July 2017 - "From the Nile River to Uganda, LXMI Transforms Your Skin, Our Planet And The People For The Better"

LXMI, pronounced luxe-me, is committed to three distinct brand tenets:

• Pure, rare ingredients from unique terroir

• Going beyond charity to provide work for women, and

• Natural and organic botanicals, often safe-enough-to-eat

Leila Janah founded LXMI after a chance discovery of Nilotica, LXMI's signature ingredient, at a market in Uganda. She was astounded by the rare butter's ability to transform her moisture-deprived, overly-traveled skin from lackluster to luminous. Once she learned that she could help marginalized East African women find dignified work through the wild harvesting, production and exportation of Nilotica, she knew she had to change her life to share her new skincare secret with the world.

But she didn't stop there. She went the extra mile(s) to source Nilotica Reserve™, now LXMI's exclusive form of the butter, from the highest grade nuts in the most pristine areas of the Nile River Valley. Nilotica Reserve's characteristics are sky-high essential fatty acids (+25% that of traditional Shea Butter), natural vitamin crystals that dissolve on skin, and impact sourcing techniques to ensure that LXMI producers are always paid living wages for their efforts.

LXMI’s primary ingredient harvests enable their producers to earn at least 3x local wages.

They’ve built our supply chain carefully via non-profit collectives. They believe that fair-wage, dignified work elevates the end product, creating a higher level of luxury for discerning consumers.

In fact, they promise that for each of our primary ingredient harvests, the producers earn at least 3x the local average wage. These living wages will help chip away at some of the world’s most serious problems, from childhood malnutrition to human trafficking. Let's transform our skin, our planet and people for the better.

LXMI is named after the founder's favorite Hindu goddess, whose four hands are thought to represent prosperity, liberation, morality, and love – two giving hands and two receiving hands.

The brand seal represents this concept of giving and receiving. In other words, giving back isn’t an afterthought; it is at the core of LXMI's DNA. In fact, it’s the reason for being.

June 2017 - "Inspired By Mountains, Rivers and High Deserts, Washington Brings You Kani Botanical Beauty"

Kani started out as a labor of love and as a simple solution for Stephanie’s struggles with sensitive skin. After years of fighting terrible acne and allergic skin reactions to everything from laundry detergent to lotions, she became heavily interested in more holistic and natural methods of treating her skin. Stephanie began to learn about integrative herbology, holistic nutrition and cosmetic chemistry. She also finally began paying attention to her Colombian mother and aunts who were always telling her to try oils from fruits and plants that she had never heard of. She went from that girl who spent hundreds of dollars a month on “designer” skincare treatments to one who would spend night after night in the kitchen experimenting, as well as walking into stores spending most of the time reading ingredient lists and shaking her head.

The real turning point that changed her hobby into the adventure it is today was after traveling some years back to Finland and Sweden. Stephanie was really inspired by how they protected and nurtured their skin in extreme weather conditions and by their cultural use of saunas. It was then that she realized her Colombian heritage was very similar to ones she had seen traveling, in that the people that inhabited these harsh areas took care of their skin with use of the similar natural ingredients; As a result, they had amazing skin. After much tinkering, sleepless nights, and with the help of her family, friends and my amazing boyfriend, Stephanie developed Kani.

She was tired of seeing overpriced products, whose first ingredients were alcohol or water and were followed by a list of sulfates, parabens and pthalates. These products are made overseas with an insane carbon footprint, and are also products from companies that don’t care about anything but profits and are made in factories where the workers are treated like animals and animals are treated even less. Kani will never be that. They will always be the opposite of that; A handmade product made from the best local, organic, fair-trade and vegan ingredients.

Why Kani? Stephanie’s childhood nickname was ‘Rabbit’ because her two front teeth came in before the rest. Kani means rabbit in Finnish, and the namesake will always be her favorite animal.

May 2017 - "Drench Your Skin in the California Sun With Honey Belle Organics”

In 2013, Dr. Hou began to develop skin irritations and allergies from commercial department store brands. She began making homemade remedieswith her knowledge about herbs, for herself, her patients, and her daughter who at the time suddenly developed psoriasis. Iris became inspired by her new-found knowledge and awareness of what she was putting onto her skin. 

"I suddenly became so aware of what I was putting onto my skin after I got psoriasis. I realized as a broke college student, I couldn't afford anything considered 'healthy' in the market. So I started studying ingredients, and I made homemade recipes to replace each and every one of my beauty products. And I fell in love.. I couldn't wait to share them with everyone around me!"

Iris created an alias on Instagram named “Honey Belle” for ‘natural beauty.’ She started posting her products on there, and people started contacting her about purchasing them. She sold it, not thinking anything of it at first. Then, more and more people began to make orders, and that’s when Calvin her boyfriend came to help- helping Iris on his days off from work.

"It wasn't until people who were willing to try my products out on Instagram, started emailing us saying: 'Honey Belle is changing my life', 'I feel like I can use less make-up now', 'I feel so much more confident in my own skin', that I turned to Calvin and said ‘Let’s do this, let’s just help people with their skin!' 

So they quit their full-time jobs, and started chasing this passion to make a difference in other people's lives.

"My vision in making my products price-conscious is to have natural + organic products more accessible to everyone, since I wasn't able to afford them. I can easily mark up my products and make billions, but that's not my focus. I'd rather give back. We’ve donated to hundreds of people, and to countries such as Guatemala, Vietnam, Honduras, and Burma to name a few, as well as local homeless shelters in Los Angeles. Giving back is so important, and it's something that fulfills me."

April 2017 - "Vancouver Brings You Nature and Beauty From Delia Organics”

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. 

March 2017 - “A mãe natureza lhe traz a Beleza do Brazil”

In Portuguese, “Teadora” means adore you. At Teadora Beauty, they show their love for the world with natural and organic products made with novel rainforest ingredients. Their products let you experience the bounty and magic of the Amazon, while helping to improve the lives of the communities where they live.

Founded by Valeria Cole, who was born and raised in Brazil, she was inspired by her mother - who cared for her skin and hair with natural remedies. And by her grandmother, who taught her the importance of social responsibility. Teadora helps to fund a philanthropic exchange between the US and Brazil to promote rainforest conservation, education and leadership development.

Valeria’s deepest hope is that Teadora is able to share a little bit of this amazing country with you, and in turn give back to both Brazil and the rest of this amazing world we live in. We hope you love your products - and that you always love yourself, find your joy and share your passion!

Total Retail Value: $107

February 2017 - “The Healing Powers of Nature in Finland”

Red Flower is a New York City based skincare brand that sources their ingredients from Finland. It is a natural lifestyle company, known for creating botanical beauty that transforms simple moments into deeply therapeutic experiences through the power of aromatherapy, rich textures and the finest potent, pure certified organic and all-natural ingredients and formulations. Red Flower practices sustainable sourcing direct from farmers and produces in micro-batches at a privately owned facility to ensure freshness and the highest quality. 

With exuberant, multi-sensory benefits and a focus on environmental responsibility, each red flower product is designed to reconnect one to nature and to be a source of health, empowered beauty and  connectedness. From the rich heritage of its three global bath-house inspired treatments to the delicate, ephemeral petals on every candle,  red flower is intensely luxurious and generously healing. 

Red Flower nature is the ultimate rush of wellness to the face and body with powerfully restorative and concentrated ingredients from Finland, like healing arctic white peat and phyto-powered cloudberries to illuminate and renew.

Total Retail Value: $107

January 2017 - “Your Pathway to Purity in the Tibetan Plateau”

After falling into some unexpected health issues, Akar Skin Founder, Kate Chen decided it was time for her to do a complete 180 in her life, from leaving her high-stress job to becoming very aware of all the nutrients or harsh chemicals she was putting on or in her body. This led to the birth of Kate’s own skincare line, Akar Skin! When getting started, Kate knew she wanted to create healthy, all natural and clean products free of unnecessary chemicals that damage skin overtime. It wasn’t until Kate took a trip to the Tibetan Plateau that she felt truly inspired. With the Tibetan Plateau’s high altitudes, it is completely free from pollution and is considered to be the 3rd cleanest location on earth, after the North & South poles. 

Akar Means “White Crystal” in Tibetan. 

Kate decided to base the skincare lines' name off of the white crystal because it is a symbol for purity; following her desire to create potent products that are pure and 100% natural for Akar Skin. Akar sources the highest-grade natural ingredients; all organic, wild harvested or gathered from the Tibetan plateau to ensure ingredient efficacy and limits ingredient exposure to pesticides and toxins from both farming and harvesting. Customers will never find mineral oil, synthetic fragrances or colorants, sulfates, parabens, phenoxyethanol, silicones, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, phthalates, GMO ingredients or artificial preservatives in any of Akar’s products. 

Akar Skin is on a mission! A mission to restore the beauty industry with 100% natural & effective skincare you can TRUST! Akar believes in beauty without compromise, meaning you can use natural skincare products without lack of effectiveness.

Total Retail Value: $154

December 2016 - "Moisturize The Melbourne Way"

Mettā Skincare’s founder Anca Grigoras has always followed her lifelong passion for healthy living. Growing up in a family with a strong organic farming tradition and watching her father integrate elements of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture into his Western medicine practice, Anca learned from a very young age about the benefits of living in harmony with nature and using ancient wisdom, traditional healing techniques and natural remedies.

In 2008 Anca’s career in occupational health and safety led to a project aimed at reducing chemical exposure at work. While researching this she became increasingly concerned to learn that for most of us contact with many harmful chemicals happens in our own homes on a regular basis. Skincare and personal hygiene products are the main reason why people use on average 100 chemicals on their skin daily.

Mettā Skincare was created to help people make healthy decisions about their skincare routine. Anca developed the range following extensive research into safe ingredients, experimenting with oils traditionally used for nourishing the skin and studying under the guidance of world leading natural and holistic skincare formulators. 

Total Retail Value: $103 AUD (~$90 USD)

November 2016 - "Feel Beautiful In Your Skin With Care, From Canada"

After struggling with allergies and eczema all her life, Julie Clark began crafting natural, organic beauty products out of her kitchen. In 2010 Julie began studying Aromatherapy, Holistic Health and Esthetics in Toronto. Here she formed the foundation of her skincare expertise, experimenting with raw materials and natural ingredients.

For Julie, natural beauty goes beyond simply organic and wild-crafted ingredients; natural beauty means a pledge to helping clients feel good in their own skin. “I gather so much inspiration from my clients, the weather, and the seasons,” says Julie, of her individually-tailored approach to skin care. Her facial treatments often include hand-blended masks using local produce and seasonally appropriate, farmer-friendly ingredients. While PA has long outgrown the kitchen, Julie’s devotion to fresh, wild-crafted, seasonal, and organic beauty continues. Now a certified holistic esthetician and aromatherapist, Julie remains committed to innovation, sustainability, and small-batch skin care of the highest quality.

What Julie wants most is to create pure, effective products that benefit even the most sensitive complexions so that you can feel beautiful in your skin. Province Apothecary began with the mission to produce the best skincare products using only high quality, certified organic, biodynamic and wildcrafted ingredients sourced from each Canadian provinces. Julie expertly formulates, blends, and packages all products by hand in small batches, ensuring the highest quality skincare for you. She is blending the wilds of Canada into nourishing and balancing skincare.

Total Retail Value: $146

October 2016 - “Traveling Around The Globe To Bring You Raw Beauty”

RAW IS EVERYTHING founder Jessica Assaf has been a beauty activist for the past ten years advocating for safer products and stricter regulations protecting our health. She is on a lifelong mission to educate consumers about the importance of product safety and discover the best safe and effective products. Her story has been featured in "The Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World," and the documentary, "The Human Experiment." Jessica started the clean beauty blog, Beauty Lies Truth, with Alexis Krauss to build a movement of young women passionate about beauty and health. RAW IS EVERYTHING is her contribution to the movement. 

RAW IS EVERYTHING is the first line of single-ingredient skincare. Jessica searched the globe to find the highest quality and most powerful ingredients extracted from plants that stand alone. She found oils that have been ancient beauty secrets for centuries but have never been available to the modern consumer in their purest form. RAW IS EVERYTHING's four premier facial oils are cold pressed, unrefined, and sourced sustainably from communities around the world. The products are shielded in custom-coated dark glass to protect the oils against sun and heat damage. It is RAW's mission to help women and men find the best single-ingredients for their skin. 

Total Retail Value: $100

September 2016 Box - “Fall In Love With The Beauty In Liguria, Italy”

While studying the mechanisms that regulate aging in human cells, molecular geneticist Dr. Andrea Alimonti developed a screening method to detect the anti-aging properties in natural ingredients. Dr. Alimonti screened thousands of natural substances for anti-aging properties and identified a handful of “Natural Inhibitors of Senescence” (NIS): natural substances with the potential of slowing the aging of human cells. Tested on human cell lines, these substances prolong cellular life and slow aging by regulating genes that rejuvenate cells and inhibiting cellular senescence. The most active NIS is the extractfrom one of the over 900 species of sage: salvia haenkei.

In 2014, Dr. Alimonti, Mary Ahernand and a group of doctors launched Bottega Organica, a revolutionary line of 100% organic, all-natural skincare products with proven anti-aging activity.

In keeping with a strong commitment to natural ingredients, Bottega Organica tends to several hectares of fertile, uncontaminated land in the coastal regions of Liguria, Italy and in the pristine Spencertown Hills of Columbia County, New York. Here herbs and fruits with anti-aging properties grow wild and are harvested naturally without pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Total Retail Value: $128

August Box "Your Gateway To Beauty!"

Masterminded by a California team passionate about healthy lifestyles and whose organic products are backed by powerful science. It all started when Karen Behnke, a serial wellness entrepreneur, who built one of the first corporate wellness companies in the country, developed a keen interest in personal care products upon becoming pregnant with her first child at the age of 40.

Karen set out to find healthy skincare solutions that delivered visible results. She was astounded to learn that, although the skin absorbs over 60% of what is placed on it, there were very few available healthy personal care products that worked well. She wanted to create meaningful change in the beauty industry.

Karen subsequently bought the name “Juice Beauty” in 2004 and launched the Company from scratch in 2005. Karen set out to do the impossible: to create organic and natural formulations that perform as well as conventional beauty products yet never compromise on the luxurious experience.

Today, Juice Beauty offers award winning (InStyle, ELLE, Allure, EWG awards) skincare, makeup and hair care products that meet rigorous U.S., organic regulations supported by solid eco-values that include purchasing many ingredients locally from West Coast certified organic farmers and manufacturing strictly in the U.S.A. Juice Beauty also provides donations to five chosen charities.

Total Retail Value: $111

July Box "Happy Birthday America"

Jiya, in Sanskrit, is the part of the soul that gives life vitality. It's the essence of life; the place in your heart where joy comes from. Jiya Beauty founder, Aarti Gala, had this in mind when she created her collection of pure, organic skincare oils. 

Initially she was inspired by memories from her childhood, when her mother would massage Ayurvedic hair oils into her hair every week. The cherished moments, happy silence and fragrance of the oils sparked a desire in Aarti to create a beauty collection that not only used natural, nutrient-rich formulations but also transformed beauty into a ritual for the mind. Why, she thought, should my beauty routine give me more anxiety, add more to my to-do list? Instead, she sought to create beauty products that were an experience for the mind as well as a (re)treat for the body. 

Oils have been used in the beauty routines of many ancient civilizations from the ancient Greeks using olive oil to protect skin from the sun to the Ayurvedic tradition of Abhyanga, where self-massage with oil is a form of meditation. Jiya Beauty combines the power of natural oils with a commitment to environmental sustainability and a clean, less-is-more approach to beauty. 

The philosophy behind the collection, which is made in small batches in Washington, DC, is more than the toxin-free formulations. Each creation is a return to that peaceful place our modern lifestyles often cause us to forget. This July's Pearlesque box is an exclusive invitation from Aarti. 

Total Retail Value: $96

June Box "Your Summer Essentials"

Farmaesthetics founder and formulator, Brenda Brock, is the daughter of a 7th generation farming family from Texas. She first made her handmade herbal skincare preparations available to customers in the summer of 1999 at an organic farmstand in rural Rhode Island. Today her full line of 100% natural luxury skincare products are offered in the finest spas and retailers in the world.

A noted trailblazer in "green" beauty, Ms. Brock successfully translated her traditional herbal recipes from "kitchen chemistry" to modern cosmetic manufacturing, resulting in pristine herbal products that retain their 100% natural status yet compare in effectiveness with leading dermatological brands. She was named to TIME MAGAZINE's "Green Style & Design 100: The People & Ideas Behind Today's Most Influential Green Design" and she was named one of "The Purists" in Luxury Spafinder's feature of the "Five Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Natural Beauty Revolution". Farmaesthetics was also recognized by WWD, making their "It List" of "The Green Brands Defining Organic Skincare".

With an enduring commitment to "Sustainable Beauty®", all Farmaesthetics skincare products are 100% natural, utilizing time-honored recipes for skin health, and certified organic herbs, flowers, oils and grains from American family farms.

Total Retail Value: $119

MAY BOX "Your Greek Goddess Awaits"

The Mediterranean…  An endless palette of colors and scents, dominated by the olive tree’s silver green and the sea’s infinite blue. In ODEIA eco cosmetics we are always here to take you on a journey* to the wonderful world of the Mediterranean and teach you how to dream naturally. In ODEIA you can discover secrets of beauty and wellness created by the sun and sea. 

A basic raw material during the liquid phase of ODEIA’s products is the organic lemon and orange hydrosol. It is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that support and enhance the skin’s natural functions. Combined with many and valuable natural substances, taken from carefully selected medicinal herbs, wildflowers, plants and fruits of the Greek Nature, we produce innovative, natural cosmetics without toxic substances. The vision of team ODEIA is to give people around the world, a chance to try out the natural, efficient and safe ODEIA cosmetics. Products that enhance their natural beauty while safeguard their health. That we have contributed to the creation of a safer, cleaner world without synthetic, toxic substances, securing the survival of the generations to come.

*ODEIA (greek) Οδεία: journey, way, course

Total Retail Value: $102



APRIL BOX "Love From The Sea To You"

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.

Wrecked by jet-lag, Jenefer decided to head over to the spa at the hip boutique hotel where she was staying and ended up soaking in a fresh algae bath. The restorative effects were like a bolt from the blue. She couldn’t believe how good that bath had made her feel, her skin was glowing and she felt utterly rejuvenated. She knew she had to know more about that algae, and became obsessed with tracking it back to its source.

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.

Total Retail Value $122

MARCH BOX "The Beauty In Canada"

At Skin Essence, their leading researcher is a highly regarded herbalist and holistic esthetician that has spent over 20 years studying a wide variety of natural ingredients and their various benefits for the skin. Due to the kindness of their clientele, they have tested each formulation and its effectiveness, on hundreds of various skin types. This process has enabled the team to develop premium organic products that offer the most beneficial results possible.

At Skin Essence Organics, they credit the effectiveness of their products to a wide variety of nutritionally rich ingredients that are all natural-organic and a premier source of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The entire product line has been specifically created to rejuvenate cells, feed capillaries and simply nourish one's skin. Each ingredient used in the products is carefully selected, ensuring it is of the highest quality, with the most beneficial results possible, for all of our valued customers.

FEBRUARY BOX "Halo Cantik"

Since as far back as 800 AD, Indonesian healers have held a secret to maintaining youth health and beauty. By using the herbs and botanicals of the tropical Indonesian forests, these healers created recipes that kept skin healthy, prevented illness and detoxified for overall skin health and well being, treating ailments ranging from stomach aches to skin conditions to general daily health maintenance. Utilizing active botanicals such as rice, tamarind, turmeric, candlenut oil, healing teas and red sandal- wood, JUARA combines time-honored recipes for skin health and well-being with the best in modern technology and innovation to deliver efficacious and elegant treatments of the highest quality; 100% Vegetarian Skincare, Paraben-free, Sulfate-free, Phthalate-free, Gluten-free, Free of Harsh Chemicals & Artificial Colorants and no animal testing.