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Staff Favourites for 2021

To get a feel for the products that shined this past year, we asked a few of our staff members to pick their favourites of 2021 and to explain why they loved them so much. Let's discover our staff favourites of the past year!

As one does when entering a new year, we’re looking back on 2021 and the products that made it so special. To get a feel for the products that shined this past year, we asked a few of our staff members to pick their favourites of 2021 and to explain why they loved them so much. Some of their picks are established cult-favourites, others may surprise you… Let’s discover our staff favourites of the past year!

DAPHNE – SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF +34

I received a tester of this product earlier this year and didn’t expect to like it since I was already obsessed with EltaMD’s UV Clear SPF46. To my surprise, I fell in love with this one from SkinMedica. At first glance, it’s nothing special. Its texture and color makes it feel like any other sunscreen. However, when I melt it into my skin, it hydrates and leaves my skin looking airbrushed. For that reason, it makes for the perfect makeup primer. I even use it at night before I apply my makeup to go out! My pores look smaller, my skin isn’t as oily. I don’t know how, but it just makes my skin look better and that’s all that matters!

JORDANNA – The entire ILIA brand

The whole line! For the first time in my life I have fallen in love with a makeup brand. It does so much more than enhancing your beauty, the ingredients do wonders to treat you skin, lashes and brows.

MARIE-FRANCE – Huna Organic Nourishing Lip Shine

I have this lip balm on me at ALL times. What I love about it is that it hydrates my lips without me feeling like I need to re-apply it every 10 minutes. It also is formulated with nothing but natural ingredients which is a major plus for me, and it’s Canadian-made! Practical and inexpensive, everything you could want from a product!

PAULE – Pai Skincare’s Heavy Mettle Hand Cream

Wow!!! I have eczema, so this hand cream was a game-changer for me. It really helped me get through this past winter and is almost entirely organic! Here’s a quick tip on how to use it: apply a thick layer on your hands at night, right before bed, and cover them up with cotton gloves. The next morning your hands will be silky smooth!

KARINE – ZIIP

From the first day we launched ZIIP in the Etiket spaces, I was fascinated by this tiny device that receives praises from celebrity, beauty editors and men and women from all over the world. I had tested the product in the past, but it was only this year that I decided to go for it and purchase a device for myself. To be honest, after the first few times I used it, I didn’t really notice the ‘instant lift’ effect that everyone talked about. Only after using it consistently for a few weeks did I notice a difference, particularly around the eye area. Recently ZIIP added treatment plans to the app that allow you to follow a specific routine for a certain amount of time and the results are amazing! Do I recommend this product to everyone? Absolutely not. Only to those that are ready to commit. I compare the ZIIP device to going to the gym. You’re not going to see results if you only use it once in a while. You need be to consistent. If you do commit, you will see results!

SIMON – Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Mask

I love this mask as my skin gets dry and dehydrated in the cold and winter and after this it is always better. I use it as an overnight mask and when I wake up in the morning my skin is always smoother, hydrated and less red. It’s my go to Sunday self-care mask.

STEVE – Kat Burki’s Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm

This cleansing balm is definitely a holy grail product for me, especially in the winter months! It removes everything from my face at night, all while leaving my skin feeling hydrated and soft. It’s cleaning and nourishing my skin all at once. Because it contains vitamin C, it’s also brightening my complexion. There’s really nothing this cleansing balm can’t do!

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Top Best Beauty Launches of 2021
Skin Care

Best New Products of 2021: Year End Roundup

We've listed the best beauty launches of the past year. Let's discover them together!

Many exciting things happened in 2021. Restrictions were loosened, new music was released, shows were up and running again, and new beauty products were launched. Many beauty newcomers in the Etiket spaces are now considered established favourites and for good reason! Let’s discover the products that conquered our hearts this past year!

Silymarin CF – SkinCeuticals

This vitamin C Serum from SkinCeuticals was an instant hit! Finally, a antioxidant serum for oily, acne-prone skin! The Salicylic Acid in this formula keeps acne at bay all while offering the multiple benefits of a vitamin C serum.

holi (mane) – Agent Nateur

This marine collagen supplement from the cult-favourite brand Agent Nateur really hit the ground running. It combines marine collagen and pearl powder to promote flourishing hair, radiant skin and resilient nails.

UV Clear SPF 46 Tinted – EltaMD

It’s no surprise that this product was a hit this year! The cult-favourite UV Clear SPF46 finally has a tint! Perfect for an everyday glow!

3 in 1 Face Cream – The Grey

The Grey was a big launch for Etiket in 2021. The dutch skincare brand for men offers a curated line of skincare products for the everyday gentleman. This cream, as its name indicates, offers the benefits of 3 skincare products in one. Perfect for any man on the go!

Carbon Star – Pai Skincare

Carbon Star was a unique product launch this past year because we’d never seen a face oil specifically formulated for oily, acne-prone skin. Needless to say, it was a hit!

TNS Advanced + Serum – SkinMedica

The beloved TNS Essential Serum was revamped in 2021! The TNS Advanced + Serum was defined as the next generation. Providing even more anti-aging and skin improving benefits.

Total Eye 3 in 1 Renewal Care – Colorescience

This new launch from Colorescience is skincare and makeup in 1! It is formulated with skin improving ingredients and offers a subtle color-correcting tint that will instantly conceal dark circles.

Superkind Collection – Tata Harper

Tata Harper released the Superkind Collection this past year that includes a cleanser, a serum, a moisturizer and a mask. All products were formulated without any harsh ingredients, making them perfect for anyone with sensitive or reaction-prone skin.

Anti-Pollution Masque – Environ

It seems as though 2021 was the year many started wondering about the effects of pollution on their skin. It seemed only fitting that Environ release a face mask specifically designed to neutralize the damaging effects of pollution on the skin. It was definitely a game-changer in many of our routines!

Clarity Line – Nuori

The beloved Dannish skincare brand Nuori released two Clarity products designed to treat acne and congestion without any harsh ingredients. The founder wanted to help acne-sufferers eradicate blemishes while hydrating the skin at the same time.

Dual Exfoliating Clay Mask – Kat Burki

This new launch from Kat Burki is the perfect way to chemically exfoliate in a luxurious way. Dab on this clay mask and sit back while the AHAs and BHAs buff away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter layer underneath! Skin perfecting in only 15 minutes!

Fullest Volumizing Mascara – ILIA

It’s not secret that ILIA mascara are pretty exceptional. The Limitless Lash Mascara was a hit, and so is their newest addition! Get fuller, longer lashes with the Fullest Volumizing Mascara!

Reusable Silicone Eye Masks – Consonant

Turn your favourite eye cream or serum into an eye mask! This latest launch from Consonant was designed to hold the product close to the skin and prevent evaporation. Perfect for a selfcare night in!

GrenzCine Face – Vivier

The cult-favourite GrenzCine line from Vivier just got an new addition! GrenzCine Face is the perfect complement to your anti-aging Vivier routine!

Intraceuticals line – Intraceuticals

The new brand to launch at Etiket was an instant success! Although Intraceuticals is new to Etiket, it has been around for a while and its products have proven the test of time. Touted by celebrities and beauty editors from around the world, this brand does not disappoint!

Shop these new launches online at etiket.ca or in-store!

Bestselling products of 2021
Hair Care

Top Beauty Products In Every Category: Looking back on the ‘it’ products of the year!

2021 was a great year for beauty! Discover the bestselling makeup, skincare and haircare products of the past year!

This past year was a great year for beauty. 2021 saw some exciting new launches from the industry’s leading brands and was a success for many cult-favourites that have been around for years. As we turn over a new leaf, and step into 2022, we wanted to shine a light on the products that made last year special. We broke down the beauty bestsellers into categories, ensuring no product was left behind! Discover our most popular products in skincare, haircare and makeup.

CLEANSERS

Gentle Cleanser – Pro-Derm
Hexam Gentle Cleanser – Vivier
Regenerating Cleanser – Tata Harper

TONERS

Refreshing Toner – Vivier
Equalizing Toner – SkinCeuticals
Botanical Infused Moisturising Toner – Environ

ANTIOXIDANT

CE Ferulic Serum – SkinCeuticals
CE Peptides Serum – SkinCeuticals
Silymarin CF – SkinCeuticals

MOISTURIZERS

Regenerating Cream – Pro-Derm
Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 – SkinCeuticals
AVST 5 – Environ

EYE CARE

A.G.E. Eye Complex – SkinCeuticals
Eye Contour Cream – Pro-Derm
Youth Essentia Vita-Peptide Eye Gel – Environ

SUNSCREEN

UV Clear SPF 46 – EltaMD
Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 – SkinCeuticals
Classic Sunscreen Sport SPF50 White Tea – Coola

FACE MASKS

Phyto Corrective Masque – SkinCeuticals
Ultra Purifying Clay Mask – Vivier
Hydrating Floral Mask – Tata Harper

FACE OILS

Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil – Pai Skincare
Active Botanical Serum – Vintner’s Daughter
Carbon Star – Pai Skincare

HYPERPIGMENTATION PRODUCTS

Lytera 2.0 – SkinMedica
Advanced Skin Lightening Serum – Vivier
Discoloration Defense – SkinCeuticals

SUPPLEMENTS

Holi (Mane) – Agent Nateur
Marine Collagen – Bend Skincare
The Antioxidant Enzyme – Glisodin

ACNE PRODUCTS

Blemish + Age Defense Serum – SkinCeuticals
LHA Cleanser – SkinCeuticals
Acne Treatment System – Vivier

MAKEUP

Limitless Lash Mascara – ILIA
Perfecting Powder – Glo Skin Beauty
”Un” Cover-Up – RMS Beauty

DEODORANT

Eucalyptus Deodorant – (Malin+Goetz)
Holi (stick) Sensitive Deodorant – Agent Nateur
Super Strength Deodorant – LoveFresh

RETINOL FORMULAS

Retinol 0.5 – SkinMedica
Retinol 0.5 – SkinCeuticals
Retinol 1.0 – SkinMedica

BODY CARE

All Purpose Cream – Egyptian Magic
Vanilla Bean Coffee Sugar Scrub – LoveFresh
Vanilla Hand & Body Lotion – LoveFresh

LIP PRODUCTS

Organic Cocoa Lip Balm – Huna
Tinted Lip Treatment – Tata Harper
Lip Wrap Hydrating Mask – ILIA

HAIR SHAMPOOS

Hydration Shampoo – Rahua
Balancing Shampoo – The Hair Routine
Peppermint Shampoo – (Malin+Goetz)

BEAUTY TOOLS

Jade Gua Sha Tool – Mount Lai
Cosmetic Roll-CIT 0.1MM – Environ
GX Nano Current Device + Golden Gel – ZIIP

Shop all of our products online at etiket.ca and in-store!

Fragrance

Our Favourite New Fragrances from 2021

Our favourite new arrivals reinvented the classics, and shared a versatile comforting warmth.

This year saw the arrival of some of the most memorable fragrances in recent memory. As we started compiling our favourites, we noticed many of our picks were united by a spirit of reinvention. Modern takes on chypres, fougères, and incense & rose, for example, mined old tropes for newly satisfying blends. In addition, most scents shared a sense of warmth, as if anticipating the extra comfort we’d need to stay grounded in our turbulent world.

Creamy dreamscapes, poetic forests, glowing auras of musk and smouldering incense helped us access serenity at Etiket HQ. But make no mistake: these scents are not just for winter! Instead, they prove that cozy, soothing or contemplative fragrances don’t have to be boring. Read on to discover our favourites, listed in no particular order.

Imaginary Authors
FOX IN THE FLOWERBED

A joyful, soothing ode to jasmine, diffused through the sepia lens of an early summer sunset. Colourfully nostalgic, like the films of Wes Anderson.
Escentric Molecules
MOLECULE 01 + PATCHOULI 

This reinvention of single-ingredient masterpiece Molecule 01 adds a moody, musky, spicy, sparkling patchouli layer to its skin-enhancing base.  
Arquiste
PEAU

Like sensual bass notes for the skin, with cedar air and an almost indescribable musk accord. Layer under everything: wide-eyed compliments will ensue.  
Meleg Perfumes
CIVET CAT CHYPRE

Meleg’s scents are unlike anything else on the market. Airy, buttery, and breathtakingly elegant; this is handmade perfumery at its best. 
Libertine Fragrance
SWEET GRASS 

A masterful recreation of the green tobacco pleasures of Canadian sweetgrass. A youthful fougère that’s equal parts prairie poetry and urban sex appeal.
Zoologist
MACAQUE YUZU EDITION

The tart-sweet bite of yuzu energizes the lemony facets of Hinoki wood, resulting in a dynamic and wearable composition with that trademark Zoologist twist.
Maison Crivelli
IRIS MALIKHÂN

A surprising reinvention of iris, with waves of vanilla pod crashing on an amber origami shore as a floral fog rolls in. This is fragrance as textural symphony.
Hiram Green
VETIVER

Two origins of vetiver lay rumbling at the heart of this all-natural ode to citrus and earth; so vivid it’s almost hallucinogenic. Perfectly balanced between wild and civilized. 

Indult
MY JU-JU

Like the creamy-woody smell of someone familiar, this scent deliciously evades description. Dewy green notes dance on a base reminiscent of cashmere donut icing.
Tauer
SUNDOWNER

Vivid but relaxed, and with “hygge” to spare, citrus and cocoa crackle over a layer of warm wood like an impossibly sexy bonfire. For venturing outwards with your sense of home intact.
L’Artisan Parfumeur
CONTES DU LEVANT

Damask rose illuminates a suspended geometry of pepper, patchouli and incense. Polished, gleaming, romantic, and much more than the sum of its parts.
2021 FRAGRANCE FAVOURITES SAMPLE PACK

Curious about this year’s top 10? This sample pack contains all the fragrances featured here. Grab one and find a new favourite!
Is Fragrance Giftable?
Fragrance

Is Fragrance Really Giftable?

As the holiday season rolls around, we’re often asked about the best way to select a fragrance as a gift. Here are some steps to help you achieve a fragrance gifting triumph.

As the holiday season rolls around, we’re often asked about the best way to select a fragrance as a gift. Many people like the idea of gifting fragrance, especially for a loved one who’s often within smelling distance. But the wide variety of fragrances available and the personal nature of scent make it a particular challenge, especially if you’re not a diehard fragrance lover yourself. However, contrary to popular belief, it is possible to get them a fragrance they’ll love! In a perfect world, you could just buy them another bottle of their favourite, in which case, you’ll be done before you know it. Assuming that’s not an option, here are some steps to help you achieve a fragrance gifting triumph.

1. Don’t think so much about ”notes” or ingredients; think about personality

Perfumes are often described by what fragrance “families” they belong to. Are they sweet? Floral? Woody? Animalic? And while knowing your recipient’s taste in ingredients can help, often fragrances can vary just as much within families as between them. Instead, we suggest thinking first about the personality or style of the person you’re buying for. Are they bold? Reserved? Dramatic? Fun? Distinctions like fancy or casual, and for work or for play, can often help narrow the field better than deciding between cedar and vanilla.

To this end, we’ve compiled a Fragrance Gift Guide with nine categories of fragrance lovers (or the fragrance curious). Look for ones that feel like they describe your recipient’s disposition, taste in clothes, or the way they greet the world.

2. Stick to the safe bets (and beware some tricky ingredients)

There are two reasons that ingredients do matter a little for gift giving: skin chemistry and scent associations. Scent is closely tied to memory, which can make the exact same smell feel different to different people. Additionally, perfume changes subtly once it hits skin, making it harder to estimate how certain perfumes will smell on any particular person. To maximize your chances of success, we recommend sticking to more versatile scents with crowd-pleasing ingredients and styles.

Try: Escentric Molecules

This brand is a hit for a reason. Without getting too technical, many of their most-loved perfumes aren’t really “perfumes” in the sense that vanilla isn’t really a cake. Instead, their line of “Molecule” scents (numbered 01-05) are suspensions of a single versatile base note in alcohol. Translation? They’re the frame, not the painting. This means that they adapt to anyone’s skin and amplify the best qualities of their natural scent. The result is a wear-it-anywhere automatic jaw dropper that can also layer beautifully with any other scents in their collection.

Try: Malin + Goetz

These fun, modern fragrances are a nice bridge between “nice smell” and “proper perfume” (and we mean that in the best way possible). They’re inspired by easily-identifiable smells, and evoke them in an accessible way. They’re already well loved for their addictive body products, and their packaging is effortlessly chic. And worst comes to worst, buying someone a fragrance named “Cannabis” is sure to at least make them smile (but it would also smell great on almost anyone anyway).

Be careful with: buying something ”fresh”

“Fresh” is a concept in perfume that’s become such a cliché it hardly means anything. If they’ve told you they like “fresh” fragrances, or you have a memory of them smelling “clean”, this could be helpful, or could be a trap. Because of the way scent is tied to memory, “fresh” could mean anything from citrus to mint, light flowers to aquatic, and even white musk. Try to narrow your search by thinking of their personality, or if “fresh” is all you have to go on, consider any Heeley fragrance with a white label.

Be careful with: Floral for the sake of floral

Flowers are foundational to the history of perfume. They also could be the most polarizing ingredient of them all. Not only can people have strong reactions to heavily floral scents, but the way that flowers show up in a composition ranges from “shrieking” to “invisible”. This doesn’t mean you should stay away from any fragrance which lists flowers among the notes; most will have some somewhere. However, if a fragrance is described as both rich/intense and predominantly floral, you might want to get them to try a sample first (unless you or they are experienced fragrance buyers).

One exception to this rule is if you know they have a favourite flower. If so, find a fragrance that doesn’t just include it, but is overwhelmingly and exclusively inspired by it. Lilac lovers will likely love A Lilac a Day, orange blossom enthusiasts will likely swoon over Histoire d’Orangers, and if they grow real roses in their garden, Lustre should remind them of home. 

3. Smell for yourself, and even get a second opinion

It will not surprise you to hear that smells cannot be fully experienced through the internet (at least not yet). While many of our clients have learned enough about their personal taste to shop our fragrance selection online, buying a fragrance gift can put many of us back at square one. An excellent way to complete your holiday shopping would be to visit our Montréal boutique and sniff a shortlist of options. If this is a possibility for you, the same advice from #1 applies; when smelling each fragrance, try to think of the person’s energy, personality and style more than decide whether they’d like the actual ingredients.

For those who aren’t lucky enough to live nearby, we also offer the option to purchase samples online of almost any fragrance we sell. If you plan ahead, investing a small amount in an assortment of samples can help you seal the deal, or even sneak an option onto the skin of the actual person you’re buying for. And if the element of surprise is too important to give up, bring the samples around to someone who knows your recipient just as well (or even better) than you do. When seeking a second opinion, the question we’d recommend asking isn’t “would they like this?” as much as “do you think this smells like them?” Lastly, if you’re their significant other, remember to consider what scents you’d enjoy smelling on them as well!

4. Don’t forget the home!

If you’re still not ready to make a judgement call on a fragrance for skin, try a fragrance for space! Any room is enlivened by the invisible colour of a home fraIf you’re still too scared to make a judgement call about a fragrance for skin, try a fragrance for space! Any room is enlivened by the invisible colour of a home fragrance, and we carry a beautiful array of scents in various formats. Home scents are the perfect gifting sweet spot: something almost everybody loves, but many people often don’t buy for themselves.  

The range of diffusers from Culti Milano have been extremely popular, as well as their car sachets – a unique gift for anybody who drives to work. Local Montréal brands Les Citadines and T. Lees create artisanal, elevated scents for every taste, and Arquiste’s candles are vibrant, transportive and unique. Finally, for the ultimate luxury experience, the world-renowned house of Fornasetti makes candles which rise to the level of art objects – taking home scent from invisible accent to dazzling decor.

Finally, gifting fragrance with Etiket has one distinct advantage – free samples! Like most retailers, we can’t accept returns of used fragrance, even if it’s only been sprayed once. However, Etiket offers complimentary fragrance samples with every purchase. Simply request a sample of the scents you’re buying and we’ll happily include them so your recipient can try the sample on before they open the full-sized bottle. If it turns out it’s not for them, they can easily return the unused fragrance and get something for themselves. This also means that every bottle of fragrance you buy for someone else lets you try some free samples for yourself, and if that isn’t a reason to be generous, I don’t know what is!

Image source: @penhaligons_london

6 Tips For Glowing Skin
Skin Care

6 Tips For Glowing Skin: The Fall Reset Plan

After months of high temperatures, sun exposure and an inconsistent skincare routine, once fall rolls around, our skin may be a little worse for wear. For that reason, we've put together a skincare guide designed to shed your summer complexion to reveal a glowing layer beneath.

For many of us, once fall rolls around, our skin isn’t looking its best. In fact, after months of high temperatures, sun exposure and an inconsistent skincare routine, our skin may be a little worse for wear.

The change of season calls for a skincare reboot. A routine full of active ingredients that will treat some unwanted hyperpigmentation, dryness, dullness and even acne is what you need. We’ve put together a skincare guide designed to shed your summer complexion to reveal a glowing layer beneath!

1. REBALANCE THE SKIN WITH A TONER OR AN ESSENCE

Although frequently overlooked, toners and essences are essential in a skincare routine. Depending on the toner, it can exfoliate, balance the skin’s pH and help the rest of your products work more effectively. As for essences, they essentially nourish the deeper layers of the skin, allowing your skin to absorb all the benefits from the rest of your products.

2. INCORPORATE A VITAMIN A INTO YOUR ROUTINE

If you placed your retinol aside for the summer, fall is a great time to bring it back! Not only does retinol even out discoloration and hyperpigmentation caused by the sun and environmental elements, but it also helps fight acne and early signs of aging. It’s definitely a must in a skincare routine.

3. YOUR DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is a great ingredient for overall skin health and radiance. In fact, it protects your skin against daily environmental damage and helps brighten your complexion. Using a retinol at night and a vitamin C serum during the day is a great way to get your glow back!

4. BYE-BYE DARK SPOTS!

Summer left behind some unwanted spots on your skin? Don’t worry! With the help of some brightening serums, you can lighten them up in no time… as long as you’re willing to put in the work. Consistency is key with these serums.

5. A DOSE OF HYDRATION

Hydration is key in achieving a healthy glow. A good moisturizer, packed with hydrating ingredients, is what you’ll want to reach for after a fun-filled summer under the sun!

6. BUFF AWAY DEAD SKIN CELLS FOR A GUARANTEED GLOW!

Shed your summer skin to reveal a fresh layer underneath! Weekly exfoliation is key in increasing cell turnover and keeping your complexion looking fresh and radiant. You can exfoliate your skin with serums, cleansers, creams, masks, whichever you prefer!

PRO-TIP

Boost the effectiveness of your products by incorporating microneedling into your routine. After cleansing and toning your skin, use Environ’s roller on your face and neck. This technique allows your hyaluronic acid, vitamin A and even vitamin C based products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, leading to better results. We love to use the roller with the Frown Serum from Environ because it targets fine lines on the forehead and crow’s feet. It hydrates and plumps the skin all at once for a refreshed appearance.

Looking for more skincare advice? Contact us at [email protected]

Jordanna's product recommendations for acne.
Skin Care

Ask Etiket: How Do I Keep Acne Breakouts At Bay?

We've all been there. Incessantly trying to calm the acne flare-ups that keep popping up one after the other all over your face. For some expert advice on how to tame your acne flare-ups, we turned to our in-house esthetician Jordanna who knows a thing or two about managing acne.

Jordanna Kavanat, Esthetician at Etiket Boutique

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We’ve all been there. Similar to a game of whack-a-mole, you’re incessantly trying to calm the acne flare-ups that keep popping up one after the other all over your face. Those flare-ups can be caused by anything from hormonal imbalances, to your diet, to the products you’re using and other lifestyle habits. While you should seek the counsel of a skincare professional if these flare-ups persist over time, there are some tips and tricks you can use to weather out the storm. We’ve asked our in-house esthetician Jordanna to share with us the tricks she’s learned over the years on how to manage acne.

JORDANNA’S 5 SIMPLE TIPS

I have lots of tips and tricks as I am acne-prone and work with many acne-prone clients.

Tip number 1: Wash your face morning and night, double-cleansing at night to help with congestion. When double-cleansing, start with an oil to help remove makeup, sunscreen and build-up from the day. I recommend Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser because it can also be used on its own in the morning. For sensitive skin, I recommend Pai Skincare’s Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil. The second cleanser should be to deep cleanse. Tata Harper’s Clarifying Cleanser is my favourite as it has AHAs and BHAs in it to help fight breakouts and congestion.

Tip number 2: Be consistent with your routine. Keep it simple so that your skin can process what it needs to do in regards to ingredients.

Tip number 3: Use an AHA/BHA mask and a clay mask once a week. You can also use a clay mask as an overnight spot treatment. For exfoliating mask, I really like Pai Skincare’s Dinner Out Blemish Mask, Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask and Environ’s Sebu Clear Mask. In the clay mask category, I love Nuori’s Clarity Mask, Tata Harper’s Purifying Mask and The Terreusmasque from Pro-Derm.

Tip number 4: Look at your lifestyle (ie. diet, exercise, sleep, stress, habits) to make positive changes on the inside that will better your outside. Most of the time, your skin is trying to tell you something.

Tip number 5: Once the pimples are there, the trick is to cover them up while they heal. For that, I use a tinted sunscreen to even out my complexion, and a concealer to spot conceal. I love Elta MD’s UV Clear Tinted SPF 46 as a base and Ilia’s True Skin Concealer for the extra coverage.

Would you like to book a virtual or in-person consultation with Jordanna, or any other of our estheticians? Contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 514.687.3886.

Get your skin ready for fall!
Skin Care

Fall Skincare Guide: Bring Your Skin Back to Life

Although it may be difficult to accept that summer is officially coming to an end, it's time to consider what we can do to treat post-summer skin to make it glowing and healthy for the fall season ahead. Here are our top fall skin care tips for your best skin yet - healthy, hydrated, and luminous!

Although it may be difficult to accept that summer is officially coming to an end, it’s time to consider what we can do to treat post-summer skin to make it glowing and healthy for the fall season ahead.

Having a pro-active approach now will save you from that moment when you catch your reflection in the mirror and realize your skin is showing the effects of not enough sunscreen and not enough self-care over the lazy months of summer.

Here are our top fall skin care tips for your best skin yet – healthy, hydrated, and luminous!

BOOK YOUR CHANGE OF SEASON FACIAL

The first and most important step is to schedule an appointment with your esthetician for a treatment. Trust in the advice of a professional to analyze your post-summer skin, apply the appropriate treatment and make recommendations for a fall skin care regimen. All that time spent in the sun this pas summer may have yielded a few sun spots, sun damage or fine lines and wrinkles – all worthy of a once-over by a professional. We love a Brightening Hydrafacial like the Hydrafcial MD Brightening Treatment featuring the Britenol Vortez-Booster we offer in our SPA. It targets dark spots and sun-damaged areas, while encouraging collagen production and cellular renewal. We also recommend our Tata Harper Brightening Facial with Muti-Acid Peel, as it gently exfoliates the skin with natural AHAs to deliver an instantly luminous complexion.

DEEP-PORE CLEANSING

We know that you have been using a lot of sunscreen these past few months, and so you skin may be a bit overwhelmed and may look and feel dull and congested. Clear out clogged pores by applying a clay mask. This will allow you skin to better absorb the beneficial ingredients in your creams and serums. Kat Burki’s Dual Exfoliating Clay Mask is great for removing impurities and cellular debris, while providing a mild exfoliation and a boost of hydration.

THROUGH EXFOLIATION

Now that pores are clear, maintain skin by buffing away any build-up of dead skin cells that remain on the surface. Look for a gentle face polish or a night cream/lotion with AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids). This powerful ingredient will smooth away any roughness, as well as brighten the skin overnight! Environ’s Alpha Hydroxy Night Cream is a crowd-pleaser as it gently exfoliates the skin while providing a deep hydration for a radiant glow.

DARK SPOTS AND DISCOLOURATION

Vitamin A is one of the best ingredients to even out discoloration and hyper-pigmentation caused by the sun and environmental elements. Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, will help to diminish brown spots and blotchiness, while also illuminating the skin’s appearance. For beginners, we recommend SkinCeuticals’ Retinol 0.3. We recommend using it a few times a week to start. Once your skin gets used to the product, you can start using it every single night or every other night.

BRIGHTENING SERUMS

Even though your bronzed summer skin is fading, if your skin is healthy and hydrated, it should naturally radiate. Keep it nourished and radiant by applying a brightening serum in the morning and at night. Our best-selling brightening serum is SkinMedica’s Lytera. This serum minimizes the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots. It has also been proven to improve the overall appearance of the skin.

HYDRATE AND MOISTURIZE

At this time of year, the summer sun, heat, salt water, and chlorine have taken their toll on your skin leaving it dry and dehydrated. Our natural moisture levels get depleted, which ends up leaving our skin not only feeling dry and rough but looking that way too. Moisturizers should have antioxidants and ingredients that help skin hold on to water, skin-repairing ingredients, and/or anti-inflammatory ingredients. Our clients are obsessed with Vivier’s latest launch: the GrenzCine Face Cream. It hydrates and firms the skin while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and increasing luminosity.

INVEST IN A ZIIP

ZIIP is an electrical facial in the palm of your hand. It uses nano currents and microcurrents to communicate with your skin cells, increasing their effectiveness, prompting them to heal, and encouraging them to make an abundance of Collagen and Elastin.

With 7 different treatments to choose from, the Pigment Treatment is designed to even skin tone by suppressing the overproduction of melanin that leads to dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. The six-minute treatment is meant to be used every other day until pigmentation improves and then once a week for maintenance after that.

MAINTAIN YOUR GLOW WITHOUT THE SUN

Summer is done but no one said we had to stop looking fabulous! Yes it’s possible to have ridiculously radiant skin without being in the sun, and yes, it can be from an all-natural formula too. The Impossible Glow from Pai Skincare is a great way to get that sunkissed glow in no time. Its all-natural and certified organic formulation give you a post-holiday glow without ever having to board a plane. Just add a few drops to your moisturizer and you’re ready to go.

If you have any questions or need help building a routine that works for you, contact us at [email protected]

Discover Juliette from Juliette & Chocolat
In Conversation With

In Conversation with Juliette from Juliette & Chocolat

Our story with Juliette begins a few years ago, when we discovered her chocolate shop on Sainte-Catherine. We wanted to learn more about how Juliette & Chocolat came about and how Juliette juggles life as a successful business owner, mother, wife and friend.
@juliettechoco

Our story with Juliette begins a few years ago, when we discovered her chocolate shop on Sainte-Catherine, just a few blocks from Etiket boutique (we’re practically neighbours!). Our love for Juliette & Chocolat grew when we learned more about the woman behind the brand. 

In fact, Juliette & Chocolat was founded by a beautiful woman named… you guessed it, Juliette! All you need to do is follow her Instagram page to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how she runs her successful business with her husband and her 5 adorable kids. We wanted to learn more about how Juliette & Chocolat came about and how Juliette juggles life as a successful business owner, mother, wife and friend.

How did the idea of creating Juliette & Chocolat come to you?

I’m a foodie. Always have been, and I love to cook. Eating has always been one of my life’s greatest pleasures. I’ve always had a weakness for sweets. I can’t imagine ending a meal without a dessert, that just doesn’t make sense to me! When I go out to restaurants, I always start by asking for the dessert menu. Choosing my dessert first allows me to then choose my main course.

I got the idea of creating Juliette & Chocolat when I was at the end of my studies in Finance. At the time, I was looking for start-up ideas. Because I have such a sweet tooth, and because I wasn’t able to find any hot chocolate in Montreal like my grandmother used to make (!) the idea came to me to open a chocolate bar, similar to a coffee shop, but where one could sit and drink a hot chocolate. This idea then led to a menu filled with chocolate recipes, from hot chocolates and pastries to fondues and candies. I wanted Juliette & Chocolat to be a paradise for chocolate lovers. Finally, wanting there to be a French flare to the business, I added salty and sweet crepes to the menu.

With your own business and a family of five, how do you juggle it all and have time for yourself?

Hahahaha! I’m often asked this question. Honestly, it all comes down to being organized, while also being laid-back and taking life as it comes. Every hour of my week is organized, and I have “to-do lists” for every part of my life. I have a day planner that allows me to stay on top of everything. However, if at the end of the day, the house is a mess, the dirty dishes are still on the counter and the kids go to bed a little past their bedtime, I don’t lose sleep over it. I’d say that I also have an amazing support system in my personal and professional lives (even though the two overlap). I have friends and colleagues that are as invested in my business as I am and who want to see me succeed. I’m very blessed in that respect. 

How do you start the day? What is your morning routine?

My mornings are always chaotic: imagine a house of 7 people who all went to bed late the night before! I help the kids get ready for school, make sure I have my eye makeup on … it’s a little like a race against the clock, though we do manage to eat breakfast all together. No coffee for me, I have enough energy as it is! Instead, I make a healthy, vitamin-filled smoothie for us all to drink before heading out the door!

I then drop the kids off at school. Making sure everyone gets to school on time, with their schoolbooks, lunch and PE clothes is a challenge… it’s like a little victory every morning.

What does your everyday beauty routine look like?

Morning: My routine is remarkably simple. I hydrate my skin with a cream I have on hand (I’m lucky enough to receive beauty products as gifts, so I switch them up a lot).

Night: My nighttime routine is also simple. I wash my face with cold water and a gentle cleanser. Right now I’m using the Peoni Cleanser from JB Skin Savvi. After that, I hydrate my skin with the Peoni Oil from JB Skin Savvi. 

Do you do something special to take care of your skin?

Once or twice a week I will deep clean my skin with a Clarisonic brush. Besides that, I hydrate my face and body every night.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?

Happy people are beautiful, be happy!

Who is your beauty inspiration?

Audrey Hepburn

What does your makeup routine look like?

I apply makeup everyday but I keep it simple. I apply a kohl liner that I bought at a souk in Damas when I lived there. It’s a black liner that stays put all day. I love it! After that, I apply a few layers of mascara. From time to time, I add a neutral eyeshadow and a pop of blush to the cheeks.

What beauty products can we always find in your handbag?

Hahahaha, I have more toys in my purse to keep my kids entertained than I do beauty products. I always have a lip balm (does that count?). Sometimes, I’ll have a lipstick in my purse for touch ups throughout the day. 

What’s your signature fragrance?

I’m a huge fan of Angel by Thierry Mugler. It’s a sweet, candy scent and so enticing to me. I have no idea how I found it, but I can recognize it anywhere!

What do you do to unwind at the end of a busy day?

I play with my kids, I read, I cook, I watch movies with my family, I never run out of ways to unwind at the end of the day. I always find time to relax and to ground myself. It’s the key to not burning out!

Finally, what’s your guilty pleasure?

A good meal with a delicious dessert at the end.

Follow Juliette on Instagram at  @juliettechoco or her business,  Juliette & Chocolat @juliette_chocolat

Skin Care

Etiket Staff Must-Have Products For Fall

Fall is a season that pairs well to the beauty industry. Discover the products that our staff just can't get enough of.

Picking new products to try can be very overwhelming, what with all the options out there. To simplify the process for you, we’ve asked our team to come up with one must-have product each for fall. Fall is a time of transformation, the weather is changing, the leaves are turning and the days are getting shorter. Your beauty routine should transform as well. A few tweaks can make saying goodbye to summer much easier on your skin. From hydrating moisturizers and warm-toned makeup, to spice-scented candles and nourishing body oils, fall is a season that is perfect for self-care, something we all need right now. Discover the products that our team just can’t get enough of.

Emmanuelle – Tata Harper Specialist & Aesthetician

I love the Retinoic Face Oil from Tata Harper because it is a multivitamin oil, and just like our body, we need to boost our natural defences and regulate our cells with the changing of the seasons. Retinoic oil, which is a natural form of vitamin A, has an ultra-regenerating effect without irritating the skin, it also has anti-aging properties. I call this oil “the vitamin cocktail”! Its oil texture also allows me to massage my face and use my gua sha every night. I can also mix it into my day cream in the morning to infuse even more hydration into my dry skin. It will prevent dehydration throughout the day. – Emmanuelle

Jordanna – Holistic Aesthetician

The Holi (water) Pearl & Rose Hyaluronic Toner from Agent Nateur is the most hydrating post cleanse product I have ever used. It allows the skin to attract more moisture, which is crucial as we head into the colder and drier months. Once applied, you can feel your skin barrier getting stronger.

Monica – Boutique Operations Manager

My fall obsession is the Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer from Tata Harper. Not only is it packed with antioxidants to protect my skin and give it a radiant glow, but it also hydrates my problematic oily skin without causing flare-ups. I see a real difference when I use it, and will never go without it! I love that it gives my skin a glow, helps prevent signs of aging and hydrates without leaving a thick layer of residue on my skin. (People with problematic and oily skin like mine are unfortunately all too familiar with creams that leave unwanted residue!)

Paule Medical Aesthetician

I first discovered Environ when Etiket opened in 2011 and I have been using it ever since. Environ’s Hydrating Oil Capsules are a must have for me when fall hits and it starts to get cold outside. They help to overcome dehydration from the changing of the season. They leave my skin feeling nourished and satiny.- Paule

Sari – Skincare & Fragrance Specialist

After the summer is over and I have lost my suntan glow, this creamy texture of the Master Radiant Base makes me feel radiant and sun-kissed. I have loved RMS since we first start carrying it at Etiket and now any new launch becomes a favourite of mine. Easy and simple to use and all clean ingredients. – Sari

Naomi – Skincare & Fragrance Specialist

The HydrExtreme Hydration Booster from the Canadian brand Consonant is my fall superstar product because I love that this product (which has only two (!) ingredients) gives me a hydration boost that lasts all day. I use it on my face and lips to plump the skin. With drier and more sensitive skin these months, this super gentle and effective product is perfect for me! – Naomi

Daphne – Customer Experience Coordinator & Social Media

After spending the summer in the sun (with sunscreen *almost* every day), I find that my red acne marks appear a little darker than in the winter months. That is where Discoloration Defense from SkinCeuticals comes in to rescue my skin! Formulated with key ingredients in fighting pigmentation, this serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of stubborn brown patches and post-acne marks. In my opinion, this is a must in everyone’s beauty bag post-summer! – Daphne

Adam – Warehouse Coordinator

When I started at Etiket I didn’t know much about skincare, and now I appreciate everything we offer – I am amazed at what good skincare has done for my skin! I keep the MALIN+GOETZ Mojito Lip Balm with me all the time. It is healing for my lips – more than just moisturizing! – Adam

Karine – Director of Marketing

Those close to me know that I LOVE hair products. In fact, hair often becomes a topic of conversation with me! From the first time I tried these masks from Montreal-based brand The Hair Routine, I knew that they would become an obsession. I’m constantly repenishing them. They make my hair strong, shiny, soft and bouncy, just how I like it! Their secret is simple; every jar contains water, oil and proteins essential for maintaining healthy hair. I rotate the masks to ensure my hair stays flawless. All you have to do is meet Clarissa, the founder of the brand to be convinced, she has the hair of a Goddess! – Karine

Steve – VP Operations

I love the Supreme Moisture Mask from NUORI! As we go into winter, my skin gets so dry – especially as I run outside everyday! I use it as an overnight mask and LOVE the glow my skin has in the morning! Stay Excited! – Steve

Simon – Founder & President

I started using the Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream when I was testing the brand for the store. I have always been a Vitamin C serum guy as I know how important antioxidants are in my daily routine. After reading about how this 15% Vitamin C cream works, I was intrigued to see the results. I have to say I like the texture and feel of the cream AND I am seeing the results I have always seen with the serums I used to use. – Simon

Want a fresh, glowing, youthful complexion? Exfoliation is key!
Skin Care

What do Hydroxy Acids do for your skin?

Who doesn't want skin that looks fresh, rejuvenated and glowing? The question is, how and what products do you use. In this blog post, we tackle everything you need to know about exfoliation!

Who doesn’t want skin that looks fresh, rejuvenated and glowing? The question is, how and what products do you use. Hydroxy Acids exfoliate which means they remove dead skin cells and improve skin cell turnover. That means fresh, glowing skin that better reflects light.

Our skin naturally exfoliates of course but as we age and as the result of environmental factors including unprotected sun exposure, the natural shedding process of the skin may slow down or even stop. That will leave us with dull, dry or even flaky skin. We may see enlarged pores, loss of firmness, uneven skin tone and yes, even more wrinkles.

Hydroxy Acids – either AHA (alpha hydroxy acid – glycolic and lactic acids) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid – beta hydroxy or salicylic acid) are one way to help gently exfoliate the skin.

AHA: These work on the skin’s surface and are water soluble and we recommend for those with normal to dry or sun damaged skin because of their ability to work with natural moisturizing factors within the skin.

BHA: These work on the skin’s surface and inside the pores, are oil soluble and we recommend for normal to oily skin that is more prone to enlarged pores, acne and blemishes. BHA also has natural skin calming properties so it is gentle enough for people who experience redness or even rosacea.

Benefits:

  • Helps to soften lines and wrinkles
  • Will penetrate pores and exfoliate the pores
  • Stimulates collagen to increase elasticity and firmness
  • Helps to improve overall texture of the skin
  • Used correctly, will help with skin hydration
SkinCeuticals

We are often asked which is better or can I combine them. We suggest to use the one that is appropriate to your skin type and testing to see what works better for you. Everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to different products and ingredient strengths. Using both an AHA and BHA exfoliant at the same time may be too much. Alternate or use morning or night always after cleansing and toning. Start slowly and see how your skin reacts – we all have a tendency to want to go too quickly and that more is better. NOT TRUE! You may also want to look at different options, for example, using a BHA on oily areas and an AHA on the dryer ones. There are also products that have a combination of these two acids. It is important to not over-exfoliate and to always use a sunscreen as use of these products may make the skin more sun sensitive

AHA/ BHA CREAM from SKINMEDICA


If you are not sure which products are right for you, or when to use them, make sure you are asking a trained skin therapist who knows the products that you are using and also understands your skin and skin care goals.

Keep your complexion exfoliated and glowing with these AHA/BHA products!

Patch Flash Sketch Tauerville
Fragrance

Flash Patch from Andy Tauer

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS We asked Andy Tauer what Patch Flash was ...

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Patch Flash Sketch Tauerville
Sketch by Andy Tauer

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
We asked Andy Tauer what Patch Flash was all about and this sketch was his answer.
For any of you that follow Andy on Instagram, you know he is a constant sketcher.

WHAT IS PATCH FLASH ALL ABOUT?
If it was up to Andy, he would say you need to discover it on your own. He likes the idea that everybody smells it without worrying too much about inspiration and notes.
Do you love it or don’t you?
We know that we do.
Patch Flash from Andy Tauer’s TAUERVILLE is a gorgeous oriental sent with notes of Spices, Warm flowers, Leather, Patchouli, Benzoin.
Now it is up to you to decide for yourself.
Andy Tauer's Patch Flash
Patch Flash Tauerville

WHAT IS TAUERVILLE?
Created by Andy Tauer the self made perfumer behind Tauer Perfumes, Tauerville is a fresh and fun and a simpler take on Andy’s incredible vision of scent. These small format fragrances are either a perfect introduction to his more complex scents or just a beautiful way to lose yourself in fragrance.

Tauerville by Andy Tauer

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