Ecco Bella

Girlies, here’s another fun cosmetics line for you to investigate. Ecco Bella‘s lines of skin care, body care, cosmetics, fragrances, hair care and even room mists are created with you and the planet in mind. All products use as many organic and natural ingredients as possible. In addition, Ecco Bella utterly refuses to test any of their products on animals. Which is nice for the environment as well as the conscience. Many products are preservative- and gluten-free as well as being suitable for vegans. Check out their gorgeous air fresheners made with essential oils, emulsifier and water only instead of tons of icky chemicals. Or their gorgeous FlowerColor Cosmetics made from earth minerals infused with flower waxes – gluten and (mostly) preservative free!

And as if that wasn’t enough, they also have a Health By Chocolate section – a series of products beginning with the finest organic cocoa and cocoa butter, a healthy fat that does not raise cholesterol levels. To that they add proprietary blends of powerful antioxidants, herbs, vitamins and minerals to create exciting flavors of ‘health by chocolate’. Go ahead – resist that!

Wondering where to find Ecco Bella products? You can shop online, or check out their nifty Store Finder which will tell you the closest place to check them out.

Giveaway Tuesday: Pure Anada Cosmetics!

And the winner of the Pure Anada giveaway is Hit Pay Dirt who said…

I’ve been wanting to switch to a mineral foundation for awhile. I’d love to try out Anada!

Congrats and contact me ASAP at talk at ecochick dot ca!

A few weeks ago, I got a lovely package in the mail from Pure Anada Natural Mineral Cosmetics. Good cosmetics are the one thing that’s hard to find in the eco-friendly world, so I eagerly accepted their offer to try out their samples. They talked a good game: Pure Anada Mineral Cosmetics, they say, is makeup in its most natural form. Made of simple, natural ingredients, Pure Anada provides you with all the coverage and color without the chemicals, synthetics, and dyes. After reading that, I couldn’t wait to see what would arrive.

And oh boy, did they come through. A lovely bag of cosmetics arrived at my door in tons of delicious colours. Knowing that I wanted to try some and give the rest away, I made my selections carefully, keeping a Natural Liquid Gloss for Lips in Morden’s Blush and two Luminous Mineral Colours for Eyes in Cafe Latte and Storm for myself.

I chose well.

While it took my morning-addled brain a few minutes to figure out how exactly to get in to the Luminous Mineral Colour pots (and I’m still not sure I did it right!) the effort was worth it. The powder is fluffy in the container, but goes on extremely well – smoothly but doesn’t go blotchy like some powders can (a good brush helps with this) and lasts all day. They aren’t kidding when they say luminous, either – this stuff is sparkly! I loved it and got several compliments on it, and due to the fact that I like getting compliments, it’s now made it into the regular makeup rotation.

How about the Natural Liquid Gloss? This is an excellent choice for someone who enjoys bold lip colour. The gloss is surprisingly densely coloured (If you think of the level of colour in say, a MAC LipGlass, this colour is much richer). As a result, I found I didn’t apply it very thickly as I prefer a pale lip. The hint of Tangerine gave it a bright, fresh scent which was quite energizing to wear right under my nose. The gloss also doesn’t have the stickiness common to many lip glosses, so right there it gets my vote. All in all, my experience with using Pure Anada was very pleasing – you should see where you can purchase it and try it out for yourself.

What’s that, you say? You want some freebies too? Oh, all right my pretties. Just comment on this post by Wednesday, November 12 and tell me what Pure Anada product you would love to try out and why. Drawing will be made by Random.org and the answer posted here after the 12th. Please make sure I have a way of contacting you – either your blogger profile or an email address! And here’s what the winner will receive: Velvet Matte Mineral Powder in Grey Flannel and Graphite, Luminous Mineral Powder – Deep Bronzer and Autumn, Natural Lipstick in Sugar Plum, and Tropical Lip Cream with Sun Protection. I can hear you squeeeing from here! Enjoy the giveaway, and good luck!

Origins; 3 Treats Today Only!

3 Treats today only at Origins! Shop online and you can choose a free sample size Mask or Cleanser. Will it be the soothing No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes and the Origins Organics Foaming Face Wash, or perhaps the Plantidote Mega Mushroom Skin Calming Face Mask and the Perfect World Deep Cleanser with White Tea? Who knows, indeed? Head over to Origins and find out. Happy Halloween!

Green Beaver Winter Body Product Giveaway!

Green Beaver on ecochickAnd the winner of the Green Beaver giveaway is stsammy who said…

The Apres-Ski Face Cream is exactly what I need right now! My face is already starting to winterize since the furnaces have turned on… this sounds like just the ticket (and perfect for my cross-country skiing! I want the burn in my legs, not on my cheeks!)

Congratulations stsammy! Please email me at talk at ecochick ca to claim your gift!

We’ve talked about Green Beaver before. This wonderful, all-Canadian line creates natural products without chemical preservatives, dyes, perfumes – basically any chemical compounds are big no-nos in any Green Beaver product. Their products are 100% Natural, Biodegradeable, Vegan and Gluten-free. And that is very good for you.

There are those of us who love summer, and there are those of us who hate winter. And then there are the really crazy among us who go outside willingly in winter and… do things like ski and skate and snowboard and basically expose themselves to all the elements while people like me huddle under the blanket. So if you’re one of those people, you will probably greatly appreciate Green Beaver’s Apres-Ski Winter Body Products, including their Winter Body Lotion with colloidal oatmeal for deep moisturizing, Winter Bath Therapy, also with oatmeal to soothe dry, itchy skin; Winter Hand Balm with beeswax and shea butter; and Winter Lip Balm with Aloe and Vitamin E. If you use these products, your skin will look as healthy and non-chapped as if you just spent the week at a spa, rather than in the frigid Canadian north. And oh, look: I have all of those things to give away. Simply comment on this post by Wednesday, October 29 and let me know which Green Beaver product sounds the most delicious to you, and why. And then you might be the lucky giveaway winner of this awesome Green Beaver set!

Can’t wait for the giveaway? Then you should check out Green Beaver’s online retailers or find a store near you.

ecochick giveaway: Burt’s Bees School Survival Kit!

Random.Org says the lucky winner of the Burt’s Bees School Survival Kit is elaine who said…

I love the lipbalm the best! It’s the only balm that keeps my lips soft through cold Canadian winters.
Elaine R
Thanks everyone and look for a new Burt’s Bees giveaway soon!

If you have a lip balm addiction (like I do), then you are certain to have heard of Burt’s Bees. Their beeswax lip balm is a staple at ecochick HQ, with a tube in the car, in the kitchen drawer, in the bedside table and in the handbag. It keeps my lips from drying out in a harsh Canadian winter, and it smells divine – almost like minty vanilla. But did you know there is actually a Burt? And he keeps bees? Who’da thunk it?

Burt’s Bees has a wide range of products derived from natural ingredients including beeswax. They have several lines including a natural remedies line, a facial care line targeted to skin types, a robust line of baby care products, and plenty, plenty more.

And here’s the fun part. I have a Burt’s Bees School Survival Kit to give away – wheee! This awesome little kit contains sample sizes of Peppermint Shower soap, Citrus Facial Scrub, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme, Doctor Burt’s Herbal Blemish Stick, Milk and Honey Body Lotion, and of course a tube of their beeswax lip balm. I’m kind of wondering why I chose to give this one away, actually. It’s that awesome. So enter the giveaway before I change my mind. :) Simply leave me a note in the comments telling me what your favourite Burt’s Bees product is. The winner will be drawn randomly on Friday, October 10, so check back and see if you’re a winner!

And of course – all Burt’s Bees products can be purchased on their website or at a store near you.

Believe Cosmetics

I love just googling for new eco shops and finding them in the blink of an eye. Today a quick search for “eco makeup Canada” found me Believe Cosmetics.

With products from Filthy Farm Girl, Shoo Foo, Trevarno, Visionary Soap Company and Eco Nvey, there’s a wide range of items that will suit everyone. She sells soaps, body washes and creams, linens and towels – everything you need to pamper yourself. She also donates 10% of all profits to various charities, so not only is your purchase eco-friendly, it also helps give back. Nice! I especially love the makeup section – it’s like going to a cosmetics counter with all ecofriendly products. The fun, sans the guilt.

And hey – there’s even a sale section. Sweet!

Kama: Soothing, sweet soaps

Kama Natural Soap is based on Saltspring Island in British Columbia. Their handmade soaps are made in small batches, with natural plant oils and a variety of grains and herbs to suit a wide range of tastes and skin types. There’s a pretty Flowers n’ Spice bar with lavender, Ylang Ylang, patchouli and cinnamon, or perhaps your taste goes more to a fresh Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Neem Oil blend, with natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. There’s also a range of ointments, balms, mineral baths, lip care and more.

You can order Kama Soaps from their website or through various retailers across Canada.

Yes, Yes, Yes to Carrots!

And from Random.Org… the lucky giveaway recipients are Anonymous Lisa who said “I would Love Love Love to try C is for Care Hair and scalp Mud Mask- I’ve been looking everywhere for a good eco-moisturizing treatment for my dry hair! :)” and Icedream who said “I’m getting a bit older now and I could really use the eye contour cream and the hair mask. And I love eco-friendly products!” email me at talk at ecochick dot ca ladies.. and keep your eye out for a new giveaway soon.

ecochicks, hold on to your seats: This one is gonna rock the hizzouse.

A few weeks ago, I got an email from the lovely Lauren who’s promoting the Yes To Carrots line, asking me if I’d like to try out their new Organic Lip Butters. I responded, of course – as long as I get some to give away too. Well, ecochicks, Lauren came through with an enormous box full of samples – some for me to try out, and some to give away to you, my awesome readers.

So here’s the scoop. I’m going to tell you about the line, then at the end of the post I’m going to tell you how you can enter the giveaway.

Yes To Carrots is a line of face, body, and hair care products made with as many natural, organic ingredients as possible. All produce used in the Yes To Carrots line is sourced from organic farmers, certified by the Organization of Organic Agriculture in Israel. Not all of the finished products are certified organic, but all are paraben-free, and all contain at least some organic ingredients. Many also contain Dead Sea Mud and Minerals, which have world renowed purifying properties and 26 minerals and trace elements. They have skin, face, hand, hair and lip products, and they have something to suit a wide range of skin types.

The products themselves are really fantastic. They’re upscale without being obnoxious – and they really are awesome to use. First, there’s the selection of certified Organic Lip Butters in a range of flavours including mint, melon, berry, citrus and carrot. All are prettily scented, but what’s great is that they work. They feel *amazing*. Many organic lip balms I’ve tried feel greasy, but these feel very nice – moisturizing and not at all sticky or oily.

Next, I tried the C is for Hair Care Hair and Scalp Mud Mask. Upon opening the jar, I admit I was skeptical, as I was at first with almost all the rest of products. It was the scent. I kind of thought at first that all the products smelled a little too.. heavy, perhaps? But I had gotten them on a promise to try them, and try them I did – and I realized with this product, and with all of them, that the scent is really lovely once you’re actually using it. Light and unique, almost spa-like. Very worth it.

Back to the Hair Mask.. I slathered this stuff on according to the instructions, left it on for 15 minutes, rinsed it off and went to dry my hair, and I was blown away. My hair felt like silk. And given that my hair is generally straw, this is no small thing. This product is now in my regular hair-care routine, it’s that good.

The next product I eagerly tried out was the Feel The C Pampering Hand and Nail Spa. It’s a hand and nail scrub, with sea salts and moisturizing oils and nutrients. You simply scoop a teaspoon into your hands and start massaging, rubbing the rough patches, nail beds, whatever you want. Scrub for as long as you wish, then rinse it off and rub your hands dry. I did find I had to rub fairly firmly to get the oils off of the keyboard-facing surfaces on my fingers, but on the rest of my hands it felt great – not greasy at all. This would be something excellent to use if you’re doing a lot of yard work, or perhaps in the winter when your skin needs something extra-nice.

I’ve also got my hands on samples of the C a Softer You Hand and Elbow Moisturizing Cream; Eye can C Clearly Now Eye Contour Cream, and C the Difference Exfoliating and Soothing Mud Mask for Dry to Sensitive Skin. Can you believe it?

And I’m giving it all away. Well, the stuff I haven’t used, that is. I have one of everything listed here to give to ecochick readers. And here’s how you get it. Head over to the Yes To Carrots website and tell me which of the products you’re dying to try out by Friday, August 1st. I’ll select two names randomly, and I’ll split the swag equally between two lucky readers.

Thanks to Lauren from Yes To Carrots for providing all this stuff. Good luck ecochicks – I can guarantee that whoever takes this stuff home will love it.

UPDATED: This post is now linked on Bloggy Giveaways! Click the button to return to the giveaway list, and good luck!

LUSH ByWard Market Birthday Bash

Lush Skin Care Products

Ottawa ecochicks: Check this out!

LUSH Byward Market Birthday Bash!

WHEN: Saturday, July 19th, 12pm-4pm

WHERE: LUSH Byward Market, 43 William Street, Ottawa, ON 613-241-5874

Ten years and still green! Join us at LUSH Byward Market for our tenth birthday celebration! We’re featuring tasty treats, dynamic demos and tremendous trivia! The first 100 guests to come in during party hours will receive a free piece of our Trichomania shampoo. The first 40 people to spend $40 will get a goody bag ($25 value of full product) and if you spend over $80, you’ll get to take home a free Charity Pot body lotion (and the charitable donation is on us)!

RSVP: 65byward@lush.com


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