Showing posts with label Fair Trade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fair Trade. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

GlobeIn Artisan Subscription Box Review

There is no doubting that Team TME loves receiving new subscription boxes, and actually, we can’t really say that the GlobeIn Subscription Box is new as the brand was founded in 2011. But GlobeIn is new to us and we are beyond thrilled that this company exists! As with other subscription box services GlobeIn is a monthly subscription box, however that is about all that’s the same as other subscription boxes. The GlobeIn Artisan Box ($30/month) is filled with the most beautifully crafted items from artisans around the globe, all items are fair trade and each item helps to build a revenue stream within the artisan's community. 

Our GlobeIn box arrived in a Palm Leaf Basket ($12 - boxes pictured above), which was handcrafted in Oaxaca, Mexico by Doña Selerina. Doña is part of a small cooperative that is sustained by GlobeIn’s Marketplace. Enclosed was a card describing each item, a bit about each artisan and a price for those who wish to purchase more of that specific item. Yes, you’ll want to gift the Palm Leaf Basket to someone, as the occasions for giving and using the basket are endless.

Inside the box we found –

Women for Peace Olive Oil Dead Sea Mud Soap ($18.50) that was handmade in the Galilee Region, Northern Israel by Sindyanna. Sindyanna is dedicated to improving the status of Arab women in their society. By partnering with Israeli olive farmers and creating meaningful work for Palestinian women, the female-led cooperative builds bridges in a turbulent region.

Natural Hemp Washcloth ($17.50) handcrafted in Bagdha, Bangladesh. The community cleans and spins raw hemp into yarn, which they use to knit purses, bath mats and washcloths. Along the lines of “First World Problems” the washcloth is so lovely that we actually don’t want to use it!

Guayaki Yerba Mate Tea ($6.95/25-ct. box) is hand harvested in the South American Atlantic Rainforest. This brand works to reforest the rain forest. Guayaki is using market-driven incentives to reforest 200,000 acres (Which We All Benefit From) and create 1,000 jobs by 2020 --- yes, in just another five short years.

Alaffia Shea Shampoo ($13/ 8 oz. Bottle) handmade in Togo, West Africa in several varieties. We received citrus blossom, which smelled absolutely divine. As for the girls of Togo, they are removed from school at a very young age and it’s common for Togolese women to be illiterate --- therefore unemployable. Alaffia supports inclusive education initiatives while employing Togolese women and helping them to earn a fair wage for their traditional shea butter production skills. We fell in love with Alaffia Shea Shampoo, as it left our hair amazingly soft and even if you’re not down with the “artisan” deal you’ll want to grab a bottle for end-of-summer hair repair.

Rounding out this beautiful (on many levels) GlobeIn Box was a hand-painted candle from Napier, South Africa. The artisans of the Nobunto cooperative, whose designs are inspired by local beauty, crafted the candle. Nobunto which means “for the people”. Nobunto is a cooperative where members of this community work together to create each candle and a set of three is $29.

For $30 we received well beyond that amount in goods and helping our fellow global citizens … well … that’s priceless. Check out GlobeIn online for your subscription, or to shop, and follow GlobeIn on Facebook and Twitter!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Savane Organics Product Review

The Makeup Examiner had never heard of Savane Organics and was obviously unfamiliar with this brand, so when I was approached to do a review truth be told I wasn’t overly enthusiastic and initially turned the brand down. But as I always believe that all things happen for a reason, I’m thrilled that I was asked a second time because I, and TME readers, would have missed out on a very interesting experience.

Beginning with the backstory of Savane Organic Skincare, in 2006 we find Harvard-educated Jennifer Peters aiming to create a brand that respects the planet, is committed to ethical production practices, organic formulations and sustainability. Jennifer's journey literally carried her across the African continent in search of the purest natural ingredients. The next four years were spent in research and development, forming partnerships with like-minded organic suppliers, and getting the stamp of approval from organizations such as Phyto Trade and Ecocert. In 2010, Savane Organic Skincare was quietly launched with an initial offering of six certified organic products.

The Savane Organic Skincare range consists of seven products:
  • Soothing Cleanser
  • Gentle Exfoliant
  • Purifying Toner
  • Anti-Aging Lift Serum
  • Balancing Face Oil
  • Protective Moisturizer
  • Nourishing Eye Cream

Soothing Cleanser ($42- 100ml) made with Aloe Ferox, Rooibos, Moringa is certified natural (99%) and organic (67%) by Ecocert and contains 55% fair-trade content. I found the Soothing Cleanser to be just that, soothing and effective. After the first usage, my skin looked more radiant and felt amazing.

Gentle Exfoliant ($50-50ml) made with Rooibos, Marula and Jojoba is certified natural (99%) and organic (91%) by Ecocert and contains 5% fair-trade content. Savane Gentle Exfoliant smells absolutely lovely and adds to a relaxing spa experience. The exfoliant is gentle and left my skin feeling soft. 

Purifying Toner ($40-100ml) made with Rooibos is certified natural (100%) and organic (78%) by Ecocert and contains 79% fair-trade content. Purifying Toner is packed with antioxidants and is my favorite product from the Savane Organic Skincare line. Given, The Makeup Examiner is addicted to toner, but with that said I’m super picky about toners. I want a toner that refreshes my skin without all the garbage … that’s exactly what I found with Purifying Toner.

Anti-Aging Lift Serum ($90-30 ml) made with Kigelia, Baobab, Buchu is certified natural (99%) and organic (76%) by Ecocert and contains 71% fair-trade content. Using the Anti-Aging Lift Serum twice a day for a week, I did notice that my skin looked more youthful. With a high dosage of hyaluronic acid, the Serum opens your pores to promote deep penetration and prepares your skin for the follow-on product, which for me was the Balancing Face Oil ($80-30 ml -- made with Marula, Kalahari Melon, Manketti is certified natural (100%) and organic (95%) by Ecocert and contains 45% fair-trade content) at night and the Protective Moisturizer ($85-50ml -- made with Baobab, Kigelia, Manketti, Yangu is certified natural (99%) and organic (89%) by Ecocert and contains 79% fair-trade content) in the morning.

The wasn’t a single product in the Savane Organic Skincare line that The Makeup Examiner disliked and the brand’s dedication to responsible practices, places them at the top of the list. All Savane products are: Made in Africa; Certified natural and organic by Ecocert; Made with Fair Trade ingredients; Contain only sustainably harvested wild ingredients; Packaged in recyclable eco-friendly packaging; Not tested on animals and contain no animal products; Suitable for all skin types. 

The Savane Organic Skincare range is available online at Zaega and Zaega is offering a SavaneOrganic Skin Care Trial/Travel Kit ($25), which is perfect for Mother’s Day or travel!