summer essentials

 Dearest you,

Ahh summer! We look forward to it all year, but somehow seem to forget that it also means sweat, bugs, sunscreen, sunburns (horror!!!), smog and the smell of garbage (which likely doesn't do anything to skin, but sometimes I imagine it gets in my skin and ugh *shudders*) and a multitude of other grossness and that feeling that your skin is chokin' in the humidity. Bleh! And yet, I SWEAR I love this season!

Here my favourite summertime routine using Stark (because you know, I make these products.)

A.M.

Quick mask and cleanse using Eclipse. I smooth it on, walk around blindly looking for coffee, get the water boiling and the beans ground, then rinse my face with cool water. I then go straight for Everlasting, and if it's a very muggy day, will wear just that under my sunscreen.

On other days, I mix a drop or two of City with Everlasting, no sunscreen, and work in front of my computer all day. :(

I chill Petrichor in the fridge and mist mid-day or after being outside to combat the greasies, revive and refresh! Plus, the scent it everything. Grounding, fresh, earthy, lively! Try it during a good summer thunderstorm... so sensual and unexpected.

PM

I take off makeup (if any) and sunscreen (if any) with a good chickpea sized dollop of Aurora. Massage it in well for a minute or two, then take it all off with a soft, warm washcloth and immediately admire my bombass skin. A little more Everlasting and a drop of Midnight smoothed over, then I enjoy my evening. Right before bed, I will apply a little more oil or balm to anywhere I like.

 

Well, that sums it up! Enjoy your summer skincare routine!

Jess xo

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CITY Light Daytime Oil
CITY Light Daytime Oil
CITY Light Daytime Oil
CITY Light Daytime Oil

CITY Light Daytime Oil

Regular price 46.00 CAD
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29 in stock

Rich in super-antioxidants vitamins C, E, ferulic acid, and elderberry extract, this lightweight, unisex oil can replenish nutrients lost in skin due to city-living (or you know, life in general), while helping to strengthen the skin's natural defenses. 
30 mL/ 1 oz
Vegan. Sustainably sourced.

Who is it for

Suitable for all skin types and climates, loved by sensitive and/or acne-prone skin that still needs moisture and hydration. A perfect summer oil.

Scent: Light, fresh, outdoorsy. Black spruce and blue yarrow.
Texture: Very lightweight oil that feels delightfully juicy on skin, not dry.

How to use

A great "layering piece" as a functional makeup primer, also wears easily with serums (especially our Everlasting!) as a stand-alone, and with SPF.  

After cleansing skin, apply ~2-5 drops to the back of your hand, and use fingertips to lightly dab and press oil into skin.

Dab around orbital eye area as an eye serum.

Can be used morning and night.

Shake before use. Some natural sedimentation may occur (from the herbs.)

Ingredients:

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, C13-15 Alkane (hemisqualane), Cannabis Sativa (hemp) Seed Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, tetra hexadecyl ascorbate (vitamin C), Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, isododecane, vitamin E, herbal extracts of: Labrador tea, horsetail, rhodiola, nettle. Proprietary essential oils <0.5%

Story:

Together you ran laughing and hollering from the street corner and leaped over a great puddle and into the park's front gates. Like wild children you ran the gravel paths, winding through the great coniferous trees. The rain comes down so hard it's impossible to pretend that you might make it home dry, and so you playfully kick water from a puddle and watch the stream of water disappear into the falling droplets. Blocks away, traffic rages on. But in this park, you are protected.

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EVERLASTING Hydrating Serum
EVERLASTING Hydrating Serum
EVERLASTING Hydrating Serum
EVERLASTING Hydrating Serum
EVERLASTING Hydrating Serum

EVERLASTING Hydrating Serum

Regular price 46.00 CAD
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2 in stock

Don't be fooled by it's light texture... this is a mega-humectant for soft, plump, calm skin! An oil-free hydration serum combining some of the world's most effective skincare ingredients, including helichrysum, edelweiss, green tea, sodium PCA, milk thistle, chamomile and more, to create a soothing serum with mega impact. Zero pilling under facial oils and SPF.
Scented but contains no essential oils.

pH is 5.8

30mL/1oz
Vegan. Sustainably sourced.

Who is it for

All skin types, all seasons. Although beneficial to all skin types, those with mature, sensitive or occasionally problematic skin will find this to have the greatest impact on their overall complexion. Can be used as an eye product. 

Scent: Fresh floral and hay. Contains no essential oils.
Texture: Just a touch less viscous than water. Light blue/green/grey (may vary).

How to use

Everlasting is any facial oil's potent side-kick, as it instantly creates a bioactive, readily absorbed super serum for your face, neck, chest and hands.

After cleansing skin, apply ~2 drops to the back of your hand, and use fingertips to lightly dab and press serum into skin. {Combine with a facial oil for maximum effects!}

Can be worn alone, or under makeup or moisturizer (such as an oil).

Should be used morning and night.

Dab under and around eyes as an eye treatment.

Ingredients

Helichrysum (aka Everlasting): the namesake of this serum, lowers inflammation in the skin... which is vital, as inflammation is what destroys skin in the short and long-term. It helps with blemishes, and lessens the look of scarring.

Sea kelp bioferment is one of the world's most expensive and cherished skin-care ingredients, used in famous products for it's youth-promoting effects.

Milk thistle and green tea have been thoroughly researched and backed by scientific studies for their ability to effectively heal skin at a cellular level.

Edelweiss helps with calming skin, barrier repair, and strengthening natural protectants from pollution. 

 

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Sodium PCA, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Helichrysum Stoechas Extract, Propanediol, Lactobacillus/Nereocystis Luetkeana Ferment Filtrate, Hydrocotyl (Centella Asiatica) Extract, Glycerin, Leontopodium Apinum (Edelweiss) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Trehalose, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate

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PETRICHOR Purifying Tonic
PETRICHOR Purifying Tonic

PETRICHOR Purifying Tonic

Regular price 35.00 CAD
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40 in stock

UPGRADED INGREDIENTS FOR 2022
A refreshing skin tonic that helps protect skin from the environment with super-antioxidant ferulic acid, rhodiola and green tea extract, while soothing skin with grape seed, shitake and effective NMF (natural moisture factor) humectants like sodium PCA and glycerin, purifying with white willow bark and helping undo environmental stress with olive leaf extract. Hydrating; does not make skin feel tight or parched. A serum in mist form!


pH is 4.5

120 mL/4 oz
Vegan. Sustainably sourced.

Who is it for

Ideal for those living in heavily polluted cities, or for acne-prone skin that over-produces sebum but craves hydration and antioxidants. Also enjoyed by "normal"/temperate skin. 

Scent: Earthy and green. Vetiver fan? You'll love this. 0.03% essential oil.
Texture: Liquid mist! Refreshing mist that leaves a hydrated, bouncy skin feel.

How to use

Use after cleansing skin, before moisturizing... or anytime you want a soothing, hydrating & protective burst! Has an earthy, green scent.  Reapply throughout the day, as required.

Apply your favourite facial oil afterwards (which is probably our City or Midnight!)) while skin is still damp for best results.

Ingredients

Ferulic acid, an incredibly potent antioxidant found in nearly every plant seed, boosts the effects of the other antioxidants, like the green tea extract, and the Oleuropein in the olive leaf extract... and some studies show may even work better in the presence of UV! (Be sure to wear SPF anyhow.)

Witch Hazel, native to eastern Canada, tones skin, helps reduce inflammation and irritation and makes pimples vanish quicker.

Aloe is an all-round skin superhero, with soothing and nourishing properties.

Green tea, rich in ECGC, is a great antioxidant and all-round do-gooder.

Updated 2022 ingredients:

Aqua (spring water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) water, Sodium PCA, Ferulic Acid, Glycerine, Propanediol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root extract, Lentinus edodes mycelium (Shitake) extract, Hamamelis Virginiana extract (Witch Hazel), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Lactic Acid, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum,.

Prior to December 2021 Ingredients:
INCI: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Water, *Glycerin, Propanediol, Aqua, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Ferulic Acid, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Essential oils, Polysorbate 20

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ECLIPSE Enzymatic Cleanse + Mask
ECLIPSE Enzymatic Cleanse + Mask
ECLIPSE Enzymatic Cleanse + Mask
ECLIPSE Enzymatic Cleanse + Mask

ECLIPSE Enzymatic Cleanse + Mask

Regular price 35.00 CAD
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11 in stock

A beautiful black gel that can be left on as a mask or used as a quick, refreshing skin cleanser! Fruit sugar-based Alpha Hydroxy Acids provide gentle exfoliating. Contains hydrating & nourishing ingredients to leave skin feeling soft, not tight. Slightly foaming, does not strip skin. Protects skin's acid mantle and healthy barrier function.

*Note that the name has changed, some will be called "Activated Gel", some called "Enzymatic Cleanse + Mask". They are the same product. :)

pH optimized at 5.5

120 mL/4oz
Vegan. Sustainably sourced.

Who is it for

All skin types. Gentle enough for dry skin (use as a weekly mask or 2-4x week cleanse!), or a daily cleanser for oily skin. Pairs well with Petrichor for oily/tropical skin.

Scent: Cardamom cake with orange zest. Served on a cedar plank. :) 0.1% Essential oils.
Texture: Beautiful transparent black gel. "Baby" foam when massaged onto skin. 

How to use

Can be used as a quick cleanse or as a leave-on mask.

Apply to dry skin for best results. Leave on dry skin to use as a mask.

Can be used (and stored) in the shower.

Unisex and beard friendly.

Does not remove water-proof mascara, you'll need our Aurora for that. :)

Ingredients

Aloe Vera: soothing and draws hydration to the skin

Green Tea: The polyphenols in green tea are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, and can inhibit some of the damage caused by UV.

Licorice: skin brightener and anti-inflammatory.

White Willow: anti-inflammatory and penetrates old, oxidized sebum to break down blackheads.

Panthenol (B5): Panthenol is vital to all living cells, and topically provides skin with moisture, lubrication, and hydration. It can help repair barrier function.

Fruit- enzymes: A gentle enzymatic exfoliator to help your skin glow; reduces surface wrinkles, fine lines and roughness. Can promote cellular renewal, collagen synthesis and production of hyaluronic acid.

Glycerine: a great humectant!

Allantoin: soothing, anti-inflammatory, moisturizes skin.

Extremely mild surfactants from coconut. They do not compromise the skin’s barrier.

Essential oil mix is 0.1% of total weight, contains cardamom which is balancing to all dosha types. Smell is reaaaaallly good. :)

INCI: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Charcoal Powder, Essential oils, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Polysorbate 20

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ETEINT Spot Treatment (for acne, blemishes and bug bites)
ETEINT Spot Treatment (for acne, blemishes and bug bites)
ETEINT Spot Treatment (for acne, blemishes and bug bites)

ETEINT Spot Treatment (for acne, blemishes and bug bites)

Regular price 26.00 CAD
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Every medicine cabinet needs Eteint. This is for when you need just a dab of something potent to stop and "extinguish" a spot right in it's tracks. With powerful oils like neem, hemp and rosehip, soothing herbs such as calendula and chamomile, and helpful essential oils such as helichrysum and myrtle, just one drop is enough!  
Try it on mosquito bites too!

15ml/ 0.5 oz
Vegan. Sustainably sourced.

How to use

ETEINT is a potent spot treatment, just one drop applied to an inflamed area will help decrease the size and pain of a pimple, allowing it to speed up and disappear quicker...or perhaps stop a blemish from forming at all! It will also help decrease healing time and discoloration of blemishes. After cleansing skin and moisturizing, apply 1 drops to the back of your hand, and use fingertips to lightly dab onto blemish. Let the oil be soaked into the affected area. Spot-test if you have very sensitive skin
Use often (2-3x a day) and use as soon as you feel a pimple forming for best results.

NOTE: Not to be applied over the entire face! Avoid mouth and eye area. This product contains more essential oils than a regular face oil, and isn't meant to be worn over large patches of skin.

Ingredients

Melia azadirachta seed Oil, Cannabis sativa seed oil, Rosa canina Fruit Oil, infusion of calendula, chamomile, licorice, echinacea in Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, essential oils of helichrysum, chamomile, myrtle, thyme, lavender, vitamin E, isododecane

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EVERLASTING Hydrating Serum *gel*

EVERLASTING Hydrating Serum *gel*

Regular price 50.00 CAD
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8 in stock

This is a mega-humectant for soft, plump, calm skin, now in a silky gel texture with pump bottle. An oil-free hydration serum combining some of the world's most effective skincare ingredients, including helichrysum, edelweiss, green tea, sodium PCA, milk thistle, chamomile and more, to create a soothing serum with mega impact. Zero pilling under facial oils and SPF.
Scented but contains no essential oils.

pH is 5.

30 ml gel with pump

Vegan. Sustainably sourced.

Who is it for

All skin types, all seasons. Although beneficial to all skin types, those with mature, sensitive or occasionally problematic skin will find this to have the greatest impact on their overall complexion. Can be used as an eye product. 

Scent: Fresh floral and sunshine soaked hay. Contains no essential oils.
Texture: Just a touch less viscous than water. Light blue/green/grey (may vary).

How to use

Everlasting is any facial oil's potent side-kick, as it instantly creates a bioactive, readily absorbed super serum for your face, neck, chest and hands. Makes an excellent eye product.

After cleansing skin, apply 1 pump to the back of your hand, and use fingertips to lightly dab and press serum into skin. {Combine with a facial oil for maximum effects!}

Can be worn alone, or under makeup or moisturizer (such as an oil).

Should be used morning and night.

Dab under and around eyes as an eye treatment.

Ingredients

Helichrysum (aka Everlasting): the namesake of this serum, lowers inflammation in the skin... which is vital, as inflammation is what destroys skin in the short and long-term. It helps with blemishes, and lessens the look of scarring.

Sea kelp bioferment is one of the world's most expensive and cherished skin-care ingredients, used in famous products for it's youth-promoting effects.

Milk thistle and green tea have been thoroughly researched and backed by scientific studies for their ability to effectively heal skin at a cellular level.

Edelweiss helps with calming skin, barrier repair, and strengthening natural protectants from pollution. 

 

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Sodium PCA, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Helichrysum Stoechas Extract, Propanediol, Lactobacillus/Nereocystis Luetkeana Ferment Filtrate, Hydrocotyl (Centella Asiatica) Extract, Glycerin, Leontopodium Apinum (Edelweiss) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Trehalose, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate

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