Monthly Archives: April 2017

Glow from Inside Out! Vegan Foods for Beauty + Recipes

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“A healthy outside starts from the inside” – Robert Urich

Along with using vegan and organic beauty products to bring out our best selves, we must not forget that beauty starts from within and radiates outwards. The foods we choose to eat everyday lay the foundation to the health of our bodies. Although, the key to beauty from within is by fueling our bodies with a variety of whole foods. We can pick and choose to eat foods that are rich in certain micronutrients that can help the growth, repair and nourishment of our skin, hair and nails. Consider incorporating some of these vegan foods into your everyday diet. With LOVE GOODLY and good food, your beauty will radiate from inside and out!

SKIN

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SWEET POTATOES + GARLIC
Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants that are vital to protecting the skin from cell damage caused by free radicals. Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene which contributes to a healthy skin tone and skin cell development. They are also high in vitamin C which is needed to heal blemishes and maintain radiant skin. Garlic contains a good amount of zinc which is needed for repairing damaged skin and keeping skin soft. 

Fries can actually be good for you! Here is a vegan oil- free sweet potato fries recipe.

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AVOCADOS + BRAZILIAN NUTS

Don’t shy away from fats! They are essential for beauty. Avocados contain fatty acids which helps the skin stay plump and moisturized. Avocados also contain high amounts of vitamin E. This vitamin plays a role in minimizing cell damage and promoting skin growth. Brazilian Nuts are high in selenium. Selenium, along with vitamin C and E, can prevent age spots, skin cancer and sun damage. Try this vegan Avocado Ranch dressing
to drizzle on top of salads or this vegan guacamole dip.

HAIR

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LEGUMES + LEAFY GREENS
Hair is made out of protein. To keep strong, healthy, shining hair, make sure to include enough protein in your diet. Legumes are one of the highest sources of plant protein. A lack of protein in the diet may cause thinning of the hair, hair loss and dryness.  Dark leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and broccoli are also high in protein.

Make a quick and easy vegan lentil soup to get your protein in or a simple green smoothie to-go.

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DARK CHOCOLATE + FRUIT

Iron is a vital mineral for the hair. A lack of iron in the diet may cause hair loss. Dark chocolate (70-90% Cacao) is a healthy treat high in iron. 

Tip: Consume foods high in vitamin C (such as fruits or try a mykind Organics Vitamin C Spray) with iron because vitamin C helps the body absorb your iron intake.

Create your own vegan dark chocolate treats with this fun and easy recipe.

NAILS

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OATS + B-12
Oats contain an abundance of nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, zinc, and copper. These micronutrients are important for maintaining healthy nails. You can use oats to make these gluten- free banana oat muffins for breakfast.

Vitamin B-12 is also crucial to nail health. A deficiency in B-12 may cause dry and dark nails. There are many ways to get cruelty-free B-12 including the mykind Organics Organic B12  spray.

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FLAX + SUN FLOWER SEEDS

Flax seeds are high in omega- 3 fatty acids which keep nails strong. Sunflower seeds provide a great source of biotin which reduces splitting of the nails and aids to finger nail thickness.

Here is a vegan pancake recipe using flax seeds.

Sources:

Lewin, J. (n.d.). What to eat for healthy hair. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-healthy-hair

Lewin, J. (n.d.). How to eat for great skin – Digestion. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-eat-great-skin-digestion

Goldschmidt, V. (n.d.). 6 Foods For Amazingly Strong Nails — Are You Eating Them? Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://saveourbones.com/6-foods-for-amazingly-strong-nails-are-you-eating-them/

Behind the Brand: One Love Organics

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Our coveted Earth Month box is a hit with press, bloggers, and influencers — and they cannot stop raving about the Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum included inside each box! We wanted to know more about the One Love Organics brand and the woman behind it – introducing founder Suzanne LeRoux and what inspired her to start one of vegan beauty and skincare’s top brands.

What inspired you to start One Love Organics?

I have always believed in the power of a well-executed beauty ritual and in the healing power of nature. I was born and raised on a farm in Georgia, where my pharmacist dad taught me the value of combining science and nature to create a holistic approach to health and beauty. Throughout college and law school, I relied on the grounding power of my self-care ritual to boost my physical and mental wellbeing. I loved it so much that I embarked on formal studies in aromatherapy, herbology, and cosmetic chemistry while practicing law full time. After having my sons, my commitment to health and wellness deepened and I was inspired to create clean products that were effective, luxurious, elegant, and supported a healthy lifestyle. My husband, Chase, encouraged me to put my appreciation of nature, analytical abilities, and serious love of a good serum to use to develop the brand.

What is the most fun part of your business?

Making skincare! Unlike most beauty brands, we formulate, manufacture, and package everything ourselves at our small but high tech lab on St. Simons Island –a barrier island off the coast of Georgia where we have lived for over 16 years.

What is the most challenging part of your business?

Making skincare! It took a full year to learn how to best manufacture our products, find the right location, equipment and staff. But what seemed like a daunting task in the beginning has proven to be our smartest business decision. We are not dependent upon the business acumen of a third-party lab. We can ensure that each batch meets our very high expectations. And we have created much-needed jobs in our local community.  We also earned the license to manufacture natural and organic cosmetics under ECOCERT ® standards. One Love Organics now owns the only ECOCERT® licensed manufacturing facility for natural and organic cosmetics in the state of Georgia and is 1 of only 10 such facilities licensed in the United States.

Which of your products is your favorite? 

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The first product I created and one of One Love Organics’ bestseller:  Skin Savior Balm. The ultimate multi-tasker, Skin Savior removes dirt and makeup without stripping the skin, moisturizes, illuminates and even turns mineral powder into a glowing foundation treatment. It’s my desert island product!

What is the importance of clean (nontoxic) beauty to you? 

I created One Love Organics to offer a simpler, cleaner approach to beauty. After the birth of my two sons, who are 20 months apart, I felt an overwhelming need to simplify everything, including my beauty routine. I wanted to get back to the essentials. For me, the essentials needed to be effective, pure, safe for my whole family, of the highest quality and serve multiple purposes to earn a spot on my bathroom counter. For example, I dreamed of a cleanser that was great for my face that I could also use in the tub with my babies. I imagined a moisturizer that worked not only for me, but also my husband and my boys. We focus on a few supreme products, not up-selling a medicine cabinet full of mysterious jars. Women have really responded to and appreciate our honesty. You really don’t need a bunch of “stuff” or chemicals to look great and have a truly effective routine.

What is your daily routine (or first thing you do in the morning)? 

Every morning, I drink water, take my supplements, brush my teeth, turn on my favorite music and jump in the shower. I use a gentle foaming cleanser like our Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser from head to toe then while my skin is still damp, I spritz Gardenia + Tea Body Serum for moisture and I just wrap my towel around me and air dry. Then to get ready, I apply a few drops of my favorite serum, moisturizer and then brush on minerals for a bit of color and SPF coverage. I sprinkle dry shampoo in my hair and I am out of the door!

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Happy, courageous, optimistic.

Who is your lifestyle icon?

My lifestyle icon is not a person per se but rather a philosophy. My husband and I both are dedicated fans of the simple living movement. We read The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs when we first got married and it inspired us to make changes. We learned that living simply is not about being frugal or living on a tight budget. It is not about being a minimalist aesthetic or denying pleasure. Rather, living simply is about being fully aware of the choices you make and the life you live and seeing the relationship between the two. We found there is less clutter. Less debt. Less stress. But also so much more. More joy. More freedom. And much more of the things that really matter. This deliberate approach helped us transition from our unhappy careers as attorneys to creating One Love Organics.

Click to subscribe to LOVE GOODLY’s box featuring the One Love Organic’s Love Spring Eternal Youth Preservation Serum (valued at $75) — shipping now while supplies last!

Cruelty-Free Festival Essentials

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You know it’s officially summer when California kicks off its Coachella Music Festival (and, cities from all over the US are starting to announce their festival schedules!). Well, Coachella Weekend Two is coming up, and we hope you’re stocked with these cruelty-free essentials straight from LOVE GOODLY.

Whether you’re staying fresh and sweat-free with a vegan and non-toxic deodorant or styling with a cruelty-free and vegan belt bag, you will look and feel good during this festival season.

Here are some of our top picks for a cruelty-free (and vegan, non-toxic, fair trade, etc.) festival season:

Festival Essentials

  1. OSEA Travel-Sized Sea Minerals Mist, $16
  2. Blissoma Scentless Deodorant Stick – Mini, $10; or Regular, $16
  3. Hipsters for Sisters Fringe Belt Bag in Black, $165
  4. Gemtye Moonstone Hair Tie (can also be used as a bracelet!) – X-Small/Small, $45; or Medium/Large, $45
  5. Hurraw! Spf 15 Sun Balm, $4.29

…and, so much more!

Oh, and did you know… a portion from each sale made is donated to amazing organizations such as Farm Sanctuary and Cure Cervical Cancer? Look Good. Feel Good. Do Good.

Inside the April/May Box!

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We carefully curate each LOVE GOODLY box with healthier products, like nontoxic and cruelty-free beauty and skincare that you can use every day. Scroll down to see what’s inside. Learn more about banned ingredients.

The April/May box has arrived in time for Earth Day on April 22! This box is valued at $125 – our highest valued box yet! Click here to subscribe

One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum, value $75

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A favorite brand pick curated by Liz Cadman, founder of My Subscription Addiction. This luxurious lightweight oil boasts some of Mother Nature’s most effective gifts – Blue Seakale and protein-rich sea algae that soothes, revitalizes, and deeply moisturizes for improved skin tonicity and firmness. Green tea, watermelon, and jasmine oils easily absorb into the skin for a super-effective nighttime boost of moisture. Botanical active ingredients – Barbary Fig Plant Stem Cells and D’Orientine S extracted from date seeds – display strong youth preservation properties and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Certified by Ecocert Greenlife. Cruelty-free, Nontoxic, Vegan.

PureSol Konjac Body Sponge, value $12.99

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Gently exfoliates while deep cleansing and removing any toxins and impurities. Contains activates carbon and essential minerals to deeply cleanse and absorb excess sebum and grime. Great for oily and acne-prone skin, leaving you with a radiant complexion. It is extremely soft and gentle for everyday skin care. Great for extra sensitive skin. Cruelty-free, Vegan, Nontoxic.

100% Pure Maracuja Mascara in Black Tea, value $25

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100% natural mascara colored from black tea leaves and infused with lash conditioning nutrients. Holds curls, lengthens, and separates lashes while creating luscious volume. Free of harmful toxins, chemicals, or any other harsh ingredients. Cruelty-free, Nontoxic, Vegan.

100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask, value $7

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Highly caffeinated eye mask brightens and de-puffs. Extremely hydrating, quenches thirsty skin with blast of water delivered to dehydrated skin cells. The mask material “hydrogel” is composed of 95% organic aloe water and 5% plant cellulose made to intensely hydrate. The longer you leave the mask on your skin, the thinner the hydrogel mask becomes, because the water gets absorbed. The hydrogel assist in delivering active ingredients onto your skin. Cruelty-free, nontoxic, vegan.

Oh, and there are two more special offers just for you… to continue celebrating Earth Day every single day.

Juice Served Here $10 Coupon

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Use the code LOVEGOODLY at checkout for $10 off your first order. Experience nutrient-dense produce hand-selected from biodynamic farms cold-pressed in a zero-waste facility juiced to perfection. Ships nationwide.

Moo Shoes 15% Off Discount

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And, a special Earth Month treat for you from our vegan friends at Moo Shoes! Take 15% off all house-brand Novacas shoes. Enter the code MOOGOODLY online at www.mooshoes.com; or, present the insert card to their New York City or Los Angeles boutiques. One-time use only, either online or in-store. Offer expires May 31, 2017.

This month’s box is supporting Farm Sanctuary, whose mission is to protect farm animals from cruelty and promote compassionate vegan living. Click here to subscribe

A picture may say a thousand words, but we can’t possibly convey the quality, taste 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.

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