You already know my position that everyone is at least a little bit hipster; whether it’s your penchant for homemade granola, trendy tattoos, or the fact that you only drink espresso that’s been made by a guy with a moustache, we all enjoy a little of the hipster side of life, and that’s ok. I invite you, in fact, to indulge in one of my biggest hipster weaknesses: my obsession with local, handmade skincare products.
I just came back from a trip to Halifax where I picked up an adorable little travel bag of Nova Scotia Fisherman Skincare products: for only $10, I received a tiny soap (Fundy clay and mint); Rescue Body Balm; Hand and Body Cream; and Sea Kelp Lip Balm. With its cute packaging and awesome local ingredients this pack would make a great gift for anyone missing the Maritimes. And no, you don’t have to be a hardy fisherman to appreciate the benefits of these products. Trust me – I get seasick easily and I did just fine.
Sea plants have long been praised for their healthy and anti-aging properties (case in point: lots of people spend upwards of $300 for La Mer products); in this case, Nova Scotia sea kelp enriches and soothes dry skin. The hand-poured soap contains Kaolin clay that helps even out oily skin without over-drying (and the mint makes it smell amazing).
The products come in a range of scents and are also full of ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, rosemary, shea butter, chamomile, ginger, and cinnamon bark (basically everything natural that is good) and I feel great knowing I’m supporting local business (well, local to my home-town anyway). Why buy a big-name brand from your drugstore when you can get 100% natural, fun products for less money?
I picked my products up at Local Source Market on Agricola Street in Halifax (I highly recommend you check it out if you’re in the area) and you can find out more on their website. Try ‘em out and let me know what you think!