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  • What's Unique About Our Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter

    Posted on by Valerie Lonergan

    When we started developing our products we knew that we wanted to incorporate Shea Butter in as many of them as possible.

    Renowned for its moisturizing and soothing qualities, it’s one of our favourite ingredients to use.

    What you may know about our use of shea butter:

    We use organic shea butter in our lip balm, lip tint, goat's milk face and body soap, marshmallow face cream, and Daily Moisture Body Lotion.

    What you may not yet know:

    We obtain our shea butter from a local Quebec company called Karitex, which imports it from the SEMAFO Foundation, a fairtrade womens' coop in Burkina Faso.

    The SEMAFO Foundation funded the construction of a processing and marketing center of shea products for the Women’s Group of Gnogondèmè, and helps female shea butter producers generate significant income for their families.

    Shea butter is made from the one-of-a-kind African Shea Nut Extract Oil derived from the karité tree. (We use it in its purest form -- unprocessed -- which explains the stronger earthy smell, which is by choice.)

    The ensuing recognition and valorization of the shea tree plays a hugely important role in protecting the environment.

    A ripple effect we can proudly get behind

    When Karitex approached us to suggest that our bulk shea butter purchases could have this sort of impact, it was an easy yes.

    We believe each dollar we spend building our business holds a lot of power to shape the future -- this is but one example.

    See the rest of the ingredients we proudly use here.

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  • What does Facial Toner do?

    Posted on by Valerie Lonergan

    Orange Blossom Facial Toner - What does toner do?

    What does facial toner do?

    One thing's for certain: this ain't the harsh blue alcohol toner you may remember from your high school days!

    Our Orange Blossom Facial Toner is refreshing, lightly cleansing and formulated to balance the skin without over drying it. It also restores your skin's pH level to its natural state.

    Why is this so important? The wrong pH value can leave skin vulnerable to acne, sensitivity—even eczema.

    Our ingredients at work:

    Orange blossom water and witch hazel freshen and tone the skin, while aloe vera soothes it. Aspen bark extract helps calm inflammation while extracts of gingko biloba leaf, olive leaf, green, white and rooibos tea leaf offer powerful antioxidant action to help heal and protect the skin.

    Lightly scented with orange blossom flower water and essential oil.

    Learn more about the ingredients we choose here.

    Who can benefit from using it?

    The cleanser, toner and moisturizer are your go-to healthy skin trio for all skin types. It's very gentle on sensitive skin and skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.

    To use it, squeeze a few drops onto a cotton pad and gently wipe your face and neck after washing, before applying moisturizer.

    (TIP: a cotton pad really is the way to go; it gives an extra bit of gentle exfoliation and you'll waste too much product if you use your fingers or a tissue).

    See the Orange Blossom Facial Toner and read what other natural-beauty seekers thought of it here!

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