You know what’s so Canadian? Having a face, a body and some hair. And you know what would make you even more Canadian? Beauty products from Canada. There’s a lot of good stuff out there, but we tend to approach the big international brands because we know and trust them. So, step outside of your cosmetic comfort zone and embrace these northern delights. They’re mostly natural, they smell great and they’re made right here in Canada. This year’s Canadian Beauty Awards go to…
12 winners from The Loop’s first annual Canadian Beauty Awards
Best Canadian Spot TreatmentNeed a spot treatment without all of the chemicals? This therapeutic blend of essential oils from Toronto brand Province Apothecary will do the trick, featuring lavender, carrot seed oil, frankincense and more!
$30 at Province ApothecaryProvince Apothecary
Best Canadian Eye SerumAnother blend of oils is the makeup of this product from Ottawa's Bare Love, except it is used to hydrate and give life to sagging eyes. Some of the oils featured are safflower, sunflower and bran.
$38 at Bare LoveBare Love Beauty
Best Canadian Body WhipThis smells truly intoxicating, but it also serves a very practical purpose. This body whip soothes and nourishes skin with 100 per cent natural shea butter, cold-pressed coconut oil, coffee, cinnamon bark and vanilla. Just don't eat it.
$26 at Harlow Skin Co.Harlow
Best Canadian Eye LinerThe noir eye pencil is black, because it's the only shade Noir does (naturally). As such, it does this powdery kohl liner really well.
$16 at Noir CosmeticsNoir
Best Canadian Face OilYou know who loves this Canadian brand? Shailene Woodley. She won't shut up about it. It's because this Canadian brand uses pure ingredients, like seabuckthorn oil, golden jojoba oil, virgin coconut oil, lavender and more.
$40 at Living LibationsLiving Libations
Best Canadian Colour CorrectorNeed a little pick me up? You'll find it from Vasanti, a Scarborough, Ontario beauty brand. This colour correcting illuminator comes in seven shades and will help you cover up noticeable fatigue.
$32 at VasantiVasanti
Best Canadian Face MasqueThis masque detoxifies and cleanses pores really well. It uses marine botanicals and essential vitamins to ensure your skin stays nourished and healthy.
$52 at Artifact Skin Co. Artifact Skin Co.
Best Canadian Dry ShampooIf you want a dry shampoo that smells as delicious as candy, then look no further than Toronto's Cake beauty. This dry shampoo doesn't just smell good (please don't spray it in your mouth), it volumizes and won't leave a gross residue behind.
$24 at Murale Cake
Best Canadian LipstickToronto's got a lot of great beauty. Bite lipstick is no exception – its creme lipstick is gonna make your lips pop.
$32 at SephoraBite Beauty
Best Canadian Face SerumConsonant's slogan is "What goes on your body goes in your body." And so, it goes without saying that this antioxidant superhero serum is full of great stuff, like zinc and grape seed oil and healthy doses of Vitamin A, C and E.
$63 at ConsonantConsonant
Best Canadian All-In-OneIf you don't have time to do a whole beauty routine, all-in-one products can be your saviour. And if you're flying? Not to worry. You can bring these tiny sachets along for the ride, and you'll take care of your moisturizer, serum, primer, day cream, night cream and eye cream all at once.
$28 at Mereadesso Mereadesso
Best Canadian Sex OilLast but not least, we return to Province Apothecary. Why? Because they sell "sex oil." This is a personal lubricant that works with lambskin or polyurethane condoms (not latex!) and contains coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and evening primrose oil for your pleasure.
$28 at Province ApothecaryProvince Apothecary