My Winter Essentials

Where I live in Canada, it gets cold... really cold!

In this post, I just want to share with you my winter essentials to survive the real winter.

1) LIP BALM

Currently I am using this lip butter from Herbivore Botanicals in Rose. I absolutely love this lip balm because it it moisturizing but it doesn't look shiny. 

Herbivore Botanicals - Rose Lip Butter

Herbivore Botanicals - Rose Lip Butter

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2) HAND LOTION

I know that this is technically not a hand lotion, but the container isn't too big for me to carry around so currently this is what I am using as an all around moisturizer, including my hands!

100 Percent Pure - Mangosteen Whipped Body Butter

100 Percent Pure - Mangosteen Whipped Body Butter

 

Before I started caring about the ingredients in the products I used, I LOVED this hand cream. This was by far one of the best hand creams I've used! I still have almost 3/4 of the tube left but unfortunately I chose to stop using it due to the toxic chemicals used in this product. If you are not into green beauty then definitely give this thing a try!

The Body Shop - Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop - Hemp Hand Protector

3) GLOVES

I have a pair of North Face gloves (watch the video if you want to see mine) similar to these ones. I got mine around a year or two ago so they do not sell them anymore, however, these one above are actually better.  Not only do these gloves have grips on them like mine, they are also touch screen compatible!  I personally wear my gloves when I snowboard underneath of a thicker glove just so when I strap myself in I don't have to do it bare skin.  Aside from snowboarding, I also wear them when I drive since they have grips on them.

The North Face - Women's E-TIP Gloves

The North Face - Women's E-TIP Gloves

 

This pair below I still do not understand how they work. They are leather gloves that are phone compatible. Usually with leather gloves, they have a different tech compatible fabric that are sewn on to the index and thumb. These gloves however, do not have any of that! They look like regular ole leather gloves that work on touch screens... ALL FIVE FINGERS! 

Danier Leather - Bromely Gloves

Danier Leather - Bromely Gloves

4) SCARVES

The first scarf I am going to show you is more for aesthetics, however it is very warm.  My faux fur scarf (watch the video to see mine) is actually pretty warm but it is super fashionable and can amp up any outfit.

Badgley Mischka - Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

Badgley Mischka - Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

 

This is my most worn scarf this past year. It is such a soft, cozy, versatile scarf. It is warm but not too thick, it is actually the perfect scarf if you have a very warm winter coat. This scarf can be worn all year round AND be worn in 7 different ways including a cardigan!

Lululemon - Vinyasa Scarf *rulu*

Lululemon - Vinyasa Scarf *rulu*

 

You can never go wrong with a blanket scarf for the winter. Blanket scarfs are perfect for adding another warm layer to your outfit but they are also great as a BLANKET of course! :) 

Wilfred - Diamond Mosaic Blanket Scarf

Wilfred - Diamond Mosaic Blanket Scarf

5) SOCKS

Thick socks are an essential for me during the winter. Your body may be warm but if your feet are ice cold it's uncomfortable. This pair below from Roots are super cozy but you can definitely find cheaper alternatives! :)

Roots - Cabin Socks

Roots - Cabin Socks

6) BOOTS

During my 4 years of undergrad at Western University, I did not own a pair of good boots. Now that I have a pair, I honestly have no idea how I survived without any! Invest in a pair of good winter boots if it snows where you live. My Sorel boots are the perfect pair for me, they aren't too clunky, they are still fashionable and are super warm. I absolutely love them and highly recommend them!

Sorel - Winter Fancy Lace II Boot

Sorel - Winter Fancy Lace II Boot

 

7) WINTER COAT

Just like my boots, I did not have a good winter jacket when I lived in London, ON.  Stop purchasing $50 jackets that are only slightly warm, INVEST in a real winter coat if you experience a Canadian winter like I do.  After much research, I decided not to go for the typical Canada Goose that everyone seems to have these days, I purchased myself a Nobis jacket. I love everything about my coat and love how it does not look too bulky on my body. To hear more about why I love this coat and see how it looks on me, watch the video of below :)

NOBIS - Abby

NOBIS - Abby

My Current Favourites!

Hey you guys!

In this video, I want to share with you my current favourites and also show you that I STILL use conventional cosmetics. I spent $ on those products and I plan to use them up instead of tossing them. I know I have been posting a lot of videos about natural products but I am not here to try to convince you to completely transition your entire collection (even though that is MY goal). I want you all to know the amazing products that ARE available and are BETTER for you. At the end of the day, I just want to inspire you to try something new and as I always say, using ONE LESS toxic product is better than NOTHING. However, in this video I will be featuring a couple products that I still do love even though they aren't 100% natural! xx :)


REVIEW | Herbivore Botanicals

Their products are created WITH:

  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Plant-based food grade cold pressed oils
  • Steam distilled therapeutic grade essential oils
  • GMO free soy wax
  • Recyclable and reusable packaging (always glass, never plastic)
  • Many certified organic ingredients

Their products are created WITHOUT:

  • Synthetic ingredients
  • Animal ingredients
  • Parabens
  • Sodium Laurel Sulfate
  • Alcohol
  • Phthalates
  • Chemicals
  • Artificial Colorants/dyes
  • Unnatural preservatives
  • Fillers
  • Animal testing
  • Mineral oils
  • Petroleum 

THE PRODUCTS

ROSE LIP BUTTER:

The lip butter is in a tin container, which I usually am not a fan of because they are a bit more difficult to open. However, because the tin is a rather medium-large size, it opens fairly easy. The product itself is super moisturizing and the scent smells just like roses & rose water. 

GLOWING HYDRATION JASMINE BODY OIL:

While I was testing this product, I used this oil in place of my daily moisturizer (coconut oil). This oil is very moisturizing, my skin just absorbed this product right up. However, the only thing I wasn't too fond of was the scent of this product.  Jasmine smells great when it's in tea form and thats what I associate it with when I smell it, but wearing the scent is a different story.  I think this is a great body oil, but I would probably use up this entire bottle if it was the 'Citrine' Body Oil since I gravitate towards citrus scents!

COCONUT SEA SALT SPRAY:

Guys, this sea salt spray is EVERYTHING. As some of you may know, I have been on the no-poo (no-shampoo) method for over a year and a half now. The only downfall about no-poo is that your hair doesn't really smell like anything anymore.  This sea salt spray is a GAME CHANGER for me. This makes my hair smell like an island heaven with the mixture of vanilla, lime and coconut :) Looking at the ingredients listed in it below, not only is it safe to spray on your hair, you can use it on your face and as a room scent!  This spray is just absolutely amazing and a must try!  It adds just enough texture to your hair as if you've walked along the beach and your hair absorbed some of that ocean mist. 

Travel Size 2oz

Travel Size 2oz

Full Size 8oz

Full Size 8oz

Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Vera Water, Dead Sea Salt, Coconut CO2, Natural Vanilla Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Leucida

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Look at how gorgeous their packaging is! It's just simple, minimal and things that you would want to display in your bathroom.

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