A whole assortment of beauty products for hair, body and bath.
1. Yes to Carrots paraben-free shampoo and conditioner - no animal testing (Israel)
2. alba Botanica papaya mango exfoliating body wash. 100% vegetarian ingredients; no animal
3. GW hair gel (sorry! I threw out the bottle before I finished this page- should have known i
was holding on to it for a reason....)
4. Burt's Bees More Moisture Raspberry & Brazil Nut shampoo and conditioner. Natural, pH
balanced, and free of Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates, Parabens and Phtalates. Not tested on
5. Down Under Naturals Fruit Kicks curl gel - biodegradable ingredients and not tested on
6. Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Conditioner
7. JASON Pure, Natural & Organic Aloe Vera 98% Moisturizing Gel. 100% vegetarian; no
artificial colours or parabens; bio-degradable ingredients; no animal by-products and no
8. eos (the evolution of smooth) ultra moisturizing shave cream. No animal by-products and not
tested on animals. Non-aerosol. Does contain parabens.
9. Naturel hand soap by Life Brand - Cinnamon Bark & Orange - colour free, paraben free,
sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate free.
10. alba Botanica detangling conditioner - no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, parabens or
pthalates, artificial colours or silicones. 100% vegetarian ingredients and no animal testing.
11. Cleanse body wash by Giovanni Organic Body Care. 100% vegetarian and no animal
A selection of natural and herbal medications for digestion, fatigue, chronic muscle
tension, anxiety, depression, sinus issues and overall health.
Acidophilus - Life Brand
AdrenaSense by Lorna Vanderhaeghe
Flamma-Force by Prairie Naturals
Multi+ daily glow
Recovery Formula by Purica
Allergy and Borage - herbal blends by Finlandia Natural Pharmacy
5-HTP - Natural Factors
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Welcome to Artsciencespirit.com
The artsciencespirit story revolves around the
many aspects of well-being. On one level this
means striving for personal health - mind, body and
soul - and branches out to include our connection
with all living things. Well, "naturally" we like to
practice what we preach :) To the best of our
abilities, we have been integrating healthier
products and practices into our lifestyle over the
course of the last few years while dealing with a
number of chronic health conditions. Following are
a few snapshots of natural remedies and organic
products that we have tried and can recommend
from personal experience.
Savoring the Day has been my
personal bible for learning about
how to use essential oils - full of
stories and tips on how to easily
integrate aromatherapy into your
daily routine. The book also
includes ayurvedic recipes, and
lots of good advice on creating a
healthier, more balanced lifestyle.
Lavera Naturkosmetik - This is a product line I am particularly pleased with. I have tried the
liquid foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, lipstick, eyeliner and mascara and would
recommend them all. I have very oily problem skin and these cosmetics have worked well for
me in their "smudge-proofness" and shine resistance. I first discovered this line while shopping
at London Drugs (where samples were available) but have since found them online as well at
Lavera Skin Care
Organic wear - I was curious about these for awhile when they appeared in the local pharmacy
as part of the larger Physician's Formula product line (note: regular Physician's Formula
products are NOT organic). I have since tried the liquid foundation, pressed powder, loose
powder, powder blush, cover up stick, and mineral eye shadow (not shown). I use the tinted
moisturizer (like a light coverage foundation), eye shadow and eye liner daily. The products
are more affordable than most other organics I have found and are available on Well.ca
Healthy choices for your lips - by Burt's Bees, alba, and e.l.f.
including cooling mint: alba, and the Burt's Bees shimmers
with spf: alba (spf 18) and e.l.f. (spf 15 except the clear gloss which does not have spf)
no animal testing: all
organic: only alba contains mostly organic ingredients. Burt's Bees is 100% natural, but not
certified organic (an explanation of their philosophy behind the natural vs organic debate is
available on their website at Burt's Bees.
A range of Burt's Bees products is available onWell.ca
e.l.f. is not natural or organic and is a brand I checked out as a low-cost cruelty-free option.
Clean choices for your face - Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream,
Druide Face Toner (Chamomile and Rice Proteins), Desert Essence Foaming Bamboo Face Scrub (with bamboo, olive seed and tea tree); Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer - SPF 25; Kimberly Sayer Botanical Astringent (for oily, acne & normal skin), and - organic cotton pads.
These are all remarkably "clean" skincare products - all that remains is to find out what works
best for you! Occasionally I have been known to get so excited at the discovery of a natural or
organic product that I forget to make sure it is right for my skin type (hint: this cannot be
disregarded, all products do not work equally for everyone's different needs).
Burt's Bees and Desert Essence: This is a combination I have found particularly effective - by
using the cream and scrub together I find I can do more "scrubbing" (this scrub is almost like a
sand and otherwise falls quickly into the sink) and the cleansing cream has a pleasant, calming
effect- I've had better results reducing breakouts and minimizing pores with this combination
than almost anything else I've ever tried. Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing
Cream is available on well.ca and while browsing there I discovered some scrubs by Burt's
Bees that I have not been able to find locally, if you prefer an all-in-one deep-cleansing
e.l.f. brand: nail polish, nail polish remover pads, lip balm, mineral eye shadow, and mineral
foundation powder. One of the brilliant things about mineral makeup is its "natural spf
protection" - this foundation powder offers spf 15, making daily sun protection a little bit easier.
Mineral Foundation - SPF 15 - 100% natural minerals - no parabens - no preservatives - no
chemical dyes. Active ingredients - Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide. Inactive ingredients: Mica,
Bismuth, Oxychloride (Cl 77163), Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl
Glycol, Silk Powder, Boron Nitride. May contain: Iron Oxides (Cl 77491 77492 77499), Carmine
Concerned about aluminium or other harmful ingredients in your deodorant or antipersperant?
The products we use daily have been linked to cancer and other serious health issues.
Consider these healthier choices instead:
Natural Scents. Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant; Lafe's Natural and Organic Deodorant
Stick; Aura Cacia Precious Essentials Aromatherapy Spritz.
Aura Cacia's aromatherapy sprays come in a variety of delicious and sensual scents, and can
be used as perfume or room spray. They are made from pure essential oils, and use no animal
testing. (Norway) Available at Well.ca
Tom's of Maine deodorants are an aluminum-free alternative to most brand name deodorants
and antiperspirants and contain no artificial or animal ingredients or animal testing. (Made in
Lafe's deodorant stick is made of natural mineral salts - you wet it, then apply for a
non-staining, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic alternative free of parabens and animal testing.
This company also donates 1% of proceeds to support breast cancer awareness and
prevention. (Product of Thailand).
Natural deodorants by Tom's of Maine, Lafe's Natural and Organic, Nature's Gate and more
can be purchased online at Well.ca - free shipping in Canada.
Natural and drug-free alternatives for pain relief:
Arnica Pain Relief Cream - for minor bruises, strains and sprains
O24 Fibromyalgia spray by swissmedica - a patented blend of peppermint,
rosemary, eucalyptus and camphor oils. This can be used effectively for relief from
numerous ailments including muscle aches, headache, and sinus issues. These oils
can also ease feelings of anxiety and depression. It may be possible to blend your
own oils at a lower price, but the convenience of this spray (safe for skin) make it a
remedy I've used a lot. Available at most Canadian pharmacies.
Zostrix High Potency Capsaicin Cream - a very potent heating cream.
Sinus Relief and Snore Eaz-zy Gel by Aroma Crystal Therapy Ltd
Migrastick by Arkopharma - a blend of peppermint and lavender oils - a perfectly
convenient size, I keep this with me at work and while travelling.
Cold mask by The Body Shop
Lavender-scented sleep mask by Urban Spa (now at well.ca!)Although I have not found any one cure-all for chronic pain, I am grateful for natural
products that provide some relief without side effects. These were all picked up at the
local pharmacy, except for the Aroma Crystal product and the masks (from specialty
shops), and work using natural ingredients. As recent news stories about the
dangers of overusing pain medications remind us - it is essential that we make safe,
responsible choices in our daily healthcare - become your own expert!
A selection of products by J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary, including the
best-smelling lemon skin cream I've ever encountered (made from all-natural shea
and cocoa butters) - it smells like lemon cake!! No animal testing. (Although Watkins
has a "freedom code" from toxic ingredients, this one does contain methylparaben