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#1 Lip Dew by 1day beauty 

lip dew 1day beauty

Good to know: Lip dew is enriched with plant-based ingredients like marula, grapeseed and avocado oils. Simply dip and swipe to achieve hydrated and plump lips. There’s no wrong way to lip dew. Apply a light amount for a sheer glow, or layer as desired for a high impact gloss. Vegan, clean, cruelty-free,  made in Canada.
What we like about the brand: Woman-owned small business with the main focus on allclusive and community-driven beauty. The founder of 1day beauty, Corinne Haddad, was raised  by a visually impaired mother, who was never represented or made to feel welcome in beauty spaces. That observation from a young age led Corinne to realize that underrepresented communities in beauty deserve better.  The solution was to create her own community-driven beauty brand that celebrates diversity, inclusion & realism. 

#2 Macramé Earrings by @ghazal.macrame

macrame earrings by @ghazal.macrame

Good to know: Macramé is an ancient form of handicrafts that has been passed down from generation to generation. Using simple materials like cotton twine, jute, hemp, or yarn, macramé can be as simple or complex as the crafter would like. These unique macramé earrings are handmade in Toronto, Canada. 

What we like about the brand: Woman-owned small business which has started as a hobby.  Ghazaleh Banki, the founder of @ghazal.macrame says: “Macramé and exercise save my mental life during the first year of immigration and during lockdowns”. All her work is made with love, focus on detail and unique style.  

#3 Silk Scruchie by The Silk Labs 

silk scrunchie by the silk labs

Good to know: Silk is known as the “queen” of all textiles fibres. The slippery and smooth texture of silk helps prevent frizz, tangles and breakage, promoting shiny and soft hair. Plus silk  scrunchies help to reduce hair creasing, it’s a great choice for someone who likes to switch up hair throughout the day.The Silk Labs scrunchies leave your hair feeling super soft and in style with catchy colours. Each scrunchie is hand-cut and sewn in Toronto. 100% silk  satin ethically.

What we like about the brand: Woman-owned small business. Jenna Labiak, the founder of The Silk Labs, noticed a gap in the silk goods market as a consumer. She’s tried to figure the solution out by sewing silk scrunchies while using stronger elastics so they wouldn’t slip out of your hair, in all the styles she wanted and all the prints. Now The Silk Labs is grown to employ seamstresses and have a fulfillment centre, and are even able to donate some part of it profits to charity.

#4 Lotion Bar by Blooming Wild Botanicals 

lotion bar by blooming wild botanicals

Good to know: A lotion bar is a solid lotion. It resembles a bar of soap, but acts like a lotion. Lotion bars by Blooming Wild are concentrated formulas with 100% pure ingredients.  Each ingredient is either grown or wild harvested by founders or curated from Canadian producers and ethical suppliers. How does the lotion bar work?! Keep the bar in your hands for a second, it will melt on contact, and apply as you need to hydrate and nourish your skin with vitamins and antioxidants that repair, soothe and protect. It will nature both your skin and your soul. Made from fair trade, organic shea butter, unrefined Canadian beeswax, and essential oils. 100% natural, cruelty-free, free of plastic packaging, handmade in New Brunswick, Canada. 

What we like about the brand: Sustainable small business with a fascinating story behind. The founders of Blooming Wild Botanicals, Ryan and Charlotte Walker, seeking a simpler existence, were drawn to the rural lifestyle. As inexperienced homesteaders, they learned to grow plants, herbs and flowers, and practiced skills like soap making, foraging, plant drying and natural healing. Years of years of learning led as a result to the wide variety of products made with love and care of the founders. 

#5 Bath Bomb by SOAK Bath Co

bath bomb by soak bath co

Good to know: The first bath bomb was invented in 1989 by Lush Cosmetics co-founder Mo Constantine. Nowadays there are so many kinds, sizes, and various scents of bath bombs. The difference between them is the quality of ingredients. Soak Bath Co bath bombs are handmade with natural oils and butters in Manitoba, Canada. 

What we like about the brand: Woman-owned small business started as “a side hustle” in late 2018.  Candace Alarie, the founder of SOAK Bath Co, says: "And by the end of February 2019, I resigned from a ten year corporate career. Let me tell you, leaving the comfort and security of a full time job was not the easiest decision I ever made but in hindsight, it was definitely the best decision I've ever made.” Definitely inspiring words for all “just-started-small-biz-owners”! 

 

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