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Simple Chic: Consonant Body Organic Skin Care

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Consonant Body makes me want to redecorate. Or maybe own a bright-white and airy body-care boutique in the Hamptons, rather like the village shop Sandra Bullock's character Sally Owens had in Practical Magic (the last movie in which Nicole Kidman looked naturally, ethereally beautiful).

In addition to its natural ingredients and appealing textures, what makes the Canadian brand are the packaging's uncomplicated lines, sharp design, and cheeky-smart (rather than cutesy) flatter-the-consumer messaging on the modern apothecary labels. The edited collection features just two choices for body wash and body moisturizer, mild Spearmint & Sage and Pure Unscented, and elegant, natural soaps in the same, as well as in Vanilla & Clove, Goat's Milk, and Canadian Prairie Grains (a scrubby bar).

I particularly like presentation of the soap: neatly folded in crisp parchment paper, tucked into a spare, slide-sleeve carton, and accompanied by a thin loofah slice to serve as in-shower skin buffer or soap rest.

Newest in the line is an extension of the Pure Unscented range. The Foaming Face Wash ($18) is formulated with niacinamide (a version of Vitamin B5 and a happy-skin hero for its ability to shore up the skin's moisture levels and offer antioxidant support), tea tree oil (a natural astringent) and grapeseed oil (also an antioxidant and regeneration booster). The Intense Therapy Hand Cream ($20) is rich with moisturizing shea and cocoa butters, glycerin and soothing natural extracts.

Consonant Body marries good-for-you with accessible good-for-your-image messaging. At $12 for soap, $16/$28 for 250 mL and 500 mL body wash sizes respectively, and $22/$42 for body lotion, the line also hits a price point that lends itself nicely to gifting, in an affordable-luxury way.

It's getting so good to be a natural woman.

Consonant Body is available at The Bay and Sears national flagship stores, at specialty boutiques and via


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