The Ultimate Luxury
|The Beauty Heroes Living Lighter Discovery is a compilation of zero waste lifestyle and beauty products. Learn more about how you can live lighter.|
Oprah said it. And when I saw Maya Angelou speak a decade ago she said it. “When you know better, you do better.” That has been my mantra ever since. If you know me, you know that I live by that principle almost to a fault, and my friends and family will nod in full agreement.
People often ask me how I became so interested in living an eco-conscious lifestyle. It didn’t happen all at once. It’s been a series of tiny moments, like the first time I heard that there ‘might’ be harmful ingredients in skincare products or the moment I learned that the same Styrofoam cups I grew up drinking out of in the 80’s and 90’s had CFC’s and were harmful to the environment. Or the moment four years ago when a woman handed me a stainless steel straw. Awareness is a series of connect-the-dot moments that, when we tune into them, can reshape our lives.
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.
The Living Lighter Discovery is a compilation of zero-waste lifestyle and beauty products I use every day and I find they help me love more in one way or another. I wanted to tell you about each of them, so I sat down with my friend and Earth Mama Kapua Browning, Founder of Honua Skincare to explain how each of these products came into my life and why they are so special.
Limited Edition Utensil Kit — I rarely leave home without my utensil kit because eating with bamboo cutlery is so much sexier than eating with cheap plastic cutlery. I carry this case in my purse and pack a few extra utensils in it for when I’m out with my family. It’s become a habit for me to take it out of my purse and wash the utensils at the end of the day so it’s ready for tomorrow. Once you try it, you will get hooked. These cases were hand sewn in Northern California from organic cotton and hemp. They are so chic, just like living an eco-lifestyle.
Limited Edition “Live Lighter. Love More.” Glass Straw — I love sipping through glass straws and I always carry 3 in my utensil case so I can share them when I go out. These straws were made in Chicago and are a special edition of our glass straw that read Live Lighter. Love More. It took me a long time to remember to tell my server that I don’t want a straw with my iced tea. I’ve learned to tell them why, there is a better chance they will remember to skip the straw when they bring my drink.
Give a Sh*t – a book by Ashlee Piper — I met Ashlee last year at the W.E.L.L. Summit and found her to be funny, real and so smart. At the time I bought her book to support her, but when I took it home, I couldn’t put it down. I learned so much from Ashlee. She makes Living Lighter feel attainable because she breaks down how to do the things you want to do, while also making you understand why you/we must give a shit! This is definitely not a boring read, and I feel like including this book in this collection makes it even more empowering. Somehow she makes a book about shifting your lifestyle a feel-good book. Read my interview with author Ashlee Piper here.
Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Stick – Grapefruit — This Meow Meow Tweet deodorant formula is one of our top-selling deodorants at Beauty Heroes. I love its fresh unisex citrus scent and baking-soda free formula. The packaging is a compostable tube that completely biodegrades. It’s hard to fathom how many plastic deodorant tubes I’ve gone through in my 40+ years on earth, but no more. I hope that once people discover how great this deodorant is, it will become their Hero product too.
Meow Meow Tweet Lip Balm – Sweet Orange Tangerine — This Meow Meow Tweet vegan lip balm is so good. Beyond the compostable packaging, the formula is rich and long-lasting, and the diameter of this lip balm has great surface area. I just had to share it!
Honua Skincare ‘Ōlena Oil — This really is an everything oil that can be used on men, women, teenage skin as well as any type of inflammation. Honua (which means ‘earth’ in Hawaiian) is one of my favorite Blue Beauty brands that works with farmers in Hawaii to farm sustainably and replenish farmland that has been depleted from over-development. The minimal glass and compostable cardboard packaging are beautiful and lighter on the planet.
Davids Toothpaste – New Charcoal Flavor — I love that Davids makes a toothpaste that has a wide appeal that is packaged in a more sustainable aluminum tube. Beyond that, it’s made domestically in the United States. Their new whitening charcoal formula just launched, and it’s so good, I was so happy that it launched in time to include in this collection. Davids is an easy swap from traditional chemical-laden toothpaste that come in plastic for the whole family to enjoy.
Mable – TWO Bamboo Toothbrushes – Plastic toothbrushes are one of the most common items that are found on our beaches and floating in our oceans (alongside plastic straws), and there is absolutely no reason why they need to be plastic. I fell in love with Mable’s design that can sit on your countertop rather than in a toothbrush cup. You can buy different colors for family members sharing a bathroom and there’s even a kids size. Mable is a one-for-one company that delivers toothbrushes to schools to teach the importance of ditching the plastic.
Lucky Teeth – refillable vegan Charcoal Floss – If you have yet to discover refillable dental floss, let me tell you it’s life-changing. And this floss from Lucky Teeth is my favorite of every floss I’ve tried. The little glass jar holds a spool of floss that you replace about once a month. It takes up a lot less space and looks great in my bathroom. This vegan bamboo charcoal floss from Lucky Teeth is infused with tea tree and peppermint, it’s upped my floss game.
Saalt Menstrual Cups (Two cup set of both sizes) — I was very late to the menstrual cup party, I joined it a little year ago, and when I did I felt like I had been missing out on the best-kept secrets for women. Using a menstrual cup is the most effective and efficient way to manage my period and I am happy to say I am never buying another tampon or pad! It took me about 3 months to get the hang of it. Unlike most menstrual cups that are made in China, Saalt manufactures their cups in California and are really great quality. In addition, they have a great customer success team that you can write in to, or join their Facebook support for support in getting used to the cup. I want women everywhere to know about it, and join the party.
Get them all and start living lighter today.
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