Find of the Month: Ezensa Skin Care
As part of my pledge to present a greener, cleaner approach to beauty and body care gift ideas, I’m kicking things off by introducing you to a great Canadian company that’s doing things right – Ezensa Skin Care. For a primer on why what we put on our skin is so flipping important, be sure to check out their great FYI section...but let’s start with three pretty chilling facts. Fact: at least 80% of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies (and bloodstreams). Fact: the FDA and Health Canada do not regulate what goes into ‘cosmetics’ – which includes all of those lotions, potions, and cosmetics you use on a daily basis. Fact: those unpronounceable chemicals that make up most labels are actually known hormone disruptors, and in some cases, have been known to cause cancer and other serious health issues. The good news? Brands like Ezensa offer a ridiculously simple ingredient list with a completely natural, and for the most part organic, mix of oils and butters. The next time you’re searching for a gift with mass appeal, skip the drugstore and consider shopping at this clean, green, eco-friendly virtual boutique.
Body Butters – $24.95 each
There are actually five body butters available in the Ezensa line, each of which offers benefits for different skin types – whether you suffer from acne-prone or dry skin, or simply want a normal, everyday moisturizer, these ultra-smoothing butters are just the ticket. The ingredient lists are almost ridiculously simple – 10 ingredients or less anyone? – and you’ll notice that none of them contain water. Ezensa has a whole manifesto on being water-free. Namely, water doesn’t actually absorb into skin. While it certainly contributes to a ‘smoother’ feel for your product, it can actually dry out your skin and cause an imbalance in the product makeup, which in turn relies on the introduction of harsh chemicals to keep the item ‘shelf stable’. The long and the short of it is, our skin is naturally laden with oils – and those should really be what the basis of your skincare contains. Bonus: if you want something super custom, you can fill out a quick questionnaire and Ezensa will actually whip up a batch just for you.
Baby Balm – $16.95
We pay a lot of attention to baby-proofing our homes, but what about the ingredients we’re bringing in through the front door? Even Johnson’s Baby Shampoo was cited in 2011 for containing extremely toxic chemicals (seriously, do a Google search) like Formaldehyde, and we all know that babies have the softest, most plush skin that also happens to ripe for irritation. Ezensa’s baby balm is stripped of literally any essential oil that may cause a reaction, and as a bonus, it also helps prevent diaper rash. If you jump on the green beauty bandwagon, make sure you start the next generation on it from birth, so all natural will simply feel natural. Makes a perfect baby shower present.
Soaps – $4.95 each
Although most people use liquid shower gels these days, a good ol’ fashioned bar of soap is really an ace choice. For one, all of that luscious lathering foam you love so much? It’s actually generated by a toxic chemical. For another, soap bars are actually a better choice for the environment – just think, less plastic bottles whether by the tap or in the shower are always a smart choice, as plastic is the number one nemesis of the landfills. Ezensa offers 10 different varieties of soap, all 100% natural and gentle on the skin, each infused with a pleasant, invigorating smell. Stock up on ’em for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, or thank-you presents – I love ‘artisanal’ soap as a gift because it looks more expensive than it really is.
Body Balm – $21.95
I have really naturally pale skin, and I’m used to slathering on the sunscreen. However I also just read that not only are the active ingredients in most sunscreens quite harmful, apparently we’re all a little quick to blocking out the sun. Apparently it’s recommended we get at least 20 minutes in the brightness before we start shielding out the sun’s rays. This Body Balm from Ezensa is a happy compromise: the blend of oils, butters, and waxes makes for a super nourishing treat for your skin – one that also offers some ‘natural’ SPF protection. Use it in the winter to drench dry skin in moisture, and apply it in the summer as a lightweight pseudo-sunscreen when you’re taking the dog for a walk or hitting the park with your kids.
The Ezensa line is quickly growing – a lip balm line is en route – and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to introduce them to you guys at this early stage in the brand’s development. If live in Toronto, be sure to check out the brand at the One of a Kind Show coming up later this month. I really do believe in at least sharing some of these great natural beauty finds for you, and hope you’ll indulge in them to see the wondrous effects of choosing uncomplicated products to take care of your skin. Ezensa is equally happy to get to know all of you: they’re actually offering up a gift basket for one lucky winner valued at $145! To enter:
1) Leave a comment by March 31st with the Ezensa product you’d most like try out.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around April 1st to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Like Ezensa on Facebook and leave them a comment about why you’re excited to try out their products / which products you’re most excited to test out for yourself.
5) Bonus Entries #2+: Check out every new, non-contest post that goes up during the month of March, for bonus entry opportunities galore!
Don’t want to chance it? Ezensa is also offering a 15% discount for all readers until the end of March. Just type in the coupon code CGGPLANT3 when you checkout.