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24 Sep 2017


By Gracie Carroll

#EditorPicks: 7 Cool Products On Our July Musts List

By Edit Seven

Can you believe we’re already well into July? After a spring that felt like an eternity, summer is officially here and it feels oh-so-wonderful. We couldn’t be more thrilled to share what exciting goodies that #TeamE7 is currently obsessed with. From new skincare launches, cookbooks, swimwear, and everything in between, this month’s #EditorPicks are looking hot!

Keep reading to see our top 7 picks below!

Gracie Carroll, Editor In Chief

My cookbook collection is constantly expanding – and I never need much of an excuse to pick up a new one – but, Blair’s round-up of 7 Cookbooks by Black Authors, was the inspiration I needed to continue to diversify my collection, and make sure Black cookbook authors are represented in my home. There are, of course, well beyond just seven great cookbooks by black authors to know about, and I quickly found myself deep-diving into a plethora of incredible books that I was swiftly adding to my checkout cart. One of my favourite new-to-me cookbooks and Black chefs that I have recently discovered is Son of a Southern Chef by Lazarus Lynch. This two-time Chopped champion is an entrepreneur, author, musician and, of course, a talented chef, who also happens to be a loud and proud gay Black man from New York City. Not only has Lazarus created a stunning book full of fun and vivid pop-art inspired imagery, but you’ll be drooling over everything from his recipes for Guyanese Cheese Rolls, Jerk-Spiced Grilled Corn with Coconut Confetti, Berbere-Spiced Eggplant, to his Dad’s Mac n Cheese his Mom’s Curry Chicken. Best yet? You can crank his new single, “I’m Gay” while you cook up that Lazarus Lynch-inspired feast. – @GracieCarroll

Catherine Sugrue, Contributing Editor

“Add a little bit of extra fun in the bedroom with this all-natural CBD-infused stimulating oil made with hemp seed oil. Igniting a more intense orgasm experience, it’s designed to increase blood flow and promote the production of your own natural lubrication. While also helping to break the stigma around sexual health, these oils have also been shown to be transformative for those experiencing vaginal dryness, decreased libido and discomfort. Made in Canada in small batches, High On Love also has products that are fun for the bath, stimulating lipgloss, self-love kits and more! All CBD-infused and all meant to heighten that pleasure inside and outside of the bedroom.” – @CatherinesCabinet

Blair Stutz, Contributing Editor

One thing I can never have too many of is lip products. Whether it’s lipsticks, glosses, balms, you name it – if it goes on your lips, I need to have it. In case you didn’t hear the news, Jessica Alba’s clean beauty line Honest Beauty recently launched at Shoppers Drug Mart and I’m obsessed with the Tinted Lip Balm. The shade Fruit Punch is perf for summer as it brightens up any old #ootd. The formula is hydrating and the product is sheer but is totally buildable so you can go bright and bold or sheer and subdued.” – @BlairAlex

Jordana Colomby, Contributing Editor

“Quarantine has definitely felt like the right time to make the switch to natural deodorant, which is why I was so excited when I discovered Way of Will. Unlike other companies, this Toronto-based brand only uses natural ingredients and takes an eco-friendly approach to wellness and skincare.” – @JordanaColomby

Cory Lee, Contributing Editor

“I have been all about Etsy recently and discovering more Canadian brands. I stumbled on 5-star rated Salty Swim Co. hailing from Victoria, BC and had to order a handmade suit right away. Owner, creator and Vancouver island native Heather Purchase is passionate about helping all women feel good and confident in her suits. They look high-end without the price tag — each piece is under 40 dollars — plus she even customized the sizing for me for free! I highly recommend you check out her Etsy store.” – @CoryLeeMusic

Ama Scriver, Contributing Editor

“Looking to support more Black-owned businesses? You need to get yourself down to Aunty Lucy’s, a burger joint created by Chieff Bosompra, a 29-year-old entrepreneur. Aunty Lucy’s gained media attention last month when the Parkdale pop-up who gained popularity for their smash burgers, fried chicken combos, and grilled cheese when the owner of Duggan’s Brewery raised the rent on the team and tried to evict them. Since officially opening their doors, they’ve sold out their entire menu every night, and they’re set to open on July 15 after moving over to The Annex Hotel.” – @AmaScriver

Anastasia Barbuzzi, Contributing Editor

“I recently made a donation to The Black Mental Health Matters Fund: a campaign led by therapists Susan Bascillo and Yemi Otukoya of The Healing Collective. It’s been amazing to watch its progress since the beginning of June and its GoFundMe page has raised nearly $120,000 over its goal. That said, any little bit you can give to help extend the programs the fund will sustain, helps. In the initial stages, money from The Black Mental Health Matters fund will support virtual mental health care for Black clients in East York, Toronto, and across Ontario at low or no cost. Community-based solutions are what we need more of. Do what you can.”  – @AnastasiaBarbuzzi


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