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. 

Sappho New Paradigm Mascara

Sappho New Paradigm Mascara | elodiebeauty.com

All natural, vegan mascara 

Canadian company, Sappho recently relaunched their makeup line. The newly formulated and repackaged products are shiny, sleek, and now called, Sappho: New Paradigm.

On a recent trip put of town, I happened to forget all of my makeup (!!), so I figured this was the perfect time to buy and try out the Sappho New Paradigm Mascara.

I was quite pleasantly surprised.

Common problems with natural mascara: 

  • they smudge
  • barely lift or separate lashes
  • stay on TOO well and are hard to take off

Pros: Sappho’s strength is it’s ability to lengthen and separate lashes. The fine bristles on the brush also work to add volume and pick up tiny lash hairs. In terms of smudging, it holds up fairly well. Unless I’m really rubbing my eyes, I don’t notice too much residue under my eyes, even while wearing a creamy concealer.

To remove makeup, I very rarely use a separate product and I was pleased to see that this mascara comes off quite easily with a bit of cream or oil cleanser.

Sappho New Paradigm Mascara | elodiebeauty.com

Cons: It stings slightly when I remove it or accidentally apply it too close to my inner eye lids. I had the same problem with RMS Beauty mascara, but never with W3ll People.

Sappho Paradigm Vegan Mascara is for you if you’re looking for:

  • lengthening
  • smudge resistant, but relatively easy to remove
  • willing to pay $34+ (this is on the higher end of natural mascara)
  • looking for a Canadian brand
Two coats of Sappho mascara on the left side. *please excuse the dark circles under my eyes! #motherhood

Two coats of Sappho mascara on the left side. *please excuse the dark circles under my eyes! #motherhood