skin and beauty

Double Happiness Skincare

Around a year ago, we brought into the shop a new women’s skincare line called Double Happiness Skincare. With co-creators Sonja’s and Young’s background in herbology and their love of essential oils, they developed a healthy, vegan and organic choice for skincare. Personally, having been diagnosed with eczema and allergies to synthetic fragrances, I was constantly experiencing major flare ups over the last several years and was seriously intent on finding Canadian products that were ph-balanced, simple, plant based with no added fragrance or perfume.

Double Happiness Skincare was mindfully created in 2015.  By using powerful active botanical and elixirs that are hand-blended and filled with healing properties, Double Happiness Skincare re-balances, strengthens and nurtures the skin.

An easy and relaxing skin ritual consists of: RESTART FACE OIL CLEANSER, REFRESH FLOWER SHOWER FACE MIST, RESTORE FACE OIL POTION used in the morning and at the end of your day, as well as REFINE FACE EXFOLIATOR used once a week or when needed.


This first step to cleaner skin is filled with botanical oils are that are ph-balanced for your skin. Filled with pumpkin seed oil that is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which easily removes makeup and deeply cleanses with the intoxicating smell of rose and neroli. Using several pumps gently massage onto your moistened face and wash off with warm water or a warm wet face cloth. Doing this during your morning shower routine is very relaxing and easy. Your face is now ready for the next easy step.


With organic botanicals of rose hydrosol and essential oils, this light mist calms inflammation and hydrates the skin. It also effectively sets your makeup and leaves your face with a dewy glow.  It’s a must throughout the day and when travelling, especially when flying, and instantly refreshes your face.  Remember to shake well before use.


NOTE: FACE OIL DOES NOT MAKE A GREASEY FACE!! Only a few drops are needed of this elixir filled with powerful active botanicals and schizandra berry which has been used over 2 thousand years ago to nourish the skin, improve elasticity and reverse the effect of free radicals. Magnolia leaf, pomegranate and sea buckthorn are rich in antioxidants, omega and vitamins which strengthens weakened skin, reduces inflammation and promotes healing from sunburns, eczema, psoriasis, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation.  Broccoli seeds within the elixir also helps to keep your skin hydrated.  The rosehip is not only a lovely natural fragrance but is high in OMEGA 3 and 6 and stimulates collagen especially for mature skin.


Using a blend of natural ingredients that gently exfoliates the face and hydrates it, to create radiant skin. When used weekly or when needed, follow with the refresh shower face mist and restore face oil potion.

“DOUBLE HAPPINESS SKINCARE uses the finest ingredients available in the natural world that are harvest sustainably and mindfully. Joyfully handcrafted in small batches, their products are a ritual self-love, preserved by nature for healthy and happy skin”.


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Aging or Ageless

The Rolling Stones lamented about it, Ponce De Leon supposedly searched for a cure, and Indiana Jones even found the magic potion to stop and reverse it – the passage of time and the effect on our body.  But time does progress and we suffer the tug of gravity and the wear of wind and sun – we know that aging occurs. By practicing daily rituals it is possible to minimize the damage and maintain our skin the best we can.

The beauty, makeup and skincare industry has targeted the effects of time by promoting products termed ‘anti aging’.  Push back to this term (and mindset) has been growing. Sonja from Double Happiness writes about the terminology of anti-aging.

Allure magazine has stopped using the term . It is not so much political correctness, it is more an issue of truthfulness. Huffpost writes:

At 54, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is looking better than ever, and we think it may have something to do with her unique approach to aging.
“I hate that word [anti-aging]! It should be something positive, like pro-aging,” the actress told NewBeauty Magazine in a recent interview she did as their spring cover girl.

At The Shop we carry a range of moisturizers, scrubs and lotions that help maintain a more healthy skin.  Other products are formulated for problem skin – has a preshave, shave cream and soap as well as aftershave balm for sensitive skin.  Exercise, good diet, enough sleep and proper skin care all go a long way in maintaining our healthy bodies.


Julie Bessette Jewellery

Julie Bessette is a Montreal jewellery artist we discovered late last year. What caught our attention was her hand made and distinctive designs that are earthy and powerful.
After pursuing a career as an artist and fashion designer in Montreal, Julie and her family spent two years in Thailand, India, Tibet and Bali. She was inspired by the regional artisans and their use of natural materials in the form of beads, stones and crystals. Each piece of her own jewellery has been influenced by these experiences as well as her own creative abilities. The crystals and stones that she uses “represent an ancient wisdom and knowledge that connects to the strength and beauty of each woman and are designed to trigger harmony and well being”.
The ancient Egyptians and Sumerians, used lapis lazuli, emeralds, clear quartz and turquoise. These beads, stones and crystals were used as talisman (a magical figure charged with the force its suppose to represent).

Agate is one of the oldest healing stones that are meant to bring protection, courage, emotional strength and self confidence.

Amazonite is the support stone and is meant to support communication of one’s own thoughts.

Lucy bracelet incorporates pyrite, Indian silver, brass beads and brass chain. Wided earrings with hematite arrows and Indian silver.

Julie uses a variety of materials, each with its own unique characteristics.  Here are some examples of additional semi precious stones she uses.  Amethyst is meant to promote calm, balance, peace and happiness, Amber is meant to be the love crystal and a symbol of beauty, tenderness and attraction. African Turquoise is meant to bring encouragement and growth, balance and prosperity.

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Men’s Jewellery Cufflinks

Looking for a simple and effective way to make an individual fashion statement? Consider wearing cufflinks. The extra touch can stand out without being garish – unless of coarse that is the effect you are trying to create. Formal dress in a tux would be incomplete without cufflinks, but as the level of formality drops, their use becomes less essential, yet makes a real fashion statement. They lend a touch of class that brings attention to the detail in your overall look. Novelty themes of the jewellery become quickly noticed and are sure to elicit comments if not compliments.
Wearing Cufflinks
Normally worn with French (or double) cuffs, they also work with convertible cuffs which sport a hole beside the button(s) that allow access for a cufflink.

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There are a couple of methods of using cufflinks with convertible barrel cuffs. Here, the cuff is folded as if it were a French cuff, with the buttons now being on the opposite side of the cufflink, facing out. You can also shape the cuff as you would if the buttons were being used, now the buttons would be layered between the top and bottom cuff.

This barrel cuff is made with a button hole running between the two buttons affixed.

Here, the cufflink has been passed through the straight through the two button holes with the lower part of the cuff underneath the top, basically worn as a regular barrel cuff. This works best when the sleeve of the jacket is slimmer, not allowing for the extra width of the French Cuff.

Another option is to wear the cufflink through the holes with the same method used for French cuffs.

French cuff – a more formal look. But don’t be afraid to use these cuffs on less formal shirts and event.

In our next posting, we will show you a range of cufflink styles that are currently available.

Canadian made Lipson custom dress shirts are available at Ladner’s Clothiers in Streetsville.  (220 Queen St S – now on the upper level)