The holiday season is busy and you have to be selective about what events you attend, but if you are a fan of green beauty products, you’ll want to put the MNDFL Beauty Pop Up event in your calendar for Thursday, December 6, 2018. This third annual FREE event takes place at The Jam Factory in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will introduce you to some incredible Canadian green beauty brands. It’s a great opportunity to try some new green beauty products and do some holiday shopping. Although the event is free, if you purchase a $10 VIP ticket, that will entitle you to attend the VIP Cocktail reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., which includes a complimentary holiday cocktail, as well as a swag bag of samples worth $100 of some of the green beauty brands at the event.
I received some full-size products that will be available for sale at the event in order to review for this blog post. I was familiar with some of these green beauty brands, but not all of them so I was pleased to discover some amazing new Canadian green beauty products.
Sahajan Balance Ayurvedic Blend Toner is a toner that not only cleans skin due to the key ingredient, Moringa Oil; it also contains orange, lemon and bilberry extracts to gently exfoliate. The smell is amazing and I find, very calming.
Founder Carol-Ann Granatstein uses her expertise and training (she received certification in aromatherapy and herbalism) to develop Aromacentric Face It Nourishing Face Oil. This is going to be one of my go-to face oils because I love the blend of mood-enhancing neroli and jasmine essential oils; it also makes my skin feel so smooth. Organic camellia, organic jojoba, macerated carrot and borage oils provide extra nourishment to my dry skin.
Graydon Skincare Full Moon Serum is an exquisite formulation containing botanical collagen, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and retinol to prevent aging and protect your skin. The serum is infused with malachite, known for clearing all the chakras and stimulating the heart and throat chakras.
Slime is a whimsical cleanser from Muni Muni that really does the job. Although it’s a bit sticky like its namesake implies, once applied to the skin, this cleanser is incredibly soft and soothing. It’s not too thick so it rinses off very easily. A surprising favourite of mine!
I received Helena Lane Rose Petal & Hyaluronic Serum to test and really loved the seductive scent of real roses! The water serum is light enough to wear under a facial oil or moisturizer to provide great protection for our cold winters. This serum is particularly good for dry or mature skin due to its inclusion of hyaluronic acid which is very hydrating. I also like the fact that the serum’s rose hydrosol is calming for my rosacea-prone skin.
Etymologie’s founder, Raquela Cheesmond, has an M.Sc. from McGill and conducted her research on sunscreens and cosmetic preservatives in Milan. I tried Etymoligie Active Clay Cleanser. In case you are thinking that this is a dense cleanser, it is the opposite. In fact, the ingredients (Moringa oil, red clay, ylang ylang) make it quite watery. It’s one of my favourite cleansers. If you are someone (like I was) who doesn’t always take the time to cleanse your face properly, this cleanser will have you looking forward to the morning just to be able to use this product. The cleanser comes with a muslin cloth to use to remove the cleanser while gently exfoliating your skin.
Sappho New Paradigm CC Cream in Light provides a translucent foundation for your skin. The CC Cream contains organic aloe juice to hydrate and decrease inflammation. I tried the CC Cream on top of my moisturizer and found it provided good coverage for my rosacea. You can also wear Sappho New Paradigm CC Cream as a primer under your foundation. It also contains 10% zinc oxide to offer some protection against the elements.
Schaf Radiance Firming Serum is a light serum that works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark spots due to its inclusion of Vitamin B3. The serum’s fruit acids are anti-oxidnt rich to provide brightness to skin while hyaluronic acid plumps up skin. I like that this serum stimulates collagen production to help reduce wrinkles!
ZydermaHS Clarifying Cream is a light cream moisturizer and/or makeup primer that corrects uneven skin tone. I like how light it is and how well it absorbs into the skin. I noticed it evened out my skin, which has blotches of rosacea. The Clarifying Cream is also good for skin with acne.
Iremia Skincare Restorative Facial Oil is a gentle containing Jojoba, Rosehip, Argan and Sea Buckthorn Oils to hydrate, regenerate and improve skin tone, as well as help repair skin damage. I like the oil’s lightweight consistency and the blend of botanical oils smells lovely.
Sweet Living Co.’s Grapefruit & Lavender Luxury Cleanser has a gorgeous whipped consistency with an intoxicating citrusy aroma. You’ll enjoy washing your face with this luxury cleanser. Unlike other cleansers, it won’t dry your skin due to the cleanser’s ingredients including holistically raised grass-fed tallow, Pink Grapefruit, Sweet Orange and Lavender essential oils.
Pura Botanicals Neroli Eye Serum is a heaven-sent product for those of us who have dark circles under their eyes. Use the easy, roll-on applicator to apply the serum under the eyes before bedtime. Containing Neroli essential oil, rosehip, aloe vera and lavender, this eye serum has a citrusy scent that will help you drift off to sleep while working to eliminate dark circles and increasing collagen production. It also contains jojoba oil to hydrate dry skin.
Lips and Mouth
I’ve always been a fan of Haliburton, Ontario based Living Libations – their rose glow creme is magnificent! – and was happy to try their Happy Gum Drops, which is a mixture of essential oils such as Peppermint, Clove, Seabuckthorn, Oregano, and Cinnamon that you can use in place of toothpaste to restore your gums’ health. You can also place a drop of Happy Gum Drops on your dental floss to access those hard-to-reach places or place a drop on your tongue for fresh breath.
This was my first time trying Boosh products. The balm contains organic coconut oil and beeswax culled from their own organic farm. Hyaluronic acid and organic peppermint oil give this balm its plumping feature. I tried it and it works! My lips were definitely plumper! Wear it underneath your favourite lipstick for fuller lips.
I had been introduced to basd Bodycare Coffee Scrub before. It’s an invigorating scrub that removes dead skin cells while reducing the appearance of cellulite and acne scars…the coffee aroma will have you jumping out of your shower and ready to face the day.
I love handcrafted, natural soaps and the soaps from Buck Naked Soap Company were made to accommodate the owner’s infant son who was experiencing a rash from traditional soaps. Their Indigo soap (yes, it’s tinted with indigo!) has a gardenia scent and is absolutely heavenly. All their soaps are made with coconut oil, avocado oil and shea butter. Other soap scents include Avocado; Chamomile & Calendula; Citrus & Comfrey; Cranberry & Mint; Coffee Start Up; Energizing Marigold; Drunken (Beer); Himalayan Salt; Jasmine Mosaic; Lavender & Rosemary; Poppy Seed & Tea Tree; and Lavender & Rosemary.
Well Told Health Anti-Inflammatory Booster is a supplement made from Organic Turmeric. I’ve heard great things about the healing properties of turmeric including lowering blood pressure, boosting the immune system, promoting good digestion, preventing heart disease and even preventing Alzheimer’s. I’ve just started taking the Anti-Inflammatory Booster and I’ll report back on how I’m feeling in a few weeks.
I had heard of Clean Kiss Organics, but had never tried their products. I received a sample of their Make That Kiss Last 100% Natural Cream Deodorant. This natural deodorant contains lavender, rosemary and peppermint for a very calming scent and its tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties.
Age Quencher Hydrate Electrolyte is formulated on the premise that dehydration is the number one cause of aging. Infused with essential minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants, Hydrate helps combat fatigue and free radical damage. It also decreases inflammation, increases energy and aids digestion. Add one scoop to 16 oz. of water and drink. The product is sugar free, carbohydrate free and chemical free. I haven’t tried it long enough to provide feedback on my results, but will report back in a few weeks.
I have tried many of Toronto-based Province Apothecary’s products and love them. Have a look at their jade roller. The Healing Eczema Balm can be used on babies or anyone with sensitive skin to sooth skin. I’m going to keep this balm handy in the summer for insect bites or any other skin irritations.
I’ve been using Kaia Naturals’s The Takesumi Detox Bamboo Charcoal Deodorant and love it. I received Kaia The Matcha Detox Hot Bath and can’t wait to try it. Inspired by Japanese wellness practice, these salts contain matcha and eucalyptus and turmeric to eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation and muscle pain.
Merben’s Bikini Brush is a soft natural jute brush to use in the bikini area to remove dead layers of skin so that your hair grows properly. You’ll be pleased to know that the Bikini Brush is ethically made in Sri Lanka by men and women who are protected by regulations established by the International Labour Organization.
Other Brands at MNDFL Beauty Pop Up
Other brands you’ll learn about at the event include Suncoat Products, East Coast Glow, Laspa Suncare, Plume Science Lash and Brow, Shoosha True, Cardea AuSet, Evelyn Iona, Demes Natural, Wildcraft Care, Anointment and Ayurvedia Rituals.
The MNDFL Beauty Pop Up takes place at The Jam Factory, 2 Matilda Street, on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free. Please confirm your attendance here. Purchase tickets for $10 for the VIP Cocktail Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. which includes a holiday spirit drink and a deluxe swag bag with $100 of green beauty product samples.
See the MNDFL Beauty Pop Up Facebook event details here.