( Photo: Sina Zere, Founder of 1’Lux Beauty)
Canadian winters tend to be cold and unforgiving, hence the need for naturally derived, ultra-moisturizing products that keep health and environmental sustainability top of mind.
From luxurious face serums to sensual massage oils, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite natural Canadian beauty products to add to your bridal self-care routine.
(Photo: Province Apothecary)
Created by Sina Zere, the 1’Lux Beauty collection is made up of clean, chic body and lip care products that are all zero-tox and designed for harsh Canadian winters.
Get first kiss ready with these two fabulous lip products. Start with the Cocoiste Soft Lip Scrub ($22) — a cocoa sugar micro-scrub that leaves your pout deliciously smooth.
Follow up with the RSVP Lip mask ($24) a luxurious lip serum and balm in one. Mega-hydrating squalane and hydrophilic hyaluronic acid draw in water for a plumper pout while collagen and retinol re-texturize lips from rough to smooth with continued use. Even better: strawberry, goji and blueberry fruit oils naturally fragrance and give your lips a softly diffused sheen.
2. Facial Cleansing Oil ($70)
La Ceiba, Toronto’s newest all-natural skincare company, boasts a wide array of products that target any and all of your skincare concerns, such as aging, acne, hyperpigmentation, and dry or oily skin. All products are handcrafted and made with nature’s most potent and natural formulations.
If you want to keep your skincare routine relatively simple leading up to your wedding day, La Ceiba’s multi-use Facial Cleansing Oil ($70) is for you. This antioxidant rich oil cleanser removes dirt, impurities and dead skin cells, unclogs your pores, melts away your make-up and evens out your skin tone while leaving your skin soft, calm and nourished. Bonus: it’s perfect for acne prone skin.
This signature serum from La Ceiba is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The highly moisturizing oil formula promotes skin elasticity, maintains skin’s moisture barrier, improves skin texture and reduces the signs of aging. Using powerful natural ingredients such as prickly pear seed oil and black cumin seed oil, this serum will leave your skin nourished and hydrated throughout your wedding day and beyond.
4. Antioxidant Mask ($75)
When it comes to bridal pampering, who doesn’t love a great face mask? This powder mask from La Ceiba is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that nourish your skin with everything that it needs. The luxurious mask promotes elasticity, improves the texture of skin and reduces appearance of fine lines.
5. Touchy Feely Body Lotion ($25)
Also not to be missed, is Canada’s longest standing green beauty brand, Cocoon Apothecary. In addition to using biodegradable, sustainably-sourced and botanical formulas, Cocoon Apothecary offers a bottle return program, as well as recyclable packaging.
Their Touchy Feely Body Lotion features fresh-scented organic lavender and rosemary essential oils help soothe dry and irritated skin, alongside organic olive oil which softens, moisturizes and protects against environmental stressors. The calming essential oils paired with rich moisturizers will help keep your skin comfortable and soft to the touch.
6. Rosey Cheeks Facial Lotion ($45)
For all of the moisture with none of the shine on your wedding day, check out the Rosey Cheeks Facial Lotion from Cocoon Apothecary — a non-greasy, facial cream with a matte finish that is formulated to absorb nicely into the skin. Made with organic rosehip oil, avocado oil and shea butter this cream will nourish skin leaving it with a visibly younger appearance and improved elasticity.
Whether you’re tying the knot outdoors or simply want a great facial sunscreen for the honeymoon and beyond, this non-greasy, reef-safe formula with SPF 30 provides broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Zinc and titanium act as tiny mirrors that reflect light off of your face instead of creating a chemical reaction to your skin. Packed with natural ingredients, antioxidants and fatty acids this sunscreen can double as a light moisturizer. 8. Radiant Body Oil ($28-$58)
Skincare veterans at Toronto’s Province Apothecary know a thing or two about natural, luxurious, and sensual apothecary products. Recognized for both their effective, natural skincare and custom, organic facials, Province Apothecary takes a whole-body approach to beauty. The entire line is free of petroleum, parabens, synthetic fragrances and chemicals, dyes, pesticides and GMOs— making it an A+ addition to anyone’s skincare lineup!
Get your skin silky soft and bridal ready with Province Apothocary’s Radiant Body Oil ($28-$58). This alluring body oil absorbs quickly to soften, nourish and revitalize all skin types. The rich blend of moisturizing plant oils effectively tones, firms and improves elasticity, leaving skin smooth and glowing. Perfect for daily use and/or to get your skin looking and feeling it’s best before your big day. 9. Lover’s Oil ($20-$32)
For an extra dose of romance, make Province Apothocary’s Lover’s Oil ($20-$32) a honeymoon must-have. This all-natural massage oil is blended with 10 of the most sensual essential oils into a non-toxic rich and moisturizing base. The heightened aromatherapy experience is sure to bring you and your beloved closer together.
10. Keep Going Essential Oil Spray ($21)
Founded by Karen Johnson, k’pure is an Organic, minimalistic body and skincare line based in British Columbia. They carry a variety of amazing products from bath soaks and natural deodorants to facial care and their signature (and delightfully Canadian), “Snow” Arctic Mist linen and room spray ($18).
Planning a wedding can sometimes feel like an organizational juggling act. For an on-the-go wellness fix, keep on hand a bottle of k’pure’s Keep Going Essential Oil Spray from Toronto’s Lost + Found. This energizing face and body spray contains a refreshing blend of lemon, spearmint and other organic essential oils — perfect for when the 3pm slump hits.
Simone Paget is a food, travel and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast of Canada. She’s a nationally syndicated sex and relationship columnist for the Toronto Sun and the author of the blog SkinnyDip.ca. Her work has appeared in/on publications such as the Washington Post, Elle Canada, and The Toronto Star.