Natural Skincare from Holly & Ivy

Natural skincare has become something of an obsession for me lately. Not so much for the beauty benefits, but more so for what it means for my family’s health and the health of the planet. After all, our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and what goes on it eventually penetrates and ends up in it. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I first met Donna Sheehan, founder of Toronto-based Holly & Ivy — an online shop offering natural and organic skincare for the whole family and a social enterprise.

A Curated Selection of Natural Skincare Products

A ten-year survivor of breast cancer, Donna founded Holly & Ivy out of a desire to provide quality skincare products that are safe and free from toxins and carcinogens. Donna understands how hard it can be to keep on top of what is safe to use and what’s not. While one product may be free of toxins, there’s no guarantee that all products within that line are. And things change constantly as we learn more and more about how skincare ingredients act in our bodies. As a consumer, this can be very confusing. It’s comforting to know that Holly & Ivy provides a highly curated selection of natural skincare products that have been researched and vetted by Donna herself to ensure that most toxic chemicals aren’t present and that they really work.

natural skincare, Hydrextreme serum, Consonant Body, Holly & IvyThe products available on the online store are for the whole family. Of course there’s the full gamut of products for women, but there are also hair, skincare and bath products for men as well as products for babies, toddlers and “girly girls”.

Bestselling products include

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  • Consonant’s award-winning Hydrextreme serum
  • 100% PURE Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream by 100% Pure
  • 100% PURE Organic Fruit Pigmented Mascara
  • 100% PURE Organic Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration with SPF 20
  • Green Beaver Eye Makeup Remover
  • John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructing Shampoo
  • Scotch water-based nail polishes


Natural Skincare as Social Enterprise

Holly & Ivy is part of a growing community that believes that the products we use on our bodies should be safe for us and safe for the planet. It’s a social enterprise, with 50% of net proceeds going to its sister organization The Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund — an organization founded by Donna two years ago to provide short-term financial support to women across Canada going through breast cancer treatment.

With an amazing selection of natural skincare products that has been vetted for you all in one place, and knowing that part of the proceeds go to supporting women in need, why wouldn’t you consider ordering from Holly & Ivy? Consider it your Earth Day resolution for 2013.

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Tamara Sztainbok

Tamara loves children’s books, running, and pie. After nearly a decade working in children’s publishing, she launched Puzzle Box Communications - an agency offering editorial services to small businesses. Running her own business affords her the luxury and pleasure of walking her two children to school, and gives her the opportunity to rediscover her Midtown Toronto neighbourhood.

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