I'm very excited to introduce you to a new-to-me brand, a Canadian brand Province Apothecary. Their products are made from the highest quality certified organic, biodynamic and wildcrafted ingredients from each Canadian Province, and handblends these ingredients in small batches to create skincare that will nourish + balance your skin. Hence the name Province Apothecary. Some of founder's Julie Clark (who is a certified holistic esthetician and aromatherapist) favourite ingredients are organic seaweed from Nova Scotia, maple syrup from Quebec, organic sunflower oil from Ontario, organic beeswax from Alberta, organic lentil flour from Manitoba, and organic raspberry oil + glacial clay from British Columbia. Their ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced and fair-trade from small farms and companies across Canada, and Julie also gives back and she donates a percentage of yearly sales to different organizations. Beautiful. I'm happy to hear the product match their philosophy.
Beard Oil* with Cedar & Black Spruce has been used by my boyfriend Jaka and it's safe to say he loves it. This product is great for all skin types so as long as you have a beard you can use it. The beard oil contains oils like Sunflower, Jojoba and Grape Seed, and Evening Primrose. These ingredients make the oil very nourishing and they make Jaka's beard shiny and soft. Jaka says that it's the best oil he tried for his beard. Many of them aren't nourishing enough and it feels like he didn't use anything. He is quite picky so this product definitely gets big thumbs up. The scent of it is also great. To me it smells mostly of Lavender, but to Jaka it smell like something else. It has that sort of a lavender scent that I love. It's a bit different than your standard lavender scent, more complex and just oh so beautiful. The product that comes to mind containing such scent is the Body Butter from Metta Skincare. But I said it smell mostly of Lavender so let's not forget about the other essential oils - Bergamot, Black Spruce, Cedar Wood and Vetiver. You know what kind of a scent it has? It's like a forest, woody lavender. I like it and my boyfriend definitely recommends it.
The other two cute little products are designed and created for oily and combination skin. First is the Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum* with Jojoba & Sea Buckthorn. This targeted face serum is specially formulated for oily, acneic and combination skin. The blend of active plant botanicals supports the skin by boosting its natural regenerating abilities, so your skin will appear more even and less irritated for lasting results. This oil surprisingly feels quite heavy but it is not pore clogging. You do only need a tiny bit, two or three drops are plenty, especially in the morning. I no longer use it daily since I've been testing out the Maya Chia The Super Couple* but at the time I did use it, my skin has been really loving it. The igredient I have to mention is the Jojoba Seed Oil infused with Calendula Flowers, Plantain Leaves, Gotu Kola, Comfrey Leaves, Green Tea Leaf and Nettle Leaf. Beautiful. Full ingredient list can be found here. Anyways, does it work and helps to clear the complexion? Yes, it does! It calms the irritation, helps to reduce hyperpigmentation (due to the Turmeric Root Oil), helps the skin to heal faster and I'd also say it prevents some new acne. Based on my experience it really is a wonderful face serum for oily and acne-prone skin.
Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment* with Turmeric & Calendula. No two blemishes are the same; that’s why Province Apothecary has developed a product effectively formulated for all kinds of blemishes, especially cystic blemishes. Featuring powerful organic Turmeric, this blend of exceptional plant botanicals soothe even deep-rooted problems. One drop is all you need to dramatically minimize the appearance and lifespan of imperfections, restoring your skin’s natural glow. This is such a great spot treatment. It also contains infused Jojoba Seed Oil, Neem Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin E, Turmeric Root Oil and Myrrh Oil. This blend of oils has a rich yellow colour like Turmeric and it also smells like it. The oil works very well at reducing inflammation and redness. I love applying it on a spot in the evening, really massage it in and the spot is definitely less angry and big in the morning. It helps to even out the skin and I'm all about that. When my skin isn't behaving its best I also like to dilute it with some other oil serum and apply all over my face. Very impressed.
Jaka & I feel in love with Province Apothecary and now I'm very intrigued to try their other products. If you get a chance do try them out I say go for it! I think you won't be disappointed. You can get them at the Petal & Post where you can use my code "smallbitsofloveliness" for free shipping on international orders. One x use.
Have a lovely week!
*samples generously provided
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