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Cocoon Apothecary Blog

Ingredient Profile: Sweet Almond Oil
Prunus amygdalus dulcis Extraction: Cold pressed Description: A small tree indigenous to the Middle East that grows from 3 – 7 meters and bears white or pink blossoms in the spring. The almond fruit has a fuzzy green outer reminiscent of an apricot. The oil is extracted by pressing it from the nuts. The result is a […]

Local Elementary School Children Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Patients by Making Rainbow Loom Bracelets
What an amazing morning at Cocoon Apothecary. Donna Sheehan, Founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund (CBCSF) came into our store today to receive a very special donation from 3 local elementary school students. Danica, 8, Shaughnessy 6, and Jaidan, 9 have raised $311 by making and selling rainbow loom bracelets at their […]

Eczema Skin Care Info and Tips
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis (AP), affects 10% to 20% (up from 2% in 1960) of the population and is the most common skin disorder in the world. Canada’s rate is higher than the worldwide average. It is skin inflammation caused by a breakdown in the protective barrier, which allows allergens and pathogens to […]

How to Get Rid of Congested Skin
Whenever I am in public or meeting someone for the first time, I notice their skin. I look at their pores, tone, pigmentation, elasticity and their make-up or lack thereof. I’ve noticed some definite patterns. There is a large group of women that are passionate about beauty but are doing it all wrong. They are clearly putting […]

The Art of Bathing
art of bathing2 – Here is my article for the latest edition of Ecoparent Magazine. It’s called The Art of Bathing where I break down all the ways to enjoy that porcelain tub of joy – salts, bubbles and more! But wait, there’s more –  Jennifer of The Truth Beauty Company has generously shared some beautiful […]

A simple remedy for cold sores that you will find in your kitchen
It’s the time of year when cold sores appear. When other illnesses abound, our immune system takes a beating and it can manifest in these painful sores that usually appear at the corner of your mouth and can spread on your skin quickly. Before you buy something for it, try a simple remedy from ingredients […]

Cosmetics Coming Clean – new documentary by the Smithsonian Channel
Here is a link to an incredible new documentary by the Smithsonian Channel about the cleaning up of the cosmetics industry. It’s a little less than an hour but well worth the watch. http://www.smithsonianchannel.ca/shows/cosmetics-coming-clean/ As one of the players in the green cosmetics industry, Cocoon Apothecary was fortunate to make an appearance in this film. I […]

How Not to Contribute to Palm-Driven Deforestation
A plant-based cosmetics and skin care industry can encourage the protection of species and forests all over the globe, but only if it’s developed responsibly utilizing a variety of species globally and practicing ethical agricultural practices. There is a dark side to using plants at a commercial scale and the most obvious industry that demonstrates […]

Pink Ribbons: are we pinning them in the right places?
Below are links to my latest article for EcoParent Magazine about breast cancer that they have generously allowed me to share with my readers. I want to let you in on the back story for this. This issue is called ‘Keepin’ it Real’ . I decided to write about breast cancer because there are so many layers […]

Some Plants Can Burn You
Some plants are meant to be admired from a distance. Case in point, Dictamnus albus or as it is commonly known, the gas plant. This beautiful flowering plant has essential oils that are flammable and can the whole thing can go up in flames with one strike of a match (which is why it is also […]

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