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5 Canadian & U.S. Green Beauty Brands You Need To Try

One of the things I love about following bloggers from different countries is learning about products I've never seen before. Katie has opened my eyes to brands like Mallow + White and Vedani Botanicals. Today I want to introduce you to some of my favourite Canadian and US green beauty brands.

Sattva Pure.
Sattva Pure has quickly become my favourite skincare brand. Their Dry + Sensitive line works wonders for my skin by reducing redness, irritation, dryness, and acne.

It's wonderful that they've created a vegan line that does hydrate while also harnessing the power of ingredients like white willow to reduce acne.

Leaves of Trees.
Leaves of Trees is a Toronto based self care line based on fair trade, sustainably sourced argan oil. Their oils are the best I've tried, and I've tried a lot. I also love their Facial Cleansing Oil for a very quick evening routine. They also offer soaps, masks, lotions, and scrubs.

Woodlot.
Woodlot is one of my favourite places for quality candles, soaps, and Palo Santo. They offer a line of renewable coconut wax candles that smell heavenly, without any over the top fragrances.

Their soaps are my favourite, as they're natural and they don't strip your skin. They also sell Palo Santo, my favourite way to cleanse my space.

Meow Meow Tweet.
This vegan skin and body brand is made with simple ingredients and beautiful packaging. They've worked to ensure fair trade and ethically sourced ingredients, plastic free packaging, and beautiful formulas that are a dream to use.

My favourite is their Cocoa Skin Cream. Made with just four hydrating and nourishing ingredients, it's a treat for your face and body. They've also launched their deodorants in compostable packaging. How cool is that?

Acure Organics.
Acure was one of the first green beauty brands I discovered so it'll always have a special place in my beauty routine. Their products are made with incredible ingredients that work together to make really effective products.

Their Brightening Face Mask is one of my favourite masks, it's creamy and gentle but still really effective. Their Facial Cleansing Creme is another favourite. It was the first cream cleanser I tried and fell in love with. It's minty and refreshing, but also calming and soothing.

What Canadian or US green beauty brands have you had your eyes on?

With love,

Sarah

About Sarah

Sarah is a holistic beauty and self care writer who is obsessed with finding the best in natural skincare. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter talking about green beauty, zero waste, and plants. Lots of plants.

Recent Empties #8

Come on guys, do I really need an intro for these things anymore?

Odylique Tea Tree & Herb Shampoo
This will forever be in my empties. No explanation needed (but I will be doing a full review soon). I’m trying to hunt down a cheaper alternative but unfortunately, I think I’m coming to the conclusion that nothing else keeps my scalp as soothed and itch-free, without the need for an ACV rinse. Also, it smells AMAZING.

Green People Quinoa & Calendula Shower Gel*
Green People sent me this a while ago along with the deodorant from the same line. I have done a full review, but in short, I do enjoy this shower gel. It has a really fresh scent but if I’m honest, if I’m to spend this much on a shower gel, then I’m probably more likely to spend the money on something like Bodhi & Birch that lasts about five times as long.

Acure Organics Argan Oil
I bought this argan oil way back when I first started using green beauty; in my first ever iHerb order in fact. I bought it with my hair in mind but actually ended up using it as a straight body oil in a bid to use it up. I also used it on my eczema and my skin actually reacted really well to it. However, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing as there are other basic oils (like Soil Association certified sunflower oil from eNaissance – love!) that are easier to get hold of and have a similar effect on my angry skin.

Hugo & Debra Naturals Grapefruit Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub
This was a really lovely basic scrub with decent ingredients, a decent price, and decent availability. I got this as a Christmas present from my boyfriend’s Dad who bought it from TK Maxx. The grapefruit was refreshing but not overpowering and the ‘scrubiness’ was just perfect. TK Maxx can actually be a bit of a gold mine for green beauty. I assume he picked it up just because he just saw the words ‘natural’ and ‘vegan’ but damn, he did well. Leave a comment below if you’d like to see a post on the kinds of brands you can pick up!

Herbfarmacy Pure Hydration Serum
I have done a full review on this. I absolutely loved this product the first time around when I received it as a PR sample and this was my repurchase. However, I do think my love has waned and I can no longer justify its price tag. These days I prefer to use something with a thinner consistency and a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid that can be mixed with other serums. I’m now really enjoying this offering from Evolve Beauty. The Herbfarmacy has more of a milky consistency and can pill when used with other products. If you prefer all your products to be organic certified then go for the Herbfarmacy (they are certified by the Soil Association – my certification of choice), but I do find the Evolve to be a lot more versatile.

Hynt Beauty Skin Prep Serum (sample)
I was sent the Hynt Beauty Skin Prep as a free sample when I ordered by Sweet Canyon Palette. It’s a really lovely makeup primer which gorgeous botanical ingredients like algae (it does also contain carageenan though which I need to look into). I’d really consider buying the full size of this, but cannot decide whether I’d be more suited for their SPF version, the Sun Prep. Maybe I’ll try a sample of the later before I make my decision as I’m thinking of making another order for their cult concealer to see my dark circles through the early university mornings this winter.

Harper's Bizarre Bizarre Zombielicious Candle
Harper's Bizarre is my absolute favourite indie vegan candle company. They make the most gorgeous scents and although they’re not all from essential oils, they don’t give me a headache (important) and they make me extremely happy. Zombielicious was another of their limited edition Halloween scents that I bought last year. And, as Halloween is again fast approaching, I’ll soon be stocking up when I see them at VegFest London and/or Cambridge Vegan Fair in October.

Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Deodorant Stick
This deo has HG status. Full review here. I have repurchased put decided to try the Cedarwood & Juniper scent.

Vedani Botanicals No. 21 Cleanser
Another one of my favourite products that needs no explanation. Full review here (I swear I'm not doing this just to be lazy). I have loads of cleansing oils to use up at the moment but I will be repurchasing in the future.

Botanicals Mandarin & Chamomile Cleansing Melt*
This is a really gorgeous product but unfortunately it makes me a little nervous because of the coconut oil. My skin has reacted badly to coconut oil in the past and so I'm hesitant to try anything bigger than this sample jar. I did enjoy it though and definitely suggest you try it if you have more combo/dry skin.

What have you used up lately?

The Spring/Summer #GreenBeautySwap 2016

Excuse the very belated post, but I am very excited today to show you what I received as part of the 2016 Spring/Summer #GreenBeautySwap! As always, the swap was arranged by my lovely friend Ria and I was actually lucky enough to be paired up with her this time around. I've got to say that Ria's choices for me were absolutely on point (insert heart eyes emoji here) and I've already been using and loving some of the items. Here's what she sent me:

Acure Organics Ultra-Hydrating Body Lotion
Acure Organics is one of those cult brands in the green beauty community and although I have tried a fair few of their products, I've never tried any of their lotions. I haven't opened this yet as I have way too many body moisturisers on the go but I'm excited to try it.

PHB Ethical Beauty Orange & Lime Sugar Scrub
PHB Ethical Beauty have popped up on my blog many a time and I'm definitely a fan of the brand. I believe that these solid scrubs are a relatively new product and although I already own one from a different brand (received in a previous swap), I am yet to give the method a go. I have an inkling that I may remain a traditional scrub advocate but this formula seems like a great option for those who like multi-tasking shower products. 

Josh Rosebrook Hairspray
My first ever Josh Rosebrook product and boy am I loving it. I don't really use any hair styling products other than my holy grail Yarok Feed Your Ends and so it has been fun to switch things up with a bit of hairspray. I wouldn't say that I'm a styling product convert but I am appreciating the extra hold when I'm in the mood to curl my hair. 

Blue Labelle Light and Balancing Facial Oil
Blue Labelle has been on my radar for the longest time but unfortunately, I have not tried them until now. I'm absolutely loving this light facial oil and it is brilliant for my combo/oily skin. It's working really well as a daytime moisturiser and keeps my skin hydrated without being greasy - even in this hot weather we're having. I was even able to use it while holidaying in Croatia which is pretty impressive. I never thought I'd be using a facial oil in 36 degree heat!

Neek Skin Organics Austrialia Lipstick in Sunsets
As a self-confessed lipstick junkie, of course I was happy to see a lipstick included in my swap package. Unfortunately, this offering from Neek turned up broken but I have managed to use the shade a couple times and it's really pretty. I don't think it's really my kind of colour, with it being a very pink metallic coral, but hopefully I'll get some good use out of it. 

Stick around for some more detailed reviews once I've been using the products for a little longer. Thanks so much Ria! x

Recent Empties #5

Time for another empties! I promise that I have been trying to use things up but it seems that I am being less than successful...

Andalou Naturals Illuminating Clementine + C Toner
I'm a bit unsure about this one. Some weeks, I thought it worked; and others, not so much. All in all this is a lovely brightening toner with lactic acid - however, I'm not sure if I can vouch for its efficacy. Repurchase? Maybe.

Odylique Tea Tree and Herb Shampoo
I'm LOVING this new shampoo. I mentioned it in my updated haircare routine and I have been using it ever since. I really enjoy its tea tree/minty scent and it's working incredibly well in terms of keeping my hair clean and shiny. I also really enjoy the packaging which comes with a super handy pump mechanism. A lot less fiddly for the shower! Repurchase? Already have, twice.

Bodhi & Birch Mint Thé Shower Therapy*
I received this lovely shower gel a super long time ago (AKA last September) from the lovely Elijah. I'm still quite shocked at how long it has lasted. This has the most amazing scent (Rach will agree), and I'm definitely going to miss it in my routine. However, I am trying to reduce my use of liquid soaps and will now be moving to using up my bar soaps. Repurchase? Maybe - when all my soaps are gone.

Natural Wisdom Clarifying Gel Cleanser
I got this as part of my trial kit from Natural Wisdom. I've briefly mentioned some of my favourites from the trial kit but unfortunately, the cleanser was a little average. It isn't drying at all - which is fantastic - but sometimes I feel that it leaves a film on my skin. Not let this stop you from trying the brand though, their other products are brilliant! Repurchase? Probably not. Unsure whether it's available anymore.

Acure Organics Argan Oil Shampoo
I don't really think I need to explain this one anymore. I bought a bottle shortly after realising that shampoo bars weren't for me. I've thankfully found a much better replacement (see above), so this shampoo has become a little redundant. Repurchase? Nope.