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How to shop for a clean perfume

Did you know that the gifting of perfume goes back to ancient times? In Ancient Rome, perfume was viewed as a symbol of wealth and power. Perfume is STILL one of the most popular gifts to give on special occasions and around the holidays and for a good reason – it can evoke pretty powerful emotions. I’m not a fan of the ingredients found in synthetic fragrance or the lack of transparency that goes with them. However, I believe that fragrance is a beautiful thing as a long as you know…

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How to Brighten Your Skin Naturally

As your biological clock ticks towards your middle age, one of the visible signs you may notice on your skin is hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation manifests majorly as melasma, but you may also observe other telltale signs such as age spots, sun damage, uneven skin tone, and dark patches. In this post, I’ll share all my tips on how to brighten your skin naturally as…

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My Favourite Mineral Sunscreen

With the weather warming up, it’s really important to have a good mineral sunscreen that can work well with or without makeup.  Sunscreen like many cosmetic products can be very personal in terms of texture, finish, and smell.  When it comes to mineral sunscreen, the white cast left behind by the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can scare people off.  For this reason, women spend a lot of time and money trying to find their favourite mineral sunscreen.  A good sunscreen needs to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays but also feel great on your skin. Have a look …

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Gentle Skincare for Acne Prone Skin

One thing about acne is that it is always going to rear its ugly head. And when it does, anyone can be affected no matter of age or gender. Acne comes in many forms: blackheads, pimples, whiteheads, hormonal acne, cystic acne, backne, and even in recent years, maskne. However, with the right gentle skincare for acne prone skin, your skin can start…

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Why your skin needs natural Retinol

Retinol is one of the most talked about anti-aging ingredients and for a good reason! Also known as vitamin A, retinol can repair and rejuvenate the skin beautifully. However, not everyone can use the conventional vitamin A products that are found on many cosmetic store shelves.  This is why natural retinol products…

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Switch to Green Beauty in 3 Easy Steps

If you’ve been successful at cutting through the industry noise and switched over to green products, you’re ahead of most consumers.  For many, making the switch is mind-boggling because of the overwhelming number of products available and marketing ploys of various brands.  So, how do you switch to green beauty without the overwhelm? Here are some tips…

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How to choose the best facial serum

One question I frequently get from my clients is about the differences between oil serums and water serums.  “Which one is best for my skin?” This is an important question, but can be confusing to answer with so many products on the market! In this blog, I want to help you understand the difference between water serums and oil serums in order to guide you to find the best facial serum for your skin. Oil serums and water serums do different things for the skin, and they target different concerns. Identifying the best facial serum for your skin’s needs can …