Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

As you enjoy the fantastic deals that are being offered on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, don’t forget to check out the brands with heart and those that are giving back. Shopping with these altruistic will help bring happiness to someone who needs it and can help benefit all of us as well. Whether they are donating to a worthy cause or helping to save our planet, for Giving Tuesday 2020, we are highlighting companies that are helping to make our world a better place.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

From coffee that’s fighting injustice around the world, soaps that help those in need, eyewear and water bottles that help reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas, and a wine that supports Restaurant Workers as they remain out of work. It is our pleasure to celebrate these brands that are doing these wonderful things this Giving Tuesday 2020.

1. Generous Coffee Co.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Generous Coffee provides single-origin, traceable, craft-roasted coffee that exists to change lives in eight flavor offerings. Started by Former ABC Bachelor, Ben Higgins, and former President of Humanity and Hope United, Riley Fuller, Generous Coffee, which officially launched online in January of 2018, works closely with their roasting company to help farmers convert cocaine fields into coffee farms. This transition from coca to coffee creates a better life for the farmers and their families, who are then paid 80% more than the local price.

Generous Coffee believes if you’re going to buy coffee anyway, it might as well be quality, life-changing coffee. The for-profit biz sees themselves more as a FOR PURPOSE biz. They sell products, to make money so that they can turn right around and give that money straight back to nonprofits fighting injustice around the world. Today, Generous has two coffee shops, an apparel line, eight coffee selections, an online store, and an ambassador program of people fighting to end injustice together! What started out as a coffee company, has quickly become a community of people that have set out to change the world!

 2. Soapbox Soaps

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

We highlighted this wonderful brand in our Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home feature. Each purchase of their products donates a bar of soap to someone in need and also funds hygiene education taught by the people in the communities we serve. Soapbox’s mission is to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. This year, Soapbox joins the Giving Tuesday movement by doubling its donations of soap that will reach vulnerable communities in the US and around the world. The company is also offering 15% off all items purchased through its website with the code GIVE2020.

3. HydraPak RECON

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Hydrapak, makers of innovative hydration solutions has launched its RECON Series of outdoor bottles. These outdoor water bottles are made from  50% certified recycled content in both the cap and bottle. Vividly clear, and virtually indestructible, the RECON bottle is topped with a new patented twist cap that provides the perfect flow rate for a glasslike drinking experience. It was born out of the belief that outdoor gear can, and should, have a lower impact on the environment. RECON uses Tritan Renew technology, which uses recycled plastic as a raw material while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas footprints. They use a variety of sources with the primary source being PET (polyethylene terephthalate) single-use bottles. To be exact, it takes x9 single-use bottles to upcycle into outdoor water bottles.

The new HydraPak RECON Series outdoor bottles are available in two convenient sizes, 750ml ($15.00) and 1L ($16.00), and are available exclusively through HydraPak’s specialty retail partners and online at www.hydrapak.com.

4. Smith CORE Sunglasses

Smith Eastbank CORE sunglass

The Smith CORE sunglasses, $129.00, boast frames made from 5 recycled post-consumer water bottles. They are available in three styles: Eastbank CORE, Shoutout CORE, and Lowdown 2 CORE. Each CORE frame is made with Evolve bio-based polarized lenses and uses an embossed logo to avoid the use of adhesives. The eyewear comes in a microfiber bag made from recycled PET water bottles and is shipped in 100% recycled packaging.

The gray lens tint provides true color perception for exact color definition. This lens creates a soothing effect on the eyes in bright and sunny conditions. They also include polarization to cuts glare, and they provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays.

5. Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is beautifully focused on the palate; it boasts flavors of crisp, zesty lemon, green apple, lime, and barrel spice. The wine rounds out with their signature citrus acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful finish. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russian River Ranches Chardonnay sales will directly support Sonoma-Cutrer’s $100,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF). This advocacy and action nonprofit was created by and for restaurant workers. Also, in the spirit of Friendsgiving, they announced a joint $50,000 donation to No Kid Hungry with Woodford Reserve. The 13.8% ABV white wine is available DTC via the winery website and retailers nationwide.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list of companies with heart. Will they be a part of your Giving Tuesday 2020 shopping list?

Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home

Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home

We don’t know about you but since the pandemic hit, we’ve been experimenting with our hair. Sometimes out of boredom, but mostly because being stuck at home means we can safely hide any hair mishaps we may experience. Thankfully there are lots of wonderful hair care products to get us back to healthy hair, no matter how much we experiment.

Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home

If you are in need of some hair rescue, look no further than these incredible haircare products from Neutrogena, Healium Hair, Soapbox Soaps, Ecoslay, Mother Dirt, TO112 (to-one-one-two), VitaClean, ATTITUDE Living, and Kinkistry. No matter your hair issue, these hair products can get you back to healthy hair. Get to know them all below.

1. Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Haircare Collection

Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Haircare Collection

There’s a song from the old movie/play, South Pacific, called “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”.  In 2021, we’re going to be washing 2020 out of our hair with the Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Haircare Collection. Thankfully you don’t have to wait until 2021 to begin this cleansing process. The four healthy hair cleansers are currently available at Walmart and www.walmart.com, with a national launch next year. The four daily shampoos and conditioners, available for $11.99 each, are clinically proven to cleanse and moisturize your scalp without stripping your hair strands.

These haircare formulas are infused with powerful skincare ingredients, like gentle micellar water and hydrating hyaluronic acid. They treat your roots, hair, and scalp with the same love you show your skin, every single day. The collection includes Hydroboost with hyaluronic acid, Clarify & Shine with pink grapefruit, Gentle & Soft with micellar water, and Soothe & Calm with tea tree oil.

2. aihr Dry Shampoo from Healium Hair

aihr Dry Shampoo from Healium Hair

Look no further for your new favorite hair (and time) saver. Use Healium Hair’s aiHr Dry Shampoo in the traditional way, to soak up or absorb extra oils on the scalp. Extend the life of your style without washing…again. Almost colorless, aiHr Dry Shampoo will add body and texture and give an irresistible sexy tousled look to your tresses. Healium Hair does not use any parabens or sulfates and each product has up to 25 botanical ingredients. Their healthy hair care products are made in the US and are formulated with natural sunscreen to protect your hair from harmful UV rays. All of the products and ingredients are cruelty-free and certified by PETA.

3. Soapbox Soaps Haircare

Soapbox Soaps Haircare

Loving our hair is a wonderful thing. Now imagine if loving your hair also made the world a better place. It can, thanks to the amazing hair care products from Soapbox Soaps. You can help get soap bar donations to those who need it, as you say goodbye to build-up, dry scalp, and frizzy hair and hello to healthy hair. That’s right, with every Soapbox Soap purchase, like the above Tea Tree Hair Mask, Argan Oil Smoothing Serum, or even a Shampoo Bar, one bar of soap is donated to someone in need locally or globally. Soapbox Soaps has been doing this since 2010 and they go one step further by allowing you to find out the specific project that benefited from your purchase through their Hope Codes program. We’ll definitely be sharing more from this inspiring brand.

4. Ecoslay Haircare

Ecoslay Travel Haircare Set

Dry, brittle hair is a no-no. Give your hair the love it needs to stay hydrated and healthy this fall and winter! Made from natural ingredients, Ecoslay’s hair care products are just what you need to give your hair and your senses the boost and nutrients it needs to maintain its natural beauty. Pick from their Orange Marmalade Curl Definer to help get those lasting waves; Matcha Boost to strengthen brittle, dehydrated hair; and Banana Cream to deep condition and add hydration during the dry, cold months. If you’re looking for a leave-in conditioner, try their newly released Rice Pudding Leave-In Conditioner and Moisturizer, to help keep your locks moisturized. The best part, all their hair concoctions (which have really fun names) smell incredibly yummy.

5. Mother Dirt Biome Friendly Shampoo

Mother Dirt Biome Friendly Shampoo

It’s been a while since we’ve celebrated this beauty brand. We previously wrote about Mother Dirt in our “Your Skin Needs Bacteria: Rethinking Clean with Mother Dirt Products” article. Preservative-free, fragranced-free, clinically-tested, and dermatologist-reviewed, Mother Dirt’s shampoo, $15.00, supports natural, healthy-looking hair. Users across all hair types notice their hair looks shinier, fuller, healthier, and feels softer and stronger. 62% of users are able to wash their hair less often, especially when paired with the AO+ Mist. Get this healthy hair must-have now on www.amazon.com.

6. Collagen Hair Mask from TO112 (to-one-one-two)

TO112 Collagen Hair Products

The TO112 Collagen Hair Mask, $65.00, is specially formulated with collagen to help restore damaged hair and give it the boost of strength, elasticity, and softness it needs. Whether the damage comes from a love of excessive color processing, heat styling, or simply the environment you live in; this mask nourishes to help hair feel new again.  A consciously selected blend of oils, proteins, and ginseng root extract to infuse your hair with moisture, prevent breakage and promote shine, all without leaving behind any oily residue.

7. VitaClean Aromatherapy Shower Head

 

VitaClean Aromatherapy Shower Head

VitaClean is disrupting the beauty industry with its Vitamin C Aromatherapy Filtered Showerhead. The VitaClean Aromatherapy Shower Head, $69.99, is the go-to beauty secret for top celebrity hairstylists for its Vitamin C properties that brighten skin and hair.  Easy to install, these showerheads remove shower water impurities and toxins to restore skin and hair to their natural luster. They’re the perfect solution to hard water; acting as a quick, easy, and effective way to neutralize chlorine, limescale, and bacteria build-up from your shower.

8. ATTITUDE Living

ATTITUDE Living EWG-Verified Haircare

Attitude cares for your health and the environment. Now you can now stock up and refill your favorite shampoo at home with their new Bulk to Go containers. Carrying more than four times the quantity of products and using 81% less plastic than their original packaging, their Attitude Super leaves™ Shampoo – Nourishing & Strengthening formula combines the goodness of olive leaves with grapeseed oil, widely used for their healing and moisturizing properties. Ideal for dry and damaged hair, their natural shampoo is packed with healthy fats and antioxidants to restore and strengthen your hair. EWG Verified, hypoallergenic, and dermatologically-tested, their shampoo includes moringa seed extract, known for its anti-pollution properties. Their products range from $9.95-$29.95 and are available at www.attitudeliving.com.

9. Kinkistry Hair Extensions

Kinkistry Hair Extensions

If you’re looking to give their hair a much-needed break from all those experiments while homebound; we’ve got an easy solution for you. Learn to love and protect your every curl, kink, and coil with Kinkistry, the ultimate all-natural hair solution designed for women of color. From clip-ins and wigs to wefted hair and drawstring ponytails, their 100% Virgin human hair extensions are made to blend in seamlessly with your hair’s texture so you can achieve the style you want while indulging your inner naturalist. Shop for your favorite style at shop.kinkistry.com.

 

7 Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles Without Surgery

7 Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles Without Surgery

No matter how much we try, we can’t escape the fact that time continues to tick on. And as the years go by, our bodies often start to show the signs of aging. But while the gradual development of facial wrinkles may be somewhat inevitable, that doesn’t mean you have to accept this fate when you’re still in your prime.

In other words, there are a number of things you can do to prevent and reduce wrinkles. What’s more, you don’t have to rely on surgical procedures to do it. Although there were 4 million cosmetic procedures performed nationwide in 2017, it’s not necessary to go under the knife to preserve your youthful appearance. Here are just seven tips that can help you fight the signs of aging — naturally.

7 Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles Without Surgery

Always Wear Sunscreen

Fine lines and wrinkles can often be attributed to sun damage, so it makes sense that you’d want to protect your skin from harmful rays. Aside from reducing your sun exposure altogether, you should always take care to wear sunscreen on your face — even during the winter, on cloudy days, and when you don’t plan on setting foot outdoors. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers an SPF of 30 or higher to properly protect your skin. One study showed that applying this type of sunscreen for a year improve skin texture, clarity, and hyperpigmentation by 52% for participants. Of course, wearing sunscreen can also prevent skin damage and potentially alleviate your skin cancer risk.

Apply Moisturizer and a Retinoid

Sunscreen isn’t the only facial product you should apply on a daily basis. A daily (or twice daily) moisturizer can help your skin retain moisture; since dry skin is more likely to show or develop wrinkles, you’ll want to keep your face hydrated. It’s also a good idea to use a retinoid, which is a vitamin A derivative. Retinoids can increase collagen production, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, encourage cell turnover, and create new blood vessels — all of which can improve your complexion.

Remember to Hydrate

You can’t rely on your topical moisturizer to do all of the work. You’ll also need to hydrate from the inside out. Drinking water can help with virtually every function in the body, including toxin removal, but it also makes a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. Studies have found that higher water intakes can keep the skin hydrated, and we know that hydrated skin simply looks better. If you really want to achieve that glow-up, you should focus on how much H2O you’re drinking each day.

Use a Jade Roller

You might have seen jade rollers on social media, but they aren’t a new trend. Jade rolling has been around for centuries and was originally used to balance chi or energy. But it also has a cooling effect on the skin, which has a lot of purported benefits. Jade rollers can reportedly brighten the complexion, promote blood circulation, and reduce puffiness. They can also make it easier for skincare products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which can prevent wrinkles in a more roundabout way. Although they can’t handle the wide temperature range of a load cell and torque sensor unit (which can operate between -452 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit), these rollers can even be refrigerated with other skincare products to provide an even greater cooling sensation on the skin.

Get Lots of Sleep

It may not sound like brilliant skincare advice, but getting enough shut-eye can do wonders for your appearance. When you’re running low on sleep, your body will actually produce more cortisol. Known as the stress hormone, cortisol is also responsible for breaking down skin cells. That explains why your skin tends to freak out when you’re under emotional strain. If you prioritize your beauty sleep, however, you’ll see that it really does live up to its name. As a result, you’ll produce more human growth hormone (or HGH), which can strengthen and elasticize the skin, making wrinkles less likely to develop.

Cut Out Your Vices

Since we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s a good time to think about setting resolutions. If your main goal is to improve the look of your skin in 2021, you might consider cutting out some of your unhealthy vices — like smoking and drinking alcohol. Both of these habits will dehydrate the skin and make your wrinkles more noticeable. Plus, anything that attacks your system from the inside is bound to show up on your face. Keep in mind that this is especially important during the ongoing pandemic, as these habits can lower your immune system and make it harder to fight off infections!

Revamp Your Diet

You’ve probably heard the expression, “you are what you eat.” And while that doesn’t mean you need to completely cut out comfort food, it’s a good idea to turn to Mother Nature when you want to improve your skin. Make sure to add foods rich in omega-3s (like salmon and flaxseed) to your diet, as this can keep your skin looking its best. And since vitamin C is also a good source of collagen and antioxidants can help protect skin cells from toxins, it pays to focus on fresh fruits and veggies, like citrus fruit, bell peppers, melons, berries, Brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, leafy greens, and more. If you can eat the rainbow, you’ll start to see the effects on your skin! Foods that contain soy can also improve skin appearance for some people while swapping coffee out for dark chocolate can keep your skin more hydrated and improve circulation.

Now that you know how to prevent wrinkles with these simple and natural lifestyle changes, you may be able to avoid the need for more serious treatments. While not all skin issues can be solved with these tips, you may see a marked improvement — and may be able to keep those wrinkles at bay for years to come.

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That’ll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

There is no doubt that gifts placed under the tree are the stars of Christmas morning, but stocking stuffers can bring the same amount of joy. Although they may not as big as the “main holiday gifts”, the small gifts are quite special on their own. We know lots of small gifts that will bring big joy and we’re highlighting them today in our first 2020 Stocking Stuffers gift guide.

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

You and everyone will love these small but mighty gifts from NatraCure, Baby Foot, Beekman 1802, Formula 10.0.6, ella+mila, Crep Protect, and Benefit Cosmetics. The best part about these 2020 stocking stuffers? They are essential; for selfcare, for joy, for wellness. Whether your routine has changed from being stuck at home or whether your day-to-day remains the same. Let’s get to know these wonderful holiday gifts.

NatraCure Intense Hydrating Gel Gloves, $14.99

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

We’ve all been washing our hands a million times a day, so it’s quite understandable that they can feel as dry as the Mojave desert. Thankfully you can combat the dryness by slipping on the NatraCure Intense Hydrating Gel Gloves. Your parched hands will thank you. These dermatologist-tested moisturizing gloves feature a SmartGel Technology lining that slowly releases moisturizing oils and botanicals into the skin. This gel lining soothes and softens dry, rough hands, fingers, and cuticles. Perfect for an at-home spa treatment, this therapeutic blend of oils includes jojoba oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, and boasts a relaxing lavender scent. The best part, you can use them over and over as needed.

Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel, $25.00

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

Since we just showed you a great hand moisturizing product, it’s only fair we share some selfcare for your feet that’s vital to your wellbeing. As you age, partake in a lot of hot showers, hot baths, and foot baths, or endure prolonged standing, you WILL experience dry skin on your feet. Luckily there is a foot savior. Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peels are scientifically formulated with 16 types of natural extracts that exfoliate and moisturize your feet at the same time.

Its formula contains a fruit acid that penetrates the layers of dead skin cells and breaks it down. Don’t worry, during this process, the skin is undamaged. You’ll be amazed as dead, dry skin easily peels away from the fresh layer of skin that’s waiting to be free underneath. Even if you regularly get pedicures, you’ll be surprised how much dead skin might be present. The peeling process is quite something to behold. After peeling, you’re left with feet that are reborn, just like a baby’s foot.

Beekman 1802 Skincare Stars 7 Day Gift Set, $65.00

Beekman 1802 Skincare Stars 7 Day Gift Set

Next up on our 2020 Stocking Stuffers list is the luxurious benefits of milk. ‘Tis the season for healthy skin to shine bright and bloom. Pamper yourself (or a loved one) with a new product every day of the week. Housed in a star-shaped boxed, this stocking stuffer fits right on top of your tree. Each Skincare Stars 7 Day Gift Set boasts Beekman 1802’s Triple Milk Complex™: our proprietary blend of goat milk, milk probiotic, and colostrum. It includes travel-friendly versions of Milk Wash Cleanser, Buttermilk Cleanser, Milk Drops Serum, Bloom Cream, Dewy Eyed Serum, Milk Mud Mask, and Milk Foam Bubble Mask. For Black Friday, 11/24 – 11/28, Beekman 1802 is offering wonderful savings; 20% OFF All Bar Soaps, All Skincare, Caddy Sets, and Hand Creams (2oz + 3.4oz). On Cyber Monday, Save $15.00 when you spend $100.00 and $40.00 when you spend $200.00.

Formula 10.0.6 Merry & Bright Skin Care Travel Kit, $11.99

Formula 10.0.6 Merry & Bright Skin Care Trial Size Collection

Give the gift of holiday cheer with the Merry & Bright Travel Kit Holiday Collection. This joyful kit has four of Formula 10.0.6’s best items to have your skin glowing in time for the holidays! The Self-care holiday bundle boasts gentle yet powerful products that harness the benefits of nature’s best ingredients. Included in the collection are Formula 10.0.6’s Best Face Forward Daily Cleanser, Pores Be Pure Clarifying Mud Mask, Three Times Sublime 3 in 1 Wash + Scrub + Mask, and Wipe Your Face Off Make-up Removing Wipes. Get this set and more at on www.ulta.com, www.kohls.com, and www.formula1006.com.

ella+mila Holiday Kiss Set, $26.00

ella+mila Holiday Kiss Set

Give the gift of holiday-ready nails with the 3-pc ella+mila Holiday Kiss Set. This set of non-toxic vegan, animal cruelty-free nail polish colors are perfect shades for the season. They are made without the 17 harmful chemicals that are usually found in most nail polishes.  The chip-resistant, quick-dry, and high-shine colors include Holiday Fling, Kiss Kiss, and G-Old Money. It’s a great way for you and them to treat your nails with love and care. Grab these for your favorite nail polish addict instore and online at www.ellamila.com, Target, Amazon, and Ulta.

Crep Protect Cure Travel Kit, $18.00

 

Crep Protect Cure Travel Kit

Like jeans, sneakers have become more than just a classic staple. The more “crisp” your sneakers look, the better your look. Welcome the Crep Protect Cure Travel Kit, the ultimate when it comes to a shoe cleaning kit for at home or on-the-go. For any sneakerhead, it’s important for sneakers to look as fresh as they did when their first pulled them out of their box; this travel kit is the perfect way to achieve that. The travel kit contains Crep Protect Cure Ultimate Cleaning Solution, a Premium Hog Hair Brush, and a Microfibre Cloth, all housed in a Re-usable zip-up case.

Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Shakeup Holiday Set, $15.00

Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Shakeup Holiday Set

Last, but certainly not least, on our 2020 Stocking Stuffers holiday gift guide is the Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Shakeup Holiday Set. This set is one of many holiday gift sets from the beauty brand. This limited-edition set features Benefit bestsellers Gimme Brow+ tinted brow gel for fuller-looking brows, BADgal BANG! volumizing mascara for 36-hour volumized lashes and the iconic Benetint rose-tinted lips and cheeks stain. It all comes wrapped and ready to gift in a fun ‘n’ festive holiday cracker. For Black Friday, 11/24 – 11/28, they’re offering an amazing 25% off sitewide + free shipping. What better time to get those Christmas presents and stocking stuffers for the beauty lovers on your holiday list.

These are some of our favorite 2020 Stocking Stuffers. Would any items on our list bring joy to someone on yours?

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

The transition from one season to another is something we look forward to for so many reasons. One of which is the new product launches and items associated with that season. As we are deep into the fall season, we can’t help but be enamored with some of the must-have fall fragrances. Three wonderful scents have caught our attention; one whiff of them and you’ll smell why.

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

Join us in worshiping these three fall fragrances. Find your voice with the new Valentino & Lady Gaga fragrance, Valentino Voce Viva; yield to the seductive, unisex Rich Mess parfum spray; and celebrate your supremely mysterious and sensual edge with V&R’s latest launch, Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight.

Valentino Voce Viva Eau de Parfum ($130, www.sephora.com)

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

A sweet floral fragrance that celebrates all things feminine. This harmonious scent combines couture orange blossom absolute and golden gardenia paired with colorful Italian bergamot and mandarin. An unexpected woody scent of crystal moss accord adds power and compulsion (you will find yourself continuously going back to breathe in the addictive parfum). This feminine perfume is intimate and personal, drawing a parallel between the sound of your voice and the scent of your fragrance. Created by the iconic Cool, Color, Couture fashion house, this fragrance celebrates every women’s voice. Fragrance notes include:

  • Top: Italian bergamot essence, mandarin essence
  • Middle: orange blossom absolute, golden gardenia accord
  • Base: crystal moss accord, vanilla, tonka bean

Rich Mess Unisex Parfum Spray ($120.00 www.richmess.com)

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

There are fragrances that simply make you smell good and there are those that push you to go outside of your comfort zone. One mist of Rich Mess aromatically whispers, “I dare you…” This bold, unisex fragrance was created in New York by creative director Ryan Richmond, a trailblazer within some of the biggest names in luxury fashion and beauty. The nose behind this creation is master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. Notes of vibrant citrus and bubbly champagne stimulate your senses before new-found friendships breed skin salt familiarity. Lastly, you’re enveloped by sensual leather and woody notes.

Flowerbomb Midnight Eau de Parfum ($115.00, www.sephora.com)

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

If you love warm fragrances that are also dark and sweet, this is for you. This women’s fragrance unleashes a new sensuality without losing any of its timeless appeal. Unleash a new sensuality with Flowerbomb Midnight. You’ll never know what the night will bring. It boasts sparkling blackcurrant and night-blooming jasmine that is surrounded by intimate musk and pomegranate, along with sensual peony and vanilla. together, they create the most mysterious floral sensation. The beguiling notes include:

  • Top Notes: Sparkling Blackcurrant
  • Middle Notes: Mysterious Night-Blooming Jasmine
  • Bottom Notes: Sensual Musk, Vanilla, Patchouli

Any of these fall fragrances would make great holiday gifts. We invite you to discover them for yourselves and let us know your thoughts on each fall fragrance.

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

So many things can affect how your skin behaves: stress, the environment, diet, etc. Unfortunately, as we’re seeing yet another increase in Covid-19 cases, we have to continue taking precautions. That means suffering from Maskne, dry hands from frequent hand washing, stressed skin, and dull complexions. The pandemic has made it difficult to make in-person dermatology appointments, and while telemedicine appointments are available, trying to clearly show your skin issues via computer or phone screen is not the same as in-person. The solution? Using skin care products that are recommended by more than 6,000 doctors. CLn Skin Care is a range of effective products to help sufferers of reactive skin conditions like Eczema, Acne, and Folliculitis (Razor Bump or Burn).

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

The colder season brings lower temperatures and drier air, both of which affect your skin. Today, we’re highlighting three of the CLn Skin Care products – CLn Acne Cleanser, CLn BodyWash, and CLn HandWash. CLn Skin Care’s sodium hypochlorite cleansers help wash away skin triggering microbes, bacteria, and allergens without impairing the skin barrier to allow the skin to heal itself.

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

Let’s face it (pardon the pun), with layers that may include primer, foundation and powder, finishing spray, and a mask with filters, your skin might have trouble getting enough fresh air to breathe. The CLn Acne Cleanser is designed to penetrate pores to stop new breakouts before they begin, yet avoids the drying effects of many topical treatments.  Advanced cleansing is the first step to a healthy complexion. The CLn Acne Cleanser clears breakouts by eliminating clogged pores, killing acne-causing bacteria, and soothing skin. Thanks to this cleanser, we’ve stopped our breakouts dead in their tracks, even hormonal acne (a huge issue for us). We also noticed this acne cleanser doesn’t dry out our skin. We don’t have to follow this acne face wash with a heavy moisturizer as we did with others. Finally, an acne wash that doesn’t have side effects.

CLn BodyWash is a physician designed gentle formula for hands and body prone to infection, eczema, rash, redness, irritation, and folliculitis.  With continued use, CLn leaves skin looking smooth, clear, healthy, and refreshed. As we mentioned above, hormonal acne is a big issue for us. Add in regular stress acne and the skin on our body gets angry. We used this body wash on backne on our upper left side and our regular cleanser on the right; almost immediately we started seeing results from the CLn BodyWash. Within 3 days, that side was clear; this is a definite must for body acne sufferers.

The CLn HandWash is formulated with sodium hypochlorite and glycerin, making it tough on germs, yet gentle on skin – especially for frequent hand washing.  Designed by dermatologists, this non-prescription cleanser is tough on microbes but easy on the skin. It can be used for frequent hand washing that can cause sensitive skin to over dry and crack.

“One of the reasons I was drawn to CLn was its amazing efficacy for my patients suffering from eczema and acne,” said Dr. Sklar. “The far-reaching abilities of this patented sodium hypochlorite cleansers are astounding. I am very proud to be involved in the cultivation and success of CLn because I strongly believe in its ability to revolutionize skincare for everyone.” Jerald Sklar, MD, CLn Skin Care Board of Directors

Over the years, the team at CLn Skin Care has had several tests conducted for kill rates of their products; the results are below:

  • 99.9% kill rate of P. Ances at 30 and 60 seconds
  • 98% kill rate of S. Aureus at 2 minutes
  • 99.9% kill rate of S. Aureus at 3 and 5 minutes
  • 99.9% kill rate of Coronavirus at 15 and 30 seconds

If you’re battling Maskne, dry hands from frequent hand washing, or looking for a solution to treat dry, flaky skin, get acquainted with the products from CLn Skin Care.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and now is the time to start thinking about what you’ll be buying your loved ones this year. While many people approach their gift-giving strategies by thinking about what their family and friends would want most, another approach is to think about who you want to support with your hard-earned money. While major online markets and big-box stores have a wide variety of gifts and can usually get them to you quickly, buying there means that your wages are going into the pockets of owners who already have millions. Most likely, they also have the privilege of their whiteness to keep their wealth and success going while their employees go overlooked.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This year, make sure that your consumerism stays more in line with your values by shopping at brands owned by BIPOC, or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. If your family member wants a specific gift that’s usually sold in those big box stores, such as the popular game Minecraft that had sold over 200 million copies as of May 2020, you can still support BIPOC by shopping at a smaller BIPOC-owned store or online shop that sells more general gifts. You just have to get a little creative and put a little work into finding the right store. And by shopping for holiday gifts now, you can still get your gifts in plenty of time while making a tangible difference in people’s lives. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many brands owned by BIPOC that you can support this holiday season.

1. Viva La Silk

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This black-owned business was founded by artist My-Cherie and sells 100% silk scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants. Everything from Viva La Silk is made in wearable art designs, which are all inspired by My-Cherie’s Afro-Caribbean heritage. All of their scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants are made in small batches in Austin, TX and are hand-dyed, hand-painted, and hand-sewn. The dyes and paints used to make the brand’s eye-catching designs are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and a few of the designs are even created from repurposed silk. If you have an eco-conscious fashionista in your life, get their gift from Viva La Silk this year.

2. Fortress Water

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Fortress Water is a hemp alkaline brand that gives back to My Style Matters, a nonprofit that provides cancer patients and survivors with holistic support, through their hemp-infused water. This water has many holistic benefits, such as boosting energy levels and can help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. The CBD in the water helps provide relaxation as well. James Williams founded Fortress Water with the goal of helping a loved one who was diagnosed with breast cancer as well as other survivors worldwide. By investing in Fortress Water this holiday season, you can support cancer survivors and patients as well as a black business owner.

3. Heathmade

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Headed by one of the youngest entrepreneurs, Heathmade was founded and created by a ten-year-old. This youth, however, doesn’t prevent the products from being high-quality. All Heathmade products are made with the best ingredients, including anti-inflammatory witch hazel, antimicrobial essential oils, antioxidant-rich vitamin E oil, and soothing aloe vera gel. If your skin is so dry that it feels like it’s suffering from corrosion, which costs each of the U.S. armed services an average of $5 billion per year, invest in these lotion bars, hand sanitizers, lip balms, and deodorants. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the country, your loved ones will appreciate something to keep their skin soft as they continue with frequent hand washing.

4. VELA NEGRA

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This candle brand sells unique fragrances that are inspired by different elements of the founder’s Guyanese and Afro-Cuban heritage. Each candle is hand-poured with black wax. Black wax is believed to absorb and dispel negative energies while providing new beginnings and clarity. VELA NEGRA uses 100% vegan coconut soy wax and ethically-sourced wooden wicks, fragrances, and dyes. If you have a family member or friend who is a candle fanatic and likes to be environmentally-conscious in their daily practices, get them candles from VELA NEGRA.

5. Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Whether you want to let someone know they’re loved, blessed, or simply be thankful this holiday season, the Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklace Collection is the perfect affordable gift for the special women in your life. This delicate, inspirational necklace features a delicate disc pendant with the words “Loved”, “Blessed” or “Thankful”. The base metal is Stainless Steel while the pendant and layered chain are plated with either 18k Rose Gold, 18K Gold, or Genuine Rhodium (Silver) for a brilliant shine. Not only is this necklace pretty, but it also gives back too! A portion of each purchase supports the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

6. ASE Beauty

ASE Beauty Lip Colors

ASE Beauty (pronounced AH SHAY) is a collection of high-performing, clean beauty products, especially for women of color. The brand’s mission is to offer clean, luxurious beauty products that enhance your look without compromising your well-being or the well-being of your community. It all started with a little lipstick and now includes the Clean Kisses Deep Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask and Clean Kisses Chocolate Hydrating Lip Scrub. This lip scrub cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions your lips. Formulated with clean ingredients to give you the cleanest, kissable, pout.

7. Urban Hydration

Urban Hydration Skincare

Clean beauty brand, Urban Hydration, was founded by Psyche and her husband Vontoba Terry. The brand offers a collection of fun, healthy, and affordable skin, hair, and suncare products that also do some good in the world. In 2018, the brand dedicated its first clean water drinking well to 300 Kenyan school children. Urban Hydration continues its initiative today with the “1 product = 1 gallon of water” promise. Their products make a wonderful addition to this BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide.

8. T|W Lunch Tote

 

T|W Lunch Tote

The T|W Lunch Tote, $69.99, speaks to the professional male. The vegan leather two-compartment design allows you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote boasts the capability to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. The handle is durable to hold a full day’s worth of meals. On Black get 30% off Luminous (blue colored ones) and 25% off the other colors. After Black Friday, enjoy free shipping with no promo code needed from Sat-Monday; and from Dec 7th-26th, get 15% off everything.

When it comes to giving gifts made by BIPOC this year, the options are endless. Whether you want to give your loved one something luxurious, like home goods to make their home more relaxing, or something practical, like a lock kit in case they’re suddenly part of the over 16,000 home and car lockouts that happen every day, you can find gifts sold by BIPOC that hit the mark. Start your holiday shopping today to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Health & Wellness: Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Despite how trivial it may seem to care for your health, the fact of the matter is that it’s incredibly important. Caring for yourself is one of the best things you can do because you are promoting your own wellbeing. If you’re hoping to be your best self this new year, here are some tips you can follow for each season to stay on top of your health.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

This Winter

As the winter air brings dryness and cracked skin, you’re going to want to make sure you’re moisturizing and using lotion more often around this time. Even kids can suffer from dry skin in the winter. If you’re a parent and have a child who is among the one in 10 kids who develop eczema, be sure to help them stay moisturized as well. Lotioning, where the dry skin is the worst, will be extremely important for overall comfort throughout the day.

Similarly, making sure you’re moisturizing your skin when the weather is extra dry will be beneficial for you in the long run. If you hope to avoid wrinkled skin in your later years, moisturizing regularly will help you to achieve this. Don’t forget your neck!

Though the air is extra dry in the winter months, it’s still important to try and get outdoors and enjoy the cool air. It’s easy to stay inside all winter and avoid the cold, but it’s important for your overall physical and mental health to get outdoors and stay active. Aim for at least one outing a week you wouldn’t normally do.

Next Summer

In the summer months, it’s super important for the protection of your skin to wear sunscreen. A study performed by IMPACT Melanoma found that 86% of participants use sunscreen “always” or “sometimes” in the summer. Wearing sunscreen is a very smart habit to get into. The sun’s rays are very powerful and can cause damage to our skin including various types of skin cancer. For this reason, wearing sunscreen is critical to protecting your skin while outdoors.

While wearing sunscreen is important during the height of summer, you should still apply it year-round. In the winter months, it’s really easy to assume that sunscreen isn’t necessary because you’re mostly covered anyway. The fact is, however, that the sun is still dangerous for our skin in the winter. As a result, applying sunscreen on your face is still a smart idea.

Seasonal Changes

As the seasons change, it’s very likely you’ll experience some seasonal allergies. In the spring and fall especially, make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions. Whether that is avoiding certain areas altogether or more routinely taking your allergy medicine, you’ll want to be on top of it. There are more than 3 million cases per year in the United States of seasonal allergies so it’s very likely you are someone who has them.

Though this isn’t something that has a huge impact on your overall health, if you simply ignore your allergies it’s very likely you’ll have a less enjoyable time all around. It can also drain your energy to constantly feel like your head is exploding. Not only that, but a cracked, irritated nose from constantly blowing it not only causes some aesthetic concerns but is uncomfortable to deal with. Avoid this by caring for yourself!

This also means making sure you’re taking time for yourself if your allergies become too much. Rest is an important aspect of self-care and your health overall. Be sure to know your limits and respect them.

There are a lot of different ways you can help care for your health. These tips should help you keep your skin and body feeling as good as possible. Make sure to prioritize yourself and your health throughout the year in order to live your best life.