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.

 

 

 

Peek Inside the February/March Box!

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A new year, a new box! We started off 2017 with our February/March box — perfect to cure those post-winter blues. This month’s box is supporting Beagle Freedom Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit run by Animal Rescue, Media and Education (ARME). The Beagle Freedom Project negotiates with laboratories across the world to secure the release of dogs and other animals and give them a chance at a normal home life.

Now, let’s take a peek inside…

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YUNI Organic Active Calm Moisturizer, value $29

Awaken your skin and restore its natural elasticity with this organic lightweight moisturizer. Contains natural anti-aging ingredients that smooth fine lines while delivering deep hydration. Made with organic Buriti Oil, Green Tea Extract, Turmeric, and Edelweiss. Non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty free. Full size 2 oz. jar. Mindful beauty for an active life, YUNI was created for yoga practitioners to prolong the benefits of the yoga experience.

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MARQUET Ton Fai Open Weave Scarf, value $21.99

Handmade in Thailand and certified Fair Trade, this breezy scarf has a subtle contrast design perfect year round. Ton Fai, an artisan collective in Thailand, is committed to weaving only 100% locally grown cotton fibers. Each step – from the spooling and dyeing of the yarns, to settling the weft and running the shuttle – is done by hand in the traditional Thai style passed down through generations. 100% cotton. Offered in eight colors. Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water and air dry.

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ORGLAMIX Cream Luminizer, value $18

This best-selling cream highlighter in Illume adds a youthful glow with a transparent, dewy finish. Use on cheek bones, brow bones, and eyelids to create a luminous glow. It’s not shiny, greasy, or glittery. Skin looks instantly radiant. Use alone or over foundation, moisturizer, or serum for a lit-from-within glow. Works on ALL skin types. Full size 1.4 grams. Vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic.

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ORGLAMIX Sunshine Oil, value $18

Enriched with a blend of 100% natural fragrance and essential oils, including grapeseed, avocado, grapefruit peel, sweet orange peel, mandarin, lemon and lime peel, for supreme hydration and brightness. Vegan. cruelty-free, non-toxic. To use: apply 2-4 dabs/rolls to moist or dry skin after cleansing. Extremely concentrated so use minimally. Excellent moisturizer or primer for flawless application under foundation. Suitable for all skin types. Poured custom for LOVE GOODLY in a full-size 10.6 ml rollerball.

We are sold out of our February/March box, but want to get the next one?

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Cause Good: Beagle Freedom Project

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With soulful eyes and the sweetest dispositions, Beagles are among the most immediately lovable creatures on the planet. Yet many companies see their gentle and tolerant nature not as lovable, but as easy to exploit, and this has resulted in Beagles becoming one of the most popular victims of animal testing.

One of LOVE GOODLY‘s cause partners, Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), is dedicated to freeing Beagles and their other furry friends from laboratories around the world, helping them find the loving homes they deserve. The founder of BFP, Shannon Keith, gave us an exclusive look into how she was inspired to begin this project, and so much more.

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What inspired you to start the Beagle Freedom Project?

I have always advocated for the release of animals from laboratories and for an end to animal experimentation all together. Testing on animals is not only ethically repulsive, but is harmful to humans. I started a non-profit animal advocacy organization in 2004 called ARME (Animal Rescue, Media & Education) whose mission is to educate and rescue. In 2010 when I had the opportunity to rescues beagles from a laboratory, I saw this as a chance to begin a full-fledged mission against animal testing.The first rescue of Bigsby and Freedom sparked what is now Beagle Freedom Project.

What is most fulfilling about your job?

Being able to rescue animals who would otherwise be killed without Beagle Freedom Project and knowing that we are changing the world one paw print at a time.

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What is the most challenging thing about your job?

My job is amazing but is bittersweet. It is a constant battle against the bio-med industry to work to replace animals in testing. The industry does not want information in the public domain about animal testing – specifically, they don’t want us talking about dogs being used in testing. They misrepresent us constantly and try to place barriers on what we do, such as fighting against out very tame Beagle Freedom Bill. Additionally, being able to rescue a group of dogs is awesome, but knowing that we have to leave some behind because labs refuse to release them is very difficult.

What career advice do you have for someone starting a non-profit?

Have a singular mission and flush it out before starting. Non-profits are amazing but they are also a lot of work. Even the smallest of organizations require the not-so-fun stuff like paperwork, accounting, and management. Have a team ready of people you trust and start with a healthy budget. Running a non-profit may be the best thing you ever do, but how you start sometimes dictates how successful you will be in your mission.

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Where is your favorite place in the world to getaway/vacation?

Mexico and London (that’s 2, sorry!)

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Follow your heart and the rest will follow.

What is your favorite food/drink?

Artichoke.

 

Want to help out in your own way? One impactful way is to go cruelty-free and vegan with your products. If you’d like some ideas, feel free to check out the LOVE GOODLY shop!

Behind the Brand: Orglamix

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We’ve all felt like a one-woman show at one point (or many) in our lives, and Orglamix founder Cheri Tracy is no stranger to the feeling. Running Orglamix all on her own, growing it from Etsy eyeshadow shop to a full-fledged e-commerce store with over 600 offerings, Cheri is our go-to gal for tips on how to really have it all. We were so impressed with this all nontoxic, vegan, cruelty-free line, hand-crafted in small batches, that we curated Orglamix in our February/March 2017 box.

What inspired you to start Orglamix?
I was on bed rest with my daughter. I was so bored one day, I stated googling the ingredients for every product in my makeup bag. I was appalled that my “natural” foundation contained 47 ingredients. The majority of products contained cheap fillers, parabens, sulfates, artificial colors, petrochemicals, phthalates, etc. I was determined to make a better product. I started with the basics and launched 12 shades of eyeshadow on Etsy. They sold out within hours. It confirmed that other people were looking for the same thing, I wanted: clean beauty products.

How do you balance work and family? Any tips for our readers?
This is a constant struggle for me. Since I love hard work and what I do so much, I’m happy working 16 hour days. It’s not healthy. As a mom and an entrepreneur, the struggle is real. I work and volunteer at school, work lunchroom, make beds, wash and fold oodles of laundry, homework, dinner, sports, etc. I used to be in a constant state of ‘overwhelmed’. Over the years, I’ve learned to embrace the chaos and compartmentalize things. I work on one challenge or project for a short period of time. I focus and get as much done in the scheduled time. When the time is up, I close the compartment and move on. I’ve learned to give myself grace. Perfectionism is evil. I remind myself sometimes ‘good’ is good enough. I also think it’s really important to schedule daily me-time — even if it’s only ten minutes.

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What is the most challenging part of your business?
Saying NO! I’m a people pleaser. I want to make everyone happy. I want to do everything and not miss out on any opportunities. This leads to a struggle with anything that derails my focus. I’m improving. I’ve learned that saying NO to something today, doesn’t mean NO forever. It usually leads to be big YES in the future.

What is the most fun part about your business?
I enjoy everything; from working on the website and packing and pulling order, but my passion is creating new products and colors. I also get a lot of joy chatting with customers.

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Which of your products is your favorite?
My top three favorites: #1 Illume Luminizer for a gorgeous glow that never looks overdone. #2 Whole Grain Self Adjusting Foundation. It feels like you’re not wearing foundation and smooths fine lines, blurs shadows and imperfections, so skin glows with good health. #3 Azeliac Acid. I created this for my twelve year old daughter who was dealing with spot acne and seborrheic dermatitis around her nose. She was so self conscious. We tried every treatment under the sun; including a $300 salve from the dermatologist and $200 gel from her doctor– nothing helped. After using this for a few days, I saw big improvement. I started using it. I feel my skin is brighter and clearer.

What is the importance of clean beauty for you? for the company?
Many personal care and beauty ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. The majority of products we apply to our skin is absorbed by our bodies. For many chemicals, a single exposure is unlikely to cause serious harm, but over time, small doses add up. It’s important to educate yourself on ingredients. Read labels. Buy cruelty-free.
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What is your daily routine (or maybe first thing you do in the morning)?
The first thing I do in the morning is meditate. I use this cool app called HeadSpace. If I don’t use it my mind goes a million miles a minute.

Favorite food?

My favorite food is anything my husband cooks. I especially love when he makes brussel spouts or potato and cheese perogies. Wine. Does wine count?

Making Sure Your Jewelry Is Ethical

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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!

Peek Inside the December/January Box!

 

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2017 is around the corner, and whether you’re last-minute holiday shopping, or getting yourself ready for the new year, we have something for you to be jolly about: the December/January box!

This month’s delivery is curated by actress, animal rights supporter, and long-time vegan, Emily Deschanel. With each purchase directly benefitting Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, Emily shares her favorite vegan brands and products with us to celebrate this holiday season.

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MyChelle –  Perfect C Serum – $44

Battle photo-damage, aging, and the appearance of lines and wrinkles simultaneously with MyChelle’s Perfect C Serum. The advanced multi-tasking Vitamin C formula, high active level L-Ascorbic Acid (17%), and Buddleja Plant Stem Cells help brighten the skin and is definitely a must try! MyChelle is a founding member of the EWG Verified: For your Health program.

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Pacifica – Enlightened Lip Gloss – $10

Pacifica’s Enlightened Lip Gloss collection provides supernatural shine, super smoothness, and non-sticky, nourishing hydration with long lasting natural color. But wait, there’s more! Infused with coconut and antioxidants, these lip glosses help support superior lip health. What more could you really ask for in a lip gloss? Pacifica has a zero product-manufacturing waster process, and supports local charities including women’s shelters.

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Mullein & Sparrow – Custom Facial Steam – $10

A beautiful blend of organic herbs to help detoxify your skin exclusively made for LOVE GOODLY. Mullein & Sparrow is a luxury vegan line crafted in Brooklyn.

Use: Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add a handful of herbs and allow to steep covered for 5-10 minutes. Remove from stove and cover head with light towel. Rest head 2-3 inches above the herbs for about 5 minutes. Breathe deeply and enjoy! Can also be used as a tea.

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Côte – Nail Polish – $18

Côte is dedicated to creating safe, quality nail polishes that are always cruelty-free, vegan, and made in the United States. Their products are free of major toxins and allergens associated with nail polish: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor, formaldehyde resin, TPHP, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens and gluten. Enjoy 1 of their 9 perfect holiday colors included in your box! 

Pssst. L.A. residents: For a elegant and eco-friendly nail care experience, book an appointment at Côte’s Brentwood Village shop.

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BOOMCHICKAPOP – Sweet and Salty or Lightly Sea Salted Kettle Popcorn – $1.50

Snacking should be both delicious and carefree! Always simple, always awesome kettle popcorn. Certified gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO project verified. 0g trans fat, low calorie and cholesterol free. 1oz. single-serving bag. Started by a husband and wife out of their Minnesota garage, BOOMCHICKAPOP gives back to the community.

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.

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Emily Deschanel Guest Curates for December/January Box Benefitting Farm Sanctuary!

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We’ve partnered with actress, producer and animal rights supporter, Emily Deschanel, to curate an exclusive December/January subscription box just in time for the holidays.

“I am thrilled to co-curate this box with LOVE GOODLY to benefit Farm Sanctuary. These are some of my favorite vegan brands and products. Enjoy!” shares Emily Deschanel.

Long time vegan Emily Deschanel and LOVE GOODLY are helping women discover the best high-end products that are both good for your health and the environment with ingredients that are 100% organic, toxin-free and cruelty-free. Shipping on December 12th, the Dec/Jan Box features Emily’s top picks of deluxe, full-size beauty and lifestyle essentials, perfect for any woman on your gift list.

With each purchase benefitting Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, the LOVE GOODLY Box is the ultimate holiday gift for those looking to pay it forward during this season of charitable giving.