Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Brand Focus: Living Libations

I'd like to thank Sonja, from Life in Blush, for my new current obsession with Living Libations. Her rave reviews have really encouraged me to take the next step from website stalking to actually placing an order. Not sure that this beautiful Canadian line needs much of an introduction but, here's one anyways.

The beautiful Nadine
Living Libations Skin Care Created by Nadine Artemis, botanical muse shaping effable plant-light into palpable consecrations to blush senses and muse imaginations... 
The official biography of Nadine Artemis begins when she first pulls out flasks of essential oils to recreate Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps for a school science fair project. These botanical-inclinations led to took her on adventures creating organic healing balms, reviving elixirs and perfumed poetry for the natural yearnings of many, receiving glowing reviews in the Hollywood Reporter, New York Times and the National Post. Nadine has addressed gatherings at conferences, television and so on.
Read more about Living Libations here.

After much deliberation, I decided to pick up a travel sized Seabuckthorn Shampoo, Wild Child Healthy Gum Drops, and Neem Enamelizer Toothpaste.


Neem Enamelizer Toothpaste: Our Neem*Enamelizer ToothPaste keeps your salvia levels balanced and alkaline, ensuring that tooth enamel stays healthily mineralized. This alkalinizing polish combines cinnamon, coconut oil, saponified olive oil, neem, and sodium bicarbonate. Squeeze a tiny pearl of Neem*Enamelizer ToothPaste onto a dry toothbrush for fortifying results. Avoid while pregnant.
Retails for $16 CDN/USD for 15 ml or $30 CDN/USD for 25 ml.

I'll just start by saying that this toothpaste tastes absolutely awful! If you've ever taken a whiff of neem then you'll know what I'm talking about. Also, the baking soda leaves behind a bitter taste and sometimes makes my skin red. I'm a messy brusher, sometimes it gets on the outside of my lips. Go ahead, pretend like that never happens to you.... Aside from that, it is hands down the best toothpaste that I have ever used. My teeth are noticeably whiter, cleaner, and my gums are less sensitive and hardly bleed at all whilst flossing. It is quite pricey, but totally worth it for a healthy mouth. I've had this little jar for a couple of months now and still have some left. You only need a tiny amount on a dry toothbrush for your entire mouth, morning and night. For fear of running out and having to use anything other than Living Libations, I recently picked up a jar of their Healthy Gums Clay Toothpaste. I've only used it once, but I can tell you that I much prefer the fresh peppermint taste of the Healthy Gums Toothpaste over the Neem Enamelizer.

Wild Child Healthy Gum Drops: Our Wild Child Healthy Gum Drops formula is a milder, gentler version of our Healthy Gum Drops for children. Organic ingredients of seabuckthorn berry, jojoba, peppermint, rose, clove cinnamon, oregano, tea tree and thyme linalool to deeply clean and get in between each tooth. Add a drop to toothbrush, mouth rinse, massage into gums, or glide a drop over dental floss to cleanse the tiny spaces in between the teeth. Created for Children under 9 years.
Milder version of our effective Healthy Gum Drops formula. Retails for $15 CDN/USD for 5 ml or $45 CDN/USD for 15 ml.

Okay, so I'm clearly not under the age of 9 but I was scared that I'd hate the taste of the adult gum drops and figured that I couldn't go wrong with a, "milder, gentler version". Logical thinking people, that's what I'm all about. This a step in my oral care routine that I've never had before and never thought I'd need. I mean really, gum drops? The more that I read about the benefits of each carefully blended essential oil, the more I needed them in my life. No regrets here! Years of brushing too hard has caused a few of my gums to recede a bit, so I have been massaging a drop (morning and night) on those specific areas. What a difference! Between these drops and the toothpaste, most of the sensitivity that I was experiencing is gone! These drops also leave my mouth feeling supa dupa fresh. 

Seabuckthorn Shampoo: Ordain your mane, consecrate your crew, and bless your hair in the botanical wisdom of our Seabuckthorn Shampoo. Undress your tresses from chemical duress withtried and true herbal infusions that benefit all hair types. This shampoo will glorify your luscious locks and is beautiful for babies, children, as a bubble bath, and body wash too. Retails for $7 CDN/USD for 1 oz, $25 CDN/USD for 120 ml, $40 CDN/USD for 250 ml

I was especially excited, and disappointed, by this shampoo. The ingredients are exceptional and it's intoxicating scent is hard to deny but, it didn't work for my hair at all. With fine, straight hair and dermatitis on my scalp, I was left feeling itchy and my hair looked greasy by the time it was done drying. It's a very runny consistency and doesn't lather all that much, which is normal for truly natural shampoos. I can't get over the minty, earthy, sweet, scent of this shampoo. It's gorgeous! While I couldn't use it as a shampoo, it made for a fantastic body wash. Given my hair situation, this is still a shampoo worth checking out.

Living Libations is a line that I look forward to exploring more of. Their beautifully hand-crafted products and high quality ingredients have already won my mouth over and I'm sure will win yours as well. I highly recommend checking out their website, as it is chock full of useful information including a break down of the benefits of each ingredient used and even videos.

Living Libations does ship internationally. You can also find their products at The Big Carrot and Healthy Hut Boutique.

What's your favourite Living Libations product?

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Neem Enamelizer Toothpaste Ingredients: Cinnamon, coconut oil, saponified olive oil, neem, sodium bicarbonate, and spring water.

Wild Child Gum Drops Ingredients: Organic ingredients of seabuckthorn berry, jojoba, peppermint, rose, clove cinnamon, oregano, tea tree and thyme linalool

Seabuckthorn Shampoo Ingredients: Organic and/or wild crafted ingredients with pure spring water: herbal infusions of calendula, red clover, oats, coltsfoot, horsetail, comfrey, nettles, chamomile, and bladderwrack seaweed in golden jojoba oil; yucca and coco-protein to saponify; orange wax; supercritical extracts of seabuckthorn berry, sage, and rosemary; and essential oils of grapefruit, peppermint, vetiver, and lime.


  1. Lovely lot of products and great review :) The healthy gums toothpaste sounds really nice, I always prefer a good peppermint flavour too x

    1. Thank you :). Can't beat a classic peppermint or mint flavour huh? xo

  2. REally hope to get a couple of products this summer since my sister in heading off to Canada :-) x

    1. oooo yes, yes! I hope you do too! Let me know what you end up deciding to try xo

  3. How unique! All these products sound super healthy and useful- I wish it was in the states! - Kathryne :0)

  4. Great review :) Wish they were easily available in the EU too.

    1. Thank you :). Might be worth ordering directly from the website xo

  5. I really want to try this brand - I'm a tad obsessed with Shailene Woodley & she uses their shampoo & conditioner but the shipping to the UK is almost as much as the product itself :( I'd like to try a natural toothpaste (I haven't ventured into natural dental products yet) but I'm just worried I'm going to hate the taste of every one I try!

    1. If you order a bunch of things and fall in love, might be worth it. Perhaps when you visit the USA again (or Canada!) you can try the line. I was worried about venturing into the world of natural toothpaste for the same reason. The texture is completely different (usually) from conventional toothpaste, however, you can find some delicious tasting ones :) xo

  6. Such interesting products! I'm most intrigued by the Gum Drops. I also have sensitive gums and this sounds like a unique product I'd love to try. Great post! :)

    1. You'd love the drops then. I'm wondering if the adult version is that much more potent and would work faster and better. If you end up trying them, let me know! xo


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