Only been shopping beauty brands based in the US, eh? (Sorry, couldn’t help ourselves.) But seriously — if you’re not using products from our friendly neighbors up north, then you’re missing out on all that this country has to offer. In fact, Canada is home to a range of renowned makeup, skin care, and hair care brands. These include many that offer products crafted from natural, organic, and dermatologist-tested ingredients. While eco beauty has definitely gained significant traction in the US, Canada was ahead of the game with this farm-to-table product trend. With shipping deals and easy ecommerce websites that ship to America, there’s no excuse not to expand your horizons — and push your geographical limits — to check out the following Canadian beauty brands.
At the heart of Elizabeth Grant skin care is torricelumn, a mineral and vitamin-rich compound she created using ingredients harvested from underwater fronds. Though this discovery was Grant’s original motivation for launching the brand, it has since developed into a blockbuster line including skin care, fragrance, beauty, and makeup products. There is a separate US site, making it especially easy to shop the Canada-owned brand from our neck of the woods.
Annabelle Cosmetics was launched almost 50 years ago and has since perfected the art of bright colors in its products. Today, selections such as the Purple Daze Kohl Eyeliner or Twistup Retractable Lipstick in Royale help to encourage customers to go bold with their makeup. The full cosmetics line includes eye, face, and lip products, each available in their signature vibrant shades. Annabelle Cosmetics are budget-friendly, with most products priced between $6-$16, and sold at drugstores across Canada (and online for those of us in the US).
As the name of this brand might suggest, Isomers Laboratories focuses on beauty based in science — specifically creams, cleansers, serums, and lotions that help to both reverse and protect against the effects of aging. This includes products such as the Accelerated Recovery Cream, Stem Genesis Shadow Eraser, and Deep Crease Corrector. To ship to the US, Isomers Laboratories offers a $10 FedEx flat-rate shipping fee from its Toronto location.
Lippygirl is an eco-friendly brand that believes strongly in the quality — and origin — of its ingredients. Thus, the products are natural, organic, vegetarian/vegan, and cruelty free. While the brand name may suggest it only focuses on lip products, the Lippygirl line features cosmetics for the face and eyes as well including blushes, foundations, bronzers, and eye shadows.
Marcelle brand toiletries were first produced in 1874 with a strong foundation in the basics of apothecary. Though the line has evolved since these early beginnings, the basic principles of crafting simple, natural products have carried through to 2016. The entire line is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and perfume free. Many of the original products, including the Moisture Cream, Night Cream, and Cleansing Cream, are still available for purchase today — proving that you really don’t need to fix something when it isn’t broken.
If you’ve ever opened your medicine cabinet and had products fall all over yourself and the sink, then this is your brand. The all-in-one products are designed to offer multiple benefits and combine different formulas into one moisturizer, balm, or cleanser. Each product is packed with minerals, vitamins, and extracts, each of which works for all skin types, times of day, and genders.
Nudestix is one of the brands that truly embodies — and helped to popularize — the trend of “no-makeup makeup.” The brand was founded by two millennials — Taylor and Ally Frankel — and is based on a mission of highlighting natural beauty with low-pigmented, nude shades. To do so, Nudestix’s line features a series of cosmetic pencils for the lips, eyes, cheeks, brows, and face, including those that moisturize, sculpt, bronze, and conceal.
Montreal-based Lise Watier’s cosmetics are both classic and classy — perhaps in part due to the touch of French sophistication put into this brand’s products. Lise Watier offers skin care, makeup, and fragrance lines, each featuring a wide range of products that ensure you’ll find every step of your beauty routine in this brand’s portfolio. Signature items include the Baiser Velours matte liquid lipstick, the Féline Eyeliner HD, and the Simply Nudes 12-Colour Eyeshadow Palette — each of which offers an air of sophistication inherent to the Lise Watier brand.
Belmondo skin care hails from Vancouver and offers a series of handcrafted products especially designed for those with difficult, sensitive, or blemished skin. The line is made of organic, natural ingredients, including olive oil, apple cider vinegar, almond oil, and French clay. It is even sold at cool-girl shops like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Belmondo is beloved for its ingredients, often sourced from around the world, as well as its packaging featuring glass jars and whimsical labels.
Bite Beauty’s small-batch cosmetics line focuses on the lips and includes lipsticks, primers, masks, and pencils. In true artisanal fashion, the products are blended, poured, and packaged by hand in the Toronto factory — a level of care rarely seen in the booming beauty industry. The brand is sold at Sephora and has a brick-and-mortar Lip Lab in Manhattan, where customers can customize their own lipstick according to color, texture, and flavor.
Vasanti Cosmetics was founded from a personal need for lighter, more weightless makeup options and has since been formulating products that look and feel good on the skin. The brand’s products include makeup, such as the Cleopatra-inspired liquid liner, as well as antiaging and skin care products, such as the Eye Wonder cream. Vasanti Cosmetics’ products can be shopped online, and US customers receive free shipping on all orders $29 or more.
Consonant Skin Care
Each of Toronto-based Consonant Skin care’s products is created with its philosophy, “what goes on your body goes in your body,” in mind. For Consonant Skin, this means that all of its products are 100 percent natural, made with organic botanical ingredients such as olive oil and shea butter and coconut oil. The offerings are ideal for sensitive skin, especially those that are unscented or in the Healthy Baby line. The moisturizers, eye creams, lotions, cleansers, lip treatments, and more can be purchased at the flagship Toronto store, downtown Toronto location, or online. US shoppers even get free shipping on orders over $125 (except for Alaska and Hawaii).
Harlow Skin Co
Harlow Skin Co.’s packaging has an air of aesthetic flawlessness that just makes us want to buy up the entire online store — an urge only furthered by the all-natural recipes. The clean products are created from ethically sourced, preservative-free, simple ingredients including essential fruit and flower oils, cocoa butter, beet root powder, and organic Canadian beeswax. The brand’s perfume oils, bath soaks, elixirs, tonics, candles, and body butters are available for purchase both individually and as gift sets.