Nothing beats a weekend getaway in the summertime – the warm weather, good times with friends, the buzzing of mosquitoes in our ear. Wait, scratch that last one.
Here with an amazing essential oil that keeps those blood-suckers away and other fantastic long-weekend products is beauty expert Michelle Bilodeau. She stopped by The Social to highlight some products that will have you cottage weekend ready, all summer long.
You need to bring these beauty products on your next cottage getaway
Lotus Aroma Citronella Essential OilCitronella is a powerful mosquito repellent, so grab this essential oil from Quebec-based natural brand Lotus Aroma! This essential oil works by adding it into a body lotion at night, or your sunscreen during the day.
Lotus Aroma | $18
Cocoon Apothecary Bath CubeThese little bath bombs from Kitchener, Ontario-based company, Cocoon Apothecary, are perfect for the cottage. They smell earthy and woodsy, and will help create a luxe spa feeling while you’re on vacation. They’re completely biodegradable and certified organic, meaning they don’t contain parabens, phthalates, dyes and more.
Cocoon Apothecary | $6
Pura Botanicals Watermelon Overnight MaskThis overnight mask from Pura Botanicals, an all-natural Canadian brand, is packed with skin brightening and hydrating ingredients like squalene, vitamins A and C, and more. If you’ve gotten a bit too much sun, it also contains aloe vera, chamomile and witch hazel to help soothe the skin.
Pura Botanicals | $72
Burt's Bees ToothpasteBurt’s Bees natural oral care line has both fluoride and fluoride-free formulas to ensure that you aren’t leaving ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or artificial flavours and dyes in your water system. The packaging and the tubes are also recyclable.
Walmart | $4.96
Schmidt's Natural SoapBar soap is a must in any weekender bag. Schmidt’s line of natural soaps just landed in Canada and is perfect for that weekend away. These moisture-rich bars (which smell delicious, BTW) are made with plant-based ingredients and are free from artificial fragrances and dyes.
Walmart | $7.97
BASD Invigorating Mint Coffee ScrubBASD’s mint coffee scrub contains organic coffee and the refreshing scent of mint is the best way to really wake yourself up. Caffeine is great to help with microcirculation, which helps lessen the appearance of cellulite, acne scars and stretch marks. It also contains sweet almond oil to help hydrate the skin.
BASD | $19.99
Kaia Naturals Takasumi The Detox DeodorantThese are perfect for travel and are even a great gift for cottage guests. This natural deodorant by Kaia Naturals works, smells great, and won’t take up too much room in your toiletry bag, these are perfect!
Kaia Naturals | $10
Live Clean Sport Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30Live Clean’s mineral sunscreen spray offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, meaning it protects against sunburns and the signs of aging. Mineral based, aka physical sunscreens are very important right now because they don’t contain chemical sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, helping to protect our environment.
Well.ca | $18.75
The Detox Mode Altogether OilBody oils are essential in the summer — especially if you’ve gotten a little bit of sun! The Detox Market launched this one last fall and it quickly became a top seller for them. It’s infused with grape seed oil, vitamin E, jojoba and macadamia nut oils to hydrate all your parts from the top of your scalp to the tips of your toes.
The Detox Market | $42