Beauty, Bath + Skincare: 5 Natural Products to Try

We all have our favourite beauty, bath, and skincare products don’t we? Those products that we can’t live without. But more and more we are looking at the ingredients in the products we use and switching them up for options that aren’t loaded with chemicals. Bring on the natural!

Today’s post is all about some natural options that deserve some space in your beauty and skincare regime. Over the past few years one of my goals has been to go as natural and chemical free as possible, and personal products have posed a unique challenge- they’re such an integral part of our day-to-day routines and not always the easiest things to switch out (especially when you’re replacing a product you love)- and there has been plenty of trial and error. I still have a few more items I want to check off my list (next up: haircare!), but I’ve really started to narrow down my choices and figure out my favourites- plus which products not only sound great but actually live up to their promises (deodorant was a big one for me). Based on these efforts, I wanted to share a few of the brands and products I have come to love since starting this shift to natural. Some of the brands have been in my home for a few years and others are more recent additions, but all of them are ones that I have put to the test/ used and loved- and continue to use on a regular or daily basis.

When it comes to anything that comes in contact with our skin, it can be tricky to find options that work for us, and I understand not all of these products will work for everyone. But I hope at least a few of them will and that this post will help you find some natural options that work for you. See below for 5 natural beauty, bath + skincare products to try!

1. Makeup- Elate Cosmetics

When it comes to our makeup, it can be tricky to make the switch from those favourite products we’ve used for years and find natural options that measure up (mascara was a big one for me). Enter Elate Cosmetics and their full line of cosmetics that are vegan, gluten free, toxin free, cruelty free, and all made right here in Canada. Their products are worth every penny and everything I’ve tried has earnt a place in my makeup bag. The quality is amazing and they offer everything from lipgloss and eyeshadow to illuminators and mascara (check out their Liners, Lips and Lashes Collections as a great way to try a curated selection of products). As I mentioned, their mascara is my go- to and has become that product that I hate to run out of without having another ready to go. They’re also a part of the Leaping Bunny Program and you can find them on the Think Dirty App

2. DarkNite Soap- OnceUpon a Bath

I have been trying to take better overall care of my skin and recently have started working outside in the elements more, meaning that I’ve had to up my skincare routine. Will and I have both used this soap on our faces and really like it. Made with essential oils, activated charcoal, and dead sea salt, it’s been a welcome addition to both of our skincare routines. 

3. Natural Deodoratn- HOLA Deodorant

I can’t tell you how many natural deodorants I have tried over the years! This has been the hardest product for me to find a natural option for: I needed something that didn’t irritate my skin (many did), smelled nice, and that actually worked. Full disclosure: I usually re- apply deodorant at least 2- 3 times a day- and had no luck finding a natural option that could stand up to the traditional deodorants on the market. Also- have you heard about doing a deodorant detox? When planning to make the switch to a natural deordrant it was recommended to me to go 2- 3 weeks without deodorant so my body and skin could detox before trying out natural options. So naturally I decided to do this in the middle of Summer- because isn’t that the best time to go without deodorant?! 😉 – and went a little crazy keeping myself feeling fresh in the heart of the hottest months of the year. But hey, if you really want to put a deodorant to the test, Summer is a great time, no? After trying out another natural deodorant with not-so-great results and irritated skin (as I mentioned, this has been the most challenging product to switch over to natural), HOLA was recommended to me. I went with the Coconut Citrus scent and love it. This is a little different from the regular stick options- it is like a thick cream that you apply to your underarms with your fingertips- but it doesn’t take long to get used to (they also recently released deodorant sticks, which I’ve bought and trying as well). These deodorants are made without chemicals and are potentially a great option for sensitive skin. And let me leave this here: if a natural deodorant can keep up with me, it’s definitely a keeper. 

4. Coconut & Oat Milk Bath + Natural Bath Products- So Luxury

Since discovering this milk bath a few years ago, it’s become a favourite staple. I always joke that I buy it for the kids but always enjoy it for myself. If you are craving an indulgent bath or something soothing for your little one’s sensitive skin, So’s products (formerly Bebe DeLuxe) are free from chemicals- including parabens- and made with 100% organic, food- grade ingredients. If you can eat it, it must be a good choice! 😉 The oats and coconut help cleanse skin, leaving it super soft, without stripping it of its natural oils. Just add a few tablespoons into the bath with running warm water, pour a glass of wine and enjoy some TLC. This brand also offers a variety of other natural products including soap (another favourite of ours), bath bombs, and body oils.

5. Face Mask- Haven Living

I’ve never been one to do face masks. I have no excuses other than I usually couldn’t be bothered. But I’ve noticed in the later part of my twenties that I have to be more proactive with my skincare to keep it looking healthy and glowing, and started casually experimenting with them over the last year or two. Add in my recent addition of working more outside and I really had a good reason to try and make these a regular addition to my skincare routine. As with all the products in this post, I wanted to find an option that not only gave me results, but did so without a toxic list of ingredients. After an exceptionally rough few weeks with my skin, I applied this mask one night, not really sure what to expect. When I washed it off and moisturized, my skin felt good, but it wasn’t until the next morning when I woke up that I really appreciated the difference this mask had made. My skin felt softer and healthier. This mask helped strip away build up and dry skin that I’d been struggling to properly remove without it feeling dry or raw after. This is the newest item on my natural skincare list but absolutely one I’ve welcomed and look forward to using on a regular basis. Haven Living offers a full line of skincare products for both men and women, suitable for head to toe, so if you’ve got a few things in mind that you’re trying to swap out for natural, chances are you’ll find a great option to try from this line.

I hope this post gives you some ideas to try for yourself and to help you on your hunt I have linked to the 5 brands included below so you can check them out for yourselves. As I’ve mentioned, these are all products and brands I’ve used and come to love through a fair bit of time and trial and error. As with any product that will be applied to skin, the results can vary, but my hope is that some of the information and products I’ve included will be helpful for you when it comes to making the switch over to natural, or helping you find the product that’s right for you. If you have any questions or have found other natural beauty, bath + skincare products that you love I’d love to hear! 

       

Products featured in this post

Pressed EyeColour Trio + Liquid Eyeline in Joy (Gold)- Elate Cosmetics

DarkNite Soap- OnceUpon Bath & Body

Natural Deodorant in Coconut Citrus- HOLA Deodorant

Coconut & Oat Milk Bath- So Luxury

Charcoal + Ragaya Facial Masque- Haven Living

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Hot Chocolate Station Essentials

hot chocolate station essentials for everyday and parties

 

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Who else is whipping up lots of hot chocolate right now? Ari’s two favourite things right now are tea parties and hot chocolate (with lots of marshmallows), and she got me thinking about the idea of a hot chocolate station.  They’re a fun addition to holiday parties or to have set up with everything you need for your favourite warm bevvies when you come in out of the cold (you can also add tea, coffee, maybe some Irish cream or Kahlua…;) ). I love the idea of setting up a station, but if you’re limited for space you can go vertical (use a tiered stand!) or stock a basket or container with your favourite essentials and tuck onto a shelf or into a cupboard and pull it out when you have guests coming over- or when you’re craving a hot sweet drink! 😉

Another twist on this idea is to put together a gift basket that includes everything you need for a deluxe hot chocolate- think a yummy mix, marshmallows (the gourmet mallows from Marsh&Mallow are the best), sprinkles, and some pretty cups – or add essentials to a cute togo cup like this one). I just realized I didn’t include a seasonal essential- candy canes!!!- but hopefully this post gives you some ideas. Side note: how cute with this be to have set up on Christmas for when you’re opening gifts? Add a few snacks and you’ve got a cute buffet!

I’ve included a few ideas from some of my favourite local shops in this post (see # 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9) + some easy to shop online ideas.Have you ever set up a hot chocolate or beverage station? What did you include?

Check out some local shops featured in this post!

Victoria Senges | Dainty Sprinkle Co | Paper + Parties Co | Marsh&Mallow

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Ombre Eggnog Mocktail

ombre eggnog mocktail recipe with Keurig milk frother

If you love eggnog, this mocktail is for you! I’ve been playing around with my milk frother for hot and cold drinks (it’s great for topping coffee) and I’ve been wanting to create a yummy drink that’s perfect for holiday parties. I didn’t add alcohol to mine, but you definitely could for a spiked version. These ombre eggnog mocktails get their colour from a natural food colouring, and the layers on top come from frothed milk (when frothed it will sit on top of the eggnog rather than mixing in) and whipped cream. Top with some cute sprinkles or crushed candy canes and add a pretty swizzle stick or party straw for a fun drink for your holiday parties. Cheers friends!

Ingredients (per drink)

1 cup eggnog (for a spiked version swap in Irish cream or add some rum to the eggnog) 😉

1/2 cup milk

Natural food colouring (I love this one by b’Lure)*

Toppings:

Sprinkles (we love the cute ones from Dainty Sprinkle Co– theses are their Whoville Mix)

Crushed peppermints

Marshmallows

Whipped cream

*Read more about this natural food colouring following the recipe

Directions

1.(If you prefer a chilled drink skip this step). Pour the eggnog into the milk frother and press the heat/ froth button. Once ready, pour into serving glass and repeat to make the desired amount of drinks (tip: this would also make a cute shot- style drink). Add a few drops of food colouring and blend until desired colour is reached (I used about 5- 6 drops of the b’Lure flower extract per drink).

ombre eggnog mocktail recipe with Keurig milk frother

ombre eggnog mocktail recipe with Keurig milk frother

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ombre eggnog mocktail recipe with butterfly pea flower extract

ombre eggnog mocktail recipe with butterfly pea flower extract

2.Rinse out the frother and remove any eggnog residue and repeat the frothing step with the milk. Pour the frothed milk on top of each drink.

ombre eggnog mocktail recipe

3.Top your mocktail with your favourite toppings and add a party straw + candy cane or swizzle stick for a fun finishing touch. 

ombre eggnog mocktail recipe with butterfly pea flower extract

 

About the natural food colouring I used for this recipe:

A friend recommended the b’Lure food colouring while we were shopping in a health food store about a month ago and I was excited to try it out (note: this post is not sponsored and I wasn’t provided this product in exchange for having it be included; it’s a genuine recommendation I’m sharing with readers in hopes it will be something they’re interested in trying themselves). I’m always looking to try natural options and have been having fun experimenting with this flower extract for the past month. I’ve been adding it to cocktails and drinks so far, and will be testing it out in holiday baking this year as well. If you’re looking for a natural blue/ green food colouring, this is a great option. When you see all the pretty photos on Instagram and Pinterest with a green/ blue colour, this is likely what has been used. Here’s some info about it:

-made with 100% natural flower extract from the Butterfly Pea Flower to give a bright blue colour

-has a light sweet flavour, but won’t overpower the flavours you want to taste

– more acidity in the drink/ recipe = a more purple colour

-great for cocktails, frosting/ icing, baking, desserts, and other cooking/ baking 

-0% alcohol

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Dried Orange Christmas Garland

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

If you’re looking to add a little pop of colour to your holiday decorations this year, this dried orange Christmas garland is a pretty homemade addition and can be adapted to suit your decorating style. Go for simple with all- greens, or add in extras like ornaments, pinecones, cinnamon sticks, etc for a fuller option. Since we’re now officially counting down to Christmas I thought this would be the perfect DIY for the first weekend of December!

To dry the oranges you can you use a dehydrator or dry slices in the oven. Once they’re dried simply string them onto some twine or ribbon, or attach to a greenery garland; I used twine and a hot glue gun to make a small fresh greenery swag and added pinecones along with the orange slices for mine. To hang, either glue or tie on some ribbon or twine. You can also use the dried oranges to make pretty ornaments or a wreath (they’d also be cute tied on to gifts!). I like that this is a more traditional decorating idea, but one you can adapt to suit your home and decorating style. Enjoy a cozy afternoon whipping this up with a cup of eggnog by your side and some festive music.

Here’s how I made mine.

Materials

– 1- 2 medium oranges

– fresh greens

-ribbon and twine (tip: florist wire might also come in handy if you have it on hand)

-additional decorations such as pinecones, cinnamon sticks, ornaments, etc

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

Directions

  1. For the dried orange slices: Slice your oranges approximately 1/8″ thick and place on some paper towel. Pat them dry on both sides to remove excess moisture. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or onto the racks of a food dehydrator (I have a round one like this and love it). If you’re drying them in the oven set it on low (about 250°) for a few hours hours. Check them every hour or so and flip them so that they dry evenly on both sides. If you’re drying them in a dehydrator, you’ll probably need to do them overnight. You’ll know they’re dry when there’s absolutely no moisture left and they’ve turned a golden orange shade instead of bright orange.
  2. For the garland: Start by laying out your greens to see how you want to build your garland. Once you have the garland laid out, use a hot glue gun and some twine and/ or floral wire to attach it all together. Tip: the hot glue will help hold the shape/ structure- especially in the center (see below).

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

2. Once you have constructed the garland, start adding in the decorative items. I opted for pinecones and some cream ribbon, along with the orange slices. 

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY  3.To hang, use a picture hook, thumb tack or removable hook (if you’re looking for some pretty options check out here and here).  

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Cyber Monday Sales

Cyber Monday sales- housewares and home

Who’s planning on doing some Cyber Monday Shopping today? I’m rounding up a few of the sales you can find online + some of home items that caught my eye. It’s a great time to pick up gifts on your list and maybe even something for yourself! 😉 What’s on your Cyber Monday shopping list??

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Cyber Monday Sales- fashion and accessories

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CYBER MONDAY SALES

Indigo | 40% off Jamie Oliver Cookware | 25% off S’well | 25% off Le Creuset + more 

Amazon– various

Topshop– 50% off + free shipping

H&M– 20% + free shipping with code 3095

Old Navy– 50% off entire site including clearance (discount applied at checkout)

Gap– 50% off + free shipping with code GAPCYBER

Joe Fresh– 40% off when you spend $100 | 30% off everything + free shipping

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