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    Organic Sun Cream FAQs

    Organic Sun Cream FAQs

    March was unseasonably hot and dry here in BC which sparked the sun cream sales, and along with that lots of questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions about my organic sun creams. Organic Mineral Suncream FAQs 1. What SPF are they equivalent to? My sun creams are not (yet) tested by Health Canada for an official SPF rating. The amount of zinc I use combined with the natural filters of the base ingredients could give an SPF rating of about 30. BUT everyone’s skin is different and we recommend you reapply regularly when out in the sun until you know how the product and your skin react in the sun. 2. Can the sun creams be used on the face? Absolutely! They are safe…

    Top 3 Natural Skincare Products of 2018

    Top Natural Skincare Products 2018

    I’m not one to look back and analyze the past. When it comes to my business I most often work on my intuition and how things felt rather than looking at spreadsheets (don’t tell my accountant or husband!). But out of curiosity, and to help with creating the new products I did a little counting of what sold best last year, and here are the top 3. 1. Argan & Frankincense (oil) Serum. Unsurprisingly this came top again. It has been my best seller every year since I started. It was also the first product I finalized the formulation of. It contains just 3 amazing ingredients: organic cold-pressed argan oil, organic frankincense oil and organic neroli oil. The intention of this product was to create…

    The downside of strict multi-step skincare regimes

    Downside of multi-step skincare regimes

    It can be a great relief when a skin care line has a range of products aimed specifically at the challenges you are facing with your skin. Acne, elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles, rosacea, pigmentation. There is a product line for all of these issues. And if all you have to do is use all the products in the right order a couple of times a day, it seems like a great solution. One benefit is that in most cases these skin care systems work. You will likely be paying a high monthly price for your products but the results are good. A lot of money has been spent ensuring that visible differences are seen, often very quickly. And who can argue with that? If…

    My Post-Summer Skincare Routine

    After Summer Skincare

    Summer is not over yet, but the sun is not as strong and as the children go back to school my days at the lake and long hours of sun baking are gone. It’s time to start thinking of giving my skin a little extra tlc. I’ll still be applying sun cream on the sunny days (now I’m mixing it 50:50 with my moisturizer) but in the evenings I’ll be doing this routine a couple of times per week to nourish my sun parched skin. Hibiscus & Berry Mask – packed with anti-oxidants, especially vitamin C, this mask is the best at cell repair. I will be mixing it with honey to ensure my skin is also soothed and moisturized. Hibiscus & Hyaluronic Flower Water…

    My Packaging Goals (& what I am doing differently)

    zero waste skincare
    At the moment it’s hard to avoid the images of our world being polluted by the left-overs of our consumeristic habits. Garbage piles that go on for as far as the eye can see and our waterways and oceans loaded with plastic that will, in essence, never disappear. It pains me every time I empty our recycling bin. How can our small family of four create so much, even with making all the “good” choices when shopping? As a business who creates more “stuff” in the world it is important to me that I don’t contribute to these enormous piles of trash and recycling.  It has been a big part of the decisions I have made, right from the start. But what I do now...

    Oil Serum vs. Water Serum

    oil serum water serum

    I’ll be the first to admit some of my product names can be a little confusing (I’ll be working on this next year), but the one that seems to baffle the most is the two different types of serums I have. So, here’s a quick help guide: There are two types of serums, one is oil-based and one is water-based. Oil Based Serums Argan & Frankincense Jasmine & Pomegranate Rose & Starflower Water Based (hyaluronic) Serums Hibiscus Rose Petal Lavender Rose Geranium Our skin is moisturized when we use BOTH oil and water, so when choosing which skin care products to buy we ideally need something water-based and something oil-based. (Cosmetics often have oil and water in the same product, find out why I don’t…

    WHICH MASK & EXFOLIANT SHOULD I CHOOSE?

    which mask exfoliant skincare

    These products are not so much about which one for which skin type, but more about the effect and results you are after! When choosing a mask/exfoliant have the effect and results in mind, not just your skin type.  I have 3 to choose from and they all have their own unique properties and benefits:   Rose & Ginger This one is oat based, so will be soothing and nourishing. It also has astringent rose to calm redness, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory matcha green tea and warming ginger to stimulate circulation and keep blood flow pumping. Mix with warm water to soften the oats and be sure to removed with cool water or be prepared to feel the heat of the ginger! Great for – dull,…

    Which products are right for you? Some tips on how to choose

    choosing skincare
    I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time now, I get a lot of messages every week asking for help with choosing which products are right for them. Because of this, I feel like I’m missing something on my website. I haven’t quite realized what it is yet (maybe it’s this blog post!) so in the meantime I hope this helps. Choosing is actually really simple, explaining it is less so... There is really only one rule, and two exceptions One rule Choose the products you like the smell of (or sound of as we don’t have smellable-computers yet). I’m a big believer in allowing our body and/or intuition to make the decisions. 1st exception: If your skin is very reactive (such...

    GIVING THE GIFT OF SKINCARE

    Skincare Gifts

    With Christmas just around the corner I am now beginning to write Christmas gift lists. I used to think it was really Hard to choose skin care items to give as a gift, “isn’t skin care really personal?” I would always say to myself. But this will be my 6th year of owning a skin care company and what I’ve discovered is that giving skin care doesn’t have to mean “your skin doesn’t look great, try this” it is actually giving a gift that is luxurious but useful. Most people I know are trying to have less stuff in our lives so giving something consumable is ideal; delicious food, fun experiences and beautiful skin care all fit into this category. So, what can you pick…

    Becoming an affiliate for Helena Lane Skincare

    Do you find yourself recommending Helena Lane Skincare to your nearest and dearest and your work colleagues, and even the lady on the bus? If so, I would like to invite you to become an affiliate. Having affiliates is a way that I can pay back and thank my most avid fans for spreading the word. As a small company, I rely almost exclusively on word of mouth to build my business, I also know that word of mouth is the most effective advertising and marketing tool available to me. Like my skin care, simplicity is the key in my affiliate program. There are no commitments, time-frames or pages of small print. This is how it works: When you sign up I will allocate you...