March 2019 - "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Great Skin"

It all started in 2015 when Christopher Cieri, a serial entrepreneur, grew a beard and became curious about the ingredients in his beard care products. In 2016, Christopher founded Franklin & Whitman and set out to create non-toxic, plant-based, cruelty-free products that performed better than commercial brands. Every Franklin & Whitman formula is original and created in house. Each is tested on real people and never on animals. Every product has an emphasis on clean, high quality, and food-grade ingredients.

WHY

Why do we do what we do? It's simple. Our purpose is to handcraft amazing, all-natural products for the modern lifestyle using the best ingredients available.  We do this all while helping promote a social mission that is near and dear to our hearts. We promise that our products are all natural, plant based, preservative free, and cruelty free. 

 SOCIAL MISSION

Our social mission drives us! We pledge that we will donate 5% of all Franklin & Whitman sales to Dog Rescue Organizations. That means 5% of every purchase of our products (online or wholesale) goes to helping dogs in need. We also pledge that every single ingredient we use in our products is cruelty free. 

 COMMITMENT

We live by a few powerful rules:

• Keep It Boldly Simple- You won't find fifteen to twenty different ingredients in our products. In fact, our products have less than ten ingredients. We have the courage to expertly craft a handful of the best ingredients we can find to reach the desired outcome.  

• Feed Your Skin- We forgo harsh and synthetic chemicals in our products. We believe you should feed your skin all-natural products that help nourish and protect it. It is your largest organ after all!  

• Do What's Right- We want to leave this world a better place than how we found it. How? By using recycled cardboard in our shipping boxes. By using 100% biodegradable vegetable starch packing peanuts in our shipments (you can melt them in your sink!!!). By only using glass and BPA-free, recyclable plastics. Some of these choices are more expensive than doing what is "easy".  We'd rather do what is right and be able to sleep at night. •

Surprise And Delight- Surprise And Delight- We LOVE our customers. Customer delight is part of our DNA. Every day we try to think of new ways to surprise and delight you. From sending free product samples in your order to going above and beyond to ensure you are delighted. It's how we roll. We want you to be happy and love us

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE: $98

February 2019 - "Honua shares with you the Aloha spirit of Oahu"

Kapua Browning founded Honua Hawaiian Skincare in 2015, when the demand for her Hawaiian crafted products grew beyond her treatment room. Born and raised on Oahu as an avid surfer and beach bum, Browning began to notice sun damage and pigmentation in her own complexion as early as her 20’s. In an attempt to take care of her skin, she became passionate about beauty and began to train in aesthetics and learn about traditional Hawaiian healing and medicinal herbs. After a decade of experience as a licensed esthetician, Browning began the building blocks for her own hand-crafted skincare collection, Honua Skincare.

The creation of Honua allowed Browning to share her love for Hawaiian culture, botanicals and aesthetics with the world. She places the highest value on the traditional ideologies of Hawaiian ancestry and aims to put “aloha” or love and compassion into everything Honua. Her wish is for people around the world to enjoy Honua’s natural products, take care in skin rituals and pass along the aloha spirit to the next person.

Honua Skincare’s developed four-part ritual offers a beautiful, glowing, vibrant complexion with the Pa’akai Cleansing Cream, Hawaiian Beauty Water, ALOHA Youth Serum and ‘Olena Oil. For men, Honua offers the Na Kane Men’s All-In-One Facial Care. From concept to creation, brainstorm to bottle, every product worthy of the Honua Skincare name comes to life under the watchful eye of Kapua Browning.

January 2019 - "Move into the New Year with a Modicum of Strength"

Modicum Skin Care was created as a result of my passion for nutrition and wellness, which I have been cultivating my entire life. I professed to my mother at thirteen that I was going to become a vegetarian. She said “Okay, but first you have to read Diet For A Small Planet, so you can understand why you want to be a vegetarian.” My mother stoked my nascent interest in how and what helps our bodies keep themselves balanced. In her fifties she was diagnosed with cancer, but through lifestyle (yoga and meditation) and diet (vegetarian and macrobiotic) she managed to rid herbody of cancerous cells completely. Her transformation further inspired my perspective on health and our individual power to cultivate it. And it changed my whole family’s—which includes 8 siblings! 

A few years ago I had a health scare of my own. While snowmobiling in the Canadian Rockies, my craft plunged into a deep crevasse at full speed. I awoke from unconsciousness with several broken bones and lacerations on my face and neck. I worried that lacerations to my face would leave me with permanent nerve damage and scars. Plastic surgery was recommended. During my convalescence, I applied a serum of my own invention based on the fundamentals of plant chemistry I had studied. These essential oils and chemical building blocks allowed my skin to rejuvenate naturally, leaving no visible scars—without surgery. I knew I had to share this knowledge with the world. This was the beginning of Modicum.


TOTAL RETAIL VALUE: $100

December 2018 - "Pretty as a Petal in California"

Flower Mill began as a natural skin care project, and evolved with the idea that healing can be magnified by the antioxidant and nourishing power of flowers. Born in eco and free-spirited culture of Southern California, Flower Mill is a small business devoted to providing the highest quality skincare to those in an industry where chemicals and harsh ingredients abound. We believe that the best skincare is natural skincare and are dedicated to curating products made from the best ingredients nature has to offer. We believe in the power of flowers.

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE: $142

November 2018 - "Feel Your Beauty And Take Flight In Los Angeles"

SkinOwl's sole mission is to educate you about your skin & deliver the best products, so that skin "care" can be the catalyst to caring about every genuinely important facet of your life. Vegan, cruelty-free, and 100% non-toxic, SkinOwl is simple, results driven skincare intended for life’s simplest of moments.

Founder, Annie, struggled for years with skin issues and after countless visits to dermatologists and tons of money thrown into skincare products, she was left with minimal positive results. Annie realized she was just like millions of other women who had nowhere to turn. There were a lot of salespeople saying, "This will REALLY work," and selling her a lot of products that, in the end, did nothing to help her severe acne and eczema. What was it going to take?

It was then that Annie realized her results were in the INGREDIENTS of the products she was using vs. what was being marketed. While working on commercial and music video sets as a professional makeup artist, as well as for a top luxury brand, she enrolled in a post-graduate program at UCLA & received a certificate in Cosmetic Chemistry.

From there, Annie learned the truth about what is truly best for the skin, and more importantly, what works and stays working. From this knowledge came SkinOwl, a skincare company that allowed women to FEEL as good as they looked. The products smelled good, felt good when their clients put them on, and left them glowing inside and out due to their fast-acting results. In creating SkinOwl, Annie knew she wanted to achieve three main goals:

• To see results overnight.

• Provide more than just skin care, but deliver a core component of total self-care too.

• For women to feel like they had a safe haven to ask questions and receive quality advice about their skin in what can often be seen as a confusing industry.

Annie found that when she made the choice to care for herself on a small level, it opened the door to more impactful and authentic decisions & transformations. From this, came SkinOwl’s tagline, “Where Skincare Becomes Self-care.”

Total Retail Value: $136

October 2018 - "EIR NYC Gives Us Beauty and Healing From The Big Apple"

Jun Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Chile when she was seven and then onto NY. The movement between these cultures gave Jun an incredible world view from a young age.

Jun, a former art curator and extreme athlete, now an avid surfer and samba dancer, began studying green medicine in 2013 while recovering from sports injuries to deal with pain management and boost the benefits of physical therapy naturally.

After her first product, Surf Mud, became a fast favorite amongst the Montauk surfing community, Jun began incorporating the principles of herbal healing into her growing cornucopia of natural, functional skincare products.

Eir is a natural, clean, unisex skincare line for people with active lifestyles. Made of high quality, therapeutic blends of premium, wild-crafted herbs, and essential oils, Eir products are designed to speed internal healing while providing the external benefits of softening, cleansing, and repairing the skin.

Named after the Norse goddess of healing, Eir is produced locally in Brooklyn and sold at exclusive boutiques, premium department stores, and surf shops in select countries worldwide.

September 2018 - "From England, MOA Gives You Folklore And Flowers"

MOA created natural skincare products, made in England, inspired by old herbal folklore and with a sprinkling of magic!

Our hero herb yarrow (Achillea Millefolium), is shrouded by tales of folklore and can be found beside hedgerows all across the UK. The miraculous powers of this humble herb have been used for centuries to heal and repair. Named after Greek hero Achilles, who legend has it, used it to heal his soldiers’ wounds after battle. Our original product The Green Balm continues this age-old tradition of using yarrow as a healing herb and this calming, multi-purpose balm can be used for all manner of skin ailments.

MOA products are cruelty free with carefully selected organic and botanical ingredients to improve wellbeing and to practice a simple, yet effective daily skin care ritual. We do not use petrochemicals (mineral oil), parabens, SLS, phthalates, fillers or artificial fragrance and our newer products are all vegan.

Achieving a product which works in harmony with mother nature is important to us, therefore we try and source as much of our packaging from the UK using recycled board and printed with vegetable inks, each product is considered mindfully and consciously.

Total Retail Value: $103.50 USD

August 2018 - "Forage for Borage In Portland"

The heart of Live Botanical is the intense desire to connect more with Mother Nature and share her beauty and wisdom with others.  The owner and formulator, Carolyn McRory is practicing herbalist with over 20 years of study.  Live Botanical is her life's work coming to fruition.  A journey to create something meaningful and thoughtful.  Starting In 2016 she set out to develop skin care rooted in balance and harmony, to enhance what makes us all uniquely beautiful.

Her particular area of expertise is gentle, soothing formulations that focus on modulating inflammation in the skin rather than mask or suppress it which can cause long term damage.  Embracing natural responses to aging by focusing on nourishing, rich plant based vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to maintain a healthy and vibrant complexion.  Carolyn’s background beyond plant medicine is a long career in science, math and technology.  These collective experiences create insight to optimize traditional preparations with sprinkling of modern ingredients to improve efficacy.

The Live Botanical mantra is: Beautiful. Pure. Responsible. Simple.

Beautiful: With vivid botanical imagery and herbal preparations designed for self-care, the hope is people are reminded everyday of the beauty in the world and more importantly the beauty that lives within them.

Pure: Plant based ingredient lists that are familiar and uncomplicated allowing the pureness of the botanicals to shine.  Majority of the herbs Live Botanical procures come from local farms which are delivered fresh and processed within their studio.  This ensures maximum potency in infusions and extractions.  Some of the plants are also wild harvested or grown by the owner herself.

Responsible: Both environmental and social responsibility are value statements Live Botanical holds dear.  In addition to being mostly organic, gmo-free and fair-trade; they work with majority abundant ingredients.  This additional layer helps with larger preservation efforts and sustainability.  

Simple: By maintaining a low overhead and embodying modest or simple living, Live Botanical takes immense pride in providing luxurious, vibrant skin care at an accessible price.

July 2018 - "Let Your Beauty Bloom In Morocco"

Sahara Rose was inspired by beauty rituals from two places; the first is my dear grandmother – Rahma— a truly remarkable graceful woman. She played a significant role in teaching me about the art of beauty and self care, the ancient secret concoctions, and the importance of using only the most precious ingredients, picked freshly from the source.  She also taught me the importance to gracefully pause for sacred rituals to celebrate your True beauty.  Self love is being and loving yourself simply, Self care is taking care of yourself, and self respect is knowing your self worth, while generously sharing and giving back with sincerity and gratitude.

The second inspiration was my moroccan heritage and the bounty of the Sahara Desert.  From fresh pressed oils, to exotic clays and aromatic scents of saffron, rose, and orange blossom.  The abundance of natural ingredients in the environment I grew up in had a huge effect on the products I would go on to create.

From Florida where I live, my goal became to share this wealth of beauty, grace and self love. The resilient rose that grows at the gates of the Sahara Desert, inspired me to name the brand SAHARA ROSE.  Just as the Rose emerges and blossoms from the desert, despite the rough climate, it also represents purity, strength, grace, light, love and compassion towards body and soul. The Rose may appear fragile on the surface, but it is flexible and strong, securely anchored under the surface of the earth.

Our brand celebrates the Sahara Rose in each of us- our ability to bloom despite hardships, find courage at times of challenge, to achieve our ambitions without compromising our values, and to find happiness and joy in simply being authentically our true selves.

My grandmother is the most generous woman I’ve ever known- and I hope to make her proud with a brand that celebrates her true art of graceful beauty.

Experience our unique beauty and skin luxuries, made with the most opulent and Age-Defying ingredients.  Embark in the extraordinary voyage to a glamorous skin.

Total Retail Value: $123

June 2018 - "Let Your Inner Glow Shine Out In The City of Angels"

Organic to Green, is an innovative health and beauty lifestyle company founded in Los Angeles, CA. In 2009 we launched our first collection into L.A.'s beloved retailer, Fred Segal, from our home-built lab. Since then we've had various themed conscious lifestyle pop-up stores from Venice to Costa Mesa. Today you can find us in Santa Monica at our private eco-chic Bungalow and Spa on Main St. to shop our artisan boutique, where we also handcraft our luxury artisan skincare, and where you can experience our spa treatments featuring Organic to Green's award winning and editor favorite coconut oil and non-toxic products, infrared sauna and steam room. By appointment only, and catering to celebrities and discerning clients, it is considered one of the best exclusive holistic beauty treatments in Los Angeles.

Organic to Green's original collection of handcrafted organic formulas were packaged in donated wine and beer bottles through our very own community based program, ReUseGlassBottles. Our trademark ReUseCycle helps us spread awareness of conscious packaging and inspire others to do the same in their communities.  Organic to Green also produces refillable amenities for hotels in Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

 

PROMISE

As a healthy lifestyle brand which started with artisanal, handcrafted organic products made from our kitchen, we promise to create products which are clean, simple and smart for everyone. Here is our growing list of ingredients we promise to never use in our products.

FREE of PARABENS, HARSH SULFATES, PETROLATUM, ARTIFICIAL COLORS or PHTHALATES and other harmful ingredients.

Other ingredients we promise never to use: 1,4 - dioxane; alkylphenols; benzene; bronopol; ceteareth 20; chlorinated or brominated solvents; chlorine processing; DMDM hydantoin; formaldehyde carriers; hexavalent chromium; MEA (Monoethanolamine); mineral oil

organohalides; organophosphate pesticides; phosphates; PVC; quaternium 15; resorcinol; SLS/SLES (sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates); sulfur oxides; TEA (Triethanolamine); triclosan… the list is always growing.

 Kosher - Vegan - Natural - Fair Trade - Therapeutic Grade - Made in the USA

May 2018 - "Find the Beauty of Coastal Vancouver"

Founder, Alicia, spent 10 years researching, designing and planning Delia Organics and their ingredients so she can help you achieve amazing healthy skin without changing how beautiful you already are. With 10+ years in the skincare industry, she is a Licensed Aesthetician and is the Founder and Editor of The Beauty Geek where she has focused on bringing and discussing treatments, skincare and wellness all in one place. She believes in the ease of a routine as well as results which made the most sense when Delia Organics was born. 

Founded in 2016 Delia Organics was created to not only to enhance your natural beauty but also to get your skin to the highest form of health it can be. Formulated with all the correct ingredients, you can be sure you will see results within your first time experiencing Delia Organics. 

They care about the health and wellness of every individual and they created Delia Organics to help with all different skin concerns. With the latest technology and advancements in the skincare industry, they have made a simple,yet effective brand. With natural, organic and vegan friendly ingredients, they know you won’t be disappointed.

April 2018 - "A Holistic Approach To Beauty"

How I began making products is very personal and comes from a time in my life filled with angst and despair. This is my story.

Riddled with eating disorders having spent some years living in Paris, my love for food and beauty came quite naturally. While pursuing work in packaged goods marketing as a young woman helped pay my bills and my part-time work as a pastry chef fed my unhealthy 'indulge then starve' food habit. I found myself in absolute burn out having fainted one day, and an ensuing trip to the hospital resulted in me being put in the mental health ward for a couple of weeks to get my health back.

Forced to consume of what I would call a diet of ‘fake food’ to put some pounds on me (think milkshakes from a tin, overcooked pork chops with reconstituted gravy and cherry pie filling served over jello with cool whip) I didn’t really receive much nourishment for my body or my state of mind BUT when I finally got let out I was determined never to be in lockdown again. 

I was determined to get better and create a new me so I took my power suits to the consignment store. Cut my hair super short. Left my marketing gig. Signed up to do an intensive yoga program and started making my own skin concoctions in between having anxiety attacks and downward dogs.

I got heavily into the vegan, whole food world and my once unhealthy fascination with food became very health oriented. Foods like the humble avocado began replacing my cravings for sugar, alcohol and dairy. I started cooking for people on the side to help them heal too. It didn’t happen overnight, but combined with more therapy than anyone would ever want, I started to feel and look better too.

My yoga and mindful meditation practice helped me connect with my body and I found that I had an undiscovered gift for nurturing others. Recipe development came naturally which lent itself to making products like healing oils, ayurvedic creams for redness and calming mists for anxiety. Soon enough I had women knocking at my door to teach them about the sacred act of restorative yoga and self-care.

It was gratifying to see so many friends and clients embracing their health and well-being, changing their diet and lifestyle but generally speaking, they were all clinging to their big brand beauty products despite the fact that they knew they should be using products with cleaner, more nourishing ingredient lists.

Slowly but surely, this community of women who loved coming to my self-care yoga classes also started to ask to buy my skincare products for home use. I loved that they affectionately likened my creams to being comparable to a 'salad for your skin'. 

It took a few years to grow but I now have a 5 person team and my insurance agent is happy to that we no longer produce in my home kitchen but rather have partnered with a small batch lab. 

Leveraging the power of superfoods, we bting a whole new level of efficacy and elegance to natural skincare; actively serving the needs of today’s ‘mindful' beauty customer. Not your typical green beauty brand, our extraordinary ingredients and performance based formulas resonate with the growing trend of consumers making better lifestyle choices. I believe that our mindfully made, ‘conscious’ products impact not just the appearance of our skin, but our planet, health and wellbeing. 

We make conscious, cult worthy, ‘ingredient driven’ products, offering luxurious face, body, hair care and lifestyle choices,that stand up against their mainstream peers. More than that, 'Graydon' is supported by an active community of engaged, inspired customers in the ever - evolving conscious and 'mindful' beauty and lifestyle movement.

March 2018 - "Paris Brings La Vie En Rose!"

Whether they were carried by perfumers, at a pharmacy, in a supermarket, or in organic specialty stores, the selected products caused Sylvia to develop various cutaneous reactions : Inflamed skin, Redness, Blemishes, Eczema

She started to scrutinize the formulas of each product that she has at home, investigated their components and the effects they have on skin.

While making her discoveries, Sylvia stops using the cosmetic products called
“conventional” and turns to products called “organic”, particularly because they do not contain silicon or mineral oils which proved to be very comedogenic.

Even so, Sylvia notices that it is not easy to find products that suit her. She is disappointed by the odor and texture of the products and continues to develop cutaneous reactions due in part to the significant presence of alcohol or essential oils.

Frustrated and having lost all confidence in cosmetics, including natural and organic ones,
Sylvia begins to create her own skincare products at home.

The formulas are short and entirely active, developed with raw, unrefined ingredients. 

They distinguish themselves with their pleasant, penetrating and delicately perfumed textures. These textures are combined with extremely gentle, powerful ingredients selected for their tolerability and their remarkable affinity with skin. These active ingredients, obtained through patented procedures, are results of cutting edge research in eco extraction.

Each ingredient is the target of a rigorous selection process, so as to keep only the highest quality.

All products are Organic certified, Cruelty free certified by PETA and Made in France !

February 2018 - "Giving You Beauty From The Brand That Gives Back"

Inspired by nature’s most time-honoured, visibly proven botanical ingredients, Luxe Botanics reflects the passionate pursuit of South African biotechnologist, Jené Roestorf, and her belief in the remarkable intersection between science and nature. 

Raised in South Africa, surrounded by some of the earth’s most distinct and diverse ecosystems, Jené has a deep comprehension of nature’s healing abilities and is guided by her philosophy of allowing nature to nurture. After a decade working on international clinical trials, Jené blends her African roots, scientific proficiency and passion for socially conscious innovation to create the definitive 'Mindful Skincare Ritual'.

For Luxe Botanics she has meticulously researched the most potent, skin-transforming active botanicals, centering elixirs on three overachieving multitaskers – Marula nut oil from Kenya, Camu camu berry extract from Brazil, and Kigelia africana fruit extract from Malawi. She has focused on sourcing only the highest grade, nutrient dense, organic and wild harvested core botanicals through fair-trade alliances to support local communities while safeguarding the environment. 

Each Luxe Botanics elixir is formulated to precision with high concentrations of unique core botanicals, which are enhanced by sustainable, true-to-nature ingredients. The culmination is an intelligent curation of exclusive formulas that deeply nourish and care for skin while instilling wellness as part of a daily beauty ritual.

For the wellness conscious women who choose to allow their skin to thrive naturally, our vision is to empower them with the ultimate Mindful Skincare Ritual - a luxurious and effective botanical line that enriches both skin health, nature and the community.

When you purchase a Camu product a nursery school child in Ethiopia will receive a nutritious meal.

You will help New Ways to provide a nutritious meal to an Ethiopian nursery school child for one day. What a child eats today will have a lasting impact on his or her physical and mental health, helping them to feel good about themselves, do well academically at school and grow into healthy adults.

Box Retail Value: $117

January 2018 - "Say Aloha to a New Year and Better Skin"

Kapua Browning founded Honua Hawaiian Skincare in 2015, when the demand for her Hawaiian crafted products grew beyond her treatment room. Born and raised on Oahu as an avid surfer and beach bum, Browning began to notice sun damage and pigmentation in her own complexion as early as her 20’s. In an attempt to take care of her skin, she became passionate about beauty and began to train in aesthetics and learn about traditional Hawaiian healing and medicinal herbs. After a decade of experience as a licensed esthetician, Browning began the building blocks for her own hand-crafted skincare collection, Honua Skincare. 

The creation of Honua allowed Browning to share her love for Hawaiian culture, botanicals and aesthetics with the world. She places the highest value on the traditional ideologies of Hawaiian ancestry and aims to put “aloha” or love and compassion into everything Honua. Her wish is for people around the world to enjoy Honua’s natural products, take care in skin rituals and pass along the aloha spirit to the next person. 

Honua Skincare’s developed four-part ritual offers a beautiful, glowing, vibrant complexion with the Pa’akai Cleansing Cream, Hawaiian Beauty Water, ALOHA Youth Serum and ‘Olena Oil. For men, Honua offers the Na Kane Men’s All-In-One Facial Care. From concept to creation, brainstorm to bottle, every product worthy of the Honua Skincare name comes to life under the watchful eye of Kapua Browning.

Box Retail Value: $96

December 2017 - “Los Angeles, Where Skincare Becomes Self-care”

SkinOwl's sole mission is to educate you about your skin & deliver the best products, so that skin "care" can be the catalyst to caring about every genuinely important facet of your life. Vegan, cruelty-free, and 100% non-toxic, SkinOwl is simple, results driven skincare intended for life’s simplest of moments.

Founder, Annie, struggled for years with skin issues and after countless visits to dermatologists and tons of money thrown into skincare products, she was left with minimal positive results. Annie realized she was just like millions of other women who had nowhere to turn. There were a lot of salespeople saying, "This will REALLY work," and selling her a lot of products that, in the end, did nothing to help her severe acne and eczema. What was it going to take?

It was then that Annie realized her results were in the INGREDIENTS of the products she was using vs. what was being marketed. While working on commercial and music video sets as a professional makeup artist, as well as for a top luxury brand, she enrolled in a post-graduate program at UCLA & received a certificate in Cosmetic Chemistry.

From there, Annie learned the truth about what is truly best for the skin, and more importantly, what works and stays working. From this knowledge came SkinOwl, a skincare company that allowed women to FEEL as good as they looked. The products smelled good, felt good when their clients put them on, and left them glowing inside and out due to their fast-acting results. In creating SkinOwl, Annie knew she wanted to achieve three main goals:

  • To see results overnight.
  • Provide more than just skin care, but deliver a core component of total self-care too.
  • For women to feel like they had a safe haven to ask questions and receive quality advice about their skin in what can often be seen as a confusing industry.

Annie found that when she made the choice to care for herself on a small level, it opened the door to more impactful and authentic decisions & transformations. From this, came SkinOwl’s tagline, “Where Skincare Becomes Self-care.”

Total Retail Value: $113

November 2017 - "Your Jetsetter Collection To Travel Around The World"

NIU BODY was founded in March of 2017 by two boss babes (and BFFs) Connie Lo and Laura Burget. The motivation behind the company was a realization that most other natural/organic product lines boast premium pricing and an air of “better-than” that isn’t exactly welcoming. NIU BODY aspires to be an approachable option without the fancy fluff, at affordable prices so all babes can enjoy everything green beauty has to offer.  Being avid natural skin care enthusiasts and makeup users, they were especially frustrated with the saturation of harsh synthetic makeup removers in the market. In their quest to find the best natural solution, they turned to coconut oil, a beauty favorite for their initial makeup remover product line. From there, they expanded to include not only coconut oil, but also Earth's other wonderful natural ingredients in our products.

All of NIU BODY's products are truly natural, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, organic and made with love in small batches with ingredients from Mexico, Malaysia, Morocco, Isreal, Italy and Canada. They source the finest ingredients from around the globe, formulating only with the purest and most effective ingredients. They believe skin care should not be one-size-fits-all, and use unique botanical blends with catered benefits for every babe's different skin type or concern in mind. Beautiful skin doesn't have to be complicated.

October 2017 - "The Miracle Tree In Ghana"

When co-founders Kwami and Emily first traveled to Ghana in 2012, they were struck by the incredible potential of the moringa tree. Known locally as the miracle tree for it's nutritional benefits (the leaves contain more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk, and more protein than yogurt, gram for gram), moringa was planted by NGOs throughout West Africa to prevent malnutrition. However, farmers had limited resources to care for and cultivate these trees, and without a connection to a global market, there was no way for farmers to grow moringa beyond the household scale and break the cycle of poverty. 

So Kwami and Emily took the unused part of the tree - the seeds - back to their labs at MIT where they figured out how to cold-press them into a deeply moisturizing, anti-aging beauty oil that outperforms argan, jojoba, and coconut. Today, they manage the first vertically integrated supply chain for moringa, connecting 2500 small farming families to conscious consumers like you by providing tools and training to their farmers to kickstart their moringa farms, purchasing seeds from farmers at a fair price, and cold-pressing their oils locally in Ghana, in a processing center they designed and built by hand. This year, they will plant one million moringa trees to combat malnutrition and deforestation, launching Africa's largest certified organic moringa farm

September 2017 - "Unrivaled Wild Beauty In The Pacific Northwest"

At HANA Organic Skincare, they offer products for just about every skin type, and they make sure that each one is as clean and pure as your face deserves. HANA believes in using only the finest organic/biodynamic ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible. Each product is handcrafted with only good intentions for your radiant health and well-being.

There is no comfort in reading a list of chemicals when you look at your personal care ingredients. Most commercial skincare products contain highly toxic and irritating ingredients. Those ingredients are absorbed into your skin, and often cause allergic reactions and other skin sensitivities.

For exactly those reasons, Karen Ries created HANA Organic Skincare in 2011. The products are handmade In the Pacific Northwest, in small batches, to assure freshness and well-monitored quality control. As a person with dry and sensitive skin (and a daughter with oily skin), it was important to develop an effective, yet very gentle skin care solution not only for herself, but for others that struggled with skin sensitivities.

After becoming a certified herbalist, Karen turned the family kitchen into an organic skincare laboratory, using the medicinal herbs from her small garden. Eventually, the art and science of skin care came together, she moved to her studio, and HANA Organic Skincare was born (named after Karen’s daughter, Hana).

Total Retail Value: $92

August 2017 - "Let The Sea Set You Free"

OSEA Founder, Jenefer Palmer began her career in the healing arts by studying and becoming practiced in cranial therapy, acupressure and shiatsu. OSEA started out as a more of a kitchen sink than a kitchen table business, as Jenefer began experimenting with skincare formulations in her kitchen sink. She became fluent in the basics of cosmetic chemistry by trial and error, later refining her most successful formulas with the help of cosmetic chemists. However, it was not until a business trip to Buenos Aires that Jenefer would discover the key ingredient upon which her skincare line was to be founded.

She traced the algae, of the Gigartina species, to the coast of Patagonia, a region so far down the South American continent that they call it “El Fin del Mundo”--the end of the world. There, she was guided along the desolate beaches and pristine coastal waters of Patagonia by a local family who showed her how to harvest the Gigartina which was soon to become the key ingredient of her skincare formulations. Throughout OSEA’s evolution, Jenefer has ensured that the brand stays true to its initial commitment: to provide the highest quality, ecologically-responsible natural skincare to ingredient-conscious consumers. Never forgetting the source, Jenefer and OSEA support ocean preservation, Heal the Bay and works with a local partner in Argentina to ensure eco-responsible harvesting of their seaweed.

August Box Total Retail Value: $96