My friend John Fannon of SUDSATORIUM has shared a super simple DIY Blemish Spot Treatment featuring turmeric, which has been used in Asia for thousands of years for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, in cooking as a spice, in medicine for healing, as a dye and in traditional ceremonial uses. You'll find the instructions for this DIY towards the end of this article - there are only 2 ingredients needed and I am willing to bet that you probably have them on hand in your pantry!
SUDSATORIUM - from tiny bubbles to big suds
SUDSATORIUM is one of my favourite local Toronto vegan cosmetic companies and my go-to for skin care, hair, and body products. All of SUDSATORIUM's products are 100% vegan and hand-made using fair-trade, organic and cruelty-free ingredients. Our skin is the single largest organ in our body and everything that we put on our skin is absorbed through our pores. This is why it is so important to be mindful of the ingredients that are used to make the products that we put on our skin because they ultimately end up inside of our bodies.
I only support brands of high integrity who use ingredients from organic, vegan sources, that are free from potentially harmful ingredients, synthetics, fake fragrances and preservatives. I trust SUDSATORIUM because they have a rigorous evaluation process that involves testing every ingredient that they use for purity, effectiveness and for known or suspected health concerns.
I also love the fact that SUDSATORIUM proudly donates 5% of all sales to grassroots charities and projects working on behalf of the environment and conservation, animal protection, and for human rights. They also only test their products on humans – NEVER ANIMALS – nor do they buy any ingredients from companies that commission tests on animals. Every ingredient has been ethically sourced to ensure care for the environment and fair conditions for workers.
This local cosmetic brand also works to reduce their carbon footprint through all of their products. Product packaging generates an enormous amount of waste, and so SUDSATORIUM has opted to do away with unnecessary packaging whenever possible. They package their lovely liquid shampoos and shower gels in bottles that are made from PLA (Polymerized Lactic Acid) which is an environmentally friendly packaging solution made entirely from corn or sugarcane and is completely biodegradable. Their adhesive labels are made from a tree-free and water-free process and are printed with soy-based inks for far easier recyclability. And that's not all, they also ship all of their orders in recycled cardboard boxes and BPA-free post consumer recycled plastic pouches. They have even gone the extra mile and use biodegradable (and edible!) popped corn as filler in their shipping packages - the same stuff you pop up for movie night!
DIY Turmeric Blemish Spot Treatment Recipe
There is nothing laid back about turmeric, the neon hued rhizome that has recently become all the rage in the world of cosmetics; and for good reason! Curcumin, responsible for turmeric's yellow colour, is one of the most researched plant-based substances. Both antibacterial and an antioxidant, studies suggest that curcumin also exhibits anti-inflammatory action, inhibits the growth of certain tumours and has other potential health benefits.
Who said yellow was mellow?
Fun fact: Hindu brides apply a paste containing turmeric as a face mask to achieve a subtle glow on their big day.
Create your own spot treatment to banish blemishes and get that wedding day glow (fiancee not included) by mixing together 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric (organic is always best) with a drizzle of agave or coconut nectar to create a pliable paste.
With a clean finger, apply liberally to any affected areas and leave it to air dry (about 15-20 minutes).
Rinse off with plenty of cold water and marvel in Mother Nature's glory.
Any leftover mask can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.
thes are some of my favourite skin care picks from SUDSATORIUM that would compliment this DIY
Need to replenish your turmeric supply? Check out Cha's Organics for Fair Trade Certified spices, coconut milk and teas this weekend (April 1 - 3, 2016) at The Yoga Conference and Show in Toronto! Love Wild Live Free is hooking you up with FREE Trade Show Passes: to get your pass send me a message through my contact page here.