I have a long history of not testing the samples that come with my skincare orders. Usually, I put them away in boxes and forget all about them. Recently, when I received a whole bunch of samples from very generous online retailers (I Am Natural Store and Be Naturally You, extra-special shout outs to you!), I decided to make an effort to try them straightaway. Here are my mini reviews based on my first impressions:


Shampoo: Brilliant shampoo, deserves all the praise it gets. It lathers a lot better than most natural shampoos. Has a unique (but pleasant) smell, which may take some getting used to.

Conditioner: I’ll definitely be buying a full bottle of this. It’s luscious, creamy, and coats hair very well for a natural conditioner. Leaves hair soft and healthy, without weighing it down. Love at first use! View Post

I have been getting requests to review natural makeup options. I don’t know how qualified I am to do this because I hardly wear any makeup. Being a guy, I want my foundations to look very natural. This is extra hard for me because I have a medium-dark Indian skin that’s hard to colour match. Most mainstream brands have about 10 shades for lighter skin tones, and about two for darker skin, which makes it extremely difficult to find the exact shade if you are not white!

I first heard about Haut Cosmetics when I saw them on the Australian website Be Naturally You. Samantha Sargent, who runs the store, is extremely selective about the brands she carries, and she told me she only stocks this relatively-unknown Canadian makeup brand because most other natural brands contain mica, an ingredient she tries to avoid. View Post