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Spotlight On: Lavender

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Lavender field

This week, let’s take a closer look at another of the classic herbs, lavender. The first written record of the medicinal use of lavender is said to be from 77 AD, when a Greek physician wrote that lavender could be used internally and externally for a variety of benefits. Continue reading

100 Ways to Make Your March Magical

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(Or, How to Survive Late Winter on the Prairies)

Woman in Sauna

Here at All Things Jill and in conjunction with our friends at our sister company, The Apothecary in Inglewood, we’ve come to a conclusion over the years:

March Sucks.

We will allow that it doesn’t always suck (two years ago, it was beautiful — for instance). And we will allow that even the worst March has bright spots, like the days getting longer (literal bright spot!) and … ummm… sometimes Easter? 

We really don’t love March.

So, a few years ago, we came up with an idea to help us get through those last few weeks of winter unscathed. Those weeks when it really, really seems like spring should be here but often, it’s just not. Those weeks when even though the days are longer, it’s still darker than you’d like; and the ground isn’t thawed to plant the garden yet; and there are often still a few blizzards. Did we mention we live in Calgary? If you live on the Canadian prairies, or almost anywhere in Canada besides the West Coast, for that matter; or in the American midwest, well… you get what we’re talking about.

The idea was to not let ourselves sink into the despair that threatened to overtake us via wet socks, grey slush and slippery yet salty roads, and to instead give ourselves things to look forward to. Things to laugh about. Ways to feel joy.

We called it: Magical March.

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Let’s Talk About Facial Oils!

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Oil is shown alongside flowers.

If you’ve never used a facial oil, chances are you’re wondering: “Why would I use oil on my face?!”

In which case, you might have been confused if you’ve ever noticed the Facial Oils section on our site. And you likely just skipped over it.

But surprise! Specific oils can actually play very beneficial roles in your skincare routine. Here’s how… Continue reading

Spotlight On: Coco Glucoside

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Coco glucoside

In our search for a natural foaming agent to create a gentle, high sudsing bath foam, we had a few non-negotiable requirements: first, we needed it to be free of questionable ingredients like diethanolamides (DEAs), lauryl sulfates, laureth sulfates, parabens and formaldehyde. Second, we wanted it to be both sustainably produced and completely biodegradable — for a cosmetic ingredient, this means it needs to be easily broken down by enzymes in bacteria (or plants and animals). Third, we were looking for something non-drying and gentle.

A lot to ask, maybe, but luckily for us, coco glucoside is the perfect option!  Continue reading

Spotlight On: Chamomile

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Chamomile flowers

Chamomile is one of the classic medicinal herbs, used for thousands of years for a variety of therapeutic purposes. First noted in ancient Egypt as a cure for fever, it was also commonly used by the Romans to flavour beverages and in incense, and by the Norse as a type of shampoo to add lustre to hair. Chamomile was even used to flavour beer before being replaced by hops for this purpose. Continue reading