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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.

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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LOVE GOODLY’s Cruelty-Free + Vegan Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Check out our top gift ideas for a vegan and cruelty-free Mother’s Day weekend!
Take 10% off your order of $15 or more! Enter MOTHERSDAY at checkout.

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Mullein and Sparrow Facial Steam, $22
Featured in the December/January LOVE GOODLY box curated by Emily Deschanel. Beautiful blend of organic herbs.

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GUNAS Cottontail Handbag, $189
For chic moms, a sweet vegan handbag perfect to hold the necessities. In black and light pink.

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LVX Nail Lacquer in Schiaparelli, $18
Creamy gel-like finish, the 7-toxin free LVX Nail Lacquer in Schiaparelli is the perfect fuchsia shade for spring.

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Gemtye Hippie Chic Bracelet in Topaz in X-Small/Small or Medium/Large, $35
Two ways to wear this pretty topaz – as a hair tie or bracelet!

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Hipsters for Sisters Mulberry Fringe Belt Bag, $165
Hipster vegan suede fringe bag in mulberry. Perfect for phone, credit card and your Lippy Girl lipstick.

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Christine Robinson x LOVE GOODLY Mini Pig Necklace, $16
Share mom’s love for animals with handmade necklace. Vegan jewelry designer Christy Robinson.

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Modern Compassion Veganism is for Lovers T-Shirt, $25
Super-soft tee for vegan moms. Designed by LA vegan influencer Skully Smith. Available in sizes Small, Medium, and Large.

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Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick in P-Bomb, $20
Cruelty-free, vegan lipstick in a vibrant, pink color. Treat your mom!

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Pukka Serene Jasmine Green Tea, $6.95
It’s time to take a break… Moms love organic tea!

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Dogeared Best Friends Necklace Set, $102
So sweet – a stylish treat for you and your mom!

BONUS GIFT!

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LOVE GOODLY Bi-Monthly Subscription, $29.95 or One-time Gift Box, $35 
A gift that keeps on giving! A LOVE GOODLY subscription box filled with vegan and non-toxic beauty, skincare, and lifestyle products. Valued at $75+

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.

Cruelty-Free and Ethical Handbag Brands

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You can find high-quality, vegan and ethical alternatives of so many commonly used products, and handbags are certainly no exception. Choosing between chic and kind is a thing of the past, and if you just know where to look, you really can have it all!

Cruel factory farming is not exclusive to food products – in fact, according to PETA, most leather is often sourced from cows used for beef and milk. This means that many of the animals used for leather goods experience all of the horrors of factory farming conditions and then some.

Our human neighbors can often be subjected to harsh working conditions in handbag factories as well, including those of brands who charge premium prices for “luxury craftsmanship.” In 2012, luxury brand Burberry faced controversy over the working conditions of their factories’ workers in China. High-end brand Mulberry faced similar accusations of ill-treatment and low pay in their Turkish factories in 2015. In many cases, large companies require large batches from overseas factories, and cannot oversee the conditions in which these high quotas are met. However, this does not mean you should not shop from companies that source from countries outside of the US or Europe – on the contrary, goods manufacture is how many people from these countries make their livelihood. It’s therefore recommended to shop with companies with a commitment to ethics, who use small-scale factories.

Finding a vegan, socially-conscious handbag line that has chic and luxurious designs may seem like a tall order, but here are three vegan handbag companies who fit the bill:

Hipsters for Sisters

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On trend with the hottest hands-free fashion, these waist bags are anything but fanny packs. Vegan and made in LA, Hipsters for Sisters not only oversees production, but has lunch chats with their factory workers on the reg. LOVE GOODLY proudly stocks these small-but-mighty bags in our shop!

 

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According to their site, “What initially began as an all MADE IN NYC label, has now gone global to source and manufacture bags and shoes using artisan and small-scale ethical manufacturers from countries such as India, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong.” Though they source from small-scale manufacturers, they have a huge product offering with a wide selection of styles! You can find LOVE GOODLY’S favorites for sale in our shop.

Angela Roi

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From totes to wallets to stylish mini satchels, Angela Roi’s vegan accessories are the epitome of classic grace. They are dedicated to animal welfare in every aspect of their production, and are official partners of the ASPCA, donating a flat amount to “help mistreated animals and to convey that fashion doesn’t depend on cruelty.” They are also dedicated to the artisans who bring their designs to life, visiting their factories in South Korea quarterly to inspect working conditions.

With handbags, you are quite literally wearing your heart on your sleeve, and these ethical brands help represent your values without cramping your style.

 

 

 

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

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Okay, we have 7-ish more days until the big day and I hope everyone has their holiday shopping done with. But, if you haven’t, we have a quick little shopping guide just for you. Convenient, right?! They’re the perfect to give as gifts or to add to as stocking stuffers.

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First Row: LVX Malbec Nail Lacquer, $16Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Candle, $16Christy Robinson Mini Bunny Necklace with Copper Heart, $35

Second Row: Little Barn Apothecary Carrot Seed + Rose Hip Eye Serum, $32 – Dogeared Two Little Hearts Best Friends Necklace, $102hellomellow Relax Body Butter, $22

Third Row: Hurraw! Cherry Lip Balm, $3.79 – Pukka Vanilla Chai Tea, $6.95Custom LOVE GOODLY Anniversary Heart Necklace, $40

Fourth Row: Kindri Organic Beauty Oil, $22 – Christy Robinson Elephant Keychain, $20LOVE GOODLY Holiday Gift Box, $35

Want them to arrive right on time for the holidays? Place your order no later than December 21 at 3:00PM PST. We ships USPS First Class. Or, if you would like to get it to them quicker, email us at [email protected] so we can arrange rush shipping!

What’s In Your Deodorant?

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Aluminum Compounds

According to Organics.org, “aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compunds can be absorbed by your skin and can mimic estrogen, which promote growth of breast cancer cells.”

Parabens
[Methyl, Propyl, Ethyl, Benzyl and Butyl]
Not only have parabens been linked to breast cancer, but they are also known to disrupt hormonal balance.

Propylene Glycol
Propylene glycol is another common ingredient with health hazards. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver-damage.

Silica

Silica is a known skin irritant, it may also be contaminated with crystalline quartz which is a carcinogen. Silica is known to cause cancer, allergies and immunotoxicity.

Ready to make the change? Check out our non-toxic deodorants at LOVE GOODLY!



1. Crystal Essence Pomegranate Roll-On Deodorant
We are obsessed! Enjoy the natural antioxidant powers of this proven “super fruit” to help protect and regenerate your skin.

2. Blissoma Deodorant
This formula from Blissoma will keep odor at bay for anyone. Like many natural deodorants it includes baking soda which absorbs and eliminates odor extremely reliably. 

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Scary Toxins Hidden in Your Beauty Routine

Beauty companies don’t make it easy to know exactly what you’re using on your face, body, and hair. The average US woman uses 12 personal care products a day, including 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). And did you know our government does not require studies or testing on personal care products?

It’s up to us to see through the fog and know what we are allowing to absorb into our pores and follicles when we use these products!

Just 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. Europe has banned over 1300 chemicals from beauty and personal care products, while the US has only banned 11 ingredients.

So how do you steer clear of toxins your makeup, skincare and personal care?

With the LOVE GOODLY Subscription Box, products are vetted for you to ensure you the best non-toxic beauty, skincare, and personal care brands. The LOVE GOODLY subscription box service helps you discover nontoxic beauty, skincare and personal care products delivered to your door.

What is LOVE GOODLY?

Each box contains up to 5 full size products valued over $85.

A mix of beauty, skincare and personal care. We throw in a healthy snack, wellness product and home or style accessory.

We vet and research to ensure they’re nontoxic and cruelty free.

Delivered every other month to your doorstep.

Shipping now, get your LOVE GOODLY Subscription Box. Packed with 5 full size products including 3 personal care, beauty and skincare.

Choose from bimonthly subscription (1 box every other month), 6 month (3 boxes) or 12 month (6 month).

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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!