Category Clean Beauty Products

Ethical activism, ethical fashion and Nordstrom

It is going to be impossible for this blog to talk about ethical and sustainable fashion without discussing the grave ethical issues that come with the Trump presidency. But you will find that I am not alone. So much of the ethical fashion blogging community is actively engaged in the resistance movement. I stand in solidarity with my US friends and colleagues. On that note, here is a post written

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Thicker lashes, perhaps? A review of Plume Science Natural Brow & Lash Serum

Personally, I am quite a minimalist when it comes to my beauty routine. But I know for many, having skin and beauty care rituals can be a lovely way to treat yourself and engage in a bit of mindful self care. Having two small children,  I pulled right back on my routines for the sake of time and simplicity. But I wouldn’t mind adding a bit of ritual back in.

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Empowering Tibetan women through social enterprise: The Maya Mountain story

Today I’d like to introduce you to a very meaningful Tibetan social enterprise. Many of you will know that I am a community development practitioner,and I am passionate about the potential of social enterprise to contribute to meaningful change and sustainable economic opportunities. I particularly love sharing projects that empower women who are living their traditional lifestyles, to allow them to develop in ways that honour their valuable cultural traditions and way of

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Coconut oil and animal cruelty

[pinterest] I’ve previously written about all the wonderful beauty benefits of coconut oil. That is not to mention the health benefits. But then I read this post about how coconut oil is often harvested by enslaved monekys and I was completely stunned. It really highlighted one thing for me- that every choice we make has a myriad of ethical considerations attached. Every single thing we use may be having a negative impact.  Stephanie

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Beauty Products that Nourish: Araza Natural Beauty

[pinterest] Reading through the posts on tortoise & lady grey you may have noticed that I am drawn to brands that have a story to tell. Stories of empowerment, dignified employment and a better world for producers, the environment, and the people who wear their products. And these stories are so important, they are what set ethical brands apart from fast fashion labels. They offer us an alternative to the

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Clean Beauty: My top picks for toxin-free eyeshadows

[pinterest] In the 1930s, many women had thier eyesight damaged, and were even blinded by using a coal-tar based mascara Lash Lure. Whilst safety standards have greatly improved since the 1930s, consumers are still exposed to a number of potentiall harmful chemicals in thier make-up, and there is good reason to avoid putting these toxins near your eyes. When it comes to buying conventional eyeshadows, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

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I ❤ MY LIFE Organic Perfumes (+ a giveaway)

[pinterest] For the consumer concerned about chemical exposure in our daily lives, conventional perfumes can be an absolute minefield. Most perfumes commonly contain chemicals that are known neurotoxins, hormone disrupters and allergens known to trigger asthmatic attacks in sensitive individuals. Furthermore, fragrance is considered a trade secret and there are no obligations in producers to disclose the chemicals contained in their products. I myself regularly suffer headaches when exposed to

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Clean Beauty: My top picks for toxin-free organic lipsticks

[pinterest] When I was younger I used to be a big fan of wearing statement red lipstick. During the day I prefer the no-fuss approach of little or no make-up, but when out of an evening I loved to sport bright red lips usually accompanied with understated eye make up. I’ve always considered my full lips to be my best facial feature, so they always looked lovely accentuated with my

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