Monthly Archives: February 2016

Peek Inside The February/March Box!

The Feb/Mar edition is romantic, feminine, and fun!

Two weeks ago we shipped out pre-orders of the latest LOVE GOODLY box, and have since been overwhelmed by the positive response (especially to how good it smells)!

Read on to get up close and personal with this sweet sensory confection, the February/March edition box! Spoiler alert: we’ll be listing each item, as well as an unboxing video from us! Another spoiler alert: You’re going to love it.

Prefer to be surprised? Order your own to get in on the fun: http://lovegoodly.com/box


LVX x LOVE GOODLY Exclusive Color: True Love Red, $18

This perfect, timeless pure red, made in a collaboration between LOVE GOODLY and LVX, is a 7-Toxin-Free, Cruelty-Free, Vegan nail polish with a long-lasting, gel-like finish.

Cellar Door Candles x LOVE GOODLY Exclusive: Tahitian Grapefruit Vanilla Travel Tin Candle, $10
Poured vegan with an exclusive scent for LOVE GOODLY by Cellar Door, Tahitian Grapefruit Vanila burns a rare vanilla aroma with a hearty sweet grapefruit and top notes of tangy tangerine.

May Yeung x LOVE GOODLY Exclusive: Infinity Bracelet, $40 (coming soon to lovegoodly.com!)
This adjustable, hand-crafted and fair trade bracelet was designed in collaboration with the LOVE GOODLY co-founders. It features sterling silver beads and a classic sterling silver eternity charm symbolizing the eternity of life, love, and nature.

Purely Elizabeth Apple Currant Muesli, $6
Tart apple chunks and sweet currants mix with hearty oats, superfood seeds and superfood grains, organic quinoa, chia and hemp, to nourish you with 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, and no added sugar.

skinnyskinny Basil & Mint Soap, $12
This organic basil mint soap is made with a certified organic extra-virgin olive oil base, and scented using only pure essential oils and natural botanicals. It is a great shaving soap (for men and women!) and equally amazing as an all-over body bar.

Total value: $86!

A picture may say a thousand words, but we can’t possibly convey the delicious smells, tastes, and feel of these products. Want to try them for yourself? You can subscribe to the box here, or check out our one-time gift options here.

Subscribe now – get your February/March box before it sells out! http://lovegoodly.com/box

TOP 10 TOXINS THAT MAY BE IN YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Did you know there are toxins in many beauty and skincare products that may be in your daily routine? 

As cofounder of LOVE GOODLY, an important part of my job is to help curate the best nontoxic beauty and skincare products. Like most women, you may have assumed your beauty products are all safe.

But did you know that 89% of 10,500 ingredients used in beauty and personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the FDA? Europe has already banned over 1300 chemicals from beauty and personal care products, while the US has only banned 9 ingredients.

Up to 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream. A European Commission study on how much lipstick is absorbed with each application, although a small amount, added up over a woman’s lifetime comes to 3.7 pounds.

One study found most makeup tested was contaminated with heavy metals like lead, while another found that the most commonly used preservative, paraben, is shown be linked to breast cancer.  And the average woman uses 168 chemicals in their personal care every day according to the Environmental Working Group’s study.

The good news is a recent UC Berkeley study showed that switching cosmetics can quickly lead to a drop in hormone-disrupting chemicals in women’s bodies.

So read on for help decoding the jargon and finding out what toxins might be in your everyday beauty routine – your body will thank you for it with a healthy, natural glow! 

Check out the top 10 toxins to avoid:

1. Parabens:

Any word with the prefixes Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Isobutyl, and Propyl

Found in: makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, facial cleansers.  Women are exposed to 50mg of parabens per day from cosmetics alone. 

Health Risks: Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity. A known endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen. 

2. Coal tar dyes:

Found in: Shampoos and scalp treatments, soaps, hair dyes, and lotions. 

Health Risks: suspected human carcinogens, skin irritants, linked to ADHD in children, may be contaminated with heavy metals, and linked to tumor growth. They are derived from coal tar sources – our EPA considers it a human carcinogen – and it is banned in the EU and Canada.

3. Fragrance/Parfum:

Known as: A catchall for hidden chemicals, such as phthalates, DEHP, DEP, DHP, DBP5, Dibutyl Phthalate. 3,000+ chemicals are used as fragrance. Phthalates are regularly labeled “fragrance” and are considered endocrine disruptors 

Health Risks: linked to hormone disruption, possible birth defects, infertility, breast and liver cancer, allergies, and asthma.

 

4. Triclosan:

Found in: Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers, antiperspirants facial tissues, mouthwash, and cosmetics. 

Health risks: Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

5. Petroleum Based Products

Known as: Polyethylene glycol (PEG, PPG, Cocoate), Propylene glycol, Butylene glycol, poyoxyethylene, polyethoxyethylene, polyethoxyethylene mineral oil, 1,2-dihydroxypropane; 2-hydroxypropanol; methylethyl glycol, 1,2-prpanediol, propane-1,2-diol .

Found in: lotions, deodorants, toothpastes, sunscreens, makeup, conditioners, shampoo, hair sprays, baby wipes, and also used in laxatives. 

Health Risks: considered carcinogens, linked to liver and kidney effects, allergic reactions, hives, skin irritation, heart damage, and considered a neurotoxin. Propylene Glycol: used in anti-freeze, brake & hydraulic fluids and solvents.

 

6. Formaldehyde

Known as: Dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), imidazolidinyl urea, and diazolidynyl urea being the biggest perpetrators, along with methanamine, quarternium-15, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol), glyoxal and oxaldehyde.

Found in: cosmetics to prevent bacteria growth, nail polish, body wash, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows, eyelash glue, as well as toilet bowl cleaners and plastics. 

Health Risks: considered a carcinogen, and may be harmful to the immune system. Linked to hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia, asthma, and allergic skin reactions.

7. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Found in: shampoos, cleansers, toothpastes, acne treatments, mascara, and things that foam. A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, it’s absorbed into the body and irritates skin. 

Health Risks: include dryness, skin irritation, lung and eye irritant, and is rapidly absorbed in eyes, brain, heart, and liver. SLS has the potential to interact with other chemicals to form nitrosamines (a carcinogen). Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.

8. DEA, TEA, MEA, and Nitrosamines

Found in: almost every type of personal care product – baby shampoo, shaving cream, moisturizers, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, shampoo, soaps, and cleansers. 

Health Risks: skin and eye irritant, endocrine disruptor, asthma, sore throat, possible birth defects, high doses shown to cause liver cancers and precancerous changes in skin and thyroid, and can become nitrosamines which can damage your liver and kidneys with repeated exposure. Banned in Canada and the EU.

9. Heavy Metals

Known as: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Nickel, lead acetate, thimerosal, mercurius solubilis, mercurius sublimates, mercurius corrosives, mercuric chloride

Found in: hair color, lipstick, and mascara.

Health Risks: considered a neurotoxin, memory loss, nerve, joint, and muscle disorders, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, lung damage, and hair loss.

Lead: Known carcinogen found in lipstick and hair dye, but not listed because it’s a contaminant. Mercury: Known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara.

10. Siloxanes

Known as: cyclotetrasiloxane and cylcopentasiloxane — also known as D4 and D5. Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) silicone polymers are produced from D4 and contain residual amounts of D4 and D5. Dimethicone is a common PDMS ingredient in cosmetics. 

Found in: silicone-based compounds used in hair products, deodorant, moisturizers and facial treatments. 

Health risks:  an endocrine disruptor, uterine tumors, harm to the reproductive and immune systems.

What Can You Do?

Avoid these toxins by checking the ingredients of the products you use.  If you can’t afford to do it all at once, replace as you run out. An easy way to do this is the LOVE GOODLY subscription box service that helps you discover nontoxic beauty, skincare and personal care products delivered to your door.

Check out other websites to get more information including the nonprofit EWG.org which has created the Safe Cosmetics Database, a tool to help you check the ingredients in your products. Visit http://www.safecosmetics.org, a division of the Breast Cancer Fund, working to protect the health of consumers through education and legislative advocacy.  Choose nontoxic products for your beauty and personal care routine!

 

Get to know our charity partner, Cure Cervical Cancer

Cure Cervical Cancer’s Mission is to detect and prevent cervical cancer around the globe, by establishing and supporting permanent screening clinics worldwide. Photo by: Yvonne Neng

We all want to know where our donations go when supporting a cause, so allow us to introduce you to our new charity partner, Cure Cervical Cancer (CCC)!

We asked the questions and Dr. Jennifer Lang, Medical Director and Vice-Chair of the CCC Board, gave us the insightful answers that will leave you feeling like you found a good friend and an even better purpose to get behind.

What inspired you to become a doctor? 
I was always fascinated by the human body and naturally drawn to study it, heal it and take away pain.

Why did you switch to working for a nonprofit? 
I looked at my unique situation living in Los Angeles and decided that my skills could have more impact bringing preventative services to women in under-served and resource-poor regions. 


Dr. Jennifer Lang teaches cervical cancer pathology to 20 healthcare providers at the Kisii Level 6 Hospital in Kisii, Kenya.

What is your favorite thing about working for CCC? 
The opportunity to bring such simple screening and treatment to women who might otherwise die of a completely preventable disease. I strongly believe in preventative medicine.

How to you balance your home and work life?
Working at this particular non-profit has allowed me more flexibility in a work schedule that can accommodate my family’s needs. I can answer an email from Kenya while waiting to do school pick-up, not so much when I was on call 24/7 or had patients booked back-to-back in an afternoon. 

What career advice do you have for girls or young women?
This is a very tough question. I’m not sure I have any advice. I think we have a LONG WAY to go as a society to work towards changing the workplace so that it is truly a healthy and supportive place not just for women but for families. Perhaps I can say this: it’s going to be tough and its going to be painful but please remember that you are not alone and the difficulties you are going to face are not unique to you or due to any kind of failure or inadequacy on your part. Find a strong group of supportive female friends and keep yourself linked into community so you don’t feel isolated going through these challenges.


Cure Cervical Cancer travels to regions that might not otherwise have access to preventative screening services.

What was your favorite country to start a clinic in?
I have had incredible experiences in every country CCC establishes clinics in. What is remarkable to me is how similar we all are, despite enormous geographical, cultural or religious diversity. You can flash a picture of your kids in Halloween costumes to just about any woman anywhere and get an enormous smile and acknowledgment of shared experience. 

Do you keep in touch with the women you meet around the world?
We do, particularly with doctors and nurses who are perhaps more likely to have internet access. We are Facebook friends with many of them. The shared experience of one of our trainings is unparalleled. When you’ve scrubbed dirty speculums with someone using a headlamp because the thunderstorm cut out the electricity to the clinic you’re pretty much bonded for life. I’ve also had a group from Nigeria live with me in my home for a week when we had to adjust a training program due to security concerns.

What do you like doing on your time off?
I’m training for an Ironman triathlon, so my time off is dominated by swim, bike and run. I also love reading fiction and host a monthly book club. And, of course, all of this is when the kids are sleeping. As moms know, when kids are awake there is no such thing as “time off.”

What’s your favorite hobby or pastime?
Outside of triathlon training and reading and discussing literature, I also love rock-climbing, dancing and horseback riding. “Play” in any form is an important theme in my life. It’s what charges me up and gives me the inspiration to push my own boundaries personally and professionally.


Dr. Jennifer Lang with newly trained nurses and Dr. Rodney Baptiste, the director at Bethesda Hospital in Cap-Haitian, Haiti.

What are you most proud of regarding CCC and its accomplishments?
CCC has so many accomplishments I feel enormously proud of, but the training and certification program of local healthcare professionals really stands out. I now have 2 concrete examples of nurses who lost jobs that were providing for their families, and were able to leverage their skill sets in cervical cancer screening and treatment to get new jobs.

What is your favorite place in the world to vacation?
I was raised on a farm in rural southern Ontario, Canada. There is a giant pink granite boulder at one of the highest points on the property which we named the “Red Rock.” You can see the horizon in every direction when you stand on top of that boulder. That specific stone is incredibly special to me, and one of the places on the planet I can always return to when I want to remember exactly who I am and why I am here.

Valentine Gift Guide: Amber J Lawson

Introducing Amber J Lawson from Good Amplified, who will be sharing what green goods she loves for Valentine’s Day!

As a supporter of social good, I am honored to be guest editor for Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t love shopping and selecting their favorite gifts?! By supporting a cause with each purchase, LOVE GOODLY‘s mission is aligned with my personal mission to use technology to affect change. My own company, Good Amplified, unites nonprofits to leverage the power of YouTube. And I love that each brand in their shop is better for you and for the planet. Happy shopping!

 
 
 
 

Learn more about your new bestie Amber by checking out her Twitter! Curious about Good Amplified? Good Amplified is the first and only multi-channel YouTube network exclusively helping nonprofits build and engage with communities, drive awareness, and create revenue streams through channel optimization, content strategy and influencer matchmaking. Based in Hollywood, California, the company’s goal is to leverage new and existing content to engage and move audiences into action, while creating global impact through storytelling—in short, doing good at scale.

Guest Editor: Madeline Cronin from thredUP!

Meet Madeline Cronin, thredUP’s Organic Growth Manager extraordinaire, and our first Guest Editor!

It’s no secret that the driving force behind LOVE GOODLY and their customers is 100% girl power. We #bossladies have got to stick together! Enter our new blog feature, where the finest female leaders take over as Guest Editors to share their tips for living a glamorous, green, and good life. These ladies will give us the short and sweet on their favorite things, because after all, the things you love most are what keep you at your best!

Our very first Guest Editor is Madeline Cronin, the Organic Growth Manager at the top ‘like-new’ fashion app, thredUP! thredUP helps you update your wardrobe while doing good for the planet. Read on for her words of wisdom about making a delicious smoothie, her current jewelry trend obsession, and all that’s in-between!

My favorite 3 items on the LOVE GOODLY shop:


I add this protein and greens powder to my morning smoothie (I’m obsessed with my Blendtec) – I add chilled green tea, frozen organic blueberries, 1/2 an avocado, a handful of kale, and mango – I’m good to go!

If I am home, then you can bet I have a candle burning – I’m obsessed with all things vanilla, plus the energizing dash of grapefruit scent in this candle is perfect. 

 
I’m a sucker for understated jewelry and a tiny bit obsessed with both moon phases and astrology – these earrings are so me!

 
My favorite nonprofit or cause/charity:
Meals On Wheels. To feed someone is to love someone. 

My favorite city:
I think I’ll always be partial to my hometown of New York City but right now I am all about my current city, Oakland. Oakland is a bit of a magical place – the diversity and pride of its residents, natural beauty (shoutout to Lake Merritt), and accessible and exciting food and music scene are unlike anywhere I’ve lived. 

 
My favorite restaurant:
FuseBox in Oakland, modern Korean fusion with a laidback, welcoming vibe. 
 

My favorite eco tip:
Eat less meat!! 
 

Photo from Stellamccartney.com SS16 lookbook

My favorite brand to shop on thredUP:
Stella McCartney for Adidas

 
My favorite thing about working at thredUP:
The people! We’re a passionate, intelligent, kind bunch. 
 

thredUP and LOVE GOODLY are helping you treat yourself this Valentine’s Day with a giveaway on the LOVE GOODLY Instagram! Enter the giveaway for the chance to win $100 to shop on thredUP – find us @shoplovegoodly!

PRESS RELEASE: LOVE GOODLY Teams Up With LVX


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LOVE GOODLY TEAMS UP WITH LVX NAIL POLISH
FOR ITS FEBRUARY/MARCH ECO LUXURY BOX,
BENEFITING CURE CERVICAL CANCER

Vegan Cupid has arrived!

The Birchbox idea just got better with the help of LA eco entrepreneurs Katie Bogue Miller and Justine Lassoff, for the non-toxic, health conscious & sometimes vegan girl in all of us.

Co-founded by L.A. eco-entrepreneurs Katie Bogue Miller and Justine Lassoff previously of LovingEco, LOVE GOODLY (http://www.lovegoodly.com) launched in beta in August 2015 as a first of its kind expertly researched and curated bi-monthly subscription box service and e-commerce platform for discovering the best LUXURY 100% non-toxic, non-gmo, cruelty free and vegan productsfor your lifestyle.  Each box features beauty, wellness, snacks and skincare – including its own exclusively made products.  

“Katie and I developed LOVE GOODLY with a simple idea — you can vote with your wallet for more conscious brands. As advocates of nontoxic lifestyle products, giving back and shopping efficiently, we created LOVE GOODLY — putting a twist on the business of ‘feeling good’ by combining lifestyle subscription boxes and social consciousness,” said cofounder Justine Lassoff.

Already a favorite of health conscious celebs, each LOVE GOODLY box includes five to seven carefully sourced full-size, deluxe products – including EXCLUSIVE items – in a wide from companies such as Go Raw, SW Basics, Hurraw!, RMS Beauty, Dogeared Jewelry and ALOHA. Furthering the company’s mission to live a healthier life, LOVE GOODLY gives back to an annual Cause Partner with every box and product purchase, including Cure Cervical Cancer for the Feb/March Box, as well as Farm Sanctuary in 2016.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX right now & on LoveGoodly.com?   

To kick off Valentine’s Day and Spring with more love than ever, LOVE GOODLY’s Feb/March subscription box features many exclusive eco beauty & lifestyle products. Spoiler alert: LOVE GOODLY teamed up with couture vegan nail lacquer brand LVX to bring you True LOVE Red,”  LOVE GOODLY’s exclusive color: a perfect, timeless pure red, made in collaboration with LVX. This luxury high gloss LVX polish is formulated 7 Toxin Free without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Xylene & Parabens; and Cruelty Free and Vegan. (Think… the Chanel of vegan polish). Value $18. 

Sneak peek of LOVE GOODLY’s February/March box, featuring three LOVE GOODLY exclusives, with a total value of over $85.

LOVE GOODLY Co-Founders Katie Bogue Miller & Justine Lassoff, previously of LovingEco.

LOVE GOODLY boxes make it easy to discover the best luxurious non-toxic products & are available in various subscriptions: bimonthly ($39.95, with a current retail value at $90); 6 month subscription ($99, 3 boxes) and an annual subscription ($198, 6 boxes).  Or, just shop the hottest luxury eco products one by one at LoveGoodly.com including exclusive products specially made for Love Goodly.

 

Consumers can opt for a bi-monthly subscription or visit LoveGoodly.com to shop for their favorite exclusive products & luxury vegan favorites. No product in the LOVE GOODLY bi-monthly box is ever repeated, so it’s truly the best way to discover the best, trusted non-toxic products on the market. LOVE GOODLY carefully researches and selects its brands and labels them with 12 value icons based on their attributes, such as gluten-free and organic, so it’s easy to shop by need. Skin care and beauty products are vegan and cruelty-free and all products are reviewed to ensure they are toxin free. The company additionally selects style accessories and home products with a range of attributes from fair trade made by workers and artisans around the world by supporting fair wages to companies using more natural, organic or recycled materials.  VALUES: non-toxic, cruelty free, gluten free, vegan, charity (Cure Cervical Cancer)

 

VEGAN FACT CHECK:

 

Did you know that by switching to a plant-based, vegan lifestyle, we can reduce our food-related carbon footprint by 60%, saving 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year*? Raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all cars and trucks in the world combined**! 

 

 

 

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