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Founder Spotlight: An Interview with Elaine Li from Iremia Skincare

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Two of the best face creams in the clean beauty industry: Iremia Skincare’s Soothing Lotion & Protective Cream

Iremia Skincare is a Toronto-based, cruelty-free, small-batch skincare line created by CPG brand veteran, Elaine Li. After years of working in corporate marketing, Elaine went on a personal quest to create something that would work for her sensitive skin and launched a soothing skincare line. Named after the Greek word for calm, Iremia Skincare has been created to provide a solution for those who have highly sensitive skin and offers a luxurious yet conscious and calming solution for the entire family.

After hearing Elaine’s story behind each award-winning product, and why she decided to start Iremia Skincare you’ll love her as much as we do.

What inspired you to start your business?

Finding something that was suitable for my reactive and sensitive skin, and that I could also use while pregnant and on my small child was the driving factor. I had rosacea and eczema, and had taken prescription medications, used prescription creams, used natural and non-natural products to try to calm my skin with no success and was determined to find something that would fit all my needs. I was also coming out of two miscarriages and was watchful and sensitive of the ingredients I needed (and wanted) to avoid.

In your journey of creating natural products, what were some roadblocks or issues that you were faced with?

Finding suitable ingredients, especially when it comes to keeping the products fresh, for my extremely reactive skin has been a big challenge. I have been known to react to ingredients that may be ‘safe’ for sensitive skin, so finding the right ingredients in combination with the formula can be a very long process. We take a slower approach to creating new products, taking our time to look for the right ingredients, to perfect the formulas and packaging and test it on our skin!

Your products are Top 3 for the 5th Clean Beauty Awards – can you tell us more about these products?

Our Soothing Lotion was the first product that we formulated. Working with an incredible chemist, it’s the perfect solution to sensitive skin but also acts as an anti-ageing moisturizer. Our products need to have multiple purposes in order to cut down the number of products we use on our sensitive skin, which is part of our ethos. It has an incredibly smooth texture and calming scent and really helps calm redness while smoothing out pores, wrinkles and fine lines. It’s our best seller.

As a formulator, you must have some special love for some ingredients. What are your favourites?

Sea buckthorn oil is one of my personal favourites. It has so many nutrients and vitamins that are beneficial to your skin and your health. It has been used for centuries to treat burns and scars, and is rich in essential fatty acids, tocopherols, phytosterols, and carotenes. It’s one of the 11 oils we use in the Restorative Facial Oil and contributes to the improvement of scars and healing.

Another favourite ingredient isn’t widely talked about but it’s African Mahogony Tree Bark extract. It’s our star ingredient in our Soothing Lotion, our newest award-winner, making it extra special. African mahogany is a medium-sized tree which can grow up to 15-20 m height. It’s bark and wood is valued in traditional medicine where it originates from and widely used against fever caused by malaria, and against stomach complaints, diarrhea, dysentery and anemia. We wanted to include it as part of our Soothing Lotion as it is proven to have multi-dimensional anti-ageing efficacy on improving skin elasticity, smoothing effect on pores and reducing fine lines and wrinkles, making our product multifunctional.

In studies, after 28 days of treatment with African Mahogany Tree Bark extract, a 9.6% improvement of immediate elasticity was observed. This improvement was confirmed after 56 days of treatment, with an 11.6% improvement over placebo. It has also shown a 13% and 16.2% improvement of crow’s feet wrinkle area and volume respectively, after 56 days of treatment. It improves wrinkle area and volume, smoothing of pores and fine lines, for a complete rejuvenating effect.

We absolutely love the ethos of Iremia Skincare. Can you tell us more?

Our ethos is propped up by three pillars that help us make decisions – conscious impact, mental health, and calming wellness. These break down into choosing quality over quantity (minimal approach), positive mental health and balance, and calming holistic wellness that fuels our search for ingredients that help with soothing our skin.

Our creation process is long. It’s driven by questioning our needs and if we truly need to add something to our product line. With consumerism at a high, we want to take a different approach and slow things down. From our quest to search for ingredients that are non-GMO that can help calm our skin, support and nurture it, to whether we can incorporate it into our rituals and routines, even to the quality of our packaging, we make sure our products can contribute to your sense of well-being.

In the end, we look forward to contributing towards your journey, whatever that may look like and wherever you are in it. Our hope is to help evoke a complete sense of calm into your daily beauty routine.

Thank you Elaine for sharing your powerful story behind Iremia Skincare. Thank you for creating top quality products revolved around holistic wellness and balance, that is meant to soothe us! Round of applause!

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See the winners below!

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Soothing Lotion

2020 FaceCream 1st Place Winner

Price: $58 CAD

Iremia Skincare Protective Cream

Protective Cream

2020 FaceCream 2nd Place Winner

Price: $58 CAD

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Product Spotlight: Iremia Skincare Soothing Lotion is the best all-in-one moisturizer

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Iremia Skincare Soothing Lotion is in the spotlight.

Do you want to take your skincare to the next level? Then check out Iremia Skincare Soothing Lotion!

Iremia Skincare is a Toronto-based, small-batch skincare line created by hypersensitive skin, rosacea and eczema sufferer, Elaine Li. Formulated with natural ingredients, Iremia Skincare helps soothe and help manage sensitive skin, offering a luxurious yet minimalistic collection for the entire family.

Why is the Soothing Lotion so incredible?

Our Soothing Lotion is our best seller! It’s popular with those who are looking for an all-in-one moisturizer that soothes your skin while providing anti-ageing support. It’s even gentle enough for use around the eyes, cutting out the need for extra products.

What does the product do? How does it work?

Using a unique blend of natural calming ingredients, our velvety smooth Soothing Lotion helps soothe and calm the warmth often associated with sensitive skin, leaving it comfortable, moisturized and soft. Blended with African Mahogany Tree Bark Extract, an ingredient that is proven to improve skin elasticity, stimulate collagen production and smooth out fine lines, pores and wrinkles, it is an all-in-one multitasker.

Tell us more about the key ingredients! What are the benefits?

Our key ingredients in our Soothing Lotion, and most of our products, revolve around helping to calm the skin and reduce inflammation. For example, we use aloe, calendula, Manuka honey, shea butter and beeswax in this formula to really infuse your skin with vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and flavonoids. They are nourishing, hydrating and so important for the strengthening of compromised skin. Our African Mahogany tree bark extract rounds it out by providing anti-ageing support to help with fine lines, pores and wrinkles. So what you get in the end is a product that helps you achieve multiple goals.

What inspired you to create this product?

Our Soothing Lotion was the first product that we formulated. It came to me as I was coming out of my miscarriages, and encountered a negative reaction to another product I was using to try and help with my eczema and rosacea. It was also after years of doctors and dermatologists telling me they didn’t know what was wrong with the raised, red patch on my face and had put me on oral and topical steroids. I was frustrated and decided to create something from scratch that would help with my skin. I was fortunate enough to find an amazing chemist at the time, and after about a year and a half of working off the ingredients I had in my head, testing and refining, we were able to get the formula right. Our products are formulated with non-GMO ingredients, and we take a very slow and meticulous approach to the creation process. It really speaks to the ethos of the brand, to be mindful of if we really need to add more to our routine. How can we simplify without sacrificing efficacy? How can we best deliver what our skin needs without adding more to our routine (so we can spend time indulging in what we already have)? These are some of the questions I ask myself early on in the formulation stage.

Who loves this product? Who is it made for?

Many people who have sensitive skin or experience redness, rosacea and/or eczema have benefited and felt relief from using our Soothing Lotion. Also, those who are looking to simplify their routine, but without compromising quality and efficacy when it comes to anti-ageing effects. It constantly delivers results and leaves your skin so soft and healthy-looking.

Thank you Iremia Skincare for sharing more about your Soothing Lotion!

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Product Spotlight: Elevé Cosmetics’ Organic Golden Beauty Oil will level up your skincare regime!

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Elevé Cosmetics’ Organic Golden Beauty Oil is in the spotlight!

Do you want to take your skincare to the next level? Then check out Elevé Cosmetics’ Organic Golden Beauty Oil!

Elevé Cosmetics is a nontoxic, indie beauty brand with a mission of spreading wellness through beauty. All of the products are made in small batches with hand-selected ingredients, many of which are clinically proven to promote skin health and anti-aging.

We jumped at the opportunity interview the makers behind this beauty oil. Read on to learn more about what makes this product so incredible, and why it may be a perfect fit for you!

Why is Organic Golden Beauty Oil so incredible?

Elevé Organic Golden Beauty Oil is a bestseller, and we have customers who swear it’s changed the health and vitality of their skin and they won’t be without it.

Tell us more about the key ingredients! What are the benefits?

One of the key ingredients is the extract of Kakadu Plum – a superfruit that contains the highest known concentration of Vitamin C of any single natural food source in the world!

Who loves this product? Who is it made for?

Organic Golden Beauty Oil is perfect for the person who wants to take his or her skincare routine to the next level. A multitasking, highly concentrated oil packed with antioxidants, it addresses every sign of aging in one simple step. Just two drops of this potent blend of supercharged botanicals nourishes and protects all day. It alleviates dryness, stimulates collagen production and is beneficial for all skin types. It also contains 100% organic or wildcrafted ingredients.

Thank you Elevé Cosmetics for sharing more about  your Organic Golden Beauty Oil!

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Winners: The Best Natural Nail Polish of 2020

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Winners: The Best Natural Nail Polish of 2020

Who loves nail polish? We do! It’s a guilty pleasure, because despite how beautiful they can make your nails look, so many of them are overflowing with chemicals and harsh odour that can worsen our nail health. 

But not today! Now you can have beautifully coloured nails, that are free-from harm, because natural nail polish is now available for us to indulge in – without the guilt! So grateful to the brands for making this happen!

This year, Suncoat’s Top Coat Nail Polish takes the cake! News flash – it ranked an average score of 92/100 points in the Clean Beauty Awards. Amazing!

Best Nail Polish:

1. SunCoat Products Inc. – Top Coat Nail Polish

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You’re covered for nail polish, but if you want to really glamour up naturally, check out the list of the best natural eyeliner, mascaras, eye shadows, lip glosses, and lipsticks – here in one place!

Incorporating self-care into our daily routines is more important than ever before. During times of stress and unknown, we need to do everything we can to bring a little bit of joy into our long days at home.

 

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Host of the Clean Beauty Awards

CertClean is North America’s leading certification for safer beauty and personal care products. Learn more about the certification here!

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3 Natural Sun Care Winners of 2020 Clean Beauty Awards

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3 Natural Sun Care Winners of 2020 Clean Beauty Awards

Ahh, the sun. The warm rays that brighten up the sky and our mood, whilst secretly damaging our skin… – wait what!?

We’ve heard it before from our doctors, parents, and friends. It is vital that we protect our skin from the invisible damage caused by the sun’s rays, and even more so as the temperatures get warmer.

Do enjoy the sun safely, by adding a bottle of natural sunscreen that is good for you and for the environment to your skincare regime! These products are proven to be effective for protecting yourself from sun damage.

Here’s this year’s lineup of the best natural best sun care products for you and your family!

Best Sun Care:

1. AROMATICA – Aloe Mineral Sunscreen SPF50/PA++++
2. 3rd Rock Sunblock – 3rd Rock Sunblock Sunscreen Lotion
3. Kaelen Harwell – Sun Salvation

Clean beauty care awards 2020 top three sun care winners

It’s going to be a hot summer this year, so while you protect yourself, make sure you treat yourself to the best natural deodorants to protect yourself from the odour of sweat too!


Incorporating self-care into our daily routines is more important than ever before. During times of stress and unknown, we need to do everything we can to bring a little bit of joy into our long days at home.

 

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Host of the Clean Beauty Awards

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Every year, CertClean hosts the Clean Beauty Awards, where the best in clean beauty is determined by an esteemed panel of judges worldwide!

3 Natural Odour Care Winners of 2020 Clean Beauty Awards

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3 Natural Odour Care Winners of 2020 Clean Beauty Awards

Our underarms, a rather underappreciated part of us that seems to be the source of embarrassment, are actually working hard to protect us! More specifically, they improve our body’s immune system by protecting lymph nodes that are constantly producing immune cells which filter out toxins.

What’s that mean? It means we need to give it some tender loving care, with nontoxic deodorant products of course! Natural odour care products are effective at keeping you dry and keeping the bacteria away from your underarms as you keep up with your exercise routines indoors and outdoors! 

Here are the top-ranked odour care products of this year to support you in keeping fit and staying healthy!

Best Odour Care:

1. EverKind – EverKind Organic Deodorant – Ultra Stick
2. Cleo&Coco – Aluminum Free All Natural Charcoal Deodorant
3. SoulDeo Naturals – Vanilla & Coconut Natural Deodorant

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Natural deodorant is perfect to cover up for a good workout, but what about when you want to impress your friends and loved ones with a delightful scent? That’s a job for natural perfumes and we’ve got the list of the best ones right here.


Everkind is all about doing good for people and the planet too. Their products are certified organic, cruelty-free, and they only use compostable and recyclable packaging. Read about the founder, Amanda-Jane Healy’s story and how she continues her mission to conquer with kindness in all that she does. Kindness really can change everything!

Cruelty-free, waterless, natural, non-toxic, with zero-waste options, Cleo+Coco is dedicated to creating the next generation of revolutionary natural deodorant. The founder behind the award-winning brand, Suzannah Raff, has always had an incredible passion and talent for creating the best smelling scents. Learn more about how Suzannah’s entrepreneurial journey all started!

 

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Host of the Clean Beauty Awards

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Every year, CertClean hosts the Clean Beauty Awards, where the best in clean beauty is determined by an esteemed panel of judges worldwide!

Winners: The Best Natural Perfumes of 2020

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Winners: The Best Natural Perfumes of 2020

Modern perfumes are often formulated with the use of synthetics and chemicals to achieve the interesting scents that they do. And if you guessed it, exposing your skin to synthetics in exchange for smelling like roses may not be the best trade-off.

But not to worry! Natural perfume exists and it’s absolutely fantastic for smelling delightful, without any harm to your body. They’re free-from artificial fragrances, artificial colours, parabens, phthalates, and other chemicals! So treat yourself to your olfactory senses with the best natural perfumes of 2020!

Best Perfume:

1. Aromantik – Tropique Narcotique Natural Perfume Oil
2. Wild Coast Perfumery – Natural eau de perfume
3. Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm – Bloom’ Perfume Balm

Clean beauty awards 2020 winner perfume

So, you’re ready to head out for a perfect date night or a night with friends with your favourite scent on (when the quarantine ends!), but wait… what about your nails? You can never be too ready. Might as well spend a few minutes to paint your nails your favourite colour and coat it with the best natural nail polish of this year!


Incorporating self-care into our daily routines is more important than ever before. During times of stress and unknown, we need to do everything we can to bring a little bit of joy into our long days at home.

 

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Host of the Clean Beauty Awards

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Founder Spotlight: An Interview with Suzannah Raff from Cleo+Coco

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This year, Cleo+Coco’s Aluminum Free All Natural Charcoal Deodorant is Top 3 in CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards!

Cleo+Coco’s Aluminum Free All Natural Charcoal Deodorant is amongst the top performing clean beauty products in the industry! This is no easy feat!

We took the opportunity to interview the brains behind the brand, Suzannah Raff, to learn more about how the journey of Cleo+Coco all started. Cleo+Coco’s next generation of deodorant is natural without compromise. Their mission is to offer you Confidence that your personal care routine is Clean and effective.

Read on to learn more about the incredible story behind Suzannah’s mission, her most loved ingredients, and what makes Cleo+Coco’s products truly award-winning.

What inspired you to start your business?

Years before I developed Cleo+Coco’s award-winning natural deodorants, I was famous among my friends for smelling amazing, mixing and blending perfumes to make my own signature scent. When my father was recovering in the hospital from a serious illness, it was only natural that I found my way to essential oils and their beautiful scents and beneficial properties. I began to use them in my home, health, and wellbeing. Then along came the clean eating movement. Having been taught from a young age to eat healthy and take care of my body, I became an avid student of this clean movement, as well. When I got married and pregnant, I suddenly became very sensitive to and aware of the chemicals that I was putting onto my body. All of my perfumed skin care products and antiperspirants went into the garbage.

I’ll be honest, during this time in my life there was simply no aluminum-free deodorant that I could find to handle my fluctuating hormones, sweat, and odor. Having been known for my great scent over the years, this was not something I was happy about, especially as I was still a newlywed! So, I took out my essential oils and began creating my own deodorant that was natural, free from synthetic fragrance, sensitive enough for pregnant and nursing moms, yet still powerful enough to combat our odor. It took a good year of experimenting with the perfect mix of ingredients to get to the point where we could claim with complete confidence that Cleo+Coco offered all day odor control. Our deodorants work and we have won awards to prove it. Our thousands of happy customers demonstrate that.

Once I created the perfect formula, I had a vision for what deodorant should be. I saw that deodorant should be a product that you love to put on every day. Not just something that we brainlessly tolerate to prevent uncomfortable body odor. I saw that deodorant could feel, look, and smell luxurious.

After all, isn’t a product that we use every day on our sensitive underarms, so close to our delicate breast tissues and glands, critically important? Shouldn’t deodorant be a product that we think long and hard about before applying? Shouldn’t it be made with clean ingredients? And shouldn’t deodorant allow you to feel confident all day long? Confident that you aren’t compromising your wellbeing for effectiveness.

And that’s how Cleo+Coco 2.0, The Next Generation of Deodorant, came about. We had the perfect formula. Now we perfected the creamy application and improved the packaging to offer you the luxury experience you deserve.

Please tell us more about your All Natural Charcoal Deodorant! Why do you think it was so well-loved by Clean Beauty Awards’ judging panel?

We created Cleo+Coco to elevate the natural deodorant experience. We felt that deodorant needed to 1) work. 2) go on creamy clear and not irritate or stain. 3) it should smell uplifting and beautiful without any synthetic fragrance and 4) it should be a luxurious experience. We are the only brand who always used charcoal and magnesium rich clays in our formula because those are the best active ingredients to eliminate odor naturally.

In your journey of creating natural products, what were some roadblocks or issues that you were faced with?

There are a lot of roadblocks to overcome. It was hard to find a manuracturer who could produce the quality and quantity we needed. Today, its hard to fund the growth. The greatest obstacle is greenwashing by larger brands who claim to be natural when they are not. Its so important to read labels and understand that if the first ingreident is water, it is not an active ingredient and you are paying for ‘filler’ and that fragrance is a catch-all for anything synthetic and not natural. Competing with greenwashing from large brands is always difficult but we are proud of how consumers are demanding more authenticity and recognizing these qualities in indie brands like ours.

As a formulator, you must have some special love for some ingredients. What are your favourites?

I love activated charcoal and bentonite clay for their bacteria absorbing properties. They are miracle workers and such a small amount does so much. When my kids are sick I give then a bath with these ingredients and they immediately feel better. I also love essential oils. They are therapeutic and uplifting and antibacterial and give such beautiful aromas without synthetics that can potentially cause harm to your body.

We absolutely love the ethos of your company. Can you tell us more? 

We are cruelty-free, waterless, natural, clean non-toxic and have zero-waste options. We are authentic and transparent. We never use water or filler in our formulations since that introduces a lot of waste and leads to a diluted, less effective product that you need more of to get any results. Our products are very dense and every ingredient is active. We need no synthetic preservatives since there is no water to breed bacteria. We also never use synthetic fragrance but create beautiful soft aromas with only essential oils.

Thank you Suzannah for sharing your powerful story behind Cleo+Coco, and for creating The Next Generation of Deodorant that will propel us towards a healthier, eco-friendly future!

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Learn more about the finalists below!

Cleo+Coco - Charcoal Deodorant

Charcoal Deodorant – Great Expectations, Grapefruit Bergamot

2020 OdourCare 2nd Place

Price: $18

Certifications: Think Dirty 0 rating, cruelty-free

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Founder Spotlight: An Interview with Lisa Strong from aiona alive skin care

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This year, aiona alive skin care’s e-citrus exfoliating cleanser has won first place in CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards!

aiona alive skin care’s e-citrus exfoliating cleanser is amongst the top performing clean beauty products in the industry! This is no easy feat!

We jumped at the opportunity to interview the founder, Lisa, to learn about how it all began.

Hollywood makeup artist and creator, Lisa Strong has been a professional in film and television for 22 years. During her passion for the art, Lisa became aware of the effects of environmental toxins on the skin and was prompted to develop products that feel like a wearable, breathable, moisture mask. It was her goal to develop all natural, organic skincare products that not only reduce the appearance of fine lines, redness and rosacea, but also brings back the skin’s natural PH balance.

Lisa assembled a team of scientists, researchers and formulators together from Canada and Europe to create aiona alive. On her brand vision, Lisa writes: “My mission is to bring the beauty of smooth, glowing, hydrated skin in a healthy range to the forefront of the market. To provide anti aging products that help acne sufferers and bring alkalinity back to even the most sensitive skin.”

Read on to learn more about the incredible story behind Lisa’s mission, her most loved ingredients, and what makes aiona alive absolutely revolutionary.

What inspired you to start your business?

I have been a makeup artist in the film industry for over 20 years. During that time I gained considerable knowledge of the detrimental effects that chemical laden skin care products and cosmetics have on the skin. Which is why I developed an All natural skin care line with high performance ingredients. aiona alive is revolutionary – It brings skin care to a new level, by using a pure form of Collagen from the silver carp fish. This source of collagen is most compatible with our own triple helix, which allows for penetration to the epidermis. Creating a formulation with peptides and silver carp collagen with no petrochemicals and skin irritating preservatives became my mission. I found using these combined ingredients boosted the health of skin and healed skin conditions.

Please tell us more about your e-citrus exfoliating cleanser! Why do you think it was so well-loved by Clean Beauty Awards’ judging panel?

aiona alive e-citrus cleanser stands on its own! It already has a built in natural exfoliator( decyl glucoside). It removes waterproof mascara and all make-up without stripping your skin. It helps clear up mild acne breakouts and heals skin conditions. It has a refreshing natural citrus scent. You do not need a toner, this cleanser does it all!

In your journey of creating natural products, what were some roadblocks or issues that you were faced with?

I found trying to find a clean/green preservation system that could stabilize the collagen and peptides was not an easy task! It took me and my formulators 3 years to research ingredients/preservation systems and finally found a great fit. Definitely more expensive but worth the quality and is rated a 3 and under on the EWG’s skindeep.com.

As a formulator, you must have some special love for some ingredients. What are your favourites?

I love silver carp collagen! This source of collagen is most compatible with our own triple helix. The molecules are small enough which allow for penetration in the epidermis. Collagen plumps the skin and helps heal skin conditions. To add to mix of powerhouse ingredients are peptides! My night cream has 5 peptides; Pentapeptide-31 ( Rejuvenates our stem cells) Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester (Tightens the skin) sh- Hexapeptide-2 ( Improves skin firmness and elasticity) Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 ( Helps to produce more collagen) sh- Pentapeptide-6 ( Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines) Removes Puffiness Increases elastin & Hyaluronic Acid Synthesis You can not forget the healing properties of plant extracts. These ingredients together created a powerful anti-oxidant and natural anti-aging skin care line, that works!!

Thank you Lisa for sharing your powerful story behind aiona alive. Your products are certainly bringing the beauty of smooth, glowing, hydrated skin in a healthy range to the forefront of the market! Well done!

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Learn more about the finalists below!

aiona alive skin care cleanser

e-citrus exfoliating cleanser

2020 FaceWash 1st Place Winner

Price: $45

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Winners: The Best Natural Beard Care of 2020

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Winners: The Best Natural Beard Care of 2020

Need help finding the best natural beard care products? Luckily, more and more brands – clean, natural and organic – are creating products for bearded men.

This year, CertClean created a new category: Beard Care. So to find out which beard balms, creams, oils and serums are worth your hard earned dollars, see these expert picks! Scroll down to find the best beard products in the natural and organic market today:

Best Beard Care:

1. Leaf People Skin Care – Sandalwood and Cypress Face and Beard Oil
2. Bellus – Beard oil concentrate
3. Always Bearded Lifestyle – Beard Conditioning Cream: Bergamot + Ylang Ylang with Distilled Pine Scotch

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Congratulations to all these amazing winners and special thanks to the incredible panel of judges who worked hard to determine the best in clean beauty!

More than ever, supporting indie brands is extremely important; learn more about the mission and history of Leaf People and how the CEO, Julie Levin, is motivated to create products to benefit the community. She’s travelled the world to study herbal medicine, while blending art, science and spirituality together, in order to create truly amazing products to share with the world!

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Host of the Clean Beauty Awards

CertClean is North America’s leading certification for safer beauty and personal care products. Learn more about the certification here!

Every year, CertClean hosts the Clean Beauty Awards, where the best in clean beauty is determined by an esteemed panel of judges worldwide!