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Meet the mother-daughter team behind Birch Babe

A tub of Birch Babe Organic Hydrating Face Cream

 

A tub of Birch Babe Organic Hydrating Face Cream

Debbie Alger did a solo six-month hike from Patagonia to Chile in 2016 that changed her life. “I have always been passionate about the environment and concerned with what goes in and on my body,” she says, but what she saw on her trip was eye-opening. “I saw a lot of waste in Argentina and Chile however while in Patagonia I noticed that everyone was super conscientious about their waste because they were remote.” When she got home she quit her job and began developing clean skin and body care products. She got a diploma in organic skincare formulations and had all of her products certified with CertClean.

During the pandemic in 2020, both of Alger’s daughters (Kelsey and Lindsay) found themselves out of work. “They saw how overwhelmed I was becoming, so we decided to join forces and rebrand Birch Babe. We launched a brand new website, new branding and an Organics Collection in October 2020 and have not looked back since!”

“Each of us has our own departments which I think helps us work together so well. I take care of quality control and formulations of existing and new products, Lindsay is our Studio Director overseeing all inventory, packaging, shipping and store logistics. Kelsey is our Creative Director leading our branding, communications, social media and PR. I really couldn’t have continued without them, we really are the dream team and growing steadily.

You can see more in our Brand Video ‘Connected’.”

Learn more about Birch Babe, the brand’s best-selling products and how it feels to be a Clean Beauty Awards finalist.

Why did you create your brand?

In the beginning, it was a way for me to make clean, toxin-free products for myself, my friends and my family. Once it started to gain momentum and positive feedback I was motivated to provide these same products to other like-minded people. Creating a collection of everyday products that are plastic or package-free, refillable and made in Canada with premium and carefully curated ingredients is what drives me now.

Why do you think your product was chosen as a Clean Beauty Awards finalist?

That’s a great question!

We are so honoured and super excited (literally, our dance video here!) to have three of our products as finalists! (our Organic Hydrating Face Cream came in 2nd, our All Natural 100% Mineral Sunscreen came in 3rd and our Lip & Cheek Tint came in 4th place). I can’t name one reason why, but I can think of a mix of reasons why we think we were chosen.

One is that we work very hard to ensure we use ethically sourced, premium, and vegan ingredients. We also take the time and invest months and develop hundreds of iterations to fine tune each recipe! During this time we reach out to our community and ask for feedback and thoughts to ensure each product is a collaborative effort so we can feel good about creating something that can work for most people. We then get everything chemist approved and certified “clean” by CertClean (of course!).

I think overall it’s the effort, handmade quality and love that goes into each of our products that helped judges want to vote for us.

Why did you create this product? What need were you fulfilling?

It originally started as a desire to live a cleaner and healthier lifestyle for myself and my family and friends.

It’s now evolved and we truly believe and feel that we’ve created Birch Babe not just to make another skincare brand but to help as many people as possible make easy lifestyle choices for the better health of their bodies and our planet.

Would you say this is your best-selling product? If not, what is and why?

We have over 47 products and they all sell to different consumers and retail stores for different reasons so there are a few “Best Sellers”.

Our Lip & Cheek Tints are definitely a bestseller alongside the All Natural, Plastic Free Mascara. These are 2 very sensitive areas that can be damaged or infected very easily. We use safe ingredients that are Certified All Natural, organic and sustainably sourced. The Lip & Cheek Tints are fun and easy to wear as well as safe for kids. The All Natural Mascara is a great plastic-free alternative that really works and is great for sensitive skin.

What are the ingredients of this product and what do they do?

The ingredients in the Lip & Cheek Tints are organic (90%), ethically sourced and vegan.

Each colour is infused for days with several herbs and oils to ensure we extract all of their benefits to soothe and moisturize lips. Herbs include comfrey, chamomile, yarrow, echinacea, sea buckthorn, calendula, rosemary and lemon balm. Luxurious oils for skin are grapeseed, rosehip, castor, vitamin E and shea butter.

The mica helps with the colour and is sustainably and ethically sourced from North America.

What does being named as a finalist mean to you?

Being a finalist is such an honour and to us means that all the hard work and effort our entire team has done over the last few years is all worth it. We have always strived to create the best, high quality products so we are so happy that others agree.

Why is being a clean beauty brand important?

What we put into and on our skin has a direct impact on the health of our bodies and the plant. We only have one of each and so it’s extremely important we treat them with respect, care and love so we can live happy and healthy lives.

What’s next for your brand?

There’s so much!

To name a few, in the new year we are excited to be able to offer a 100% Plastic Free Collection of products (right now we are about 90% plastic-free overall) that will remove our sprayers and droppers. We will also be launching a new line of fragrance-free products.

In addition, we can’t say who right now however soon you may be able to find us in a few big retailers (fingers crossed!).

Love Birch Babe’s Lip & Cheek Tint? Discover more top-performing clean makeup products.

 

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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!

 

Influencers love this nourishing and weightless natural face cream

Pura Botanicals' Princess Clementine Lite lotion with Clean Beauty Awards' finalist badge

Princess Clementine Lite is a nourishing daily face lotion that offers calming and balancing properties. While light enough for daily use, it still works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Enriched with antioxidants, vitamin E, calendula and coconut extract, this face cream improves the skin’s texture and replenishes moisture without an oily, heavy texture.

Pura is a natural skincare line that handcrafts all of their skincare, body care, baby care, and botanical perfume. They are committed to sustainability and safety, creating their potions with earth-friendly, nutrient-rich, non-toxic, gluten-free, and cruelty-free ingredients. Aside from being incredibly safe for our planet and our skin, Pura relies on innovation, using “high performance” plant-based ingredients.

Princess Clemintine Lite is just as described; super lightweight. It has an incredible scent that influencers are loving. Influencers, Sarah Rathsack from mymigrainelife, Jaime Slavin, and Megan te Boekhorst thesequoialife weighed in on this weightless face lotion.

“Princess Clementine Lite smells like sherbert in a soft nourishing lotion.”

says Rathsack who has sensitive skin who also battles migraines and shares her healthy living adventures through her lifestyle blog, My Migraine Life.

Jaime, a Registered Dietitian based in Toronto, with combination skin described it as

“Light, sweet and gently moisturizing. The scent is not too overpowering, given the vanilla which usually bothers me.”

Te Boekhorst, with acne-prone skin, is a certified life coach, therapeutic art coach and a fierce mental health advocate who believes in the power of skin-care rituals to help release stress; she also loved the scent.

“Such a unique smell. An enchanting scent that starts the day off right.”

Pura Botanicals' Princess Clementine Lite lotion - Lifestyle shot with pink leaves

Looking for an ultra lightweight face cream that can still reduce fine lines and wrinkles? The Princess Clemintine Lite face lotion is great for all skin types and was a finalist in the Clean Beauty Awards for Face Creams — out of 40+ face creams in the clean beauty sector!

But how are the ingredients? Here you go:

Deionized aqua (water), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Emulsifying waxGlycerinLeuconostoc (radish root) ferment filtrate, Stearic acidGlyceryl stearateCaprylic/Capric triglycerideCetyl alcoholAloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, Citrus nobilis (clementine) peel oil, mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit oil, Chamomilla recutita (chamomile) flower extract, Allantoin (derived from the comfrey plant), Xanthan gumAnthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil, Rosa moschata (rosehip) seed oil, Calendula officinalis (calendula) fruit oil and Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil

The product proudly carries the CertClean certification, indicating that the product is formulated without 1400+ harmful ingredients.

To complement this lotion, see some of the top facewashes in the clean beauty sector!

 

 

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CertClean
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!

 

The Natural Face Serum That Will Restore Skin Elasticity

Gachala Skincare Amazonian Goddess Luxury Facial Serum sits on a wooden surface next to Gachala Skincare Divina Luxurious Body Serum.

Gachala Skincare Amazonian Goddess Luxury Facial Serum sits on a wooden surface next to Gachala Skincare Divina Luxurious Body Serum.

In a world of big beauty promises, it’s exciting to find a product that delivers, especially one that’s natural and features organic ingredients. Gachala Skincare Amazonian Goddess Luxury Facial Serum is an anti-aging, hydrating, skin-plumping product made with Sacha Inchi, a rare South American rainforest plant known as the “food of the gods.” Rich in essential fatty acids and linoleic acid, it restores skin’s moisture barrier and protects it from free radicals. It’s a bit of a miracle ingredient. No wonder it was a finalist in the Clean Beauty Awards.

As Gachala founder Karen Forero says, “Sacha Inchi protects against the damaging effects of sun exposure, regulates oil production, maintains elasticity, soothes and prevents inflammation, promotes softness, smoothness and suppleness, hydrates the skin without clogging the pores, helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and is gentle enough to use on all skin types.”

And Forero has some serious fans. Beauty influencers and bloggers Taylor Doucette of blog When I’m Older and Jessica Williams of Feel More Gooder agree that Amazonian Goddess Luxury Facial Serum is indeed worthy of goddesses. “It’s a great smelling, lightweight oil!” says Doucette. Williams with combination skin says, “Sweet, fruity and uplifting, this serum is a skin awakening experience. Just a dab for the whole face sinks into the skin effortlessly.”

And the ingredients? See the full list here:

Organic Carrier Oils of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia Volubilis), Chia Seed (Salvia Hispanica), Buriti (Mauritia flexuosa), Primrose (Oenothera biennis L.), Borage (Borago officinalis), PHYO-Lumina Liposome Complex, PHYTO-Bioactive Calendula (Calendula officinalis) triple Infused Blend, Acerola (Malpighia emarginata) Berries Extract, Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) Hydrosol, Oat Silk amino acids, Coco Betaine, Olivem 1000, Fresh Plant Chlorophyll, PHYTO-Preserve Polyphenols Complex, PHYTO-Bioactive Essential Oils Blend containing Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Frangipani (Plumeria acutifolia) & Lavender (Lavandula officinalis).

According to Forero, 100% of these ingredients are from natural origin and 97% of the total ingredients have organic origin in the Amazon Rainforest. Is this a brand you can get behind? Want to learn more about Gachala Skincare? Read Taking inspiration from the rainforest: Why Gachala Skincare’s Amazonian Goddess Serum is a Clean Beauty Award finalist.

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CertClean
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!

 

The All-in-One Essence Influencers are Raving About

A bottle of DrLOUIE Revitalizing All-In-One Essence.

A bottle of DrLOUIE Revitalizing All-In-One Essence.

Face oils are now well known for their nourishing, moisturizing and even healing properties but like any skincare product, not all are created equal. All-in-One Essence from DrLOUIE is quickly becoming a fan favourite and for good reason. It is a toner, serum and moisturizer all in one, tightening, firming and hydrating for beautiful, youthful skin.

With a focus on anti-aging and preservation, DrLOUIE’s innovative and natural skincare line works by maximizing the skin’s natural ability to heal itself. Using carefully selected, natural and non-toxic ingredients, the line includes simple but effective anti-aging products. All of the products in the skincare line maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier and are intended to balance and heal.

A finalist in the face oil category of the 2021 Clean Beauty Awards, the All-in-One Essence is rich in Vitamins C, E, B2, B5, and Hyaluronic Acid, leaving skin with a healthy glow. Influencers love it for mature, dry skin and adore the fact that it is an all-in-one product that actually works. Influencers are loving the brightening, long-lasting hydration and tightening effects. Read for yourself the raving reviews that some of the Awards’ judges give for this timeless product.

“This product feels amazing on my skin and even though it feels a little bit sticky at first, it goes away as it absorbs. My skin felt very even, and made my makeup look flawless.” Says Luisa Chaves (@living_ananda), clean beauty, sustainable fashion and conscious living blogger who has sensitive skin.

“Great summer moisturizer. My husband kept stealing this one. It’s light and fresh and leaves your skin dewy.” Says Adria Vasil (@adriavasil), best-selling author of the Ecoholic book series and a longtime environmental journalist.

And the ingredients? The product has been certified by CertClean – see the full ingredient list here:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Arginine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Mannitol, Sodium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract, Dextrin, Ferulic Acid

For more elixir and essence options, see the Top 10 natural face oils for a glowing complexion.

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CertClean
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!

 

Green Beauty Influencers Are Talking About This Natural Eye Shadow

mg naturals' taupe eyeshadow in powdered form with Finalist Clean Beauty Awards Badge

A runner-up in the eye colour category of the 2021 Clean Beauty Awards, MG Naturals Matte Eye Shadow gives a youthful burst of colour even for the most sensitive eyes. The matte shades are perfect for those who don’t want any sheen to their shadow. Made with fair trade ingredients and formulated without talc, titanium dioxide, synthetics or fillers, this eyeshadow is long-lasting, crease-proof, sweat proof and 100% natural.

MG Naturals was founded on the belief that makeup should be hydrating, soothing & healing just like your skincare, not loaded with petrochemicals, potential carcinogens, free radicals & nasty fillers. Founder, Kailah is committed to creating beautiful makeup that is healthy, non-irritating and made with only the best ingredients. “MG naturals make up doesn’t cover up your imperfections, but actually works on healing & soothing, to reveal your best skin ever.”

mg naturals' taupe eyeshadow in powdered form

 

Made on the purest & most soothing ingredients that can be found on the market today. Influencers are loving that they blend easily and are 100% safe for their skin & health. Influencers, Alex Marie Santos, Caitie Anisman-Reiner and  Renata Vosyliene had a few things to say about this newly popular makeup.

“Texture was almost silky to be a loose powder which I really liked! The shade I have is taupe and it’s a very ashy/neutral tone which is beautiful. Applied nicely and pigmented!” says Alex Marie Santos who has acne-prone skin.

Caitie Anisman-Reiner, the voice behind Naturalla Beauty, is a long time clean beauty advocate with combination skin says mg natural’s taupe eyeshadow is “a great mid-toned crease shade — nicely pigmented, applies smoothly, and blends out easily”.

There are 12 beautiful shades to choose from:

 

Showing 6 shades of mg naturals' eyeshadowShowing 6 brown/neutral shades of mg naturals' eyeshadow

What about the ingredients?

Popular blogger (Green Life in Dublin) in Ireland who pays special attention to ingredients in personal care products gives her thumbs up on the formulation, “Nice minimal ingredients” says Renata; the product is certified by CertClean, and it is free from titanium dioxide and nano-particulates; the ingredient list is: zinc oxide, mica, kaolin clay, and iron oxides.

Something important to note is that the product is also free from d-alpha Tocopheryl, a natural antioxidant that is often recognized as the most effective form of vitamin E which protects the skin’s natural barrier, help retain the skin’s moisture and protect the skin from free radical damage. Despite these positive qualities of this natural vitamin E, Kailah chose to remove this vitamin E from their formulations because most natural vitamin E oil is derived from wheatgerm, a potential irritant for those with wheat or gluten sensitivities. So mg naturals decided to formulate without natural vitamin E in order to provide non-irritating eyeshadow for everyone.

Looking for more eye makeup without harsh ingredients?  See the Top 11 natural eye makeup products for daily or dramatic looks.

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CertClean
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!

 

The Natural Eye Cream Influencers Love

Modere's cellproof eyecream with Clean Beauty Awards winner badge

Cellproof Eye Cream

It is no surprise that eye cream is central to any anti aging and age prevention regimen. Finding one that truly works and is free from the nasty ingredients of modern day cosmetics used to be a challenge. Modere’s Cellproof(R) Eye Cream is just what social media influencers and bloggers have been looking for. It smooths and firms the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a radiant, youthful appearance.

Modere is known for their wide range of products. Not simply committed to skin care and beauty, their range of  beauty and personal care, nutrition and household essentials are all formulated without the use of thousands of controversial chemicals and compounds. This holistic live clean brand is committed to researching and developing science-based formulas that are safe and effective to support optimal overall wellness.

Modere’s Cellproof Eye Cream was the winner in the eye care category of the 2021 CertClean Clean Beauty Awards. Unlike other eye creams that only target one or two signs of tired eyes, CellProof Eye Cream addresses all of the most common visible signs of aging with a lightweight formula that gently hydrates, lifts, and depuffs the look of delicate under-eye skin. The results that influencers Emily Elliot, Liz Mimran and Shae experienced were impressive.

“I really loved this product. The packaging makes the application easy and looks high-end. I found my dark circles reduced in just one week. The product is so soft and leaves you with a nice after touch,”

says Emily Elliot, a nutritional herbalist and yoga teacher devoted to soulful living.

“Reduced puffiness in just one week! Gorgeous product that makes you feel…well gorgeous!”

says Liz Mimran who has combination skin and is the brains behind Smells like a Green Spirit, a resource to those navigating a greener lifestyle.

“Absorbs easily, a cream-gel hybrid that works for lines. The tube packaging is a good idea because it allows to properly dispense the right amount of product, in addition to being more hygienic. A softening and plumping eye cream that does its job,”

says Shae who runs Shae Necessities, a sustainable lifestyle blog for the eco-chic.

And the ingredients? Here is the full list:

Water(aqua), sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, leuconostoc/radish root fermant filtrate, C15-19 alkane, hydrogenated vegetable oil, aminopropyl menthyl phosphate, polyglyceryl-6 laurate, caffeine, tetrasodium glutamate, diacetate, polyglycerin-6, punica granatum seed extract, sorbitan oleate, coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract, sorbitan isostearate, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, sodium hydroxide.

If you are looking for a highly recommended eye cream, consider this award-winning product. For more eye cream options, see Top 10 natural eye care products for refreshed-looking eyes.

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CertClean
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!

 

Influencers Love this Clarifying Elixir

Pure + Simple's Clarifying Elixir with Finalist Clean Beauty Awards badge

This elixir is a product beauty experts have dreamed of. Thankfully Pure + Simple made it a reality. Pure +Simple’s clarifying elixir is a miracle-working product that targets and treats imperfections and visible signs of aging to reveal a healthy, youthful glow. Infused with skin rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory actives, this dual-action potion is a one-step solution to clear, nourished skin.

Pure + Simple is an all-natural skincare brand and wellness spa for customers seeking products and services that are consistent with their healthy natural lifestyle. The Pure + Simple skincare philosophy is based on Ayurveda, a holistic health modality from India that emphasizes the relationship between the mind, body, + spirit. Proudly Canadian, this brand was founded by a mother and daughter team and continues to make strides in beauty, skincare and holistic health and wellbeing, using their research and experience to effectively solve skincare beauty issues.Pure + Simple's Clarifying Elixir with Finalist Clean Beauty Awards badge

A runner-up in the face serum category of the 2021 Clean Beauty Awards, Pure + Simple’s Clarifying Face Elixir is a dual-purpose treatment that not only targets imperfections, but also visible signs of aging. Influencers Lu from A Life of Lovely and Emily Von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life had a few things to say about this lovely floral serum.

Lu says “You only need a small amount.  I love the mixture of all the floral oils and it smells beautiful.”.

“Loved it! This serum has a dense list of powerful plant medicines that hydrate and nourish the skin. Smells great.” Says Emily von Euw..

What are these powerful plant ingredients that Lu speaks of? See the ingredient list here:

Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, Cymbopogon martinii v. motia (palmarosa) leaf oil*, Rosa canina (rosehip) seed extract*, Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) fruit extract*, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) resin extract, Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed extract*, Santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil*, Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) flower oil*, Nardostachys chinensis (spikenard) root oil, Krameria triandra (rhatany) root extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, Commiphora abyssinica (myrrh) resin extract, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*

* denoting organic ingredients

If you can get behind these ingredients, then try this highly recommended face serum — afterall, it was deemed a finalist out of over 60 other competing face serums!

To complement the face serum with a face mask, see 30+ natural face masks for intensive skincare.

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CertClean
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!

 

This Two-In-One Mist Is A Skincare Minimalist’s Dream

Pure + Simple's Clarifying Willow Bark with 1st place Clean Beauty Awards badge

Pure + Simple's Clarifying Willow Bark with 1st place Clean Beauty Awards badge

Pure + Simple’s Minimalist line is perfect for mature skin and for people who want to keep their skincare routines simple. Their Minimalist Clarifying Willow Bark toner is the 2021 winner of the Clean Beauty Awards in the toner/mist category but it does so much more. This toner and mist clarifies, balances and hydrates skin while gently cleansing, reducing the signs of aging and the appearance of blackheads. Users see improved elasticity, a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and radiant, glowing skin.

As Pure + Simple founder Jean Eng says, “the needs for antiaging skincare seem polar opposite to the needs of oily or combination skin. Solutions for the two needs are easily solved separately. But since people with oily or combination skin tend to age without losing their concerns about blemishes and enlarged pores, our Minimalist Clarifying Willow Bark help them solve their skin concerns in a simple ‘minimalist’ manner.”

And US-based ingredient conscious influencer Sara Lebaron who loves sharing all things beauty with her Instagram community (@sara_lebaron) agrees.

“I appreciate the fine mister and of course the beautiful ingredients in this toner. Generally, I wouldn’t call toners a necessity in a minimalist routine but the ingredients make it a huge benefit for most skin types! I loved incorporating this mist into my routine.”

And why does ingredient-conscious influencer give her thumbs up on the ingredients? See the list of ingredients here:

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) pulp water*, alcohol*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf /flower water, lactobacillus ferment, Salix nigra (willow) bark extract, propanediol, rhamnose, glucose, glucuronic acid, glycerin*, ribes nigrum (blackcurrant) leaf extract*, rubus idaeus (raspberry) leaf extract*, beta glucan, levulinic acid, sodium levulinate

*denotes organic Ingredients

Want to learn more about Eng and her Canadian natural skincare line? Read Pure + Simple’s two-in-one clarifying elixirs treat both acne and signs of aging.

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CertClean
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!

 

This Award-Winning Nail Balm Comes In The Best Packaging

Woman using okanagan's sage nail balm

Okanagan's sage nail balm with 2nd place Clean Beauty Awards badge

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is a family business known for its home-grown, award-winning beauty, bath and body products that are also certified by CertClean. Grown on an old apple orchard, Okanagan harvests 60 different kinds of lavender and many different herbs.

The company’s Sage Nail Balm won 2nd place in the Clean Beauty Award this year in the body care category. For a product that moisturizes and strengthens weak nails to come second in a category full of luxurious body butters, serums and soufflés, it has to be pretty great. As Okanagan founder Andrea McFadden says “it is created with pure nourishing ingredients including organic, unrefined Fair Trade shea nut butter, organic jojoba oil, organic Fair Trade coconut oil, beeswax from our neighbour whose bees forage daily at our farm. There are five essential oils in this balm and four of them are grown and distilled at the farm.” It’s obviously an exceptional product.

A person with long dark hair applies Okanagan Sage Nail Balm to her fingernail. She is wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.

Out of over 40 body care products in the Clean Beauty Awards, this product came in 2nd place. But what makes it stand out even more? As Toronto-based ethical luxury beauty influencer Natalie Milakara of the blog The Purist Life says, “I loved that the twist-top package is biodegradable! I’ve been trying to reduce my plastic consumption, so this was much appreciated.”

A natural beauty product made from organic and fair trade ingredients in packaging that turns back into earth? It doesn’t get much better than that. See the ingredient list:

horsetail* infused organic coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, certified Fair Trade, organic, unrefined shea nut butter, local beeswax, pure essential oils of frankincense, sage*, lavender*, lemongrass* and rose geranium*

* denotes farm grown and or distilled

Want to learn more about Okanagan? Read more in The apple orchard that launched a beauty business: meet the founder of Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm.

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CertClean
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!

 

Influencers Are Loving This Organic Face Wash

Carina Organics' Facewash with 3rd place Clean Beauty Awards badge

Face wash is a staple for anyone’s skincare routine. Discovering a product that is natural, organic and clears away makeup and impurities gently and effectively is akin to discovering the fountain of youth. Carina Organics Face Wash is a synthetic and scent-free face wash that is gentle enough for daily use and formulated with certified organic plant, vegetable, and fruit extracts.

Carina Organics aims to provide the cleanest possible products for your body. Their products are natural, full of medicinal organics and created using only the healthiest, most nourishing ingredients – they have taken the steps to get their products certified by CertClean. Taking great pride in using the highest quality ingredients possible in their formulations, a personal “hands-on” approach is taken when selecting and harvesting the proper tree essences, herbs, plants, fruits, flowers and vegetables. With a distinct focus on holistic remedies, purity, craft and quality, all Carina products are manufactured by hand on the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Third place in the face wash category of the 2021 Clean Beauty Awards, Carina Organics Face wash gently clears away unwanted oils, makeup, and impurities, while restoring the natural pH of your skin. According to some of the judges on the judging panel, that isn’t the only thing to love about this product.

Carina Organics' Facewash with 3rd place Clean Beauty Awards badge

Penny Ma, environmentalist and lawyer who is a big believer in eco-conscious and natural skincare loves the product.

“The bottle is simple and no-frills, but the product is true to what it describes itself to be. Its unscented and hypoallergenic properties make this the perfect choice for a daily face wash. A dependable face wash for everyday use that gets the job done with clean ingredients.”

Ronit Soroksky, Founder of Leagueofmoms.com loves to share reviews and amazing products with her community.

“I really love this product and I found myself drawn to it daily. Easy to use, light and gentle on my skin and my face felt clean after each use.”

Tracey Tang who has combination skin and is looking for a product to help said,

“The product left the skin feeling clean and hydrated. This could easily be part of my everyday routine.”

So for those in search of a gentle, cleansing face wash with all of the benefits of natural botanicals and none of the typical harsh and toxic ingredients found in traditional skincare, this award-winning product is the one for you. See the ingredients for yourself:

Filtered Aqua, Potassium Cocoate (saponified Cocos nucifera / coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable), Pinus banksiana (pine) extract, Magnesium Chloride (Magnesium Oil), Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Matricaria chamomilla (chamomile) flower extract, Urtica dioca (nettle) leaf extract, Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) leaf extract, Trifolium pratense (clover) flower extract, Acetic Acid (Apple Cider Vinegar).

Looking for more natural skincare? Discover the Top 10 natural face washes for clean skin with clean ingredients.

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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!

 

Clean Beauty Awards - Discover Honest Reviews Of Non Toxic & Organic Skincare