Lilac, lavender, vanilla and sweet pea are just a few of the calming scents you will find in Dot & Lil‘s new spring/summer collection. These scents are found in their bath, body and skincare products, all handmade in Montreal. The brand strives to use locally-sourced ingredients and recyclable or biodegradable materials when possible to match their sustainable business philosophy.
This quickly growing soap empire was created by Anne Dardick who is passionate about handmade, beautifully-scented and safe products for the body. Her products are anhydrous meaning they contain no water. This makes for ultra-concentrated products–so a little goes a long way.
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Dot and Lil’ recently debuted new scents like our Black Tea & Cassis, as well as a new logo. This combined with the line’s vintage aesthetic gives the products a fun and retro vibe.
The press preview was held at Toronto’s Crown Flora Studio where the line is now carried. Dot & Lil products are also available online at www.dotandlil.com and at more than 35 retailers across Canada.
10 spring beauty changes you should make right now
Know Your Skin
Before you can help your skin, you have to understand it. "The average person needs to be educated on how their skin works, what customized routine will work best for their skin type and condition and the products that maintain results," skin expert Holly Sherrard says. She recommends talking to a skincare professional.
Layer Up With Sunscreen
The beauty rule is, "as long as there's daylight, you need sunscreen," says Robin White, director of international education and global press of <a href="http://www.philosophy.com/" target="_hplink">Philosophy</a>. If you skipped out on using an SPF moisturizer on your skin during the winter months, spring is the season to get back on track.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Even though skin exfoliation should be done throughout the year, spring is the season to give our skin the attention it deserves. "Dry body brushing can help to decrease dry skin and flakiness. Application of body oils will keep skin conditioned and smooth," says Sherrard.
Changes With Makeup
Detox your beauty bag this spring. After you <a href=" http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/03/21/10-ways-to-store-and-organize-makeup_n_1367214.html" target="_hplink">organize your makeup collection and get rid of unwanted junk</a>, consider replacing outdated and old makeup with spring classics: a new shade of foundation, a bronzer and a new moisturizer with SPF.
Balance Your Oils
Our skin changes with the seasons and tends to produce more oils during spring. "Professional skin therapists can recommend appropriate product changes according to what the skin needs are at that time," says Sherrard.
Protective Lip Balm
Our lips also go through changes from winter to spring. If you're experiencing dry or chapped lips, Sherrard suggests using protective lip balms with hydrating components.
Try A Face Mask
Give you skin some pampering. Here is a recipe for a oatmeal face mask from <a href="http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/spring-cleaning-how-to-pamper-your-skin?page=3a" target="_hplink">Webmd.com</a>: mix oatmeal with boiling water according to package instructions; let cool; apply to skin; let rest for 15 minutes; rinse well with warm water.
Over the winter, your hair can also develop damage through dry scalp, split ends and overall dry strands. For the spring, try <a href="http://marka-charalambous.suite101.com/proper-hair-care-in-spring-a194208" target="_hplink">moisturizing conditioners</a> or oils to smooth hair and remove dryness.
It may also be time to switch up your lotions. "No matter how much oil skin produces, everyone must wear a moisturizer. Use oil-free mattifying moisturizers for oily skin or creamier versions with shea butter for dry skin," Sherrard says.
Using A Toner
Here is a video explaining toners.
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