Clean Beauty

Cocoon Apothecary

I have a lot of love for Cocoon Apothecary! A Canadian (Ontario, my birth province, at that!) organic, nontoxic, eco-friendly skincare line. Based in Kitchner, Ontario, this company is redefining artisanal skincare. They embrace the power of nature to deliver a luxurious product without compromise, making skin and body care products that are as good for your skin as they are for the Earth.

 

All of Cocoon Apothecary’s products are:

  • Biodegradable
  • Made with certified organics
  • Made in Canada
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Petroleum-free
  • Packaged in eco-friendly glass

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Eyewaken Eye Cream

One product I would love to highlight today is their Eyewaken Eye Cream. I received this cream, along with their Skin Care Starter Kit (pictured below) and have absolutely loved it! (All of the products, but this one really stood out to me.)

 

The Eyewaken Eye Cream is:

“100% plant-based revitalizing eye cream that moisturizes and soothes tired eyes. Blended with the cooling, astringent hydrosols (waters) of organic rose and corn flower to reduce puffiness and hydrate skin. Organic argan and grapeseed oils moisturize with high levels of vitamin E and antioxidants to combat fine lines and wrinkles. Organic sweet almond oil helps to lighten dark circles while firming organic cocoa butter protects this delicate area. A soothing formula that’s great for all skin types. Can be used both morning and night.”

 

This eye cream is incredibly moisturizing, as much as it is game changing for my under eyes. I have noticed a vast difference with my under-eye circles and how they’re not as dark, as well as the texture of my skin under my eyes being extremely supple, soft and smooth – all within a short period of time using this product. Something to celebrate, I’d say! I recommend this to anyone, any skin type – especially sensitive eyes! I was not able to use certain eye creams most of the time because they’d irritate my eyes, make them watery and red, or just itchy. This cream has no negative effects on my eyes, only great results come from this little bottle! :)

 

FOR All skin types

 

SMELLS LIKE Light herbal – no scent added

 

BENEFITS

  • Soothes tired eyes.
  • Combats fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Reduces puffiness and dark circles.
  • Firms and protects delicate skin.

 

KEY INGREDIENTS

Argan and Grapseed Oils High sources of vitamin E to fight free radical damage and diminish fine lines.
Almond Oil Helps reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Cornflower Hydrosol Revitalizes swollen eyes and reduces puffiness.
Rose Hydrosol The water that is created when extracting essential oil from the petals by steam distillation. It contains water with a soluble amount of essential oil. The therapeutic components of the hydrosol are approximately 80% phenetheyl alcohol, an antimicrobial. It is produced from the pink rose plant called Rosa Damascena, member of the rosaceae family indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. Rose hydrosol has high levels of antioxidant polyphenols to fight aging and cellular damage in the skin. It is soothing, cooling, anti-inflammatory and very astringent, making it ideal for aiding puffiness in the eye area.

 

INGREDIENTS

Certified organic cornflower hydrosol, certified organic rose hydrosol, certified organic argan oil, certified organic grapeseed oil, certified organic sweet almond oil, cetearyl alcohol (wax from coconut), stearic acid, certified organic cocoa butter, vegetable glycerin, sodium anisate (derived from fennel), sodium levulinate (derived from corn), sodium cetearyl sulfate (from coconut), rosemary leaf extract.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Apply a dab of cream under eyes and gently spread around eye area.


Skin Care Starter Kit

If you’re looking to try out Cocoon Apothecary, but are not sure where to start – this Skin Care Starter Kit is perfect for you! The kit contains:

 

Travel size (20 ml) bottles of our cleanser, toner and cream for normal to dry skin and comes in a 99% post-consumer box.

1. CLEANSE

Petal Purity Facial Cleanser

A 100% plant-based cream cleanser that removes oils, dirt and make-up without stripping skin of essential hydration. A gentle formula containing the purifying extracts of organic lavender and geranium to keep skin cleansed and balanced. The organic oils of virgin coconut and sweet almond help to remove pollutants leaving skin dewy-fresh and tingly-clean. Great for all skin types including sensitive.

 

INGREDIENTS Purified water, certified organic sweet almond oil, certified organic virgin coconut oil, cetearyl alcohol (wax from coconut), stearic acid (plant-based), vegetable glycerin, certified organic geranium essential oil, certified organic lavender essential oil, sodium anisate (derived from basil), sodium levulinate (derived from corn), sodium cetearyl sulfate (from coconut), rosemary leaf extract.

 

INSTRUCTIONS Apply to dry or damp skin and massage in circular motion to entire face. Remove with cotton ball or water.

2. TONE

Rose Dew Facial Toner

A 100% organic, alcohol-free toner that delivers powerful antioxidants and astringents to tighten up pores and prepare skin for moisturizing. Certified organic rose hydrosol (water) creates a purifying formula used for centuries as a beauty tonic. Delivers botanical hydration to skin before it gets locked in by a moisturizer. Can also be used with a cotton ball to lightly clean face or remove excess debris after cleansing. Use morning and evening after cleansing and before moisturizing. Great for normal, dry and sensitive skin types.

 

INGREDIENTS Certified organic rose hydrosol

 

INSTRUCTIONS Spritz on clean, dry skin and allow to dry OR spritz on cotton ball and apply to entire face.

3. MOISTURIZE

Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream

A 100% plant-based facial cream that harnesses the therapeutic power of nature to soften, nourish, and rejuvenate skin. Made with organic oils carefully chosen for their extraordinary ability to keep skin smooth, firm and glowy. Organic rosehip oil, pressed from the seeds of the rose bush, is known for its ability to regenerate skin, minimizing fine lines, scars and reversing sun damage. Avocado penetrates deep into the layers of the skin to smooth and soften its appearance. Organic camellia oil, extracted from the tea plant, contains antioxidant polyphenols to fight free radical damage and inflammation. Organic shea butter softens and protects skin, locking in moisture to keep skin plumped up and hydrated. The pure essential oil of rose, extracted from the petals of the flower, creates a beautiful scent that delivers skin-firming antioxidants. Vegan, non-toxic and biodegradable in an eco-friendly glass bottle.

You can find Cocoon Apothecary on:

Instagram: @cocoonapothecary

Twitter: @cocoonjessica

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cocoonapothecary

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cocoonjessica/

 

Voila! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever purchased this line of skincare, or if you plan on purchasing it, and how you like it! Thanks!

 

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Annnnnd…wasn’t gonna leave ya high and dry!

 

Check out this beautiful love song by Secret Nation – “I’m Yours

Innersense Organic Beauty

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In order for me to be posting about hair products…you must know, I’m SUPER picky – so, this is a big deal! It can be kind of difficult to find a truly organic, clean, non-toxic shampoo or conditioner that really cleans or even lathers well. Not to mention, protects colour treated hair, while adding shine and leaving your hair feeling soft and manageable.

 

Innersense Organic Beauty is my new favourite! I was super excited to try out their products, and post my quick lil mini-reviews on them. So, here are my thoughts on these three awesome hair care products!


Color Awakening Shampoo:

This is a gentle cleansing shampoo for color treated hair. Hand Crafted from Certified Organic and Bio Dynamic ingredients of coconut and palm oils, pumpkin seed and shea butter to provide luxurious cleansing. The lather is wonderful, and really does clean your hair thoroughly and gently. Sunflower Seed extracts, a natural anti-oxidant, protects color from fading and adds superb shine (seriously, it is amazing). It will leave your hair naturally clean, healthy and awakened without residue or dryness.

 

Key Ingredients

Color Radiance Daily Conditioner:

This conditioner will revitalize and nourish color treated hair with natural proteins, aromatic oils and flower essences. The formula of this conditioner is super lightweight and build up free (thank goodness, amirite?), so it moisturizes and strengthens the hair while providing resilience and shine. Sunflower Seed Oil protects color and keeps hair radiant. Also, it smells ABSOLUTELY DIVINE – like the most beautiful sweet flower field ever.

 

Key Ingredients

Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner:

Sweet Spirit is a leave-in conditioner using a blend of natural oils, fragrant herbs and flower essences. A touch of honey adds body and manageability. Hair is perfectly balanced and ready for any style. Sweet Spirit can also be used on dry hair to revive and restyle. The natural Orange Blossom fragrance makes this a refreshing delight for the senses. Sweetness brings life into balance. (Basically, it’s the bomb.com)

 

Key Ingredients

You can find and follow Innersense on:

Instagram: @innersenseorganicbeauty

Twitter: @innersense

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnersenseOrganic

Beauty Counter Love

Beautycounter’s Routine Clean Cream Cleanser + Lip Conditioner Calendula Balm

 

“To get safe products into the hands of everyone” – the motto of Beautycounter.  They’ve banned more than 1,500 ingredients, setting new health and safety standards. I’m super excited to share these two products today because, well, they’re awesome…but also, I love this line of products!

 

Beautycounter created an everyday Essentials Face Collection to address essential skin and body care needs. This line is safe, effective, and works well for all skin types, while being free of toxins and harmful chemicals. The essential skin care line can be used by anyone – women, men, and even kid. The majority of their products use coconut oil (stay awaaaaay, if you’re allergic!) and, the even greater news? They’re all formulated without parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, SLS or “secret” ingredients. Yay!


So, let’s jump right in!

 

Routine Clean Cream Cleanser –  A facial cream cleanser gentle enough to be used both day and night. Organic coconut oil removes impurities and buildup. Aloe, green tea, witch hazel, and floral extracts promote the appearance of healthy, rejuvenated and toned skin. Purifying citrus oils add a refreshing scent.

 

How to use – Apply small amount onto face and rinse with water. Use with a warm wash cloth to remove cosmetics. I love this cleanser because it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry, whatsoever. Removing makeup was quick and easy, and it definitely made my skin look brighter and feel healthier!


Lip Conditioner Calendula Balm – A (superbly) moisturizing lip balm formulated with Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil, which all have intrinsically regenerative properties. The sweet smell of the balm comes from the Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil and Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Oil whose anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated skin.

 

How to use – You can apply with fingers or lip brush. :)


IMPORTANT | AWESOME PROMO DEAL!

Definitely mention you want Carolyn Hendricks as your consultant at checkout of any Beautycounter purchase!

 

And, through the entire month of May…

 

If you spend between $75 – $149, you will receive a free Citrus Mimosa Hand Cream  (this moisturizer is AMAZING. perfect for keeping in your handbag for an extra dose of mid-day refreshment for your hands!). It is also a super summery scent, formulated without harmful chemicals and only safe, sweet-smelling goodness.

 

If you spend $150 or more, you will receive their choice of either a free Lip Conditioner set including both the Peppermint and Calendula Balms OR a Lip Sheer in whatever color you like!

 

Do it, do it! Such awesome deals, and even awesome(er) products! ;)


 

You can find Beautycounter on:

Instagram: @beautycounter

Twitter: @beautycounterhq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeautycounterHQ

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/beautycounter/

 

xo

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As per usual… here’s your song of the day! Flock of Dimes – “Icy” <3

 

 

Eco Diva Beauty – Natural Spring Makeup Tips

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Hey everyone!!

 

Gosh, I am so excited to share this Eco Diva Beauty blog post I contributed to this month!

 

I love what this company does! Carrying only the most sustainable, effective, pure, and luxurious products, Eco Diva is changing the cosmetic world! Environmentally friendly, body and skin friendly, and always conscious about the health effects our makeup products have on our well-being. They’re doing it right by me! (You can read more about their values here.)

 

 

If you want to read more on how to get a natural spring makeup look using all organic and toxic-free products directly from the wonderful Eco Diva Beauty store…click on the photo below!

 

Natural Spring Makeup

(Photography by Lindsey Pruitt)


You can follow Eco Diva Beauty on:

Instagram: @ecodivabeauty

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EcoDivaBeauty

Twitter: @EcoDivaBeauty

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ecodivabeauty/

 

SHOP ECO DIVA BEAUTY BELOW!

 

 

xo

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LOVE this song by indie rock band from Brooklyn, Oberhofer – “Together/Never”

Enjoy!! :)

 

Gabriel Cosmetics – Zuzu Luxe Palette

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Zuzu Luxe “Peep Show” palette

 

If you’re in the market for a really awesome cruelty-free, gluten-free, and toxic-free neutral palette with a pop of colour (a sizzling gold/yellow shade) – this Zuzu Luxe “Peep Show” Palette by Gabriel Cosmetics is totally for you! It’s been a go-to for me lately, as I love the deeper bronzy/chocolate colours! I love a great summery palette and this one definitely achieves that sun-kissed, summer-look!

 

I really enjoy mixing and matching the super blendable shadows. I apply it with a dry brush for soft day time eye look, or I use a damp brush for a more bold, intense look. It’s however you wish to do it – I personally like to mix the two techniques! The whole palette contains natural ingredients including Titanium Dioxide which functions as a natural sun block. So, you’re not only making your eyes stand out, but you’re protecting them too in the process. Win/win!

 

The Zuzu Luxe Peep Show Palette comes with 4 different eyeshadow shades. They are:

 

Peep Show Shadow Colors
Amber – Sizzling Gold
Toasted – Warm Brown/shimmer
Velvet – Deep Brown/shimmer
Nude – Neutral Ivory

 

Peep Show Powder Color
Translucent – sheer setting powder that leaves skin with a flawless finish (this stuff does some serious mattefying of the skin too, if you have any shine!)

Peep Show Blush Color
Bitten – neutral red for perfectly flushed cheeks (almost as if someone pinched you – in a good way!)

Zuzu Luxe “Peep Show” palette: Nude all over the lid and inner corner of eyes.  Amber on the center of the lid and added more depth/saturation with damp brush.


All in all, I highly recommend picking up one of these palettes, whether it be Peep Show, or one of their other palettes Gabriel Cosmetics will not steer you the wrong way with their high quality, beautifully blendable and pigmented eye colours, blush and powder.

 

You can follow Gabriel Cosmetics on:

Instagram: @gabrielcosmetic

Twitter: @gabrielcosmetic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielcosmeticsinc

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gciinspiration/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GabrielCosmeticsInc

 

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful Monday!! Xo

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I am currently LOVING this new artist, Amber Bain. She goes by The Japanese House and this 19-year-old London-based singer is blowing me out of the water with her atmospheric 80’s-esque synths and warm, dream-pop sounds. They totally wash over you and make you feel like you’re standing in the middle of an ocean as waves crash in around you. Or, at least to me it does…check it out! ;)

 

I’m A Choosy Chick

The Choosy Chick box I received

 

Would you just look at all these goods!? The Choosy Chick knows how to supply a girl with some great clean products! The Choosy Chick (TCC) is committed to researching, sampling and selecting the finest non-toxic personal care products.  They’ve developed their very own standard (click to read more about that) for ingredients which has become the foundation for their product selections. What I love so much about TCC is that they are not only wonderful at what they do, but they are not fooled by natural sounding names, or natural looking packaging. They truly dig  deep to find products that meet their standard of organic and natural.  So, as a result of their ‘choosy’ nature, they offer the purest, most effective and unique products available right now. I just love that – getting to choose the products that fit right for you, and knowing that they’ve been hand-picked by some really smart, honest and organic-loving people!

 

The items seen in my box are:

 

All of these products have been used and absolutely loved! TCC really does pick the best products to be sold on their site – I am VERY impressed with the quality! The super cute packaging it came in doesn’t hurt either!

 

A few products I especially love are:

The Au Naturale Eye Pencil in ‘Coco’. It glides on SO smoothly (no tugging needed, hallelujah!) and the formulation is super gentle, so it won’t irritate my eyes. Win!  (Photo below of ‘Coco’ swatched on my arm.)

Josh Rosebrook’s Styling Cream. This. Stuff. Is. Awesome! It provides texture to my hair, with a nice medium hold (as it says) and smells AMAZING! Kind of like a lemon sorbet…YUM! I also love that this styling cream stimulates the cells in the hair follicle and feeds the scalp to keep your hair growing thick and beautiful. All of the benefits! Plus, it’s not stiff and washes easily from the hair. I can’t seem to get enough of it!

Au Naturale Eye Pencil in “Coco”


If you’re wanting to find The Choosy Chick on social media, they can be found on:

Instagram: @thechoosychick

Twitter: @thechoosychick

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thechoosychick

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thechoosychick/

 

xo

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Check out this awesome song “Color” by New York songstress VÉRITÉ!

Aleavia: Relieve Your Skin

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I recently came across this skincare line that claimed to balance the pH of the skin and act as emollients or conditioners for the skin. The entire line, working in a “positive manner with the body’s bio-system to aid in skin restoration, which expedites the recovery and repair of skin from various unpleasant and unattractive skin conditions.” That was pretty impressive to me, and so, I dived right in to see if what these skincare products claimed to do was true.

 

Aleavia‘s products are alkaloid based bio-stimulants which actually feed a wide variety of friendly microorganisms on the skin causing the healthy bacteria to go into a feeding frenzy. This ultimately results in much higher activity levels of normal friendly bacteria. Over a short period of time, the “good guys” will completely overwhelm any harmful bacteria, virtually eliminating skin disorders of many types. These skin care products accomplish this on a molecular level using a combination of 100%-natural, organic, and environmentally safe ingredients.

 

Pretty great, right? I mean, why subject your skin to any sort of harsh chemical or toxic ingredient? Aleavia has been such a Godsend to me. Simple, cleansing, soothing, restoring and refreshing. I’ve been loving it!


Immerse Lavender Prebiotic Soothing Body Wash

Boy, was I ever impressed (still am) with this extremely moisturizing, and calming body wash. You know, I remember back in the day when I’d use a generic body wash (full of terrible ingredients) that claimed a lot of these same properties, but wasn’t living up to the hype. I’d wonder why my body felt super dry and almost “squeaky”…not realizing I had stripped it completely void of any natural and beneficial body oils. This body wash does exactly the opposite and is amazing and definitely leaves me smelling lovely, fresh and feeling smooth and clean.

 

Immerse Lavender Prebiotic Soothing Body Wash


Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

No lie, my hands-down, favourite facial cleanser right now! When I want a serious cleanse from a full-face of makeup – this is it.

 

It’s hard to find an organic, chemical-free, natural oil based cleanser that does the job of completely getting off ALL makeup. Sometimes it’s tough because there isn’t enough lather, or you feel like you need to really “wipe” all of what’s left, off with a cloth or something. The best thing about Cleanse is it is 100% organic, and it removes make up quickly and entirely, all in one wash. Seriously, the best facial cleanser I’ve come across yet.

 

Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover


Restore Prebiotic Skin Restoration

This…spray…is…awesome! It was specifically created to take unhealthy skin and restore it back to healthier conditions. Of course, with all natural ingredients, the Restore spray is truly..well, restorative, ha. It not only can be used on your face and body, but your scalp as well. Lord knows with all the crazy ingredients in hair care products I’ve used year after year, prior to detoxing my skin/body care, my scalp needs some healing! It can tend to be dry, sometimes itchy, so I welcome any organic/clean hair care product that claims to soothe and restore.

 

Lately, after I shower, I towel dry my hair and section off some front pieces (where I get most dry) and spray it with Restore. It immediately feels refreshed and soothes any irritation I may still have – I’ve definitely noticed a difference! Along with the uses mentioned above, this spray is also great for those with rosacea, eczema, acne or scarring.

Restore Prebiotic Skin Restoration


I really do love this whole organic skincare/body care line and recommend it to anyone and everyone! The simple, prebiotic ingredients are seriously amazing and I can personally say that I am very happy with the results. I will continue to use Aleavia and look forward to healthier, happier skin!

 

You can find Aleavia on:

Instagram: @aleaviaskincare

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aleaviabrands

 

xo

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Ok, so now for some long awaited music! I’m SUPER proud of this band (Les and Jake are good pals) – they’ve come a long way from their Nashville days to their recent move to L.A.! These dudes are SO talented! You can read more about them in an interview I did with them last year, here.

 

Their new song Someone Else has been on repeat since it released Tuesday! It’s sooo good. So go ahead, check out LANY:

 

If you’re keen, here are some of their upcoming tour dates! You DO not want to miss out on their shows!

 

May:
Supporting Tove Styrke:

 

June/July:
Maudlin Strangers tour:
June 18
Constellation Room in Santa Ana
June 19
The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ
June 20
Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV
June 22
The Loading Dock in Salt Lake City
June 24
El Corazon in Seattle, WA
June 25
Hawthorne Theatre Lounge in Portland, OR
June 29
Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA
July 1
The Echo in Los Angeles

 

July 31
Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL