Clean Dreams Pillow Mist

Maria sent in a request for this lovely essential oil powered pillow mist, and I just loved the sound of it. The original was designed to help prevent breakouts caused by a dirty pillowcase, but with its lovely blend of essential oils, it’ll also help lull you into a citrus-scented sleep in no time.

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Forest Facial Cleanser

I dreamt up this cleanser for my friend and super-awesome yoga instructor Danny. He’s pretty much the sole reason I’ve been able to start running again, so when he mentioned he’d be interested in trying some of the things I make, I was on it (I definitely prefer to thank people with personalized DIY concoctions instead of a bottle of wine or flowers wherever possible). I was immediately drawn to the idea of a coniferous-y cleanser, and though I made this Forest Facial Cleanser over a month ago, it seems fitting to share it while I’m relaxing in the middle of a forest in Manitoba.

How to Make Forest Facial Cleanser

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Creamy Lavender Cardamom Cleansing Lotion

I am loving this gentle (yet super effective) creamy lavender cardamom cleansing lotion these days. It got its first hardcore test late one night (ok, early one morning) when I returned from a sparkle themed party with a good half of my face completely coated in neon pink glitter thanks to some Ben Nye Glitter Glue and some slightly misguided Pinterest inspired glitter dreams. I’d definitely gone way overboard with the glitter application (I was aiming for something Coachella-esque but ended up straddling the line between “sparkle spartan” and some sort of Vegas Barbie cancan dancer) and was definitely a bit worried about a) getting it all off and b) getting it all off without sandblasting my face with glitter flecks. This creamy lavender cardamom cleansing lotion was more than up to the task (phew).

How to make a creamy lavender cardamom cleansing lotion.

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The Best of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close I want to take a wee while to look back on some of my favourite and most popular post from the last year, just in case you missed ’em the first time around. Enjoy!

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Interview with Stark Skin Care Owner/Founder Jessica Lafleur

Today I’m doing something a bit different—an interview with fellow Canadian Jess Lafleur, the owner/founder/maker of Stark Skin Care. She’s doing what a lot of us dream of doing in running her own brand, selling her own specially formulated creations using high quality, natural ingredients. I’m thrilled she’s let me pick her brain about what it’s like to be a true DIY pro and share her insights with all of you. Enjoy!

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“One side of my compact work space … It’s a creative mess!” -Jess

How did you first become interested in natural beauty products?

I honestly can’t even remember. As a little kid, when other little girls were discovering and playing with makeup, I was always more interested in skincare. Natural skincare was an early discovery for me, as I used to spend an inordinate amount of time in my town’s health food shop…it was my favourite store! (And in my hometown, I maintain that it’s still the only nice shop around.) Here, not only did I discover natural brands like old school Burt’s Bees,  a brand called Rachel Perry that I think no longer exists but had beautiful, gypsy-inspired packaging and a smattering of simple, local handcrafted stuff, but I discovered pure, single ingredients, like different types of clay, pure Shea butter, beeswax and, of course, essential oils. This was back in the early ‘80s. It feels like natural skincare has always been around for me. I didn’t really have one of those wake-up moments where I knew I had to make a switch from conventional to natural; I was a born convert.

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