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Making Sure Your Jewelry Is Ethical


Jewelry is often given as a symbol of love and gratitude, but the industry practices behind many popular brands represent the opposite of these ideals. Gemstones and gold mining are entrenched in human and environmental abuses, while processes made to protect against these violations can be secretly circumvented.

The current mainstream certification processes, like the Kimberley Process, have been found to be easily exploited and undermined. Non-profit watchdog group Swedwatch reports the prevalence of child labor and abuse in diamond mines, as well as exposure to disease and physical hazards for both children and adults.  According to the Washington Post, “The mining watchdog group Earthworks estimates that a standard 18-karat wedding band leaves behind 20 tons of ore and waste rock.” They go on to report that gold production releases hazardous chemicals and metals such as arsenic, cyanide, and mercury.

So how can we personally ensure that we put our dollars behind ethical companies? One surefire way is to shop smaller, and to look for terms such as “handmade”, “recycled base metals”, “fair trade”, and “certified B-corporation”. Here are some conscious brands we have worked with:

Durrah Jewellery


Both chic and kind, Durrah apprenticed with Jimmy Choo and was trained at Tiffany & Co. before striking out on her own to make fair trade, vegan, recycled jewelry using sustainable practices. Pictured is the exclusive Durrah Jewellery x LOVE GOODLY logo necklace in a rose gold shade that we featured in the Aug/Sept edition of our subscription box as well as in our shop.



Novica is an entire online collection dedicated to sourcing a wide range of goods from local artisans all over the world, many of whom live in developing countries. For more Novica, check out our exclusive interview with their Chief Executive here, or find them on LOVE GOODLY, where we carry a gift set created in collaboration with them. We’ve also featured their earrings in the June/July edition of our subscription box!

Christy Robinson


Christy Robinson is a jewelry designer and activist, based in Dallas, Texas. Using eco-friendly designs with recycled metals, each piece makes a statement on human, animal, environmental issues. She currently gives a portion of proceeds to earth, animal, or people-friendly charities. We carry some of her eco-friendly creations in our shop!

We often wear jewelry as an expression of our personal style, and even when we gift it to others, it is representative of our tastes and what we choose to patronize. These trinkets are so much easier to treasure when we know we’re also treasuring the lives of the people and planet that made them.

What Makes Some Nail Polish Toxic?


Every new year comes with a new resolve to improve our lives, but people often see this as a huge undertaking and may feel overwhelmed! The key, we’ve found, is to take small steps – one foot in front of the other, enjoying each moment as you go.

For this first step, let’s actually look at our feet, and hands too! Nail polish is many ladies’ way of feeling more put together, but it also contains some of the most harmful chemicals found in cosmetics. A recent study done by the Environmental Wellness Group (EWG) and researchers at Duke University found a sevenfold increase of a chemical called Diphenyl Phosphate (DPHP) in womens’ bodies just 10-14 hours after applying nail polish. DPHP forms in the body when it metabolizes Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), an ingredient found in flame retardant, and more than 1,500 popular nail polishes. These chemicals are known to cause damage to the endocrine system, yet are found in a product very frequently used by people of all ages, especially teenagers.

The most prevalent toxins in your usual drugstore and makeup counter finds are the “Big 7”: DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, and xylene. These are known to disrupt endocrine systems (even between pregnant mothers and their unborn children), cause skin and respiratory irritation, and have possible links to certain cancers.

There are thankfully many nail polish companies that have opted to go “7-Free” and create alternative formulas for their nail lacquers, but these can be difficult to find among the huge selection of polishes out there. We’ve rounded up some of our tried-and-tested favorites:


LVX: Latin for “light”, their collections’ colors are inspired by the most chic runway trends every season.

LVX polishes can be found on our site, and have been featured in past LOVE GOODLY boxes! The shade “True LOVE Red” (not pictured) is a custom shade created exclusively for LOVE GOODLY and can only be found in the LOVE GOODLY Shop.


Pacifica: Their huge selection of beauty products are all fun, whimsical, and ethical through and through.

We plan to add Pacifica Beauty products to our shop soon, so stay in the loop on our Instagram or Facebook!


Côte: Made by the experts, Côte even has its own salon location!

Côte was featured in our recent, sold-out December/January edition of the LOVE GOODLY Subscription box.

Here at LOVE GOODLY, we are all about encouraging people to feel their best by helping them love themselves, others, and the planet. As we kick off 2017, we’d love to share more information about ways to feel cleaner, greener, and more kind. Let’s clean up your beauty routine in more ways than one! Not only will your cosmetics kit feel the lighter for it, but your body will too.

Behind the Brand: Mullein & Sparrow

Smells divine, feels heavenly: floral facial steams from Mullein & Sparrow impart the very best properties of petals onto your face, without chemicals harmful to you or the planet.

Finding luxury in nature is completely possible, and our friends at Mullein & Sparrow are proof of that! Read on as Anit, the founder of Mullein & Sparrow, explains how to ditch the chemicals, and instead draw health, beauty, and inspiration from the world around you.

Mullein & Sparrow is a memorable name, what was the inspiration for it?

Mullein is my favorite herb, and my mom has always called me “sparrow,” so I merged the two together to create something personal and dear to me all around.


 Why did you choose to create an eco-conscious, vegan brand?

I personally live an ayurvedic lifestyle, which was instilled in me by my family. At one point, I went backpacking through South America and was introduced to plant-based remedies, skincare and more. If I was sick, I was given herbs versus Tylenol. I wanted to create products that I feel good about putting into the world so it was important for me that they be completely natural and cruelty-free.

 We love that both of our brands support Farm Sanctuary.  What was the inspiration or goal behind adopting 12 Days of Giving / sponsoring 12 Farm Sanctuary animals?

We are huge animal lovers and have personally adopted before, but we wanted to do it on a larger scale and this holiday season felt like the perfect time. We hope that this campaign will inspire others to consider adopting as well.


 How has Mullein & Sparrow changed your life?

I feel so creatively fulfilled.  I’ve always been the type of person who is brimming with ideas and who often feels inspired by so much of the world that’s it’s great to have an outlet for that energy.


 What advice would you give to someone reading this, who is inspired by your story and wanting to start his/her own company?

I absolutely believe in following your heart and pursuing your passion, but you have to be willing to put in the time, money, and effort that it will take to start your own business. Know your limits because your business will no doubt push them.

 How important is it for a company to give back to the community?

We believe that those who have the privilege of a voice, a platform of any sort, should be the voice of the voiceless.


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

Self-reflection and yoga are staples in my routine. It’s a way to clear my head and keep me sane – especially when we’re really busy. I think it’s so important to make time for yourself in some small way every day.

 What can you always find in your purse?

Our Immortelle & Myrrh facial serum. It’s such a versatile serum that you can wear in any weather and with any skin type. And it’s perfect for on-the-go because of the roller ball applicator.


 Who is your lifestyle icon?

I’m not sure I have a singular lifestyle icon because, again, I draw inspiration from everywhere.  But I often think of my grandfather both in business and in life generally. He had a factory and it wasn’t until he died that we found out how much charity work and outreach he had done in the community.  Complete strangers came to the house to pay their respects and tell us how he had helped them in one way or another and my mom makes sure to remind me that I have to uphold this lineage of decency and good work in the world.

 Three words to describe yourself?

Driven. Creative. Curious.

Guest Editor: Vegan Blogger Sunny Subramanian


LOVE GOODLY’s October/November box (Click here for a peak inside the October/November box!) was curated by none other than Sunny Subramanian, founder of Vegan Beauty Review and author of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty. We chatted with her to learn more about Vegan Beauty Review, her goals for the website, and her love for vegan dessert.

Can you tell us a little more about why you started Vegan Beauty Review?

I’ve been a compassionate beauty junkie since I was in utero (I like to joke that placenta was my very first eye cream). 😉 I started Vegan Beauty Review in 2007 after searching the web for vegan beauty suggestions and product reviews and not having a ton of luck. I realized there was a void that needed to be filled, and I was more than happy to be the one to do that. I showcase the latest and greatest cruelty-free beauty products, fashion, food and everything in between. My main goal is to show the world that veganism is fun, beautiful, and delicious.

Can you share more about your goals for the website as well as what you would like to achieve?

One of my biggest goals recently came to fruition. I had always dreamt about writing a vegan beauty and lifestyle book based on all the knowledge, tips and tricks I had acquired over the years running VBR, and just last month, my book The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty was officially launched. I hope to continue growing my brand and educate even more people around the world about cruelty-free living.


What do you love about LOVE GOODLY?

Ooh, I love that they feature the most luxe, all-natural, eco-friendly, vegan & cruelty-free goodies. Everything is so beautifully and thoughtfully curated. Opening a LOVE GOODLY box is like getting a fun birthday surprise, often filled with lots of oohs and ahhs.

What advice can you share those wanting to start a Vegetarian/Vegan lifestyle?

1) Start at a pace that’s comfortable to you. It doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Baby steps are totally OK. 2) Follow interesting and engaging vegan food, beauty, and lifestyle blogs and websites to draw inspiration and stay motivated. 3) Join veg-friendly Facebook groups and  meet-ups for support and a sense of community.


I am currently…

  • Watching… Just finished watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix and am officially  hooked!
  • ReadingYou Are A Badass by Jen Sincero (self-help, inspiration book)
  • EatingTofu scramble and gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free pancakes (trying to eat healthier lately… trying)
  • CovetingA life-size cardboard cutout of Ryan Gosling.
  • ListeningRyan Adams’ 1989 Taylor Swift cover album… sooo good!

In your About page, you list a lot of your favorite desserts. Now, if you could pick ONE to eat for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

Rice crispy treats, hands down.

Name 3 beauty or skincare products you are loving right now.

I’m currently gaga over 100% Pure’s Pomegranate Oil lipstick in Hibiscus. It’s a bright red that complements my olive-y skin tone perfectly. It’s long-lasting, it applies like a dream and it’s uber moisturizing. Another product I super duper love is Osea’s Blemish Balm – it’s the perfect moisturizer to use when dealing with breakouts. I also can’t live without Pacifica’s Deodorant Wipes – I seriously use them every single day.

If I had one day with no obligations, meetings, projects, etc., I would…

Sleep in hella late, take a long relaxing bubble bath, get a full body massage, and eat rice crispy treats all damn day.