beauty routine

Natural beauty regime : my go-to products

Five months ago, I officially switched my whole beauty routine to all-natural products. I thought I’d write a recap post with a list of the products I am using, along with the review of these products and some more recommendations.

Cleanser : Cocoon Apothecary’s Petal Purity Cleanser – Wonderful cream cleanser that leaves my face fresh without over-drying. Smells wonderful too.
Exfoliant : Cocoon Apothecary’s Petal Purity Exfoliating Cleanser – Gentle cream cleanser with round jojoba beads that get the job done without overdoing it. Gentle enough for everyday use.
Moisturizer : This has been a real problem as I seem to have a problem with butters in moisturizers ; they clog my pores like crazy. I ordered Pai’s Geranium & Thistle Organic Moisturizer recently (no butters or pore blocking ingredients, the base is jojoba oil) but I have yet to try it.
Eye Cream : Cocoon Apothecary’s Eyewaken Eye Cream. Wonderful, light, refreshing eye cream that revives your tired eyes.
Mask : Eminence’s Pink Grapefruit Clarifying Masque – I have just purchased this to replace my 100% Pure masque which was much to strong. Plus I’m sort of boycotting 100% Pure now because I don’t like how they treat customers.

Wash : I used to use 100% Pure Body Bars. They were great and big (10oz) so they lasted a long time. But they decided to cut the size of the bars in half, while still charging 9$ for the bar (their excuse? packaging of the new bar is fancier and more expensive. I say I’m not ready to pay 4,50$ in packaging. All I care about is the product). So I have dropped 100% Pure and as soon as I finish my stock of bars, I’ll move on to Kiss My Face’s Olive & Honey Bar Soap, which are also quite big and much more affordable.
Moisturizer: Cocoon Apothecary’s Magic Bean Lotion. Delicious. And wonderful hydration.

Conditioner : Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Conditioner. I’ve started to co-wash my hair (wash with conditioner) and now only shampoo twice a week (until I gradually get to no shampoos ever). This conditioner is great for co-washing because it’s not too thick, but it hydrates my hair well while not leaving residue on my scalp.
Treatment : Cocoon Apothecary’s Organic Argan Oil. Argan oil in pure form (not the Moroccan Oil crap that is shock-full of bad chemicals and fragrances) is great for treating split ends, for calming frizzy strays, and for overall treatment of dry hair. I use it every time I wash my hair, blending a few drops in my towel-dried hair. And once a week I do a hot oil treatment (3 tbsp of argan oil, warmed 20 seconds in the microwave and applied to my hair. Leave in 30 minutes before rinsing well and washing). I’ve noticed my hair grows so much faster since I started using argan oil on it.

I have also recently purchased Jane Irendale make-up (eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner). I’ll do a separate post to review these. I’m excited to try them!


Organic fruits and vegetables at your doorstep

I recently signed up with Ottawa Organics, a company that offers all sorts of organic goodies, including weekly baskets of fruits and vegetables delivered at your doorstep. It has been a good 6 weeks now that I’ve been getting deliveries, and I find it so awesome that I wanted to share.

Ottawa Organics offers 3 sizes of baskets: small (25$), medium (35$), large (45$). For a couple, a medium basket has proven to be plenty for the week. The vegetables are fresh (usually picked that very morning), mostly local (Ontario and Quebec for the most part, with some out of season veggies and fruits coming from the States), and certified organic. And the awesome thing is that every week there is something in there you are not used to eating often, or don’t even know what it is, which forces you to have a more varied diet. And the basket comes with recipes, so more often than not, you’ll get ideas on hoe to prepare the kale, collard greens, delicata squash and endives. I have tried so many new things since we started doing this and both Nic and I rave about the service to all of our friends.

The concept is simple. You place a standing order online for the size of basket you want, and it gets delivered to your door in a plastic bin every week. You have to remember to leave your empty plastic bin at the door on delivery days (which I forget to do, every other week), so that the delivery person picks it up and replaces with a new, filled one. Delivery is free, and considering the quantity of veggies you get in your basket, the prices are super reasonable. The only other fee is the 10$ deposit you put down for the bins.

The other awesome thing about Ottawa Organics is that every week, you can order as many other things as you want from their website. For example, I have a standing order for a dozen eggs and a litre of 35% cream every week, all organic, which gets delivered with my basket. And once in a while I order gluten-free cookies. Also, if I know I’ll be cooking something special one week, I place an order for specific veggies or fruits that will come as extra with my basket.

CONCLUSION: I strongly recommend signing on for this. Your tummies will thank you.