Calling all green beauty junkies! Here are 4 new natural skincare prodz that soothed my sensitive skin—from head to toe

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I know we already talked natural skincare prodz the other week, when I revealed that my go-to faves these days are mostly sans chemicals and shared some amaze new finds. Well, guess what? I’ve got more.

I’m totally obsessed with the four products I’m about to tell you about—and part of the reason why is because my skin is crazy sensitive. It likes what it likes… and when it doesn’t like something, it tells me. In great detail. (Usually the day of an important meeting or event. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? And by funny, I don’t mean HAHA.)

Obviously, my sensitive skin liked the four items I’m telling you about today (and couldn’t find fault in their bevy of natural ingredients). Not only that, but it seems to be looking better and better every day. It’s firm and even-toned, and my areas of rosacea seem to be more calm than usual. (Rosacea. Yeah. That’s a different story for a different time.) I’ve got a face oil, a serum, an eye cream and a hand and body butter to tell you about—here’s the scoop!


THE FACE OIL: Pangea Organics Balancing Oil

Pangea Organics Balancing Face Oil Calling all green beauty junkies! Here are 4 new natural skincare prodz that soothed my sensitive skin—from head to toe

Not only is this particular product pretty amazing, but so is the whole Pangea line! I’m obsessed with their hand-crafted, cruelty-free, organic prodz. Suitable for all skin types, the Balancing Oil is nourishing but light, non-greasy and easily absorbed. A combination of essential and base oils, and rich in antioxidants, EFAs and vitamins, this baby will protect and balance your skin. I love the hydration and softness it imparts.

If you’re already thinking about switching up your skincare regimen for winter, an oil might be a worthwhile consideration (check out this post for more deets on how an oil can help your skin retain moisture). And my boyfriend has basically stolen this bottle (!) for the eczema he’s experiencing on his chest. (The Pangea reps weren’t surprised when I told them this; it’s fab for sensitive skin and they suggested that he even mix it with his shaving cream to provide extra nourishment and glide.) What I do—when the bf isn’t hoarding it—is massage two drops on my face after cleansing. A little goes a long way.

PS: Next up on my list to try is this bestselling product—it smells like Christmas trees (totes season appropriate)!

Buy it: $52 at (or find it at these retailers)

THE SERUM: Super by Dr. Nicholas Perricone First Blush Brightening Serum

Super by Dr. Perricone First Blush Brightening Serum Calling all green beauty junkies! Here are 4 new natural skincare prodz that soothed my sensitive skin—from head to toe

I don’t know about you, but bright, glowy skin is pretty high on my list of things I want to achieve. Certain things help, but this product addresses it directly—and I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty brilliant. (Get it? ‘Cause it’s brightening?!) The serum itself is actually pink (totally adorable!) and uses melon extract and vitamin C ester to reduce discolourations, improve radiance, tighten and protect against environmental damage. Um, sign me up for a lifetime supply, please.

The prod makes my skin feel smooth and soft and—very important for me—not at all oily. It sinks in immediately and I’m super-excited to see what it’ll do for my complexion long-term.

Buy it: $50 at

THE EYE CREAM: Ahava Time to Smooth Age Control Eye Cream

Ahava Time to Smooth Age Control Eye Cream Calling all green beauty junkies! Here are 4 new natural skincare prodz that soothed my sensitive skin—from head to toe

Confession: I only bought my first eye cream about a year ago. The woman at the counter basically looked at me like I was crazy when I asked her if I should be using one, and said (rather brusquely) that lots of girls start applying it at 13 or 14. At that age, I definitely didn’t know what eye cream even was—but I can safely say that I do now. And this one from Ahava is one of the best I’ve tried so far.

This baby contains a blend of 21 essential Dead Sea minerals that help increase the skin’s moisture levels. Calendula (a skin-soothing plant), bisabol (a natural alcohol with skin-healing properties) and fruit, date and aloe vera extracts provide anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. When applied morning and night, it moisturizes the delicate eye area and helps to diminish fine lines. (Note: The product straddles the line between natural and conventional, but because of its long list of fab botanical ingredients and the fact that it’s paraben-free, it’s natural enough for me.)

So far, I’m thrilled with how hydrated my skin feels and plan on using it for the long haul!

Buy it: $46 at The Bay, Sears and Ogilvy

THE HAND AND BODY BUTTER: Belmondo The Nectar Luscious Hand & Body Butter

Belmondo The Nectar Calling all green beauty junkies! Here are 4 new natural skincare prodz that soothed my sensitive skin—from head to toe

I majorly heart this Vancouver-based company and its fab organic products. The body butter is unreal—it smells like spearmint and orange—and is seriously one of the most luscious creams I’ve used. My hands have been crazy dry due to the cold weather, and this baby turns lizard skin into softness in an instant. The secret is organic olive oil from Italy.

Buy it: $48.95 at (or find it at these retailers)

Elizabeth Oborne is a Vancouver-based writer and holistic nutritionist. Follow her on Twitter: @Elizabeth_O_.

Tell us:

Have you tried any of these brands yet?
Am I the only one who didn’t start using an eye cream at age 13?
Are there any other natural beauty prodz or topics you want the scoop on?


Thursday, November 24/2011 at 5:37 pm

Funny, I was in class just this morning, we were discussing the ethics pertaining to the anti-aging technologies, (did you know some scientists are PAID to do research on ways to make human beings immortal? Yes, literally.) and someone mentioned there was a line of beauty products specifically aimed at pre-teens from 8 to 12 years old.. And when I say beauty prods, I don’t mean strawberry-flavored lip balms and cutesy Hello Kitty-type makeup.. I mean anti-aging stuff. FOR 8 YEAR OLDS!!

I say you’re perfectly normal, I’m 27 and didn’t use any anti-aging product yet. I would’ve told that lady she was irresponsible for selling stuff like this to a 13 year-old. If you’re a pre-teen and your skin isn’t naturally firm, go see a f***ing dermatologist, not a lady at the cosmetics counter… lol Anyhow, here’s an article on that pre-teen beauty line I was talking about.


Thursday, November 24/2011 at 6:46 pm

Kat – I wholeheartedly agree! That woman has some gall – in fact its people like her who have created my “never buy anything from a counter ever ever ever especially not in the middle of malls” stance!

Elizabeth – finding some amazing products can make all the difference can’t it! I use almost all of a local, natural beauty range here in Australia, and its totally changed my approach to skin care. I have amazing cleanser, moisturiser, serum, exfoliating scrub, dry brush, shampoo etc now, I just want to use them all day long! Their secret ingredient is honey – its in all of their products, and it just makes my skin and hair so soft and shiny (in a good way of course!)


Thursday, November 24/2011 at 7:32 pm

I have a similar policy, I never go unless I need Chanel (ok fine you never really NEED Chanel, make that crave. :P) Aren’t these ladies always either pushy or snobby? A friend of mine was at the Givenchy counter (I think…) once, and she was looking to buy one of their lipsticks, she asked for some information and the lady just looked at her and said something along the lines of “You know this is really expensive right?”. She lost her sale, right there and then, and if it would’ve been me, she probably would’ve lost a few teeth as well… How rude!!!


Friday, November 25/2011 at 11:35 am

Those people blow my mind sometimes! Aren’t they supposed to be there to HELP the customer?! Ha!


Friday, November 25/2011 at 12:23 pm

Dept store beauty counter reps are the beauty version of used car salesmen


Friday, November 25/2011 at 11:33 am

Honey seems to be an all-star beauty ingredient! What’s the line you use? I’d love to check out their website :)


Friday, November 25/2011 at 11:31 am

I totally agree, Kat! I think it’s sad period that little girls want to wear makeup, let alone anti-aging makeup. Urg… I could go on but will leave it at that! Thanks for the comment :)


Thursday, November 24/2011 at 6:39 pm

I’m 21 and don’t use anti ageing products yet, though I do use rosehip oil as a serum. I think I’m too young to start, but prevention can never start too early (like wearing sunscreen everyday). I haven’t used any of these products, but I am seriously loving Manuka honey right now. It’s natural, tastes delish and makes an excellent DIY facial. It leaves my skin seriously smooth.


Friday, November 25/2011 at 11:32 am

I ADORE Manuka honey but have never used it for a facial! That’s a must try – however, it’s so darn expensive that when I have it in the house, I tend to ration it!


Friday, November 25/2011 at 12:13 am

Great post! I LOVE natural beauty products, yes they are expensive, but they are so worth it!! Thanks Elizabeth, the more natural products you can tell me about, the better!


Friday, November 25/2011 at 11:35 am

Awesome, Susi! I feel the same way. What lines do you love?


Friday, November 25/2011 at 1:43 am

My favourite natural products are from Rocky Mountain Soap. Their lip and body butters are amazing, especially for during the winter months.


Friday, November 25/2011 at 11:38 am

I don’t think I’ve ever used their products! What is wrong with me?! They all look amazing – must remedy this STAT! :)


Elaine R
Friday, November 25/2011 at 12:51 pm

i LOVE rocky mountain! especially their lip balms :) plus they are a local company!


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