavender Cupcakes using the Wholesome Chow mix, which I found at Winners. This baking mix is quite easy to make, as all I added was almond milk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and oil & it is also wheat, soy, egg, nut and dairy-free! This mix has me OBSESSED. I have to be honest – I’m obsessed with anything containing lavender, but these surpassed my expectations.  The light and enjoyable flavour of lavender is so delicious, and the cupcakes are so moist for being gluten-free! I am very impressed, and will definitely be on the lookout for more of these mixes to try!
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I decided to make a lemon glaze, as I love mixing the flavours of lavender and lemon together. After I dribbled on the glaze, (consisting of lemon juice, icing sugar, sugar, almond milk, and vegan margarine), I grated some lemon on top for some extra zest. It really enhanced the lavender and added something extra delicious to the cupcake!
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– Tiara

Glutino Twinkle Sprinkle Cakes

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I always laugh when I compare my baking with the photos of what it’s supposed to look like… the sprinkles melted ok!? At least they still taste delicious! I used Glutino’s seasonal Twinkle Sprinkle Cake mix, however their muffin mix would also work just as well!

I just followed the easy instructions and replaced butter with vegan margarine and milk with Silk almond milk. As a general rule with gluten-free baking, I always add a bit more moisture to the mix. In this case I added a little more almond milk. (Also, if you do choose to use vegan margarine, it will not fluff up when mixed, so skip this step and add all liquid ingredients and mix well)! I also added 3/4 cup of raspberries and crushed up 1/4 cup of coconut flakes. I would highly recommend adding fruit, nuts and/or coconut flakes to these mixes, it makes them at least 10x better!
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I received this mix from Glutino, all opinions are my own.

Snack on!

– Tiara

Quick Snack Satisfaction

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Healthy Snacking, who has the time right? Well now you have no excuses with this delicious and easy to make gluten and dairy-free snack! All you need is:
Glutino Pretzels
– Rice Thins
– Spinach
– Chicken
– Toppings: capers, dried dill, greek seasoning & pepper.
You can customize these with basically anything that you have in the fridge, and with any spices that you would prefer. And for all those non-lactose intolerant people out there, please pile on the cheese. Great for a snack or appetizer!
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I received these pretzels from Glutino, all opinions are my own.

Snack on!
– Tiara

Garden Fresh Salad with a Little Crunch

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Finally, that rewarding time when your garden starts to give back! I’m going to show you how to make one of my favourite salads, and it tastes even better using garden fresh ingredients! Growing mint is so easy you can even grow it indoors! I love adding Glutino’s sesame-ring pretzels because they add a crunchy texture and their taste compliments this salad.

To create this Cucumber Mint Salad you will need:
– cucumber
– fresh mint leaves
– apple cider vinegar
– olive oil
– salt
– Glutino’s Sesame-ring Pretzels

First, chop the cucumbers and thinly slice the mint leaves then combine them in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon salt and mix well. Add the dressing right before eating, toss well, add pretzels on top and enjoy!
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I received these pretzels from Glutino, all opinions are my own.

Such a simple salad with so many bold flavours!

– Tiara

Glutino Pretzels & Dip

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I think dip is the answer to everything, so here I am serving pretzels with dip. These Glutino Pretzels are great when paired with my homemade dip. These pretzels are crunchy and salty and snack sized! So easy to take for a snack or to put in a lunch, and I have included my dip recipe so you can enjoy it as well! Snack on!

Dip Recipe:
– 1/3 cup Hellmann’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise
– squeeze of lemon
– 1 teaspoon of Herbamore
– 1 1/2 teaspoon of fresh chopped dill
– 1/2 teaspoon of fresh chopped parsley
– 1 teaspoon McCormick No Salt Added Seasoning

Mix well and enjoy! This dip is so customizable, (and of course gluten and dairy-free!), so you can adjust and add to your preference! Great for snacking or appetizers!

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– Tiara

Tangy Lemon Dessert

By now you all probably realize that I dip everything in chocolate, and truthfully it is because it makes everything better. These Glutino Lemon Wafers have the perfect tang to mix with a sweet chocolate and ice-cream.
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I love these lemon flavoured wafers, they are light, crispy & creamy, and zesty. I will go through a box of these in one sitting if I don’t monitor myself. I usually just eat them out of the box, because they are delicious by themselves. However, today I decided to create a gluten & dairy-free dessert with them. I found that they compliment the ice-cream and chocolate perfectly, creating a refreshing and enjoyable dessert.
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I enjoy using Glutino products because I know they are guaranteed gluten free, and all the products I blog about are also dairy free. It is so hard to find snacks that I can enjoy with my allergies, and I am so thankful I have found a great line of products!
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~icecream used: Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss
~chocolate used: Enjoy Life: Mini Chocolate Chips

– Tiara