Although I’m lucky enough to have a job that involves a great deal of “testing” of luxury beauty products, I have to admit that I’m a hippie chick at heart. Sorry, Holt Renfrew. Set me loose in a health food store and I’m happiest. (Maybe it’s the fact that they hold more uncharted beauty territory. Where else can you find obscure brands of phthalate-free nail polish, all-natural fragrances AND organic tampons?)
However, unless you live near a Noah’s or a Whole Foods, your eco-beauty choices in Canada have been pretty limited… until now. I’m pleased to share with you a few great, green discoveries in online shopping:
- Well.ca have just launched their Green & Natural store, which offers a selection of organic and vegan products from brands like Green Beaver, Burt’s Bees, Dr. Bronner’s, Kiss My Face, Juice Beauty and Weleda. (View the entire lineup here.) Shipping is free to any destination in Canada, and there’s no minimum order!
- Lilou Organics is another Canadian online shop with an edited-down selection of the purest products out there. (Because truth be told, not everything labelled “organic” or “natural” is free of the nasties.) Top picks include Pangaea Organics, John Masters Organics, Dr. Hauschka and the Cream Perfume Company. Shipping is free in Canada on overs over $100.
- Everything at Saffron Rouge is made with genuine organic ingredients and without the plastics, silicones, petroleum, artificial fragrances and dyes that you’ll find in most mainstream beauty products. With more than 1,000 different offerings—including Jurlique skincare, Nvey Eco Makeup and Intelligent Nutrients hair care—you’re sure to find a few new favourites. Shipping is free on Canadian orders over $95.
- Futurenatural is a U.S.-based online beauty shop dedicated to the “best natural & organic beauty brands in the world.” This is the place to go for hard-to-find brands like Kimberly Sayer of London (one of my personal favourites!), Suki Naturals, Nature Girl and Jo Wood Organics (a fantastic line which, sadly, was discontinued at Holt Renfrew last year). Though the prices are in US dollars, they do ship to Canada for a flat rate of US$20 on all orders up to five pounds in weight.