Interview with Zorah biocosmétiques


We are asked frequently about where folks can find gluten-free cosmetics. Not long ago, we found out about Zorah biocosmétiques, which is a cosmetics company that produces high quality 100% organic products in Montreal. We wanted to share information about Zorah, so we interviewed Elise Mailhot-Paquette, Director of Communications. Read on to learn more about this unique organic cosmetics company.

Tell us about ​Zorah biocosmétiques and how it was established.

After Melissa Harvey  completed her degree at HEC in Montreal, she travelled to Morocco as an international volunteer worker in Morocco. While there, she met a Berber women who were producing Argan Oil in order to get out of living on the street. Most of the Berber women she met had been rejected by their husbands and were single moms. They regrouped and built themselves a business. Their courage and determination inspired Melissa and she wanted to help. At that time, they were experiencing an issue with a buyer so Melissa gathered the necessary funding to buy all their argan oil, bring it back to Montréal and sell it. That’s how it all began.


What makes the ​Zorah biocosmétiques brand unique?

What makes Zorah unique is that the base of the products is pure argan oil, they are made in Canada and are organic. Cutting-edge scientific research conducted by Zorah’s biochemists has lead to the creation of organic products of unequalled effectiveness. Argan oil and other powerful natural active ingredients protect the skin, make cuticles supple, boost vital skin functions, restore the skin barrier and neutralize free radicals.

What kinds of products does Zorah offer and please tell us about them.

Zorah biocosmétiques inc. is a Montreal based company that develops, produces and distributes high-end Certified Organic cosmetics.  Our current line of products is made with Argan oil and is favorably compared to the best synthetic products on the market, but without any harmful ingredients to human’s health or the environment. Our products range from facial care, body care and a cosmetic care line.


What sets Zorah apart from other makeup producers?

What sets us apart from other makeup producers is that we prefer to refer to our cosmetic care line as “tinted treatment.” Our cosmetic care line nourishes, hydrates, soothes, reduces redness and slows down the aging process. There are absolutely no toxins in our skincare and cosmetics line.

What are Zorah’s most popular products and colours?

It truly depends on the customer and what they are looking for. For example, as we are in the summer months, HANI, our after-sun lotion, is extremely popular. It is also ideal for stretch marks and scars. At the office, we call it our natural “polysporin”. Another popular product is our lengthening mascara that just won 1st prize for the 2015 Clean Beauty awards. It was awarded the cleanest most effective mascara on the market. But on a regular basis, our facial moisturizers and our ant aging products are our best sellers.


What are Zorah’s plans for the future?

We are constantly innovating and developing new products. As of January 2016, we have an exciting new line coming out. We look forward to sharing it with your readers. We are also implementing a marketing strategy in Canada that includes onsite demos, local adds, onsite promotional activities and increased media visibility.

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Interview with URAAW! Custom Health Foods


We heard about the URAAW! Custom Health Foods brand not long ago from our foodie friend, Sarah Roberts. URAAW! is a family owned and operated (small but growing) Canadian company that enables people to custom create their own gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods, such as cereal, energy bars, trail mixes and smoothie mixes using wholesome, nutrient-dense, clean, organic ingredients and natural sweeteners. Once you make your choices online, your food items are then assembled and shipped to your door. A very unique concept and not one we’ve ever seen before, we interviewed Adam Franklin, co-founder and co-owner. Read on to find out more! Continue reading

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Interview with Red Apple Lipstick

Living gluten-free is not just about what we eat. It’s about everything we put into our body and everything we put on our body. That includes body care products and cosmetics. We receive many questions from community members about which cosmetic companies offer safe, gluten-free products. We have done a lot of work with Red Apple Lipstick (aka RAL) as they are one such company, and we decided to interview the brand for others to learn more. Continue reading

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Gluten-Free labeling for products containing oats in Canada


What did Health Canada change in a nutshell?
On May 19, 2015, Canada joined the U.S. with respect to regulations around labeling products that contain pure, uncontaminated oats as gluten-free. Before that date, labeling/marketing any food or product that contained any kind of oats (pure and uncontaminated or otherwise) in Canada was prohibited, whereas in the U.S. it has been allowed. It was also prohibited to import products from the U.S. and sell them in Canada with those labeling/marketing claims. Continue reading

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How to cope at camp with food allergies and special diets

If you have a child with special dietary needs, feelings around camp and summer plans can be worrisome to say the least. But don’t fret. There are several things you can do to ease your mind while your child is away from your supervision this summer. Continue reading

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Interview with Italpasta

If you haven’t heard about Italpasta’s gluten-free pasta yet, you are missing out! Italpasta produces delicious pasta! With their strong sense of Italian traditions and love of simple, delicious food, Italpasta also offers a range of gluten-free pasta that is certified under the Gluten-Free Certification Program. You will be amazed by the look, taste and texture of their gluten-free pasta and your family will never know it is gluten free! We interviewed Italpasta to learn more about their brand. Read on to learn more.
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Gluten Free Utopia


Now here’s a great way to celebrate the final day of Celiac Awareness Month! If you’re in the Ottawa area this Sunday, May 31st, be sure to check out Gluten Free Utopia, an annual gluten-free event that brings together the gluten-free community and 40+ regional vendors specializing in all things gluten-free! The event is held each year in May to celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month and we are proud to be an event sponsor! Continue reading

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Giveaway: Holy Crap Cereal

Holy Crap! We have an out-of-this-world gluten-free giveaway happening in May to celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month! And when we say “out-of-this-world” we mean it because the (food) prizes are consumed by astronauts as part of their menu at the International Space Station! So it goes without saying that you could win in this giveaway is top notch when it comes to nutrition! Make sure you enter because this is one giveaway you will not want to miss out on!
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Interview with Alokozay Tea


In most cases, tea is naturally gluten free. As lovers of tea for its wide range of health benefits, we wanted to learn more about tea, so we connected with a leading brand in the field, Alokozay Tea. We interviewed Mr. Mirwais Alokozay, Sales and Marketing Head for the brand in North America. Read our interview and learn all about the health benefits of tea and the Alokozay Tea brand! Continue reading

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Conte’s Pasta Giveaway

Does your heart desire Italian food? We’re talking about pizza, pasta, lasagna, ravioli and pierogies from the Old World! We’re talking about all-natural ingredients like thick, rich tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, spinach and roasted garlic! If you are gluten-free, you don’t have to miss out on Italian favorites anymore! The Conte’s Pasta Co. Inc. now makes gluten-free Italian fare a reality, with all the tastes and textures that you crave!
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