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Inc. talks to LOVE GOODLY Co-Founders

“Toxin Free Treats: Cleaning Up the Beauty Game”

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“‘I’ve been a long time fan and friend of Justine Lassoff who has a history of successful exits in the LA market, specifically in the eco/beauty/wellness space. Her most recent on-trend undertaking, LOVE GOODLY, with business partner Katie Bogue Miller is making women sit up and take notice of what’s in the products they put on their bodies every single day.

I must admit, I still use Bath & Body Works (I’m a cucumber melon fiend), but after sitting down with this dynamic duo, I think it’s time to clean house and clean up my beauty game.'”

To read the interview with co-founders Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller, click here!

Guest Editor: Suzi, Founder & Blogger of Gurl Gone Green

This month’s Guest Editor is Suzi from Gurl Gone Green. She talks about her nontoxic beauty and skincare journey, her inspiration, and her favorite food (p.s. you can find a recipe in our blog here!).

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Why did you become a natural blogger?

After reading a book called No More Dirty Looks, I realized what was in my products was anything but pretty and I needed to make the switch. I had already switched over to clean eating, so this was the next step towards a natural lifestyle. I knew I wanted to share what I had learned with others in hopes that they to would transition to a toxic free life.

 

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How do you balance your career with being a mom?

 

Oh man, this is a hard question! It’s a challenge for sure. For me it’s about taking advantage of nap times, and at night when they’re sleeping. My husband is so great and will take the girls when I need to get something done. We always say we’re a team and I fully believe it. He helps me with a lot of the technical aspect of blogging, which is huge! I think overall planning is key. If I don’t plan things out, then I set myself up for failure.

What one piece of advice do you have for new bloggers?

I would say just be consistent and write from your passion. It’s easy to get focused on what everyone else is doing but I would just focus on what you want to do, then you’ll be effective. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Just be you, that’s what people love as corny as it may sound.

Why is nontoxic beauty and skincare so important to you?

I know firsthand the toxins lurking in the beauty industry. Being a cosmetologist I’ve seen it in hair products, skincare and makeup. It’s important because if we don’t advocate for cleaner products, then this is what my daughter’s are going to grow up using. It’s about making this world safer for the next generation. Knowing that I did my part to help protect my girls and others against toxins is a great feeling.

Who inspires you?

My brother. He is the first person that really challenged me to take my health seriously and helped me switch over to eating clean. Then he raised the bar and challenged me to look into cleaner beauty products. I’m so thankful for his passion to live life to the fullest, because it’s caused me to challenge myself!

What is your morning routine?

I go to the gym with my sister-workout for an hour. I always listen to a podcast while working out-me time. Come home, shower, wash my face, brush my teeth, do my makeup, blow dry my hair and then feed my youngest daughter(7 months). Then I make a smoothie for myself.

How did you decide to start a podcast?

I love listening to podcasts! Really that’s what started me thinking I should start one. I just really love learning as much as a I can and getting other people’s perspectives. I thought what better way than to start a podcast and share all of the nuggets with my audience. Plus, it’s totally different than writing and thought it might be nice to have something in a new format.

What is the most challenging about being a blogger?

One word that comes to mind is juggling. You’re constantly being pulled in a lot of directions. I could spend a day just responding to e-mails alone! Then you have new content you want to create, plus be consistent on social media, people want to interview you, you need to get new photos taken, update your website…etc. There’s just a lot of constant juggling happening. I’ve become an avid list maker-helps a ton!

What is the most rewarding thing?

Getting e-mails or messages telling you how your blog has changed someone’s life and how they’ve switched over their products. People will tell me how much the podcast has helped them. It makes it all worth it and so rewarding. It’s what it’s all about.

 

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What is your favorite food? drink? restaurant? place to vacation?
Mexican is definitely my fave. Give me some chips and guac and I’m good! I’m a lover of sparkling water-add some lemon or lime makes it even better. My favorite restaurant is definitely Cafe Gratitude even though we don’t have one where I live. Every time I go to L.A. I have to hit it up-so good! Hawaii is definitely my favorite vacation spot-nothing beats the beach.

What one (or 3) words best describes you?

Passionate, driven, consistent

We hope you enjoyed reading about one of our favorite women in vegan lifestyle. Thank you for visiting the LOVE GOODLY blog, where we promote a cruelty-free and nontoxic lifestyle!

Behind the Brand: Interview with 100% Pure Founder

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100% Pure is one of our favorite beauty brands (we featured two products in our April/May box!), so we hopped at the chance to ask Susie Wang, 100% Pure’s cofounder and chief creative officer, the following questions. As a beauty product innovator and cruelty free advocate bringing us organic and clean beauty, Susie leaves us very inspired!

You are a leader in the clean beauty space, how long have you been around?

I first entered the beauty industry in 2000 because when I was a freshman at UC Berkeley, I bought a vitamin C serum that oxidized and I figured out how to stabilize vitamins from oxidizing in skincare. I patented my invention which attracted the attention of 3 of the largest cosmetic companies which recruited me to work for them. I began working with these 3 large cosmetic brands on their technology, innovation and their formulas. After working with them for 5 years, I learned about all the toxins in cosmetics which inspired me to start 100% PURE.

Why is it important to have a cruelty free brand?

I have a passion to help animals and refuse to support anything that hurts animals. I am currently working on helping to find ways to end the Yulin festival in China. For now, I’m supporting Yang XiaoYun in China who goes to the festival to buy the dogs (IG @friendsofyang) By supporting 100% PURE, it gives us the resources to end animal cruelty and to keep doing good for people.

NakedIIretouchedWhat is the most fun part of your business?

The most fun part is creating the healthiest products for women and supporting animal based charities.

What is the most challenging part of your business?

I’m always working on innovation and technology so the most challenging part of what I do is finding improved / healthier ways to make an even better formula, delivery system, packaging, etc.

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Which of your products is your favorite?

I am currently loving our 100% PURE BB cream and 100% PURE’s Lip and cheek tint. And every single night, I use the 100% PURE Retinol Restorative Overnight Balm.

What is the importance of being 100% Pure to you?

When I walk into a cosmetics store, I feel there should be warning signs in the store and warning labels on the products just as there’s a warning label on tobacco products because most cosmetics contain a ton of toxins that are dangerous and unhealthy for our health and skin. 100% PURE products give you even better results you expect from cosmetics but without the toxins that’s in most other products so there’s no reason why you wouldn’t ant to use 100% Pure.

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

Kiss my puppies good morning and say a short prayer to thank God for my life. I then jump out of bed for a quick workout and then eat a vegan coconut yogurt with berries and granola. Then I go to work. Usual lunch for me is tofu mushroom soup or a kale salad. Afterwards, I either meet up with a friend, go on a date or spend the evening by myself in a spa or at home reading or watching a movie. For dinner, I mostly eat soup or another salad. During the weekend is when I indulge in whatever I want to eat but during the week, I keep my diet simple and light.

One word that best describes you?

Grateful

We hope you enjoyed reading about one of our favorite vegan beauty and skincare brands. Thank you for visiting the LOVE GOODLY blog, where we promote a cruelty-free and nontoxic lifestyle!

FCancer x LOVE GOODLY Party!

Making a difference with our cause partner FCancer in the West Hollywood hotspot Now Boarding, for our LOVE GOODLY October/November box launch!

Proud to partner with this amazing charity, FCancer, who are working on cancer prevention and early detection, along with Heather Kun, Executive Director, and Joanny Levy, Chief of Operations.

Spotted at the party: host Shira Lazar of What’s Trending with Bart Baker, the king of music video parodies; Rachelle Carson-Begley; and Stefanie LaRue, our guest speaker and survivor of stage IV breast cancer.

Read more to see video and photos of the fun!

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Stage IV breast cancer and activist Stefanie LaRue inspires us with Heather Kun and Joanne Levy, FCancer.

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Environmental activist and actress Rachelle Carson-Begley with Justine Lassoff and Tamar Gellar, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Operation Heroes and Hounds.

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The YouTube king of parody and FCancer supporter Bart Baker with event co-host Shira Lazar of What’s Trending.

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The gang (left to right) Katie Bogue Miller, Justine Lassoff, Rachel Sarnoff, Heather Kun and Joanne Levy.

 

Tuesdaynights LOVE

I’m already a mom, but I don’t know that I’ve ever been prouder than a few weeks ago, when we beta-launched LOVE GOODLY at an event benefitting Farm Sanctuary and hosted by Tuesdaynights, the women’s networking group that I co-founded. It was like watching my two favorite children play together in the sandbox!

I started Tuesdaynights, with my longtime friend Melinda Moore, because women still—still!—make just 73 cents to every dollar a man earns. According to Smashd, there are more CEOs named John than there are female CEOs in the top 1,500 American companies. (Where do people get these statistics?!?) It just made sense to create a place where female entrepreneurs and executives can network and learn from each other, so we can change that statistic. Stat.

Hosted by the amazing Liz Heller, with Kym Gold, cofounder of True Religion Jeans and author of The Gold Standard, as our inspiring speaker, we were thrilled to beta test the LOVE GOODLY site with this group of smart and savvy Tuesdaynights women—and to feature it as the first in our Cause + Event series!

And we were honored to involve Farm Sanctuary, one of LOVE GOODLY’s amazing non-profit partners and an organization that’s close to our hearts. Farm Sanctuary’s mission is to “protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.” Founded in 1986, today Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization, caring for animals at sanctuaries in New York, Northern and Southern California.

Farm Sanctuary is just one of the reasons that Katie and I decided to choose only vegan products for LOVE GOODLY. If you’re in Southern California, join us at this year’s Celebration for the Turkeys on November 15th! http://www.farmsanctuary.org/events/

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How do you connect with other women to raise the bar? Comments, please!