Here at Amelia and Jayne there are a few things we really focus on. A chemical-free existence is one of them. While you can switch up your laundry detergent and cleaning supplies pretty easily, some things, like face products, can be more complicated if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. If you’re like us, you’ve spent years perfecting your skincare routine to reduce any chance of itchiness, congestion or dullness. You’ve sample hundreds of products that produced red rashes, breakouts and excess oil. You’d love to go natural, but any change in your routine means weeks of frustration. Still, you go shopping to find the best options for both your skin, and your desire to live a more minimalist, cost effective, natural, chemical-free life.
Does this sound familiar? – You walk into a drug store and you see a sea of products all promoting something; softer skin, clearer skin, natural product, paraben free… it’s all so complicated. Maybe you started reading labels and got lost in a long list of oxilates, perfumes, Glyceryl, Polysorbate, methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide…. How can you tell what’s natural, what’s chemical free, and what’s going to work for you?
Amelia discovered the Abnormal Company when she moved to Toronto. While they have several lines of products, we’re going to focus only on our favorite; The Ordinary.
The Ordinary combines all the things we love. It’s paraben and sulphate free, as well as many other harmful chemicals, is local (Toronto), and is animal testing free. On top of this, their products have some of the shortest ingredient lists we’ve ever seen!
And!!…they’re also reasonably priced. Their Rose-hip oil is less than $10, and has one ingredient… rosehip oil (rosa canina seed oil to be exact) . Their retinoids are $5-$15, their Salicylic ad Lactic Acids are $5-$10 and their Vitamin C serums are around $10 as well. They have an entire range of great products and none of them are over processed or over priced.
The Abnormal company simply takes all the guess work out of their products. Their Ingredients lists are short and void of crazy unpronounceable products. They’re all natural and locally made. If you have a list like ours, don’t try to go to the drug store and work through all the different brands.
Instead of searching out one in the sea of products, we like to find one brand that we believe in, and buy most of our skincare from the same company. You don’t need to pick the Abnormal Company. Do you research and figure out which company is true to your own morals and wishes.
And the best part!! They Work!!
Skincare doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars. Here’s a breakdown of our skincare routines with costs.
Soap Artisan Bar Soap $16 – Lasts 6 Months **Sulphate and Paraben free
Home Made Coconut Oil/Baking Soda Scrub 3X week – $.05 per use.
Bar Soap Charcoal Anise – Leaves of Trees $7 **Sulphate and Paraben free
And that’s it. Both Amelia and Jayne spend very little on their face routines but achieve great results.
Always note that the health of your skin depends just as much on what you put in your body as what you put on it. Cleaning up your diet will have greater improvements than some of the best products you can buy. Hydration will do more than hundreds of dollars of moisturizers. Products can help certain conditions, but no amount of product will cover up a bad diet.
*Photos By Jayne
**This is not a sponsored post. The three companies mentioned in this post are local in Toronto and/or Vancouver and are not aware that we use their products at this time. We recommend them based on personal long-term use.