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Stoic Beauties

Objects that bring us Calm

Objects that bring us Calm

Stoic Beauty values the power of intention. When visiting the lab, I had the wonderful opportunity to watch Maria in action. I was luckily able to catch this moment in our bathsalt production. The value of intention is what makes calming objects so peaceful.
Two argan fruits with argan oil

Argan Oil for Rosacea

Argan Oil plays a role in reducing redness, inflammation, stimulates wound healing and repair of the damaged skin barrier function. It is a beloved cultural staple in many beauty regimes. It has a celebrity following all over the world, even with adventurous tree-climbing goats.
Can you Prevent Stretch Marks and practice Body Neutrality?

Can you Prevent Stretch Marks and practice Body Neutrality?

Body Neutrality | Stretch Mark Edition Growth spurts, weight fluctuation, hormonal changes, pregnancy, and myriad bodily changes can result in stretch marks decorating the body. I first noticed my own stretch marks beginning their life on my chest during puberty. At first I panicked. I was taugh...
Golden chamomile for Rosacea

Golden chamomile for Rosacea

Scratching the surface online, I found a lot of interesting possible natural treatments. One of them is extract from a plant called Chrysanthellum indicum which I found reading a blog post by David Pascoe who started the Rosacea Support Group. Very promising and interesting discussion followed h...
A woman of colour receives a shoulder massage

What to use for massage oil?

Let's talk massage! (Not Sexy I Just Have Chronic Back Pain) The practice of massage, and use of massage oils is often sexualized and/or seen as a shameful indulgence. This is ultimately due to the centre of the venn diagram in people's minds: ‘massage’ and ‘sex’ containing aspects of sensuality ...
Skincare Jargon

Skincare Jargon

  Stoic Beauty is centered between clinical efficacy and time-tested ingredients.  It is the balance between traditional botanicals and innovative actives. But what does that mean? The world of cosmetics can be daunting. There are a lot of products claiming to do a lot of things. There are ...
Gua Sha to Clear Heat in the Body

Gua Sha to Clear Heat in the Body

by Chi Ling Chan | Part 2 of a 5-part series exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine | As Western society begins to understand how health and wellbeing is a multilayered process of integrating our physical, emotionally, mental, social, and spiritual aspects in a holistic way, many traditional prac...
A Jade face roller and a Gua Sha stone lean against a stone

What is Gua Sha?

by Chi Ling Chan | Part 1 of a 5-part series exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine | Understanding the Basics Gua Sha (pronounced “gwah-sah” or “gwah-sha”) is an ancient technique used in China. It originated through the concept of using certain tools to massage specific parts of the body to...
Where does Shea Butter come from?

Where does Shea Butter come from?

The shea tree, or karité in French, is found in dry savannas, forests and parklands of the Sudan zone of Africa. Evidence suggests widespread use of this natural resource dating back over 5000 years, in food and in beauty.[1] Its popularity has grown throughout the world in the cosmetic industrie...
Concepts of Beauty | Stoic Beauty

Concepts of Beauty | Stoic Beauty

We’ve all seen beauty trends come and go. We’ve seen the outfits, the perms, the thin and thick eyebrows. Where do these trends go and who is deciding what standard we are supposed to hold ourselves to? There’s a lot to say about beauty. Is it conceptual or actual? Is it a physical attribute? An...
Stacked books creating a window to view a library

Stoic Beauty's Reading, Watching, and Listening List

Well, February sure can be a slog - wouldn’t you agree? Here in Toronto, the snow has been coming down and the big inside of this pandemic winter feels more real than ever. Maybe we’ll miss it when it’s gone? Or maybe we’re almost there – and should just keep our heads down till spring?

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