Posts Tagged ‘green beauty’

EWGV_Green-check_HToday we joyfully announce that 2 of our best-selling products have been granted the EWG VERIFIED™ seal of approval! And Cocoon Apothecary happens to be the first Canadian skin care company to do so. We have been working in conjunction with the Environmental Working Group since 2007 to provide our customers with a truly transparent list of ingredients, and this extension of our partnership is incredibly satisfying.

From day 1 of Cocoon Apothecary our goal has been to create luxury, eco-friendly, non-toxic, organic skin care products without compromise or a wicked price tag. We believe that extraordinary green personal care products should be available for everyone. The Skin Deep database provides detailed information on the ingredients of thousands of personal products from our own moisturizers to mascaras from every brand you can think of. EWG has spent more than 20 years dedicated to the safety of the planet and its occupants, and in that time has become a trusted source for personal care product safety and consumer education.

EWG VERIFIED: For Your Health™ program kicks the Skin Deep database up a notch by looking beyond the label. Getting verified was no easy task. We had to provide detailed documentation about our products right from our sources, including proof from our supplier confirming the purity of our glycerine. Rest-assured that any company you find with the EWG VERIFIED™ seal is as good as it gets. That means ingredients that are safe to use on a daily basis.

Why did we go through with obtaining this designation? To prove to you, our customers, that our word is honourable, and to show you without a doubt that your trust in our company is warranted. This high five from EWG is huge, and we are ecstatic to be EWG Verified!

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Environmental Defence Canada has created a beauty event like no other – The Eco-Beauty Market in Toronto, Ontario. It is a show featuring the most safe, eco-friendly brands in Canada in a swanky venue (The Spoke Club for the May’s Show). Every company represented has signed the Just Beautiful Pledge, meaning their products do not contain any of the Toxin Ten and that they practice full transparency with their ingredients. The room is full of amazing skin care, hair care and cosmetics that you don’t have to question – it’s Environmental Defence approved! What I love about this show is that you get to chat with the owners of the companies – so much knowledge in one room! Everyone that I have met has been warm, down-to-earth and relaxed. The customers, volunteers and Environmental Defence staff are the same and I had so many interesting talks with people. I was on some kind of high after this event when usually I am drained. Did I mention there was a bar?

These events are being held throughout the year. To keep updated, follow Environmental Defence on Facebook or Twitter.

Here is a list of the awesome companies that attended the show last Wednesday, May 30.

Alma Natural Quick Spa
Awaken My Senses Organics
Clinical Luxury By Nature – By GRAYDON
Cocoon Apothecary
Eco Existence

Green Beauty
Keeki Pure & Simple
Kynk Naturals
Meghan Telpner
Thera Wise

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When I hear about imported cosmetics and skin care that come from faraway places like Europe or New Zealand, I cringe. I think about how those companies have to import  ingredients from places such as South America, only to be shipped back across the ocean to North America. Is it necessary to have all these carbon emissions when the domestic body care market is so prolific?  There are so many talented indie brands out there it makes my head spin.

When you buy from an indie body care company, you are supporting someone who is following their dreams and doing something that they love. The products that they sell are made painstakingly with pride and not whipped through an assembly line.  Before the industrial age of petrochemicals, this is how all cosmetics were produced. The same person that made your medicine also made your creams and soaps. It is a craft, an art and a science.

Small body care businesses are more likely to use high quality, natural ingredients than big business. As I’ve mentioned before, a typical mass-marketed facial cream is full of petrochemical crap. It does nothing for your skin. It is created to look nice and smell nice but the priority is to keep the cost of goods low so the profits are high. I’ve been asked, “how did you create a cream that is so much better than the department store brands?”  My response is “it isn’t hard”.

So where do you source your local indie body care companies? First of all, I’m convinced that every town has a soap maker. It is a craft that has really taken off over the last 10 years and let me tell you, there is nothing like a handmade, cold-pressed soap. So much better than the road kill soap that the big companies sell. Sometimes soap makers also make lotions and potions but if not, I can guarantee that you will find these types of products in your town, province or state. The best place to source these indie businesses is at farmer’s markets, craft shows and boutiques. You may also get the pleasure of meeting one of these crafty chemists who will likely be very passionate about their products and will tell you all about them.  For online shopping, visit Etsy.com and select ‘Shop Local’ on the left side menu. This is another great way to be introduced to local beauty talent.

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I embrace New Year’s as an opportunity for a fresh start and resolutions are a big part of this. I have a huge list this year so I’m categorizing. 

Here are my 2010 New Year’s resolutions for taking care of my skin.

1. I will drink more water. It plumps up my skin with hydration and cleanses my system so that I don’t break out. 

2. I will eat foods high in essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants and avoid wheat and dairy. Nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables are beauty foods – they  give my skin a healthy glow.

3. I will moisturize morning and night with an organic cream (obviously Rosey Cheeks). Facial cream locks in moisture, protects skin, fights free-radical damage and supports functions such as collagen production.

4. I will drink more green tea. It is packed with polyphenols to keep skin wrinkle-free.

5.  I will exfoliate. I will scrub my face in the morning with an upcoming Cocoon product (yes, we have a scrub being launced soon), or a facial brush or even a wash cloth.  I will use a clay mask every 2 to 3 days to detox my pores. Exfoliating is almost equal to moisturizing for keeping skin young. It helps speed up skin cell turnover which tends to slow down with aging.

6. I will not squint or frown or raise my eyebrows. I know this sounds crazy but you can control these facial expressions. I will remember to wear sunglasses.  I will smile more.

7. I will not worry or get stressed out as this can contribute to wrinkles. I will practice yoga and be mindful of where my thoughts are.

8. I will exercise outdoors daily. This delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to skin.

I hope that everyone has a great 2010 full of healthy habits and free of crappy products!

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