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Spotlight On: Cucumber Extract

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Ah, cucumbers, the traditional staple of the “home spa day.” It’s no accident that when we think of pampering, we often picture someone lounging in a fluffy white robe with cucumber slices on their eyes. Cucumbers are astringent but also hydrating and anti-inflammatory. Continue reading

Featured Retailer: The Purple Carrot

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Name and Location of Retailer: The Purple Carrot, 1243 2nd Ave S, Lethbridge
Length of Time as an All Things Jill Retailer: a year now — since October 2017!
All Things Jill Lines Available: bulk bar soaps, TREK, Bath & Body
Fun Fact: Lethbridge enjoys more than 320 days of sunshine per year! Their winters are also mild and warm thanks to Chinook winds blowing in from the Rockies, to the west.

Why We Love The Purple Carrot

We love what Cris and Cathy are doing at The Purple Carrot in Lethbridge: they focus on local foods like locally farmed meats and eggs as well as locally produced skincare products; offer locally brewed kombucha on tap; and feature a refillery section with bulk personal care and cleaning products. The Purple Carrot is a boon to the sustainability movement in Alberta’s southern-most, sunniest city! 

The Purple Carrot’s refill station

Spotlight On: Camellia Seed Oil

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Camellia Seed Oil, also known as Tsubaki oil in Japan, has been a treasured beauty secret of Japanese women for centuries. It is used on the hair, scalp and skin and has a remarkable ability to penetrate to the deepest layers of the skin, as its composition is similar to sebum. Continue reading

Featured Retailer: Naturistas

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Name and Location of Retailer: Naturistas, 424 7 St. S, Lethbridge AB  Continue reading

Spotlight On: Benzoin Essential Oil

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You may be surprised when you first smell benzoin essential oil — because it smells an awful lot like vanilla! This thick, resinous oil is solvent-extracted from the gum resin of the Benzoin tree (Styrax benzoin), which grows in Indonesia, Malaysia, Java and Sumatra. The tree is tapped and exudes gum resin which is then used to create the oil. Benzoin trees can apparently produce resin in this way for 15-20 years. Continue reading