As you all know, I love it when I can find natural or organically sourced products that work just as well as the "regular" versions. In recent years, it seems everyone has jumped onto the natural bandwagon and it's so much easier to find natural and sustainably sourced products than ever before. Today, I'm featuring my first impressions on some new natural skincare and beauty products that I was sent over recently. All of these are from brands I've never heard of, so I'm excited to discover these alongside you!
Named after the Celtic goddess of wisdom, Weleda has a long history with its origins dating back to 1921 in Switzerland! Started by a group of physicians curious about the restorative effects of plants, Weleda specializes in face, body, hair and infant care products featuring natural extracts grown from their own farms.
I received 2 Weleda products to try. The first is the Weleda Calendula Intensive Skin Recovery Cream is a potent treatment containing 20% calendula extract to soothe dry, irritated skin. This cream is pretty heavy duty as it is chock full of amazing emollients: beeswax, sunflower seed oil, calendula of course and lanolin. This cream is excellent for hands, heels and anywhere on your body experiencing itchiness or dryness. I'm saving this to use on my feet later!
I also received the Jardin de Vie Agrume perfume. This natural fragrance is made up of 92% organic ingredients and yet it smells as amazingly fragrant as any conventional perfume. I was immediately drawn to this fragrance as it is bursting with fresh citrus notes, like lemon, sea buckthorn berry and orange. Although I think this is meant to be worn on the skin, I prefer it as a room fragrance. It has a strong alcohol note when first sprayed, but once that dissipates after a few seconds, you're left with a light, refreshing scent!
The Green Beaver
The Green Beaver is a Canadian company started by 2 chemical scientists fed up with the lack of safe, natural options on the market. They are certified organic, family-owned and super committed to keeping their little company accessible and with that personal touch even as they expand internationally. I love how transparent The Green Beaver is as you can info about the company and their practices easily online. I'd only heard of their lip balms before this, so I was happy to try the Honey Lip Balm. Made of coconut oil, beeswax, honey and cranberry seed oil, this lip balm is moisturizing and Ecocert certified! It has a soft texture that just melts into my lips and it does a pretty decent job at keeping my perennially dry lips feeling soft. Although I don't love this lip balm as much as my Epic balms, they're a close second!
Lafe's Natural BodyCare
Although I don't wear deodorant or antiperspirant normally myself, I do wear them occasionally when working out or in extreme heat and recently I've been reading about the harmful ingredients found in many drugstore options. Lafe's natural deodorants are made with silica, cornstarch and witch hazel to combat smelly bacterial growth and to absorb excess moisture to keep you dry. These deodorants also keep your underarms dry with aloe vera and rose flower oil! I was saving this for summer, but I've heard from other bloggers that this one was a real dud, so it's going straight into the donate pile!
Spry Dental Defense
I'm a bit skeptical about this, but the Spry Natural Peppermint Xylitol Gum claims to help keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that has the added benefit of preventing bacteria from sticking to your teeth, which in turn helps prevent tooth decay. I'm not a big gum chewer, so I probably won't use this except for emergencies, but it's nice to have that added bonus of not worrying about cavities!
My favourite products so far out of this roundup are from Acure. This family owned organic beauty company uses zero parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic preservatives and is gluten-free, cruelty-free and vegan. I received 3 different Acure products to try:
The Acure Morroccan Argan Oil is a deeply moisturizing yet lightweight oil that contains argan oil... and that's it! Known for its potent levels of vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan oil is perfect for use everywhere on your body - like literally! I've been trying this everywhere: on my chest, hands, cuticles, split ends and scalp. It has an incredible refreshing scent that reminds me of a tropical garden, feels super light and is quick to absorb. I really feel like this oil's been great to keep my decolletage feeling smooth. I've tried it a couple times on my scalp so far too, and it feels relieving, but it makes my hair really oily!
If oils aren't really your thing, then these next 2 products may be more your style. The Acure Calming Body Lotion contains aloe vera juice, acai fruit, blackberry, rosehip oil, pomegranate, calendula, chamomile, rooibos and cocoa seed butter - all are great moisturizers and I haven't even named everything on the ingredients list! I'm saving this lotion for evening use on my hands, once I've used up my Lush Sleepy lotion as I've taken a liking to lavender scented lotions right before I go to bed.
During the day however, I've been trying out the Acure Quick Fix Correcting Balm. Another multi-purpose product by Acure, this rich beeswax based balm is a soothing salve for hands, feet and even can be used to reduce fine lines around the mouth and eyes! I feel very skeptical about using this balm on my face though as this balm is very thick and heavy. I've been applying a generous slathering to my hands every morning and they feel soft and protected for hours, which I'm pretty grateful for in the cold weather! Besides beeswax, this restorative balm also contains jojoba seed oil, olive fruit oil, argan oil, and borage, all of which are great emollients that protect and help retain moisture.
Most of the brands are available at select stores (see their websites for locations) and online. Spry gum can be found in health stores, as well as Pharmasave, Weleda is available at Whole Foods and Acure is available on Well.ca.
What are your favourite places to shop for natural beauty products?
*This post contains PR samples