With Mother’s Day coming up and Father’s Day not far behind, I thought the timing would be right to share a few of the things that have been brightening up my days recently. I am always scouting for natural products that actually WORK, plus I try to support local suppliers and value consistent quality…so here are a few of my favourite things:
1. Mabrook & Co. NATURAL deodorant. Finally a non-toxic, stick deodorant that actually works.
I love this stuff. I even brought it to Costa Rica with me where it was 35C+ everyday, and it didn’t let me down. The best part is that this is a Toronto-based company. You can find their products at The Cure Apothecary on Queen St. West (but be warned…you will want everything in that store!).
2. Coconut oil. It’s my version of Frank’s Red Hot…I put that $hit on everything: my hands, my face, arms, legs and…popcorn. I’m a believer that whatever we put on our bodies we should be able to ingest, because that’s essentially what happens anyway when we absorb lotions and potions through our skin. Coconut oil is a great source of healthy fat and is totally versatile in the kitchen. Check out what my friend Joyous Health has to say about this magical stuff here.
3. Badlands bags. You may have seen me and Kathryn Bruni Young carting around these handmade masterpieces, created by our talented friend right here in TO. Whether you’re in the market for a carry-all backpack, weekender duffle or day-to-day tote, Badlands has you covered. To place an order, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. My Rdio subscription. This is my favourite music streaming service. For a small monthly fee, it gives users access to what seems like all music ever made. I use it in my classes, taking advantage of the “Autoplay” option when I want something nice in the background. All I have to do is select the first song, and it will take care of the rest, creating a playlist based on that song’s genre and style. Rarely does it go wrong, and thanks to Autoplay on Rdio I often find out about new music I would otherwise have never heard.
5. Hardtail yoga clothes. While they might not be local, I love this brand because they make clothes out of COTTON. I veered off the Luon trail long ago, and prefer to wear natural fibres. Hardtail pieces have a great fit, and they wear wonderfully – plus, their ad campaign will inspire you to attempt postures you never thought possible…always good for a little mid-day browse online. You can find Hardtail in Toronto at Downward Dog Yoga Centre and 889 Yonge.
6. Other people’s yoga/movement classes. There are few things I enjoy more than being a student and surrendering to someone else’s class plan. These days, I’m loving Movement Lab with Andre Talbot @ Spirit Loft, as well as David Bruni’s classes at Downward Dog. Both provide something totally different to anything else currently offered in Toronto – check ’em out!