This month I was so happy to be invited to be an ambassador for Rocky Mountains Soap Co.
For years i’ve been a supporter of their mission to provide natural and sustainable body care products across Canada (and beyond!). As a teenager I remember first entering their store and buying my first lemongrass hand lotion. I remember feeling like I had discovered something special. The products were made in the Rockies, a little less than an hour from me… Canmore to be exact, which just so happened to be one of my favourite places on earth. It feels good to connect with a product in that way, to be proud of its canadian roots, and be introduced to a new way of thinking surrounding health… and it was at that point that I became a firm supporter of the brand.
Over the years they developed their product line far and beyond. It started with soap, and expanded into haircare, essential oils, bath bombs and a continuously growing product line that I don’t have the time to list. Needless to say, it was exciting to be a part of the movement.
So what are my August picks? Well here are a few I tried during a weekend up in Yoho and Banff.
ROSEMARY MINT SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Something that I’ve always struggled with since I was young was finding shampoo and conditioner that worked for me. As a teenager I used the brand name shampoos and conditioners you found on the shelves of shoppers drugmart and safeway..loaded with chemicals and synthetic, overpowering scents. Two brands in particular would often irritate my scalp, make my dark hair limp and lifeless. At times I even wondered if my hair was falling out as i found my fingers tangled with hair after a wash.
Natural shampoo changed the game for me, and surprisingly… it didn’t begin with Rocky Mountain Soap company. It actually started with a homemade remedy by a friend who had gifted it to me to try.
At that stage I was doubtful about how effective natural remedies were and often perceived them as being a health hoax, but what I found was it ended up being the gentle and soothing alternative that my hair needed. The shampoo bar didn’t work too well for long hair but i was patient and used it diligently to see if i noticed a difference. The combination of the store bought shampoo and conditioner weighed my hair down and would clog my pores creating constant irritation on my scalp… to the point where sometimes it would bleed from my scratching.
Hair doesn’t need much to stay clean I discovered, and it was completely the case when it came to switching to natural shampoo. The combination of rosemary and peppermint in the shampoo from Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is so soothing, and the lightness i feel after drying my hair was refreshing. The scent was soft, and I no longer smelled like the store bought bottles of perfumed ocean spray and lotus flower (which by the way, smell nothing like ocean spray and lotus flower ACTUALLY smell like).
I only use a pea size drop and it didn’t lather much, which is a good sign that the product doesn’t have a lot of sulphites in it. Sulphites tend to dry out the hair and leave it brittle.
Another item on my list to try from Rocky Mountain Soap Co. was the liquid crystal deodorant. After my grandma and a close friend found themselves in the terrifying position of having and battling through breast cancer, deodorant was something that I constantly placed under the microscope. I was unsettled about the studies coming out linking deodorant and cancer, and in the midst of a muddled sea of opinions and facts… it became hard to understand where the truth lay.
What I did know was that there was no downside to converting to natural deodorant, whether or not it had a significant impact on my health… I knew I would still be making the best decision concerning my body. Thankfully it came in Lemongrass, my favourite… so I was a happy camper.
It’s important to note that this is NOT an antiperspirant. This product also contains a naturally occurring salt that doesn’t clog pores or pass into your bloodstream. Lemongrass has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities as well which is essential when it comes to deodorant… there are a few other alternatives as well, including an unscented version and one for men… but this one is undoubtedly my favourite.
Shake this natural deodorant up well before rolling on, and allow it to dry… then you are all set for the next 6 hours.
P.S This stuff really works. Trust me. Try it.
TEA TREE FACE MASK
Another of my favourite product lines from Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is there newly developed line of FACE MASKS. In particular, the Tea Tree mask.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Now if there is anything to take away from this blog post, its 100% the face mask. It comes powdered in a little sealed bag and all you need to do is add water and mix. Tea tree is of course known for being a healing remedy, and it’s one of my favourites in the case of an acne break out. I wish every girl out there would stop smearing that black tar all over their face… we aren’t supposed to batter our skin people, a gentle wash is all we need. Not a giant gooey nose strip for our face.
Last but not least is the essential oils line up. Rocky Mountain Soap sent me the lemongrass one (do you see the trend now with me?…) but I won’t delve too deeply into them as I want to feature a whole variety from both Saje Wellness and Rocky Mountain Soap next month in an effort to highlight the differences in what they offer, and the medicinal properties.
These again, last for ages… and are a nice treat before bed when you want to wind down.
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