Take your cosmetics to the next level: buy natural and buy Canadian
By Katrina Caruso
If you want to reduce the number of products in your life that contain harsh chemical and fillers, now’s the perfect time to start: there’s been a surge in the past few years in the number of new companies in Canada committed to high-quality natural beauty products that give great results. Here’s a list of some of the best.
(If you’re not sure where to start or want to start slowly—it can be expensive to restock your beauty supply from scratch!—face cream, sunscreen, and foundation are the best products to buy natural because they stay on your skin all day. To check the ingredients of your current favourite brands, visit EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.)
This Toronto brand specializes in lip products, including lipsticks, lipliners, scrubs, and masks. Many of the company’s formulas include food-grade ingredients.
This Montreal-based company specializes in plant-based products that are kind to the planet and not tested on animals. The brand boasts a line made with 100% natural ingredients.
Demes Natural Products
This Ottawa family-run business is committed to creating natural products with vegan ingredients. The brand’s line includes skincare products (facial oils and serums), solid moisturizers, and hand soaps—all certified cruelty-free.
Named after its founder, Graydon Moffat from Toronto, this brand offers luxurious skincare and hair products that are cruelty-free and full of organic plant-based ingredients that are for the most part sourced in Canada.
Based in Vancouver, this company offers high impact colourful products for the whole face. The eyeshadows are talc-free and made with shea butter and jojoba oil.
Loaded with fair-trade Moroccan argan oil, this Quebec brand offers a full product line including sunscreen, anti-aging creams, exfoliants, and makeup. All products are certified organic and the company is committed to being eco-friendly.
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