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JULY IS MADE-IN-CANADA MONTH

With Canada Day on the first, this seems like a good month to show particular appreciation to Canadians in the self-care arena. Here's a sampling of some of the brands on this beautygeek's mind.
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July is Made-in-Canada Month on Beautygeeks! Most posts will either spotlight a Canadian brand or at least include a Canadian connection. Some connections will be stronger than others because reviving Made-in-Canada Month was a spur-of-the-moment decision prompted by the opening photo. 😏

This post is a sampling – a trailer, if you will – of what's ahead. Note: some of these brands use "clean" marketing and I loathe it. But I really like the products, so I'm compelled to talk about them because you might really like them too. I'll just also take every opportunity to point out "clean" marketing flaws.

SWOON SKIN HEAVENLY HAIR TOWEL

Swoon Skin Heavenly Hair Towel in Pink Floral (photo: via Swoon Skin)

Swoon Skin Heavenly Hair Towel in Pink Floral (photo: via Swoon Skin)

Reversible satin and microfibre-waffle this Swoon Skin Heavenly Hair Towel in Pink Floral is so much lighter than a wet terry bath towel, and silk-side out looks like a chic, pretty turban. Comes with a good-quality zippered mesh laundry bag. $41 CA and $30.99 US at swoonskinshop.com;* also $39 CA at amazon.ca

INDEED LABS HYDRALURON CREAM CLEANSER

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Cream Cleanser

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Cream Cleanser

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Cream Cleanser shoos away remains of the day via a (fragrance-free) coconut-derived surfactant dosed with hyaluronic acid, papaya enzymes (for a daily hint of exfoliation), grape seed oil – and surprise! – it foams up nicely, too. $19.99 CA/US at indeedlabs.com*

ARCTIC ROSE LUXE TOWEL SCRUNCHIES

Arctic Rose Luxe Towel Scrunchie in Ivory

Arctic Rose Luxe Towel Scrunchie in Ivory

Handmade in Quebec with plush, multipurpose, micro-cotton-bamboo, Arctic Rose Luxe Towel Scrunchies are for more than sopping water from wet topknots and ponytails. Try a pair as wrist-wear to dodge drippy forearms while you wash your face, and use to dry off after, too. Also will do as a facial cleansing pad (puff?). $15 CA/US each – or $20 CA/US for a two-pack – at arcticroseco.com*

CONSONANT VITAMIN E + OAT SERUM

Consonant Vitamin E + Oat Serum

Consonant Vitamin E + Oat Serum

Soothing, antioxidant-rich Consonant Vitamin E + Oat Serum is just two ingredients... yep, Vitamin E at 5% and oat kernel oil, which this study says supports skin's natural ceramide population. (Key components of the stratum corneum's lipid matrix, ceramides help to fence moisture in.) $63 CA at sephora.com and $63 US at verishop.com

BLAIR + JACK HAND CREAM

Blair + Jack Hand Cream

Blair + Jack Hand Cream

Blair + Jack Hand Cream is a pocket-sized part of a smart and streamlined physician-founded razor-bumps-begone skincare line for him. (This lightly citrus-scented cream that sinks in fast to make hands soft, not greasy, is mine-all-mine, though.) $9 CA/US at blairandjack.com*

REGIMEN LABS VITAMIN X

Regimen Lab Vitamin X

Regimen Lab Vitamin X

Regimen Lab Vitamin X serum backs ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) up with 10 other antioxidant super-friends, including silymarin, querciten, resveretrol and ferulic acid. Along with sidekick and hydration bestie glycerin, they're coming for you, fine lines, and your little friend hyperpigmentation, too. $59 CA/US at regimenlab.ca*

XO TREATMENT ROOM WINK BY XO

XO Treatment Room Wink by XO – Puffy

XO Treatment Room Wink by XO – Puffy

XO Treatment Room Wink by XO is a playful limited-edition collection of serious under-eye treatments (plus a brow/lash serum) that targets five common concerns such as blue and purple smudges (Blue), dark pigmentation (Brown), puffiness (Puffy), fatigue (Energize), and fine lines and crows feet (Bounce) – choose your fighter(s). $65 CA/$49.88 US each at xotreatmentroom.com*

MARCELLE 10% VITAMIN C + PROBIOTIC SERUM

Marcelle 10% Vitamin C + Probiotic Serum

Marcelle 10% Vitamin C + Probiotic Serum

Marcelle 10% Vitamin C + Probiotic Serum brightens with ascorbic acid and enlists lactobacillus ferment to help skin keep calm and carry on; this is a new addition to a well-priced, extensive skincare lineup that's a godsend to anyone who can't deal with fragrance, whatever the reason. $39.95 CA at shoppersdrugmart.ca and $42 US at marcelle.com*

SKIN BY VEE GUA SHA CRYO STICKS

Skin by Vee Gua Sha Cryo Sticks (photo: Skin by Vee)

Skin by Vee Gua Sha Cryo Sticks (photo: Skin by Vee)

Skin by Vee Gua Sha Cryo Sticks are literally super-cool, an angelic chorus for skin, especially in hot, humid times. (See this IGTV chat with esthetician/ certified skin therapist Vee Mistry for more details and tutorial.) $150 CA at skinbyvee.com*; ships internationally.

CHEEKBONE BEAUTY SUSTAIN LIPSTICK IN AINA

Cheekbone Beauty Sustain Lipstick in Aina

Cheekbone Beauty Sustain Lipstick in Aina

Cheekbone Beauty Sustain Lipstick in Aina (eye-nah) is a satin-finish, pigment-packed power coral-pink, made with shea butter and Vitamin E, and infused with the give-back spirit of founder Jen Harper and her commitment to Indigenous youth and her Anishinaabe roots. $32 CA at sephora.com and $26 US at cheekbonebeauty.com*

LET'S DISCUSS!

Are any of these Canadian beauties already on your radar?

Do you have Canadian favourites you'd like to see here?

Are there Canadian brands you want to know more about?

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