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Spotlight On: Witch Hazel

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The Topical Superstar 

Where exactly does witch hazel come from? And just what makes it so useful?

Witch hazel is an alcohol extract from the flowers, leaves and bark of the North American witch-hazel tree, Hamamelis virginiana. Thanks to the tannins, flavonoids, essential oils, choline and saponins it naturally contains, witch hazel has long been known to effectively treat all sorts of skin ailments when used topically.

Perhaps witch hazel’s best known application is as a toner for the skin. It tightens the pores, can slow down or stop bleeding (making it a perfect inclusion in after shave), reduces swelling, and helps with itching and minor pain. Its antiseptic and anti-viral properties make it a wonderful toner or even cleanser for oily or problem skin.

Because it is so widely beneficial, witch hazel appears in most of our sprays: After Sunny Aloe MistTake a Hike Outdoor JooseTicked Off Coat & Bed Spritz, Jack Shave Spritz, Sittin’ Pretty Perineal Spray, Restore Mat Spray, and our Fido Freshener Coat Spritz.

Featured Retailer: Dr. For Moms / Nature’s Baby Basket

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Name and location of retailer: Dr. For Moms and Nature’s Baby Basket, #120, 3820 Brentwood Rd NW, Calgary AB  Continue reading

Spotlight on: Moringa

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The Next Superfood?

If you haven’t heard of moringa, you’re not alone! Native to India, this shrub-like tree boasts a number of benefits, from nutritional to skin-protecting. Continue reading

Featured Retailer: Chuckling Duckling Farm

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Name and location of retailer: Chuckling Duckling Farm, #100 – 9188 Glover Rd, Fort Langley BC 

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Spotlight On: Activated Charcoal

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The Super-Absorbent Purifier

Activated charcoal powder

Activated charcoal — carbon/charcoal that has been heated in a way that forms many small pores within it — is popping up all over the place. You can find it in toothpaste, deodorant, soaps, detoxifying face masks and even lemonade. But it’s nothing new! Continue reading