Saturday, May 25, 2013

Oh Canada, you did it again

Last year I reviewed a Canadian lip balm company and was impressed by the great eco-packaging they use.  I have spent the last three months enjoying (down to the last itty bit teeny bit in the bottom of the tubes) another wonderful lip balm which also hails from Canada and comes in the same great compostable tube, but is fabulous completely in it's own way.

Sweet Leaf Bath Company was founded by  Rose Creamer & Stacey Guymer in 2007.  Their desire to create “something that was pure and nourishing, something that was good not only for your skin, but for the planet as well” birthed a small independent company which is helping to create something that makes a difference to those in the developing world.  Sweet Leaf products are hand-made in small batches and utilize organic and fair trade ingredients which are free of petroleum, sulfates, synthetic preservatives, colors, or fragrances.  The ladies at Sweet Leaf take pride in their ingredients, and practice transparency by listing them on all product labels and their website.

Sweet Leaf offers a full range of body care products, including soaps, bath soaks, body scrubs, body butters, and lip balms.  They very kindly sent me samples of their Peppermint and Pomegranate lip balms, and they also offer a Chocoberry balm which is chocolate and raspberry flavored.   Sweet Leaf lip balms are wonderfully rich and emollient, but that is not surprising when you look at their ingredient list which includes beeswax, avocado oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E.

The peppermint balm contains essential oil, and the many rich oils it contains gave it a vanilla-mint flavor that was pleasant and not overwhelmingly minty.
The pomegranate balm was pleasingly mild in flavor  and did not taste overly fruity, which I appreciated very much for how often I used it throughout the day.
I am a big fan of the 100% pcw compostable tubes and I learned from Sweet Leaf that they actually hold 30% more balm than regular plastic tubes.  Because you can squeeze every bit of balm out of the tube, (which I did) the value is even greater  than balms which have waste lingering in the end of the tube.  And believe me, there was no waste from either of my tubes.  I thoroughly enjoyed both of them!
Sweet Leaf Lip Balms sell for $5.50 each online, and can be found in many locations throughout Canada.
Also from Sweet Leaf Bath Co. are some wonderful scrubs, butters, soaks, and soaps I hope to try soon.  One of my favorite spas offers a special coffee foot scrub that I only get to partake of once a year.  Thankfully, Sweet Leaf Bath Co. offers a couple of products that could provide an excellent option for at-home pedicures. $17.95

The exfoliating Java Scrub contains  fair trade coffee beans, Dead Sea salt, almond meal, organic fair trade raw sugar, organic rice bran, organic fair trade cocoa butter, macadamia nut oil, vitamin E, and fennel essential oil. $22
Treat your feet even further with the Sweet Relief Foot Butter, which contains organic fair trade shea butter, jojoba oil, tapioca starch, vitamin E, and essential oils of fennel, peppermint & spearmint.  The foot butter also includes moisturizing spa socks and sells for $22. $6.75

For your bath or shower, enjoy a little Cosmo….soap!  The Cosmo bar includes organic olive, coconut and palm oils, organic fair trade shea butter, white clay, cranberry seeds, and essential oils of lime & sweet orange.  All of Sweet Leaf Bath's soap bars are handmade in small batches using natural, organic and fair trade ingredients. The creators say that "every nutrient rich ingredient used in our soaps is a purposeful and deliberate choice designed to create a bar that will cleanse, moisturize and nourish your skin."  Sweet Leaf Bath soaps are free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and additives. 4 oz bar, $6.75

Visit Sweet Leaf's website and find out more about their wonderful lip balms, soaps, butters, soaks, and scrubs.

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