Nature’s Aid is a family-owned, Canadian company making natural skin care products for every member of the family from adults to children, infants, and even pets. Their products are all made in Canada and revolve around five core natural ingredients known for their healing and nurturing properties: aloe vera, tea tree oil, vitamin E, witch hazel, and rosemary.
Like most people, I prefer to use skin care products with more natural ingredients and less packaging. Nature’s Aid products are both! My family recently had the chance to try out some of their most popular products. Read on to find out what we thought, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page for a chance to try Nature’s Aid for yourself.
All Natural Skin Gel
All Natural Skin Gel ($37.85 for 500 mL bottle) is the original product that started everything. The founder of Nature’s Aid was looking for a product to treat her horse’s skin issues that was both natural and effective. When she couldn’t find one, she created her own. The resulting gel worked not just for horses, but for people too!
This soothing, multi-purpose natural skin treatment gel is made with aloe vera leaf juice, witch hazel extract, rosemary leaf extract, vitamin E, and tea tree leaf oil. All Natural Skin Gel is truly an all-purpose treatment. Here are just a few ideas:
- Skin care – soothes eczema, rashes, various skin irritations
- First aid – scrapes, burns, sunburns, insect bites and stings
- Beauty – acne, dry skin, after shaving
- Pain – post workout, inflammation
This is one of my favourite items that Nature’s Aid carries. It’s gentle and non-stinging on Kay’s eczema, soothes stinging nettle rash (twice!), takes the itch out of mosquito bites, and helps heal all the cuts and scrapes that my kids are constantly acquiring. I took a bottle on our last camping trip and it’s now an essential part of our gear.
True Natural Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
Nature’s Aid sells solid shampoo and conditioner bars for haircare without the plastic packaging. Each comes in four varieties, all of which are biodegradable, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and safe for colour-treated hair:
- Moisturizing Mango Butter and Tangerine
- Energizing Lemongrass and Peppermint
- Volumizing Rose and Geranium
- Fortifying Rosemary and Lavender
Nature’s Aid solid shampoo bars ($12.95) are true shampoos, not soap. That means they clean and lather just like the shampoo you’re used to, but without the plastic bottle or the parabens, SLS, silicones, palm oils, artificial colours, and fragrances common in mainstream shampoos. They’re also less likely to leave residue than soap-based shampoo bars, so they’re a good choice if you have hard water.
Solid shampoo bars are simple to use. Rub the wet bar into your scalp and wet hair in a combing motion, then massage the shampoo lather into your scalp and hair, and rinse as normal. My whole family has been using the Lemongrass and Peppermint shampoo, and personally I can’t get enough of that fresh, uplifting scent! But once rinsed out, our hair doesn’t have any smell at all, so it’s perfect for anyone who is sensitive to fragrances. The shampoo lathers up well and and leaves hair feeling clean and light. We haven’t gotten there yet, but they say each bar should last up to 50 washes, and this seems reasonable based on our usage so far.
Nature’s Aid also makes solid conditioner bars ($12.95). Just lightly rub the wet bar onto your wet hair, leave on for 1-2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Unlike the shampoo, the conditioner bar feels markedly different from commercial conditioners. Instead of slippery silicones or dimethicones, Nature’s Aid conditioners use natural oils so it doesn’t actually feel like there’s any product on your hair. That’s okay, because using too much will weigh your hair down and make it feel greasy (made that mistake once, lesson learned). Each bar is estimated to last up to 150 uses, so a little goes a very long way. We tried the Mango Butter and Tangerine conditioner which adds moisture and helps with detangling without feeling heavy or any leftover scent after drying.
As with any solid shampoo and conditioner bars, it’s really important to keep them dry when not in use. These will dissolve in water, so store them out of the shower and/or on a slotted soap dish so they stay dry.
True Natural Handcrafted Soaps
Nature’s Aid’s natural bar soaps ($4.95) are handmade with a blend of moisturizing olive and coconut oils, aloe vera, and vitamin E for a rich lather that moisturizes while it cleanses. All soaps are vegan/vegetarian friendly and biodegradable, and they come in these varieties:
- Healthy Moisture with Lavender and Honey
- Purifying Cleanse with Grapefruit and Mint
- Soothing Skin with Rhassoul Clay and Aloe
- Gentle Exfoliation with Dead Sea Salt and Lemongrass
- Radiant Skin with Lemon and Ginger
- Detoxifying Cleanse with Charcoal and Sweet Orange
We’ve been using Gentle Exfoliating soap with Dead Sea Salt and Lemongrass. In our bar, the sea salt crystals were a bit too big and spaced far apart to really provide good exfoliation, but the essential oils of lemongrass and grapefruit smelled so good – naturally fresh, clean, and slightly sweet.
Natural Hand Sanitizer Gel
Over the last 16 months, I’ve become something of a hand sanitizer connoisseur. Is it too runny so it drips all over the place? Is is too thick so it clogs up the pump? Does it leave a sticky residue? Does it smell like moldy fruit? (Seriously, I’ve run into at least a couple of bottles that smelled SO bad I had to find a washroom to wash it off.)
Nature’s Aid moisturizing hand sanitizer gel ($12.95) is 70% v/v ethyl alcohol which is effective against 99.9% of germs and bacteria. The gel itself is a thick, just right consistency that pumps out easily but doesn’t drip. The gel dries quickly and without any stickiness. It smells like alcohol of course, but once rubbed in has a faint, pleasant scent of tea tree and rosemary essential oils. We’ve had no problem with skin drying out either, presumably because of the added aloe vera leaf juice and vitamin E.
True Natural Bath Bombs
Made with sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, Epsom salt, witch hazel extract, olive oil, and essential oils, Nature’s Aid natural bath bombs ($4.95) come in four varieties: Calming Lavender, Uplifting Lemongrass, Hydrating Coconut Lime, and Soothing Orange Patchouli. These little fizzy bombs are a great excuse to take a relaxing bath! The Soothing Orange Patchouli bath bomb I tried smelled amazing and left my skin feeling soft and pampered.
All-Natural Lip Balms
Nature’s Aid all-natural lip balms ($3.95) come in seven different varieties: Orange Mango, Black Cherry, Strawberry Vanilla, Banana Coconut, Cucumber Melon, Peppermint Lemongrass, and Natural (unscented). They’re made with good stuff like sunflower seed oil, beeswax, olive oil, hemp seed oil, witch hazel, and aloe leaf extract which is why I feel comfortable giving these to my kids. We tried Orange Mango (my favourite flavour) and Banana Coconut lip balms and love the amount of moisture they provide without feeling sticky.
Where to Buy
Nature’s Aid products are available directly from their website with free shipping to Canada and the US on orders over $50. You can also find products in-store at Pharmasave, Alive Health Centre, and other health food stores. Find a local retailer here.
Nature’s Aid Giveaway
We loved all the Nature’s Aid products we tried, so we wanted to give one reader a chance to try them too. Enter in the giveaway widget below for a chance to win the same selection of Nature’s Aid products above. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US, 18+.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation. Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.