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Soldier’s Skin


One of the questions I get the most often about the natural beauty products I use is: “Yeah, but do they actually work?” Somehow we’ve been brainwashed into believing that the bounty we harvest from the earth is worse for us than the chemicals we derive in a lab. Today’s featured brand proves that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Skincando KitchenSkincando is the brainchild of Sara Damelio, an organic beauty specialist that had battled with chronic skin problems and acne throughout her teenage years. After having exhausted even the most high end brands, Sara was inspired to get busy and start experimenting with natural formulations, to see if anything would solve her skin conundrums once and for all.

Skincando Combat Ready kit
After 1,000 trials, she finally hit upon a winning formula, which is now known as Combat Ready Balm ($6-$65). Why the military reference you ask? Because this stuff is so tough and effective, it’s used by soldiers overseas to ease the pain and itching from sunburn, sand flea bites and parched, chapped skin from the desert conditions. This miracle balm however, also has a practical application at home, for those living in cold, dry climates (hello Canada), suffering from eczema, or dealing with that first sunburn of the season.

Once you’ve fallen in love with the balm, be sure to try the rest of the Combat Ready collection ($10-$17), including a minty lip balm, an energizing bar of soap, and a must-have botanical bug spray to keep the skeeters away this summer. And if you’re feeling generous, you can also donate to have these products sent to the armed forces, whether in general, or to a specific service member of your choosing.

micacle_cream_largeWhile Skincando’s unisex, tough-not-gruff Combat Ready line is a fine entre into the brand, they’ve also got some other skin-quenching products that are perhaps a little more suited for everyday, normal use. The  Luxe line kicks off with another miracle worker, aptly named the Miracle Cream ($12-$70). With each jar handmade to order the moment you want it, you’re guaranteed the freshest ingredients possible – meaning your skin’s fine lines will be that much more reduced while your skin tone will be that much more balanced. The Luxe line also includes a complementary eye balm, ultra-rich lip balm, and a lighter, vegan version of the original Miracle Cream for those that have oily or normal skin and don’t require quite as much ‘help’.

Skincando KidsWhile I’m sure the soldiers overseas are busy getting rough and tumble, it’s also worth noting that the little would-be soldiers prowling around your backyard are equally apt to spills, scrapes and other maladies. Skincando has a kid-friendly formulation of their ultra-soothing formulas, available in three sizes ($6-$65) to toss in your purse or keep at the ready whenever a minor disaster may strike.

Skincando Kits
If you’re keen to give Skincando a whirl – and with the summer season coming up, it’s really the perfect time to do so – may I recommend one of their starter kits? The Combat Ready Kit includes all four of the products featured above, tucked into a neat industrial-style dopp kit, for a bargain price of $55. Meanwhile the Miracle Travel Kit features miniature pots of the Eye Balm and Miracle Cream, along with the Brew lip balm, for $25. Both make great gifts for busy moms with even busier tots, or for your kid that’s rocking a summer job outdoors this upcoming season. Skincando is readily available to Canucks that shop online – shipping starts at $10 for any purchase under $50, but it’s fully worth it!

Finally I’ve got some exciting news. One fabulous reader is going to win a Skincando Combat Ready Kit, while another is going to win a Miracle Travel Kit. Want it to be you? Here’s how to enter:

1) Visit the Skincando website and tell me – which product would you most love to try and why? You have till June 4th to fill me in!

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 June 5, 2014 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 for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Visit the Skincando Facebook Page, like them, and leave a comment on their wall re: what product you’d most love to try and why. Link back to your comment below in a separate comment and you’ll earn yourself an extra go at the big prize.

 

 

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75 Responses to “Soldier’s Skin”
  1. dorcontest says:

    I think that the Combat-Ready Balm would be great for my husband when he works on those big trucks……. he bounces around all day, he gets a rash. This balm would be beneficial. I would think that the Miracle Cream would be great for myself to even out my skin tone.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  2. dorcontest says:

    I liked them on facebook and left a comment. Doreen Lamoureux

  3. katydidit21 says:

    I would most like to try the Combat Ready Gift Kit. My son is working as field research technician on a turtle conservation project in the bogs and swamps of Northern Ontario this summer and needs a deet free insect repellent. I think he would find the balm useful to. Great to pack in a care package for him.

  4. Leah says:

    I’d love to try the miracle cream

  5. Joan G says:

    I would like to try the Combat Ready Bug Repellant – both my husband and I can’t spend a peaceful evening outside during bug seasons.

  6. Lisa S says:

    I think the Brew lip balm sounds amazing! I’ve been looking for a new brand and I think this could be it!

  7. Sparkle says:

    I would like to try the Combat Ready Balm.

  8. cookie3 says:

    I’d love to try the Miracle Cream because it would hopefully even out my skin tone. But I’d also like to try the bug spray because I hate the products containing DEET & am looking for something to keep mosquitoes away with a more natural product

  9. I would love to try the miracle balm! I’ve got uneven sensitive skin and currently am still trying to find the perfect balm that hydrates and won’t break me out.

  10. Audrey Skinner says:

    I would love to try the Miracle Cream moisturizer because my skin is very dry and has fine lines and wrinkles.

  11. May says:

    I would love to try the Combat-Ready Bug Repellant because the bugs love my skin!

  12. Holly says:

    I want to try the Miracle Cream.

  13. Jessica says:

    i want to try the Combat Ready bug repellant for an upcoming camping trip

  14. Susan says:

    I would like to try the Vegan Miracle Cream as it is a light cream that can be used in the daytime.

  15. BlessedTA says:

    Combat-Ready Bug Repellant

  16. Alison K says:

    Visited the Skincando website and I would most love to try either their “Combat-Ready Balm” ‘cos I have eczema, or their “Miracle Cream” ‘cos I would like to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Can’t figure out which one would be the better choice as both are rather embarrassing. Thanks.

  17. janicour says:

    I have really dry skin so Combat-Ready Balm would interest me. The Miracle cream also would interest me.

  18. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d like the Luxe Miracle Cream most! It sounds like it would be great for my skin!

  19. mousecat says:

    I’d most like to try the Combat Ready Bug Repellant

  20. Annie D says:

    I would love to try the combat ready balm because of it’s multi-tasking abilities!

  21. Susan T. says:

    I would love to try the Eye Balm because dark circles are my nemesis!

  22. Glogirl says:

    I’d like to try the Vegan Miracle Cream to even out my skin tone.

  23. beewbedard says:

    I would like Vegan Miracle Cream because it is formulated for summer

  24. I want to try the miracle cream. Im always looking for new products to perform miracles lol

  25. louise says:

    I’d love to try the miracle cream because I have dry skin and I would love to try a new product

  26. Janet says:

    I’d like to try the Miracle Cream and see if it really is a miracle!

  27. Virginia R says:

    Miracle Cream or Combat Bug Repellant so hard to choose. I rarely use creams as I have sensitive skin. Bug repellant would be great because bugs love me.

  28. Darlene Boyle says:

    combat ready bug repellent because it is mosquito time soon

  29. aclily19 says:

    Combat-Ready Bug Repellant because last night the mosquitos made an appearance.

  30. Gizele says:

    I would like to try the Brew Lip Balm because my lips are always very dry.

  31. Pam says:

    I would love to try this product for my daughter’s acne. Gotta find out where to buy it

  32. Anne Derkat says:

    I would like to try the Miracle cream as my skin could really use a miracle.

  33. dabrowne says:

    I would like to try the Luxe line.

  34. Heather Swanson says:

    combat ready lip balm since I will sitting out alot more now

  35. Cathy Oppedisano says:

    I’d love to try the Combat Ready collection ($10-$17), which includes a minty lip balm, an energizing bar of soap, and a must-have botanical bug spray to keep the skeeters away.

  36. Jim says:

    The combat-ready kit looks great.

  37. Kayla Gilbert says:

    I would love to try the Combat-Ready Bug Repellant, because I will be spending much of my Summer at the cottage and could surely use a bug repellent that is natural and effective.

  38. truckerofbc says:

    My wife would love the Miracle Moisturizer

  39. Lisa says:

    I would like to try the Miracle Cream for my dry skin.

  40. eleanor says:

    I’d like to try the Combat-Ready Balm for Babies + Kids on my baby’s rashes

  41. I would love to try the Luxe Miracle eye cream and have a miracle occur

  42. I would love to try theCombat-Ready Bug Repellant because I really really hate bugs around me in the summertime!
    http://www.skincando.com/combat-ready/

  43. ikkinlala says:

    I’d love to try the Combat-Ready Bug Repellant because I’ve had trouble finding a natural bug repellant that actually works.

  44. Edmond says:

    Combat Ready Gift Kit. SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. 😦 Starving artist here desperately needs the prize to look good, to have fun, feel alive & inspired again. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!

  45. http://www.skincando.com/kids/ the balm fo rkids. i am always looking for products that work with natural ingredients for the little ones

  46. Betty S says:

    I would love to try the Combat-Ready Balm,

  47. Sherry K says:

    I would love to try the Combat Ready Balm because I do a lot of carpentry and really mess up my hands. Also our yard needs a lot of work, wild raspberrries everywhere this year.

  48. CLC says:

    I think the Miracle cream is for me.

  49. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to try some of that Combat-Ready Balm. It sounds like it must really work given its original use — I’ve very curious!

  50. Sylvia says:

    I would like to try the Combat Ready Balm for our eczema.

  51. linnett says:

    I would like to try the Vegan Miracle Cream, it has some good moisturizing agents, thanks

  52. Janice Lewis says:

    Need some of that miracle cream for my dry skin

  53. Sharon says:

    Would like to try it for my dry skin

  54. beewbedard says:

    Love the Brew Lip Balm because I get chapped lips

  55. I’d love to try the Eye Balm. In the past I’ve not been too fussy when it comes to moisturiser (body lotion on the face, anyone?), but I’m trying to be more grown up about what I put on my face. So an Eye Balm would be a good start.

  56. Sherry K says:

    I would put the Naples top on my list.

  57. Tina L. says:

    I would like to try the Combat Ready Balm for my extremely dry skin.

  58. Elaine Rosser says:

    I sure would like to try the Combat Ready Bug Repellant- it’s mosquito season!

  59. melanie borhi says:

    Vegan miracle cream

  60. Aimee says:

    Combat balm. I have really dry elbows I’d like to try on

  61. Heather A says:

    The Brew lip balm because summer or winter, my lips are always dry.

  62. Mike says:

    I would like to try the Combat Ready Balm for my dry skin.

  63. Maegan Morin says:

    I would most like to try the Combat-Ready Bug Repellant! We do a lot of camping and the mosqitoes are terrible!

  64. wai man says:

    i like to try the miracle cream

  65. Suzy says:

    Hey sorry for such a random review, but I couldn’t help but comment after I read this piece. I can’t wait to try them. Everything looks amazing! I really like your reviews too – very honest and entertaining to read. Do you have one of Vain Pursuits? I’ve started to hear a lot about them and thought it’d be great to have more info!

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