• Paula Gray

Canadian Organic Skincare Favourite: Cocoon Apothecary Review

Updated: Aug 10

If you're looking for a Canadian company that handcrafts natural and organic skincare in small batches and is also EWG verified, you have to add this brand to your list! With a boom in the green beauty and natural skincare industry over the last few years bringing an influx of choices on the market - some great, others not so much - it's easy to be caught up in the excitement of filling your shelves with new discoveries. But there is something about returning to an old favourite, be it a sweater, book or place, only to find it even better than before. That's how I feel about Cocoon Apothecary based out of Kitchener, Ontario. If you haven't heard of or tried this Canadian artisanal line, you're in for a treat. Read on to learn more about why this will become one of your favourites and for a special discount for my readers.


Cocoon Apothecary was one of the first clean skincare brands I tried at the beginning of my green beauty journey. Despite foraying into more "eco-luxury" (read: expensive) brands, Cocoon Apothecary is one I have returned to time and time again for quality I can rely on, and is easily comparable to the very best of natural skincare brands. Back in the day, I was using cult favourite Dr. Hauschka's Rose Day Cream, but the heavily scented product felt heavy and irritated my sensitive skin. After looking closer to home for a Canadian maker of natural skincare, I found Cocoon Apothecary's simple but effective formulations which are suitable for sensitive skin, and further checked the boxes for being vegan, cruelty-free and having lovely eco-friendly packaging. The glowing reviews prompted me to try the Rosy Cheeks facial cream, Rose Dew facial Toner and Petal Purity Facial Milk Cleanser and Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. Right away I was impressed with the beautiful amber glass bottles they came in, the wonderfully subtle smells and how soothing the products felt on my skin. The ingredients speak for themselves: they are as pure as it gets.


Simplify self-care with a therapeutic skincare routine


Following a regular skincare regimen is a lovely way to get in some self-care, so why not make it as pampering an experience as possible? The wonderful and gentle smells of Lavender and Rose makes for a relaxing and luxurious experience. As a busy mom of 3, I understand how difficult it can be to find the time and to follow any skincare routine with regularity. What I love so much about these products is they are well-thought out to be a relaxing experience that you will really look forward to - from the luxurious feel of the glass bottles to the tranquility the Lavender, Rose and Orange Blossom oils and absolutes inspires.


Don't be daunted by the idea of a 3 step routine. You'll enjoy every moment of the experience (the cleanser smells like lavender fields!) and the whole process takes less than 5 minutes - which you deserve every minute of.


Here are my favourites for a simple and clean 3 step skincare regimen. Note: Cocoon Apothecary carries products for sensitive, dry and combination skin types. I have both sensitive and dry skin, and thus use the Petal Purity and Rosy Cheeks line. For further recommendations on products that are most appropriate for your skin type, you can contact Cocoon Apothecary directly or send me a message using my contact form.


Step One: Gently and effectively cleanse with Petal Purity


Take a deep breath and inhale the smells of lavender and geranium as you wash away the worries of the day. Petal Purity comes as a milk cleanser and an exfoliating cleanser. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you would either use one or the other, or a combination of both - saving the exfoliator for use 1-2 times a week. I like to use the milk cleanser daily because is gentle enough for my sensitive skin, but effective enough to remove dirt, makeup and leave my face feeling clean and smelling amazing. Petal Purity cleanser smells like lavender with a hint of geranium.


Ingredients: Purified water, sweet almond oil*, virgin coconut oil*, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, vegetable glycerin, geranium essential oil*, lavender essential oil*, sodium anisate, sodium levulinate, sodium cetearyl sulfate, vitamin E, glyceryl caprylate.

*certified organic


If you have sensitive skin, you may shy away from the idea of exfoliating, but it is so important to exfoliate in order to remove dead skin cells and leave your skin glowing. The Petal Purity exfoliating cleanser is so gentle and will not irritate even sensitive skin. It removes dead skin cells and debris to keep skin smooth, toned and revitalized. The scrub contains smooth, biodegradable jojoba beads that won't irritate skin or pollute the oceans (such as plastic microbeads).


Ingredients: Purified water, sweet almond oil*, jojoba beads, virgin coconut oil*, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, glycerin, geranium essential oil*, lavender essential oil*, sodium anisatesodium levulinate, sodium cetearyl sulfatetocopherol, glyceryl caprylate.

*certified organi


Step Two: Tone and Prep with Rose Dew Facial Toner



Once your face has been cleansed and/or exfoliated, gently mist your face with the Rose Dew Facial Toner. Organic rose hydrosol distilled from rose petals with cooling properties help refine pores and soothe redness and irritation. This toner contains hydrating properties that retain moisture on skin and is a great way to prep skin for moisturizing.


Benefits:

  • A gentle alcohol-free formula appropriate for sensitive skin

  • Tightens pores and hydrates skin preparing it for moisturizing

  • Soothes redness

Ingredients: Certified organic rose hydrosol.


So simple, gentle and 100% natural.


Rose hydrosol is the water that is created when essential oil is extracted from rose petals by steam distillation.  It is produced from the pink rose bush Rosa Damascena, a member of the rosaceae family indigenous to Europe and the Middle East.  Hydrates and draws moisture to skin while creating a cooling, revitalizing experience. Contains mild astringents to refine pores and calms dry skin with its soothing properties that include nourishing antioxidants. Rose hydrosol is clear and colourless with a sweet, honey, floral scent. 


Step Three: Moisturize and pamper those Rosy Cheeks



Last but certainly not least, my favourite step is applying the Rosy Cheeks moisturizing cream. This cream is just magical. It has a very subtle smell, is rich but non-greasy and absorbs quickly to a dewy but matte finish, leaving skin feeling absolutely nourished. The beauty of this cream is also that it can be used as either a day or a night cream.

As a woman in my 30s, this keeps my face so soft, supple and visibly more youthful.

Let's have a closer look at the ingredients.

  • Rosehip Oil – Pressed from the seeds of the rose bush, this oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that smooth wrinkles, firm skin, and improve the look of acne scars. 

  • Avocado Oil – Supports elasticity and softens the texture of skin.

  • Shea Butter – Creates a breathable barrier that retains moisture and protects the skin.

Ingredients: Purified water, rosehip oil*, avocado oil*, camellia (green tea) oil*, shea butter*, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, glycerin, sodium anisate, sodium levulinate, rose absolute, sodium cetearyl sulfate, tocopherol, glyceryl caprylate


All of Cocoon Apothecary's products are EWG verified by scientists for the highest levels of purity and safety. You can read all the existing EWG reviews on their product line here.


My gift to you


Use my exclusive discount code: mamaserene15 for 15% off all products from Cocoon Apothecary when you shop on their website: Cocoon Apothecary Canada

and Cocoon Apothecary International.


Serenely,


Paula

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