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Not a Happy Camper.

toronto to mexico
I was visiting Mexico a short while ago and lucky me, my luggage was misdirected en route so I was missing my toilet kit and clothes. 
 
Can't lie, I was not a happy camper! 

With nothing else on hand except a bottle of our Elixir tucked into my carry-on, my skincare routine began to rely heavily on mashed avocados (and yes, if you're thinking guacamole, you're not far off - lol :)

Instead of buying a bunch of 'el cheapo' products from the local '
farmacia', I came up with an ingenious way to 'wash' my hair and I also put the Elixir in some new innovative ways.
 
As our All Over Elixir is a super-soothing rich oil I used it to take my make-up off and wash my face using a very warm washcloth to 'steam' the dirt away after applying a dollop of oil all over my face and neck - even around my eyes and eye lashes! 

all over elixir oil
 
On the few days when my face felt particularly dirty and congested, I stirred in a packet of sugar that I got at our local breakfast place and *gently* massaged the mixture onto my face, following up with a generous splash of warm water. 
 
To keep my body fresh and clean, I used the leftover coffee grounds from the bodum and stirred in a few spoonfuls of Elixir. As much as I really enjoy showering with our All Over Soap (which is my normal routine) I have to admit I loooved the feeling of the ground coffee all over my body. It was very smoothing and incredibly effective in cleaning my whole body. A double bonus is that massaging coffee grounds into your buttocks is great for cellulite!    
 
When I finally got my belongings from the airline, I was pretty happy to have my stuff back, but truth be known, I could've easily lasted way longer 'DIY-ing' my skincare and inventing a bunch of new spur-of-the-moment products. 

IT'S OUR BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR!

graydon black friday sale

 

Yep, it has finally arrived, starting now!

 
It's the biggest sale in our history 
Our most generous promotion ever .
And boy oh boy, has it got lots of bells & whistles!
 
Here are the deets:
  • Our entire store is 30% off, no promocode needed *
  • When you spend $125 or more, you receive your choice of our Eau Pour Garcons Mist or Superfood Mask + Scrub (5 capsules) on the house.**
  • Spend $200 or more and we'll give you our luxurious Detox + Renew Serum! ***
  • Plus shipping is free on orders $100+ in Canada and $150+ in the US
  • Ending Monday ****

 
Happy Shopping!


* By this, I mean November 28th at 11:59pm EST.

** Our 30% off sale does not include our Bundles, Tea With Graydon or Learn How To Make Your Own Products

*** While supplies last so hurry up and get shopping!

**** If you are a US customer, you will be billed in USD but while 'checking out' the total you see will be in CAD. When you get your credit card statement, your grand total (incl shipping) will be a lot less due to the exchange rate being in your favour.      

Got Leftovers?

diy pumpkin skin mask

Do not toss those pumpkins you might still have left over from Halloween. And same goes for any you’ve been saving to last through to American Thanksgiving b’cuz we’ve got a Body Scrub recipe that you might even want to lick it from your fingers. But don’t! Trust me, save it for any cellulite on your thighs.

Why pumpkins, you ask? Well, it so happens that pumpkins are great for your skin. They’re actually loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, plus a load of beta-carotene, zinc, potassium, and antioxidants, all of which help eliminate redness and spots.
Who knew, right?

And the bonus is that this scrub is super easy to make, and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen. I actually came up with this recipe when I was making myself a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte a few weeks ago, and since I had quite a bit of pumpkin chunks leftover I just rolled up my sleeves and got a little crafty with this DIY recipe.

I love this scrub so much, it has been my self-care ‘go to’ every weekend since October and I have no plans of giving it up! I like to use this scrub on Saturday mornings when I have a little extra time in the shower. It’s so worth it, I promise :) 

Pumpkin Pie Mask + Scrub


diy pumpkin skin mask


Ingredients

  • 2 cups of fresh (organic) pumpkin chunks. Just use the pumpkin flesh, not the skin. Note: If you don’t have fresh pumpkin, you can use canned pumpkin instead.
  • 1 tsp each of ground nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice and cinnamon. If you don’t have all of these spices, don’t worry… just use what you have on hand.
  • 1/2 cup (organic) sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely ground sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
  • ¼ cup (organic) coconut oil

Preparation

  1. Start by steaming 2 cups of fresh organic pumpkin for 15 minutes or until soft when prodded with a fork.
  2. Once the pumpkin is steamed, mash it with a fork or even better, pulse it in your food processor or blender with the spices, sugar, salt and coconut oil.
  3. Mix well and spoon the mixture into a mason jar. Refrigerate it, if you don’t plan to use it right away.
  4. Before hopping into the shower, spread the mixture on your hands and feet and massage in small circular motions for several minutes to gently release dead cells and rough skin.
  5. Slather a layer all over your face as a masque!
  6. Try to spend a few minutes on each part of your body using light to medium pressure. The abrasiveness of the sugar and salt will remove dead skin cells, while the spices will help promote circulation and blood flow.

Eat your SPF + Help Ward Off Cancer with this Delicious Skin Friendly Recipe.

One of the things I miss most about summer is fresh picked 'tommys' (uhm yes, that's what I call 'em) from my garden.

I go through a literal depression when there are no more to pick so before it's too late I make a massive batch of this utterly amazing and ridiculously simple tomato sauce which I freeze in mason jars, and use all winter long. 

Seriously a bowlful of this deliciousness is like a warm hug, so ya might want to keep on reading.... 
 
chunky tomato soup recipe
All ya gotta do is roughly chop up a bunch of tomatoes (let's say a dozen of them, but you can do more) and yes you can leave the seeds and pulp in. Toss in a handful of garlic cloves, a generous schmear of olive oil, and a good sprinkle of sea salt and ground pepper. Spoon this mixture into a baking dish, and 'bobs your uncle'.

Cook them on very low heat for about 5 hours. For my oven, the lowest I can go is 175 Fahrenheit. I give them a stir every now and again. Cook until they are soft, smushy, sweet and tangy... like when they've lost their raw acidic taste.

Depending on your oven, you might have to cook 'em longer than 5 hours (or less) so be sure to stir the pan every hour or so. If you have a dehydrator, you can also use it instead of an oven.

You might think to yourself, gosh 5 hours is a long time but unlike cooking them at a high heat this will help your lovely little 'tomats' to pass onto you the maximum amount of their nutrients -- my most favourite of which is lycopene!

Lycopene is actually a phytochemical which gives tomatoes their distinctive red colour. Red and orange colored fruits such as pumpkin, carrots, and citrus fruits also contain lycopene and carotenoids which will help you improve antioxidant levels by maintaining the strength, thickness, and fluidity of cell membranes.

A huge bonus is that they also help to combat free radicals that are produced due to over-exposure of the sun. Yup, you read that right... they literally help protect your skin from UV rays. They are also well-known to help prevent many forms of cancer!

After cooking, all you have to do is mash them up or if you prefer a lighter (not-so-chunky texture) just give 'em a purée in your blender.

Serve them with pasta, as a thick rich soup, as a base for sauces, stews (think chili :) and/or as a low sugar alternative to ketchup! 

I also like to a sprinkling of fresh herbs like finely chopped basil, parsley and/or even kale. Oh, and for a protein kick, serve with a dollop of hummus.

Just think, in a matter if seconds you can serve yourself a high fibre, low glycemic, immune enhancing, extremely satisfying, nutrient-rich, skin friendly dinner. 

Bon Appetit!

It's not a secret how we test our products.

In fact, I'm jumping for joy to announce that we are now an official cruelty-free brand!
leaping bunny

We have just passed the test (having jumped through a ton of hoops) to become Leaping Bunny certified. In case you didn't know, Leaping Bunny is an organization of extremely high standards, in which we are honored to now call ourselves a part of.

When we have a new product to launch it goes through a variety of tests at a prototype stage by our team as well as a variety of people (small focus groups) who have different skin/hair/body types. You will probably also be pleased to know that all our products go through stability testing at our lab.

Oh, and one more special someone gets to test our products too, my fur baby Cayenne!! She loves her bath time and getting pampered with our All Over Soap and Hair Smoothie. Here she is below :)

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