Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready with a DIY Pedicure

March 29, 2012 in Beauty, Fashion

The sun is out, the birds are chirping and you’re happier than ever! The reason? It’s Spring! … and Summer is just around the corner! Woohoo! So, throw away those clunky winter boots and break out the sandals! BUT WAIT! Before you do, take a good look at your feet and ask yourself … are my feet sandal ready? It might be an odd question to ask, but feet are often the most neglected, and you want to make sure that they’re in tip top shape for the warm weather. Some might prefer to go out for a pedicure, but if you’re more hands on then follow these steps into achieving a fabulous pedicure: Step 1: Remove nail polish and soak feet for 10-15 minutes in our All About Feet Revitalizing Foot Salt Soak ($14). This step does more than clean your feet, it also softens dead skin cells in preparation for exfoliation. Step 2: Exfoliate and get ride of the dead skin cells with our All About Feet Exfoliating Foot Scrub ($14). Our combination of Walnut Shell and Apricot Seed will scrub away calloused skin while Shea Butter and Peppermint Oil soothe, cool and replenish your skin’s moisture. Add a dollop of the scrub and rub in a circular motion. Step 3: Buff away bumps and calluses with our All About Feet Frosted Foot File ($6). Using a back-and-forth motion, lightly scrape your heels and the bottoms of your feet, and your toes. Make sure that you’re gentle, as
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[NEW] Sweet Indulgence Bath and Beauty Products

March 22, 2012 in Beauty

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Just in time for Easter! The world is going gaga over cupcakes, sprinkles and all things yummy! This adorable bubble bath and beauty accessories collection offers a bevy of the best of both worlds – delectable cupcakes without the calories! SHOP NOW

Ingredients 101: Avocado

March 14, 2012 in Beauty

Avocados are one of the best fruits (yup, it’s a fruit) for your skin and body. Not only are they delicious, but they’re packed with carotenoids! Avocados are a great source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease. They also contain the related cartenoids zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, as well as Vitamin E. In addition, avocados are rich in oleic acid, a fat that activates that part of your brain that makes you feel full, and helps lower cholesterol. If you’re trying to shed some inches before bathing suit season, this might just be the perfect food for you! Avocado oil is valued most for its moisturizing properties. Because it’s a natural oil,  it’s one of the easiest ingredients to absorb into the skin. This means that the quicker you rub on our All About Hands Revitalizing Hand Lotion, the faster your skin will get the hydration and nourishment that it craves. Fun Fat: Avocado Oil is used widely for medicinal purposes of treating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema – as the high moisture content relives itching and dryness. All About Hands Daily Moisture Hand Lotion ($14)  

5 Excellent Exfoliating Products

February 26, 2012 in Beauty

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Get your skin Spring ready by exfoliating! Exfoliating your skin (face and body) should be a part of your beauty regimen all year around, and is definitely necessary during the winter. By doing it, you’re able to remove old, dead skin cells that cling to the skin’s outermost surface. When done correctly, exfoliation leaves your skin feeling smoother and fresher looking. Combined with a great moisturizer and many glasses of water a day, your skin will look nothing but beautiful!  To help you out, we’ve listed the top 5 must-have exfoliating products from Upper Canada Soap:   Naturally Coarse Salt Scrub ($16) Wild Mint Lime – Made with mineral rich dead sea salt, this body scrub provides the ultimate exfoliation while it soothes and remineralizes the skin; leaving it super soft and well nourished. Exfoliating Shower Gloves ($5) Cleanse and exfoliate all-in-one! Just add soap. Bamboo Facial Pad ($3) The perfect sized pad for a facial cleanse! Use the sisal side to exfoliate, and the Bamboo side for a gentle clean. Features a hand strap and loop for hanging. Made with Rayon from Bamboo.  2-in-1 Bamboo Back Polisher ($7) The perfect shower accessory to cleanse and exfoliate skin in those hard-to-reach places. Luxurious soft bamboo for cleansing and 100% looped polyester for exfoliating will leave your skin feeling smooth and polished. Made with Rayon from Bamboo. Loofah Bath Mitt ($7) This multi-use Bath Mitt offers the fabulous skincare benefits of Natural Loofah on one side to exfoliate, and a soft luxurious side to gently
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Ingredients 101: Acai Berry

February 22, 2012 in Beauty

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Before the Goji Berry explosion, there was the Acai Berry. Pronounced “A-Sa’i”, this super berry can be found on the Acai palm tree, which is often located in the beautiful rain forests of the Amazon in Brazil and South America. This fruit has gained a lot of recognition for its distinctive beneficial properties over the other berries of its class – and has been sold all around the world in various products like energy drinks,  juices and sodas. It is argued that the Acai Berry is one of the most nutritious food that you can add into your diet. It benefits you in many ways; it is good for cleansing the body against harmful toxins that are present in the system. The daily intake of Acai Berry can flush away the excess fats and cholesterol so that you can easily maintain or lose weight. Acai Berries contain excellent antioxidants, which are little powerful molecules containing tons of health benefits. It is one of the largest carriers of antioxidants, which is why our Fruit Frappe Watermelon with Acai line is jam-packed with Acai Extract – along with nine other antioxidant Superfruits (a fruit which combines exceptional nutrient richness and antioxidant quality with appealing taste). Fun Fact: One Acai Berry contains up to 30 times more antioxidants than other well known Superfruits, such as blueberries and grapes. Fruit Frappe Watermelon with Acai Foaming Shower Gel ($12)      

Body Truffles or Chocolate Truffles? Your Pick.

February 10, 2012 in Beauty, Life

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Valentine’s Day is amongst us! To many people, this day is about presents, sweets, chocolates and more importantly, the undying love that you see in the movies. Speaking of which, this Valentine’s Day, I would like Ryan Gosling to build me a house. That would be the best. present. ever. Now, if you don’t know what to get that special someone in your life for this extra special day, then we suggest a body creme, lip butter, bubble bath or candle from our delectable Body Truffles collection. It’s sweet without the calories! What’s better than that?? If you’d like to make something sweet, then here is a delicious Chocolate Truffles recipe from our friends at Sweetspot.ca. Chocolate Truffles Ingredients 8 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 2/3 cup whipping cream 1 tbsp honey 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1 tbsp vanilla Coating: Cocoa powder Crushed pistachios Edible hearts Makes approximately 30 truffles Directions 1. Place chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In a saucepan, heat cream, honey and butter until melted. Poor over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about one hour. 2. Using a melon baller or teaspoon, scoop chocolate and gently roll to round out into balls. 3. Roll truffle through coating and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate again until you’re ready to serve them. Happy Valentine’s Day!    

Ingredients 101: Goji Berry

February 8, 2012 in Beauty

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We, at Upper Canada Soap, work very hard to ensure that our products have the best, most effective natural ingredients to help you lead a fabulous lifestyle. However, many people are asking what ingredients are used in our products and how they’re beneficial to them. As a result, we’re launching an informative series of blogs called “Ingredients 101.” Each blog from this series will contain information and fun facts about an ingredient prevalent in our products. We’re kicking it all off with the wonderful superfruit, “Goji Berry” – which is one of the star ingredients in our Naturally Signature soap, lotion and lip balm collection. Goji Berries have been growing in the Himalayas for fifty thousand years, and have been used for over two thousand years in traditional Chinese medicine. The berries grow between ten thousand and twelve thousand feet, and can survive extreme temperatures. The Goji Berry is widely known for its anti-aging properties, therefore, using it daily will help you get one step closer to younger, healthier skin. Along with improving your skin, it’s a great source of polysaccharides that are necessary for boosting your immune function and defense system. Other health benefits include helping eyesight, protecting the liver, strengthening the legs, improving blood circulation and promoting longevity. In regards to cuisine, the Goji Berry has a slight sweet and sour taste and has a similar chewy texture and shape as raisins. It can be brewed into a tea, made into a liquid, beverages, added to soups and eaten raw. Fun fact: Goji Berries
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[Exclusive Premiere] The Awesome Canadian Woman Video

January 30, 2012 in Beauty, Entertainment, Featured

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To thank you for being our readers, we wanted YOU to be one of the FIRST to view the AWESOME CANADIAN WOMAN video. Since 1969, Upper Canada Soap has celebrated women and all things Canadian. Watch how with one application of Naturally Signature Golden Maple Sugar product, this Canadian woman turns into the AWESOME CANADIAN WOMAN. Watch. Enjoy. SHARE.    

5 Naturally Body Butters that Will Make You Melt

January 5, 2012 in Beauty

Combat the terrible effects of winter on your skin with our luxurious Naturally body butters. A truly decadent body moisturizer; rich in natural antioxidants, this body butter smoothes, moisturizes and protects your deserving skin. They’re also made with all natural ingredients. Our Naturally Collection carries body butters in five delicious scents: Sweet Vanilla Fig ($14) Cranberry Moro Orange ($14) Pressed Olive Avacado ($14) Wild Mint Lime ($14) Warm Honey Nectar ($14)

The Ill’s of Parabens in Your Beauty Products

December 29, 2011 in Beauty

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For a long time, I didn’t know what parabens were. I also didn’t know that many of the beauty products that I was using on a daily basis contained them. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won’t find that listed on the label. You see, many fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers are not required to disclose chemicals in the list of ingredients. An estimated 75 to 90 percent of cosmetics contain parabens. So, why are they so bad you ask? Parabens easily penetrate the skin – especially when applied directly through a lotion or perfume. Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, and have been detected in human breast cancer tissues – suggesting a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancers. Unfortunately, there are no regulations banning the use of parabens in cosmetics in Canada. Restricting parabens is enforced internationally. The European Union has restricted the use of parabens in cosmetic products. With that being said, I’m very happy and proud to inform you that ZERO of our products at Upper Canada Soap contain parabens. We’re very cognizant of what ingredients are used when creating a lotion, wash or soap. Our products are clean, safe and are produced with one goal in mind – to help you live a better life. We’re with you everyday through lip balms, lotions and soaps and that is why only
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