I blame this Nova Scotia Fisherman Xtreme Skin Care haul squarely on Dal of Little Beauty Loves! She mentioned this brand when she was on the MyLipAddiction.com Beauty Podcast, then she posted a blog post on it. Based on her rave recommendations, I had no choice but to place an order over the August long weekend:
First of all, you’re asking yourself, what the heck is Nova Scotia and why is a fisherman making skincare? I know, I thought the same thing! Well, not the first part because I know what Nova Scotia is. It’s a Canadian province on the east coast with the distinction of having a lot of seafood and a lot of lighthouses. 😛 If you’re in the US, it’s close to Maine:
So, they have a lot of fishermen! (I have been to Nova Scotia, to their major city, Halifax – they have great food and lovely people!) And the ocean air wrecks havoc with your skin. But sea kelp to the rescue! Who knew sea kelp has all these benefits:
I knew I wanted to try out the signature items from the line, which are their lotion and lip balms. I was also curious about their bar soaps since Dal spoke so highly of the sea salt version. When I added the items to my cart, my total came to $38… but free shipping required a minimum of $50 spend!
The cost of shipping was $10 flat rate within Canada. I “had to” spend another $12 to get the free shipping… I mean, if you’re going to spend $10 anyway, why not on products? So I ended up getting the sea salt scrub as well! 😛 I saved this comic for such an occasion:
I should mention here that shipping was super quick – it took only 4 days to arrive from the date of order! And each of the items were individually packaged to protect against leakage:
Here’s everything I bought:
Nova Scotia Fisherman Lotion – C$11.95 for 100ml
Lip Balm Minnows – C$9.95 for 3 tubes (on sale from $15, flavours are Fisher-Mint, Sea Kelp, and Salt & Caramel)
Salt n Sea Body Scrub – C$15.95
So far I’ve only tried the lip balm in Sea Kelp and the lotion. And I don’t know what I was expecting out of a sea kelp flavoured lip balm but oh my! It smells like pina colada and vanilla! And it has a thick emollient consistency – I’ve kept the Sea Kelp lip balm on my desk and it’s been getting daily usage since I got it. It’s threatening to knock Dr. Hauschka off the top spot for my favourite natural lip balm!
As for the lotion, I expected something greasy and balm-like – but no, it is light and sinks in the skin quickly. It leaves a protective layer on the skin that I can feel even hours later. And again, not sure what I was expecting from the smell – what does sea kelp smell like? Apparently, it smells like shea. The lotion has a soft comforting scent that I love. I’ll been using this as a hand cream – this is a night-stand keeper! And I can definitely see myself getting the bigger size with the pump next time.
Nova Scotia Fisherman Xtreme Skin Care is available online and at health food stores all over. Thanks to Dal for introducing me to this niche Canadian brand. I really enjoyed reading about how they got started and their business ethics – definitely a brand worthy of support. What are some brands that are niche and local to where you live that you enjoy? I’d love to hear about them!