On my journey to a completely cruelty-free lifestyle, I’ve tried lots of dental care options – but the Jason Powersmile range has definitely impressed me the most! JASON is a natural, cruelty-free brand that features good quality ingredients, while still being affordable and accessible!

When making the transition to natural products in your home, traditional toothpaste can be difficult to part with. The first time I tried natural dental care, I was using baking soda and water on my tooth brush. Then I moved up to a mixture bentonite clay with mint essential oil. These methods can work, and are very easy on the wallet, but I always craved something more like store-bought. I grew used to the full, lingering minty flavour and smooth texture. And that’s when I set myself on a the task of finding the “you won’t notice the difference” all-natural toothpaste.

I’ve tried several brands since then, and I’ve strayed back to the traditional products as well (naughty me) but now I’ve discovered my favourite range and have found myself repurchasing it time & time again!

JASON Powersmile Toothpaste and Mouthwash

I have used 3-4 tubes of Jason Powersmile Toothpaste, and I’m addicted to the minty-fresh flavour and smooth texture! This toothpaste even suds up just like other non-cruelty free brands do! And that’s the biggest difference to me. I’ve yet to find a natural toothpaste that functions near-identically to the other brands I grew up using. This toothpaste is a whitening formula as well, without causing sensitivity at all. I have not noticed it to whiten my teeth exactly, but it has maintained the white of my teeth, even though I am an avid coffee & red wine drinker!

I picked up the mouthwash about a month ago after using the toothpaste over and over. Again, this product is comparable to other alternatives I’ve tried! This formula is 2x concentrated – so yay for less packaging! You can choose how strong you’d like it to be, I personally tend to dilute the formula with equal parts water. It still offers a fresh flavour and clean feeling even when diluted!

Jason Powersmile offers a healthy and cruelty-free alternative to traditional toothpaste and mouthwash without compromising in performance! No nasty chemicals, animal ingredients or excessive packaging! This range really is the healthy alternative for your teeth!

Where to purchase

One of the hardest part of making the switch to natural and cruelty-free products is accessibility. Thankfully, this line is very accessible! My favourite place to shop for Jason Powersmile Toothpaste ($6.49) and Jason Powersmile Mouthwash ($10.79) is online through well.ca (I chatted a bit more about the site here). This site often has promotions where they offer large discounts and there is always free shipping over $35 in Canada!

I’ve also found Jason products available at retailers like Loblaws and Zehr’s Markets – just go to the organic/health section! However, lots of independently owned natural and health-food stores! Once you start looking for these alternatives, you really will start seeing these brands and products everywhere!

 

Have you tried these products? What were your thoughts on them?

So… It’s been a few weeks since I last posted here. The longer I wait to write, the harder it seems to get. I want to come on and say something, but I just genuinely don’t know what to say. For a few weeks the idea of coming here and posting about products seemed odd and Now is as good of a time as any to let you know what’s going on and to get back to chatting to you here.

At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself that I would take blogging more seriously. I want to create more content, and focus a lot of my creative energy to this platform. The year started out pretty good. I was posting consistently on both my blog and instagram, trying lots of new products and exploring. But these past few weeks I’ve let that go by the wayside.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that I had surgery last Thursday. It was a minor surgery, but as it was approaching I focused all my energy on thinking about that. I spent my time preparing to take time off work, go for walks and enjoy the weather while I could. I worried a lot about what I would eat and how I would do everyday things during recovery. Being an over-thinker, I guess that makes sense. But I didn’t take the time to do the little things that make me happy – trying new makeup looks, exploring with colour, photography. Now that I’m in recovery and on the way uphill, I want to put my energy back to these things. I get so much joy and fulfillment out of these creative things.

Over the past few days, I have had a lot of time to think. I’m off work for a little while and am honestly doing so much better than I ever expected I would be this soon after surgery. I have lots of fresh ideas and I am feeling reenergized. I’m excited to be back to my blog!

Since today is Earth Day, I thought I would share with you some of my green beauty essentials. I’ve been purchasing more natural products a lot over the last few years, especially when it comes to skin, body and haircare. This is a topic that is very dear to me, so I’m surprised I have not yet shared these products yet.

I’ve been leaning toward purchasing fewer, but better quality products when it comes to personal care. I know, I could definitely do the same in regards to makeup, but I just can’t… yet. As I said, I’ve been paying so much more attention to ingredients, ethics and sources of the products I’ve been using. There are so many great brands on the market that offer these clean solutions, and I have found them to be extremely accessible. My favourite sources for natural beauty are National Nutrition (which I visit in Orillia, Ontario) and well.ca (which is based in Toronto & Guelph Ontario) so hurrah for supporting local businesses too! Let’s jump in and go over all the great natural and green goodies I’ve been using, loving and hope you get inspired by!

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Yes, this blog is 4 years old! I’ve never celebrated a blogiversary before, but this is a pretty big milestone. It’s amazing and yet totally crazy to think that I’ve been posting snippets of my life and beauty obsessions on this platform for such a long time.

This is a long post, I apologize! But there’s a lot to say!

I think I’ve changed and learned a lot over the past 4 years. And yet, this blog is the one consistent thing that has remained. It’s my creative outlet, journal and fun. When I started this blog, I was in a totally different place in my life. I really was a different person. My voice, my aesthetic, my confidence have grown in these 4 years, and I think my blog has definitely benefited from my personal growth. When I started this journey, honestly, I was feeling pretty confused. I felt alone, I was lost. I was constantly letting myself down, I felt like I kept making mistakes and wanted to create somewhere where only happy things lived and somewhere I could meet people with similar interests.

When this all began, blogging wasn’t what it is now. I didn’t know people made careers out of blogging, I didn’t know I could get sent products for free to review or asked to attend events. I just knew I had to give myself somewhere to talk about anything at all. It really did start that way, as an outlet. And that’s exactly how it remains today. It’s never been about numbers, followers, stuff or money. It still isn’t. I’m sure a lot of you think that’s absurd, because blogging takes so much time and effort, but I do it because I genuinely love the process. From discovering products to talking to new people and product photography, I love every moment of blogging.

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Patrick & I moved into our apartment a year and a half ago. Back then, it was so fresh and new and exciting, so of course, I wrote a post showing it off! I loved the way it looked back then, but we knew there were some changes to make. We’ve slowly made it feel how we want, with more elements of our style and some DIY projects to get it here. If you want to see what the space looked like before, there’s a post here from September 2015. My oh my, how it’s changed since then!

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