green beaver

I was at Your Good Health today and the Green Beaver Company had a sales rep stationed giving out info and free samples (love free stuff!). I've never heard of the company but of course took him up on the offer.

Green Beaver Company is Canadian (I like it!), make their personal care products with certified organic ingredients (tell me more!) and they don't use chemicals (sold!). They've got everything from edible toothpaste (yum!) and eye makeup removers to shampoos/conditioners and exfoliators.

I'm going to test the samples including eye makeup remover, grapefruit aloe facial cleanser, cranberry body wash and apple mint conditioner (sounds like a fruit cocktail!) and let you know what I think.

Stay tuned! In the meantime check out their site.

June 17, 2010 — Alanna Banks

squeaky clean

I broke down today and went on a shopping spree at Shopper's D (my sanctuary). I've been doing so well, but I just had to make some beauty purchases.

To temporarily replace my go-to facial cleanser (Vichy) I am giving Burt's Bees Radiance Daily Cleanser a try. (Side note:  My skin is mildly sensitive and  prone to the odd breakout). I just got home from a long, hot and sticky day and my face was in need of some serious scrubbing. So of course I broke into the new cleanser without finishing the old (this drives my hubs insane!).

The verdict? So far so good! Initially my skin felt a bit tight but now (10 minutes later) it feels fresh, clean and moisturized (love the scent). The cool thing about this cleanser is it's made with Royal Jelly which I learned is the stuff secreted from the glands in the heads of worker bees (say what?) and fed to bee larvae. To read more about THAT click here.

I'll keep you posted but for now it's working for me.

May 26, 2010 — Alanna Banks

L is for lavender

Today I'm making lavender bath salts (fun!). They are super easy to make, less expensive and smell way better than the store-bought variety. I made a bunch for Christmas gifts and packaged them in little jars from IKEA, but you can store them in anything you want.

If you're in the mood to try it our yourself. Here's my recipe that I've modified from other recipes I've found online.

4 cups epsom salts (recommend Life brand from Shopper's Drugmart; super cheap)

1 cup coarse salt

12 tablespoons baking soda

32 drops of lavender essential oil/8 drops per cup of epson salts (I use Pure Essential Oils, if you live in Toronto you can buy them at Herbies Herbes)

Just mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, let sit about 20 minutes and then fill your jars OR take a bath.

April 18, 2010 — Alanna Banks

my weakness

It was so beautiful on the weekend I ventured up to Yorkville to visit one of my favourite stores Teatro Verde. I have a weakness for pretty smelling things including lotions and soaps. Fresh soaps are my fave, but a bit of an indulgence so I splurged! My favourites are Fig Apricot and Coriander Lavendar.

April 06, 2010 — Alanna Banks