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Heal and Hydrate with Certified Organic Seaflora Skincare

I love a good story. The best stories come from companies that are closing the loop by producing environmentally safe and effective products without chemicals or damage to human health. Enter the main character of this story…Diane Bernard who is also known internationally as ‘the seaweed lady”.  Diane’s story came to me while visiting The Grotto Spa this summer when I learned of ‘the seaweed lady’ a special environmentalist that lives on BC’s West Coast that harvests seaweed and has produced a one-of-a-kind certified organic skincare line called Seaflora.  It is unique because Diane hand harvests the main ingredient <seaweed> and with her method of using clean cuts there is no damage to the reproductive parts of the seaweed so it continues to grow and flourish. Diane’s ocean ‘garden’ of 250 assorted species of seaweed reflect her strong commitment to sustainable marine environments. Her harvesting techniques and the wild seaweed is 100% USDA and OCIA certified organic.  The story only gets better because the Seaflora skincare line is packed with vitamins and minerals – you don’t need to worry about toxic ingredients that pollute so many products in the beauty industry today. Diane knew the health benefits of using wild seaweed as the Seaflora core ingredient as it’s been known for centuries to heal and hydrate skin. The surprising twist in this story is how sustainable and fast growing seaweed is in nature – making it a wonderful and truly organic ingredient in a skincare line.

An example of the sustainable nature of seaweed is bull kelp. It is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow three to four feet a day during peak time and 120 feet in a season. The beauty industry needs to harness this amazing resource much like the clothing and bedding industry did with bamboo last year.  Diane’s example of how to cultivate and harvest her ingredients with such environmental integrity is amazing with it’s authentic purpose from start to finish.  Picture below from the Seaflora site of Diane pulling bull kelp along the beach.

diane pulling bull kelp

For a consumer, the certified organic line Seaflora is simply wonderful. I’ve been trying this line for months and love the ‘glow’ my skin has after using the mud mask. You can feel the difference between a paraben, phthalate, and formaldehyde -free product because your skin is instantly moisturized and clean without the slippery feeling afterwards. My favorite Sea Flora products are Iridaea exfoliator which is a facial masque combined with ocean mud that makes my skin feel amazing and Laminaria Body Lotionfor the eczema patches on my ankles.  The Seaflora facial cleanser line contains certified organic seaweeds, Vitamins A, C, and E to cleanse skin.   Did you know that wild seaweeds contain anti-septic and healing properties?  So many products in the Seaflora line are recommended for rosacea, eczema, sensitive skin types. 

For woman trying to conceive or already pregnant – the Sea Flora line is an amazing organic solution to avoid synthetic chemicals that effect developing babies.  Seaflora contains no artificial colours or fragrances, GM ingredients, dioxins, petrochemicals, mineral oils, parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, propylene glycol, hexane, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, aluminium or animal derived ingredients. Seaflora skincare is perfect for people committed to an organic lifestyle and looking for a truly natural way to rejuvenate and sooth their skin. The line is certified organic in both the US and Canada and this is not as common as you might think. Diane warns that consumers need to be careful as skincare lines claim to be organic or natural can still contain petrochemical, synthetic, and other harmful ingredients. You need to look for USDA or OCIA seals for your assurance before purchasing organic skincare.

You can find Seaflora available to purchase in many high-end spas across North America or visit the Seaflora store and discover a new way to pamper yourself …sadly without the spa, but happily without the toxic ingredients.

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Life Without Plastic – Awesome Alternatives For The Kitchen!

Sounds like the story of my life these days!  The fallout from BPA and phthalate products has changed how all parents view plastic.  I still use my Ikea plastic plates for snacks for the kids, but other than that, I’ve really purged most of it from the bathroom and kitchen.  So when Leigh left a comment on my previous article called Plastic Food Alternative Solutions recommending a site called Life Without Plastic, my ears perked up. After checking out the site, I ordered four of their cereal bowls with stainless steel interior. I’ve included a picture of these bowls below. They are totally adorable and I wish I’d found them months ago because they are getting so much use! They are a little small for my oldest son’s cereal, but I’m finding them very handy for all the fruit and snacks all four insist having in separate bowls. They have a special on 2 pink bowls and 2 blue bowls…so for my clan this was perfect! I would highly recommend these for a 1st or 2nd birthday present for a child…or for that age bracket so they get good use out of them. With the plastic on the OUTSIDE of the bowls, it actually works well because you don’t have to worry if they slip out of little hands or off the table…they are not going to break easily.

The site also offers a product I’ve never seen for kids….a stainless steel mug that is double walled to protect hands against the heat and a stainless steel lid for the top. Very cute designs and characters on the outside. Again, what a cute present idea for toddlers getting away from bottles and sippies.

There are products for older kids and adults. The idea of litter-less lunches has really taken off for school aged kids. Read about one mom’s vision for this in the article about Green Fundraising. On the Life Without Plastic site, you’ll find stainless steel food storage containers that act as a lunch box, or sets of 4 airtight stainless steel containers all in different sizes, and Asian stainless steel lunch boxes that are in tiers of 2 and 3 layers. WOW – lots of options for lunches to bring to work or storing snacks for kids off to school for the day.  Oh yes and did I mention this company is Canadian!  I love saying that because it means no hidden shipping/duty/tax surprises when your order arrives.  They will ship to Canada and the US.

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