Sunday, 22 July 2012

BRAND SPOTLIGHT: Laboratoire Dr Renaud


It has been a little while since I have done a brand spotlight post! My brand spotlight's are meant to highlight exceptional Canadian cosmetic companies that deserve recognition for their excellence and commitment to using safe synthetics and natural ingredients! To re-iterate my purpose in this series, many brands use very scary ingredients in their cosmetics- things that are poisonous and toxic! Our skin is our largest organ, and it will consume anything you apply topically, or ingest via your mouth/eyes. All these chemicals can wreak havoc on our biochemistry, and the more you're exposed, the more endocrine disruptors your body has to deal with. In the USA, the FDA only tests 11% of the 10,500 ingredients approved for safe use in cosmetics (Master Your Metabolism, J. Michaels). Ingredients like mercury, lead, toluene, formaldehyde, parabens, placenta, phthalates, and triclosan are all lurking in some of your drug store and department store branded cosmetics. Today's brand spotlight will be on Laboratoire Dr Renaud  (LDR), sometimes referred to as simply Dr Renaud. 
Laboratoire Dr Renaud is a skincare brand that has been in business for over 60 years, with all of its manufacturing being done in Canada for over 40 of those years. This brand was first introduced to me at a local spa who used only LDR products; this acclaimed spa is known for its anti-aging treatments and the estheticians swore by LDR products for amazing anti-aging results. The treatments at the spa were extremely expensive in my opinion, but the spa was always booked up with women coming in and doling out the cash for the non-invasive procedures so I figure the products must really work! I have already started using Laboratoire Dr Renaud anti-aging eye creams as a preventative measure at home. They also have a line of anti-acne products that I have personally used and enjoyed. I am a huge fan of their at-home tanners as well.


Laboratoire Dr Renaud products are all made without parabens, synthetic perfumes/colourants, mineral oil, alcohol or formalin. They use reduced concentrations of preservatives, and they do not test on animals. This is a very scientifically based company, and they take skin care extremely seriously! Their website states that their 'science is safe and used with the utmost respect for the skin and the environment.' They use certified organic ingredients, fair trade ingredients and strive to create biodiversity awareness.

You can get their professional treatments at a licensed spa, or you can buy their products for at home use! They have products to assist with various skin care concerns, such as dehydrated skin, aging skin, acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, brown spots, dull complexions, sun protection and men's skin. This brand does not sell product directly through their website, but you can buy their products from licensed professionals. I personally have heard the testament of many older women who swear by these products to help them avoid more invasive anti-aging procedures! I love my eye cream and will definitely continue to add one new anti-aging product to my skin care routine every year as I continue to grow older. For any fellow readers out there in the mid-to-late 20's range, now is the time to start preventing future wrinkles! It is worth it to invest in preventive measures now, you have nothing to lose but everything to gain :)

Have you tried anything from Laboratoire Dr Renaud ? Tell me about it!! I would love to hear about your own preventative anti-aging routines, as well!
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Check out my previous BRAND SPOTLIGHTS: Cake Beauty, Rocky Mountain Soap Company
*please note I am in no way affiliated with this company. I am just highlighting Canadian cosmetic brands that I personally love. 

18 comments:

  1. Don't even get me started on wrinkles and getting old! I am so scared of the day I see my first grey hair! Where do you get Dr Renaud products?

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    1. just enter your postal code here and it will tell you places in your area that sell the products!

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    2. I found my first grey hair in my eyebrow while I was pregnant. I was told it could be just an effect of hormones and thank goodness, I haven't found any since! I think I'd be going nuts if I was greying at this age!

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    3. Awesome, there's a place down the street from me!

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  2. Great review!!It looks like they have some great products!! I can tell you guys a few thinks that you should make as good habits to go along with your creams etc if you are afraid of wrinkles.. You may already know.. If you want to try and avoid some wrinkles and keep your skin as best as you can as you grow older.. It is equally important to watch what you eat. Drinking lots of water is really huge.. Don't sleep with your make up on. Do not pull on your eye lids when putting liner etc on.. The best thing you can do for those straight up & down lines above your mouth that you get when you are older is Do Not wax the hairs there. Buy yourself a sharp set of scissors and being very very careful and slowly just cut the fine hairs if you need to get rid of them. You will be surprised as to how close you can get. By doing that you avoid the pulling of your skin from the waxing. For my age I am lucky & have very few wrinkles but the one thing I wish I didn't do when I was younger was the waxing!!

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    1. wow those are actually great tips- especially the waxing! I never wax my upper lip but I've always thought about it. now I know it isn't something I should do!!

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    2. Yw! If you try to do the scissor thing lay your sissors flat against your up lip area and just use them like shears.. It sounds bad and I do not have a lot of hair there lol... If they are sharp it will trim even the tiny hairs .. Just go slow and be careful. I only have to do every couple of weeks and I have found that after awhile I h ave less hair.

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  3. Thanks for showcasing Canadian brands!! That's really awesome to get people more aware of local companies. If we want to try new things and have a local company that is everything we're looking for, why go outside the country? :)

    BTW, I already followed you before you visited my blog, just not through GFC. I've officially clicked on follow though so it can be visible. When the followers are invisible it kind of doesn't feel the same as seeing that number go up, doesn't it?

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    1. yes I love supporting Canadian brands whenever possible! We need to encourage local industry!

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  4. I haven't tried anything from this brand before! Thanks for highlighting Canadian brands :)

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    1. it is a great brand for skincare, albeit a little bit pricey. You do get what you pay for usually though!!

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  5. I love this brand and am having trouble finding it for purchase since my esthetician retired. :( Any ideas where I may purchase it?

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  6. Call all the spas in your city, someone will be carrying it for sure!

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  7. Call all the spas in your city, someone will be carrying it for sure!

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  8. Check here with your postal code http://www.ldrenaud.com/Locate.aspx?NavID=64&CultureCode=en-CA

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  9. I have just completed a 1 year advanced professional spa therapist diploma program and we used Dr. Renaud products in our skin care/facials modules, as well as in student public clinic. We also used the well known and highly branded product line, Dermalogica, and let me tell you, I loved the Dr. Renuad products far better. The results and feedback I got from clients, as well as the difference in my own skin when using the LDR product line has been awesome. I was lucky enough to get a student discount on products at the school, and stocked up with lots of products, in order to perform facials from a home base when my program ended, and am also looking for a employment in a spa that uses the line. I am a huge fan. I love the feel and smell of the products and always feel that I've had a wonderful treatment and that I've given a superior treatment to my clients. I very much appreciate the glowing review about this product line. Makes me feel like I chose the right brand to begin my business.

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