BKind Sensitive Skin Face Scrub Review

BKind Face Scrub Sensitive Skin

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Today I have a review of the Sensitive Skin Face Scrub from BKind, a Montreal company. This scrub came in my May Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

BKind Face Scrub Sensitive Skin

The cranberry seeds and hibiscus face scrub has been created for your skin to be softly exfoliated and hugely moisturized at the same time.  Perfect for sensitive or dry skin: this face scrub will leave your skin smooth, glowing and moisturized. 

BKind Face Scrub Sensitive Skin

This is a super gentle facial scrub, the exfoliating bits are very fine and do not irritate my sensitive skin. The base of this scrub is very hydrating as well. My skin feels so smooth and soft after using – I really like this one!

BKind Face Scrub Sensitive Skin

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Pumice, Hydrated Silica, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Powder, Clay, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Powder, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycerin, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil.

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

Oneka Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner

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Today I’m reviewing the Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner from Oneka – they’re a Quebec (Canada) company that is organic and cruelty free.

Oneka Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner

Oneka’s all natural personal care products were created out of a respect for our water sources and the many organisms that help clean and purify it along its way. Rather than causing damage or polluting; Oneka products work WITH the elements of nature. We do this by using certified organic and wild harvested herbal extracts to nourish the hair and body without the use of sulphates, parabens, or synthetic fragrances.

Oneka Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner

Now onto the Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner:

Take a deep breath of the Boreal forest’s rich, earthy scent and enjoy our cedar and sage shampoo [and conditioner], specially formulated to help revitalize your scalp naturally. Your hair will absorb the cedar, known for its antibacterial properties, for a deep cleansing effect. The sage, known to help balance sebum production, blends with the hemlock, burdock, and nettle extracts to invigorate and stabilize. Go ahead – let the scent of the forest soothe your soul and amplify your senses.

Both the shampoo and conditioner smell amazing – I love the woody, earthy scent.

Recently my scalp has been very sensitive – probably due to the cold winter weather and  hat wearing. The shampoo makes my hair feel super clean and my scalp feels soothed and refreshed. The conditioner feels light and hydrating. My hair feels super soft after using this shampoo & conditioner duo, and my scalp is no longer feeling easily irritated.

And a lot of stores that carry Oneka have refill stations – so you can just pay for a refill instead of buying new bottles – so yay, less plastic waste to be recycled!

Oneka Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner

Below are the ingredient lists for both the shampoo and conditioner:

Shampoo Ingredients: Purified water, Calendula officinalis (organic marigold herb blend), Arctium lappa (burdock root), Salvia sclarea (clary sage), Urtica dioica (nettle leaves), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), Equisetum arvense (horsetail), Decyl glucoside, Cocamidopropyl betaine, vegetable glycerin, Cannabis sativa (hemp seed oil), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), guar gum, citric acid, Essential oil blend of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), Citrus reticulata (mandarin orange), Thuja occidentalis (cedar), Tsuga Canadensis (hemlock), polyaminopropyl biguanide.

Conditioner Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Blend of Calendula Officialis (Marigold Calendula), Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root), Salvia Sclarea (clary Sage), Urtica dioica (nettle leaves), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), Equisetum arvense (Horsetail), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Cannabis sativa (hemp seed oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Oryza sativa (rice protein), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), Cetyl alcohol (Plant Base), Polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, Essential oil blend of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), Citrus reticulata (mandarin orange), Thuja occidentalis (cedar), Tsuga Canadensis (hemlock), polyaminopropyl biguanide.

Have you tried anything from Oneka before?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Wise Men’s Care Reviews

Wise Men's Care

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If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen me unboxing a package from Montreal based Wise Men’s Care (& Tök Communications).

Wise Men's Care

Although the line is marketed for men, I tested everything out myself, and I got the Mister to try things out as well. [info in italics taken from the Wise Men’s Care website]

Wise caters to a new generation of conscious consumer; those who want thoughtful, carefully-sourced, and natural personal care products down to the last ingredient and packaging detail. 
Artificial fragrances and colors, MEA, DEA or TEA, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates will never be found in our products.  Natural, healthy and cruelty-free ingredients will always be the core of our products. 

Wise Men's Care

In the box there were several items – Birch Bark Daily Shampoo, Glacier Clay Pomade, Sea Kelp Soap, and a Neem Wood Comb. The packaging is eco-conscious and recyclable.

Wise Men's Care

Onto the review! Starting with the Birch Bark Daily Shampoo – I love that they included a 100 ml travel size ($20 CAD) and a 475 ml refill pouch ($34 CAD).

Wise Men's Care Birch Bark Daily Shampoo

White Birch Bark extract is a sustainable botanical extract found in the Canadian Boreal forest and renowned for its high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. Less foamy and artificial than most shampoos, the unique array of essential oils found in this shampoo offer both aromatherapy and an exceptional cleansing experience. You will also enjoy active ingredients known to help encourage healthy and revitalized hair.

Other key ingredients include eucalyptus extract, keratin; cedarwood, clary sage, rosemary and geranium leaf essential oils.

Wise Men's Care Birch Bark Daily Shampoo

This shampoo doesn’t lather super well, but manages to deep clean regardless. It is super gentle, and leaves my hair feeling soft and clean. And it smells amazing – very earthy and woody. I love the essential oil blend that they used for this shampoo!

Next is the Glacier Clay Pomade in a 60 ml reusable glass container ($32 CAD) – the Mister shaves his head so he just doesn’t have enough hair to test out the pomade.

Wise Men's Care Glacier Clay Pomade

This pomade is made with hand-picked organic glacial marine clay from northern British Columbia, an ingredient renowned for its abundance of beneficial minerals. Great for any hair type, it features a medium yet natural hold with a matte finish and a fresh and earthy scent from north-western Canada. Unlike most styling products, the ingredients of this Glacial Clay pomade can help to promote healthy hair by moisturizing, nourishing and protecting throughout the day. Other key ingredients include shea & cacao butter, coconut oil; sandalwood, clary sage and vetiver grass essential oils.

Wise Men's Care Glacier Clay Pomade

Pomades are probably better suited for shorter hair, but that didn’t stop me from trying it in my collarbone length hair. It is a little stiff to work with at first, but the heat of your hands makes it easier to work with. It also has an earthy scent, but at the same time, it smells like a clay facial mask. It gives the hair a natural feel without being crunchy or dry to the touch.

Next is the Sea Kelp Soap $12 CAD:

Wise Men's Care Sea Kelp Soap

Sea Kelp extract is a sustainable botanical ingredient harvested off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes and is known for its high concentration of iodine, minerals and anti-oxidants. Great for any skin type, this soap offers a gentle yet effective cleansing experience and a fresh, vegetal and oceanic scent reminiscent of the Canadian Atlantic waters.

  • Hand-made in Québec by cold-processed saponification 
  • 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free
  • Free of palm oil and its chemically modified derivatives

The ingredients of this Sea Kelp Soap can help promote healthy skin by moisturizing, de-toxifying and nourishing your skin. Other key ingredients include shea butter, olive and canola oil; petit grain, black pepper, bergamot and vetiver essential oils.

Wise Men's Care Sea Kelp Soap

This is a really great natural soap. It lathers well and like everything tested in this package from Wise Men’s Care, it smells so good – very clean and earthy. We both really loved this soap!

Neem Wood Comb $15 CAD – I was really happy to see such a beautiful wood comb.

Wise Men's Care Neem Wood Comb

Neem has been used for millennia for it’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal  properties, just to name a few. For combs, using the wood from the neem tree is a great alternative to regular plastic or metal materials, who’s sharp edges, static electricity generation and toxic residue can damage your scalp, hair and health in general. The soft teeth of our neem wood comb massage your scalp and the wood’s many properties can help reduce dandruff and other scalp-related issues.

I didn’t realize that the Neem Wood Comb would help with scalp health – this is awesome! I always use a comb to detangle my hair after washing it, so this will get a ton of use by me.

You can buy all of the products separately, and they also have a few gift bundles ranging from $52 to $165 CAD.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR samples, however my opinion is always my own.

Choupette Chocolat Review

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Today I have something a little different – an artisanal chocolate review. I was recently contacted by one of the owners of Choupette Chocolat and asked if I wanted to try their newly launched chocolate bars. Of course I said yes!

Choupette Chocolat

A few days later, a little package arrived. Let’s take a look inside:

Choupette Chocolat is made in Montreal, QC (Canada). They made fine chocolate with fun and original flavours. They currently have four different flavoured bars, ranging from 45% to 50% cocoa, sold in 35 gram bars (185 calories).

Chocolat Fin & Croustilles (Fine Chocolate & Chips)

This one is flavoured with kettle chips, maple flakes and sea salt. I didn’t think that I was going to like this one, but it is a perfect blend of salty, sweet and crunchy!

Chocolat fin & Mais Souffleé (Fine Chocolate & Popcorn)

Flavoured with popcorn, maple flakes and sea salt, this one was my favourite of the four, as the popcorn added a buttery note to the salty sweet blend.

Chocolat Fin & Bretzels (Fine Chocolate & Pretzels)

This one is flavoured with pretzels, caramel, maple flakes and sea salt. The flavour of this one is hard to describe, it was sweeter than I expected it to be, but still had a salty sweet crunch.

Chocolat Fin & Érable Croquant (Fine Chocolate & Maple Crunch)

This one is flavoured with maple taffy, maple flakes, and sea salt. This is the sweetest one of the four, but the addition of sea salt kept it from being too overly sweet. Again, this was one of my favourites.

Choupette Chocolat can be found on facebook and instagram (@choupettechocolat).

Merci Choupette Chocolat!

Disclosure: PR samples, however my chocolate snobbery is entirely my own!

 

Maison Jacynthe Illuminator and Nail Polish Reviews

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I was recently sent a lovely package from Maison Jacynthe of some of their new product launches (Thank You Maison Jacynthe!) I’ve previously reviewed products from Maison Jacynthe (here and here) and really loved them, so I was super excited to open my package!

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I received three products – a Fluid Foundation, an Illuminator / Highlighter, and a Nail Polish.  Earlier this week I reviewed the Fluid Foundation (here), and today I’m reviewing the Illuminator and a Nail Polish.

All info in italics is taken from the Maison Jacynthe website. Let’s start with the Illuminator:

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This natural highlighter has an excellent hold and gives you a sublime and structured look. Its formula, made with coffee extracts, corn, macadamia oil and apricot, brightens and hydrates the skin. You will love its texture and fine pigments. Available in 2 shades:

  • 01 Soleil Pétillant is shimmery with a slight golden tint.
  • 02 Lune Rose is also shimmery with a golden pink finish.

Our highlighters catch the light and give you an immediate healthy looking skin.

Maison Jacynthe

I chose the Soleil Pétillant / Sparkling Sun shade. It is a very soft golden highlighter, and really gives my skin a natural looking glow. It is very finely milled, and long wearing. My photos just don’t capture how beautiful it looks on the skin.

All of the eyeshadows, blushes, and illuminators come in this type of packaging where you can purchase a beauty empty compact from Maison Jacynthe, or just put it into another empty palette.

Now onto the Nail Polish:

This unique nail polish (available in 10 colors) is free of 9-10 of the most toxic ingredients usually found in nail polish. * 75.5%-80% of natural origin * enriched with organic silicon with fortifying and protective properties * certified by PETA, cruelty-free * gluten-free, nickel-free (to avoid risks of allergies) * FREE OF: formalin – formaldehyde – toluene – dibutyl phthalate – paraben – xylene – camphor – styrene – benzophenone – rosin (except color #9)

Out of the 10 shades, I picked Taormina, a beautiful mauve nude shade. It is really difficult to capture this shade – as you can see in the above two photos, it looks more grey or brown in tone, but in reality it is more mauve (closer to the first two photos). This is a highly wearable colour. I would say that it needs two to three coats for perfect application. I wear tested this nail polish without a top coat to see how it would perform.

Maison Jacynthe

Most nail polishes do not last more than three days without chipping on me, even with a top coat. The above photo is after five days, no topcoat, – with minor tip wear on most nails, and chips on two nails – so with a topcoat, it would last even longer for me! That is impressive for my nails!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: PR sample, however my opinion is my own!

Maison Jacynthe Fluid Foundation Review

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I was recently sent a lovely package from Maison Jacynthe of some of their new product launches. I’ve previously reviewed products from Maison Jacynthe (here and here) and really loved them, so I was super excited to open my package!

Maison Jacynthe

I received three products – a Fluid Foundation, an Illuminator / Highlighter, and a Nail Polish. Today I’m reviewing the Fluid Foundation.

Information in italics is taken from the Maison Jacynthe website:

This liquid foundation is easy to apply. Provides a perfect camouflage with an ultra natural finish. Its light texture gives you a more even tone and its formula, made with borage oil and coffee extracts, will keep your skin moisturized and protected. Soft texture and delicate perfume from argan. This fluid cream is a staple for daily makeup. Available in 5 colors: Porcelain, Sand, Cream, Golden Beige and Hazelnut.

The Fluid Foundation comes in a glass bottle, with a pump – which is always a nice touch. A foundation should always come with either a pump or a dropper.

Maison Jacynthe

This is light coverage foundation has a dewy finish, but can be mattified slightly with powder. Shade-wise, I chose the lightest shade – Porcelain, and when I first swatched it on my arm, it looked very yellow toned on my skin – but when blended, it works well with my colouring.

(BENEFITS AND ACTIVE INGREDIENTS): COFFEE: High in chlorogenic acid, a family of esters acting as antioxidants. Helps with collagen production and improves elasticity.  BORAGE OIL: This oil nourishes the skin thanks to its high concentration of linoleic and gamma-linolenic acids which are high in omega-6. It plays an important role when it comes to hydration and elasticity, especially when used on dry, irritated and more mature skin. Age-defying due to its strong regenerating power. Has also calming and soothing properties.  OCTYLDODECANOL: Derived from plant. It is a fatty alcohol acting as an emollient when good spreading is required. It brings to the skin a soft and smooth appearance. TOCOPHEROL: Derived from plant. Tocopherol is most commonly known as Vitamin E. 

As you can see from the above listed active ingredients, this foundation is geared more for dry, sensitive and / or mature skins. I don’t think that this would work for oily skins as the finish is quite hydrating and dewy. I think that this will be my go to foundation for the colder months when my skin starts to get dry.

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I’ve worn this foundation on its own, with concealer, with concealer and powder – both with primer and with suncreen. It works really well with my The Ordinary primer, and just ok with my suncreen. On the day that I tested this foundation with sunscreen, it was a super humid day, and I don’t think that any foundation would have worked well! I need further wear tests with the various facial sunscreens in my collection.

Below are comparison swatches with two foundations in my collection – the Nyx Total Control and The Ordinary Serum Foundation:

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Swatches – Nyx / Maison Jacynthe / The Ordinary (2nd photo is only lightly blended)

Nyx – Porcelain shade is better for me in winter, currently a bit too light for me right now, very liquid consistency, lightweight, buildable coverage from light to medium, velvet matte finish (not flat matte).

Maison Jacynthe – Porcelain is yellow toned but workable for my fair pink toned skin, consistency is similar to The Ordinary, lightweight, light coverage, dewy finish, very natural looking.

The Ordinary – 1.2P Light with Pink Undertones, great shade match for me, consistency is liquidy, but not as runny as Nyx, lightweight, and light coverage but slightly higher coverage than Maison Jacynthe, very natural looking.

What is your favourite foundation? Do you prefer matte or dewy finish? Light, medium or heavy coverage?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: PR sample, however my opinion is my own, based on my experience in using this product.