05, 09, 2017
As we approach the fall it’s about that time again where beauty routines may change-up or get altered for the “warm one minute, and chilly the next” kind of weather for one of the most loved and popular seasons of the year. Purple Urchin came to the rescue and gave me a chance try out a few of their natural bath, body, and skincare products. They’re an all natural company that handmakes their products in Ottawa, Canada, and are completely vegan and vegetarian friendly. Best of all, if you’re a regular Whole Foods Market shopper such as myself, you can easily find them in stores around the Toronto area.
Prevention has become more and more of an important keyword in my skincare routine, therefore, Unmarked is definitely right up my alley. With ingredients and nutrient oils such as: Sea Buckthorn, Evening Primrose, Argan, and Carrot Seed oils, make this anti-aging serum high in vitamin E and fatty acids to help keep skin looking and feeling a lot more youthful. I’ve recently only discovered that although I have oily skin, it’s dehydrated oily skin—who knew right? I find myself recently adding in a drop of Unmarked into my day moisturizer on dry days, and 2-3 drops more into my night cream to help protect and rejuvenate my skin while I catch some much needed Z’s.
When it comes to facial creams I like to take my chances even when a lot of them can be a hit or a miss. This all really depends on what your skin type is in need of, so finding your tried and true may take a few trials. Extreme Cream is a facial moisturizer that is targeted towards dry and/or mature skin, and although I knew this going in I wanted to try it out anyways on my oily dehydrated skin. What really sold me on the Extreme Cream was that it helps to regenerate skin, smooth wrinkles, reduce age spots, and block UV rays. Unfortunately for me—and fortunately for those with actual dry or mature skin—this cream was way too moisturizing for me. It got to the point were the moisturizer and my natural sebum were colliding and creating more shine on my face than the sun probably even produces. I now only use this on my elbows and knees and it has been doing pure magic to healing my skin in those areas.
Although I’m not a fan of cocktails represented in the soaps I use, I do love how moisturizing the Mojito bar soap is. The amount of olive oil and coconut oil used to formulate Mojito is most definitely making it worth while. If you love the smell of lime and peppermint, you’re absolutely going to love this. If you go through Purple Urchin’s collection of bar soaps you’ll see they have a vast amount of very cool and unique soaps to choose from. I see their soaps specifically being a hit as gifts or having different ones placed in different bathrooms at home for added quirk. Coming across vegan bar soaps are an added perk as well!
That’s right—a Chocolate Face Mask! I know this may not be anything new to the beauty world, but I honestly didn’t ever think of chocolate being such a beneficial [and delicious] ingredient to add into your skincare. Simply using this antioxidant-rich blend of cocoa powder, Moroccan lava clay, and oatmeal powder mask weekly is going to detoxify and soften skin, and while fight off free radicals. On separate occasions, I’ve tried mixing 1 teaspoon of the Chocolate with either water, green tea, or almond milk—so far my favourite has been with almond milk since my skin is left feeling so fresh. Although it smells delicious enough to eat, I highly recommend that you don’t give it a go… Purple Urchin should probably add that on the label somewhere just as a reminder for those who get tempted into it.