Get It Natural!

27 Dec

Last winter, I schlepped through the snow in Toronto’s China Town to the sort of hidden Kensington Market–well known for their cannabis shops and natural, vegan lifestyle stores side by side on two side streets in the downtown core. Amidst bakeries and shops selling hookahs (that’s for sheesha..not hookers!) I managed to find 2-3 stores selling tables of raw, natural and organic Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oils….EVERYTHING a natural would need right from the source from the hardest to find essential oils to the biggest bottles of organic shampoos. Instead of spending a bundle at a hair shop, I found these unprocessed gems in health food stores in Kensington Market!

The prices aren’t too shabby either with most jars costing from $6-$15.00 depending on the brand/size. Even though I live up the street from known health food stores Qi and, and Noah’s Health Food Store–these hole-in-the-walls nameless stores in Kensington have better prices (and a much larger variety!) I love Essence of Life, which has endless supplies of organic, natural hair, skin products from Burt’s Bees to Aubrey Organics…and all these Seran-wrapped yellow shea butter containers. I really DO need to go back and get essential oils and a ton of shea and cocoa butters!

I love that a lot of natural hair brands are emerging…but to me, it doesn’t make sense that the price is double what mainstream brands charge for a similar product, like a leave-in conditioner. At the pharmacy, a spray bottle of that stuff costs between $8.00-.$12.00 but at my natural “ethnic” hair store it costs between $20-$30.00! So, it seems like a good idea to go back to the source and get it from nature 😉

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