Two and 3/4 years, three notebooks filled with scribbles and countless cups of coffee later I’m finally ready to introduce you to Double Happiness Skincare – a women’s organic and sustainable skincare line!
My business partner, Young Lee, and I created the line with the intention of changing the way people think about natural skincare. We didn’t formulate our products with the goal of making them ‘natural’ because they are in fact nature itself.
The Double Happiness Skincare collection launched with four easy to use products that contain only uncompromised ingredients from the earth to allow the skin to thrive and not just merely survive. Plus all products work in synergy to help re-store the skin’s microbiome and strengthen it back to a healthy, happy and beautiful state.
Locally made in Toronto by Young and I, all Double Happiness products contain ingredients that are sustainably sourced and are harvested by organizations that pay their workers a fair wage.
I’m so in love with each of our creations and can honestly say my skin has never felt or looked better.
Here’s a little bit more about each product in the collection:
Restart Face Oil Cleanser – pumpkin seed oil, rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, effectively removes makeup and deeply cleanses, leaving the skin soft, clear and blemish free. Evening primrose oil nurtures damaged skin cells and the calming scent of rose and neroli relax your mind and senses so you can face a brand new day.
Ingredients: pumpkin seed oil**, rice bran oil, evening primrose oil**, fractionated coconut oil, jasmine flower oil†, rose otto flower oil*, neroil flower oil, sandalwood oil‡
*organic **certified organic †social enterprise ‡sustainably harvested
Refine Face Exfoliator – a joyful blend of rose petals, calendula flower and lavender uplift your senses, while natural oat and brown rice gently remove dry skin for a more refined complexion. Add on the softening magic of sea kelp and you’ll be left with a healthier, brighter glow.
Ingredients: white kaolin clay, oat flour, brown rice flour, olive oil^, flax meal powder, kelp powder, rose petals*, calendula flowers*, lavender flowers*, rose otto flower oil*, lavender oil*, grapefruit oil*
*organic ^certified organic
Restore Face Oil Potion – inspired by the finest ingredients available in the natural world, the Double Happiness Face Oil Potion was created to re-balance, strengthen and nurture your skin so that it could thrive in any condition.
Mindfully formulated and hand blended with powerful active botanicals and ancient elixirs of schizandra berry, magnolia leaf, pomegranate and seabuckthorn. These elements work harmoniously together to revert your skin back to a youthful, radiant complexion.
Ingredients: pomegranate seed oil, jojoba oil*, broccoli seed oil, rosehip seed oil**, seabuckthorn oil, jasmine flower oil†, sandalwood oil‡, rose otto flower oil*, ylang ylang flower oil, magnolia leaf oil, schizandra berry oil*, neroli flower oil
*organic **certified organic †social enterprise ‡sustainably harvested
Refresh Flower Shower Face Mist – discover the magic of our botanical face mist, made with rose hydrosol and mindfully selected essential oils to calm inflammation, hydrate the skin and help prepare it to receive nutritious face oils.
Ingredients: rose otto flower water, jasmine flower oil†, rose otto flower oil*, neroli flower oil, sandalwood oil‡
*organic †social enterprise ‡sustainably harvested
Curious to know more about Young and I and the story behind the brand? Swing by Double Happiness now and get the scoop here.
And while you’re there be sure to check out our blog and sign-up for our newsletter! I’ll be keeping you guys in the loop on news from the green beauty circle, skincare and health and wellness tips and lots of DIY ideas. My latest article – Your Guide To Wedding Day Skin – is perfect for anyone in the midst of preparing for the big day as it gives you tips on how to get your skin in top-notch shape.
I’m so excited to be sharing this incredible adventure with you and am looking forward to what’s in store for Double Happiness this year!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…
Salads for some reason always taste better when made by someone else!
I have friends who can magically whip together the most wonderful tasting salads by getting creative with whatever happens to be in their fridge, but I’m someone who needs a recipe to follow.
And this one, from Jesse Lane Lee’s new cookbook Healthy Fresh Salads, truly is the simplest of recipes.
From the crispy chickpeas to the fresh dill, creamy dressing and avocados that add those healthy fats our body needs, this is one salad I’ll never tire of.
Want to win a copy of Jesse’s new cookbook?
For details on a special giveaway jump below the recipe!
Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 30-40 minutes | Serving size: 4 large sides
Creamy Cashew Dressing
Healthy Fresh Salads by Jesse Lane Lee contains 30 recipes that everyone will love. All of the recipes are gluten free – 28 of the recipes are vegetarian – 27 of the recipes are dairy free – 27 of the recipes are soy free – 17 of the recipes are vegan and 11 of the recipes are completely sugar free.
To win a copy for yourself and a friend simply follow these steps:
The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide and the winners will be chosen on Friday, July 29th. Good luck!
Happy Friday everyone!
I think it’s safe to say that winter is truly done and over with and summer is so close I can almost smell it. Birds are chirping, I can feel the warmth of the sun through my window as I type, and my weather app is happily reminding me that double digits await me all next week.
It’s time to step out from winter’s shadow, and from under all of those heavy winter layers, and embrace lighter clothes, make-up and nail colours. And when you’re in the midst of purging winter for spring don’t forget to switch up your skincare regime too!
It can be easy to settle into a skincare groove, but just like you swap your parka for that cute belted trench you also need to bring in skincare reinforcements to help your skin rebalance itself after harsh winter temperatures and dry indoor heat.
Ok let me explain.
Our skin is alive and is sensitive to the environment around us. Harsh winter conditions strip our skin of its natural moisture and that lack of moisture can seriously irritate its balance leaving our skin dull, dry and itchy.
Luckily our skin has an amazing ability to heal and regain healthy stability with just a few adjustments to our skincare ritual.
life in blush guide to spring skincare essentials:
CLEANSE: your springtime cleanser should work to repair winter’s damage without further disrupting the delicate balance of the skin’s acidic mantle. Opt for gentle cleansers that won’t strip the skin of its naturals oils like this oil cleanser, cleansing powder or this plant-based liquid cleanser.
If you prefer to use a soap based cleanser make sure to apply something acidic, like a face oil, afterwards. Soap depletes the skin’s natural oil protection, removes beneficial microorganisms, and makes the skin alkaline. To remain balanced and happy your skin needs to be slightly acidic.
Whatever you choose though, just be sure to wash it off with purified water, never water that’s heavily chlorinated/fluorinated like tap water is.
EXFOLIATE: you can’t show off a luminous complexion if it’s trapped under layers of dead skin! Gently slough them off 1-2x per week (2-3x in the summer) with a natural exfoliator. I prefer dry powder versions like this one, this one, this one or this one.
MOISTURIZE: if you’ve clung to thick creams all winter long it’s time to swap them out for a lighter formula, or opt for a face oil, the will let your skin breathe and replace the oils winter stripped of you.
For face creams or oils I like what Josh Rosebrook, Province Apothecary, Leahlani Skincare, Alitura, Living Libations and LILFOX are selling, and remember if you’re going to use a face oil make sure to mist your face immediately prior. Oils can’t add hydration to your skin, it can only help retain the moisture that’s there, unless it’s mixed with water or a hydrosol.
CONDITIONING MASK: all masks whether they be hydrating, clarifying or detoxifying can speed up the skin’s recovery process and are highly effective when use once per week.
Sound good for an updated spring skincare routine?
Oh and one other thing now that I’m thinking about dry skin and switching things up.
I for one am guilty of letting my razor blade last as long as my conditioner (which I’ve basically had since high school), but dull blades are one of the quickest ways to irritate the skin on your legs so be sure to change it often.
And you know what that just made me think of? This ad for the Dollar Shave Club.
I literally laugh out loud every time I watch it. Literally.
If you want to double down on blades for you or your guy you can take a peek at them here. (I wonder if there’s a special member category where the guy from that ad will actually come shave your legs for you?)
Hello lovelies! I’ve been in a real work-out rut lately, that was brought on by some knee issues, so prompted by my physiotherapist I’ve been swimming every other day to strengthen the muscles surrounding it.
But you never realize just how out of shape you are until you’re awkwardly trying to hide your swimming induced wheezing from everyone else there.
Swimming, even in a low dose chlorine pool, is not ideal for the hair so here are my survival tips to protect my locks from damage that I hope will help you too!
5 tips to protect your hair from pool swimming
#1. Always, ALWAYS wet your hair thoroughly before jumping into the pool. Your hair follicles are like sponges and by forcing them to absorb fresh water first you significantly decrease the chance of them soaking up any chlorine after
#2. Once your hair is wet comb an oil, like coconut or olive, through your strands. This makes your hair slightly waterproof, but I can’t stress this next point enough…you may have to wash your hair twice afterwards. I personally find that while oils protect the hair it’s also a beast to wash out when your hair is already wet. And one wash just doesn’t cut it for me
#3. Don’t let the chlorine sit on your hair for too long. Get in, get your swim on, and then immediately rinse and wash after. Or if you want to lounge about in the pool don’t forget to take a couple of “rinse breaks”
#4. When washing your hair be sure to opt for natural products that are chockerbox full of ingredients to hydrate and treat and let it rinse for a good amount of time to flush all of the chlorine out. My staples right now are Josh Rosebrook’s Nourish shampoo and conditioner
#5. If you have the time, indulge in a deep conditioning hair mask to further treat and moisturize. I personally like to use this Rahua conditioner, because it’s so think and rich, and let it sit for a good 15 mins. Or I’ll opt for the Living Libations Honey Myrtle Deep Conditioning Mask.
If you’re in a rush then at least let any good quality, hydrating conditioner that you’re using sit on your hair for 2-3 minutes.
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