Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Crawford Street Skin Care

Welcome back beauties! I've got another green beauty review to share with you all. Today we're talking about Crawford Street Skin Care*, a brand that proudly manufactures their products in Toronto 🙌

"Crawford Street Skin Care came from the desire to create products with natural ingredients that were sophisticated and luxurious.  Products that not only enhanced your natural beauty, but were themselves beautiful and natural.  We wanted to draw on the beauty treatments and knowledge of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Anti-aging might be a twentieth century word but it’s an age-old concept!  Men and women have been using natural ingredients to nourish their skin for centuries, and at Crawford Street, we're continuing that tradition." 

Crawford Street Skin Care creates products that are holistic; with natural ingredients and packaging that's eco-friendly. They also offer a selection of vegan products and all of their products are cruelty-free. I haven't tried many green beauty products, so I can't compare them that way. I can, however, compare them to 'traditional' products 😉

"Crawford Street Skin Care products are 100% natural. They are free of petrochemical derivatives, such as mineral oil and petroleum, PEGs, Parabens, DEA, Sodium laurel sulphate, artificial dyes and fragrances, chemical preservatives." /source/

I've been wanting to switch to natural deodorant for years but never managed to take that leap. In all honesty, I really only wear deodorant in the summer. Thankfully, I don't need it most of the year! Anyways, when given the opportunity to test out Crawford Street Skin Care's Cream Deodorant, I jumped on it!

Woods Cream Deodorant is available in two sizes; 30ml ($10) and 60ml ($18). It's 100% vegan and doesn't contain aluminum, propylene glycol, phthalates or parabens. What it does contain is a trio of essential oils that are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and deodorizing and cornstarch to absorb wetness. This deodorant kind of reminds me of a Christmas tree, and I'm not about it. A dime sized amount is all that's needed for each underarm and it lasts quite a few hours. It's definitely not the same as using your regular drugstore deodorant, but it's pretty darn good.

Neroli + Frankincense Body Lotion ($28, 240 ml) is a light, daily moisturizer that's 100% vegan. This lotion isn't overly fluid, but it's not too thick either (aka perfect texture). The scent is light and not as overpowering as the name could suggest. In fact, I almost find it too light. When you hear frankincense, you expect it to be strongly scented. My nose really only picks up orange, and it's very mild. Personally, I would have enjoyed a stronger scent- I love fragrance! Anyways, it spreads easily and takes a few minutes to absorb. Once absorbed, my skin stays hydrated for the whole day - even during this bitter cold.

Frankincense Hand Cream ($40, 120 ml / $25 60 ml) is a super rich cream that contains frankincense and myrrh to rejuvenate and lemon and lavender to nourish and protect. This hand cream has a light, natural scent and it's non-greasy. A little goes a looong way, which means this fun will last me well into spring. I find it takes a few minutes to absorb, but when it does, my skin feels great. This has been a staple of mine this winter and for once, my hands aren't chapped.

Cuticle Serum ($25, 7.4 ml) has been pivotal in keeping my mani's looking fresh this winter. This cuticle serum contains lots of omega fatty acids, protein  and vitamin enriched oils to effectively hydrate and promote healthy nails and cuticles. It's also 100% vegan! I like to apply it before bed so that I get a solid 8 hours of it soaking in uninterrupted. I also apply it after my at home manicures. Love it!

I'm actually in love with Crawford Street Skin Care's Rose Geranium Toner ($25, 60ml / $40 120 ml). Admittedly, I often skip toning because I can't be bothered to take out the cotton rounds, swipe it on and wait for it to dry. I already double cleanse, use a few serums, moisturize and apply sunscreen. Sounds ridiculous, but it's true. Anyways, this toner is in a spray bottle (a glass one 😍) which makes it so much easier for me to want to use it. It has a light rose scent and it dries almost instantly - a total win. The ingredients are simple and beneficial - rose water, aloe and lavender to soothe, geranium to balance and witch hazel to revitalize. I would carry this everywhere, but knowing me I would end up breaking it in my bag.

Last but certainly not least, is the Sandalwood Aftershave Cream ($35, 120 ml). This 100% vegan aftershave cream is soothing, moisturizing and protecting. It contains skin healthy ingredients such as bitter orange oil (natural anti-inflammatory), grapefruit seed oil (natural anti-septic) and aloe vera to keep your skin in tip-top shape after shaving. This unisex aftershave cream helps to calm irritated skin, prevent bumps and tones skin. It has a very light and natural scent that doesn't linger and it leaves my skin feeling calm. I feel like this is a product that some ladies may overlook, which is a shame because it feels so good on freshly shaven skin. If you have sensitive skin that's prone to irritation after shaving, I highly recommend you check this out.

I'm seriously impressed by Crawford Street Skin Care! Their products are simple yet effective, and their packaging is absolutely stunning. I appreciate that they're local and that they make their products in small batches. If you're looking to clean up your beauty routine, I highly suggest checking them out.

For more information, points of sale or to purchase their products, visit www.crawfordskincare.com

*Press samples were generously provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.