Helena Lane Skincare

Helena Lane Skincare | elodiebeauty.com

My skin has never looked better. Seriously.

There are a number of factors at play:
1. I’m still breastfeeding. (For once in my life hormones are acting in my skin’s favour!)
2. I cut out all dairy (with exception to a few tastes here and there) because of my son’s eczema.

I agree, these are two MAJOR factors. BUT I’m also sleep deprived, stressed with moving and renovating my condo, and not eating as well as I should. Considering all of these things, my skin is feeling great and I would like to give some credit to Helena Lane Skincare.

I’ve had my eye on these products for a while and so I’m excited to finally have had a chance to take them for a spin thanks to Helena, the company’s founder.

Cleanser
Helena Lane Chamomile & Mandarin Cleanser | elodiebeauty.com

The Helena Lane Cleanser is really a ‘balm’. Meaning it’s made up of oils and waxes, and contains no water. Cleansing balms are actually my favourite way to cleanse. They’re less messy than a liquid oil cleanser, and very comforting , especially in the colder winter months. Cleansing balms are also great for removing eye makeup!

I’ve fallen in love with other cleansing balms, but never stuck with them because they contained coconut oil (as most of cleansing balms do). Fortunately, this one is a jojoba oil base, which is great for all skin concerns, including acne. There are 3 different kinds, I’m using the Chamomile & Mandarin, which smells so nice!

Benefits of a cleansing balm :

  • won’t strip the skin of natural oils
  • less messy than oil cleansing
  • more effective at removing makeup

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Helena Lane Hyaluronic Acid Serum | elodiebeauty.com Helena Lane Hyaluronic Acid Serum is the hydrating power of this skincare line. For any healthy skincare regime, you need a combo of hydrating water soluble ingredients + nourishing and protecting oils. I love the face that Helena Lane makes a serum as part of the product line. Depending on what your skin needs on any given day, it gives you the option to layer your products.

Helena Lane Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum | elodiebeauty.com

If you’re familiar with hyaluronic acid, it’s a clear odourless liquid. I’ve tried some that are thinner in consistency than others, but I like this one. Not too thin and not too thick, and absorbs quickly. It has a slight sticky feeling which is normal. That’s the hydrating magic and will go away once you apply your moisturizer or oil.

Moisturizer 

Helena Lane Argan & Neroli Moisturizer | elodiebeauty.com

The Helena Lane moisturizers (4 in all) are water-free, essentially like a face “balm”. I’ve never routinely used a balm and have always opted for a traditional oil + water moisturizer.

These moisturizers are a mix of shea butter, oil, and essential oils. I was reluctant at first since I usually stay away from ingredients like shea for fear of it being too “heavy”. Shea butter actually has antibacterial and healing properties though and is rich in vitamins A & E.

After applying a few drops of serum for hydration, I apply a pea-sized amount of moisturizer to lock everything in. It leaves my skin incredibly soft!

Even if you traditionally have oily or acne-prone skin, I wouldn’t discount this moisturizer. Try the Argan & Ylang Ylang version. 

A little goes a long way!

Helena Lane tip: If you can still feel moisturizer on your skin after 5 minutes, you’ve used too much. Our skin only absorbs what it needs. 

Helena Lane Chamomile & Argan Moisturizer

Helena Lane Skincare is one of the many fantastic beauty brands will be at the Mindful Beauty event hosted by Graydon Skincare on September 28th 12-7pm at Creeds Coffee Bar (390 Dupont St. Toronto). Admission is free! 

Lovacado: Avocado Oil for Hair and Skin

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Avocado oil is the new “Moroccan Oil”

Put your argan oil away and use avocado oil instead! I’m deeming it as the new “Moroccan Oil”.

I recently had the chance to sit down with Lovacado founder, Claudia Murillo whose family has been using avocado as a beauty ingredient for generations. It was this family tradition and Claudia’s first hand experience that inspired Lovacado, a Canadian-based beauty company that specializes in avocado oil.

After our chat, and some further research, I discovered that vitamin E, plant sterols, and monounsaturated fatty acids are the magic that make avocado oil an amazing remedy for damaged hair and dry skin.

Lovacado Avocado Oil | elodiebeauty.com

 Avocado oil is amazing for: 

  • strengthening dry brittle hair
  • taming frizzy hair and smoothing spilt ends
  • cleansing and moisturizing the skin
  • moisturizing cuticles
  • shaving
  • preventing stretchmarks

Just like any oil, you have to use a fresh, good quality product. Lovacado sources their extra virgin cold-pressed oil from a farm in Mexico. Avocado oil should be a greenish/yellow colour (not brown!) and have a very faint odour. The scent actually grew on me the more I used it. It’s almost like a nutty-fruity smell.

In case you don’t love the natural scent, Lovacado offers three different scents using pure essential oils: sweet orange, lavender, and lemon.

Lovacado Avocado oil | elodiebeauty.com

My Experience with Avocado Oil 

I obviously had to try the oil after hearing all about it. My hair is straight, uncoloured, and fairly fine so I rarely use hair masks or oils. For the sake of this review though, I tried it!

I was surprised at how easily the oil absorbed into my hair. After leaving it in for 30 minutes and washing it with shampoo and conditioner, my hair felt super soft and moisturized. I can see how this would do wonders for dry and brittle hair!

I also slathered it all over my body. My, oh, my did my skin feel soft and wonderful afterwards! A lot of oils leave your skin feeling a greasy, but the avocado oil absorbs really, really well! It feels very emollient, almost like a moisturizer rather than an oil.

Try this hot oil hair treatment!

  • Heat 1-2 Tbs of avocado oil by adding the oil to a mason jar and placing it in hot water for a few minutes –make sure to test the temperature before using!
  • Apply oil all over dry hair. Spend some time massaging it into ends and scalp.
  • Wrap hair in a towel and let sit for 30 minutes. (If you have access to a sauna or steam room, now would be a great time to use it!)
  • Wash with shampoo and conditioner as usual

Lovacado is one of the many fantastic beauty brands that will be at the Mindful Beauty event hosted by Graydon Skincare on September 28th 12-7pm at Creeds Coffee Bar (390 Dupont St. Toronto). Admission is free! 

Basd – Organic, Plant-based bodycare

 

Basd Body Lotion and Wash close up

Allow me to boost your shower experience with new Canadian body care line, Basd.  Ever since it launched a few months ago I’ve had my eye on their deliciously sounding body washes, lotions, and scrubs. (Thank you to the company for allowing me to indulge!!)

Basd makes their products in two different scents: Indulgent Creme Brûlée and Invigorating Mint. *OBVIOUSLY* because of my sweet tooth, I opted for the Creme Brûlée, which truly smells like the real thing.

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Basd Body Lotion
I’m totally impressed by this rich body lotion and find myself applying it multiple times a day. The formula is super creamy and made up of Sunflower oil, aloe vera juice, shea butter, and coconut oil. The lotion absorbs well with minimal greasiness, but takes some time to massage in, especially when the skin is still wet. *For those of you who don’t like smelling like a vanilla goddess, or want to share it with the men in your lives, I’d opt to get the peppermint scent. 

Basd Body Wash
When it comes to shower products, I’m surprisingly a minimalist. I rarely use body wash and only use a bar of natural soap to clean the “essentials”. My reason: it’s far too easy to over-wash the skin and strip it of its naturally protective oils –contributing to eczema, irritation, and breakouts.

Not to worry, you won’t be over-drying your skin with Basd body wash. It’s surprisingly creamy (I was expecting a gel consistency) and feels extremely hydrating and silky. Plus, the creme brûlée scent literally makes showering a treat.
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“For those who are sleep deprived (like this new mama!) the coffee aroma is a much needed wake up call before the actual java is brewed! “

Basd Coffee Body Scrub
If you love coffee, you’ll love this! Made out of organic coffee grounds spiked with sweet almond oil and coconut sugar, the Basd scrub not only exfoliates, but moisturizes.

The label warns that it will make a mess, and it’s true. Since scrubbing my bathtub is a chore I try to avoid, I will probably reserve this treat for special occasions. That said, the coffee scrub followed by the body wash and lotion definitely makes for an indulgent shower ritual!   

Basd is one of the many fantastic beauty brands that will be at the Mindful Beauty event hosted by Graydon Skincare on September 28th, 12-7pm at Creeds Coffee Bar (390 Dupont St. Toronto). Admission is free! 

Product Review: Thinksport and Thinkbaby Sunscreen

Thinksport sunscreen

Thinksport sunscreen has become a favourite in our household. This all natural, mineral based sunscreen company has made waves in the consumer market since 2010 when it was top rated by the Environmental Working Group. It’s also the 1st sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care requirements.

Thinksport SPF 50

When my husband was training for his Ironman race last year, I suggested he try Thinksport as an alternative to the chemical options. He definitely put this sunscreen to the test spending hours in the sun, water, and sweating like crazy.

Verdict: Magically it stood the test. It’s water and sweat resistant (didn’t run into his eyes!) and goes on fairly easily. I say “fairly” since it’s still quite thick and takes some time to rub in. It doesn’t leave an ‘icky’ feeling on your hands and isn’t overly greasy. The some-what thick consistency and slight white appearance after application is forgivable in my books since it’s for sporting endeavours and time spent in the water.

Thinkface Sunscreen

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30

I was excited to try Thinksport Everyday face sunscreen since I’m always on the lookout for new and affordable face sunscreens. I was disappointed to find that it contains a derivative of coconut oil (capric tryglyceries) which could be clogging for some skin. I’ve had some trouble with this ingredient in the past, but since my skin has been pretty trouble free (thanks to post-pregnancy hormones), I thought I’d give it a try.

Verdict: Greasier than I hoped. The tint is a bit too dark despite its claim that it blends in with any skin tone (I’m quite fair with cool undertones). Smells great and rubs in fairly easily with no “icky” feeling on left on my hands. My skin did not breakout either! While I won’t be using Thinksport face sunscreen on a day to day basis under my makeup, I will use it for outdoor activities. Rather than using my beloved Consonant face sunscreen (which is $45 a pop for 50ml!), this is far more economical ($20 for 59ml) especially if I need to reapply it. It’s also water resistant (up to 80 minute) and has a higher zinc content (better for warding off UVA rays).

Thinkbaby Sunscreen

Thinkbaby SPF 50

Since the whole family seems to be using this sunscreen, I don’t want to leave baby Izzy out.

Verdict: As far as baby sunscreen goes, Thinkbaby is great! Just like the other versions, it smells nice (like vanilla and orange) and rubs in fairly easily with no ‘icky’ feeling (in other words, I don’t feel like I have to run and wash my hands like I would with other brands). The texture is quite thick but rubs in easily … the hardest part is getting baby to sit still and not scream while I apply it!

Izzy also has sensitive skin and I made sure to do multiple spot tests (a little on his arm repeated for a few days, and on the side of his face). Thankfully, he’s tolerated it well! All in all I really like the ThinkBaby sunscreen. It works really well and I feel confident that I’m not applying harmful ingredients on his skin.

*Note: it’s not recommended to apply sunscreen on infants under the age of 6 months. Always spot test sunscreens to avoid allergic reactions.