Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly beauty’

Lynn Steven Relaunches in Vancouver

Monday, May 28th, 2018

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The green trend is surely proving not to be such a trend after all and rather a way of living from eating, fueling, wearing and cleaning. An area that is quickly gaining mainstream momentum is the beauty industry with green skincare and cosmetic companies finally getting their time to shine as everyone from beauty gurus to everyday people are turning to natural products as they think about not only what they put into their bodies, but onto as well.


One boutique helping Vancouver consumers get their hands on their favourite brands (and discover new ones, too) is Lynn Steven which just re-launched at their newly opened Powell Street address in Gastown. If the name sounds familiar that’s cause it probably is; the boutique originally opened in 2009 on Carrall Street selling womenswear.

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After owner Nicole Dennis Durnin went through an extremely stressful year, she sought out clean living as a way to recover.


“After one of the most stressful years of my life I knew I needed to make a change in how I handled my stress. I knew that holding on to it was not doing my body and mind good so I sought out meditation,”  says Nicole.


As it proved to noticeably help her, clean living became her passion. “I immediately noticed a difference in myself and so did my family. Everything else sort of spiraled from there. I have always taken care of my body, so I thought, but I had a new respect for it and was very mindful of what I was putting in and on my body and really wanted to pay it the respect it deserves.”


She decided it was time to switch gears with her business and move in the same direction as her life was headed, bringing Vancouver it’s first dedicated clean beauty and wellness boutique.

The new location boasts over 700 square feet of boutique delicately merchandised with all things green and natural makeup, skincare, body and wellness. The 51 Powell Street address will not only be the home to the boutique itself, but a space to host workshops, speakers and events dedicated to clean beauty and wellness. The storefront will include coveted green beauty brands like Coola, RMS and Kosås mixed in with carefully curated wellness lifestyle products and edibles (think supplements and teas, not the other kind). All these great products are also available online Canada-wide which makes it easy for those on the east coast to shop their great product range.

For those local to the Gastown boutique, you can expect Lynn Steven speaker series, workshops, and classes for yoga and meditation to start up soon, so stay up to date with their social media for schedules. You can also take advantage of their recycling program, the first in Vancouver, where beauty enthusiasts can bring back any used cosmetics container from lipsticks and palettes to nail polish bottles. Nicole and her team also hold giving back close to their hearts, and they’ll be partnering with nonprofits Baby Go Round and Vancouver Women’s Health Collective to give back in a variety of ways!


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Images courtesy of Lynn Steven


By M.J. Elle, Toronto, ON (@TheMJElle)

Beauty Jobs – Eco-Friendlier Beauty

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014


Let’s face it ladies – how well do you really take care of your skin? Up until recently I believed that I had an excellent beauty routine, but once I started looking into the ingredients of my favourite products, I was shocked. So many beauty brands use harsh chemicals and dyes that are not only potentially harmful to our skin but to the environment too. The good news? Today’s market offers tons of eco-friendly beauty lines that are made of all-natural ingredients, so you can feel better about what you put on your skin. The best part is they still give great results, so there’s really no downside to investing in more natural brands. Wondering where to look? I’ve made things a little easier by providing a few awesome products below that I’ve fallen in love with:





This brand specializes in lip products, ranging from gorgeous lipsticks to nourishing balms. These products are made with organic materials, and the packaging is recyclable as well. Available at Holt Renfrew with lipsticks priced at $26, Ilia lip products are great quality with amazing ingredients.






If you’re looking for a brand that does it all, this one is it. Tarte not only offers skincare and makeup products, but also brushes and cosmetic bags as well—all of which are made with eco-friendly materials. Look out for Tarte at any Sephora store.




Burt’s bees


This is a classic brand that I am a huge fan of. Burt’s Bees may seem like you’re grandma’s pick, but it’s actually an incredible brand. They offer a wide variety of skincare, hair care and beauty products that are all made with at least 99% natural ingredients. The best part? It’s so easy to find at any Shopper Drug-Mart location!




Neutrogena face and body bar


Neutrogena has started a natural line that offers products made from organic ingredients. A true favourite of mine is the Face & Body Bar because it’s so easy and convenient! It’s great for the shower and Avocado & Olive Oil ingredients leave you smelling amazing.




Urban Decay Brushes


Urban Decay now sells an entire line of vegan makeup brushes—how awesome is that? Whether you’re in need of a contour or eye shadow brush, their Good Karma line has got you covered. These brushes feel incredibly soft and are made with purely recyclable materials. Urban Decay Good Karma brushes are now available at Sephora.


By: Kelly Stewart, Toronto

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