Natural Body Skincare Products

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Natural products are more beneficial for our personal use and for the environment – so why not make the switch? I’ve been using natural products for almost a year now and it has been the best decision I’ve ever made. My main focus is purchasing products that are made locally, are not packaged in plastic and are composed of natural ingredients.

Remember that REUSE (from reduce, reuse & recycle) is listed before recycle because reusing is more important and crucial in being more environmentally-friendly! Purchase products that either have no packaging, or that have packaging that can be safely reused for years to come. (Hint: Plastic is not something you want to be reusing – this is why I stress that we need to reduce our purchases of plastic altogether).
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In the Shower:

Lush Solid Shampoo & Conditioner

  • Purchased from LUSH
  • 1 shampoo bar can last up to 80 washes
  • NO plastic! You can also purchase reusable tins!

These bars do not have any packaging and smell so wonderful! I know they are not 100% natural, however I have not had success with any completely natural shampoos and conditioners – I am still experimenting – but the shampoo & conditioner bar pros outweigh their cons. Just make sure to let them completely air-dry before you close the tin lid! There are tons of different options to choose from as well, at a very reasonable price.

Uncle Mike’s Body Scrub

  • Purchased from Uncle Mike’s
  • Made in Saskatoon
  • Comes in a reusable tin container!

This body scrub is completely natural & smells so good! This product slowly dissolves while exfoliating and leaves the skin moisturized.

Assorted Bar Soaps

  • Look for bar soap that has natural ingredients that are sustainably sourced and that does not have any packaging – I personally hate when natural bar soap has plastic packaging all around it – as it is not needed!
  • Ensure that the bar soap you’re purchasing is not made from sneaky chemical ingredients
  • Comparable products, like liquid body washes, contain petroleum-based detergents and added chemicals which are hormone disruptors and also pollute water systems – natural-ingredient bar soaps are safer!

I rub my bar soap into a loofa and wash my body – providing some extra exfoliation. Also, bar soap lasts so much longer than liquid body soap – which is better for the environment and also saves you some cash!

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Body Lotions & Oils:

Northlore Lowlands Body Oil

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty (ps: every time you purchase something from Green Tree Beauty – they plant a tree)!
  • Packaged in reusable glass container
  • Made in Saskatchewan

This body oil has a wonderful smell, it has a light citrus scent which is musky at the same time – so both men and women can happily use it. I apply this all over my body and let it absorb before I put on clothes. I need to reapply this oil daily.

Lush Massage Bars/Body Butters

  • Purchased from LUSH
  • No packaging!
  • Finished product is not tested on animals

I love these lotion bars because there is no packaging which eliminates all the resources and energy that would usually go into creating packaging and there is no garbage! Also there is no waste with these bars, as you can use every last bit of them and not be concerned that any product is going to waste, like when you get lotion in a plastic bottle and you know theres still half a cup lurking in the bottom that you cannot get to!

Avocado Oil/Grape-seed Oil

  • Easy to buy in bulk
  • Easy to find in grocery stores
  • Cheap but great for your skin

Ensure that the container you are purchasing the oil in is not a plastic container! I pour the desired oil into a little glass container and use it in place of a lotion after dry-brushing and after a shower.

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Facial Masks:

Redmond Clay

I mix this clay with water, honey, coconut milk or coconut water and apply it as a face mask. This clay draws-out toxins from the skin and it is safe to use on eczema patches! I am searching for some that I can purchase in a glass container – in the mean time I will make sure to recycle this container.

Northlore Plains Mud 

I mix this mask with either honey, coconut milk, or green tea. This powder mask smells amazing and is really good to use once every 2-3 weeks to help to maintain clear skin!

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Scents:

Uncle Mike’s Natural Deodorant

  • Purchased from Uncle Mike’s
  • This product is 100% natural
  • Made in Saskatoon

On my (long and smelly) journey in finding a natural deodorant that actually works, I always come back to this product. This is the best natural deodorant I’ve used and the smell is great for men and women. 1-2 swipes of this product last the entire day, and any slight oil stain left behind on clothing will easily wash out.

Wood’s Body Goods – Peppermint Breeze Natural Deodorant

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty 
  • Made in Canada
  • Cruelty-free, gluten-free, chemical-free
  • Uses simple ingredients from Canadian suppliers

This deodorant smells incredible and works well against body odours. However, I have to be careful to only use one swipe of this product, as it tends to leave a yellow oil stain on my shirts.

Saje Essential Oils & Perfumes

  • Purchased from Saje
  • 100% all natural ingredients
  • Pure essential oils
  • Saje uses ingredients that are derived from safe and renewable resources, and their packaging is reusable or recyclable.

I am obsessed with Saje products, I could spend my entire paycheque in that store. I love their products and I love how their products not only help me to smell great but also help to boost my mood, help with mental illness and my overall health. The chemicals that make up perfume are incredibly toxic to your health – this is why I made the switch to essential oils. You can customize your own personal scent by mixing essential oils as well – the possibilities are endless!

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Everything Else: 

Dr. Dronner’s Pure Castile Soap

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market, and is also easily ordered online!
  • 100% natural ingredients, certified organic, fair trade and vegan
  • Is every concentrated – a little goes a long way!
  • Can replace every toxic cleaner in the household
  • Can be used for dozens of uses

These soaps come in rose, eucalyptus, tea tree, almond, citrus, lavender, peppermint, and baby mild scents. This soap can be used for shaving, shampoo, dental hygiene, body wash, bathing, hand soap, laundry wash, pet wash, fruit and vegetable cleaner, plant pest spray, household cleaner, and so much more! Yes, this stuff is packaged in pesky plastic – but now I buy it in bulk and it lasts me for almost a year, and the container is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, however I’m still waiting for a better alternative!

I hope this helps you to make the switch over to natural products!

    – Tiara

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

Aveeno Fresh Essentials Review

Aveeno is a brand that I have grown up with, being natural, gentle and affordable. It has always been my go-to drugstore product line. Today I am reviewing the Fresh Essentials line, which incorporates active naturals that help to combat many environmental stressors in the skin.
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Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer
I wrote a review on this facial lotion over a year ago. So, I have actually been using this moisturizer to start off my mornings for over a year! My favourite thing about this moisturizer is that it has SPF30! I also love the packaging, the pump is so convenient! This product is really moisturizing and has a delicate floral scent which I love. This product does not cause acne, is really hydrating and is a heavier cream based product, so a little goes a long way!

Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Exfoliating Scrub
This exfoliator provides a very gentle exfoliation, so it is suitable to be used daily. This is a gentle product, which doesn’t leave the skin feeling raw afterwards. I would recommend using this product in the morning, or removing your makeup before you use it, as it does not contain soap. This creamy exfoliator is great at buffing and polishing away impurities to leave your face smooth and soft.

Aveeno Fresh Essentials Hydrating Night Cream
This cream is very comparable to the daily moisturizer, same scent, consistency and both contain vitamins A, C, and E. I love how this cream does not cause acne, as most night creams tend to do that to me. This product takes a bit to absorb into my skin, as I tend to use more of it for a more hydrating effect. I massage it in and it absorbs quite nicely. I have eczema and this is the first winter I have not gotten huge dry patches on my face and I do believe it is because of this product.
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I am excited to announce that I am having a giveaway! The lucky winner will receive these 3 Aveeno products that I have reviewed for free! Heres what you have to do:
1. Follow my blog and my blog Instagram account @RawFashionBlog
2. Instagram me a picture of what your winter essentials are for looking and feeling fresh with the hashtag #FreshEssentials and #RawFashionBlog & tag @rawfashionblog for a chance to win!
[must be a Saskatoon resident to enter]
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Good luck!

– these products were sent to me for review purposes, I was not paid to write this review. All my opinions are honest and my own –

xoxo,
– Tiara

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush Review

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I have been using Clinique products for over 8 years now, and they have become one of my favourite makeup and product brands. So when they launched their Sonic Purifying Cleansing Brush, I decided to get it and try it out!
I have never used any other kind of facial cleansing brush, so I do not have anything to compare it to, however I really love this cleansing brush.

How I use it: For over a month, every morning and night I cleanse my face with this cleansing brush for a little over a minute. The most important step is to have a cleansed face before you use this cleansing brush, especially making sure all eye makeup is removed. I think of using this brush to remove anything that gets left behind. This brush feels amazing on my skin, it is almost energizing! The white bristles are super soft and meant for your cheeks and the green bristles are meant to clean pores on the forehead, nose and chin. Some improvements I’ve noticed is the reduction of blackheads on my nose, also this brush gently removes flakes and gives my skin a healthy look.

Benefits: After washing my face with this cleansing brush, my skin feels so soft and clean. I’ve noticed that it also really helps any product absorb and work its wonders so much better as well. My skin glows now! The brush size is perfect to be able to cleanse the entire face. The brush is made so you can set it down flat and it won’t roll around! I absolutely love how the whole brush is waterproof, and I can take it into the shower! I find it really helpful that it only vibrates for 30 seconds, then stops. This way I can ensure I am not using it for too long and if it accidentally gets turned on it will not stay on and drain its battery!

Keep in Mind: For the first time using this brush, start with only using it for 30 seconds then work up to a minute. For the first week using this brush, I got a few tiny pimples on my face and my face got really dry. This is because before I only washed my face with my hands, and my face was adjusting to using the brush. Now my skin is used to the brush, and the brush actually really helps with clearing topical acne!

Maintenance: This brush is really easy to keep clean, after every use I remove the brush head and run it under water with a bit of mild tea tree soap and wipe it off and let the bristles air dry in the charging stand.

Price: The price of this product is fair, and it is a lot cheaper than other similar products on the market. However the quality and simplicity of this product really impress me. Replacement brush heads are also very affordable!

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Along with the brush, I received a cute makeup bag with Clinique’s 3 Step Skin Care System, which I love using!

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For this being Clinique’s first cleansing brush, I am really impressed with the product. I highly recommend it!

By the way, right now shipping on all products to Canada is free!

xoxo,

– Tiara

Aveeno Fresh Essentials Moisturizer Review

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In search of a more nourishing daily moisturizer, I picked up the Aveeno Fresh Essentials Moisturizer. I have to say I am impressed, I think this is Aveeno’s best moisturizer yet! I have been using Aveeno facial lotions for over 5 years now and I am blown away with this new one.
This product claims that it will “improve the look of stressed skin and keep what’s good for the skin in and the bad out. It is enriched with anti-oxidants and vitamins and is clinically proven to replenish moisture to dry, stressed skin. It will soften and smooth skin with conditioning emollients. It strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier and protects skin from environmental stressors and the UVA/UVB rays.
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The Application: I use half a pump and apply with clean hands on a freshly cleaned face. This soaks in quickly and is not as greasy as other products with sunscreen. I recommend only wearing this during the day because it was too much for my skin day and night. I like how the way the pump is made – there will be no wasted product, so you don’t have to worry about throwing out product. I would recommend using a light facial powder over this or over your makeup, it may make some people’s skin a bit shiny.
The Smell: This product smells AMAZING. This product instantly makes me happier. It smells like sweet flowers and light citrus.
Moisture: This product moisturizes more than any of the other Aveeno Facial lotions that I have tried. Its great, your skin feels supple and free to move.
Skin Improvement: My skin improved, it glowed and did not make me break out. I like that it provides 30 SPF and it doesn’t give that white gleam in photos.
Reminder: For the best results, apply this moisturizer and wait 10 minutes for it to soak in before you apply any primers or makeup.
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What’s your favourite Aveeno Product?
– Tiara

Clinique Instant Turnaround Facial Masque Review

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I purchased the Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial Masque because my Dermatologist suggested that I go for microdermabrasion – as I get really bad cystic acne and scarring resulting from it. After looking into the price, I opted for this (way cheaper) product, and I have to say that I am very impressed. The product is light blue, and has little crystals and sparkles in it. After using it, my skin feels so soft and smooth! I cannot get over how nice it makes my skin feel. And to top it off, the skin problems I was experiencing before have completely disappeared. I highly recommend this product, it feels good, smells good and works wonders. The only things I have noticed is that my face lost its tan way quicker then the rest of my body in using this product, however its not that noticeable. Also after the product is washed off, it leaves little sparkles on your face. They can be covered completely by foundation if you use it in the morning. I recommend using it at night, because then you don’t have to worry about the sparkles and it helps your skin absorb the lotion while you sleep.

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Here is how I use it:
1. Wash your face thoroughly and dry it completely.
2. Apply about a quarter sized dollop onto your face with clean fingers.
3. Keep it on for 5 to 10 minutes.
4. Wet your finger tips and slowly go over your whole face in little circle movements.
5. Wet your palms and gently make circles all over your face with your palms.
6. Rinse off and pat to dry.
7. Apply your favourite facial lotion.

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– Tiara