Monthly Archives: June 2017

Our Favorite Eco Retreats

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Wellness and eco retreats are the vacation spots for those of us looking to be inspired, to stay mentally and psychically fit, or simply to unplug from everyday life. We looked at a few favorite wellness escapes from around the world that are unique and incorporate yoga, spas and all things healing.

Kamalaya Koh Samui – Thailand
A vacation spent at the Kamalaya Koh Samui wellness sanctuary and spa resort on the Koh Samui Island in Thailand means healing and detoxing amongst the lush green forests and baby blue seas. Along with Kamalaya Koh Samui’s wellness, yoga, and recreational facilities, the escape offers a bunch of wellness programs (in areas like healthy lifestyle, detox, stress & burnout), all soothing for the soul.

Xinalani – Mexico
If truly falling off the grid to rejuvenate is your thing, Xinalani is the place to be. This eco-retreat center is only accessible by boat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Surrounded by the healing elements of the earth, Xinalani provides a safe haven for spiritual growth and the restoration of the mind and body. Find yourself in the midst of a yoga session or swimming alongside dolphins. The activities at Xinalani are endless. 

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Floating Leaf – Bali
Floating Leaf Eco- Luxury Retreat in Bali is a favorite because it not only provides yoga and spa programs but also a chance to see the treasures of Bali and learn Balinese traditions. From surfing to photography to Balinese healing, Floating Leaf nurtures both the healer and traveler within us.

The Coast Ridge Retreat – San Francisco, California
If you love fitness or up for a physical challenge, the Coast Ridge Retreat is your perfect getaway. Located between Mt. Tamalpais and the Pacific Ocean, the program is a 4-day retreat that challenges your approach to life. The retreat aims to reboot yourself physically and mentally: realizing purpose, relearning health, nourishing love, play and fitness.

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Two Bunch Palms – Palm Springs, California 
We love Two Bunch Palms for its naturally healing mineral waters. You will not find any more creative offering of classes, including “Discover your power animal”, “Harmonic vibrations sound bath” and “Vino & Van Gogh” to name a few. Of course you still get a luxury 77 acre resort with delicious farm-to-table cuisine, and full spa offering from Shamanic Healing to Reiki and one of our favorites, Thai massage. 

Esalen Institute – Big Sur, California 
If your idea of a blissful vacation is working on your spiritual self, and naked moonlit Jacuzzis over the cliffs near Big Sur, you will love Esalen. Esalen is a spiritual retreat center with a rich bohemian past that welcomes all those who seek beyond wisdom, a higher conscience, what is beyond society. Esalen provides workshops, hot springs, meditation, and most importantly a community with opened arms. *Esalen reopens July 28th 2017

And don’t forget to pack your cruelty free and nontoxic beauty and skincare from LOVE GOODLY! A few of our favorites include the Pas de Rouge with SPF protection from KINDri, Ocean Travel-Sized Cleanser from OSEA, 100% Pure BB Cream with SPF (Luminous, Aglow, Radiance) and Sun Lip Balm with SPF 15 from Hurraw!

Down to Earth: Natural Ingredients to Nurture the Skin

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Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Along with eating the right healthy foods, natural ingredients can also support the skin’s everyday functions by rejuvenation and nourishment.

SALT

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Sea salt contains an abundance of minerals that our body and skin needs. Sea salt can help keep the balance of minerals in our skin and provide protection.

Other salts such as Epsom and Pink Himalayan salt also contain healing and detoxify qualities. Add salts into your beauty routine with hellomellow’s Relax Pink Himalayan Body Scrub or Mullein & Sparrow’s Mini Rose Bath Salts.

CHARCOAL

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Activated charcoal has powerful absorbing properties. It has been a popular ingredient in a variety of beauty and skin care products. Activated charcoal used in beauty is best known for drawing dirt and skin pollutants from the skin, leaving it glowing. Skin is also known to combat breakouts.

100% vegan Little Barn Apothecary Charcoal + Aloe Face Cleanser contains a combination of activated bamboo charcoal and the benefits of aloe which makes it a great daily facial cleanser or treatment cleanser.

Complete the facial cleanse with:

OILS

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From coconut oil to jojoba oil to argan oil, we are no strangers to beauty oils.They are packed with antioxidants and fatty acids that rejuvenate, hydrate and nourish our skin. Amal’s Moroccan Organic Argan Oil is one of the rarest oils in the world. It is known to help moisturize and contains skin regeneration properties through its richness in Vitamen E and linoleic/okeic acids.

KINDri Organic Beauty Oils contain a variety of ethically sourced oils such as grape seed, sunflower, and sweet almond. Oils can also act as a makeup remover or cleaner like the Mullein & Sparrow Cleansing Oil “featuring the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of black cumin seed.”

ALGAE

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Algae are simple, diverse group of organisms found in aquatic environments. We are quite familiar with algae like seaweed. Some algae used in skin-care products contain soothing properties and antioxidants. Red Algae like in OSEA’s Red Algae Mask may also help with aging. OSEA’s Undaria Algae Oil can be applied to the body, leaving the skin supple.

Inside the June/July 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. Click here to learn more about banned ingredients.

This month’s June/July box was guest-curated by Skully Smith, founder of Modern Compassion and one of our favorites advocates for vegan, animal-friendly, and cruelty-free living. She selected one of her favorite beauty products, Kat Von D Beauty’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.

Now, scroll down to see what’s inside!

Kat Von D Beauty’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovecraft, value $20

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Our fabulous guest curator and Los Angeles vegan influencer Skully’s brand pick — and one of the most popular liquid lipsticks! From the vegan, cruelty-free beauty line by Kat Von D, a life-proof lipstick in stunning Lovecraft (a mauve pink nude) that will not wear off! Newly reformulated with safe, nontoxic ingredients, this creamy formula glides over lips like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish. Along with 24-hour wear and high-pigment color, it’s packed with natural moisturizers, includeing Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax. Cruelty-Free, vegan, and nontoxic.

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Faby Nail Polish in assorted Summer Colors, value $12

Big 5-free professional grade nail polish in 10 fun summer colors. This means no DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor, and no TPHP, no Paraben, no Xylene. We love the long-lasting, high-shine results. Each box has one beautiful assorted summer color; from nautical blue to summer brights to summer white. Vegan and cruelty-free.

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GemTye Custom Heart Bracelet and Hair Tie in Black or Turquoise, value $28

This custom-designed, dual-purpose hairband and bracelet from GemTye features either a black or turquoise enamel heart charm on a black cord. Wear alone or stacked with your wrap or bead bracelets, or for those of us with longer locks it’s the perfect stylish hair accessory during hot yoga classes! Fair Trade, Vegan, Charity.

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Fred + Far Trillion Pin, value $12

The future is bright, and so are you! Join the self-love movement and wear this pin on your jacket or bag as a reminder to choose yourself on a daily basis. The diamond-shaped pin signifies self-love and what’s better than that?! Fred + Far has created a sisterhood with a powerful message of loving yourself. Charity, Made in the USA, Vegan.

New Chapter Perfect Hair, Skin, and Nails, value $17

Nourish healthy hair and build strong nails with 100% Daily Value of probiotic fermented Biotin to promote your body’s natural production of keratin. Also includes plant-sourced Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant – supporting skin elasticity – made from organic algae, and superfood botanical blends. Non-GMO Project Verified, ICS Organic Certified, made in the USA, 100% Vegan. 15 Day Supply.

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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 purchase the one-time gift box here.

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Why Cruelty Free Beauty Products Matter

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Cruelty free products are manufactured without harming or killing animals, especially skincare or beauty that do not test on animals. The world is slowly turning away from animal-testing, which are often painful and cause the death of millions of animals every year, and towards alternative testing methodsMany countries like India and those in the European Union have banned the sales of cosmetic products that use animal testing or are in the process.

However, many beauty product brands in our local U.S. drugstores and department stores still use animal testing. These tests commonly include rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs inhaling or being exposed to chemicals that cause unnecessary mutilations and suffering. Although The Humane Cosmetics Act was introduced in 2014, there is still no U.S. national law banning animal testing on beauty products. Additionally, China still requires animal testing for cosmetics that are imported into the country. Thus, many large cosmetic brands still use or started using again animal testing in order to continue reaching China’s large market.

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Popular brands like Aveeno, Cover Girl, Dove, L’Oréal Paris, M.A.C., Neutrogena and Nivea still use animal testing. Here is a more comprehensive list of popular brands that uses animal testing.

Each and every one of us has the power to voice what we value and support by the purchases we make. Where your dollars go speaks volumes. Let’s choose cruelty-free.

In a nutshell, cruelty-free products are products that are not tested on animals. Instead, companies use other alternative methods such as using artificial skin to assure products are safe for consumers.

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The following 3 cruelty- free labels may be trusted. Products with these labels meet the cruelty-free standards set by each organization. To double check, look for the product’s company name on the organization’s website to verify.

LOVE GOODLY always carries cruelty-free beauty products (brands like LINNÉ Botanicals, Hellomellow, Lippy Girl, and OSEA). LOVE GOODLY also supports the Beagle Freedom Project which helps rescue laboratory animals from testing.

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GO CRUELTY-FREE!

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