Minimalist Skin Care: Oils // Soins minimalistes: Huiles

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A few posts ago, I wrote about my favourite floral waters. Well, let’s talk about oils now! In the past, I had a lot of difficulties finding moisturizers that would keep me skin hydrated but not overly oily. I used to love Clinique’s yellow moisturizer, but when I realized it wasn’t cruelty-free, it had to go. I also wanted to find something that would be chemical-free and that I could play with as the seasons evolved. Again, I turned to the kitchen and grabbed a few oils.

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Before I get into the specifics of my favourite oils, I wanted to tell you how I choose my oils. First, I go to the oil section of my grocery store or health food store. I really believe that the highest quality oils (for a reasonable price) are in the food section! Chances are, they are “ingredients”, meaning that they are not fillers in the bottle. That’s actually my second tip: look at the ingredient list and make sure it is pure oil. Finally, to have all the benefits of the oil intact, make sure to buy first cold pressed oil. Each oil has properties and characteristics to I encourage you to do some research to see what oil might fit your skin best. Here is an overview of my favourite three oils that I use daily and really love.

Daytime oil, Hazelnut oil: I love the smell of this! It’s rich and nutty and very light. I use this oil in the daytime because it is a dry oil: it is quickly absorbed by my skin and doesn’t leave it greasy or shiny. I love that it is so quick to absorb into my skin because it makes it very comfortable and easy to use on busy mornings. It’s a great oil for dry skin as it is very rich in vitamin E. It’s also a great oil for sensitive or damaged skins as it is very soothing. It also helps keeps the skin elastic, while also having antibacterial and sun-protecting properties.

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Nighttime oil, Avocado oil: This is so rich! I love to use this as a night oil during the winter or colder months because it is so moisturizing. While it is oilier than hazelnut oil, it is still very comfortable on the skin and is usually absorbed in a few minutes. This oil also has wonderful anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties, and also cell regeneration attributes. It does wonder to really dry skin, while not being too heavy for mixed skin.

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Nighttime oil #2, Sweet almond oil: I love this because it makes my skin so smooth. It’s a bit lighter than avocado oil, but still a little bit too rich for a daytime oil. This oil is hypoallergenic, which makes it a great option if you have very delicate skin. This one is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil which makes it great for irritated or fussy skin. It’s also a great option after you have been in the sun. I love to mix in a few drops of lavender essential oil and use this as a special oil for when I want to relax before going to bed.

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To use these oils, I just place a few drops on my hands, rub my hands together and apply just like a regular moisturizer. I then rub my hands on the ends of my hair to add whatever’s left on my hands there! Let me know if you use other oils!


Il y quelques billets, j’ai partagé mes eaux florales préférées. Il est maintenant temps de parler d’huiles! Dans le passé, il m’a été difficile de trouvé une crème qui hydratait ma peau sans la rendre super huileuse ou graisseuse. J’adorais la crème jaune de Clinique, mais lorsque j’ai réalisé qu’elle n’était pas sans cruauté, j’ai arrêté de m’en servir. Je voulais aussi chercher un produit qui serait sans produits chimiques et que je pourrais facilement adapter aux différentes saisons. Encore une fois, je me suis tournée vers la cuisine et j’y ai trouvé quelques huiles.

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Avant de vous présenter mes huiles préférées, j’aimerais vous expliquer comment je choisis mes huiles. Je m’approvisionne dans mon épicerie! Je suis vraiment convaincues que c’est en épicerie qu’on trouve les huiles de meilleures qualités pour un prix raisonnable. Il est également plus que probable qu’elles soient des « ingrédients », ce qui veut dire qu’elles sont 100% pure, qu’il n’y a pas d’agent de remplissage. Il est vraiment important de vérifier la liste des ingrédients pour s’en assurer. Finalement, pour s’assurer que les huiles seront aussi bénéfiques que possible, je vérifie qu’elles sont bien de première pression à froid. Comme chaque huile a des propriétés qui lui sont propres, je vous encourage fortement à faire vos propres recherches pour trouver l’huile qui conviendra le mieux à votre peau. Bon, maintenant, mes huiles préférées!

Huile de jour, Huile de noisette : J’adore l’odeur de cette huile! Riche et douce, cette huile me sert d’hydratant de jour car elle est légère et sèche : elle est rapidement absorbée par ma peau et ne laisse aucun résidut graisseux ou brillant. J’aime qu’elle soit si rapidement absorbée car cela la rend très confortable et aussi facile à utiliser le matin lorsque tout doit se faire rapidement. Elle est très hydratante car elle contient beaucoup de vitamine E, ce qui la rend parfaite pour les peaux sèches. Elle est également indiquée pour les peaux fragiles ou sensibles car elle est appaisante. Finalement, elle aide la peau à rester élastique, en plus d’avoir des propriétés antibactériennes et de protéger des rayons UV.

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Huile de nuit, Huile d’avocat : Cette huile est si riche! J’adore l’utilisé comme crème de nuit durant l’hiver ou les mois les plus froids car elle est vraiment très hydratante. Beaucoup plus « lourde » que l’huile de noisette, elle reste confortable et rapidement absorbée en quelques minutes. Cette huile a également de très bonnes propriétés anti-âge, anti-inflammatoires et encourage la régénération des cellules. Elle est merveilleuse pour les peaux très sèches, sans être trop grasses pour les peaux mixtes.

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Huile de nuit #2, Huile amande douce : J’aime cette huile car elle rend ma peau si douce. Plus légère que l’huile d’avocat, elle reste trop riche pour une huile de jour selon moi. Cette huile est hypoallergénique, ce qui en fait une bonne option pour les peaux délicates ou sensibles. Elle a également des propriétés anti-inflammatoires et anti-oxydantes qui aident beaucoup les peaux difficiles ou à problèmes. Finalement, elle est également une très bonne option comme lotion après-soleil. J’aime ajouter quelques gouttes d’huiles essentielles de lavande à mon huile d’amande douce que j’utilise avant de me coucher pour m’aider à relaxer et à dormir profondément.

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Pour utiliser ces huiles, j’en place quelques gouttes sur mes mains que je frotte ensemble. J’applique ensuite l’huile sur ma peau comme n’importe quelle crème. Une fois que j’ai fini d’hydrater mon visage et mon cou, je passe généralement mes mains sur les pointes de mes cheveux pour les hydrater elles aussi! Et vous, quelles huiles utilisez-vous?

 

Busy long weekend and Giveaway!

This weekend was a greatly busy and productive weekend. It started off with a great plant sale at the local plant store, which meant that we spent a lot of time gardening! We also had the urge to sand out patio and restain it. Lots of dust and sweat where involved.

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We hurried along with a really fun hike leading to a great view that brought us back home to do some meal planning and cooking for the week.

Fiou! Busy, busy, busy! And sticky and dirty… which was actually a great excuse to test out Oneka‘s goldenseal and citrus body wash.  Now, you know I love Oneka shampoos. They are incredible! They make my hair soft and shiny, and they smell amazing. It also gave me an excuse to go visit my friend’s café in the very cute Frelighsburg village and to revisit the Oneka store. It’s so nice and beautifully decorated with wooden furniture and panels. Plus, I got to meet with Philippe and Stacy, the owners and founders of Oneka, and take a few pictures. How Fun!

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See? Oneka products make people happy! Thank you Philippe and Stacy for your generosity and for creating such amazing products!

 

The body wash has the same fresh and fruity scent as the goldenseal and citrus shampoo. It felt really great after long days outside playing in the dirt or in dust. This body wash also leaves your skin feeling soft, clean and so wonderfully scented. It’s like having a trip inside the most incredible orange… not in a weird way! I love the fact that this body product is cruelty-free, made with local plants and is completely biodegradable. It’s also great because you can refill the bottles in many stores around Montreal. Great! Plus, it’s always a good idea and fun to support local entrepreneurs. Anyways, when I visited Oneka, they were kind enough to give me two bottles of this wonderful body wash: one for me, and one for one of you! If you want to participate in this giveaway, here is what you have to do:

  1. Like my facebook page;
  2. Follow me on Instagram;
  3. Comment bellow and tell me what’s your favourite outdoors activity;
  4. Live in Canada or in the U.S..

I’ll randomly choose the winner for this next Monday and contact them through a private message (make sure you can be reached) to send them this wonderful shower product. Good luck to everyone!

Oneka Shampoos, a product review

If you have been following me for a while, you know that my favourite place to go is probably Beat et Betterave in the beautiful Frelighsburg village. Well, my friends Eloise and Ludo are not the only ones to have taken this tiny village as their playground.

Two doors away, you can find the Oneka headquarters. Another family business, Oneka offers a range of shampoos, creams, lotions and soaps. I tried their shampoo first last June while visiting the Beat, and thoroughly fell in love with their Cedar and Sage scent.

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After briefly meeting with Stacey and Phillippe at their farm over the summer because of a Joel Salatin workshop, I never looked back. These are two of the most authentic and rigorous people I have met, and it shows in their products.

The shampoos are wonderfully scented with natural, local and organic plant essences. They also do not contain any environmentally damaging chemical components which means that they are good for you, but also for the waters in which they end up.

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As if this was not enough, you can also refill your plastic bottles in different health food stores around the city of Montreal. This is a big thing for me because the use of plastic was one of the reasons why I abandoned traditional shampoos for shampoo bars.

Now the real deal: are they actually good for your hair? YES! These shampoos make my hair soft, cleaned but not dry, and oh so light! I really like how gentle they are, and how they don’t weigh my hair down. As a result I have a ton of volume, and my hair is more manageable. Also, because they all contain rosemary essential oil, these shampoos will help your hair grow strong and healthy. I have seen a real difference in the growth speed of my hair.

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I really enjoy the three scent they offer, but usually use the Goldenseal and Citrus one during the summer, and the Angelica and Lavender during the winter. As for the Cedar and Sage one, I just grab it whenever! Because my hair tend to be dryer during the cold season, I also like to use their Angelica and Lavender conditioner at the tip of my hair. I leave this is as a mask for a few minutes before rinsing, and my hair is much softer! However, if you don’t like scented products, they also have an unscented range.

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So, big love for Oneka products, and to the creators of this great line for making products that are respectful of the environment and people. How amazing! Seriously, you need to smell these!