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How to Become an Intersectional Environmentalist

The last few weeks have been an intense time of listening, learning and awakening. As I took time to really listen in the weeks following the death of George Floyd, and the growing understanding of how I am a part of the privileged systems that need to be dismantled and rebuilt to include all people, I realized that Beauty Heroes had a huge blind spot when it came to our attention to the environment; the intersection of environmentalism and social justice. I became upset – with myself – and curious.  I knew there was a direct connection between the health of the environment and how it disproportionately affects Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), but why hadn’t I addressed it specifically. The answer that I came up with is that, while I knew it to exist, and I cared, it doesn’t affect me every day, because of my privilege.read more

From Zero to Hero: The Making Of The First Zero Waste Deodorant Bar

As Blue Beauty has evolved from a conversation into a movement, a common question remains: what is the difference between Green and Blue Beauty? Perhaps the best way to answer this question is by way of an example. The month, in a very special Blue Beauty Limited Edition, we showcase a true Blue Beauty innovation: Cleo+Coco’s Zero Waste Deodorant Bar. read more

Bathing Culture, So Much More Than Soap

You may think we planned it this way, but the truth is we didn’t see this coming. Who knew that sending out a rainbow waved bottle of soap as our Hero product could be as relevant as it is in this very moment? I remember the first time I saw Bathing Culture on a shelf at a store, the rainbow across their small 100% recycled plastic bottle caught my eye.read more

Project Blue Beauty: How To TerraCycle At Home

You’re doing all the right things: you shop local with a reusable bag, you’ve sworn off plastic and single use items and impulse purchases, and you salvage items from the Goodwill pile to reuse, rewear and rescue from the landfill. But what do you do with all the other stuff? The old computer keyboard, the tangle of cords in the garage, your miscellaneous cleaning and beauty products or your dull razors? The season is ripe for any solution that attempts to inspire unity and to relax our anxieties during social, political and environmental unrest. And this is when we turn to art, ‘blue beauty’ and nature for a moment of reprieve. Enter Pantone. For 20 years, Pantone has announced a Color of the Year, based on global trend analyses across fashion, beauty, entertainment, travel, and social and economic conditions that inform the cultural zeitgeist of our time. The Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to effectively translate the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy. Who can forget the infamous scene in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada when Meryl Streep’s character, Miranda Priestly, claps back at Anne Hathaway’s fashion ignorance with the most perfectly delivered monologue about the power of Cerulean Blue (2000’s Color of the Year) to drive global commerce, from the runway all the way down to the clearance bin? The Pantone Color of the Year not only influences product development and purchasing decisions across industries, but it is also meant to reflect the psychological and emotional state of our time. 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.read more

It’s About Time We All Discovered Mukti Organics

Every once in a while, I discover a brand that’s been around for a long time but is new to me, and I wonder, why has it taken me so long to find you? That is the case with Mukti Organics, a fresh, gorgeous and super-conscious brand from Australia that’s been around for over 20 years.read more

Introducing Free + True, Serious Skincare for the Green Gal on the Go

When we were introduced to Free + True, we instantly knew that this brand was doing something different and right, and we dug it. This elegant and efficient brand intuitively positioned itself to sit between the single, multi-tasking product and the elaborate skincare ritual, filling a void for the skincare enthusiast who wants convenience and results in equal measure.read more

Smooth Operator: Silicones in Skincare

Want that “silky smooth” texture from a serum? Or a luxurious “shine” from your haircare treatment? Chances are, you’re wanting that special something that silicones in skincare often provide.read more

Adaptogens for Sex and Spirit

Sex can be a lot of things –  a way to connect, a way to relax, an act of love, a ritual, a euphemism for ‘Netflix and chill’ – but most of us do not think of sex as a marker of our overall well-being. In today’s fast, hyperconnected culture, we use a different rubric for measuring “well-being”: Our appearance. Our energy level. Our social life. Our stuff. Our accomplishments. But sex? Sex is often categorized as a marker of a healthy relationship, isolated from other aspects that make up a healthy life. Research shows there are several possible reasons we’ve put sex in a silo. First, our culture has largely reduced sex to a purely sensational, superficial and spontaneous experience. In so many ways, we’ve disassociated sex from intimacy, and certainly from the sacred or spiritual. read more

Meet STAMBA: The Brand To Lead The Whole Food Awakening

So we start 2020 with an unlikely Hero product from a brand we’ve long loved. We first introduced you to RANAVAT last winter with our Indies Discovery. You may remember my interview with Michelle Ranavat where she shared her passion for ingredient sourcing and her devotion to creating the most regal Ayurvedic beauty rituals. Michelle’s aesthetic is unparalleled – from her formula’s scents and textures to the smallest detail in the brand’s design, Michelle has defined a new standard of luxury for Ayurvedic-centered brands. read more

THE BAKUCHIOL BUZZ: ALL HYPE OR HERO-WORTHY?

So we start 2020 with an unlikely Hero product from a brand we’ve long loved. We first introduced you to RANAVAT last winter with our Indies Discovery. You may remember my interview with Michelle Ranavat where she shared her passion for ingredient sourcing and her devotion to creating the most regal Ayurvedic beauty rituals. Michelle’s aesthetic is unparalleled – from her formula’s scents and textures to the smallest detail in the brand’s design, Michelle has defined a new standard of luxury for Ayurvedic-centered brands. read more

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