The Pine Journal

  • Multipurpose Products

    Multipurpose Products

    Who doesn't love to stretch their money.. especially with the huge price increases on everything right now? A simple way to stretch your money is by purchasing products that are multifunctional. Here's a look at some products we carry that are natural, work well, and perform many functions! 

    Cast Iron Soap/Hand Soap - 100% Natural Cast Iron Cleaning & Seasoning Soap is made using traditional soap making methods and free of sulfates, phosphates, parabens or petrochemicals! Gently cleans and maintains the natural seasoning on cast iron skillets, pans, woks & grills. Gently cleans cast iron without destroying the seasoning! This moisturizing & conditioning soap is gentle enough to be used on your hands!  This lightly scented soap is made with a proprietary blend of lemongrass and rosemary essential oils. Ingredients: water, saponified vegetable oil, glycerin, lemongrass and rosemary essential oils. Refill available

    Yoga Mat Spray/Natural Evaporating CleanserGreen Cricket’s yoga mat spray has tea tree oil and witch hazel to provide natural disinfectant and anti-microbial properties and orange, lavender and ylang ylang to give a refreshing and pleasant scent. Safe to use on all types of yoga mats. Use on changing tables, toys, yoga mats, sports equipment, computers and car interiors; this is also a great deodorizer for shoes and sports bags! Orange, lavender and ylang ylang essential oils give a pleasant, refreshing scent. Made without parabens, SLES, SLS, artificial fragrances or colours. Ingredients: Aqua, witch hazel, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylangylang) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (sweet Orange) Peel Oil, sodium benzoate (preservative), polysorbate (preservative). Refill available

    Oxygen Brightener/Tile & Grout Cleaner This multi-purpose brightener shines in the laundry room, but also in the bathroom, kitchen and all over the house! Add a scoop to your laundry along with your favourite detergent for whiter whites and brighter brights. Featuring sodium percarbonate (hydrogen peroxide) as a brightening agent, sodium carbonate (washing soda) and the superhero duo of citric acid and lemon essential oil to break down mineral build-up, this powder can be made into a paste to clean grout and ceramics, or a solution to spray on carpet stains. Ingredients: Sodium percarbonate, Sodium carbonate, Citric acid, Citrus limonum (Lemon essential oil). Refill available. 

    All-in-1 Cleaner - Finally a 100% all natural cleaner that replaces the need for multiple products in your home. It's a glass cleaner, kitchen cleaner, wood cleaner, floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, wall cleaner, and well, a 'just about everything' cleaner. This cleaner is pH balanced, which means it is safe to use on everything from antiques to granite to custom wood floors. Even electronics, toys, car interiors, glass & mirrors, metals and stainless steel, granite, marble and stone can all be safely cleaned with All-in-1 Cleaner. Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Organic Saponaria Officinalis (Soapwort Herb) Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Fucus (Seaweed) Extract, Sodium Chloride (Celtic Sea Salt), Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Flowers) Extract, Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Herb) Extract, Organic Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark Extract, Organic Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Organic Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Extract. Refill available. 

    Dish Block/Stain Remover - Solid dishwashing soap is a cleaning powerhouse with a rich, sudsy lather, which cuts stubborn grime and grease on dishes, pots and pans. You can use it for cleaning-duty all over your home. It can take stains out of laundry, take labels off of jars, spot clean your carpet, or use it to wipe down ovens... a truly multipurpose product. Ingredients: Sodium ester salts, sodium salts, cocoyl (plant-derived cleaning agent) alkyl sulfonates (cleaning agent) alkyl polyglucosides (plant-derived cleaning agent) sodium carbonate (mineral-derived cleaning agent) potassium cocoate (plant-derived cleaning agent) vegetable glycerol (skin protectant) quillaja saponaria* (plant-derived cleaning agent) aloe vera leaf* (skin protectant) sodium citrate (pH adjuster) sodium gluconate (chelating agent) sodium benzoate (preservative) purified water (solvent) * denotes organic ingredient   Comes in a recyclable paper box.

    Heartwood Body Oil/Bath Oil - Heartwood body oil is a multi-purpose concentrated beauty elixir! Lavish your skin with rich plant oils, hand picked, hand brewed Canadian botanical extracts and light natural fragrance. Every bottle is brimming with pure, potent goodness to nourish your skin and senses. Earthy and natural, this rich fragrance showcases the pleasing notes of balsam fir, juniper, black spruce and cedarwood. A hint of patchouli helps bring everything together, making for a deep, spicy perfume oil that will make you feel like you’ve been embraced by the forest. Uses include the following:

    • Apply immediately after shower to damp skin or mist skin with a toner before massaging into skin.
    • Massage a few drops of oil into your hands, cuticles, toes and elbows to deeply nourish these areas.
    • Massage a small amount of oil to wet hair as a hair masque. Wrap your hair in a towel and relax for 30 minutes, shampoo and rinse.
    • Add Heartwood Oil to the bath for a super moisturizing bath that smells like the forest.
    • Perfume oil, roll on your wrist for an all natural woodsy scent.
    Ingredients: organic sunflower seed oil, hemp seed oil, balsam fir oil, Black Spruce oil, Cedarwood oil, organic castor seed oil, Atlas Cedar bark oil, Juniper fruit oil, Patchouli oil, Red Pine extract, Pepper fruit extract, vitamin E.  Comes in a glass bottle.


    Beyond the double (or more) duty of these products, the above are zero waste and many are available for in-store refill. As an added bonus, the products above are made using ingredients that benefit you and don't harm the environment! 

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  • Some of our Favourite Plants

    Some of our Favourite Plants

    Nothing boosts your mood like a houseplant! They're the perfect addition to any space as we welcome the warmer weather. Taking care of our leafy friends always leaves us feeling better. If you're looking for a houseplant, but not sure where to start, here's a look at some of our faves to give you some inspo.

    Monstera Deliciosa - This easy-to-grow plant has large heart-shaped leaves. It grows about a foot a year with a mature-size height of 3' and 2-3' width. Bright indirect sunlight provide the most favourable environment for your Monstera to thrive. A deep pot with drain holes works well. Water every week or 2 until water leaks from the drainage holes. Growth naturally tends towards sunlight For balanced growth, turn your Monstera weekly to encourage even growth. 


    Money Tree - A symbol of prosperity and wealth, the money tree is a popular gift. Bright indirect sunlight is best for optimal growth, but your money tree can survive in low light too. A pot with drainage holes works well to ensure proper drainage post watering. Overwatering is more harmful than underwatering. As your money tree grows you will need to re-pot it from time to time. As a general rule, you want a pot with a diameter as wide as the plant's foliage. When repotting a money tree, keep the soil mixture consistent (peat moss, perlite, and sand with fertilizer mixed in). The best temperature for your money tree's health is between 60-75F.

    Snake Plant - Welcome to the jungle! Snake plants are easy to grow and can reach a height of 8'. Snake plants can vary in color although many have green-banded leaves and commonly feature a yellow border. They will thrive in very bright or dark corners of your home. Snake plants prefer indirect but steady light with some direct sun. Planting and repotting is best done in the spring. Let the soil dry between waterings. During the winter, reduce watering to monthly, or whenever the soil is dry to the touch. Err on the side of under-watering; too much water can harm the plant.


    Rattlesnake Plant - The plant can grow up to 30 inches tall, and the large leaves have a variegated pattern with various shades of greens and a wavy pattern along their edges. Even the undersides of the foliage are eye-catching with their beautiful purplish-red tones. Filtered light is the best option. If you want to have your rattlesnake plant in a window, select one that doesn't have intense afternoon sun streaming through it, or diffuse the light with drapes. A bright spot in a well-lit room away from the direct light in a window can work well, too. Frequent small waterings are required rather than deep irrigation. Water the plant until it just starts to slightly trickle out of drainage holes (do not water so much that it is quickly streaming out of the bottom). Do not let the plant sit in the excess water. Pour the excess water out and do not pour it back into the plant. 


    No matter how green (or not green) your thumb is, these houseplants will make a great addition to any space! You can find these in-store alongside our other houseplants + we hope they become faves for you too!


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