WELLNESS



Eluo Beauty Clay Mask | $45
Description

Skincare has become synonymous with self-care in recent times, but Eluo takes the traditional benefit of masking and turns it into a ritualistic art form, elevating your skincare practice into an experience of cleansing, mindfulness and sensory engagement. This collection of soothing clay masks is rooted in ancient historical beauty rituals, one frequented by the revered Cleopatra. Seamlessly blending slow, age-old skincare within a modern dialogue, Eluo digs deep into the earth to bring us clays that naturally refresh and restore. One of my personal favourites, using Eluo masks is a weekly ritual I immensely look forward to. Read more about Eluo here.

How They're Sustainable

Devoid of harsh chemicals, preservatives, and synthetic exfoliators, these masks are purely clay-based with natural ingredients and essential oils. Better for our skin and for our earth, you don’t have to stress about washing this mask off and letting it go down the drain, as the natural ingredients are not harmful to our waterways, compared to other chemically-formulated masks. Eluo masks come in paper boxes and beautiful glass vials making them low-waste and recyclable.

Woash Wellness x FAS Flower Remedy | $28
Description

Woash Wellness flower remedies were designed by a certified Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner. Formulated from wild flower essences designed to naturally release and balance underlying negative emotional states. We created Awaken to remedy the heavy feelings that are currently circulating the earth, as this climate has brought forth feelings of fear, resentment and judgement. As a gentle way to reawaken a new sense of self, this remedy will encourage love, community, open-heartedness, an open mind, and feelings of acceptance, understanding, and generosity, towards the self and others. Awaken will help in fostering new levels of connection with your higher self and with humankind, so you can show up from a place of pure and collective love. Learn more about what flower remedies are here.

How They're Sustainable

We’ve created a flower remedy to help bring humanity back together, to uplift our collective consciousness and love, and to simply bring joy and open-heartedness back into a community that is becoming increasingly divided. Along with the actual essence, Woash Wellness will be donating $1 from every flower remedy sold to the Obakki Foundation. The Obakki Foundation is a Vancouver-based organization that’s on a mission to facilitate real, strategic and sustainable change in various African communities, mainly in South Sudan, by investing in the potential of people. They’ve already helped close to 3 million people, choosing to empower individuals to transform their circumstances. Their clean water initiative allows children to go to school and women to care for their families. The foundation also helps with agriculture and food security, local artisan support, and economic initiatives that help support income-generation and small scale entrepreneurship. Their 100% model means that 100% of contributions received go directly towards these efforts and programs! This partnership is blooming in the best way possible, and I love that for a remedy that needs clean spring water to be made and that has the intention of helping the collective thrive, we’re also taking it a step further in true reciprocity.

Well Kept Safety Razor | $68
Description

Recapturing that antiquated experience of shaving, Well Kept is the epitome of slow living. Turning what is usually a hasty run over with a plastic razor into a slow, intentional and luxurious experience, these safety razors are self-care in their entirety. It’s hard not to feel completely present when using these razors, a dose of something we could all have more of. Providing a super close shave, we’re given a peek into what our grandfather’s grooming practice was like.

How They're Sustainable

Over two billion plastic razors and cartridges are discarded annually in the US alone. Well Kept’s razors are made from solid brass and designed to last a lifetime, significantly reducing your usage and impact. The razors are plastic-free, have recyclable packaging, and come with recyclable blades as well.

Bell Mountain Naturals Soaps | $9
Description

Founded by Sarah York, this incredible soap company has a few core values that they stand by: simple, natural, ethical and transparent honesty. Only using high-quality, natural ingredients, Bell Mountain Naturals is free of the fillers that mainstream soap brands use, such as parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, dyes and artificial fragrances. Their line of adorable little gem-shaped soaps is not only great for gifts or travel, but the fact that they won’t strip your skin or render it irritated is a win-win. I love the Santa Ynez Mini Gem the most, but all of these soaps are rich, smell incredible and keep your skin clean and hydrated. Learn more about palm oil-free soap here.

How They're Sustainable

With a pledge to always be palm oil-free, Bell Mountain Naturals prides themselves on sourcing ethically and sustainably harvested raw ingredients. All their products are made with natural botanicals, mineral rich clays, plant-based oils and butters, and therapeutic-grade essential oils. The brand is cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny Certified. Their packaging is also recyclable, reusable or compostable, for a zero-waste experience.

Sahajan Oil Cleanser | Code: FORAGE15
Description

The only Ayurvedic brand proven with clinical results, Sahajan is a brand that I 100% stand behind. BIPOC-owned and local to Toronto, every Sahajan product is an effective and luxurious experience, rooted in 5000-year-old Ayurvedic wellness. This ancient science originating from India has deep understandings of skincare. Sahajan has effortlessly blended these ancient teachings to fit our modern lifestyles, offering products that are effectual, gentle and deeply cleansing. The Essential Oil Cleanser is a personal favourite, one that I literally can never be without! It effortlessly and gently removes any trace of makeup on my face, including stubborn waterproof mascara. The result is clean, hydrated and silky soft skin, with no oily residue or stickiness. I will easily use this cleanser for the rest of my life!

How They're Sustainable

Natural, organic, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and local (made in Canada), these beautiful glass bottles are easily recyclable (not the plastic tops). Sahajan’s gentle ingredients promote healthy skin, while maintaining the health and preservation of our waterways and environment – no harsh chemicals mean a non-compromised water supply.

Wild Lather Soap | $14 +
Description

Inspired by the landscapes of New Zealand and the world, Wild Lather was an idea born over the Pacific Ocean by husband + wife team – Liz and Conrad. Their soap-making is a slow living process in its entirety, where clay and solar infused botanicals are swirled together with steam distilled essential oils, and then left to air-cure for a full month. This time-honoured practice is slow, but so worth the wait, as the soap bars are nourishing, cleansing, and hydrating, nothing at all like the oil-stripping mainstream options. The unique triangle shape reminds us to breathe, and infuses mindfulness back into our daily cleansing ritual. Wild Lather’s scent profiles are swoon-worthy and I really love the way these feel on my skin! Learn more about palm oil-free soap here.

How They're Sustainable

Plant-based, palm-oil free, free of synthetics, and made by hand using organic plants. These bars are multi-use to encourage less consumption and plastic waste, and can be used for full body bathing, shaving, hair wash, face wash and sustainable travel. We throw away 552 million plastic bottles a year from shampoo and conditioner alone. These multi-use soap bars are packaged in paper to combat waste in landfills.

Ahista Tea | FORAGE15 – 15% off
Description

Blending a traditional Indian tea experience with a contemporary interpretation, Ahista itself means “at a slow pace”. Bringing to mind the art of slow living, this BIPOC-owned tea brand encourages us to take a step back, and savour each sip with intention and thoughtfulness. All the tea blends are handmade and sustainable, reaching a level of quality that has landed Ahista at various Michelin-starred restaurants, cafes, and boutique hotels worldwide. I’ve personally tried a bunch of their blends and am blown away by the quality, exceptional taste and feelings each sip evokes.

How They're Sustainable

All of Ahista’s teas are produced with a high degree of skill and craftsmanship. Their Premium teas are handcrafted and produced with minimal mechanical intervention. Choosing to work with local tea farmers in famous tea regions of India, Ahista ensures they protect and positively affect the climate and land, while also supporting the livelihoods of the marginalized tea farmers in Assam and Darjeeling. They also have ventured into lesser known tea producing areas such as Sikkim, Nilgiri, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, a practice that helps sustain the organic revolution by supporting more farmers to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs. In terms of product sustainability, Ahista’s boxes are paper, with vegetable-based inks, and their tea bags are 100% biodegradable, made from plant-based materials – a blend of abaca (made from banana plants and PLA).  Additionally, Ahista’s partnership with Save the Children allows for an underprivileged child in India to be fed for one month, with every gift box sold.

Earth Connection Magnesium Oil | $70
Description

Handmade in Toronto, this blend of nourishing oils, magnesium and probiotics is a beautiful and potent composite that helps you ground into the healing powers of Mother Nature. Earth Connection Oil is wonderful to help you fall asleep at night (I drift off so easily whenever I apply this!), is great for anyone struggling with Restless Leg Syndrome, nerve function, sore muscles or skin issues. It’s a blend of organic cold-pressed oils such as sunflower oil, magnesium citrate and mycobacterium vaccae. Use it on your entire body, including face!

How They're Sustainable

Made by hand by MJ Renshaw, a Manual Therapist in Toronto, this oil uses sustainably-sourced, organic, cold-pressed oils and is produced in very small batches. The bottles are glass and are gorgeous, easily reusable or recyclable. MJ is doing her part in being an ally for Black lives, so any BIPOC can use her discount code LOVEEQUALITY for 22% off.

Fysha Soaps | $17
Description

Based in the UK, Fysha (which means natural and handmade in Greek), uses high-quality ingredients in their soaps, like Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has been ethically cold-pressed in Greece. Choosing to blend their ingredients to make the most luxurious soaps, this BIPOC-owned brand believes in products that complement the earth and our skin. Frustrated with synthetic, liquid soaps and gels that strip our skin of its natural oils and that come in wasteful packaging, Amina, the founder of Fysha, decided to create what she couldn’t find. Through finding her saving grace, olive oil, when visiting her husband’s family in Greece, Fysha was born. I absolutely love these blocks of soap – the scent profiles are subtle and the soap lathers so luxuriously. Learn more about palm oil-free soap here. Though based in the UK, shipping is hassle-free, with no duties for EU customers as products are dispatched from the EU.

How They're Sustainable

Each bar of soap is made with cold-pressed EVOO from Greece, using wooden spoons to mix together the ingredients and protect their vibrational qualities. Each bar is handmade and cured for 60 days, the individually hand-stamped, and hand-wrapped in plastic-free packaging that’s FSC Certified, biodegradable and recyclable. The bars are all 100% palm oil-free, vegan, cruelty-free, and use only 100% plant oils and natural ingredients.

Satya | FORAGEANDSUSTAIN – 10% off
Description

For those dealing with dry skin and/or eczema, Satya Organic is the BEST brand I’ve ever used! Their effective and soothing formula is so gentle and smooth, providing immediate relief and moisturizing benefits. I personally love using it on my lips (I’ve tried hundreds of lip balms and nothing has worked to stop my lips from chapping and peeling, except this!). The formula is plant-based, fragrance-free and steroid-free, using just 5 natural ingredients: organic calendula petals, organic cold-pressed sweet almond oil, organic beeswax, organic cold-pressed jojoba, and organic colloidal oatmeal. This brand is proudly Indigenous-woman owned. Their stick is refillable, meaning you can use the same plastic tube over and over again, refilling it with their pouches that are compostable and biodegradable. You can also choose to buy their products in a glass jar, an aluminum travel tin or compostable pouch.

How They're Sustainable

Made from just five whole and effective ingredients, Satya is simple, fragrance-free, USDA Certified Organic, packaged in sustainable materials including recycled paper and veggie/soy-based inks. Their refill pouches are compostable and biodegradable, and they are 100% carbon neutral with the Great Bear Rainforest. As a Certified Aboriginal Business, Satya has a circular way of looking at things, where they put people and planet alongside each other. They also help to fight poverty and ocean plastics with their partnership with Plastic Bank. They never test on animals, and are backed by Health Canada as a proven and effective topical anti-inflammatory that replaces chemical-based steroid creams. Satya also proudly upholds 13 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, an international blueprint for a more sustainable future. Could we love them any more?

Apothékary  | FORAGEANDSUSTAIN – 20% off
Description

An amazing array of every supplement you could need, Apothékary’s fun branding and punny products are potent, effective, and healing. Addressing a wide range of concerns including skin issues, digestion, sleep, stress, and overall maintenance, these herbal blends are easy to take and are rooted in TCM and Ayurvedic medicinal practices. I’ve tried a bunch myself and can speak to their efficacy and healing powers.

How They're Sustainable

Apothékary supplements are 100% natural, fair trade, sustainably-sourced and free of gluten, sugar and dairy. All of their blends are made from bio-available ingredients in an easy-to-use format that can be easily absorbed by the body. Catering to all diet types, allergen-free and suitable for breastfeeding women as well, Apothékary is a true modern farmacy, helping heal from the ground up.

Eu’Genia Shea | $15 +
Description

Eu-Genia in Greek means the “origin of goodness”, and that is exactly what you will find in a tin of Eu’Genia Shea butter. There is nothing better than a simple moisturizer that is devoid of chemicals and petroleum-based additives, one that delivers skin-nourishing goodness and healing properties when applied. Touted as amazing in the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and various other publications, this BIPOC-owned shea butter brand is probably one of the best out there, available in three different strengths of shea, from a little to a lot, depending on what your skin needs. With a special pregnancy formula specially formulated to target stretch marks, this makes for an amazing gift for a new mama or mama-to-be. Use it on your lips, hands, feet, elbows or any dry areas!

How They're Sustainable

Eu’Genia Shea is family-run social enterprise, dedicated to all natural premium shea butter moisturizers. The brand is dedicated to fair wages and opportunities for their female workers in Ghana, donating 15% of profits back to them in the form of an education fund. This brand is a mother-daughter duo, gifting the world their grandmother’s best kept midwifery secret – raw, unrefined Ghanian shea butter. The butters all come in tins, making them easily re-usable or recyclable, completely devoid of plastic. I’ve personally made the switch from Vaseline for my dry lips to Eu’Genia’s shea butter, and I won’t ever go back – the results are incredible and I love knowing that I’m supporting an earth and person-friendly product!


 

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