experience a psychic/medium reading

My aunt had planned to have a psychic/medium come to her place for a “psychic party.” Everyone who came for a reading waited on the main level of the floor, we were snacking away at delicious treats and others were discussing their past experiences with having a reading done. Some were sharing stories from what they had heard from the psychic/medium that day. This was my first time having a psychic/medium reading done so I was definitely super interested, slightly terrified but without a doubt – excited for mine!

I had to wait for two others to have their readings done before my own. Each was an hour long.  When it was my turn, I went upstairs into the spare bedroom and sat down. The lady who was doing the reading was sitting at a card table with a few different decks of cards in front of her. When I came in she was on her flip phone, texting a friend and made a joke about how she wasn’t tech savvy at all and that her flip phone proved just that. I laughed and waited for her to finish off composing the text message. She informed me that I was in full control of my reading, she told me that I can change the direction and what not if I need to. I was super comfortable. A legal size pad of paper was in front of me. The lady then asked me to write my full name down, I wrote my first name and then my last name. The lady looked down at the paper and said a male was present – my dad’s dad. My grandpa wasn’t happy with how I didn’t include my middle names.

Now, I’m not going to publish details of my reading online but damn… this lady hit the nail on the head! The information I received was pretty much all career and work related. The lady was able to pick up on way too much – in a good way. I was very reserved because I didn’t want to give out too much information. I found myself saying “interesting” probably more than 40 times in order to stay neutral. Honestly, almost cried like three times. It’s amazing how someone can pin point exactly what you are feeling and knows exactly what to say to relate. This lady probably knew more about me than I know about myself! Ironically enough, I have another reading later this month with another lady. It’ll be interesting to see how the two experiences compare.

product review: Dr. Scholl’s foot care

The worst is when you have a pair of shoes that you enjoy wearing but they aren’t the most comfortable pair you own. For a few years now I have been buying some basic, cheap canvas style footwear. Each summer I get a new pair because they are so cheap and I want to wear shoes that aren’t falling apart. Finding a good pair of shoes can be hard. You want something functional, stylish and of course comfortable. After all, we all know how annoying a blister can be.

I was lucky enough to receive four pairs of insoles and a package of blister cushions. I had received two insoles specific for ladies: one for high heels and another designed for pumps and flats. I made two people’s days by giving these away!

It was perfect timing for me to receive this package because ironically, I had just developed a small blister on my heel that day. The first thing I did was use one of the blister cushions immediately. I didn’t even know this product was on the market! They are similar to a band aid but a lot more ideal. First off, they are clear so you can wear them in the summer and not worry about that off the skin tone coloured strip showing and drawing attention to your feet. Secondly, these things stay on! I wore it for two days, including during two showers! When I took the blister cushion off, my blister was gone. There is a slight padding, which is gel-like to a certain degree to provide protection from the rubbing against your sensitive spot.

The insoles I received for men were different. One was designed to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis which is basically inflamed tissue around your heel – common in athletes and those who work on their feet every day. These have a lot of padding on the heel and are molded to offer support to the arch of your foot. The other pair of insoles I received for men are designed to provide relief of back pain. Now, these ones come with a shock guard which absorb some of the impacts that come with walking on concrete and hard floors. Though I don’t suffer from heel pain, I do often get some aches in my lower back. I figured I would put them both to use in my cheap shoes and they’ve definitely made them more enjoyable to wear.

So if you find yourself stuck in a situation where you love some cheap, uncomfortable shoes then don’t hesitate to look into the variety of products that Dr. Scholl’s has made available to us.  Don’t forget the blister cushions they make either – I swear these are game changing.

cooking for one // pear and brie crostini

This is the first time I’m sharing a recipe on here that I didn’t come up with on my own. In fact, I didn’t even make this… my sister made it for us at a family dinner! I wanted to share this recipe anyways because it’s so easy and was pretty darn tasty. I’ll certainly be making this next time I have to come up with an appetizer on the fly. It was so easy, quick and flavourful. Plus, you only need a few ingredients. It makes quite a bit too but you don’t have to make a lot if you don’t want to!

You’ll need a wheel of brie cheese, a french baguette, a pear or two, fresh thyme, a bit of olive oil and balsamic glaze. I would suggest getting the President’s Choice balsamic glaze!

First, preheat the oven to around 400 degrees. Then slice the baguette into thin slices about half an inch thick. Lightly coat these slices with olive oil and then put them into the oven to get crispy – about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop up the pears into thin slices just a bit smaller than the baguettes. After, cut the brie into the same size slices as your pears – so they will warm up from the baguette a bit. You’ll want to chop some fresh thyme to garnish and to add that unique flavour. Once the baguettes are crisp, remove them from the oven and get to work. Stack the pear on the baguette and the brie. Then drizzle balsamic glaze evenly over the plate and sprinkle some thyme on top.

And you’re done! This can easily be done in less than 20 minutes. Talk about an easy and different appetizer for Spring, eh?

experience an eye exam

Recently I’ve been catching myself stuck making an unattractive face as I squint to read things at the grocery store, while driving or trying to read anything that is slightly further away. I’m not sure if staring at a computer screen at work or constantly looking at an iPhone screen is to blame – just it sure isn’t helping. Both my mother, father and sister have glasses so it’s not like I didn’t expect the day to come.

I called two places to try and book in an eye exam. I don’t typically like booking appointments far in advance, I’d rather just walk in to be honest. Luckily, one of the places I called said they could fit me in for an appointment that same day. So I was there within five minutes. First step was filling out paper work and then I was asked to come back to do a little pre screening. This included three machines. The first was looking at a small red house far in the distant. The second was a pressure test, they sprayed a little air into each of my eyes, one at a time. The third one was to evaluate my peripheral vision. I had to click a little handheld control each time I saw a squiggly line appear in my peripherals.

After that I waited a bit and then was directed to another room for the eye test. The doctor had me read off a few things across the room and was trying different lenses to determine if they made my vision better or worse. Each change I was asked to read what I could. The doctor then put some eye drops in my eye. These drops dilated my pupils so that he could see into my eyes better. It took about ten to fifteen minutes for my pupils to fully dilate.

In the mean time he had me leave the room and go look at frames until my eyes were dilated. I looked at frames and tried a few different ones on. Took some photos of them on so I could get opinions in case I did need glasses. Soon enough he asked me to come back to finish the exam. He had a light out and had me follow the light  with my eyes. I was looking from left to right and up and down. He put a head lamp on, looked around some more and then he printed my prescription. I need to get glasses – which is totally okay. Of course I think I look like a knob with glasses on but I’m sure they will grow on me.

On a side note, the eyedrops they use to dilate your pupils make your eyes EXTREMELY sensitive to light. I stepped outside and felt like I was on the sun. It hurt. Likely should not have drove home either. Of course he told me my eyes will be sensitive to light for a few hours after.. but I had to walk my dog and I lost my sunglasses. That hurt and resulted in a migraine. So if you take anything way from this post it should be: have a ride home after an eye exam and bring sunglasses.

update on my Invisalign treatment

If you have followed my blog since the start then you likely have seen a couple of the posts I wrote about Invisalign. If not, you might not have a clue what Invisalign is. Invisalign creates clear aligners that slowly move your teeth into better alignment in order to create picture perfect smiles. They are modern day braces. They aren’t cheap but they do come with their own unique benefits. Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is a lot less noticeable. Since they are removable, brushing and cleaning my teeth is much easier than if I had traditional braces on. I remove my trays to eat and drink anything other than water. No one has asked me about them either, they are very discrete and hard to see unless you’re looking – or are up close.

I guess there are some down sides of Invisalign. I have had a couple minor issues. My 6th and 7th top row aligners have cracked. Luckily for me, they cracked close to the dates that I would normally switch to my new trays. Every two weeks I switch to new trays. I think the aligners make have become weak from me removing them over time. Each time I remove the aligners I was pulling from the same spot.

Unfortunately, this weekend I left my aligners in the DD’s car, I knew I would be going home in the vehicle and I couldn’t leave them in because I was drinking and eating. So I lost the top aligner of my 8th tray. They were left in the car door of the back seat. A friend of mine accidentally knocked them I guess and I couldn’t find it. I am pretty sure they fell on the ground outside in the dark. Thankfully I was to switch to my 9th set of aligners this week anyways, so I just did the switch early.

I was told to wear each set of aligners for 22 hours a day for a full two weeks. When I first cracked one of the aligners, I called the dentist office. They said I was close enough to switching to my next set anyways and gave me the go ahead to switch. Same thing happened with the next set, exact same spot to. It was around the same time, so I made the switch. Switching your trays early is not advisable and this of course would depend on your specific scenario and progression. I didn’t experience much pain or discomfort from switching early, but I think it’s because I have been close to the regular switch date anyways.

Other than that, I am very happy with the progress I’ve seen. My teeth have definitely straightened out and are coming together nicely. I do however feel awkward without my aligners in. Of course I try to minimize the amount of time that I go without them in. Although I do have (at least) 21 more sets of aligners; aka 42 more weeks of Invisalign left. I can’t wait to see the finished look of my teeth!

experience chiropractic work

For as long as I can remember I’ve suffered from discomfort in my neck and lower back. I can crack pretty much all my joints: toes, ankles, wrists, hips, back, neck, knees.. you name it. Now this isn’t something I am proud of, it’s kind of disturbing actually. It’s kind of funny because for the longest time I thought that it was normal. Doesn’t everyone experience the same aches and pains that I do? I’m sure my friends and family thought, or still think, that I am over exaggerating when I complain. I’m not a fan of popping pills if I don’t need to. I’d rather not take a muscle relaxer or pain reliever but sometimes I just have to. If my pain is throbbing and unbearable, I will try a topical treatment first. I like Saje’s pain release roll-on but it doesn’t always work for me. It’s all temporary relief anyways. I’ll stretch and I’ll lift weights to work the area. It helps get the blood flowing to ease the discomfort.

I’ve tried massage therapy and that hurt like no other. My massage therapist really focused on my lower back/butt area. I would leave sore and was tender for several days after. I went for a few months but really didn’t see any improvement. I’ve considered going to see a chiropractic work for a while now. This week, I finally booked in to see a local chiropractor for my initial exam. We discussed my case including a treatment plan. This included in take forms and a discussion about my problem areas. The chiropractor determined that the big factor in why my neck and lower back are giving me trouble is because of a lack of movement in the very bottom and in the very top of my spine. Most of this is because of two things: my addiction to my iPhone (looking down at my phone all day, every day) and my habit to sleep on my stomach.

Now, I’ve had a cell phone since I was in grade five. I am now 23. Also, for as long as I remember I have slept on my stomach. It’s so comfortable and I feel less vulnerable on my stomach. See, sleeping on your stomach is the worst position. It effects your lower back and your neck. You have pressure on your tail bone area and your forced to turn your head to lay on your pillow – which strains your neck over time. So I need to stop sleeping on my stomach and raise my phone in front of my face..

During the exam the chiropractor had me do some movements such as bending over to my toes, bending backwards and had me bend from side to side. Then she did my first alignment. My neck and lower back were the focus points. Honestly, it was pretty trippy and I did hear some loud snap, crackle and pops. But it didn’t hurt and I am used to doing this to myself; improperly.

Honestly, I was a bit nervous going in. I’ve heard the horror stories of people dying and what not. I “self-align” A LOT, which means I am constantly trying to pop areas of discomfort for that immediate relief. What the chiropractor told me though was that this isn’t doing me any good, this is cracking the same joints over and over but isn’t actually helping the problem areas. I’ve booked two more appointments and hope that I see some relief soon!

living with a food allergy

According to allergicliving.com, less than 10% of Canadians have food allergies. This statistic shocks me, this means only 1 in 13 Canadians have to worry about their food possibly causing a reaction. The numbers seems low to me; which is a good thing because many people are living without a food allergy. Unfortunately for me, I have a food allergy to sunflower seeds and I think a couple other seeds as well. It’s unfortunate because seeds are great for you. Not only are they are packed with health benefits but they are used in such a variety of food.

I think it is super weird how I can eat things cooked with, or in sunflower oil but I can’t eat the actual sunflower seed or any sunflower lecithin. Sunflower lecithin is an extract from the seed itself commonly used in cooking. What really sucks about having a food allergy is when you experience an unexpected reaction because the food you bought wasn’t labelled correctly, or the people preparing the food were unsure of what ingredients were actually used in the food they are selling. Yes, you can ask if the food or drink (yes, I’ve had a reaction to a $10 smoothie before because it unknowingly contained sunflower seeds) contains any seeds but honestly, you’re likely going to get an “I don’t know” or “We can’t be sure” answer. Again, you need to be looking out for yourself but how annoying is it asking if the food contains anything you’re allergic to? Very. For that reason I decided to compile some tips on how you can prepare and avoid a disturbing reaction below.

1. Call before you visit
I know from being a server in the past that it can be stressful on the kitchen when you report an allergy upon putting in an order. Kitchens are fast paced places, the staff is working hard to cook meals in a timely manner. So instead of showing up during the lunch or dinner rush with a serious and sometimes life threatening concern, call ahead. Ask to speak with the kitchen manager or head chef to see what items on the menu are best for you. Fast food places including take out establishments and coffee shops are no different – be sure to ask the right questions about how you can dine safe.

2. Be prepared
If you have a serious allergy that can leave you in anaphylactic shock, it’s important to keep an Epipen with you when you’re eating food that someone else prepared. If you have less severe allergies, it’s a good idea to keep an allergy medicine such as Benadryl on hand. Keep it in your pocket, leave it in the car – just have it near by. You can also look into using essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus to help subside your reaction.

3. Ask questions and seek confirmation
As serious as a food allergy can be, you can’t expect others to be as cautious of your allergy as you are. Don’t hesitate to ask before you order if the meal contains the allergen. Once the meal is served, don’t be afraid to seek confirmation again. Politely ask “No sunflower seeds in this one, right?”  If you’re a large group and someone ordered the same dish as you, they likely had sunflower seeds in their dish and the server may have grabbed the wrong plate. You can never be to safe!

4. Take action
If you are experiencing a reaction, you need to take immediate action. Reactions can be different – even if it’s the same allergy. The same person can have different symptoms each time they encounter their allergen. Don’t ignore early symptoms, this can make things worse. Remember, anaphylaxis can occur without skin symptoms or hives.

5. Communicate your concern
For the longest time some family told me I wasn’t allergic to anything. I knew they clearly didn’t get it. You don’t just start feeling like absolute shit from eating the same thing every time. It’s also not normal to get hives, to feel like you can’t breath right, or for your eyes to water, your skin shouldn’t itch after eating something and you shouldn’t be puking after either. A reaction is different each time – sometimes I get a bad reaction and sometimes it’s nothing but an upset stomach and itchy throat. If you’re experiencing a reaction, tell someone. Tell them not to panic, but it’s a good idea to let someone else know. Don’t feel embarrassed or awkward. It is crucial to have those around you know in case the reaction worsens.

my reiki treatment experience

What is Reiki?
You have probably heard of Reiki but you likely don’t have a clue what it is. Reiki is an ancient healing technique. Reiki is based on the principle that the person conducting the treatment can channel energy into the clients body. This is done by laying the hands on, or just over different chakras along the body. There are seven chakras, each of them are a different centre of spiritual power. The energy channeled helps to activate natural healing processes and to restore not only physical, but emotional well being. The word Reiki is a combination of two Japanese words. Rei, which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. Together Reiki which means “spiritually guided life force energy.”

My Experience
I’ve had two mini sessions of Reiki done and one full session. The first one was quick with the focus just on my head, neck and shoulders. I sat on the floor for this one. After, I felt a feeling of relief and relaxation – I felt like I was high or something. I guess you could say I was just a little bit out of it. The second session was also a quick one, but a bit longer than the first. I started on the ground and then as it progressed I was instructed to lay on my back and then on my stomach. This one was just before a family dinner and while driving to the dinner I felt so relaxed and a bit tired.

My sister is a certified Level 1 Reiki practitioner. There are three levels, the first level is more focused on you (the practitioner) but it’s important to practice your healing technique. My sister really wanted to do a “full” session on me. This week after my surgery, I spent the night at her house and got her to do a full session on me. I felt the energy in three spots the most. The first one, which was the front of my head; so my face. The second was while on my stomach but I felt it at my lower back. The third, which was most powerful feeling was my feet. It was trippy because the feet was the last spot and right after we stopped I was like holy shit, my feet felt crazy! It felt like I was conducting energy or electricity, I don’t even know. My sister wasn’t surprised I said that because the feet aren’t even one of the seven spots that a Reiki practitioner typically hit. She said that something just guided her to channel at my feet and that while doing it she felt her stomach going off.

After Reiki
After Reiki you can experience a few things: flu or cold like symptoms, black stool and a loss of energy. Two days after the Reiki treatment I had a minor sore throat, which I just kind of clued in was probably related to having Reiki done. Another thing you may experience is unusual compliments. A couple days after receiving my second mini-session I went to a McDonalds drive thru to get an iced coffee. The girl at second window opened it and said my iced coffee will be just another minute.. moments later she opened the window again and said, “Omg! Do you do your eyebrows? I’m so jealous of them.” and to that I said, “Uh, I pluck them to maintain them but like nothing super serious.” The worker then told me about how she lost her sharpener and wasn’t too happy about that. Well damn, I don’t draw my eyebrows on I thought to myself as I drove away. So that could have been a coincidence but I thought it was pretty ironic.

If you live in the GTA and are interested in having Reiki done, send me a message or leave a comment! You can also contact my sister directly through her eyelash extension page: Pretty Little Lashes

am I deaf? dealing with temporary hearing loss

I feel like before I start, I need to sigh really loudly. Last Summer in September, the month I really started blogging, I woke up with hearing loss. I don’t think it was instant. From what I remember my hearing gradually got worse. I was up at a cottage with friends and family enjoying a weekend on the lake with the sunshine, bonfire and overall good company. We were staying at my sister’s mother in laws place for the night, since it was right by Casino Rama. We were all together to continue the bachelorette shenanigans after the wedding. My sister bought concert tickets for her bridal party, our mom, her mother in law and for me; her MC. The morning after, I was struggling to hear people talking.

Just around this time, I was switching family doctors to one closer to my home. I went in to meet with my new general practitioner and for a check up as a new patient. During my new patient visit, I told her I had a couple things I wanted her to know about – one of them, my hearing. At first she didn’t clue in how severe it was until we were conversing across the small examination room and I had to say, “No, seriously, I can barely hear you.” I really don’t think she thought it was as bad as it was at the time. She told me to book another appointment so she could look into this a bit more. So I did, about three weeks later I had my second appointment with her. This time she did a couple things in the examination room to get a better sense of my hearing. Finally she asked, have you booked a hearing test? Well no. I didn’t because I don’t know how the process works. I’m 23, hearing loss isn’t something many people that are around me and my age suffer from.

I called the hearing clinic, told them I wanted to book a hearing test and the receptionist told me it would be about a month. She then asked, may I ask why you need a hearing test? Was it a regular check-up? Did I need it for work? or was I just curious about how well my hearing was? I told her no, my family doctor has asked me to book an appointment because I have had pretty sudden hearing loss in both ears. This changed her tone. She then said, well how about we get you in sooner? I was then booked in three weeks earlier than she had previously offered.

I went in and met with the audiologist. Super nice dude, very welcoming and thorough at explaining what the f*ck is going on. He knew basically right away that I had fluid in my inner ear. This is behind the ear drum. And guess what? It’s pretty common he said. He said for some it was a seasonal thing. What he told me next was kind of shitty. I asked, so what can I do help this? He said there was nothing I could do to help this. So now, I needed to go back to my family doctor and discuss the results with her.

About three more weeks pass until I get into see my family doctor. We look at the results and she basically reiterates what the audiologist has told me.  There isn’t much they can do, typically the fluid goes away on its own without any complications. Alright, so that was annoying. I still wanted to do whatever I could to try and help my hearing loss. After all, I was starting to get depressed. I hated being in social situations. I couldn’t hear my boss at work. I had to set the TV volume 10 levels higher than normal. I just did not like being around people because I could barely hear what they were saying. Literally had to tell people that I couldn’t hear them and they needed to speak up. I went to the walk-in clinic at the Walmart after work one day. They were ready to flush out built up ear wax. The doctor on duty looked and said there was no wax build up. Instead, she prescribed me a nasal spray. I questioned why my family doctor didn’t do this but hey, it was something new to try.

So I get the nasal spray, I’m trying it out. The nasal spray hurt! I honestly felt like I was snorting sand or something when I used it. So, I went to Saje Wellness. It’s my store, I love it there. I told the sales lady my issue and she said that maybe their “Immune” product would help. I bought it, it didn’t.

I’m not kidding you when I say it was BAD. I couldn’t hear conversations, I couldn’t hear the door to the office opening. I need to greet guests as they arrive and I can’t see them from my desk. Needless to say, losing your hearing is scary. Time goes on, we’re talking three months I would say. I was scheduled to go see the audiologist again to see if there was any improvements. There was! My audiologist said that my hearing seemed to be improving slowly. I thought the same, I wasn’t sure if I was just getting used to the hearing loss and trying to read peoples lips or what. So then, three weeks later I go to see my doctor. She was happy with that report and said that since it’s improving, we should just leave it for now. But, she wanted me to go back and see the audiologist in a few weeks.

I go back for what I could call a pressure test. I was never actually getting hearing tests done apparently. Again, how am I suppose to know what the professionals are doing or are not doing. He tells me that it seems to have been getting worse again. Great.. cool.. yay. You best believe I was researching everything and anything about my symptoms, learning about hearing aids, I was going in on Google and WebMD. So then, fast forward about two weeks later. I go and see my doctor again… so now I have seem my new doctor more than I have ever seen my last doctor in the past 15 years. She tells me that I need to go see an ENT specialist. These are the doctors who know everything about ears, noses and throats. I was like “yasssssss” finally. But I kind of figured this was going to happen based off my conversations with the audiologist.

Okay, thank god the audiologist is a great guy. Literally two days before my specialist appointment, I get a call that the ENT specialist is requesting another test from the audiologist. I had to call the hearing clinics office and ask for them to pleaseeeee squeeze me in for this because we never did it. It was the actual hearing test. I did NOT want to wait any longer and really didn’t want to miss my specialist appointment that I’ve been waiting for. Luckily for me, they were able to fit me in for a same day appointment.

Two days later I am at my appointment to see the specialist. Thank f*ck my boss is so understanding and my job is pretty flexible. You don’t get a say in the date or time with these appointments. I meet with the specialist, he seems like a very blunt and straight to the point dude that knows his stuff. I’m down with this, seems like me. He asks me tell him about what has been going on. He casually asks, can I shove this tube up your nose? It’s going to be really uncomfortable but it won’t take long. Jokingly, I’m like well do I really have a choice? Let’s do it. He goes in and explores the area. Takes a look in my mouth, ears, feels my throat. Yep, exactly what I was expecting. He tells me I need to get a myringotomy. Actually, I have already had a myringotomy when I was a little dude. This is a surgical procedure there they make a tiny incision in your ear drum to relieve pressure from the ear drum. This procedure is very common within kids. It helps with ear infections and fluid build up. It’s also known as “ear tubes,” and no, you cannot see the tubes at all. In fact they are so tiny, no one will even know I have them. So that is where I am at now. I’ve got my surgery on Tuesday and I am hoping and praying for it to resolve my hearing loss! I’ll keep you updated on how the surgery goes and share more information about pre and post operative procedures. I am asking my sister to film me when I come out of anesthesia.. last time, when I was a toddler my mom reminded me of how I got a little bitchy coming out of the anesthesia and was throwing dish cloths at the nurse.

Anyways, that was a novel and a half. I should have wrote a blog post sooner about this. But hey, five months later and we’re getting this taken care of. Fingers crossed for a successful procedure with no complications and positive results. If these don’t work out, they can try again with a different type of “tube,” and when I say tube they are barely a tube. They are so damn tiny, see below the size comparison to a dine. I am pretty relieved that for now, I won’t be needing any hearing aids. Nothing against them, it’s amazing what they can do and how well they are made now with the amazing advancements in technology… it would just have been a lot to take in and get to used to right now.


product review: soapstones natural skincare

Cruising through Instagram, I came across a post that showcased some piña colada lip balm. If you know me, you know my love for pineapple/coconut flavoured stuff. Drinks, Häagen-Dazs ice cream, hand soap.. whatever! I just love the smell and taste of piña colada stuff. I reached out to see if Soapstones Natural Skincare was interested in working with bloggers and to see if they would hopefully collaborate with me. They let me pick a few items that I would put to good use and enjoy and sent them my way.

I was super excited to open my package and see that they had sent an aluminum-free deodorant, a bottle of body wash and two piña colada lip balms. Soapstones is a Canadian company based out of Huntsville, Ontario. Being a Canadian company just made me want to work with them even more. But wait, it gets better. Soapstones takes pride in creating products that are not only good for those who use it, but they are also conscious of the environment and giving back to the community. A portion of their proceeds are donated back to the community in order to help develop youth leadership skills.

Piña Colada Lip Balm
The limited ingredients include beeswax, cannabis seed oil and soy wax. For 15ml, a standard size stick it will cost you $5. It’s pretty reasonable considering the effort that would go into making lip balm and packaging it with quality ingredients. The balm itself is soothing upon application and lasts. I’m a sucker for lip balms and have been using this one all week. My lips feel great! You can try their other scents: maple, raspberry, vanilla, peppermint or lemon.

Stones Muskoka Body Wash
For the most part, I used body wash in the shower. That being said, I have been using bar soap for the last couple months. Since the body wash arrived, I’ve been using it instead. The scent is great, I can’t really put it into words. It smells like men, but not too overbearing. In fact, I think ladies would enjoy it themselves too! It’s comforting to know that the body wash contains no parabens, no DEA and no PEG. It’ll cost you $16 for 250ml which should last you a while if you’re using a loofa! The body washes come in a variety of scents (over 10 to pick from) and of course they offer an unscented version.

Stones Deodorant
It may be TMI, but my armpits don’t like deodorant. I have to constantly switch between Old Spice, Adidas, Dove+ for men, and Saje. If I use the same deodorant for several days in a row I get a burn like reaction. It’s not cool. I remember telling my mom about it when I was like 16 and living with her. She said “so get a new deodorant,” thanks mom. I’ve been using the Stones Deodorant for the past four days and it seems my armpits like it! My Saje deodorant is pretty good, but it’s unscented and you have to apply water on it before each application. The deodorants from Stones are aluminum-free, vegetable based and easy to apply. They are lightly scented, so it’s not over the top either. You can pick between cedar and saffron scent, fresh water, or their Muskoka scent. I received the Muskoka scent and have nothing but the best to say so far!

If you’re interested in ordering from Soapstones Natural Skincare, you can shop online and receive free shipping for orders over $75. There is something nice about supporting Canadian businesses that put an effort into giving back.