SWITCHING TO NATURAL DEODORANT | MY EXPERIENCE WITH LIVE CLEAN


I have finally made the switch over to natural deodorant after many months of trying to do so and while I've used natural deodorants on and off, I've found it difficult to take the plunge completely. I think after over a month of using these Live Clean deodorants, I've been officially converted.

To preface, the reason why we should all be using natural deodorants is because a TON of drugstore deodorants contain aluminum. Aluminum prevents you from sweating by blocking your sweat glands. The main problem here is that in recent years, there have been studies linking aluminum to breast cancer through absorption through the skin. Realistically, do we really need to be applying metal onto our skin?

Live Clean Deodorants are made with 99%% naturally-derived ingredients and are free of harsh chemicals. They are free from aluminum, propylene glycol, and parabens. Instead, their formula contains baking soda, corn starch, and certified organic botanicals. Currently, there are four scents to choose from: Sparking Citrus, Cool & Fresh, Powder Clean, and Fragrance Free.

Odour Protection

In terms of odour protection, if you are a person who a) doesn't sweat a lot or b) doesn't get smelly if you sweat, these deodorants will work for you without a doubt. I actually gave the Fragrance Free one to a friend and she absolutely LOVED it. If you are like me who has relied on an antiperspirant deodorant for years, it will take a few weeks before your body transitions over. Since I work from home, my first week was relatively easy and I found that I didn't have to reapply at all. On the first day I was actually out all day, I found that after 8 hours or so, I definitely began to smell and had to reapply, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. After a month of using these deodorants however, I have been able to go the entire day without reapplying under normal circumstances. 


My favourite scent is the Powder Clean scent. One key thing I want to point out is the application of these deodorants. They feel so soothing and if possible, they have a slight cooling effect on the skin. They're non-whitening, and feel very refreshing regardless of the scent! I do find that on days when my hormones are a bit crazy or I'm exercising a ton, I have to reapply within a couple of hours. 

What are some of your favourite all-natural deodorants? I'm always on the hunt for some new ones to try, but I highly suggest checking these Live Clean ones out if you're looking for a new deodorant. They retail for only $4.99, and can be found in most drugstores across Canada.

xoxo,
Nancy

MY CURRENT CLEAN BEAUTY ESSENTIALS | BLOOM BEAUTY TORONTO


Hey everyone! I'm popping in today with a quick blog post because I've recently been introduced to a few new clean beauty brands and wanted to share them with you! A few weeks ago I attended the launch of Toronto's first all clean beauty and services retailer: Bloom Beauty. Located at 1625 Bayview Avenue. Founded by Pamela Cass and Samantha Brewes, Bloom Beauty is a carefully curated boutique that offers clean and conscious products as well as beauty related services.

I was also introduced to a ton of clean beauty brands - most I haven't even heard of! All of these brands can be found at Bloom Beauty, most notably the brand Indie Lee, which I have heard great things about but have never tried. Here are some of the products that have been on constant rotation in both my skincare and makeup routines:

INDIE LEE | COQ-10 TONER
An alcohol-free toner that hydrates, soothes, and protects all skin types. This is one of Indie Lee's best selling products, and as summer is approaching, this toner is absolutely perfect for the hot weather! It contains the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 which protects against environmental stressors, and Hyaluronic Acid which we all know helps to promote long-lasting hydration. It also contains Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Sage, Papaya, and Cucumber Extracts which combine to give a radiant appearance and a light scent that feels super refreshing too.

EPIC BLEND | MOJITO LIP SCRUB
I love myself a good lip scrub, and when it smells like a mojito, that's a plus! Caster sugar is the exfoliating agent here, and jojoba oil acts as an anti-bacterial oil that works with vitamin E to contribute to plump and soft lips. 

RITUEL DE FILLE | ENCHANTED LIP SHEER IN WHITEHORN
If you know me, you know I do not like sheer lipsticks at all, BUT this is an exception. I have never been so impressed with the formulation of a sheer lipstick before I was introduced to Ritual de Fille. I've been using the shade, Whitehorn which they describe as a fleshy pink that amplifies the natural tone of your lips (btw, it does exactly this). This lipstick is also super moisturizing without looking shiny or glossy.

VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY | AURA MULTI USE IN EROS
Part of their classic Aura Multi-Use products, this is a 3-in-1 product suitable for eyes, lips, and the face. I find with most multi-use products, I tend to lean more towards using it for one use so in this case, I've been loving this product as a cream blush. It's in a light, neutral mauve shade, blends easily and adds that little "flush" to finish off my makeup. 

All of the products featured here are clean AF. While I love my skincare, I do find that we don't put as much emphasis on clean beauty makeup products. One reason being how they are not as accessible as skincare products, but the selection at Bloom Beauty is unreal. I have never seen so many makeup products in a retailer before. I highly recommend checking out their boutique and if you're interested in any of their services (makeup, facials, sugaring + more), you can also mention my handle @naancymaac or name for 25% off!

xo,
Nancy


PHYTO PARIS | PHYTOJOBA LINE REVIEW


A couple weeks ago I was introduced to Phyto Paris at their 50th anniversary celebration, hosted at La Maquette in Downtown Toronto. I had never heard of Phyto Paris before, so attending this celebration was a great introduction to the brand, and I got to learn all about their history from 1969 up until now in 2019! Just as a brief summary, Phyto Paris has been one of the leading haircare brands in Europe. Over the 50 years they have been in business, they have released a huge range of products. Today I'm featuring their PHYTOJOBA line which I've been using for the past month.

The PHYTOJOBA line is a moisturizing hair care range that restores softness and shine to dry and dehydrated hair without weighing it down. There are three main ingredients in the PHYTOJOBA formulation; jojoba oil, jojoba milk, and mallow extraction. These all help to hydrate and condition the hair, maintaining strength while softening the hair fiber. 


PHYTOJOBA MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO | $20 (250mL)
This is a pearly-tinted and shimmering shampoo that offers a fine and light mousse. I learned that PHYTO products are highly concentrated, and so I've literally been applying the smallest amount into the palm of my hands, and work it into a lather on my wet hair. It doesn't offer the same intense foam that drugstore shampoos tend to do, but by hair and scalp feel just as clean!


This is a rich, silky cream that instantly melts into the hair to hydrate it without weighing it down. What I love about this product is how little you need to use, which is great considering the price of one tube. I use a quarter size amount and apply it on the ends of my hair which helps to detangle it after shampooing. You can use this as a conditioner in the shower or a full-on hair mask if you plan on leaving it in for longer. 


One of Phyto Paris' newest products, this is a hair treatment designed to add shine and suppleness. I've been applying two pumps of this to my hair on wet and dry hair daily, and it just adds the most delicious scent to it. Since it's a gel formula, it doesn't feel heavy on my hair at all, and when combined with both the shampoo and conditioner, it's the perfect hair-care routine to ensure my hair stays healthy right down to the fiber. 


I've been loving this simple, three step hair-care routine from Phyto Paris. Having just heard about the brand too, I was pleased to learn that in 2019, they have taken major steps to limit their environmental footprint. Their bottles are 100% recyclable and they have eliminated all paper instructions/boxes from their packaging. As small as this may seem, just these simple acts have the biggest impacts on the environment.

Overall, I'm very impressed by the products I've been using. I've been loving luxe, higher-end hair products lately because I personally think they have just done wonders for my hair. Yes, they are more expensive than your typical drugstore shampoos and conditioner, but the products don't contain any fillers and are concentrated with high quality ingredients so you don't have to use much.

Hope you all enjoyed this review and give Phyto Paris a try!

xo,
Nancy

NEW IN FROM LIVE CLEAN | FOAMING BODY WASHES


Live Clean is back with new foaming body washes featuring three exotic body butters that create a luxuriously rich body wash experience! These are the three new products in from Live Clean: Shea & Murumuru Butter, Mango & Aloe Butter, and Moringa & Matcha Butter. Each scent is different and unique all in its own, and each butter also caters to a specific function to enhance personal care such as adding moisture, catering to sensitive skin, and acting as an antioxidant.

I've been a huge fan of Live Clean body washes, but I am so on board with how these body washes are foaming and come with a pump. While I love their original bottles, I feel like I can use less of this product while still getting that luxurious foam that rinses easily, requiring less water to do so.



Out of the three available foaming body washes, my favourite is the Shea & Murumuru Butters formula. It's enriched with Hyaluronic Acid to deliver gentle cleansing and long lasting hydration. The Moringa & Matcha Butters formulation includes Vitamin C to energize the skin and renew its natural glow. For sensitive skin, Mango and Aloe Butters has a mild unscented formula with calming Oat Kernel Oil. In addition to using them as regular body washes, I also love pumping a few pumps into my bath water for some light foam and scent when I need those relaxing bath nights.



It's been some times since I've reviewed a Live Clean product, so to recap, all of their formulas are 98% plant derived, SLS and paraben free, cruelty free, and so much more. They're absolutely perfect for the eco-conscious household! Not only that, but their products are so easily accessible and are cost-efficient too. These foaming body washes retail for $7.99 each and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Well.ca, and more.

Which buttery body wash would you like to try out most? Let me know in the comments down below.

xoxo,
Nancy

INTRODUCING THE INKEY LIST | NEW IN SKINCARE


If you're a skincare and beauty lover, you must have seen The Inkey List pop up all over social media over the past few weeks. Some have been comparing it to the ever popular, "The Ordinary" line, but it is so much more. I got to preview the brand's launch in Canada just a couple weeks ago and learned so much about the brand that I can't wait to share with you all today on the blog.

The Inkey List is a built on the belief that intelligent beauty should be accessible, simple, and straightforward. We're in this period where consumers (including myself) are demanding high quality products without the price tag. The other thing is that when it comes to skincare, it's not always easy to navigate and understand what's out there in today's cluttered skincare space. Basically at The Inkey List, you won't find confusing or exaggerated beauty marketing. You'll find transparent communication, straightforward packaging, and cutting-edge formulations made with premium ingredients.


There are three products from The Inkey List that I wanted to feature today; the Turmeric moisturizer, and the Collagen and Vitamin C serums. All three of these products have been incorporated into my skincare routine for specific reasons related to my skincare concerns.

TURMERIC ($12.99, 30ml) | This is a creamy moisturizer that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric itself is known to be a superfood, and having not seen it in beauty products before, I was super interested in this product. I've been using on days when my skin feels more inflamed or looks red from those hormonal breakouts and I've been loving it!

VITAMIN C ($12.99, 30ml) | A skin concern of mine is targeting my uneven skin tone, especially around my nose and chin. Vitamin C brightens and protects the skin from environmental pollution. What I like about The Inkey List's Vitamin C serum is how it's super lightweight and absorbs instantly. It's one of the highest forms of Vitamin C on the market so you can be sure you're getting optimal results - just remember to wear sunscreen!

COLLAGEN ($10.99, 30ml) | The last skincare concern of mine is of course, anti-aging. Collagen is a natural protein found in cells that supports firmness and elasticity on the skin. It helps to prevent and firm sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. This serum feels absolutely divine on my skin. It's feels like those solutions that sheet masks come soaked in which results in the serum soaking quickly into my skin and making it feel barely there.



There's a couple things I love about The Inkey List. First of all, their price range is phenomenal with nothing priced over $15. By keeping costs low, this means as a consumer you can test out what works for you with confidence. Another thing is their packaging! I have little passion for branding and packaging, and I love how there are no gimmicks to their packaging design and everything is very straightforward and streamlined. Each product's packaging will tell you what it is, how to use it, and how to incorporate it into your skincare routine. The Inkey List's co-founders believe that by having better access and information, you can better your skin. The Inkey List is available now at select Shopper's Drug Mart stores and can also be found on beauty.shoppersdrugmart.cahttps://beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca/Beauty/The-Inkey-List/c/INKEY.

Hope you enjoyed this intro to The Inkey List brand and a few of their products!
xoxo,
Nancy

Disclaimer * Press samples featured. All opinions and views are my own.

DERMALOGICA SEBUM CLEARING MASQUE | REVIEW


A couple months ago I got a mini-facial at Sephora using Dermalogica products. One of the products used on my face was the Sebum Clearing Masque. I was instantly in love with it and couldn't wait to try it again at home. 

WHAT IS IT?
It's a deep cleaning mask formulated with Kaolin and Bentonite clay. Other ingredients include cinnamon bark to eliminate bacteria and oat and licorice to sooth irritation. It absorbs excess oil (hence, "sebum clearing") and refines skin texture. Essentially, it is a powerful antioxidant face mask. 


Clay masks are traditionally formulated for oily and acne-prone skin, and because of this, I personally don't think it would be suitable for sensitive skin. It has a very strong cooling effect which might be too strong for other skin types. 

Since I have normal to oily skin, I absolutely love using this mask. To use it, I'll apply a smooth layer on my freshly cleansed face and leave it on for about ten minutes. Sometimes when I have a really bad breakout, I'll also use it as an overnight spot treatment. Since it can be somewhat drying, I always follow up with a sheet mask to bring that moisture back into my skin. The result is super smooth skin that feels refreshed and awake.



The Sebum Clearing Masque retails for $69 CAD and can be found at Sephora and the online Dermalogica store. I know $70 for 75mL of product may be on the higher end for a face mask, but realistically, you don't need to use very much of this mask, so it'll last you forever. I've never been disappointed with Dermalogica products and this is one that I absolutely love so I don't mind spending a little more money for a product that does wonders to my skin. 

What Dermalogica products would you recommend to me to try? Let me know in the comments down below. 

xoxo,
Nancy
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