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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.

Behind the Brands: Kat Von D Beauty

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She is known as a famed tattoo artist, but Kat Von D changed the game with her vegan and cruelty-free makeup line, Kat Von D Beauty. Her most popular Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is a favorite with makeup artists, celebrities, bloggers and influencers, and makeup lovers everywhere. We are so excited to feature the shade Lovecraft in our June/July box – in addition to being vegan and cruelty-free, we were thrilled to discover the new formulation of the lipstick is also toxin-free!

We had the chance to chat with Kat about what inspired her to go vegan and what she loves about her BFF (and our guest curator!) Skully Smith

What inspired you to go vegan?
After watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives, the connection between what we put in our bodies and our health really hit home with me.  I had been a vegetarian for years prior to watching that film, but after that, I dropped eggs and dairy right away and have never looked back. But it wasn’t until I learned about the thousands of ways we exploit animals on a daily basis, that I really became vegan for reasons outside myself.  I encourage everyone to watch the documentary, Earthlings, to really get a grasp on what we as human beings are doing to the animals and to the environment.

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What made you decide to re-formulate your Kat Von D Beauty line to be vegan and cruelty-free?

When I first created KvD Beauty ten years ago, I was not vegan at that time. Hell, I wasn’t even sober yet! So it was only natural that the more I learned about veganism, the more I needed the ingredients in my beauty products to align with my morals. And yes, it took a lot of work, a bit of money and patience, but it was well worth it!

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We love that you support Farm Sanctuary like we do! What is it like volunteering at their sanctuaries?

Volunteering at Farm Sanctuary is truly a selfish act for me, considering how much joy it brings me. Being able to spend time with these lucky animals who have survived the tortures of factory farming and animal abuse gives me a certain amount of hope. As an animal activist, I find it vital to be able to see the other side of the harsh truth out there – and it’s a perfect place for people like me, who somehow became so disconnected with the human and non-human animal connection.

What is your favorite vegan restaurant?

Crossroads in Los Angeles.  Hands down.  I could eat there forever and die happy.

Three words to describe yourself?

Trying my best.

How do you stay balanced in your life?

Hm. I wish I truly knew balance, but in all honesty I think its my instability that makes it possible for me to do so much.  I think being as hyper sensitive and obsessively passionate about creativity makes it extremely difficult to balance relationships and socializing in general. I tend to be the happiest in my solitude.

What is your daily morning routine?

My daily routine varies depending on what projects I’m working on or my travel schedule.  But for the most part I wake up quite early, cuddle cats in bed before working out and breakfast, and then dive straight into whatever the day may offer.

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You are friends with our guest curator Skully Smith, what’s your favorite thing about her?

I love Skully for many reasons – but one of the things I admire the most is her ability to be a modern day representation of a vegan.  No offense to the stereotypical vegan out there who likes to eat granola and wear hemp Birkenstocks, but I myself, am a modern vegan. And I think its important to show the world that standing up for animals doesn’t mean sacrificing ones personal style, and Skully makes being vegan sexy as fuck.

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/

Guest Editor: Fitness and Style Guru Skully Smith

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We’ve been at this for a while, so trust us when we say that our next LOVE GOODLY guest editor is Balance Incarnate. Pairing pin-up girl flair with just the right amount of edge, fashion and fitness guru Skully Smith is a dark daydream come true. Yet she also has one of the brightest and warmest hearts, with a particular soft spot for animals, and this combo of light and dark makes her at once approachable and ethereal. Here she shares with us her fitness routine, tried and tested energy boosts, vegan fashion, and motivation tips to keep your Summer mind and body ready all year-round.

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Best advice you have for people starting out on their fitness journey
START TODAY! It’s so easy to get caught up in the, “I’ll start next week,” excuse – and then next week turns into next month, and so on! Excuses are the devil on your shoulder telling you that you don’t need to workout, when you know you do. You will ALWAYS feel such satisfaction for pushing through your barriers. As someone who used to loathe working out, I know how hard it can be to find a workout that you like and then actually stick to it! Fortunately I found a program that I absolutely LOVE, and I have been doing it for almost a year now. The best part is that its ONLY 30 minutes a day, a different workout each day of the week, and I get to do it in the comfort and privacy of my own home! If you want to learn more about the workout plan, send me an email and I will share all the details! [email protected]

What always gives you an energy boost? No day starts without a cup of coffee in bed first thing in the morning! Once I have my coffee, water, and B12 spray, then I can face my workout! Once I finish my workout, I ALWAYS have my vegan chocolate Shakeology smoothie! It’s the perfect post-workout protein, pre-probiotic, nutrient dense shake that tastes like dessert.

Skip the pills: B-12 Spray is a quick and easy way to make sure you’re getting enough of this important vitamin! Find some at LOVEGOODLY.COM

What do you look for in vegan fashion? I’ve always been really into fashion and I’m super picky about what I wear. I’ve always had my own sense of style, and that hasn’t changed since I became vegan. I still wear all the same things I wore before, but cruelty free versions! That includes all my makeup and skincare! It’s so easy to shop cruelty free and vegan now that so many companies understand it’s an important issue for a lot of consumers. I think it’s important to stay true to who you are, and being vegan shouldn’t mean that you have to forfeit looking good! There are so many brands out now who are making awesome vegan clothing and shoes, so it’s not hard to look stylish and still stay true to your vegan ethics.

My super talented husband and I started a little t-shirt company called Modern Compassion. Our goal is to cater to our vegan friends who want to rep the lifestyle and look cool while doing it! As business grows, we plan to make donations to support our favorite sanctuaries and organizations so we can give back to the people who are making a big difference in the lives of animals. We plan to expand on the brand in the near future. Shout out to everyone who has purchased from us! We thank you!

Snag this shirt at Skully and Dan Smith’s shop Modern Compassion! Photo: @skullysmith Instagram

Most adorable animal encounter? My most adorable animal encounter is probably the bond I have with my cat Ashes. He’s a big, fluffy, 20lb ball of pure love that likes to sleep on my head every night. I’ve had pets my whole life, but he and I have a special bond that melts my heart. He’s really a Momma’s boy and is super attached to me. My husband and I rescued him, and his adorable sister Veil, when they were babies from The Rescue Train about 7 years ago. Adopt, don’t shop!

Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down (from swooning)! Photo: @skullysmith Instagram

One easy change people can make and see results? Consistency. In your workout, in your diet, in your ethics- you must be consistent. That will give you the change you wish to see. When you are consistent, people are motivated by your dedication and know that its not just a trend or something you’re following for the moment, and they realize that if you can do it, so can they. Consistency is key!

What motivates you in life? Realizing that you can make a difference. I don’t have the biggest following compared to some, but I have a decent enough following to know that my reach is wide, and important. When you have a platform to send a message, I think it’s important to put out a positive one. I just want people to be aware of the devastation that’s happening to our planet due to animal agriculture, the thousands of animals who are being held down and tested on for your makeup, body care, and cleaning products. The torturous life of a factory farm animal until their slaughter. The animals who are skinned alive for your coat. We can all make lifestyle changes that stop supporting this inhumane and destructive cycle. There are far better and sustainable ways to live life, you just have to have the desire and heart to be part of the change!

Thank you LOVE GOODLY for choosing me to be guest editor this month, and for all the goodies you have supplied me with to share with my followers! It’s companies like you that help show the world all the amazing cruelty-free alternatives we have!
xoxo

Skully

Crystal Essence Pomegranate Natural Deodorant

Perhaps you’re new to the natural deodorant conundrum. You’ve heard about aluminum in antiperspirant and parabens in conventional deodorants. You want to get that bad stuff out from under your arms, but you’re afraid you’ll sweat through a natural deodorant and smell not-so-pretty during a heavy workout or a hot date.

Ladies, we feel you.

Read on for advice from your gal pals here at LOVE GOODLY about staying fresh as a rose (or pomegranate!) while steering clear of those harmful chemicals. 

We searched high and low for the best natural deodorants on the market. Our current fave? Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant Roll-On in Pomegranate. It controls wetness and has a crisp, delicious scent that doesn’t overpower but really works to combat stink. Ask any of your old-school natural beauty junkies and they’ll tell you: Pomegranate Crystal is the bomb.

 

But they’ll also tell you this: Natural deodorants just don’t control wetness as well as antiperspirants. To block it out completely, you have to coat your pores with potentially carcinogenic chemicals. With natural deodorants, you need to re-apply every few hours to keep things fresh.

 

And it helps to remember that sweating proves your body is detoxifying properly. That’s a good thing!

LOVE GOODLY Exclusive with Celebrity Nail Artist for LVX

Let’s kick off our new year by feeling like teenagers again! Between us girls, we have an exclusive interview with the Celebrity Nail Artist for LVX Nail Lacquer that is the stuff of sleepover squeals – pre-cucumber eye masks and post-pillow fight.

And no sleepover is complete without a good sharing of secrets, so be sure to peep our exclusive LOVE GOODLY collaboration color with LVX at the end of the interview! Trust us, it will be true love at first sight.

Eco Cover Girl | Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot

They say that LOVE is blind, but one look at our beautiful new homepage cover girl, eco model Kayla Dickie, will have anyone head-over-heels in a heartbeat. Read more to get the full scoop on our Behind-the-Scenes Photoshoot video around our headquarters in LA’s Arts District! 

 


Credit where credit’s due:
 
Model: Kayla Dickie. Kayla was also the model for vegan shoe brand Cri de Coeur’s SP12 Video Lookbook

Photographer: Alvin Manuel. Photos shot on a Canon 5D MkIII with various lenses including a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, 50mm f/1.4, and a 24-105mm f/4L IS.

Videographer: Tomik Ghoukasian. Video Shot on a Panasonic DMC-GH4 with 4K Resolution 

Dress by Reformation 

Shot in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District along Matteo. 

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Peek Inside The Dec/Jan Box!

Read on to get the full scoop on what’s in our Holiday edition box for December/January, including an unboxing video from our co-founders Katie and Justine!

The Holiday December/January box, over $90 in total value, includes:

RMS BEAUTY Lip Shine in Bloom | $25

or

LIPPY GIRL MAKEUP Vegocentric Lipstick in Schmoopy | $23

HELLOMELLOW Balance Body Butter | $22

PLUS ULTRA Hello Gorgeous Toothbrush | $5.99

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AUROMERE Ayurvedic Toothpaste Travel size | $1

 

DEUX LUX Sequin Cosmetic Bag in Silver or Gold/Pink | $40

(Instead of Deux Lux Sequin, some boxes include DEUX LUX Mercury Wristlet in Gold or Gunmetal | $55)

 

*RMS Beauty Lip Shine is made with kind and ethically harvested beeswax that supports Save The Bees initiative which helps the cross pollination of bees and does not use chemicals or pesticides.

Personalize your box! Choose between RMS Beauty Lip Shine and Lippy Girl lipstick (vegan)! Email us at [email protected] if you’d prefer Lippy Girl.

A portion of proceeds from this box supports our charity partner, Farm Sanctuary.

Eco. Natural. Healthy. Cruelty Free. Curated with Love. http://www.lovegoodly.com/box

8 Comfort Foods That Are Surprisingly Vegan!

Around the holidays, it’s perfectly natural to miss Mom’s home cooked meals! But what you have in your vegan arsenal that Mom might have been missing is the benefit of time and the proliferation of new and improved vegan options that comes with it, which have the same traditional flavor as the family recipes. With Thanksgiving just around the corner and so many other celebrations in quick succession after that, why not up your vegan meal game?

Grab a snack (this list will make you so hungry), and let’s go through a list of eight comfort foods that are surprisingly vegan!

 

1.) Diaya Cheezecake  —  so rich and creamy, you don’t even know it’s not the real thing!

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2.) Gardein Turkey Cutlet –  perfect for your Thanksgiving, especially when paired with mashed potatoes.

3.) Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavored Squares —  a cheesy cracker, something that has been unavailable to vegans until now! 

 

4.) Diaya Cheezy Mac — creamy like Velveta Mac and Cheese,  but KIND and much healthier! 

5.) Earth Balance Vegan Aged White Cheddar Puffs  — missing Cheetos? Try these! You won’t miss them anymore!

6.) Beyond Meat Homestyle Tenders — great for a quick snack or full-blown meal component, even for the pickiest of eaters in your life. 

7.) Veggie Grill- Savory Kale Caesar Salad  —  vegan Caesar salads are hot right now, and this dressing nails it! Plus you get all kinds of good protein, especially if you add the vegan grilled chicken. 

8.) Kettle Brand Chips Jalapeno chips — these are so spicy and you won’t believe they are vegan! 

Five Steps to Natural Beauty

Do you know the difference between a paraben and a phthalate? Can you spot the endocrine disruptor on your deodorant label? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take our Five Steps to Natural Beauty and you’re there!

FIVE STEPS TO NATURAL BEAUTY

 

Do you know the difference between a paraben and a phthalate? Can you spot the endocrine disruptor on your deodorant label? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take our Five Steps to Natural Beauty and you’re there!

 

1. Read your labels. This is the most important thing you can do for your health. If you can’t understand a complicated ingredients list, chances are it includes toxic chemical ingredients that you don’t want anywhere near your body.

 

2. Know the red flags. Avoid products that list the word “paraben” on the label—those are the aforementioned endocrine disruptors. As are phthalates, which usually appear under the friendlier names of “perfume” and “fragrance.” (If the “fragrance is naturally derived from essential oils,” you’re usually okay.) Where these ingredients live, more toxic chemicals usually follow.

 

3. Do your research. This is the caveat to step one—because the dirty little secret of the beauty industry is that they can put toxic chemical ingredients in their products and not list them on labels. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database—you can even get it as an app on your phone. You can search product names as well as ingredients, and even scan a bar code to find out just what’s inside!

 

4. When in doubt, choose organic.USDA Certified Organic beauty products contain no pesticides, insecticides, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, bio-engineered or irradiated ingredients, synthetic growth hormones or GMOs. Never. Ever.

 

5. Vegan doesn’t always mean natural. Many of us confuse the terms “vegan” and “natural” but they’re definitely not interchangeable. Vegan simply means a product is made without animal ingredients—but it says nothing about toxic chemicals. You may still have to do a little research to avoid those.