Some of my favourite online Canadian green stores

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If buying gifts is on your agenda for this holiday season, why not consider giving environmentally-friendly gifts? I have compiled a list of my favourite Canadian online retailers that sell green and sustainable products. Buying in person is always the best option, of course, but online stores provide a wider range of options at times, especially if you want to ship items to friends and family. If possible, buy only what people need, to avoid adding waste to landfills.

  • P’Lovers: This only store sells eco-friendly products, and has physical stores located in Mahone Bay, Halifax, and Dartmouth in Nova Scotia.
  • Life Without Plastic: This store has been in business for a number of years, and is committed to providing products that are sustainable and that reduce our use of plastic.
  • Rawganique: This store sells mostly clothing and accessories made from hemp, linen, and organic cotton.
  • Green Cricket: This store sells personal and home products via two storefronts: Retail and Commercial. All the products sold are made by the company.
  • Just the Goods: Personal care items.¬† I started buying from this store when it had a few products on Etsy. The store has since grown, but continues to maintain its very high standards.
  • Ten Thousand Villages: This retailer provides handcrafted products made in a variety of communities around the world, with a focus on fair trade and local materials
  • Elate Cosmetics: Vegan beauty products with a focus on reducing packaging and using refillable products.
  • Cool Earth Products: Canadian-made products to reduce the use of plastic. I have been using their Carebags produce bags for years.
  • Hornet Mountain: Various eco-friendly products for personal use, the home, and animal companions
  • Bamboo Clothes: Self-explanatory.
  • Eco-Handbags: All bags are made from recycled materials.
  • Eco Suds: Soapnuts and wool dryer balls.
  • Penny Lane Organics: Personal and home products at reasonable prices. Their cleaning paste is excellent.
  • The Soap Dispensary: This brick-and-mortar store in Vancouver sells a large variety of refillable home and personal products. An online shopping site will be opening soon, which I would be interested in exploring, since I always prefer to refill whenever possible.
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Pacifica Devocean Lipstick

Finding good vegan lipsticks can be very challenging. Because vegan lipsticks don’t use animal derived waxes to thicken them, such as beeswax, they can be rather soft and break easily. I have gone through a number of lipsticks that melted if they were carried in a handbag in the summer, or broke in half. Colour selection can sometimes be limited, especially since, for some reason, so many vegan lipsticks contain shimmer.

I have used Pacifica lip products in the past and wasn’t satisfied with the results. I am not a fan of lip gloss, as I don’t like the slippery texture. Their tinted lip balms had a little too much shimmer for my liking. Their new product, Lip Devocean, however, is wonderful. The lipstick comes in a slim stick, which I like, goes on very smoothly, has no shimmer and, most importantly, does not dry out or irritate my lips. The shade in the picture above is the one I am using: Natural Mystic. The ingredients are:

oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides (from sunflower oil), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, diiostearyl malate, caprylic/capric triglyceride (from coconut oil), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) esters, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, euphorbia chinensis (candelilla) wax, cetyl alcohol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, flavor oil (all natural), tocopherol (vitamin E). May contain: melia azadirachta fruit extract, mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, tin oxide, vaccinium macrocarpon fruit (cranberry) extract, coccinia indica flower extract, daucus carota sativa root (carrot) extract, lycopersicum fruit (tomato) extract, and beta vulgaris (beetroot) extract.

The high level of shea butter explains the moisturizing aspect of this lipstick. the lipstick does have a scent, but it’s not an artificial one but, rather, derived from a number of the ingredients above (e.g., rosemary leaf extract, cranberry extract, and so forth).

Highly recommended. All Pacifica products are vegan and cruelty free.