Clean Beauty

*This post is sponsored by Community Natural Foods

For the past few weeks, the Dote team has been testing out some Canadian (and even some Calgarian) made clean beauty products that can be found at Community Natural Foods. After having tested the products for a bit and feeling more familiar with them, the Dote gals have given their honest reviews of some makeup and general beauty products. Check our reviews below to discover your new clean beauty must-haves, or if any products fell flat.

The Makeup

Mineral Fusion Mascara

A good mascara is hard to find, but finding one that is kind to your eyes is even harder. I loved this mineral fusion mascara and the fact that it has rigorous research behind it ensuring it’s safe and healthy for your eyes. It glides on and doesn’t clump or flake – I  love how I can continually build on it to create the perfect amount of volume. The packaging is 100% recyclable, andI love its bronzed sleek packaging as it’s so easy to find in my makeup bag.

Leanne Wood, Partner Relations

Mineral Fusion Lipstick

This lipstick goes on smoothly and provides the perfect amount of colour for that barely-there nude look. It feels super soft on, and its high shine pigment is perfect for day or night. Unlike some matte lipsticks that hold the colour for hours, I do find that this needs to be reapplied often.

Kelly Amonson, Managing Editor

Mineral Fusion Highlighter

I tried the Mineral Fusion Highlighter for a week, and really love this product. The highlighter is super pigmented and can be customized to all skin tones by mixing the four colours in the palette. With all-natural ingredients and 100% recyclable packaging, this is a product that I will continue to purchase from Community Natural Foods.

Kate Klassen, Editor-in-Chief

Benecos BB Cream

A BB Cream perfect for those no-makeup, makeup days. As someone who has tried a million BB Creams, this one colour matched perfectly. I wouldn’t say it’s the longest lasting, but its application was seamless with a beauty sponge, and it gave that little bit of coverage I was looking for. 

Anastacia Jido, Visual Media Manager

General Beauty

Gardeners Dream Lavender Lotion

Think thick, luxurious, and perfectly scented. That’s this lotion in a nutshell. Creamy and ultra-moisturizing, this lavender lotion is perfect now that fall is here, and the Calgary chill has arrived. Keep your hands soft and give some extra love to your feet this season with this perfect lavender lotion.

Anastacia Jido, Visual Media Manager

Lavender Body Wash by Women Sense

This nourishing head-to-toe body wash leaves you feeling squeaky clean. Its fragrant aroma of lavender is both calming and nourishing and is free of any harsh chemicals. Its moisturizing too, and a little goes a very long way. Even without the satisfaction of a lather – I love the way this left my skin feeling.

Leanne Wood, Partner Relations

Pure Creations Vitamin E Serum

This serum smells like a dream, has a lightweight feel, and provides coverage that is perfect to lock in moisture before bed or to serve as a base layer under your makeup. We are all aware of the scary things that beauty companies manage to sneak into products, so I really appreciate knowing that what I’m putting on my skin is 99.5% natural, with no paraben preservatives, petroleum, mineral oils, sulfates or detergent, filler, DEA, artificial colours, or fragrances.

Kelly Amonson, Managing Editor

Routine Deodorant

I discovered Routine about a year ago through friends, and while I can’t say I have used it exclusively since, I do find it to be the best all-natural, clean deodorant on the market. It has a lovely smell and goes on easily, and the best part is that it doesn’t leave that weird white residue on my clothes.It works well for a casual day out, but, by the end of the day, I find I need to reapply. I also stash a Secret deodorant in my gym bag for those extra sweaty days.

Kelly Amonson, Managing Editor

Green Beaver Toothpaste

A Canadian company, Green Beaver makes products that do not harm animals or the environment and are super safe for us. Using all-natural and all vegan ingredients, this is a great toothpaste. A fresh taste left my mouth feeling so clean!

Kate Klassen, Editor-in-Chief

Join us for an Evening of Clean Beauty

  • November 14 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Community Natural Foods Market & Café
  • 1304 10th Ave SW

There will be:

  • 20% off facial and cosmetic products
  • Swag bags for the first 25 attendees
  • Free gifts with purchase
  • Bring in your current makeup and we’ll help you to swap it out
  • Free makeup consultation
  • Cosmetic and skin care demo stations throughout the store

Introducing the myCNF Clean Beauty Bar

We’ve made-over our Clean Beauty section at Community Natural Foods and now proudly sell over 1,800 products with high-performing, non-toxic, cruelty-free, organic ingredients that will make you look and feel your best.

We carry the finest, high quality, clean beauty care products because we believe that what you put on your body is as important as the food you put into your body.

The Clean Beauty Bar includes beautiful skin care lines, nail polish, hair care, and hygiene products, as well as a variety of makeup lines. Brands include Mineral Fusion, Anne Marie Borlind, Sukin, Andalou, Routine, and, new to Canada, Benecos.

Every ingredient is vetted through our myCNF Verified program for toxicity, quality (grade, processing, and source), and impact on human, animal, and environmental welfare.

Our standards for ingredients far exceed simply being legal and allowed for sale in Canada. Community Natural Foods has reviewed studies and ratings by several different worldwide agencies and governments to ensure absolute safety.

Most items are gluten free, and many are vegan, as well. All products are free from animal testing.

Community Natural Foods allows certain identified ingredients of concern, or “cautionary” ingredients, due to the lack of better ingredient options in products. These concerns include:

  • Synthetic colours in some hair colour
  • Widely-used and approved substances considered safe for use, such as fluoride in some toothpaste
  • Lower-risk surfactants and emulsifiers in some hair-colouring products

myCNF Verified Clean Beauty: Effective products that are safe for you and the environment.

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