Winter Favourites ft. Osea, Batty's Bath, Consonant, Luk Beautifood + More

My biggest issue with blogging these days is that there's just never enough time to write about everything I want to share.  I've been more active over on Instagram the last couple months, but I know not everyone follows me on there, so I always want to keep current here on the blog too.

With that in mind, today seemed like the perfect time to talk about some recent favourites.  These 6 standouts are products that I've been loving and consistently reaching for over the last few months.  We've had some crazy cold temperatures here in Toronto, so, not surprisingly, these all ended up being products that excel in the moisture department.

Osea Undaria Algae Oil
I've loved everything I've tried from Osea and my most recent discovery is the Undaria Algae Oil, which I was introduced to while judging the CertClean Beauty Awards.  With a base of seaweed-infused sunflower, acai, babassu, passion fruit, and rice bran oils, the Undaria Oil is rich and intensely moisturizing, while still retaining a nice, light and non-greasy finish on the skin.  Lime, grapefruit, and cypress essential oils blend together to create a predominantly bright, fresh, and citrusy aroma, with just a hint of deeper woodsiness coming through from the cypress.  A little goes a long way and I've enjoyed using the oil both alone and layered under lotions and butters to really lock in all the moisture.

Consonant Organic Hand Cream
My hands were suffering at the beginning of the winter and I wasn't able to reorder my favourite Trilogy hand cream thanks to the Canada Post strike, so I ended up grabbing a small tube of Consonant's cream to test out.  It's been great, so I'm happy I did!  The cream sinks in quickly, moisturizes well, and is super gentle on irritated or chapped skin.  It's also unscented and available in a small 1 ounce tube, making it the perfect purse hand cream on several levels.  (I can't be the only one who overthinks using scented products in public, right?)  I'm almost finished with this mini tube and I expect I'll be picking up some more before too long.  

Green Beaver Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm
I like this as a lip balm, but I like it even more as a cuticle balm or butter, something I discovered out of necessity one particularly cold day in December.  The formula, which features labrador tea, shea butter, and cranberry, sunflower, and carrot seed oils, is rich, nourishing, and reparative.  It feels a little greasy on the skin initially, but all the best cuticle treatments do, so I'm not too bothered by that.  The small tube is also super portable and more hygienic than typical pot or stick packaging for cuticle products.

Bybi Beauty Babe Balm
Babe Balm is a multipurpose balm for face and body.  It has an amazing tropical scent thanks to Brazillian pequi fruit oil and a rich and emollient texture that can't be beat.  The balm is creamy and moisturizing and does incredible things for dry skin.  Because it contains coconut oil, I haven't played around with it on my face, but it's been keeping my feet and elbows seriously soft.  The tube is also biodegradable and made from sugarcane -- how cool is that??

Luk Beautifood Lip Nourishes
Another great discovery from the CertClean awards, the Lip Nourishes are soft, ultra-moisturizing lip products with beautiful colour.  Basically halfway between a tinted lip balm and a lipstick, these sheer lip colours are made with a host of beautiful oils and butters and are the perfect winter lip treat.  Pictured here are Ruby Grapefruit and Tea Rose (swatched on Instagram), both of which I've been wearing almost non-stop since they arrived.  

Batty's Bath Calendula & Cucumber Cleanser*
I wrote a full review of this cleanser a few months ago, but I fell even more in love with it when the cold weather really hit.  Part of Batty's Bath's sensitive skin line, the Calendula & Cucumber Cleanser is lush and moisturizing, with a lotion-like consistency.  The ingredients feature an impressive list of sensitive skin superstars including calendula, cucumber, oats, and turmeric, and it really is one of the gentlest cleansers I've used.  Non-emulsifying and creamy, it leaves behind a small amount of moisture on the skin, à la oil cleansing, but never feels heavy or greasy.  I'm down to about the last 1/4 of the bottle and I'm confident it's one that I will be purchasing again next winter, if not sooner.

What products have you been loving this winter?

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