Beauty Notes : Summer Skincare Favourites

I've been singing the praises of natural beauty products for years. And it's refreshing to not only see more and more clean beauty and skincare products available, but to be able to find so many lines that are made well and made local. I've rounded up five of my favourite small batch beauty products from Canadian lines that I'm loving this summer. In this heatwave, less is more, and these definitely pack a punch.

A hydrating facial mist is a summer essential and the Florés Balancing Mist has become one of my favourite products.

Inspired by their grandmother's natural healing practices, sisters Ale and Melissa Oré created the holistic skincare line Florés Boticario. I admire their focus on health and well-being and the purpose behind every ingredient in their skin care products. To refresh your skin, a simple spritz of this mist will give you a perfectly toned and brightened complexion. 

Artifact Skin Co. has crafted the perfect goods for your lips. A Honey Marshmallow Lip Masque and a Cinnamon Sage Lip Balm.

This balm is super nourishing and the essential oils help to perk up your pout. Plus Artifact recently moved their studio to Hamilton, and its exciting to see them handcrafting their small batch skin care goods there.

In a modern day apothecary on Crawford Street in Toronto, Gaelyne Leslie is whipping up a range of natural skincare products.

But the line is probably best known for its natural Lemon Deodorant Cream. With a light citrus scent and purposeful essential oils, this all-natural deodorant really works. 

Wildcraft is a skincare line taking us back to basics. With simple formulas and ingredients that are tested and true, each product is thoughtfully made to nourish your skin.

The Chamomile Honey Makeup Remover cleanses and calms the skin, while gently removing makeup. And it has some added benefits, like reducing dark under eye circles. Always a plus on Saturday morning when you haven't slept a wink and your eyes have gone to the dark side.

Perfectly primed skin makes it that much easier to apply makeup. But I leave my skincare regimen at the prep stage with Evelyn Iona's Organic Perfecting Primer.

Packed with antioxidant rich ingredients like green tea, aloe and rosehip oil, this primer smooths skin and minimizes your pores. I find it so effective that I often use it on its own.