Sudsatorium, Living in the Momint – Review to come
I’ve tried a number of Sudsatorium’s conditioners before and I can’t decide which ones I like the best. Each conditioner has its special qualities. I like Living in the Momint for its soothing scalp properties and it really helps keep my hair manageable, soft and shiny.
Intelligent Nutrients, Styling Gel – Review to come
This styling gel has some impressive certifications! It’s certified organic, leaping bunny, and green e org certified (renewable energy). The gel has a very mild, almost spearmint-like smell to it. The hold is medium to firm. A little bit goes a long way so if you like a light hold, use this sparingly. I did like this gel but it’s a bit pricey so I’m going to keep looking for another styling gel.
Intelligent Nutrients, Curly Hair Serum – Review to come
This curly hair serum keeps the frizzies at bay. But I found the hold too firm for me. I couldn’t get the right amount in my hair. I was either putting too much or too little. So I’ve started adding this to my leave-in to dilute it enough so that my hair doesn’t get frizzy but also isn’t too crunchy. Like their styling gel I find this a bit pricey so I’m unsure if I will repurchase this. Will have to do some more experimentation with this product.
This is a lovely face balm which I used over the summer. It’s a bit heavy for summertime use though its very hydrating and I love the smell of espresso. I enjoy Silkka Garden Apothecary’s Mint + Grapefruit Balm more so I won’t be repurchasing the Parkdale Butter Balm.
S W Basics, Cocoa Lip Balm – No review
This is a decent lip balm which kept my lips nicely hydrated. It’s slightly melty and soft so sometimes I would use a bit more than I intended. But all in all it’s a good lip balm.
Cost: $5.00 CAD, 4.5 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Natural Code,
Brand Origin: USA
Have you ever tried any of these products or brands? If yes, what did you think?
As I get older I realize that time and energy are precious commodities. When you’re the type (as I am) that is sensitive to other people’s feelings you can sometimes get to be a bit of a people pleaser. Being around happy people is such a high. I used to believe that what I did for people would make them happy. I hated to disappoint anyone. So I would sometimes run myself ragged. Now I know that you cannot “make” people happy. Happiness is something that comes from within. It’s a waste of my time and my energy to do something to please someone, especially if it makes me unhappy doing it. I’ll give you an example. I was often invited to parties with people I didn’t really want to spend much time with. I would go because I felt “hey I’m young, I should be going out, partying, and socializing”. I felt I would be thought of as boring if I wasn’t always out doing something. But inside I was cringing. I knew that some of the people at the party would be obnoxious. I didn’t really want to go, but I went anyway and had a crappy time. So now if someone invites me to something I don’t want to be at I just say “thanks but no.” I don’t even care about disappointing them anymore. Life is too short. You can’t live your life trying to please everyone. You can’t control everyone’s reactions. All you can do is what’s right for you. Though, I’m still polite about declining to attend such events. After all, it was thoughtful of them to invite me. But that doesn’t mean I’m obliged to go. Also, you get a chance to learn who your friends truly are in these situations. If they still want to hang out with you even if you don’t go to their parties then they are a real friend. And real friends are keepers.
Listen to my drum weep…
As I beat and gently sing, a honor song
Of days gone of the past, of all the wrongs…
Children, family and culture, forever lost
All for the land, the riches, done at all cost…
I sing of lost love, so many lost empty years
Not of anger but grief, a silent river of tears…
I cry for the elders, our men,our women
All those parents, relatives,not forgotten…
The beat of mother earth, the sacred drum
Beats for the hundreds of millions, I am one…
From creator, ancestors and all living things
The healing, begins and comes, deep within…
So to all my relations, today, past and future
Listen to my drum weep, to honor, to endure…
All My relations…
Poem by Jim Poitras
Hi, My name is Hazel and I’m a Sudsatorium addict. Here are some the latest things I’m loving from one of my fave Canadian brands. There will be another post soon with reviews on the haircare products I’ve bought from Sudsatorium so stay tuned!
Ingredients: Fresh Organic Ravensara Leaf Infusion (Ravensara aromatica), Fresh Organic Coconut Water (Cocos nucifera), Fair Trade Wild Harvested Ucuuba Butter (Virola sebifera), Fair Trade Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Fresh Organic Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia chinensis), Palm-Free Vegetable-Derived Cetyl Alcohol, Organic Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Non-GMO Lactobacillus Ferment (Fermented Korean Cabbage)
OMG. I have to rave about this body lotion. I love the smell so much. It’s so relaxing and yet refreshing at the same time. It takes me to a sensory paradise that I want to live in all day long. The scent is kind of tropical with the Kiwi fruit and Coconut oil, but you can also smell the Jasmine and Vanilla. Besides the smell, I love the way it works. It’s not thick in texture, so you wouldn’t guess how moisturizing it is. I love to slather it on after my shower. It absorbs quickly leaving my skin hydrated but not greasy. Let’s talk about the properties of these ingredients. Ravensara is from Madagascar and is said to have anti-deppresant, anti-bacterial and even aphrodisiac properties. That explains why I love the smell! Ucuuba butter comes from the Amazon region of South America has anti-aging properties and is used to treat skin issues like acne, eczema, and dry skin. Kiwi fruit contains vitamin C and vitamin E which helps keep skin firm and helps fight free radicals. Combining these two wonderful ingredients with coconut oil, coconut water and kiwi fruit makes for a thin but very nourishing body lotion. I’ll definitely repurchase this lotion and keep it in rotation with my other favourite body lotions.
Ingredients: Fresh Organic Licorice Root Decoction, Organic Rapeseed Oil. Organic Coconut Oil, Vegetable-Derived Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Coco Glucoside, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Fair Trade Organic Rosewood Oil, Organic Sandalwood Oil, Organic Bamboo Charcoal, Sea Salt
I have to confess that using Naughty was actually quite the opposite experience! This dark black soap left my skin soft and kept my skin clear. My skin didn’t misbehave when I used this soap! Sometimes I get acne on my back or neckline and Naughty kept me from breaking out. Licorice root is anti-inflammatory and known for helping with acne, eczema and psoriasis. It also helps reduce the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation. Rapeseed oil provides your skin with anti-oxidants, coconut oil helps your skin retain moisture, and bamboo charcoal is helps absorb excess oil. I’ll have to repurchase this after I finish the other soaps I’ve bought from Sudsatorium!
Have you ever tried Sudsatorium?
As you all know, I’m a supporter of buying local as much as possible. One of my favourite skincare brands is Holistic Vanity, produced by Pure + Simple. I’ve loved so many of their products and reviewed them on my blog (Damage Care Line, Rosacea Care Line and many more). I was super excited when Pure + Simple contacted me to try the new Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line. I’ve suffered from acne ever since I was a teenager. I was hoping when I got older and ate cleaner that the acne would disappear but it never did. Today my acne is almost non-existent but when that monthly time comes, I still get minor breakouts. The Acne Care Line will launch September 16th at all Pure + Simple locations as well as online. Finally, a skincare line that is effective in combating acne from a local Toronto brand! Here’s proof that you don’t need to put overly strong chemicals on your face (I’m looking at you Proactiv!) to get clear skin.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Sodium Laurol Oat Amino Acids (Non-Irritating Surfactant), Decyl Glucoside (Coconut/Corn Derived Cleansing Agent), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil*, Coco Glucoside (Coconut Derived Cleansing Agent) Coconut Alcohol (Non Drying Emulsifier), Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived Emulsifier, Emoliant and Moisturiser), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Sucrose Polysoyate (Natural emolient), Gluconolactone (Fruit Acid) + Sodium Benzoate (Food grade Preservative), Soluble Collagen (Marine Derived), Maris Limus (Black Mud), Xanthan Gum, Lemongrass*, Ylang Ylang*, Turmeric*, Petitgrain*. *Organic ingredients.
This creamy cleanser smells nicely of lemongrass and ylang ylang. I find this cleanser easier to spread on a damp face. You need only a couple of pumps to cover your face. The cleanser washes away cleanly and the lemongrass scent is refreshing. The scent can be a little strong until you get used to it. But once washed away it does dissipate. Black mud is a great ingredient known for its detoxifying and purifying properties. Lemongrass has natural astringent properties and is anti-microbial as well as anti-bacterial. Ylang Ylang is anti-inflammatory and helps to regulate sebum production. Aloe vera and shea butter provide gentle hydrating and moisturizing while also healing the skin. No wonder I like this cleanser so much! For those with super sensitive skin I would advise to use this cleanser sparingly at first to see how your skin reacts. Then if your skin is okay with it you can use it as directed. I used this cleanser during my “time of the month” and got only one large pimple. But that pimple is already disappearing as I continue to treat it with the Acne Care Line.
Cost: $28.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Ingredients: Pinus Sylvestris (Pine)*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*. *Certified organic ingredients.
Love the super simple ingredients list for this skin tonic. Pine is useful in treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and is anti-bacterial. Peppermint is anti-septic, anti-microbial and can help control oil secretion. I find this tonic a bit too strong for my skin so I like to mix it with the Healing Immortelle Tonic. Still, it’s a wonderful tonic that helps keep my skin matte and calm. It smells great too! The pine and peppermint scents are not strong at all. So this tonic should be okay for those with sensitive noses.
Cost: $26.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Oil. Certified organic ingredients.
A lovely mellow yellow oil, this one packs some powerhouse ingredients. Black cumin oil is known for nourishing the skin while reducing acne and scarring. It is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Read more about black cumin on the Holistic Vanity blog. Babassu oil is great for healing skin irritations, has cooling properties, and helps to rebalance the skin. I loved that this oil is absorbed into my skin quickly without leaving me feeling like a grease ball. Some oils can tend to sit on the surface of the skin but these did not.
Cost: $43.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes and Water, Glycerin*, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract, Maris Limus (Black Mud), Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol, Lemongrass*, Ylang Ylang*, Turmeric*, Petitgrain*. *Certified organic ingredients.
This lotion is about medium thickness and a soft beige colour. Some of the amazing ingredients from the cleanser are also present in this lotion. I can definitely smell the lemongrass in this lotion as well as the black mud. I didn’t mind it though, as once my skin absorbed the lotion the scent goes away. I also loved this lotion. It kept my skin matte and yet velvety feeling. My skin has been feeling smoother with all of the products in the Acne Care Line so I really can’t complain.
Cost: $50.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
I predict the Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line will be really popular. So many people suffer from acne and this skin care line will help many people. It’s certainly helped me control my acne breakouts. I’ve noticed that my skin is clearer, smoother and less pimple prone. An intro kit is available for those wishing to try before buying the larger sizes. Keep in mind though, that you also have to eat cleaner to have better skin. No amount of amazing skin care products will help your skin if you are eating mostly processed foods, lots of animal proteins and GMOs.
**Products provided for consideration but all opinions are my own.
As you may have noticed, there were no posts last week. This was because hubby and I were vacationing in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It’s a very interesting city to visit and with the Canadian dollar worth less than the American dollar right now a great option to travel within Canada. A little bit of history about St. John’s: it is considered to be the North America’s oldest city, with year-round settlement beginning after 1630. English fishermen set up seasonal camps in Newfoundland in the 16th century, but were forbidden by the British government to set up permanent settlements until after 1630. The first European to sail into St. John’s harbour was Venetian explorer John Cabot in 1494. Cabot’s Tower on Signal Hill is named after him.
St. John’s today is a city of about 106,000 (2011 census). The main languages are English and French. Though as most people know, Newfoundlanders or Newfies have their own dialect called Newfinese or Newfoundland English, influenced by the Scottish, Irish as well as the city of Bristol, and the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. Some really strange phrases have come about from this mixture of dialects as you can imagine. I walked into one souvenir shop and found some chocolate bars they were selling with some typical Newfinese phrases like: Stunned as me arse, or Yes b’y. Which translates to: you’re stupid and Yes boy. Another example of Newfinese is really evident when you do the screech-in. Screech is the name for the Newfoundland rum which is I think 100% proof. In Wikipedia screech technically means any cheap alcohol or moonshine. But I think it was also called screech because that’s the sound you make when you taste this stuff! Hubby was screeched in at Christian’s Bar. You can check out the Yelp reviews for Christian’s Bar here, mine is under Hazel P. Below is a video of a screech-in I found on YouTube. This is essentially what happens at a screech-in though hubby’s was a little different.
So you may be wondering what is St. John’s actually like? St. John’s is a hilly city and often windy. If you plan to walk around the city bring a good pair of walking shoes. Your thighs will get a good workout on the hills of St. John’s. As for the wind, the whole week we were there a breeze was ever constant. In Toronto you can get days when there is barely any breeze or wind. But winds can gust as high as 54 km/hour in St. John’s. Ladies, this will play havoc with your hairdo so just relax and don’t worry about it. You’re on vacation after all! Weather-wise, at times it was cool (9C in the mornings) and at times the weather was hot (27C in the afternoon). We were lucky as it didn’t rain much when we were there. The downtown area is quite compact. The busiest streets are Water Street and Duckworth Street which are close to the harbour and have the most businesses. Shopping consists of independent shops. There isn’t a large mall downtown there like Toronto’s Eaton Center. Restaurants are a variety of Seafood, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern food, Chinese, Vietnamese and Canadian. There were about 6 vegetarian restaurants I saw in the city. You will find though that many restaurants have vegetarian friendly foods. For those who like to party, George Street is where you find all the pubs. When the music festival is on, the ends of George Street are blocked off and you’ll find a live band playing on the band shell.
The people in St. John’s are the friendliest I’ve encountered in my travels of Canada’s cities. Whether you’re dressed up fancy or casually that doesn’t impact how friendly they will be to you. They don’t care how you’re dressed. They won’t judge you by how you look, but by how you treat them. The same goes for your ethnicity. I’m Filipino and I didn’t see many other ethnicities around. But despite that I felt very welcomed by the people of St. John’s. I have traveled in some cities outside of Canada where I was stared at for being the only Asian-looking person in the area. That welcoming vibe extends into their restaurants. You can go into almost any restaurant dressed casually and they will serve you without making you feel you’re underdressed. I also noticed that when you’re crossing the streets and there’s no stop light the cars will stop for you and let you go by. Here in Toronto some people won’t stop if you’re not at a stop light.
We stayed at a bed and breakfast in St. John’s called the Balmoral Inn. This is a beautiful 130 year old Victorian house converted into a bed and breakfast. The Balmoral is close to everything and it was a great location for us to be in. Kim and David, the owners of the Balmoral were super friendly and I also liked that the Balmoral has a commitment to being eco-friendly. They recycle, use organic bedding, energy efficient bulbs, print on recycled paper and more. Their breakfast options also include some organic items like tea and bread. If we ever come back to St. John’s we will stay at the Balmoral Inn.
To see more of the pictures and videos from my trip, take a look at my Instagram feed. I love seeing the other cities in Canada. Not only is it more cost effective, but we don’t have to worry about currency conversion rates, or bringing special travel plugs for our electronic devices. Also, there are so many great cities to see in Canada and we haven’t even visited them all! Canada is a beautiful country and I love it. I’m going to borrow a phrase from the Canadian anthem: “God keep our land glorious and free.” It’s my hope that Canada keeps its wilderness clean and make its cities more eco-friendly so that wildlife is minimally impacted. Have you ever been to St. John’s, Newfoundland?