The holidays are a great time to support local and independent businesses. Like big businesses, they make most of their money at the holidays too. There are holiday markets, orders for Christmas gifts and more. The upcoming Craftadian show in Hamilton is the perfect time to get that gifting shopping list done while buying local, keeping your dollars in your community. One of the recent independent businesses I tried out is The Northern Goddess, who will be at the upcoming Craftadian show along with a whole list of other holiday markets, Eva keeps herself busy!
Since I have been sick for a week and am still not feeling great, I tried out a bunch of products to help with colds, sickness and the dry skin that comes with being in bed for a week not taking care of my skin! All of the packaged products I tried came in glass mason jars that you can clean and reuse, no plastic waste on these.
Eva, the maker of The Northern Goddess products grew up living as natural as possible and started making her own skincare to have control over what goes into her body and ensure the products were never tested on animals. She loves that her products are unique while being good for you and not just made to look pretty like some handmade products.
Being so congested, the first thing I tried from my goodies from The Northern Goddess was her Recovery Soak. You add up to half a cup to your bath and relax in the epsom salts and essential oils. Great for aches and pains along with ingredients to help destroy cold and flu viruses. The warmth and essential oils help clear congestion too, it was just what I needed and I could actually breath for a while after using it. Not wanting to take too many baths, I also just added a little to a large bowl and put a towel over my head to breath it in to help with congestion later too.
If you only try one of The Northern Goddess’ products this winter, this is the one Eva recommends! It can help you through those nasty colds or even the flu, plus it is amazing as a muscle soak after a hard day of shopping or dealing with relatives.
The Northern Goddess Recovery Soak $12 (Epsom Salts, Sea Salt, Ground Ginger, Ground Sage, Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil)
The Hippie Detox
I always buy these cute soaps and then feel bad using them because they look so nice! Still on a detox from sickness germs, I also tried out the Hippie Detox, a soap swirled with real Australian Reef Red Clay, which detoxifies while adding iron back! It is mixed with Sunflower and Coconut Oils help repair damaged skin and Patchouli Essential Oil, known for its astringent, antiseptic, deodorizing, and mood uplifting properties, and blended with a twist of Lime Essential Oils to help double up the healing powers! The scent is enough to smell, but not so much that you will smell like a hippie commune all day and the poppy seeds help exfoliate your skin.
The Northern Goddess Hippie Detox $8 (Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Water, Dark Patchouli Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Australian Reef Red Clay, Poppy Seeds, Dried Flower Petals (Rose, Pansy, Marigold)
Wild Pear Lotion for Dry Skin & Winter Face Cream
After a week of baths and showers to help relieve congestion, my skin is dry. Not normal dry, scaly and feeling tight dry. So The Northern Goddess Wild Pear Lotion for Dry Skin went right on after my soak in Recovery. While this is a lot more moisture than I would usually need, it soothed my skin instantly (plus will be amazing after an afternoon swatching nail polishes and abusing my hands with acetone).
This lightly scented lotion is made with lots of Shea butter and Coconut Oil to add deep moisture and nutrients, while Vitamin E acts to heal skin cells and helps fight bacteria. This body butter-like lotion spreads very easily, so a little goes a long way otherwise you may look like a greasy mess.
The Northern Goddess Wild Pear Lotion for Dry Skin $8 (Sunflower Oil, Raw Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Wild Pear Fragrant Oil (Phthalate Free!)
My cheeks and nose suffered the worst while sick so I also tried out Eva’s Winter Face Cream. Like the Wild Pear lotion, a lot more moisture than I would usually need and I only used it on dry areas and not my t-zone which is behaving like I am a teenager again. This cream provides deep, rich moisture while also creating a barrier to help protect against drying winter winds and cold air.
It gave me the dose of moisture my face needed in one use, but he has stolen it since he works in the cold and fell in love with it. It has a slight but natural scent so he doesn’t smell girly using it too.
The Northern Goddess Winter Face Cream $15 (Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Hempseed Oil, Castor Wax, Ylang Ylang Hydrosol, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin E)
As I mentioned, my t-zone is acting up. It is like my skin has taken the term combination as a challenge. So I also tried the Rosemary Toner from The Northern Goddess all over my face before adding the winter face cream to my dry areas. It has an alcohol free Witch Hazel base to help reduce puffiness and inflammation, tighten pores and refresh your skin. Plus it has brightening Rosemary hydrosol is added, to help kill bacteria that cause acne, reduce irritation, and balance oily skin. Then some Vitamin E to help repair, moisturize, and restore facial skin cells. Since it is alcohol free, you can use it daily without worrying about drying your skin out too.
It has only been a couple of days of use twice a day, but my t-zone is already less oily without getting dried out and my skin looks so much better than when I was embarrassed to even go out on the weekend!
The Northern Goddess Rosemary Toner $12 (Alcohol-free Witch Hazel, Rosemary Hydrosol, Vitamin E).
The one other thing I would try that I didn’t? Candy Cane Face & Body Scrub, because Candy Canes! Gets me every Christmas. Peppermint/Candy Cane all the things! It is a sugar scrub with a mix of Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil along with Peppermint to exfoliate and eave skin feeling fresh yet moisturized.
Where to Buy The Northern Goddess Products
You can find Eva along with her The Northern Goddess products at the upcoming Craftadian Show at McMaster Innovation Park this Saturday. Be one of the first 50 people in lne and get a swag bag with goodies from the vendors too! On my list to check out at the show is 3 Teas, Holly Berry Body, and Inviting Press while Eva is hoping to find some handmade clothing.
If you can’t make it to Craftadian, Eva also sells online with free shipping when you spend $50 or more. Or you can find her at craft shows and holiday markets across the GTA. See the full list of upcoming shows here, or follow her on instagram for details.