Garden by the Sea and Me: Natural Body Care Products Review

Garden by the Sea & Me

I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.

As I sit here shoving Twizzlers and Miss Vickie’s in my face, it might surprise you to know how important pure, safe, carefully crafted beauty products are to me. I’m not saying it makes sense; I’m just saying that I’m thoroughly committed to sourcing eco-friendly, body-friendly, recognizable-ingredient-heavy toiletries for me and my kids. In my defense, these products are applied to our bodies daily, sometimes more than once, while my junk food habit is a once (okay twice) weekly affair.

When one-half of the mother-daughter team behind New Brunswick’s Garden by the Sea 100% Natural Skincare & Teas reached out to me recently about a blog review, I was bloody thrilled. That is to say, I was thrilled, and I was bloody. The cracked skin on my hands had me staining Little Miss Cub’s onesies every time I changed her diaper. Garden By the Sea Repair Cream

My skin is most definitely repaired after applying Garden by the Sea Repair Cream nightly. I also use it on my nasty, cracked heels. It was a quick fix on my super-dry shins when capri weather caught me off guard in an unseasonably warm February. Garden by the Sea’s repair cream is also currently soothing the cuts on my shins, since apparently, I’m 33 years old and still can’t shave my legs properly.

The Garden Girls have more than my hands covered: they sent me a complete facial care kit for my acne-prone skin, plus shampoo, spray conditioner and even some fizzy relaxation treats.

Garden by the Sea Hair Care

Garden By the Sea Hair Care

For my dry scalp and dandruff-prone hair, I chose the “School Days” Tea Tree Shampoo Bar. Strong enough for lice-infested children, but made for flaky Mamas! (Or something like that.) I haven’t used a mainstream shampoo on my hair since transitioning to my homemade recipe when Cub was tiny. That was a long, long, month of nasty hair, so I’m not going back! Since I left the Herbal Essences and Pantenes behind, I’ve discovered I can easily get away with not washing my hair more than once or twice a week. Now that I have two kids and this whole blog business has turned legit, I appreciate the infrequent hairwashing even more. Getting my shampoo in a bar just takes my green haircare routine to the next level. One fewer bottle to toss in the recycling!Garden By the Sea Shampoo Bar

I rub the bar on my head and enjoy the light scent of tea tree and the lovely lather. Heck, I even repeat, because this bar is going to last me forever! I noticed a short adjustment period for my hair when switching over to the bar. My hair got greasy, but I have a quick fix. Dry shampoo made of arrowroot powder and cocoa powder before bed does the trick! I’ve been using the School Days bar for more than a month, my hair and scalp are totally adjusted and my locks are luxurious. (For real: shiny, soft, voluminous… camera ready!) I tend to use my dry shampoo trick to get one more day of presentable hair before I shampoo again.

Update 3/31/2016: I’ve now started using the Hippie Sudz bar, and I love it even more than School Days! My hair is even softer… I feel like I should be in a Pantene commercial. Also, my dandruff seems even less using this one! 

Nice hair



What about conditioner? Well, I haven’t actually used conditioner in ages, but I was super curious about Garden by the Sea’s Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioning Hair Therapy. I often use a highly concentrated water and ACV treatment on my scalp if my dandruff gets out of control, so I was worried I would smell like salad dressing after using Garden by the Sea’s spray, which is a no-rinse treatment. I apply the ACV spray containing rosemary, tea tree and peppermint oil to my scalp out of the shower, then brush through. I let my hair air dry, and no one’s asking me to pass the croutons.Garden By the Sea ACV Spray Conditioner

The best thing about this ACV treatment is that I can use it in between shampoos if I notice a few flakes. I spritz it on my scalp before bed, and no flakes in sight come morning time.

Garden by the Sea Clearly Beautiful Facial Care Line

To cope with my combination, acne-prone skin, the Garden Girls sent me four products from their Clearly Beautiful collection.Garden By the Sea Acne Prone Skin Products

I’ve never used a bar cleanser before: I always thought it would be too drying. I’m now 100% converted to the Clearly Beautiful Facial Soap! As with the shampoo bar, I’m excited to be cutting back on packaging. (Bar shampoo and bar cleanser are also perfect for travel!) Clearly Beautiful Facial Soap cleans deep with Multani Mitti clay and contains grapeseed, neem, white grapefruit, bergamot, patchouli and tea tree oils. You know how some cleansers leave your skin feeling tight—like it might crack if you smile too hard? Definitely not the case with this bar! My skin is noticeably clearer after a month’s use.

After washing my face, I chase with some toner. I confess, I’ve never understood what toner is for. I asked Catrina at Garden by the Sea, and now I know! “Toners are astringents that help reduce pore size, cleanse excess oils, and remove surface dirt… you use toner after cleansing to remove any extra residue and minimize pores. You can also use it on its own to do a quick surface cleanse through the day.”  I feel like I’m totally adulting when I apply toner. I also love to refresh my face during the day with a bit of toner. Little Miss Cub helps sometimes too!Teaching her good skin care

The facial moisturizer in the Clearly Beautiful line contains (among other goodies) shea butter, grapefruit seed extract and lavender essential oil. It is super lightweight and leaves a matte finish. Garden By the Sea Face Cream

I have always associated acne treatment with dryness. Any kind of moisturizer, I thought, would just make my skin oilier and more prone to pimples. Garden by the Sea has shown me that hydration and acne-care are not mutually exclusive! They sent me their Clearly Beautiful Evening Facial Serum to apply at bedtime after cleansing. The air in Calgary is so dry that when we first arrived here, I got nosebleeds all the time. When I got a facial over Christmas, I got an earful from the aesthetician about how dry my skin was.  I’m no longer afraid to moisturize my face thanks to Garden by the Sea!

Bottom Line

I’ve had the chance to try a couple of different green beauty brands for my blog, along with the myriad brands I’ve tried on my own. Garden by the Sea is my new favourite. Why? For one thing, their products work. But beyond that, it’s good value for your money, and you’re supporting a Canadian small business. With the recent ruling against Johnson & Johnson, hopefully more and more consumers are realizing that bigger is definitely not better when it comes to beauty brands!

Shop & Connect

Order direct from Garden by the Sea. Orders of $100 or more ship for free in Canada!

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Garden by the Sea also makes a full line of care products for babies and kids! Watch out for a review in April, and check out the line at Maman Loup sponsor, Lollypop Kids!





35 responses to “Garden by the Sea and Me: Natural Body Care Products Review”

  1. Kathy Harrigan

    These products look awesome and I love that they are Canadian made.

  2. amanda e

    The facial moisturizer sounds (and looks) luxurious! And i’ve never seen anything like the scalp spray. I would love to try them both!

  3. kathy downey

    This sounds like a lovely moisturizer,would love to try it for my terrible dry skin !

  4. Angela Rockwell

    My husband and I love Garden By The Sea’s products! We’ve tried their other soaps, bath bombs, and shower fizzers, but now after your review we’ll have to try Garden By The Sea’s shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioning Hair Therapy!

  5. Amber Ludwig

    I love that it’s all natural and works amazing!! I adore supporting small businesses that take care into what ingredients are used!!

  6. Camille W

    These all sounds wonderful! I just bought some new stuff but I would love to try these instead, the moisturizer and toner in particular.

  7. Danielle

    This product looks amazing! would love to try it.

  8. Elaine R

    Garden By The Sea products sound great! I love that you have done this review on Canadian products.

  9. Lorena Keech

    Your description makes the products sound wonderful.

  10. Kelly P.

    I’m obsessing with your review! Absolutely love eliminating chemicals and face cleansing is a biggie. So in love I can’t wait to try it!

  11. Sherry Compton

    It looks like they have great products for the whole family and for all skin types. That is a big help.

  12. Jessica Cox

    I would love to try this that moisturizer looks amazing I use a moisturizer everyday and still deal with dry skin theirs looks so thick and creamy

  13. Susanne

    This is the first time that I have heard about shampoo bars but it sounds awesome and so eco-friendly!

  14. I have horrible skin. Would love to give this a try!

  15. Scott MacMillan

    It has been a hard and harsh winter in my area and my skin could really use some help.

  16. I loved your great review of these lovely all natural products.I have dry skin issues too and would love to try the Garden By The Sea products.That moisturizer looks amazing!

  17. Tina F

    Such amazing products and I so love that they are natural.To me that is good to be all natural then we can all use these in the family

  18. Laura

    I love that they have natural products. I hate using all of those harsh chemicals from some of those other brands.

  19. cassie

    I would be interested in trying these out I have breakouts but every single acne treatment including what was given by a dermatologist has made my face worse and over dried it out causing peeling and cracking. I think theis may work better since they leave out all the hash chemicals.

  20. Nicole Carter Weasley

    This stuff looks amazing! Great detailed review!

  21. Christine Holliday

    this product looks to be exactly what I’m looking for! I so need it also 😉

  22. Amanda Neilson

    This sounds like an amazing company. I love all natural products. The leave in conditioner sounds great :).

  23. Really nice simple and natural products. I could use the “Clearly Beautiful” Complete Skincare Pack for Acne-Prone Skin for myself.

  24. Sally Wilsey

    I am always looking for new and safe products to use. There are so many chemicals in some of the products you get. I also do not like to have anything with chemicals around my animals.

  25. denise low

    I would love to try this product out. Sounds just what I have been looking for.

  26. Tiffany Rotulo

    I love Canadian made product. Great review. If I won I would love to share these product with my sister. She has problem skin.

  27. Silvia D

    I love that it’s all natural, the products look/sound amazing!

  28. Ashley

    This product looks great. I can’t wait to try it out.

  29. I have super dry skin and I really need something to help improve it! These products look nice. Off topic but is that a breastmilk necklace?! Loveeee

  30. Amy Amerson

    You were very witty and funny in this review. ? I love bar soaps as well. If you’re nursing be careful of peppermint essential oil decreasing your milk supply. The products must have lovely scents and the ladies who run the company sound very nice and helpful.

  31. Marnie G

    Awesome review!!! Many reviews can be quite boring to read and just factual — I enjoyed reading your review. I like that these products are eco-friendly and body-friendly. It really says a lot that this is now your new favorit — I like you have tried many.

  32. Linda Kish

    I like bar shampoos but I haven’t found a bar conditioner that works for me. They are too greasy or something. Maybe that ACV would cut it and be a good end point for my hair.

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