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Ingredient Watch: Are Phthalates Dangerous or Harmless?

Posted by Marijo Cuerrier on 3/19/2014 to Ingredient Knowledge
The word phthalate is synonymous with things like endocrine disruptors, low sperm counts and low testosterone levels in men. As a result, many companies have been busy reformulating products containing phthalates. What are phthalates? Are they something we should be concerned about? If so, how do we limit our exposure to them?

Hydrating Mask: Ultra Face Hydrator and Custom Mask in 1

Posted by Marijo Cuerrier on 3/5/2014 to Face Care
When we developed Ste. Anne's Skin Nourishment Hydrating Mask we wanted to accomplish two things: create a face cream that was super hydrating on it's own and that would work as a creamy base for our mineral masks. It took a while to get it right but after working with this unique product in spa treatments for the past 2 years - we know we hit the mark.

Ylang Ylang - Essential Oil of Romance

Posted by Marijo Cuerrier on 2/20/2014 to Ingredient Knowledge
I was enjoying lunch in a local restaurant today with a friend. When I stood to leave I reached for my coat on the back of my chair and there behind me stood a tall grey haired gentleman, holding my coat open for me to slide into. This subtle gesture of respect was a gentle reminder for me that February is the month of love. Many patrons in the restaurant commented on his kindness. It got me thinking of how the scents that we as women wear often define who we are and also affect those around us.

Bergamot: Breath in a little sunshine

Posted by Marijo Cuerrier on 1/15/2014 to Ingredient Knowledge
Ahhhh....Bergamot. If you are a lover of Earl Grey Tea, you will know the aroma well. Approximately one third of all men's and about half of women's perfumes contain bergamot essential oil. The first record of bergamot oil as fragrance ingredient is 1714. But did you know that bergamot is a mood enhancer - helping to lift the winter blues?

5 Tips for Keeping Winter Skin Healthy

Posted by Marijo Cuerrier on 1/6/2014 to Face Care

As Canadians we are accustomed to drastic weather. We transition from the high heat and humidity of summer to the biting cold, dry of winter with a calm acceptance. We change our clothes to accommodate the weather but do we change our skincare? Your skin needs some tender loving care in the winter - especially if you are spending time outdoors. Here are 5 tips to help keep your skin looking as fresh and supple as it does in the height of summer:

Facial Serums: What are they and how do I use them?

Posted by Marijo Cuerrier on 11/27/2013 to Face Care

What are Facial Serums? Facial serums are clear, thick liquids designed to target specific skin conditions. They are quickly absorbed by the skin and contain a high concentration of active ingredients, making them a top pick for skin care professionals. They can be used in conjunction with other face care or they can be applied on their own.

Parabens: Why You Want to Stay Away From Them

Posted by Administrator on 10/25/2013 to Ingredient Knowledge
I have to be honest with you, before I began working on the Ste. Anne's Skin Nourishment product line, I didn't know what parabens were. I recall seeing 'no parabens' on product bottles, and gathered in my consumers mind that they were something scary that I should stay away from, but really hadn't a clue what they were and why I should stay away. I now know a bit more about them and would like to share why, when developing our own line, we chose to leave parabens out.

Ingredient Watch - PEGs and PPGs

Posted by Administrator on 7/4/2013 to Ingredient Knowledge
I have always had a love for natural products. See my earlier blog post about my first love with The Body Shop when I was younger. That love has evolved into being a part of the creation of a high quality, natural Canadian product line at Ste. Anne's Spa. I love my job! With the creation of this new line there was certainly an enourmous amount of research and a steep learning curve. It was important for me to know that we had created a product that we could stand behind 100%.

A Rose by any Other Name would Smell as Sweet

Posted by Administrator on 6/7/2013 to Ingredient Knowledge
The rose, despite its romantic nature, is also very good for your skin. There are many varieties of roses, as you will discover visiting any nursery this time of year, but one of our favourites at Ste. Anne’s Spa is rosa rugosa. There are several mature rosa rugosa shrubs on our property that date back to when the Blaffer’s owned the property. Just last year we planted another 300 plants to accommodate the demands of our product line, rose a main ingredient in the heart note of Ste. Anne’s Skin Nourishment, and rose extract is in nearly every product.

Toners: Are They a Necessary Part of Skin Care?

Posted by Administrator on 5/8/2013 to Face Care
My first introduction to toner was in my late teens at the Body Shop in Yorkville, Toronto. I had just moved to the city and I wanted to validate that I was now grown up, so with my first pay cheque I walked into the Body Shop and asked the sales person what to do for my skin. I walked out a half hour later with a cleanser, toner and moisturizer chosen especially for me. I used Body Shop products all the way through my 20’s, even when I couldn’t really afford anything but a bar of soap. Since then I have always made sure that my budget included face care products. It was all part of becoming a woman.