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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

Project Blue Beauty: Can a Color Cue a Consciousness Shift?

A new year brings a promise of a new beginning, and a new decade, even more so. But in many ways, 2020 feels different. On the horizon looms an election, a deeply divisive impeachment process and worsening climate conditions. 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

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold: The Truth About Glitter In Makeup

As New Year’s Eve approaches and I’m planning my party outfit and makeup look, I’m reminded of this past Halloween, which is perhaps the only other holiday when it’s completely acceptable for professional adults to cover themselves in glitter makeup (Burning Man and Coachella aren’t national holidays yet, so I don’t include them here.) It was just days before the frightful night and I was speaking at Well Summit 2019. The panel discussion focused on cosmetic ingredients and their impact on the environment. The topic of glitter in makeup came up and once it did, it consumed the conversation. What immediately struck me was that 1. Women, and some men, of all ages, races and backgrounds hold a special place in their hearts for all that glitters; and 2. The idea that glitter is bad for the environment is spirit-crushing. read more

RANAVAT: The New Royals

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

Beauty Heroes Travels to Kenya

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.read more

Your Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

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.read more

Project Blue Beauty: It’s Game Time!

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. read more

Project Blue Beauty: What Companies Are Doing Right

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. read more

Project Blue Beauty:
Our Commitments

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. read more

Living Lighter:
The Ultimate Luxury

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.read more

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