I’m back from Kenya…did you follow my trip? If you did, first of all, thank you for coming to witness a tiny bit of my experience of Beauty Heroes in Kenya. If you didn’t, we’ve added all of my posts from Saalt x BH as a Highlight on Instagram. The 12-day itinerary involved much more than the main event, which was to support Danielle Burden, Saalt’s Director of Impact, as she educated rural Kenyan women and girls on the transformative power of the menstrual cup. I also participated in a women’s day for widows and guardians of orphans, hosted by Outreach to the World (OWI). We celebrated at a day-long birthday party for the orphans, visited a free medical clinic that was open to the entire city of Kitale, and spent time at Sister Freda’s Medical Center and girls school, a day I’ll never forget. Needless to say, there’s absolutely no way I can share the full experience in one blog post. I have never been on a trip that was solely dedicated to social impact and service so I wasn’t expecting the lessons and gifts that came from it. The most remarkable experience was realizing that when we’re in service, we end up receiving so much more than we give.
Use Less. Love More.
Beauty Heroes introduces its annual Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide, your one-stop virtual holiday gift shop that gives you the opportunity to save more, stress less and give the planet a break.
So far we’ve shared with you our Blue Beauty Commitments and Best Practices companies can adopt to actively fade into blue. Now its your turn, and let’s be honest, until you – WE – decide to make new, blue buying decisions, things aren’t going to change all that much. Contributing to a bluer planet is a team sport, and you are the team captain. It’s game time.
Project Blue Beauty celebrates healthy beauty brands built on the foundation of ingredient transparency and ethical sourcing and environmental stewardship. These pioneering companies put their money where their mouth is, and quite frankly, it’s inspiring. So inspiring, in fact, that we created a list for companies that want to live lighter and leave a legacy of positive impact. The following list is a compilation of practices and initiatives that we have seen in action and that provide proven positive impact on the planet.
While there is not one single and direct path to go from green to blue – it’s more like wading deeper and deeper into the ocean – we know that by setting our sights on the horizon line and visualizing what success looks like, we’ll get there faster. That is why we’ve established 10 Commitments that will guide us in our vetting process while providing inspiration to brands and our customers. While most of the brands we carry already meet many of these criteria, our hope is that these 10 Commitments will inspire even more action and that together, we’ll all do a little more to live a little lighter.
Living Lighter is how I think about approaching a less wasteful lifestyle. There is an amazing zero-waste movement happening all over the world that is so exciting to watch and be a part of. But, for most, the words zero-waste feel unattainable and maybe a little off-putting. But living lighter is something we can all do. It’s an everyday practice; a series of mini-challenges. We just need the tools. This is what inspired me to create a Living Lighter Discovery. For the last six months, I have been working on assembling a collection of the tools that help me live lighter. I am used to curating and telling one product and brand story at a time, so our first ever Living Lighter Discovery is different from our traditional model, but with good reason: to deliver on our promise to introduce our community to products that make our lives better and help us live lighter on the planet.
As I was putting the Beauty Heroes Living Lighter collection together for Earth Month, I kept thinking about Ashlee Piper’s book, Give A Sh*t, and what an amazing resource it has been for me. I’ve given it as a gift to several friends since I met Ashlee last year at W.E.L.L. Summit.While I only met her briefly, I liked her instantly. I have been wanting to collaborate with her and had a last-minute idea to add her book to our discovery. In terms of giving us the tools to take steps to live lighter, Give A Sh*t has been the best, most relevant and relatable resource I have found. It ties everything together and explains why each step we take matters, a lot. I also had a few questions for Ashlee of my own, which I wanted to share with each of you.
Clean cosmetics just entered another dimension, and the brand leading the way is Āether Beauty, an emerging color cosmetics line offering highly pigmented eye shadow palettes made with zero-waste materials (read: no magnets or mirrors). Effective immediately: clean, sustainable beauty is on the same plane as traditional beauty brands. When it comes to beauty and packaging innovation, Āether is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest – appealing to consumer tastes and values, without compromise. The Āether Eye Shadow palette is considered a zero-waste product, which means each component is recyclable or reusable. The palette contains no mirror or magnets which would pose a problem for recycling centers, just a small price to pay for sustainability. And, as you’ll read, Āether ticks all the boxes of a blue beauty brand: by sourcing ethically and giving back to the environment.
We know that one of the biggest frustrations that businesses and individuals have is not knowing what to do, or where to begin. So to support positive change in a meaningful way, we’re defining Project Blue Beauty and offering practical guidance to support you on your path to becoming blue.
In the Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery, you’ll receive four products: Mighty Majesty Fortifying Hair + Skin Serum, Jasmine Tonique, Radiant Rani and Facial Masques.