Finding a skin care product that doesn’t contain ingredients that will send us running in the opposite direction can be difficult. What’s even more difficult is finding a skin care product that doesn’t smell like you’ve camped out in the forest for a month. Unfortunately, you can’t avoid washing your hair, moisturizing the legs or lathering your skin in soap, you dirty girl. Fortunately there’s Olivier.
I had the absolute pleasure of reacquainting with owner and skin expert, Jen of Olivier Waterloo. Besides the fact of having raidating skin we see airbrushed in magazines, it is safe to say she knows her stuff!
What’s so great about Olivier? Well, Jen says it best…
“In 1996, Isabel Gagne and Pierre Olivier saw the connection between health, beauty, well-being and the potential for a sustainable family business that could help people and protect our planet. The Olivier Soapery is the largest eco-skin care manufacturer in Canada and growing in the US specializing in the creation of the highest quality hand-m…ade, cold process olive oil skin care in the world, quite frankly and we can prove it.
Olivier combines the therapeutic properties of pure essential oils, the art of traditional soap making , the science of plants and flowers along with the history of pure olive oil to create a product that can only be described as extraordinary. They focus on using plant remedies to reinfoce the skins strength, botanically, ecologically and economically. All ingredients used are naturally occurring in nature.
Isabel and Pierre have created Canada’s first and only Soap Economuseum, an award winning soapery promoting an organic lifestyle with a multitude of handcrafted ecological products made on the south eastern coast of New Brunswick and Saguenay-Lac-St.Jean, Quebec.
Creating these traditional handmade soaps was just a hobby Isabel & Pierre used to add décor to their Acadian bed and breakfast…..and now Olivier has become an ambassador of New Brunswick and the United States…creating a connection between health, beauty, and well being….while representing a philosophy of living pure and pursuing your dreams.”
Why should you care?
It is important to remember that when you apply or inhale a skin care product, it penetraits the skin and it is the exact SAME as eating it! Many skin care products today likely contain ingredients which are cancer-causing or that are linked to developmental problems. This includes products used on lips, hands, scalp, any sort of spray, powder, yadda yadda yadda. When unstudied or harmful chemicals are used in cosmetics, the risk and impact on your health is high.
What about plant-based products?
Sorry to burst your bubble folks, but even plant-based ingredients can be harmful. Reading labels can be difficult when trying to sort out what is truly “organic” or “natural” because truth-in-marketing rules for food don’t apply in the cosmetics world. Great. An exception applies to products containing the USDA organic seal, or in this case..knowing a gal who knows a gal!
“On average, consumers use about 10 personal care products containing 126 ingredients per day. The government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for these products. The Cosmetics Ingredients Review (CIR), the industry’s self-policing safety panel, does not make up for FDA inaction. In 2007 EWG analysis found that over 30 years, the industry panel has reviewed the safety of just 13 percent of the 10,500 ingredients in personal care products.” – Skin Deep
Want to know what’s in your tube of conditioner? Visit www.skindeep.com to find out.
Would you drink a bottle of liquid if you didn’t know what was in it? Likely not.
Pros: products are all natural, 100% organic, eco-friendly, hand crafted soaps and skin care products… good luck finding such fine ingredients at a local drug store! Did I mention Jens glowing skin?
Cons: you probably haven’t had the chance to go see Olivier yet. Check ‘er out!