A Hairstylists Take on Graydon's Matcha Mint Shampoo

matcha mint shampoo
Post via Oak & Tonic

We as a society are consistently bombarded with slogans and ads saying buy this, buy that...this will change your life and so on!

When you look at the hair industry in a is an absolute super-plex of products from oh so many lines that promise you longer, healthier, shinier hair if you use their products! Some are very much true...but when you flip that dreaded ingredients list around and whip out your phone to use the dictionary to begin your 20 minute translation of those characters that even some profs can't pronounce...we just give in, look at the bottle "looks good, smells good"...#sold

But I encourage you and challenge yourself to take a step back for one moment and consider what you are putting on your body and head everyday or every other! Those fillers and paraben's that some companies put into those bottles are just painful to me as a professional stylist and an avid green beauty health nut!

Guys and girls alike need to take a moment and Flip-over the full disclosure ingredients list on Graydon's NEW Matcha Mint Shampoo:

Ingredients: aqua (purified water), plant based surfactants: *sodium cocoamphoacetate, glycerin, *lauryl glucoside, *sodium cocoyl glutamate, *sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, *coco-betaine, *sodium cocoyl isethionate, *coco-glucoside, natural emulsifiers: glyceryl oleate, stearyl citrate, glycerine, xanthan gum, chlorophyll, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, avena sativa (oat) kernel oil, coco-caprylate, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, jojoba esters, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, **sodium benzoate, triethyl citrate, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) extract, cellulose gum, sodium glutamate, sodium chloride, camellia sinensis (matcha green tea) leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate, salvia hispanica (chia) extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) extract
(*coconut-oil derived **plant based preservative)

Basically every ingredient is clean and derrived from either a coconut oil surfactant (that makes bubbles/lather) to the beautiful emulsifiers that help stabilize the product and make up the key components of the bottle!

In my years of doing hair, I have not really come across a natural/organic shampoo that can give you a proper cleanse and not leave your hair feeling dull...I am sure many people can relate to this as well! BUT guess what...HERE IT IS! 

"It is infused with matcha tea to soften hair and prevent split ends, chia to help hydrate and fortify hair, sunflower seed extract to enhance thickness and sheen, and hemp oil to moisturize and strengthen hair to prevent breakage. With a light scent of peppermint and vanilla, this creamy, moisture-rich formula will leave your locks healthy and silky smooth. Oh and by the way it's green! Matcha and chlorophyll give this shampoo a gorgeously green tint and a dose of hair loving superfoods".

And if you want to follow it with a conditioner (which I highly suggest as a stylist), continue with Graydon's HAIR SMOOTHIE, and you will have a worry free, cruelty free, natural and organic hair experience to rival any 90's TV shower commercial!

I hope you enjoy!
<3 Oak+Tonic Team

Aging Is A Dirty Word In Most People’s Vocabulary

But I’d like you to rethink it a bit!

I hate to break it to you but avoiding aging is just not a possibility. You can have a 10 step skincare regime, see a super fancy dermatologist, get some work done, do monthly facials, slather on outrageously priced lotions that promise you the world, on top of eating well, sleeping well and exercising on the reg but... 

The truth is, everyone is aging with each passing second. All of the beauty products in the world (botox and fillers included) cannot prevent this.

When you stop and think about it, our society’s obsession with anti-aging is a little odd. So I have some questions for you! 
What if you reframed the notion of aging and made it a priority to really nourish and protect your skin? What if you stopped obsessing about the impossible notion of stopping time, and keenly focused on improving your whole body health? What if you stopped looking at your life as a hill to roll down uncomfortably after the age 35? What if you started buying products to promote your skin health instead of getting stuff that promised an unattainable fountain of youth? What if you really did start to make better choices with the foods you eat, the sleep you get and commit to moving your body more often? What if instead of being at war with your skin and combatting it with the supposed latest fad treatment that you took pleasure in caring for it and began to take pleasure in the ritual of nourishing, massage, feeding it? What if you looked at your physical imperfections and fully accepted them? And what if you were able to look at those fine lines on your face that you’ve been conditioned to dislike as proof of you and your skin’s resiliency?

No promises but you just might become a happier, healthier more grateful person.
And I'd wager a bet that your skin would start to look a heck of a lot be

Make Your Own Cranberry Hand Scrub!

homemade cranberry scrub

When was the last time you really gave thanks to your hands for doing all that they do... the texting, the typing, the holding, the scrubbing, the touching, and the ______________(you fill in the blanks, the list is truly endless).

The least you can do for your hands is give them a little dose of TLC and if you're already parked in the kitchen cooking up some Thanksgiving goodness, reach for the cranberries and this little recipe will leave your dishpan hands feeling soft smooth and refreshed. 

I'd recommend you make some on the weekend and use it the day after dinner's over for a nice little pick me up. If you have young ones in the kitchen who you want to keep busy, spooning the cranberry mixture into little jars will be a fun activity for them.

homemade cranberry scrub

This recipe is without specific measurements because I want you to feel free to experiment and have fun with the recipe, using whatever you have on hand.
  • 2 handfuls of fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • 4 spoonfuls of finely ground sea salt or pink Himalayan salt (if you only have regular table salt, that'll do in a pinch)
  • 1 spoonful of honey (preferably unpasteurized)  
  • 1 spoonful of olive oil
  • A generous curl of lemon and/or orange rind (finely chopped)
  • Optional: a sprinkling of finely chopped rosemary
How To:
  • Put the cranberries in a small saucepan, cover with water, and boil briefly just until they soften.
  • Transfer cooled cranberries into your blender and pulse with the rest of the ingredients until blended. 
  • Spoon puree into a (small) jar, cover with a lid and place in the fridge. If you want to get fancy, tie a ribbon around the jar, put a label or a tag on it (like you would do with a jar of jam) and give away as a gift to your guest. Double, triple or quadruple the recipe depending on how much you want to make! 
  • Once the mixture has cooled, spoon out on the palms of your hands (also works beautifully on your feet) and massage this antioxidant, vitamin c, mineral-rich scrub into your skin, working on rough spots on your elbows, heels etc. 
Please be mindful and avoid touching cuts, burns or irritated hangnails as the salt in this recipe will sting!

Enjoy the feeling of freshly scrubbed skin. Rinse and repeat!

DIY Raspberry Mask Recipe

raspberry face mask
Transition Your Face Into Fall

It was a little bittersweet picking our last round of raspberries this weekend up at my parent's place up north this weekend. The last batch of chia jam has been lovingly-made and tucked in the deep freeze to be enjoyed mid-winter as a reminder of the summer past even when the days are short and the nights are cold and long. 

Inspired by my above-mentioned favourite jam recipe (known in my home as that d*mn good jam), this sweet little mask will freshen and wake up your skin... a great treatment to transition your face into Fall! 


  • 1 tbsp of mashed, fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries and or blueberries)   
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • 2-3 tsp of ground chia seeds 

Mix all of the above in and mash by hand or in a small food processor. For a little extra boost of moisture add a spoonful of (coconut) yogurt*

Beauty Lies Within...

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