Top Choices:Sustainable Conscious Beauty Products

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As a woman and an actress this is an area that I really love and have a learned appreciation for, I have also used and tried many a brand over time. Conscious consumerism is something we truly value and in the beauty product world we find it to be just as essential as in anything we promote, that we can trust brands and their transparency all the way through the sourcing of materials to the packaging to taking care of their staff and doing what is best for mother earth.

These are currently a few of my top choices. I wanted to share with you, also I believe that it is good to switch your skincare around and not always use the same products because your skin is very smart and once it gets used to something its effect can be reduced, so I like to switch my products every few months and now more than ever that is possible because there are so many fantastic brands on the market that are aligned with what I seek for in a skincare line. I am listing them in no specific order other than how I tried them. I have to say that since living in Hawaii, I have been able to use absolutely no make up on my face but I am definitely more exposed to the elements, wind, sun and of course the ocean. I am also in my forties so I have looked for products with high hydrating benefits and hey, who doesn’t like to reduce a line or two! Although I am proud of my wrinkles because that only means that I have gotten this far, I like to refer to them as smile lines. However everybody likes their skin to feel hydrated and look healthy. So here goes…

Activist Skincare

One thing I really like about this brand is that they offer a small sample set, with glass bottles, also great for traveling. It is really convenient to be able to sample several products for a very fair price. And… yes I am really impressed with the products. The activist method is a 4 step process, and what I like most about it is the first step! They offer 3 different oil based cleansers that you use right on your dry skin and then rinse off, which already leaves your skin feeling super hydrated before you use toning mist, hydrating serum and nourishing oil. One of my absolute must haves is the vitamin C powder. You will just have to try it to see what I mean but my skin really soaks it up. You can use it both as a scrub or add it to your cream as a supplement which is what I do.

Most importantly and what I really value about what Activist Skincare is their refill system. As far as I know this is one of the only brands that offers refills, so not only do you save on your carbon footprint but the refill pouch can also be returned to be recycled. So join the #refillrevolution and send back the pouch when you have used it. Love this!

When you shop with Activist, you help protect our oceans, rainforests and atmosphere. They donate 5% of their revenue to Rainforest Trust.

So feel good about your purchase and enjoy these lovely products..

Rituel Beauty

Our mission is to restore beauty and balance in our bodies and the planet. We do this by creating the highest quality organic skin care products using ethical practices and ancient alchemy. We are fuelled by our passion for regenerative living. – Rituel

The packaging of this brand is all recyclable or reusable which we of course love, and it looks like it has jumped right out of a 20’s movie. I got the travel set, which includes a beautiful 100 % cotton pouch. This brand is really simple and just has two products.

The rose mist and the super luxurious Sacred Serum with CBD oil (all the ingredients info here, must read) for me this Serum is an absolute winner, and not sure if it is the CBD or what but I am obsessed with the smell of the product, you are also told to spread it in your hands and take a strong inhale before you massage it on to your face. What I also love is keeping it simple, your skincare routine is taken care of in a few minutes. 1 % of their proceeds go to 1% for the Planet, it is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through everyday action. 

Osea Malibu

I myself being such an ocean girl am absolutely fascinated with this brand. Their main ingredient is seaweed, it’s benefits are truly remarkable. I love to eat it so why not include it on my skin regimen.

Of the products I have tried so far my very favourite is definitely the Undaria Argan Oil it comes as a small roller and is so handy to just throw in a handbag and simply smells spectacular. I do have to say that I have very dry skin and always have been more attracted to oils for my skin than creams but the combination of both feels super hydrating and I really like the way my skin looks in the morning when I wake up after a night time application. I really love the smell of this oil, it’s kind of mesmerising.

The cleansing milk, is really creamy in texture and smells like the ocean to me, they say to use it and rinse off, I myself like to apply it on my dry skin and then I use a reusable cleansing pad just to gently wipe it off.

Drawing inspiration from the ocean, sun, earth and atmosphere, OSEA was created with a singular intention in mind – to deliver your best skin with the highest quality ingredients. – OSEA
Photo source www.oseamalibu.com

OSEA Is a story of a long line of women inspired by the sea, we encourage you to support and join these women on their mission, and that way you will also be supporting ours.

IMAYA BEAUTY

Have you ever heard of Aguaje Oil? Neither had I until I came across this awesome brand. It is one of the richest sources of Provitamin A in the world. It is sustainably wild harvested, sourced from the Peruvian rainforest. We were so lucky to come across this brand right as they launched their product out into the world and we are proud to say we are one of the very first to try it and review it…. and are VERY impressed, It feels light and smooth and has a very distinct smell and is a super rich and dark, it looks like liquid copper.

Angie, the creator of the Oil is running her business with these priorities in mind: Sustainability, transparency and authenticity, these are Angie’s core values and they align right with ours. 10% of her profits goes to Acate Amazon, a not-for-profit organization that plants aguaje trees in areas that have been deforested.

The bottle is protected from natural light and the packaging says so much about who they are. We wish you all the best on your product launch and will continue to be your loyal customers, and encourage that you may try it to.

Julisis

This is an extremely high end brand, and how could it not be with such ingredients as real liquid silver and gold. It’s easy to feel pampered and radiant with these ingredients.

Julisis prides itself on its natural ingredients. I have tried the facial Serum Oil and the Sun Emulsion (even this contains liquid silver). The Oil smells wonderful and is absorbed very quickly, you only need a very small quantity and I have been inclined to use it in the evening for regenerative purposes it contains White Diamond Essence, which apparently intensifies all ingredients in their efficiency. I am very curious about numerous other products and will give you more details as I get to know them better. The packaging is sleek and the serum bottle is protected by cloudy glass, I would have liked the Sunscreen not to come in a plastic bottle but hey we are all growing and evolving in this sustainable world. It is Reef Safe and that is really important to me.

JULISIS formulas are made with the most powerful medicinal healing herbs together with liquid gold and silver in the alchemy fashion.

P.S I also wanted to share with you this random gem that I absolutely fell in love with, if you have long hair and need to keep your hair out of your face you use a hair tie…. for me finding a biodegradable hair tie absolutely made my day!

Thank you for reading and sharing this article, I truly love to hear about your suggestions or even if you like any of these products yourself, don’t be shy and send us a message!

Sustainably yours,

Sanny and family

Favorite sustainable brands of summer 2020

For the Dreamers

¨FOR THE DREAMERS is proud to be a brand built from the ground up with sustainability at its heart. Our swimwear is made from regenerated nylon fiber from fishnets and other nylon waste found in the sea. Not only does this eco-friendly swimwear help reduce waste and landfill, but it also helps save the lives of animals we share the oceans with.¨
 

It is such a pleasure for us to share these very special brands that we have come across after many hours of research and truly finding companies that are aligned with our values as well as being, trendy fashionable and for me (one of the most important features) comfortable! This particular swimsuit brand For the Dreamers is the most luxurious bikini I have ever owned, it is so soft and silky yet sturdy enough for me to go surfing in it. I am obsessed, and it is reversible which I love even more. Honestly I have my eye on the on a few more from this brand because I am so impressed with the fabrics and not to mention the super classy packaging. I feel like I am wearing sexy lingerie but really its a bikini!

This is all the same bikini worn different ways and I still have not even gotten around to trying the different ways of wearing the straps. We truly hope you get to experience the luxury of owning one of these suits and at the same time feel good about purchasing from a brand that is fully sustainable and eco-friendly.

Maria Malo

I have been a huge fan of this brand for years now, and I am not going to lie my wardrobe is probably about 30% Maria Malo, not only because I love the fabrics, designs and comfort of her timeless pieces, but also because I love the woman behind this brand and everything she stands for. Just like her collections, she is a woman with passions, sensibilities, embracing life fully and along with that she really can outfit you for any occasion. Weddings, beach parties, the Cannes film festival or simply an epic surf session, she has it all. Her love for nature and the ocean reflects in her brand and that is one of the many reasons why I love her. If you are ever in Bali go check out her amazing new flagship store.

I have not traveled to a beach without these shorts since I discovered them (I need more 🙂
Dress by Maria Malo and stroller made from recycled bottles Bumble Ride

Swell Vision

Light weight, classy and sustainably made with bamboo, you can barely feel you are even wearing glasses. They are polarized and look just as good on him than they do on her, if I may say so myself 🙂 What we most love about this brand is their dedication to our future generations, Swell Vision is a sponsor for the Green School in Bali, supporting our future green change-makers. So we highly recommend them for their products as well as their support to our green community.

With each product sold we are working together to leave this place better than we found it, by creating and promoting a sustainable consumer culture. Thank you for standing with Swell and voting with your dollar to make a positive impact on the future of our planet. – Swell Vision

We recommend people to wear polarized sunglasses because they protect the eyes from U/V Rays. So next time you are shopping for glasses find the sustainable way and feel good about what you paid.

Mirame Swim

Mirame is a direct translation from Spanish.  It is a command statement that means “Look at Me.”  Melinda chose this name because it is confident, powerful, and sexy.  When a woman walks down the beach wearing a Mirame suit, people won’t be able to help but look.
 

We discovered Mirame Swim very recently but they have already earned a place in our hearts. The collection is super original and she also uses fabrics that she rescues from ending up in a landfill. I spend so much time in the sun that I really like a little coverage, especially if I am at the beach in the middle of the day.

I love the feel of this piece and I have to be honest, every single time I have worn it someone on the beach asks me where I got it! Which we love, because that leads us into the conversation of supporting brands such as these. What is really great about these suits, is that you can also throw on a cute skirt or shorts and you are ready for a fancy dinner! Especially with some of her very fancy swim tops, check her site to see what we are talking about.

So wether you are sipping on a glass of white wine at the cote d´azure or jumping in the ocean for a quick session, Mirame has the right suit for you!

Soloeyewear

Solo eyewear is also on our list, with amazing polarized lenses that make the world look a whole lot nicer when you look through them. They work with repurposed wood, repurposed bamboo and Cellulose Acetate (Cellulose acetate is an eco-friendly material made from cellulose obtained from wood produced in sustainably managed forests . After disposal, it returns to nature through the activity of water and microorganisms.)

At SOLO Eyewear, we create environmentally responsible sunglasses that restore vision for people in need. We strongly believe in living a life of adventure and inspiring individuals to change the world – Solo eyewear

So as you can see they are not only doing the right thing but they are giving back to the world, helping people in need. Can you imagine a world where we all did that? We can make that happen by supporting these amazing brands that are truly making a difference, and casting our vote where we spend our money. I really want to remind people how important each and every one of our actions is, and the impact it has. We have been researching the sustainable world for almost a decade now and it is so wonderful to see all these amazing brands, and the people behind them, supporting each other and the mission to give back to our earth! Thank you!!!! For if you are reading this you are a part of my soul family… thank you for taking the time to research for the better option.

Solo has also developed a pair of glasses that protects your eyes from blue rays, with a clip on sunglasses part. They have also shared with us a secret new product and we very much look forward to sharing it with you as soon as they are ready!

Barzee Swim

These beautiful beach towels speak for themselves, the story behind why Barzee was created is also really touching, thank you for sharing your story with us Barzee.

I am a mom and going to the beach with a toddler can be a bit of a mission, I was not aware that there were towels out in the world, that dried quickly, don’t collect sand and are light to carry. Sound like a dream come true? These towels really do all that, and aesthetically they are absolutely beautiful. You can use them at the beach, by the pool or even as cozy blanket when the sun starts setting. Atlantis new favourite sentence is ¨Breast in towel Mommy¨ that means he wants to be wrapped up in the Barzee and breastfeed on the beach! So I guess my Barzee was just stolen from me. I am alright with that, we will be sure to get a few more so we don’t have to fight about them. Not only is the story of Barzee a beautiful one but 15% of ALL profits go to providing clean drinking water and restoring eyesight in developing countries. After using these towels for the last few weeks and learning more about the mission of this brand we 100% approve and recommend you try a Barzee towel.

Here at Barzee, in Nicholas’ memory,  we are committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of the less fortunate. After careful consideration, we have partnered with several highly rated, accountable and transparent charities with proven records in developing countries.- Barzee

 

Wool and Prince and Wool and

These photos are not retouched! I know I know the water is a really nice color, but seriously how about the T-shirt! Iñaki absolutely loves it, he is even teaching yoga in it! This brand was a really fun find for us, as you can imagine living on an island you really don’t think about wearing merino wool. To our surprise Merino wool is actually great, its quick drying, temperature regulating, breathable and odor resistant. So to top it off you don’t have to wash it that much, an all in all super find for our capsule wardrobes. It feels super soft to the touch and has a certain weight in it which I really like it a t-shirt. I really have been looking for the right black tank top, the one you can wear to any occasion, this one is extra convenient because you can wear it back to front and change the neck line. They also carry it in off white and I think that is a good place to start using less clothing.

So I have to say the pockets are the best part of this dress but I am also excited to take it with me to colder climates, I could see myself in Berlin on a winter day in tights, a scarf and a big oversized jacket slurping on a hot chocolate too! We are really grateful about the merino wool discovery and are already looking for Atlantis to get onboard the island wool crew! Less washing, less resources, and better options.

Somebody said to me today ¨I am buying all these products and I feel really good about my purchases- Thank you!¨that made my day because that is our mission here at @ecocouple to make people feel good about when they do need to purchase something, and to raise awareness about how things are made, how, and where it goes when we are done with it. We also always encourage second hand purchases, and swapping with friends.

A small way we can really help all these brands is by following them, eachother, on social media channels, liking and commenting on their products, sharing it with friends… this way we will always expand our eco conscious family a little more.

Thank you for reading.

Sustainably yours,

Eco Couple