Greener choices for baby products – because you’re never too young to make a difference

When a new person comes into the world, it’s natural to want to make their environment as pure and nurturing as possible.

Here are a few choices for your baby (or that baby shower) that help care for the big planet as well as the little people.

Lotions and Potions

Keeping baby clean, moisturized and smelling sweet goes a long way to creating happiness. Here are some more sustainable options that can help make the planet a little happier, too.

Attitude Products

This Canadian company produces the Little Leaves baby care line that is hypoallergenic, vegan and comes in packaging that contains recycled plastic. Look for products that are EWG Certified (Environmental Working Group) for the most stringent ingredient standards.

 

Live Clean Baby

The gentle effectiveness of plant-based ingredients without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), or harsh chemicals. Made in Canada.

 

Burt’s Bees Baby

A selection of products made with no phthalates, parabens, petrolatum or SLS, from a company that is CarbonNeutral® certified and supports honeybee health and biodiversity.

 

Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen

More and more authorities are recommending mineral-based sunscreen these days. Baby Bum is free of frangrance, gluten, sulfates and oxybenzone. It’s reef-friendly too.

 

Go Organic at Feeding Time

Besides keeping your baby’s food free of pesticides, organic agriculture has been shown to help regenerate the health of soils and ecosystems.

Love Child Organics

Started in a Canadian kitchen, this brand offers the best of organic ingredients in puree pouches, snacks, and cereals.

 

Baby Gourmet

Baby Gourmet’s tasty organic baby food and toddler food delivers high quality, non-GMO ingredients, free from fillers, added sugar or salt, and artificial preservatives. And it’s Proudly Canadian as well.

 

Alb Gold Organic Kids Pasta

For toddlers and up, this certified organic pasta offers nutritious and fun eating with animal shaped noodles. Plastic-free packaging helps reduce waste.

 

Diapers

Ever wonder what’s in your baby’s diaper before they fill it? Check out these greener alternatives.

Hello Bello Diapers

Plant-derived core liner, sustainably harvested fluff pulp & processed chlorine-free.

 

Seventh Generation Diapers

Made without fragrances, lotions, or chlorine bleaching, and using only FSC® Certified, sustainably sourced wood pulp that’s a bit easier on our planet’s forests. 

Zoocchini Organic Cotton Training Pants

Made from super soft organically grown cotton certified by Global Organic Textile Standard

 

Toys and Things

Here are a few ideas for fun and function that help baby take some first steps with a smaller footprint.

BioBuddi Eco Blocks Set

These educational building blocks are made from the leftovers of sugarcane plants and are recyclable. (But still just as painful to step on)

 

Red Rover Bamboo Fiber Plates and Bowls

Made of lightweight easy-to-handle bamboo, they’re stackable, durable, dishwasher-safe and free of BPA and phthalates

 

Tot2Walk 

Help build motor skills while saving your back! This innovative toddler walking aid is made in Canada from a closed-cell foam free of phthalates, heavy metals, PVC and latex

 

3 New Natural Products Found at London Drugs

With June almost here, we’re back with more unique and interesting items you can find at London Drugs. From zero waste soaps to naturally friendly oral care and beauty items, we have some exciting new products to share!

Clean Cult

Packaging is one of the big issues with many consumer products. Clean Cult have taken this concern to heart, and have created beautifully designed refillable glass bottles with easy-to-recycle refills for their naturally powerful cleaning products. Their plant based non toxic cleaning product refills come in recyclable milk cartons to eliminate unneeded plastics. With a wide range of options including hand soap, laundry detergent, dish soap and more, they will revolutionize your cleaning routine. Click here to browse their full selection.

hello Oral Care

A company that prides itself on being friendly and fun, hello Oral Care have a wide range or oral care products made without synthetic dyes, artificial sweeteners or artificial flavours. They are also made with sustainably sourced materials and ingredients like bamboo and stevia. Their boxes are printed using soy ink on 100% recycled paper to add an extra layer of natural to their products. With natural mouthwash and a wide range of toothpastes, including activated charcoal, and fluoride free options, you’ll want to be sure to check them out in store or online.

Nuxe Paris

Nuxe Paris create natural cosmetics with every aspect considered. From their natural active ingredients to their sustainable packaging, conserving natural resources is a major concern for them. The geographical origins of their active ingredients is fully traceable and their products are vegan with no animal biproducts or testing (with the exception of Reve Du Miel, which includes hive derivatives). Their rinse-off formulas are at least 80% biodegradable, ensuring the environmental impact is kept to a minimum. View their products in store or online.

This is merely a small sampling of some of the natural products we carry in store and online. If you’re looking for natural options, ask an LD Expert today!

4 Mental Health Tips for 2021

Let’s face it, 2020 was a tough year for everyone. If prioritizing your mental health is one of your New Year’s resolutions, we’ve collected some tips that may help you reach your goals and improve your overall wellbeing for 2021.

1. Focus on a Hobby or Goal

Research has shown that regularly doing activities we enjoy is actually beneficial for our mental health. This can be continuing to do something you already enjoy, improving on an existing hobby, or taking up something new that you have always wanted to pursue. Having a goal or a hobby gives one motivation, purpose, and can even improve our self-worth and self-esteem as we develop this new skill. As well, when we are engaged in an activity we enjoy, it is easy to fall into the mental state known as “flow” or “getting into the zone.” This state promotes mindfulness and can help ease stress and anxiety. A hobby is also a great way to help you connect with others. If you love reading, join a book club. If you paint, schedule a virtual painting session with friends who also enjoy painting. If you love running, find someone to run with regularly. Whatever you choose to do, it is important to dedicate time to it, whether it is daily, a few days a week or even just weekly.

2. Limit Your Screen Time

It’s great if you are using technology to connect with family, or access resources that may be beneficial to you. But if you are using it to mindlessly scroll on social media, or compare yourself to others, it may take a toll on your mental health. You don’t have to cut your screen time completely, but know that disconnecting a little can help with your overall wellbeing.

Some ways include creating “tech-free” zones at home, like your bedroom or the family room, where phones are not allowed. You can also dedicate a chunk of time during the day to unplug for a couple hours or even for a whole day. Setting a limit to how many times you pick up your phone can also be helpful to ween off your screen time, as many of us constantly reach for our device multiple times a day without even thinking. Another way is to move apps that eat up most of your time off of your home screen, so you are less likely to to see them and open them up. Lastly, although it may seem counterintuitive, install some apps that may actually help with limiting your screen time. A really fun one is Flora, which helps you to stay off your phone, clear to-do lists, and build positive, life-changing habits by planting “virtual trees.” Whenever you want to make progress toward your goals, your trees grow bigger!

3. Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude can be an instant mood booster as you reflect on all the positive things in your life. It is also associated with increased happiness and stronger relationships with loved ones. There are many ways you can practice gratitude. An easy way is to write down at least one thing that you are thankful for every morning. You can also create a list of things you are thankful for and place it in a spot at home where it can be easily seen, as a reminder.

Practicing gratitude can also be done through journaling and writing down all the positive things you experienced during your day. These can be as small as the beautiful sunshine you woke up to, or the delicious cup of coffee you got to enjoy in the morning. Lastly, gratitude meditation is another great way to focus on appreciation, as it allows you to be present and in the moment. Some great apps for meditation include Calm, Headspace and Buddify.

4. Reach Out

Lastly, know that it is ok to reach out and talk to someone or ask for help. Having a friend or family member to talk to can help you feel like you are not alone in your feelings of stress, uncertainty or anxiousness. Even if they don’t have any advice to offer you, having someone to just listen with an open mind can provide a sense of relief.

Plan Early for Healthy Aging

If you think you’re too young to worry about what old age will mean for you, think again. It’s never too early to start preparing to grow older. By 2031, one-quarter of all Canadians will be over the age of 65. And while aging is a natural part of life, people who enter their senior years in better physical and emotional health are more likely to enjoy this stage of their lives.

Not everyone ages at the same rate. There are a number of factors that determine how—and how rapidly—a person will age. One of the main factors is genetics (family history). If a particular disease or chronic health problem runs in your family, that means you could have a higher risk of developing that problem as well—but could have doesn’t necessarily mean will have. The lifestyle choices you make can increase or decrease your chance of developing health problems. Other factors that have an impact on how you will age include how physically fit you are, how healthy your diet is, whether your weight is in a healthy range, how well you deal with stress, and how connected you feel to your family, your friends, and your community.

How Our Bodies Age

Our bodies undergo a series of gradual changes over the years. Bones become thinner and more brittle as we age, especially in women. Thin bones can increase the risk of fractures from a simple fall. An aging heart may become slightly enlarged, and the walls of the heart may thicken, which can be associated with heart disease. Fatty deposits can build up on artery walls over time. The arteries can stiffen, leading to high blood pressure and other problems. Cells in the brain and nervous system can be damaged, and that could eventually lead to dementia. While dementia is not a normal part of aging, it is common for people to experience some degree of forgetfulness. The digestive system may become less flexible, leading to constipation, stomach pain, or nausea. Senses may become less sharp. Vision and hearing may suffer, and the senses of taste, smell, and touch may be reduced. Skin becomes less elastic and may start to sag and wrinkle. Teeth may be more susceptible to cavities as the tough enamel coating wears away. Sex life may change as women lose vaginal lubrication following menopause, and men may experience erectile dysfunction.

Staying Healthy As We Age

While some changes are a natural part of aging, there are steps we can take to help ensure that we remain as healthy as possible as we get older:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and low-fat dairy products. Limit fatty meats, butter, sugar, salt, and highly processed foods.
  • Be physically active. Regular exercise can keep your bones and muscles strong, help control your weight, boost your mood, help you sleep better, and may reduce the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you consume.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Get the sleep your body needs. Insomnia is more common in older adults, but you can help get the sleep you need by maintaining a regular schedule and going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the evenings will also help. Keep your bedroom dark, and turn off your TV, cell phone, and laptop when you go to bed.
  • Stay socially active. Loneliness can be harmful to your health. Research has shown that lonely people have higher levels of stress hormones that cause inflammation linked with arthritis and diabetes.
  • Take care of yourself. Get regular medical and dental check-ups and take all medications exactly as they are prescribed—every dose, every time. If you have any questions about your medicines, your London Drugs pharmacists will be happy to answer them.
  • Don’t forget about your emotional health. Take the time to enjoy life and be happy. Look for things to be optimistic about, surround yourself with people who make you feel good, and keep a gratitude journal where you record all of the people and things you are grateful to have in your life.

Remember: It‘s never too early or too late to make changes in your life that will help you age in a healthy manner so you can enjoy your golden years.

Doll Face Beauty

   

Is incorporating more clean, eco-friendly brands to your beauty routine on your list of 2021 goals? Doll Face Beauty is at the top of our list! Explore their selection of makeup and skin care online and now available in store at select stores.

002 – Granville & Georgia, Vancouver, BC
003 – Westminster Centre, New Westminster, BC
004 – West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
005 – North Vancouver, BC
006 – 5000 Kingsway Plaza, Burnaby, BC
009 – Guildford Town Centre, Surrey, BC
010 – Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
012 – Spall Plaza, Kelowna, BC
014 – Saanich Centre, Victoria, BC
015 – Coquitlam Centre, Coquitlam, BC
016 – West Oaks Mall, Abbotsford, BC
018 – Langley, BC
022 – Jasper Gates, Edmonton, AB
024 – Red Deer, AB
025 – Lougheed Town Centre, Burnaby, BC
026 – West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, AB
029 – Harris Green Village, Victoria, BC
032 – London Place West, Calgary, AB
033 – Brentwood Village Mall, Calgary, AB
034 – Gateway Power Centre, Grande Prairie, AB
035 – Lansdowne Village, Kamloops, BC
036 – Port Place Shopping Centre, Nanaimo, BC
037 – Trenant Park Mall, Delta, BC
038 – Centre Village Mall, North Lethbridge, AB
041 – Cottonwood Mall, Chilliwack, BC
044 – Park Royal North, West Vancouver, BC
045 – Oliver Square West, Edmonton, AB
047 – Valley Fair Mall, Maple Ridge, BC
048 – St. Albert Centre Mall, St. Albert, AB
052 – Ironwood Plaza, Richmond, BC
053 – 41st & Victoria, Vancouver, BC
054 – Tillicum Centre, Victoria, BC
056 – Brentwood Town Centre, Burnaby, BC
057 – South Edmonton Common, Edmonton, AB
060 – Medicine Hat, BC
061 – Gibsons, BC
062 – Saskatoon, SK
064 – First Calgary SE, Calgary, AB
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066 – St. Vital Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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071 – Marine Way & Byrne, Burnaby, BC
072 – Nanaimo North Town Centre, Nanaimo, BC
074 – Broadway & Vine, Vancouver, BC
075 – Cloverdale, BC
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085 – High Street Mall, Abbotsford, BC
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Clinique Holiday Giveaway

Clinique Holiday Giveaway – Official Rules

We’re going LIVE with Nichole from @CliniqueCanada on Thursday Dec 10 at noon PST to talk about winter skin, holiday gifting and more! PLUS, we will be giving one lucky winner a Clinique Chubbettes set (prize value of $152) and another winner, the grand prize of a Clinique Chubbettes set AND a Great Skin Everywhere Set (prize value of $274 CAD!)

To enter:

  1. Like the giveaway post
  2. Follow @Ldbeauty_ and @Cliniquecanada
  3. Comment below your top winter skin concern!

Contest runs from Dec 7 – Dec 10, 2020 11:00am PST. Tune in to our Instagram LIVE event on Thursday, December 10 at 12:00 PST to find out the winners! Good luck!

Participating and entering in this promotion is considered a complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant. It is also an acknowledgement that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

December 7 – 10, 2020 11:00am PST

  • No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per social network per contest. Limit one (1) prize may be won per household.  Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Dec 10, 2020 11:00am PST.  London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.
  • Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since Dec 10, 2019; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at Dec 7, 2020. (iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.
  • The winners will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the entry for on the online entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.
  • There will be 2 (two) prize(s) awarded to 2 (two) winners: one winner receiving one Chubbettes set valued at $152, and one winner receiving a grand prize of one Great Skin Everywhere set AND one Chubbettes set valued at $274. Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to the winner.

Contests dates: Dec 7 – 10, 2020 11:00am PST

Draw Date: 11:00 AM Pacific Time Dec 10, 2020

  • Selected entrants will be contacted by email, or social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.
  • The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.
  • London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).
  • This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents.  The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation.  All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties.  All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.
  • The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

Statement of Declaration and Release

All selected entrants will be required to sign the Statement of Declaration and Release attached before they can be declared a winner and receive a contest prize.

Gift Guide – Ideas for the Home Cook

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, so it’s time to start planning for the holidays! Struggling to find gifts for your loved ones? We’re here to help with ideas for the home cook in your life. Whether you know an adventurous chef or a young person learning the basics, you can’t go wrong with cuisine elevating gifts. After all, everyone needs to cook!

Hamilton Beach Digital Air Fryer

If you haven’t tried air frying, there is no better time to discover its delicious and convenient benifits. Enjoy your favourite fried foods with out the added oil! Best of all, no preheating is required to make quick, tasty meals. This Hamilton Beach model offers a non stick basket design, so food doesn’t get stuck, and clean up is that little bit easier.

Shop all air fryers here.

Cuisinart Precision Master 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer

A stand mixer is a staple in every well-equipped kitchen. It boasts the multi-functional ability to make breads, cakes, cookies, sausages, meatloaf and so much more. This Cuisinart model has a 500 watt motor with 12 speeds for precision mixing of all kinds. With accessories such as a chef’s whisk, dough hook, flat paddle included, you will have the perfect mix no matter the recipe. It also features a splash guard to ensure splatter free use, and even a recipe book to get your creativity flowing.

Shop all blenders, mixers and food processors here.

Anova Precision Sous-Vide Cooker Nano with WIFI

If you haven’t tried sous-vide cooking at home, you will wish you didn’t wait so long. The premise is simple, heat water to bring the ingredients to the optimal temperature, ensuring your meals are never overcooked. Amazing for meat, fish and crispy vegetables, this simple tool will elevate your cooking to restaurant quality in no time. Add in a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer to prep your sous-vide items, and this is a one-two combination that can impress even the most sophisticated of dinner guests.

Shop sous-vide cooking here.

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer

Preserving freezer meals has never been so simple. The FoodSaver Vacuum sealer, features a built-in roll holder and cutter, which allows you to save counter space while saving your delicious meals from freezer burn! This model makes food preservation so easy, you’ll wonder how you managed without it!

Shop all vacuum sealers and dehydrators here.

Chefman Crepe Maker/Grill

This crepe maker is the perfect breakfast accessory. Its non-stick aluminum construction ensures the perfect sweet or savoury delight every time. In addition, this Chefman is also the ideal tool for making eggs, bacon, and pancakes. Who needs to go for brunch when you can have delicious results in the convenience of your own home?!

Shop all novelty appliances here.

Dash Mini Maker Gift Set

Everyone loves tasty waffles, but making them can be a chore without a dedicated waffle maker. This is the perfect gift set for the breakfast lover in your  life – complete with a cookbook including over 80 different recipes for mouth watering waffles. The adorable gingerbread men design is simply a bonus. Dash make many other unique kitchen appliances, be sure to check them out here.

SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker

Sodastream Fizzi is the ideal drink machine for all spaces. Pour up some fresh sparkling water, custom soft drinks, and a variety of other sparkling beverages. The reusable nature of this device is also a fantastic, green alternative to single use plastics. Save the planet while creating delicious beverages. Win Win.

Shop all Sodastream products here.

We’ve shared some showstopping gift ideas, but don’t forget about the stocking stuffers to complete the home cook’s culinary tool kit: a unique spatula, a mango wood cutting board, or pasta maker, to name a few. Also, check out these eye-catching kitchen gadgets!

No matter the skill level of the food fan you’re shopping for, we are sure to have something they will love. Taking the moment to find that truly unique gift can be the difference between kitchen clutter and kitchen delight!

Shop with confidence and don’t forget you can order online and pick-up in store / curbside pickup / front door pickup

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