Check out these Canadian companies that make natural bath, body and cosmetics that are natural, vegan and never tested on animals.
Many of us consider ourselves citizens of the earth, which means we are aware that our lifestyle choices and behaviours impact our planet. We are environmentally responsible and obliged to conserve, recycle, protect animals and buy local. To celebrate our tree-hugging goodness, here is a select list of companies that are manufacturing and distributing natural beauty and skin care products; some are organic, some are handmade, some are vegan; all of them are cruelty-free and Canadian.
Spa Sisters is a company founded by sisters Kerri Foster Roberts and Tricia Foster-Mohan. They began making natural bath and body products for fun, but soon a side business became a full-time job for the pair. The company is based in Georgetown and all spa products are handmade, natural, paraben-free, dye-free, and not tested on animals. In addition to family-friendly bath and body products, Spa Sisters makes room sprays and offers other services, such as gift packages and spa parties. Products can be ordered online and shipped within Canada and the United States.
Necessity truly is the mother of invention in the case of Bare Organics, a company founded by Karen Kerk after the birth of her first son when she realized she did not recognize any of the ingredients in her baby’s bath wash. Since there were very few alternatives for a natural baby wash, she made her own with items from her kitchen pantry. Bare Organics has since celebrated its tenth anniversary and Karen continues to make all of her organic products by hand with the fewest ingredients as possible. You can buy Bare Organics for your face, body and baby, including makeup and gift kits. You can buy Bare Organics at the Thunder Bay Country Market, at the annual Royal Agricultural Fair in Toronto or you can shop online.
The history of this company is as compelling as the beauty products themselves. Marcelle originated in Chicago in 1874, and was acquired by a Chicago allergist in 1933. The company entered Canada in 1949 and was distributed by a Montreal pharmacist Victor Cape; he bought the worldwide distribution and manufacturing rights in 1973 and set-up the now Canadian company in Montreal. Their extensive makeup and skin care line is hypoallergenic, perfume-free, oil-free, paraben-free and never tested on animals. Marcelle can be found in more than 2500 drugstores and retailers across Canada (the website lists them all). You can also order online for delivery across Canada and the United States.
Samana Naturals is a wellness and skin care company based in Scarborough committed to sourcing organic and plant-based ingredients. Samana means “continually improving” and their ingredients are biodegradable, recyclable, fair trade and both Leaping Bunny and PETA-approved. Samana Naturals include bath soaps, lip balms, body and face care, and hair care products. Samana Naturals is determined to continually give their clients the best possible product. You can order online; registration is required to gain full access to the website.
In 2003, Heather Reier started making beauty products in her kitchen that were luxurious and made from natural ingredients. Her company, Cake Beauty includes the Cake and Delectable product lines. All hair care, skin care, bath and body products are Canadian-made, cruelty and gluten-free, paraben and phthalate-free and vegan. Check out their new line of natural dry styling hair products. Cake is headquartered in Toronto and products can be purchased in over 2500 retail locations and online.
Pravi is a Quebec-based company co-founded by Pascale Boulé and Catherine Bastien. Their aim is to provide consumers with natural and affordable cosmetics. Pravi products are certified organic, non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free and recyclable. Products include lotions, oils, soaps and serums for women, men and babies. The company philosophy is “to change the world one pot of cream at a time.” Pravi is sold exclusively online and within Canada. Note that the Pravi website is in French, but it can be translated into English.
The business of manufacturing and distributing natural and organic products that have not been tested on animals has flourished within Canada and worldwide. Knowledge is power and buying cruelty-free products is one way to transform ourselves into informed global citizens and to safeguard the quality of life of humans and animals on this planet.