13 Days of Green Market Giving: Day 13

It’s been so much fun posting about the artisans, spirit and charm that North Vancouver’s Green Market is bursting with. This Lower Lonsdale shop is chock full of beautifully curated and diverse local gifts and goods. Over the course of this celebration, we’ve covered some pretty good ground! It’s been such a gift to learn about and cover everything these talented artisans have to offer – from organic tea to reclaimed woodwork, from handmade jewellery of all types to clean body and home care, and of course clothing, art, stocking stuffers, and so much more.

I hope I’ve inspired you to experience the magic of this wonderful little shop. Located at 7a Lonsdale ave, behind Raglan’s, Green Market is set in a heritage building, with beautiful wood floors and a quaint shabby chic aesthetic. The place radiates a friendly, down-to-earth energy that is not to be missed. A deep camaraderie and intense combined passion is evident the instant you step through the Green Market door.

Today marks the  final post in this year’s feature (I hope to do this again next year!) and it’s a little on the bittersweet side for me. I do find myself  a bit of relieved (because, like everyone else, I’m feeling the big countdown hard, and I have so much wrapping, shopping, losing my mind, baking, and general chaos to engage in, it’s going to take every ounce of energy I’ve got!)

Be that as it may, I’m already feeling a bit nostalgic about it.  I’ve grown rather attached to these daily postings. It’s safe to say the Green Market has become a huge part of my brain, heart and vocabulary as of late, so I am a little sad to close this feature out. The good news is that I plan to promote, review and experience Green Market a LOT in 2016, so stay tuned!

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But I digress. On with the show! Last but definitely not least, ladies and gentlemen, I give you Studio Aroma.

I actually first caught wind of this hand-blended, clean luxury skincare brand on Instagram. I remember thinking that I should get in touch with them, and I posted a comment on a photo their feed. The modern, elegant packaging was what grabbed me first. It’s totally appealing- all that minimalistic glass and white had me at hello.

But what sealed the deal was the impressive list of ingredients- I was really excited to see the premium, at times exotic, naturally potent contents of this line. I must have put the idea of a collaboration out into the Universe in a big way, because a few days after my Instagram discovery, I found out that the brand was actually a new arrival to Green Market. Awesome timing, right? The next thing I knew, I was at the store, meeting with founder (and all-around sweetheart)  Jennifer Chow, my jaw nearly hitting the floor as she gifted me with close to the entire Studio Aroma collection.

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Above, a screenshot I snapped of a page on Studioaroma.com. I think it looks so clean and pretty- this is marketing done right. 

Prior to our meeting, Jennifer and I had exchanged messages about my skin type and concerns. She wanted to make sure she selected the right blends for me (she actually custom-made a Hydrosol Tonic mist specifically for my skin, and I LOVE it). I am as impressed by Jennifer’s knowledge, professionalism and devotion to her craft as I am by her outstanding products. She knows her stuff.

A certified aromatherapist and holistic practitioner (with qualifications in fields such as psychology, aromatherapy, chromo-therapy and massage), Jennifer began concocting her skincare blends to treat her own skin issues. Nothing was working for her skin, so she literally took matters into her own hands. It wasn’t long before Jennifer was crafting products for friends and family. Soon enough, this turned into a thriving business.  Studio Aroma Holistic Essentials is  a thoughtful, broad range of results-driven natural skincare. It’s a luxury experience at affordable price points, which is really nice to see.

I saved this post for last because I like to use skincare products for a decent chunk of time before I review them. These reviews are based on short-term (two weeks) use, and I will revisit the products and offer my long-term thoughts in the new year. What I am confident saying is that I am head over heels for Studio Aroma.  Clean ingredients, superior performance, and handmade in Vancouver? Irresistible. Here are some of my current favourites, available at Green Market. They have become daily staples in my skincare routine.

*Photos by Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco

Eye Serum, $28

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This is a best-selling product, and I’m starting to see why. Full of unique ingredients I’ve not seen before in skincare (such as smoothing aspen bark extract and healing arnica extract), this golden-coloured, lightweight serum has a base of nourishing, anti-aging Aloe Vera leaf juice. I was especially excited about this product, given that some of my main skincare issues are dark circles and bags under my eyes due to lack of proper sleep (I know, tsk, tsk), as well as fine lines that are, to my unending dismay, starting to pop up in that area. Jennifer instructed me to apply it morning and night, using an upward motion, which I have been doing for two weeks now.
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While I haven’t noticed any significant change in the dark circles (yet! – this is more of a long-term result, so stay tuned), I have definitely seen a visible reduction in the excess baggage, and a firmer, more toned eye area. This serum absorbs quickly and easily, without residue or film. I can actually feel the skin tighten right after I apply it- and I love that, because it tells me the product is doing its job. I don’t find it to be particularly hydrating, but that’s not what I’m using it for, nor is it the purpose of the product. I’m looking for de-puffing, firming, and anti-aging, and this seems to already be making a difference in those departments. If it reduces my dark circles in the coming weeks, it’ll be worth its weight in gold. For now, I’d say it’s worth at least its weight in sterling silver. (And guys, I really, really like sterling silver.)
Ingredients: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Water, Damask Rose Hydrosol, Samphire Extract, Myrtle Leaf Extract, Rye Seed Extract, Linseed Extract, Lupine Extract, Aspen Bark Extract, Eyebright Extract, Roman Chamomile Hydrosol, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Gingseng Extract, Arnica Extract
Moisture Cream, $24/1 oz
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This. Moisturizer. Is. Divine. It’s super creamy, somehow very rich and quite light simultaneously. I find myself reaching for this day and night. It readily absorbs without any sticky or greasy remnants, but the hydration and softness it imparts sticks around all day. If you like having your face intensely moisturized, this if for you. If you like quenched skin without the chemicals, this is for you. If you like your face to feel like silk and look instantly fresh and glowing, this is definitely for you. Chock full of hydrating, protective and regenerative ingredients such as Pomegranate Extract, Organic Kiwi Oil and Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, this is one facial cream you MUST try.
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Ingredients: Vitamin A, Pomegranate Extract, Rosehip Oil, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, Organic Kiwi Oil, Vitamin B5, Grape Seed Extract, Lecithin, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid)
Rosey Collagen Serum, $30/1 Fl Oz
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According to Studioaroma.com,  “Marine collagen complex helps to rapidly repair damaged collagen fibers, significantly soothes deep wrinkles and allows skin to remain smooth and firm”.
This sounds about right to me. I was a little bit cautious at first because of the undisclosed “marine collagen complex”, but I also understand the need for formulators to keep their proprietary blends under wraps. Still, I rarely use anything with a proprietary blend, simply because if I don’t know what’s in it, I’m not comfortable using it. Jennifer eased my mind by giving me enough information on this that I am comfortable to assure myself and you that it is on hundred percent safe and natural.
As for the serum itself? It’s amazing. It’s got a gel texture, different from most serums, which tend to be quite oily. It’s really nice and light, and it penetrates the skin deeply, leaving a fast-acting refreshed, rosy glow. No kidding! I’ve definitely noticed firmer skin since using this line, and I’m sure this serum has a lot to do with that. As for deep wrinkles, I’m only just starting to see deeper lines in my forehead and a bit around my mouth (sigh), and time will tell whether this helps to reduce them. Studio Aroma’s Rosey Collagen Serum is not going to give you drastic surgery-like results (because, sorry darling, but nothing is, except, well, surgery), but I have certainly noticed more sculpted, toned skin since using it.

Ingredients: Organic Rose / Cornflower / Sandalwood Hydrosol, Honey Extract, Marine Collagen Complex, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Vitamine E, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6

And now for our giveaway item!

Multi Purpose Balm, $18/1 Oz

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I love me a good multi-use product, and friends, this one is awesome. With rich, ultra-moisturizing African Golden Shea Butter and a variety of oils like healing calendula, soothing chamomile and hydrating Golden Jojoba, this powerhouse aids everything from dry skin to cracked heels and hands, rashes, and minor inset bites and cuts. Balmy but not sticky, with a gentle scent that leans towards the chamomile, you’ll want one in your purse and another in your medicine cabinet.

 

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Ingredients:  African Golden Shea Butter, Carrier Oils (Chickweed, Marshmallow, Calendula, Comfrey, Golden Jojoba), Essential Oils (Blue Tansy, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense)

Jennifer has generously offered to give away one Multi Purpose Balm to a lucky Instagram follower- the giveaway will open Tuesday December 22nd, 2015 and the winner will be randomly selected on December 31st, 2015. The lucky winner will be announced on New Year’s Day, 2016! Watch for my giveaway post on Instagram (@shesoeco). All you have to do is follow me and  @studio_aroma on Instagram, like my giveaway post, and comment tagging two friends (on the Instagram post only!) Bonus entry if you repost my Instagram giveaway post and tag @shesoeco and @studio_aroma. Good luck!

I want to extend my deepest thanks to Green Market and all the artisans who participated in this gratifying and fun blog feature. I really love Green Market and the values it embodies. Supporting local, shopping small and buying handmade – these are all such important things, and Green Market embraces them wholeheartedly. I hope you get the chance to experience this amazing store for yourself.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who read, followed, liked and shared these posts.

I wish you all a joyous holiday season and the happiest, healthiest, cleanest New Year!

With local love,

Stephanie

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to reward myself with a hot bath and Studio Aroma’s Chocolate Rosehip Mask. And yes, that was foreshadowing at its finest.

Happy holidays!

 

13 Days of Green Market Giving: Day 12

I can’t believe it’s been twelve days already! It’s been a real joy to get to know the artisans at North Vancouver’s Green Market. What was originally going to be a twelve-day feature will now be thirteen days, so stay tuned for tomorrow’s bonus feature, which will focus on clean skincare brand Studio Aroma.

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Today, I’m pleased to introduce Sinful Designs

Now, I know I’ve been featuring a lot of jewelry from the Green Market, but if you comb through the posts, you will see that each artisan is very different, with their own unique style and tone. There is SO much to see at Green Market, and since I believe they curate some of the finest jewelry on the local scene, I absolutely could not finish this feature without showing the remarkable work of Lisete Cerqueira and her partner, Christine.

*All photos by Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco

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Above, a selection of various hand-cut and polished stone pendants from Sinful Designs.

One of the best parts of what I do is that I get to meet the makers, hear their stories and witness not only the fruits of their labour via their incredible work, but also their seemingly endless passion. Stories are so important to me. I love when I get a compliment on a ring, a hoodie, what have you, and I’m able to talk about who made it, what it’s made of, and some interesting facts about the artisan and the art.

Lisete Cerqueira’s artistry is matched by the pure love and passion she pours into her craft. Not only that, but she is truly a fascinating human with one heck of a story.

Cerqueira was born in Africa, and has lived and studied in Germany, England and Portugal. With a sculpting background nearly 25 years deep and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree under her belt, it’s not surprising that Lisete’s jewelry truly is wearable art. Unconvinced of the career prospects that came with her sculpting skills, yet still adamant about doing something that engaged her creativity, she achieved yet another degree, this time in Graphic Design. She then juggled part-time graphic artistry with full-time teaching (art and design, of course), at a high school.

After moving to a small space in Port Moody, B.C. in 2009, Cerqueira was challenged by the space limitations. Sculpting would be too noisy and dirty, so she revisited yet another creative endeavour; photography. On one of her outdoor photography excursions, Cerqueira encountered the Lapidary Club. Her curious nature prompted her to explore, and with the members welcoming her with open arms, she discovered a new obsession.

Amazed and enchanted by all the possibilities and beauty of gemstones, it was only a couple of months before Cerqueira began studying jewelry and faceting.

” I studied with Tom Schlegel, who was so generous he allowed me to use his fully equipped studio until I had enough resources to have my own. For two years I studied with him. It was a pleasure and a challenge. I applied my old skills in metal-working and learned many new ones for setting the gemstones in unique pieces of jewellery. His wife, Lisa Elser, is a famous artist, one of the crème de la crème faceters . She taught me how to facet and, again, she too let me use her equipment. Life is opportunity and fate, and I have been most fortunate in finding the right people. People willing to help and to give. A very Canadian feature that I love and embrace.”

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Above, simply stunning artistry and craftsmanship. A variety of stones and gems adorn these utterly unique rings.

It’s now been three years ago since Cerqueira began showing and selling her work. Sinful Designs has been featured at countless predominant markets and gem shows in B.C., and the line is an intriguing and beautiful collection ranging from simple yet stunning to gorgeous intricate statement pieces, with an endless array of stones, crystals, and metals. The energy around these creations is a beautiful thing- you instantly get the sense that something special is at work here and it’s immediately clear that each piece is lovingly crafted with expert eyes and creative, passionate hands.

Lisete and Christine are incredibly knowledgable about the materials they use- ask either of them about the properties and history of a certain crystal or stone, and they immediately rhyme off a wealth of information. And on the rare occasion they don’t know every tiny bit of info, they’ll whip out their Crystal Bible and go to town. Now that’s service.

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Above, beautiful spinning cylindrical Jasper rings on twisted silver bands, $20 or two for $30, Green Market.

As Cerqueira so aptly puts it, “I create meaningful wearable art, where design is reduced to its essential lines, producing clean and flowing shapes. I love what I do and do it with passion, and hopefully it shows in my work.”

It DEFINITELY does.

The proof is in the pudding, so here are some of my favourite pieces. Check out the selection at Green Market (7A Lonsdale avenue, North Vancouver), and gift someone with a work of wearable art this season! And if that someone is yourself, I totally don’t blame you. This is not your average jewellery- it’s sculpted, shaped, designed, and brought to life with skill, knowledge and an insatiable love for the craft.

Oval Rhodachrosite Ring w/sterling silver band, $75

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Don’t get any ideas – this is spoken for! I snapped this piece up for my sister-in-law, who loves big rings. I can’t wait to see her face when she opens it, and I will take great pleasure in telling her all about who made it.

Rhodachrosite is a rare stone, and it’s always pink because it’s a manganese based stone. Hand cut by Cerqueira and set in silver, the pretty pink stone hails from Argentina. This ring is beyond beautiful. It looks warmer or cooler pink depending on the light, but no matter what light is cast upon it, it’s a one of a kind, enchanting piece. Cerqueira has other Rhodochrosite pieces in her collection, so if you’re in love, pay her a visit!

Polychrome Jasper Ring w/sterling silver band and accents, $75, Green Market

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This Polychrome Jasper stone comes from Madagascar. Polychrome Jasper is also a rather rare stone. It takes a high polish and is highly silicified. How GORGEOUS is this ring?

Various Pendants, $25, Green Market

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Look at that rainbow of colours and variety of shapes. For just $25, these high quality pendants are a STEAL! The stones range from Orange Aventurine (middle row, second from left), to striped Brazilian Agate (middle row, fourth from left), and even Fireworks Obsidian from Mexico (middle row, furthest right), as well as an assortment of other pretty, hand cut stones. Affordable, unique, and beautiful!

Last but certainly not least, I am IN LOVE with the new, as yet untitled series from Sinful Designs. These gems take wearable art to a whole new level. Twists, curves, mixed metals (silver, rose and yellow gold) and an array of arresting stones dazzle in these artistic masterpieces. You simply have to see them in person! Coming soon to Green Market.

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Sadly, my camera phone photos do these beauties little justice. I saw them at the Shipyards Christmas Market today and while I didn’t have my actual camera on hand, I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps with my phone. I hope to properly photograph them soon!

I leave you with a few more photos of Sinful Designs pieces at Green Market, including one of Lisete herself. She looks confident and proud, and rightly so.

 

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With local love,

Stephanie

P.S. Sunday, December 20th is the last day to check out the Shipyards Christmas Market- and I HIGHLY recommend you do!

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13 Days of Green Market Giving: Day 11

Hello, again! Can you believe there are only SIX more shipping days until Christmas? Ahhhhh! Don’t panic. At least, not if you’re in North Vancouver or the general Vancouver area. Scroll through my home page and you’ll find this and ten other helpful posts featuring marvellous gifts from the amazing artisans of Green Market. (7A Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, behind Raglan’s).

There are still two more posts to come after this, too! When you head to the Green Market, you’ll be filled with relief- you really can get something for everyone, at any budget, in this North Vancouver artisan gift shop. Candles! Jewelry! Skincare! Clothing! Belt buckles! Plants! Local art!  Soap! And the list just goes on and on.

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Day 11 goes to Green Market owner Ingrid Doerr’s beautiful causal clothing line Infinity Clothing. Doerr does it all- she’s a designer, a seamstress, store owner, founder of the Shipyards Friday Night and Christmas Markets, and she has another brand, Resurrected, which features stunning reclaimed, reimagined wood products. (Click HERE for more on that.)

Infinity Clothing boasts a beautiful and broad range of hoodies, t-shirts, wraps, capes, leggings and more, mainly featuring Doerr’s arresting nature-inspired designs. With materials ranging from moisture-wicking, supersoft and regenerative bamboo to Melton wool to classic cotton, Infinity Clothing offers versatile pieces for work, play, yoga, and everything in between.

Here are just a few of my favourites.

Handmade Melton Wool Capes – $100 longer version, $80/cropped version. Colours include blue, cream and plaid.

Hanging up: Cropped melton wool cape in cream. Modelled: Blue melton wool cape, longer version, and plaid melton wool cape, longer version. All photos by Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco unless otherwise noted. Photos of me modelling cape by Ingrid Doerr.

These capes are simply adorable, and they’re brand new to the Green Market. Designed and handmade by Doerr, they make a sweet statement and are cozy as heck. They totally remind me of an urban version of Little Red Riding Hood. Get them while they last!

Bamboo Silkscreened wraps, $80

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Imagine these radiant wraps with comfy leggings, thick wool socks and a chunky beanie. Or take it to the other end of the style spectrum with a maxi skirt, layers of pretty necklaces, classic hoop earrings, and heels for an elegant evening look. No matter how you wear them, you can’t go wrong with these beauties. Ultra soft bamboo feels amazing against the skin, and Doerr’s eye-catching tree design is simply beautiful. Available in several different colours, these can be worn and styled so many different ways- well worth the investment!

Straight Outta North Van Hoodie, $30 (also available in Straight Outta Van City and Straight Outta East Van.)

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Bamboo silkscreened ponchos, $60

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I am always mesmerized Doerr’s designs, and this, in which a tree turns into a murder of crows, is one of my favourites. That, coupled with the unique cut and gorgeous tassle detailing at the front makes this a must-have. I love that the design covers one half of the poncho while the other half remains solid. It’s a striking contrast that you can’t help but stare at. Shown in blue, but available in other shades, such as this plum one (below photos from Green Market’s Facebook page)

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Silkscreened zip-up hoodie w/tree print, $40

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This is hands down my most-worn (and of course, most-washed) hoodie. Not only is it cozy and comfy, but it looks freaking amazing with jeans, leggings, and even PJ pants. I get compliments on the stunning design all the time! And I love the colour- it appears kind of royal blue here due to the light, but it’s actually more purple in person. It is my favourite hoodie of all! (And I love hoodies, so that says something.)

Above photo of me in hoodie by Carman Ho.

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Second photo (bottom) from Green Market’s Facebook page.

Infinity Clothing is an incredibly diverse brand with t-shirts, hoodies, wraps, poncho, leggings, and more, in a rainbow of colours and a variety of different sizes, styles and sleeve-lengths, for men, women and even a few pieces for kids. Rest assured that anything you choose form this remarkable brand is durable, comfortable, well-made and absolutely beautiful.

Quick! Hurry to Green Market and snap up your last minute gifts from local artisans!

And don’t forget to check out the Shipyards Christmas Market, too.

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With local love,

Stephanie

 

13 Days of Green Market Giving; Day 10

 

Welcome back! It’s been an absolute blast showcasing Green Market, the artisan gift shop and collective located at 7a Lonsdale ave, North Vancouver (behind Raglan’s).

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All photos in this post- Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Squamish-based brand Be Clean Naturally. Founder/owner Kirstin French created Be Clean Naturally with her husband, crafting non-toxic bar soap, laundry soap, essential oils, body products and more.

Check out this awesome gift basket, featuring real cedar sprigs, two soaps, a body soap, room/linen spray from Be Clean Naturally, a Gib & Nimm candle, and a lip balm from Shine Makes, available at Green Market! Green Market owner Ingrid just made them up today, and I was delighted to see them. They’re so pretty!

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A Little About Be Clean Naturally​

Be Clean Naturally is all about soap made with love and 100% natural ingredients, prepared by hand in small batches.  

We use only 100% pure essential oils when scenting our products and we don’t use dyes in our soaps.  Some of the soaps do vary slightly in colour, which comes from the different oils used, the exfoliants, minerals or honey added.

We avoid packaging whenever possible. Our bar soaps do not come with any paper packaging, they are stamped with a handmade, hardwood stamp to identify them.  All liquid soaps come in a plastic or glass bottle which is always refillable (and you get a discount if you bring your bottles back to be refilled).

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After having a phone conversation with Kirstin, I was so impressed by her passion and her story. Be Clean Naturally certainly makes high quality, clean products, but Kirstin’s commitment to the bare minimum in packaging and refilling all products offered in a bottle takes the quality of the business up a notch. Of course, the logical reasons for this are obvious, but I was curious as to whether there was a story behind Kirstin’s adamance to reduce waste and promote refilling. Turns out, there is.

When Kirstin was a child, she used to treasure visits to the local dump, because she would get to see bears. When she hit teenagehood, she of course had better things to do than visit the dump, but when she finally did revisit in her adulthood, she was utterly shocked at all the waste around her. This inspired her to change her way of thinking when it came to shopping and packaging, and she brought this into her own business. Marrying that awareness with her ingredient values (she suffered from acne, and nothing worked until she eliminated the chemical-laden skincare she had been using) resulted in Be Clean Naturally.

The brand has earned much success locally, and has a prominent storefront in Squamish. At Green Market, Be Clean Naturally is a favourite among staff and customers. Owner Ingrid Doerr is constantly raving about the Gib & Nimm Forest Spice candle (French recently purchased this candle company), and with good reason- the pure essential oils within it truly do emulate a B.C. forest and Christmas cheer. When this candle is lit at the store, customers are constantly asking what the divine smell is.

But that’s not all people are loving from Be Clean Naturally at Green Market- here are a few of this brand’s amazing products, handpicked by yours truly.

Be Clean Naturally  Lemongrass Laundry Soap, $12, Green Market

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Gentle on skin and clothes, yet tough on dirt and stains, this water-based laundry soap smells divine and is free from artificial fragrance, dyes, and other toxic chemicals you find in most mainstream laundry soaps and detergents. Scented with pure essential oils (with an unscented version available), this is the right way to clean your clothing! Comes in a beautiful glass bottle (refillable, of course!) that holds enough soap for 14 large loads.

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Rose handcrafted bar soap, $6, Green Market

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(photographed with different lighting, because I’m nerdy like that, and it’s just so pretty – I had to).

So, this soap is to die for. It’s gentle enough for the face, but that doesn’t stop it from offering a deep, naturally fragrant clean. Indulge in a rich, luxurious lather and inhale the delectable aroma of not one, not two, not even three, but a quadruple dose of rose.

You read that right- this handcrafted soap contains rosehip oil, roship botanical extract, rose buds and rose essential oil. This means you’re not only going to get squeaky clean skin, but you’ll also be drinking in the many benefits of the flower that is as rich in health advantages as it is in romantic implications. With a wide range of benefits from anti-aging to anti-depressant, rose oils and extracts are nothing short of powerhouses. To say nothing of the oils accompanying the rose in this soap, (such as ylang ylang and patchouli), all of which have their own health benefits.

What’s so riveting about rose? Check out this cool info sheet I found on Organicfacts.net (click the link to read the full, and fascinating article).

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Awesome, right? I’m pretty stoked, because (if you can’t tell by the fact that I have a ton of dried ones on hand at all times to use as props), I’m a fan of rose everything (as long as it’s natural).

The rosebuds along the top are like the icing on the cake of this exceptional artisan soap. Highly recommend!

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Shaving bar soap, Green Market, $6

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I’m tempted to hang on to this one, but I’m going to stuff it in my husband’s stocking. There’s something so authentic and old-timey about a guy lathering up with a simple bar. Be Clean Naturally’s Shaving Soap offers up a lovely, unisex fragrance (which leans heavily toward the spearmint and clove oils within it). Another plus; I’m confident this soap will be great for my husband’s sensitive skin. With nourishing, hydrating jojoba, coconut and avocado oils and a variety of beneficial essential oils (the husband isn’t sensitive to any of them, thankfully!), I’m quite sure he’s going to love shaving with this!

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Gib & Nimm  Soy Wax Candles (Forest Spice, Lemongrass) in glass jar- $17 each, Green Market

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I know I’ve already talked about them, but seriously, these candles are dreamy. Be Clean Naturally has recently taken over this candle company and Kirstin and her team have been crafting the divine-smelling soy wax candles. Each candle smells exactly like its namesake, by way of pure essential oils, of course. The packaging is simple and clean, and the aromas that radiate from these beauties are out of this world. The folks at Be Clean Naturally have some mighty fine essential oils, and they’re prominently featured in these beautiful candles. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much fragrance a natural essential oil can churn out- and how long that can last. These are scented candles done right, folks.

Head down to the Green Market to see more of Bee Clean Naturally‘s fantastic range, and check out the remarkable goods from other local artisans- this is THE place to get your last minute shopping done if you want to give a thoughtful, meaningful gift.

Don’t forget to swing by the legendary Shipyards Christmas Market this coming weekend, beginning tomorrow (Friday, December 18th).

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13 Days of Green Market Giving: Day 9

Yes, you read that right! After spending so much time at Green Market this  week, I’ve realized that I need to add a bonus post in my 12 Days feature- I had another awesome artisan jump on board, and so I’ve done some rearranging in the order of things and there will now be a lucky thirteenth post as well.

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(Above photo courtesy of Green Market)

For now, though, let me introduce you to Juliet925, a Yaletown-based handmade fine jewelry brand available at Green Market, 7A Lonsdale (behind Raglan’s), North Vancouver.

Founder/designer and creator Anita uses sterling silver and various other elements such as stones and crystals to shape pieces that are at once softly feminine, classically elegant and  modern minimalist, with an edgy shape-focused twist. I was mesmerized at first glance by Anita’s whimsical statement adornments. From simple, on-trend  hammered stacking rings to striking chainmaille necklaces, from delicate crystal bracelets to the classic best-selling knot/double-knot rings, each and every piece from Juliet925 is a handcrafted work of wearable art.

With a background in several art mediums, including drawing, sculpture, painting and even metalsmithing, it’s no wonder Anita’s eye-catching work is such a hit at Green Market.

Juliet925 uses only North American silver, sourced from refiners that adhere to sustainability pledges. Most of the stones used in Juliet925 designs come from personal collections accessed through rock and gem shows throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

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Here are some of the gorgeous pieces by Juliet925, available at Green Market. All photos by Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco

Sterling Silver Double Knot Ring, $39, Green Market
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Clean and sleek, this ring looks gorgeous alone as a simple statement or with any number of other double/single knot or stacking rings from Juliet925. You really can’t have too many of them. Case in point:

 

 

 

 

12 Days of Green Market Giving: Day 8

Welcome back to my 12 Days of Green Market Giving feature! I’ve had a blast showcasing the awesome artisans at Green Market, which is a darling little gift store located in the heart of Lower Lonsdale, behind Raglan’s (7A Lonsdale avenue is the exact address).

For the past week, I’ve been highlighting a different artisan each day from the Green Market, and today, we’re going to do something a little bit different.

It’s stocking stuffer day! I’ve rounded up some of my favourite things to fill a stocking with- all locally made, all available at Green Market. Stockings are highly underrated, if you ask me. I love all the little trinkets and treasures found within them. This holiday season, go the extra mile for those you love by choosing thoughtful, local and quality stocking stuffers from the Green Market!

 

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Middle row, left to right:

Bee Zen beeswax “hive” candle, $8.00 – Support a New Westminster beekeeper and stuff a stocking with this adorable handcrafted hive candle, complete with little bees!

Be Clean Naturally Uplifting Room & Linen Spray, $12/bottle –A blend of fragrant and mood-lifting pure essential oils delight in a base of distilled water and witch hazel. Lightens your mind, and scents your home or linen the natural way! Handmade in Squamish, B.C.

Shine Makes All Natural Pit Stick Mini, $6 –I will rave about this natural, hand crafted deodorant until the cows comes home, because it’s just that good. This mini is the perfect size to stuff a stocking with- grab one for you, too! You’ll be buying the full size as soon as this generously-sized mini runs out. Coconut oil, baking soda and a variety of essential oils create odour-busting perfection, with a mild, unisex scent.

Find out more about this awesome deodorant HERE

Be Clean Naturally bar soap, $6.00, is an all-natural handmade soap that comes in over ten varieties, including Rose, Coffee, Chamomile, Tea tree, Mint, and shown here, Honey. They smell beautiful, without the use of chemical fragrance!

Maple Roch Maple Syrup, $5.50, 5ml – This 100% natural maple syrup from Summerland, B.C. boasts the coveted Eco Cert label! Rich, sweet, full-bodied and downright delicious! Perfect for Christmas morning pancakes.

Shine Makes All Natural Lip Balm, $5, is another must-have from this North Vancouver brand. Available in Sweet Orange, Peppermint, and Vanilla Lemon, these completely natural, hand crafted balms are ultra-hydrating and taste amazing!

Out in front, from left-to-right:

Shine Makes Christmas earrings, $10, are super festive and come in a variety of colours and sizes. SO fun!

Check out more of Shine Makes jewelry HERE 

Also check out Bits & Keys’ earrings, $10/pair (not pictured, but they can be seen HERE)- they make excellent stocking stuffers too!

Studio Aroma Lip Gloss, $11,  has recently become my favourite. Made up of a variety of natural oils that drench the lips with moisture and serious shine, this gloss tastes and smells just like its main ingredient- Rosehip oil. I also love the brush-on, twist-up packaging- it allows for easy application. Handmade in Vancouver, B.C. Expect to hear a lot more about this wonderful green beauty brand very soon!

In the back:

Black Tusk Jerky Grass Fed Beef Jerky, $10/80 gram bag – This new addition to the Green Market is sure to please any jerky lover on your list! Available in three flavours (shown here, Very Teriyaki), this premium jerky is made with certified BC beef, grass fed, and free from added nitrates, added sugar,  soy, and gluten.

This is just the tip of the iceberg- head down to Green Market to find out what other local delights they have in store!

And don’t forget to check out the upcoming  Shipyards Christmas Market:

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With local love,

Stephanie

12 Days of Green Market Giving: Day 7

Today officially marks day seven in my “12 Days of Green Market Giving”. All week long, we’ve been celebrating Green Market, the North Vancouver artisan gift shop that’s taking Lower Lonsdale by storm with its handpicked selection of quality, locally made gifts for anyone and everyone on your list. From clothing to jewellery, from body and skincare to belt buckles, from handmade signs to loose-leaf organic tea and everything in between, Green Market truly does have something for everyone. You can get all your Christmas shopping done in one trip, AND  when you buy Green Market, you support your community (as opposed to multi-million dollar massive companies that peddle plastic and aren’t known for their ethical policies and procedures.) Plus, you give beautiful, meaningful gifts this way!

Head over to 7A Lonsdale ave (behind Raglan’s) to check out this North Vancouver gem, and pay them a visit on their Facebook page HERE.

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(above photo courtesy of Green Market)

Day seven belongs to one of Green Market owner Ingrid Doerr’s brands, Resurrected. If you’re a North Vancouverite, you’ve likely crossed paths with Doerr in one way or another. She’s a constant presence on the North Shore. Between owning two brands (Resurrected salvaged wood products and Infinity clothing,), founding and operating the North Shore Green Markets at the Shipyards (this includes the famous Summer Friday night markets and the upcoming Christmas Market), and of course, owning the Green Market shop, it’s a wonder this woman has any time to sleep! She’s literally devoted her life to her community and the artisans within it- supporting handmade, local makers is her very first priority, and it shows in all the amazing work she does.

But aside from all the work and effort she puts into other artisans, Doerr is no slouch at creating her own amazing wares. Resurrected began when Doerr started making bags from old leather jackets.Doerr got so busy with her markets that her own work took a backseat for a time, but she’s now ready to resurrect (pun intended) this aspect of her creativity.

The idea behind Resurrected is to breathe new life into salvaged  and recycled wood and other found materials. In partnership with her carpenter, Doerr designs and creates growler holders, charming shabby chic signs, coat racks and more. She often adds her own artistic touch by applying her beautiful, intricate designs to these items,(stunning trees birds, inspirational words, etc.), via the same silkscreening process she uses for her clothing. Water-based, fully compostable dyes are used for this process.

Here are a few unique, enchanting items from Resurrected, available exclusively at Green Market. Brighten someone’s Christmas by gifting them with one of Ingrid Doerr’s creations- you’ll be sure to put an ear-to-ear grin on the giftee’s face!

*Photos- Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco*

‘Believe’ Reclaimed Wood Shabby Chic Door Sign, $20, Green Market

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Beautiful curvy cursive delivers a sweetly simple message while a darling white snowflake adds a touch of seasonal charm. The silkscreened white pops against the vibrant, festive handprinted red of this delightful salvaged wood sign. Grab one for your own door and tuck one under your arm as a hostess gift- you can’t go wrong!

Reclaimed wood Growler holder w/vintage hand drill handle, $70, Green Market

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This unique growler holder, topped with a vintage hand drill, is a heck of a find! Use if for its intended purpose (show up with this and two freshly-filled growlers -get some local craft beer from Green Leaf Brewing Co., just steps away from Green Market), or get creative! Grab a bunch of items from Green Market, stuff this beautiful piece with pretty tissue paper and give a one-of-a-kind local artisan gift basket! So many ways to use this awesome piece.

Reclaimed wood bottle holder w/tree silkscreen print, $40

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The picture says it all- look at that rich dark wood and the stunning contrast created by the pretty white tree (designed by Doerr). Instant conversation piece!

Reclaimed Wood Christmas Tree Word Sign, $20, Green Market

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More sweet seasonal signage! How pretty are these uplifting words arranged into a Christmas tree with Doerr’s silkscreening process. I love the look of the bare wood behind the pop, pop, pop of that bright Christmas red. Timeless.

Take a trip to Green Market and pick up these beauties before they disappear! And don’t forget to check out the fabulous Christmas Market:

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See you here tomorrow for Day 8!

With local love,

Stephanie

12 Days of Green Market Giving: Day 6

Here we are, already halfway through my 12 days of glorious gift ideas from the wonderful local artisans at North Vancouver’s Green Market (located at 7a Lonsdale avenue, behind Raglan’s.)

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(above photo courtesy of Green Market).

Today, I’m featuring another jewellery vendor found at the Green Market. There are several at this lovely artisan gift shop, but the wonderful part is that no two are even remotely alike.

Enter Bonnie Hammond’s Bits and Keys’ which fits right in to the whimsical, crafty wonder that Green Market is chock full of. Hammond took some time out of her only day off (Bits & Keys’ is her full-time gig, but she also teaches occupational health and safety and the history of Unions at high schools across the province, as well as running Curious Flea in New Westminster) to fill me in on all the bits and pieces that make up her entrepreneurial endeavour.

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The extra apostrophe in Bits and Keys’ is actually intentional- Hammond’s intent is to have the name pronounced Bits and Keyses (as in, word play on bits and pieces). This cute, funky bit of fun falls right in line with her work. Hammond has been making jewellery with upcycled vintage  keys, doll furniture (tea cups), and various other found objects for three years now.

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(Above: Part of Bits and Keys’ unique display at the Green Market shop. Photo: Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco)

After falling in love with a necklace with a vintage key and chain mail during a trip to San Fransisco, the seed of an idea was born. A little later, when Hammond was trying to come up with cool ideas for raising funds to help send a group to Cuba on a work brigade, the key necklace popped back into her mind and she remembered thinking that she could definitely make jewellery of that sort. After a trip to the Vancouver Flea Market, where she purchased $1000 worth of delightful little odds and ends such as chains, keys, tea cups, clocks, and other trinkets, Hammond created some of her own unique, upcycled pieces- and her vintage key necklaces sold out.

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This ‘Eureka’ moment was just what Hammond needed to spark the fire that set Bits and Keys’ into motion. She took a corner of her woodworking father’s table at the famous North Shore Green Market Friday night markets, and within a year, Bits and Keys’ was her full time gig. Since then, Hammond’s line, which is a wonderland of spirited, fun, crafty pieces, has been a huge hit at markets, music festivals, and of course, Green Market. While each piece is one of a kind, Hammond is quick to clarify that if you see something you like, this craftswoman can almost certainly recreate it for you.

Fun and whimsy is at the heart of Bits and Keys’,  but Hammond is serious about sustainability. She uses upcycled/recycled items as often as possible, and opts for mostly metals (sometimes glass), utilizing plastic only on the rare occasion that she comes across an irresistible vintage piece that contains it. Hammond also employs a strict zero-waste policy – she uses absolutely everything she can, and when she has something she can’t use, it goes to someone in her wide circle of artisans. What’s more, she takes donations- so before you throw it out, go see her, and remember that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

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Above, the adorable assortment of Bits and Keys’ handmade earrings at Green Market. Just $10 a pop, these unique beauties feature everything from thimbles to teacups to keys, and as you can see, everything in between! All hooks are purchased new and are lead and nickel free and hypoallergenic. Photo: Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco.

Here are a few of my favourite $10 earrings:

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Left-to-right: Teacups, Vintage Keys, and stunning walnut wood scraps from Hammond’s father’s woodwork. (photo: Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco)

And how irresistible are these old thread spools (for a vintage Singer machine, which Hammond notes are detectable due to their thinner spools- the newer ones are thicker.)

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Oh, and check out this darling tea ball, adorned with trinkets added by Hammond’s skilled hands, just $20 with any purchase of Tea Lani  teas at Green Market (there are only a couple of these left, and they’re all different!)

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(photos: Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco)

In case all of this wasn’t enough, Hammond frequently does custom orders, turning family heirlooms into wearable art, or shopping for customers to create something based on their vision. One such example is this custom made spoon necklace, which Hammond was commissioned to hand-stamp an entire banana bread recipe onto. How cute is that? (photo: Bonnie Hammond).

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Another intriguing aspect about Hammond is that she takes Bits and Keys’ into homes! Yep, she does parties where she brings her bag of tricks (which, she says, is “like eighty pounds”, and is always on hand for her to tinker  with at any time or place), and guests can bring their odds and ends, broken jewellery, special treasures, etc. They sit around drinking wine and making jewellery- sounds like a super fun girl’s night in!

Last but not least, here I am in my beloved vintage key necklace from Bits and Keys’.

 

I’ve only just scratched the surface of this remarkable, hardworking woman and her business, so make sure to check out the selection of Bits and Keys’ at Green Market, and visit them online via their Facebook page.

Who will be featured for Day 7? Come back and visit to find out!

With local love,

Stephanie

12 Days of Green Market Giving: Day 5

Welcome to day five of my 12-day blog feature on the artisans at North Vancouver’s Green Market artisan gift store. Located at 7A Lonsdale ave (tucked in behind Raglan’s an the surrounding restaurants), this Lower Lonsdale treasure chest features hand-picked, hand-made goods from local artisans.

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(Above photo from Green Market’s Facebook page)

Back in my Day 2 post, (see it HERE) I talked about the lovely jewelry from Shine Makes. Today, I’m talking about the other side of Carman Ho’s North Vancouver brand. Shine Makes features a wide range of jewelry, but also purveys a range of handcrafted home and body care as well! Carman’s clean, green lifestyle products are some of my favourites in the world, so I wanted to give them a post all their own.

While everything you  from Shine Makes (including home cleaner, lip balms, bug spray and sunscreen) is wonderful, made with love and premium, non-toxic ingredients, I’ve somehow narrowed it down to four that I think are perfect for the season and excellent for gifts!

Photos: Stephanie Edmonds/She’s So Eco

Natural Pit Stick, $15, Green Market

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Chances are you’ve heard or read my raves about this amazing, all-natural deodorant before. It’s the one I constantly recommend to anyone seeking a truly effective natural deodorant, and I’ve turned many a friend, follower and family member into loyal customers based on this amazing gem. Carman likes to say that I “made her deodorant famous”, but SHE is the one who did that-I just spread the word!

Serious odour protection that lasts all day, and is free from perfume, parabens and all the other nasties you do NOT want on your body, the full size is well worth the price, but there’s also a mini available for $6. This is one of Shine Makes’ very best products. I can’t recommend it enough! I love that it’s made with local beeswax, and hydrating organic coconut oil and shea butter. It has a light scent- it mostly smells like the coconut oil, but the lavender and tea tree essential oils break through a bit for a lovely, mild unisex scent. Excellent for men and women!

Lavender Hand & Body Butter, $12, Green Market

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Ohhhhhhh, this stuff is like gold in a creamy, luxurious form. The natural lavender scent is dreamy- almost as dreamy as the smooth, soft, hydrating punch this hand & body butter packs in just one application. A little goes a long way, so the 4-oz bottle will last you for ages, ;having your hands and body smelling gorgeous and feeling moisturized and smooth as silk.

Cough & Cold Rub, $10, Green Market

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Tis the season for joy, laughter, coughs and colds! But did you know that the leading brand of cough and cold rub is full of chemicals like FRAGRANCE and petrochemicals? This is counter-productive, people! Fragrance is NOT an ingredient- and it has no business being in anything you put on your body. This is an umbrella term used by brands to disguise the contents-  whenever you see perfume or fragrance on a label without disclosure of exactly what the fragrance is comprised of, you can safely assume that there are lots of undisclosed chemicals within that “fragrance”. Scary stuff! Besides, why would you want to basically be rubbing a bottle of perfume on your throat and chest, ESPECIALLY when you (or your loved ones) are under the whether?

Luckily, this all-natural, handmade balm provides instant relief thanks to the potent therapeutic essential oils. It really is comfort in a jar. I use it all the time on myself and my child when we get colds and coughs, and we both find it to be very soothing. It has a lovely minty/eucalyptus scent and spreads easily thanks to the non-gmo avocado oil and locally sourced beeswax. You and your family deserve the best, so grab this handmade, all-natural alternative to the much-less-healthy leading brand, and experience relief the natural way.

 Natural Perfume Oils $18, Green Market

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Appropriately enough, given what I just said about fragrance and perfume, Shine Makes has an amazing array of handmade, tuly natural perfumed oils. From health-driven (Balanced Mind, Well Being) to seasonal (Christmas Spirit, Ginger Snap), with many others in between, these oils are fragrant, lasting, and all-natural. Each oil has a luxurious golden jojoba oil base, surrounded by pure, divine-smelling essential oils. They all smell beautiful, and there is a scent for everyone- from sweet to floral.

Check out the diverse range of Shine Makes products at Green Market, and be sure to watch for them in my upcoming stocking stuffer edition of the 12 Days of Green market Giving feature!

With local love,

Stephanie