Have you fed your hair lately?

Here's the low down on our ingredients in the Matcha Mint Shampoo, and why you should consider 'feeding' your hair with these nourishing superfoods!

Matcha green tea is a natural source of panthenol which helps soften, strengthen. It also prevents split ends and hair damage. 

matcha tea

 (Image via Comins Tea)

Chia Seeds are the best source of omega 3 fatty acid that is both anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. When used on your hair, it helps add moisture back into the hair shaft and fortify your hair. 

chia seed

Hemp Oil does a great job of moisturizing the hair and strengthening it to prevent breakage or damage. 

hemp oil
(Image via Chronicle Herald) 

Sunflower Extract comes from the seed of the sunflower and helps enhance thickness and sheen. It also contains a high concentration of Vitamin E which can help with build up or dry scalp. 




Using peppermint is a great way to stimulate your scalp. This refreshing herb will help soothe those who deal with dry scalp or dandruff. It will also improve blood flow to your scalp, helping improve hair growth. 


DIY Healthy Hair Recipe

 Here are 3 easy steps + a super simple DIY recipe! 

graydon hair

This is a photo was taken of Graydon after following this regimen on a weekly basis, for about a year. Her hair grew over 4 inches and she recently had to get it cut because it was getting too long!

Here are the ingredients you'll need: 

- Shampoo (preferably our Matcha Mint, or another natural brand that doesn't over strip the natural oils from your scalp)

- 1/2 cup of Apple Cidre Vinegar 

- Graydon's 'Germs Away' Essential Oil Blend 

- Conditioner (preferably our Hair Smoothie, or another natural brand that doesn't contain silicone or 'quats' which coat and weigh down your hair.)

Optional: astringent essential oils such as rosemary, lemon or peppermint


Step 1: Apply a generous amount of our Matcha Mint Shampoo and using your fingertips actively massage it onto your scalp and work vigorously through to your ends. Rinse with warm water.

Step 2: Squeeze out excess water from your hair before and rinse it with a 1/2 cup of apple cidre vinegar, then sprinkle a few (about 6 drops) of our Germs Away essential oil blend onto your scalp and wrap your hair in a towel for 5 minutes. If you don't have our Germs Away Blend on hand you can use other detoxifying essential oils on your scalp, such as rosemary, lemon or peppermint.

Fyi - this process will help rid your scalp and hair shafts of product build-up that accumulates from using styling products such as gel, mousse, pomades and sprays.

Step 3: Use our Hair Smoothie and leave it on for an extended period of time (say 30 to 60 minutes) before rinsing off. Even better, you can also use it as an overnight treatment which will really help to make your hair more smooth, supple and resilient. 

If you don't have a bottle of our Hair Smoothie, you can make your own DIY hair treatment with 1/4 cup of castor oil along with some stimulating essential oils like the above-mentioned rosemary, peppermint or lemon.

Just blend the castor oil with 6 to 12 drops of the essential oil(s) of you choice and massage the mixture into your scalp and down through the ends of your hair. Leave on for 30 minutes (or overnight) before washing it out. 

 Hope you enjoy trying this out!

Let us know if you have any natural hair care tips that you'd like to share by leaving a comment below. 

How To Transition Your Skin From Winter To Warmer


spring skincare products


If you've ever noticed a sudden change in your skin –sensitivities, breakouts, and uneven tone—it could be the seasonal change. It's that period when the weather changes from hot to cold, or cold to hot and often leaves skin in a state of flux, reeling to catch up. As we enter warmer weather, help your skin out by making a few adjustments to your skincare routine early on to counteract these changes. Here are some tips on how to transition your skincare routine from winter to warmer.

Exfoliate regularly

Over the winter months skin loses moisture and becomes dry and rough. If the skin is dehydrated, which often happens during winter, dead skin cells can become trapped in tight pores. These 'plugs' of debris can eventually lead to breakouts, especially as temperatures rise and the skin produces more sweat and oil. To combat clogged pores, exfoliate 2 –3 times per week to slough off dead skin cells and help keep your skin clear. It's also a great way to stimulate cellular regeneration and get your skin glowing for spring!

An exfoliator like the Superfood Mask + Scrub uses 15 types of superfoods with a range of skin benefits to reveal glowing skin. Each capsule contains ingredients like papaya, shiitake mushroom and licorice root (for a list of the full ingredients see here) that gently remove make up and grime. Sloughing off dead skin cells also allows your skincare products like your moisturizer or serum to penetrate more deeply afterwards, delivering hydration to your skin more effectively.

Layer your products

Much like clothing, layering your products gives you flexibility to ‘lighten up’ or ‘load up’ on what your skin needs during periods of fluctuating weather. In the dead of winter, dry skin needs all the bells and whistles: a hydrating toner, water-soluble serum, moisturizer, oil or face balm. In the spring when there’s more warm moisture in the air, you can pick and choose the combination of products to suit your needs.

Try pairing a hydrating toner like our Face Food Mineral Mist with an oil serum like Superfood Serum or a light moisturizer (Super Sensitive Skin Stuff is one of my favourites). 

You can also lighten up heavier moisturizers like the Berry Rich Cream with a few sprays of the Face Food and blend that into the skin.

Make sunscreen part of your daily routine

Much of ultraviolet radiation occurs incidentally, such as when you’re in your car, walking to work, or sitting by a window. UVA rays (aka ‘Ultraviolet Aging Rays’) can still penetrate windows and shade. For this reason, sunscreen should be worn year-round. Since the warmer weather draws us out to enjoy the sunshine, we should be especially diligent and wear an SPF every day during the spring and summer. Once you find the perfect sunscreen that sits well with your makeup and feels great on your skin, you'll be sure to wear it every day!

Amp up the antioxidants

Before you go patio hopping and sun bathing, add an extra line of defense against the sun using antioxidants. This is a term that gets thrown around, but antioxidants are actually one of the best ways to arm your skin against ultraviolet damage. One of the most common antioxidants to use is vitamin C and can be applied topically via a concentrated serum. Some plant and fruit oils are also rich in antioxidants and work to counteract damage causing wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation. Slather on The Superfood Serum, made with antioxidant-rich blueberry, raspberry, and cranberry seed oils before heading out into the sun, or afterwards, to help heal inflammation and counteract sun damage.

There you have it. Keep these transitional skincare tips in mind as the weather warms up. Make a few changes to your skincare routine and you'll be sure to help your skin adjust to any changes the warmer seasons throw at it.

Seanna Cohen is a certified skin care therapist and the founder of Elodie Beauty, an online resource to learn beauty tips and answer all of your skincare questions. Seanna empowers others to establish a more natural beauty routine through personal skincare coaching sessions, blog, and workshops. Follow Seanna's journey and get inspired to live a clean, green, beautiful life @elodiebeauty and

Graydon's Green Tea Matcha Latte

When I want a wake-up call, my go-to beverage is a matcha latte. Green, creamy and delicious, it is my go-to before working out when I don't want a full stomach.

Filled with healthy fats and caffeine (that unlike coffee, does not give me the jitters), I can always count on my MM Latte to keep me going for at least an hour and a half before I shower and need to grab some real food.

matcha latte

 Try out this super simple (and tasty) recipe for yourself! 


3/4 cup of (preferably unsweetened) coconut or almond milk (or any other variety of non-dairy milk you might prefer such as hemp, cashew, sunflower or hazelnut) 

1 heaping tsp of matcha powder (if you don't have matcha on hand, you can use 2 green tea bags)

1/8 tsp of real vanilla extract or a pinch of raw vanilla 

1/4 cup boiling water

A few (fresh!) mint leaves, or 1/8 of a tsp of peppermint extract

For extra yumminess + energy, you can also add a drizzle of maple syrup to taste and/or a spoonful of coconut oil or MCT  


1) Warm 3/4 cup of your fave non-dairy milk in a small pot over low to medium heat 

2) Whisk your matcha powder, vanilla with the freshly boiled water in a mug. Or if you don't have matcha on hand, let 2 green tea bags steep in the mug for a couple of minutes.

3) When hot, whisk or stir the 'milk' into the matcha tea mixture in the mug (or into the steeping green tea).

4) Add a handful of mint leaves or stir in peppermint extract. (I like to drink my MM Latte with the leaves in for extra flavour, but you can take them out if you prefer) 

Optional: Add a little bit of maple syrup to sweeten and/or stir in your coconut oil or MCT. 

In the summertime when I need something cold and refreshing, I just pile these ingredients into my blender and add 4 ice cubes instead of adding water. For an extra hit of plant-powered protein, add a few slices of avocado, and a spoonful of sunflower butter. 

Sip, breathe + enjoy! 

Cool fact: Matcha is full of antioxidants that also boosts cancer-fighting properties! And in case you didn't know, matcha is also a key ingredient in our Matcha Mint Shampoo since it helps strengthen hair and restore its vitality.

Top 10 Germiest Places In Your Home (And How To Clean Them)

Now that it’s spring you may be thinking of how to clean your home, whether it's overhauling your closet or tackling those dirty kitchen counters, making sure there are no traces of food and debris in your household. There are the usual germ-infested culprits like the toilet seat or your children’s toys, but there are other areas of your home that are often overlooked when we think of doing our spring cleaning. Here are 10 areas in your home that may be harboring bacteria.


Your Purse

    Lipstick, wallet, keys, loose change, mints…your purse holds all the things you’ll need on-the-go but your most prized possession could also contain a lot of germs. A study conducted by the Initial Washroom Hygiene has shown that purses can contain more contaminants than your average toilet seat! 

    Cleaning Solution: Depends on the fabric of your bag but generally using some mild soap mixed with warm water can help get rid of dirt and any make up residue.


    Soap Dispensers

      Think about it: we often reach for soap dispensers when our hands are dirty, but have you ever taken time to clean them? Rather than leave the washroom with more germs on your hands than before washing, make sure to give these a good rinse. To maintain your hand hygiene, make sure to follow up with hand sanitizer and resist against diluting your dispensers with water, making it less effective in fighting against bacteria.

      Cleaning Solution: Use a damp cloth or hand towel in front of you and a squirt of our All Over Soap.  


      Your Coffee Machine

        A strong brew can help get you through the roughest days, but coffee machines can also harbor mold if they are not cleaned daily. Since coffee machines are a moist environment, mold and bacteria can easily proliferate and affect the taste of your coffee (leaving a bitter taste) along with causing health concerns. Allergy symptoms like headaches, coughing and sneezing can be triggered by a moldy cup of coffee.

        Cleaning Solution: Rather than just using warm water also use white vinegar to remove bacteria and mineral buildup.


        Your Makeup Sponge

          Your trusty beauty blender which makes your makeup look flawless could also be a germ culprit as well. Just try cutting it open to see why. A little-known fact is that 'beauty blenders' are only good to use for 3 to 4 months. After that time period, it should be tossed, or it could aggravate your skin or cause blemishes.

          Cleaning Solution: After your makeup application, wash your beauty blender with some warm water and baby shampoo or a beauty blender cleanser then let it air dry.


          Your Bathrobe

            Lounging around the house in a bathrobe during a lazy weekend can feel so hygge but it’s also important to give this self-care item some much needed TLC. Your bathrobe can contain moisture since it’s your go-to garment post-shower. A lot of residue can build up over time from body oils, lotion and sweat so make sure to also toss this item into the washing machine as well!

            Cleaning Solution: Machine wash and dry to remove moisture.


            The Kitchen Sink

              Think about all the things that end up in your kitchen sink: raw meat, leftovers, dirty dishes…it’s no wonder that this area consistently shows up as one of the top germiest places in the household! The moist environment makes it easy for salmonella and E.coli to survive and spread.

              Cleaning solution: Use a strong disinfectant. A light cleaning formula won’t be strong enough to kill all the bacteria in your sink and make sure to do this regularly! Also, don’t forget to clean your kitchen sponge as well.


              Your Yoga Mat

                It’s easy to forget about cleaning your yoga mat when you’re trying to squeeze in a workout between appointments but wiping down your mat and any other workout equipment should be done on a regular basis. Bacteria on a yoga mat can linger for weeks if not cleaned properly which can lead to skin conditions like acne, skin infections and even toenail fungus.

                Try to use your own mat when possible rather than the ones provided in class. You never know what germs may be lingering there! Always wipe down your mat before and after your workout since it’s very easy to encounter debris in the studio or sweat.

                Cleaning Solution: DIY your own cleaning solution using water or vinegar or try Our Germs Away Mist! It is an antimicrobial spray that uses 12 essential oils to kill odors and bacteria.


                Your Keyboard

                  We use our computers or laptops everyday to type up assignments for school or for work so make sure to give your keyboard a wipe every now and then.

                  Cleaning Solution: Here's my favourite DIY cleaning spray that's easy to make and effective for household surfaces. 


                  Your Cellphone

                    We all know by now that our cellphones are one of the dirtiest items in our home. We use our phones for everything nowadays (ordering groceries, paying bills, setting up our next hair appointment) and take them everywhere with us, checking it constantly for new emails and text messages. 

                    All the dirt and germs on our hands are transferred onto our phones throughout the day so it’s important to clean our screens to prevent getting sick.

                    Cleaning Solution: Wash your hands often and clean your phone with water and a drop of our Germs Away Concentrate along with a microfiber cloth. This is a very versatile product that can be used for a number of ways to keep you squeaky clean. Here are ten ways to use our Germs Away formula.



                      After having company over, all you may be thinking about is getting a restful night’s sleep but along with tidying up, it’s worth taking some time to wipe down areas that guests have come into close contact with. Doorknobs have been found to contain streptococcus, salmonella, and E.coli when left uncleaned. So rather than risk getting sick, make sure to disinfect and wash your hands afterwards.

                      Cleaning Solution: Make your own cleaning solution using vinegar and baking soda, or warm water with All Over Soap. 

                      And there you have it, ten places in your home where germs may be lingering! Hopefully, you find these cleaning solutions helpful. Let us know if we missed any other places in the home that are often overlooked.


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