[Recipe] Nestling Baby-Bluebird Coconut and Vanilla Cupcakes

March 26, 2012 in Life

In celebration of our NEW Sweet Indulgence cupcake bath and beauty product line, we thought it would be fitting to share a cupcake recipe that has everyone at Upper Canada Soap  head-over-heels for. If you don’t already know, we’ve been featured by Martha Stewart a couple of times (which is amazing and we still cannot believe!). So, we thought we’d return the favour and share with you her recipe for the delicious, delectable and all around yummy Nestling Baby-Bluebird Coconut and Vanilla Cupcakes! Trust me, these are the perfect treat for Easter! Makes 1 dozen Ingredients 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut (about 5 ounces) Vanilla Cupcakes Chocolate Buttercream Yellow and light-blue food coloring Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating pan once. Set aside to cool. Lightly frost cupcakes with 1 cup chocolate buttercream; set aside. Tint 2 tablespoons reserved buttercream pale yellow; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #349 Ateco leaf tip; set aside. Tint remaining buttercream light blue; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #11 Ateco plain round tip, and pipe three bluebird heads, 3/4 inch in diameter, onto each cupcake. Using leaf tip, pipe yellow beaks. With a toothpick, add melted-chocolate eyes. Form each nest with 2 tablespoons toasted coconut. Bon Appetit!  

[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)  

[NEW] KITCHEN by Upper Canada Soap

March 13, 2012 in Featured, Life

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KITCHEN by Upper Canada Soap is inspired by delectable epicurean delights and creates warmth that will bring you to a place where life’s simple pleasures are the focus. These scents invite you, your family and guests to the most important place in the home: YOUR KITCHEN. Available in 3 Scents: Lemon Citrus Preserve, Apple Cinnamon Puree, and Poached Fig and Pear.  

The Importance of “ME” Time

February 28, 2012 in Life

Life is hectic. Temper tantrums, overdue reports, and rush hour traffic … oh, rush hour traffic, how we loathe you. Okay, so the whole “life is hectic” line is a bit of an understatement – life is mind-boggling mad. That is why you have to take some time out at the end of the day to unwind and relax, to spend some time with “ME.” The Upper Canada Soap staff is composed of amazing multi-tasking women who have crazy schedules, but they all have hobbies or tasks that they do to relax. Therefore,  we wanted to show you how the Marketing Ladies at Upper Canada Soap unwind and ultimately, stay sane. 1. Exercise Have you seen What Women Want? You know the line where Helen Hunt describes running as just you and the pavement? Well, it’s true. Running is something that our Marketing Director, Chantelle, uses to clear her mind. She also uses it to prepare for the day, because she does it in the morning. Editor’s Note: How she wakes up at 5:45AM everyday and straps on the runners is beyond us. Exercise is essential to a healthy life style and is a great de-stresor. 2. TV and Movies Our Brand Manager, Adriana, loves to unwind in front of the TV. She makes her husband watch General Hospital with her every night and he hates it – but we think it’s adorable! Our Graphic Designer, Jenny, is  more of a movie gal and spends her time watching rom-coms .
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Spring into Fashion with the Top 5 Trends

February 28, 2012 in Fashion

It’s time to shed the parkas, boots and toques, Canada! Spring is coming (or so we hope) and it has hit the runway with a bang!  If you’re anything like me, you and live for fashion, but not everything you see on the runway will compliment your taste, look or budget. Luckily, this Spring, the runway was good to the average, fabulous girl by giving us some trends that we can love and embrace. 1. Fabulous Florals Nothing says Spring like florals! Peter Som exploded onto the runway with this blue floral chiffon. It was a welcome update to evening wear. 2. Sporty Chic Who says that fashion isn’t comfortable? For those on a tight budget, this ensemble is from Marc Jacob’s more affordable ready-to-wear collection. Don’t forget to polish off this outfit with some cool color-blocked kicks. 3. Tangerine Tango Pantone guessed it right! Tangerine Tango is the “it” colour this Spring. Tangerine or any orange citrus colour brightened up the runway in New York, and you will definitely see it on the streets once the snow melts. Here, Charlotte Ronson showed a flowing, pretty piece in the sunny shade. 4. Neons Similar to our amazing KITCHEN by Upper Canada Soap collection, the Spring fashion trends are embracing NEON! What could be a happier shade to kick off a wonderful season? Nanette Lepore’s collection does this family of colours justice this Spring. 5. Polka Dots Everyone is gaga over polka dots this season! This is Tory Burch’s three-dimensional take
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[Recipe] Fresh Pear and Fig Mixed Green Salad

February 28, 2012 in Life

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In celebration of our new KITCHEN by Upper Canada Soap collection, we’ve decided to provide you with a delicious and fresh recipe that encompasses the ingredients in our Poached Fig and Pear line.  Like Sonny and Cher, Miss. Piggy and Kermit the Frog, there is no better “pear” than Fig and Pear. Therefore, here is our favourite Fresh Pear and Fig Mixed Green Salad recipe. The best thing about this recipe (aside from its fresh, robust flavours) is that it takes little to no time to prepare, which is great for the busy Mom or Career Woman. Oh, did we say that it’s extremely healthy, as well? Bon Appetit!   Ingredients 4 cups salad mix, store bought 1 bartlett pear, cored and thinly sliced 6 fresh figs (green or purple), sliced in 1/2 4 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola 4 tablespoons toasted chopped pecans Lemon Vinaigrette, recipe follows Directions Place a pile of greens on each salad plate. Arrange the fruits on top and sprinkle with cheese and nuts. Lightly drizzle with vinaigrette. Lemon Vinaigrette: 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon lemon extract 2 tablespoons lemon curd 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoo Dijon mustard Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Recipe courtesy Paula Deen.

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!