REVIEW: Belle & Candide Bath Milk

Product was sent for review purposes.
All opinions are my own, always *casts doe patronus*


Hey everyone, I have another #ShopLocal inspired post for you all, especially those living in jolie Quebec.

L’Atelier Candide is an e-retailer that sells recognizable and popular eco-friendly Canadian brands – Green Beaver, Graydon, and Kaia Naturals being some of the more familiar ones to me.

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They were kind enough to send over the Belle & Candide Bath Milk, which is their in-house natural beauty brand! I chose the scent Eucalyptus & Lime, but they have other delicious-sounding scents such as Lavender & Hibiscus and Sugar & Spices!


INFO

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SCENT: Eucalyptus and Lime
PRICE: $20 CAD
AMOUNT: 330g / 11.06oz
PACKAGING: Glass bottle with metal cap
MADE IN: Montreal

A natural fragrance of eucalyptus essential oil for a spa day at home!

As temperatures drop and winter sets in, there’s nothing better than a warm and relaxing time at home. In addition to promoting relaxation and helping you let go of tension, our bath milks will leave your skin soft and hydrated.

Benefits of a milk bath:

  • Promotes relaxation and well-being
  • Moisturizes, softens and prevents skin from drying out
  • Gently exfoliates thanks to the lactic acid naturally present in milk.

Made in Montreal (Quebec, Canada).


INGREDIENTS

INCI: Sodium bicarbonate, lac powder, avena sativa (oats), zea mays starch (corn starch), perfume (mixture of essential oils).

Off the bat, not happy that baking soda is the first ingredient. Baking Soda is great in small amount in skincare to adjust the pH, but as the main ingredient and it’s natural pH is 8.3, it’s not super skin friendly. I was hoping that the Bath Milk being diluted in a tub of whatever would help, but alas, I can feel the squeaky clean feeling on my skin after a soak.

The other ingredients however, I like! Milk Powder always makes my skin feel very soft and soothed, paired with oats, it’s definitely a great combo! I just wish they were the more prominent ingredients in the mix.


EXPERIENCE

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USAGE: 3 generous shakes spread in the bath tub. Initially the product is chunky and you’d want to just break it down with your fingers, otherwise it dissipates pretty easily.

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MID-BATH: The scent is noticeable on initial pour but not overwhelming.

RESULT: My body has a nice light scent after the bath of Eucalyptus and Lime! I really like how it’s not artificial smelling and overpowering. However my skin feels “squeaky clean” in general, not in a good way. There’s a bit of residue left from what I think are the oats, but definitely not a tub ruiner.


FINAL THOUGHTS

For $20, the Belle & Candide Bath Milks are a nice treat, and I really like that I don’t have to use half the bottle to get a lovely, lingering scent on my skin.

Aside from that, I really hope the brand considers swapping out Baking Soda for something else that will help the skin retain some moisture better after a steamy hot bath.

Belle & Candide products can be purchased on L’Atelier Candide’s official website.

Hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo,

M

HAIRCARE HAUL: She’s a big one!

Hey everyone!

I haven’t done a hair specific post before, but I’d thought no better time then now since I bought a LOT of items to improve my scalp and hair.

I’ve tried every single product listed below, but will wait another month to give them proper reviews. All you have to know for now is I’ve been getting positive comments on how my hair has been looking! My friend says it visibly looks smoother, my mother even noticed it looks thicker and fuller, particular at the front, and I’ve noticed my hair feels super soft despite having bleached/dyed ends.

My hair:  Long (underboob length). Dark brown that gets natural highlights in the summer, tips are dyed because I’ve been growing out my natural hair – haven’t dyed my hair since December 2017. Pretty much straight 24/7 – although when I get a haircut there is a slight wave. Would say mostly my hair is 1A. Low porosity. Not thick like typical Asian hair but still considered thick (if that makes sense).

My Scalp: Used to be super inflamed when I bleached for years, to the point where I developed a disgusting amount of dandruff. Now it is fairly balanced – no dandruff, but scalp gets itchy by the 2nd day after washing. Scalp can get quite oily. I tried “adjusting” to wash my hair only 1-2x a week for a year and it never adjusted (yes, even without using heat, using SLS and silicone-free shampoo / conditioners, dry shampoo).


CALIA NATURAL

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Broken record intro, yes, I heard about this from Holistic Habits lol.

I actually contacted Calia Natural customer service because they actually have such a huge selection of products, catered to any hair type! After explaining to them my current scalp and hair situation, they recommended for me the Purifying line for dry hair, the Balancing line, and to do a conditioning mask every so often. I opted for the smallest sizes of their Purifying Shampoo, Balancing Conditioner, and Intensive Conditioner. I’ve used these a handful of times and holy moly, my hair feels AMAZING. I’m no stranger to SLS-free, silicone-free shampoos and such. I’ve actually been using them for years. I think the biggest standout about their products is that they are attentive to the pH of their products. Their shampoos are around pH 5.5 (like the scalp) and conditioners around pH 4.5 (like the hair shaft). I am VERY impressed with these products so far, and totally get the hype around them.


THE INNATE LIFE + HASK

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This brand has also been mentioned by Holistic Habits, but it was actually OrganicallyAnna’s review that convinced me to give this the Innate Life a go. I purchased their small bundle which contains their Scalp Treatment for Problematic Scalp, Herbal Hair Mask and Rose Hair Elixir. I have had an irritated scalp for years, and have always bought serums to help. Not once however, did I ever intently massage my scalp, or did I ever use something so oil-based for it before! I tried coconut oil in the past and honestly w-t-f is the point if I need to do 2-4 shampoos to get it out!? So far though the Scalp Treatment has been fairly easy to wash out, and very enjoyable to use! I love the scent of the Herbal Hair Mask, but it performs kinda meh; I’ll have to try it in different ways to see how it performs best.

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Usually for hair oils, silicone always performs the best for me, hence why I purchased an amazingly affordable one from Hask – their Monoi Nourishing Shine Oil. I love how a small amount goes a long way and makes my bleached, dyed ends feels soft. However, I am equally as impressed and more obsessed with the smell from the Innate Life’s Rose Hair Elixir. O-M-G, yes, you smell like roses for majority of the day if you use this in your hair. Both hair oils have great scents actually, not super strong, quite subtle, but I prefer the natural scent from the Rose Hair Elixir.


BEACH COSMETICS

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After giving spot-on recommendations, I trusted OrganicallyAnna with another one of her favourites, Beach Cosmetics Mellow Out Leave-In Conditioning Detangler. After having horrid results from using Carina Organics Sweet Pea Leave-In Conditioner, I steered clear from leave-in conditioners for a while. I tried a sample-size of the Briogeo one and actually seemed decent, but I opted to support a more local brand made by a Canadian actress! I’ve used this detangler the least amount of times compared to the other products, but I still enjoyed using it the couple of times I did! It’s a lovely fine spray, leaves my hair actually detangled, feeling soft, and smelling like a cookie! It’s a bit too faux-fragranced for my liking, yet I can’t stop smelling my hair and feeling delicious. Either way while it’s in my hair it’s not overpowering and I don’t smell it unless I willingly sniff my hair (admittedly more often than usual). I may consider the Briogeo one in the future but for now I’m happy with the one I just got!


TEK BRUSHES + KITSCH

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The only tools / accessories purchased in this haul! I feel like almost every channel I watched, TEK Brushes were ALWAYS mentioned! And on top of that, I haven’t found a brush that looks quite like it (well, I did, but the quality was poo-poo). I caved and bought TEK’s Oval Brush, which I have been loving! Basically a wooden brush is supposed to help massaging your scalp, help distribute your natural oils throughout your hair strands, and not cause a lot of breakage to your hair when brushing. So far the head massages have been nice and gentle, and I can’t really tell if the “oil distribution” part is doing much. Either way this brush definitely performs and is great quality! As for the Kitsch Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap – I like how microfiber absorbs a lot of water from my hair, for this has helped reduce the amount of heat I use significantly! I already had a microfiber cloth, but Kitsch offered a turban towel so I had to get it. I’m happy to report that it fits all my hair easily!

Honourable Mention: Revlon One-Step Dryer and Volumizer. Check out my Instagram post on it if you want to know more about why I love this tool!


And that’s that for the haul! I’m going to attempt to explain my haircare routine in the future, and I’ll be reviewing some of the products at a later date (I’m thinking July, since some of these products are made by Canadians!).

xo, M

SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #6]: Riversol SPF 30 Lightweight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

 

 

Price: $39 CAD
Amount: 60 ml
Protection: UVA/UVB
Strength: SPF 30

UV FILTERS:
Type: Physical
Zinc Oxide 10%
Titanium Dioxide 6%

INGREDIENTS:
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CONSISTENCY: Mousse.

 

 

APPLICATION: Easy to blend with no sign of pilling. I’ve seen suggestions on their website you don’t need to apply a lot to cover your face, which is the complete opposite of what I hear from dermatologists or skincare professionals…
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FINISH: Glow up.
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FEEL: Light.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST? I do notice the tint slightly, but over all it seems to mask the whitecast.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS?
I haven’t been using it enough to see, but so far it’s performing well as a cosmetically elegant physical sunscreen that’s slightly moisturizing.

UNDER MAKEUP:
Not as difficult to blend in as the Ordinary UV Mineral Filters, but not as easy as the other sunscreens I’ve reviewed thus far. Overall I think it’s good since I’m simple with my base anyways.

WHERE TO BUY:
Riversol’s Official Website

Riversol SPF 30 Lightweight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen * is one of the better physical sunscreens I have come across so far. What I like is that the tube is filled with product, no empty space to be found once you receive it. If I can’t get a hold of Elta Md at an affordable price I will definitely go back to this one.

By the way, I just got an email saying that if you purchase Riversol SPF 30 Sunscreen from their official website, you will get free shipping! It’s like a sign to try it, no? 😛

Thanks for sticking with me this far! One more to go!

xo, M


DISCLAIMER, PR, AFFILIATES

REVIEW: Green Beaver Extra Dry Skin Body Lotion and Extra Moisturizing Lip Balm

Sun’s out, meaning my dry and scaly legs want to get out of hibernation. I was sent 2 products from Green Beaver’s Extra Dry Skin Therapy Line to prepare for such an occasion.

Green Beaver is a local, affordable, family-run Canadian brand that focuses on creating safe, natural products for any part of your body. I’ve always seen the brand in many health and eco shops I walk into, and always noticed they had a vast amount of products.

I’ve been using the following Green Beaver products for the past few weeks and am ready to share my thoughts with you all!

Green Beaver Extra Dry Skin Body Lotion *
Green Beaver Extra Moisturizing Lip Balm *

Not sure what the Lip Balm has to do with ugly legs, probably to distract the onlookers from how much I’ve let myself go?

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Boyfriend Review: WISE MEN’S CARE

Finally, some products that Nick can review for all the lovely men in my life!

Wise Men’s Care is a Montreal indie brand that creates simple, natural men’s care products. Their ingredients are naturally sourced from varying parts of Canada, in recyclable and reusable packaging.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m all about local and natural brands, so I figured Wise Men’s Care is the perfect product line for Nick to try out! For those of you who don’t know Nick, he has very dark, thick hair that grows very fast. He is literally the perfect guinea pig *evil smirk*

We were sent the following for review purposes:

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Birch Bark Daily Shampoo in Minimalist Pouch
Glacial Clay Pomade in Reusable Glass Bottle
Sample of the Red Maple Cream Pomade

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