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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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

 

Review – Element Botanicals Man Up All Natural Deodorant

Ladies and gentlemen! Drum roll please! I have a MAJOR announcement. She’s So Eco is expanding to include a male perspective and I am pleased to welcome Rhys Murley as a guest blogger for the He’s So Eco section. Rhys will be writing reviews as he wishes, on green, eco-friendly products and issues relevant to men. A talented Jack of all trades (I mean, this guy is a writer, a singer, a father, a husband, a foodie/cook, a landscaper, and….I could go on, but I feel like I’ve justified the “Jack of all trades” thing as it is ), Rhys is an eco-enthusiast with a fun edge, a great look and an awesome personality and writing style. He also happens to be one of my closest friends, and I work hard at making sure the people in my life are amazing,so there’s that.

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All photos in this post by Stephanie Deline (She’s So Eco)

I’d like to welcome Rhys, and I hope you all will, too! For his first review, Rhys will be discussing Element Botanicals all natural Man Up Deodorant. Element Botanicals is one of my new favourite B.C. brands, so I’m pretty stoked for their appearance here.  You can expect lots about Element Botanicals from me very soon, too! Without further ado, I present the very first He’s So Eco review written from a male perspective! Take it away, Rhys! Deo

For my first batch of reviews here, I am quite happy that it is for a very appropriately named product line: Man Up from Element Botanicals. And what does every man need, other than a good razor? A strong, solid, kick-ass deodorant! And Element Botanicals serves up an excellent contender with their 100% natural Man Up deodorant. I was sent the sample size, which is good for at least 3 weeks of use. The full size, sample size, and full range of Man Up products can be found here (click that!) deodorant

I have been using the deodorant for two weeks now, and overall I am incredibly pleased. I also happened to begin a new job in landscaping at the beginning of my usage, which coincidentally allowed for a more strenuous test run of Man Up – Bonus! At first I was skeptical; I have been using “natural” deodorants for close to a year now and have found that the majority still use somewhat harmful and unnatural ingredients, such as parfum/fragrance. Not the case with Element Botanicals’ Man Up. It actually is 100% natural, using essential oils to provide the manly, but not over the top or headache-inducing scent that men (and women!) crave; a powerful punch of antioxidants, and baking soda to aid with moisture reduction and keep you feeling fresh throughout the day. There are a ton of natural, beneficial ingredients within this formula, such as the coconut oil which is great for your skin and ginseng which helps to energize. See the end of the post for a full list of ingredients, and definitely do some research on them- you’ll find some pretty awesome benefits- this formula has clearly been carefully put together. deo1

Anyways, on to my experience! As I previously mentioned, I have recently begun landscaping (a new career path) and the physical work combined with the early spring weather here in Lower Mainland, B.C. (20 Celsius last Wednesday, that’s right, be jealous) has provided the perfect conditions for my test of Man Up. Even after getting up in the early a.m. and sweating all day, I don’t need a reapplication of deodorant unless I just want to smell extra manly This is a huge plus for me, seeing as with traditional deodorants I found that I would have body odour part way through the day and would need to reapply at least once, twice if I worked out. Another big thumbs up, my wife digs the scent, which is always a benefit. Note from Stephanie/She’s So Eco- I’m right there with your lovely wife, Rhys! I love the scent, too. It’s like…this is going to sound weird, but it reminds me of cola! Cola with a hint of earthy musk and a slight herbal tinge- it’s REALLY great – manly but not overpowering or harsh. I will definitely be purchasing this for my guy . So Rhys, it seems like you really dig this deodorant! Back to you.

I do have one downside, albeit a small one, which is I am beginning to notice a slight residue on my darker shirts. I could just be putting on too much in the morning, so I will experiment further and give an update in my next post. And remember, this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant (I have to remind myself too), and sweating is normal and good for your pits. It actually helps cool you down and assists with ridding your body of toxins, and it even helps fight infection. So if you’re sweating, don’t freak out. Just do some deep breathing and calm the heck down or you’ll sweat more! All in all, Man Up Deodorant from Element Botanicals, who handcraft their products out of White Lake, B.C. using as much locally sourced and organically grown ingredients as possible like the bosses they are, is a definite keeper for me, and I’m very particular about my deodorants, ask my wife. I will definitely want to be using this as my regular from now on and I can confidently recommend it to other men who like to be and smell manly.

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Keep watch for more reviews on eco/green products and lifestyle posts for guys.

Cheers from Rhys!