Stuff With Heart: January 2017
February is already blowing by, but I was out of town for a few days and finally now have time to write about all of my favorite things from last month! I got some really lovely items as holiday gifts and after spending a month with them, only love them more! Here are all of the things I came to love last month and continue to love today!
PeleCheCoco Biker Jacket - I have been wanting a black leather moto jacket for a while now. Like, a really long time. I just could not find the perfect balance of ethical leather and affordable cost. Enter: PeleCheCoco. This Danish brand manufactures jackets and other products using 100% recycled leather. They take old leather jackets, cut them up, and sew them back together to create beautiful brand new pieces. Recycled leather means that no dollars are going towards the raising or slaughtering of animals (the cattle industry is one of the worst contributors to climate change.) Of course, if you're vegan, this may not be the right choice for you. I personally do not want to support brands that use "vegan leather" because it's made of plastic materials that are just as terrible (sometimes even worse) for the environment. So this jacket was exactly what I was looking for. There are other brands that manufacture jackets out of recycled leather, but they are considerably more expensive. The quality of my jacket from PeleCheCoco is really great for the price. It's exactly what I was looking for, and I really love wearing this jacket, which I received as a Christmas gift from my wonderful parents.
Glory Boon Oil Control Translucent Setting Powder - I've written about Glory Boon products before, and I'm continuously impressed with their makeup products. I was using a Pacifica product to set my undereye concealer and always had problems with creasing. I thought it was just something I'd always have to deal with, but since I started using this powder a few weeks ago, I've found that's not the case! My concealer lasts hours longer without creasing when I use this powder! There are only two ingredients: mica and aloe, meaning no nasties like talc, dyes, parabens, or fragrances. Like all Glory Boon products, it's vegan and cruelty-free.
Ello Devon Glass Tumbler - I make myself a smoothie a breakfast almost daily. Until now, I have been pouring them into a mason jar with my Cuppow lid and a stainless steel straw. The problem was that I always end up with more smoothie than can fit in the pint jar. Plus - cold hands. And honestly I just wanted an upgrade. This cup from Ello is exactly what I was looking for. It's glass, with a hood and silicone lid, and an insulating sleeve to protect my hands from cold smoothies. And it holds 20 oz. Love!
Soul Sunday Positive Seeds Lip and Skin Balm - I consider myself a lip balm connoisseur. I love pretty much any and all lip balms, but it takes a lot for one to stand out. Soul Sunday's does. I have it in the "Rose Vanilla" scent and totally love it. First of all, the scent is perfection. It's not super heavy and strong, but just a really subtle hint of rose. The packaging is lovely and made of paperboard, which is compostable. And it's an extra fat tube so it will last forever. It's a light formula made with only 4 ingredients (virgin organic coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, essential oils) that you can use on your face to help with dry skin, or really anywhere you like. I used to keep a tin of butter/balm in my purse to use on my dry hands or chapped lips, but I like this even better.
Schmidt's Deodorant for Sensitive Skin - The one item that I've had a really hard time finding an eco replacement for has been deodorant. From what I've read, I'm not alone. Most clean or eco deodorant brands contain baking soda, and lots of people are sensitive to it. I had tried some of Schmidt's potted formulas and had a bad reaction to it. They were kind enough to send me a stick of the sensitive skin formula and I absolutely love it! Finally a natural deodorant that has clean ingredients, no baking soda that ACTUALLY WORKS. If you're looking for an eco deodorant and have skin issues, I recommend that you try Schmidt's sensitive formula.
Plant Nanny Mobile App - I stumbled upon this app totally by accident when I was looking for gardening apps. It has absolutely nothing to do with gardening. It basically reminds you to drink water and stay hydrated, in the most adorable way imaginable. You plant your virtual "seedling" and whenever you drink water during the day, you give water to your seedling. As you drink water, your plant grows up until it's ready to move into the garden, and you pick a new seedling. When you don't give it enough water, your plant makes cute sad face and looks so adorably pathetic. The cuteness is a definite plus, but it's not what I love about the app. Before I started using it, I absolutely thought I was getting more than enough water every day. I was surprised when I kept seeing that frowny face on my little plant! Now that I've been using the app for a while, I drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, and find myself chugging water throughout the day just to keep up. You can add customizable water bottle and cup sizes, so if you carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day, you don't have to do math to determine how many glasses of water you've had. I think Plant Nanny is a way more fun alternative to some of the other water reminder apps out there.
Leahlani Champagne Serum - My weakness is eco skin care. I have been falling deeper and deeper in love with every balm, oil, and serum I meet. I'd been dying to try something (everything) from the Leahlani brand for ages, so I was over the moon when my darling sister-in-law got me the champagne serum for Christmas! The base of the serum is grapeseed oil (hence the name) and rosehip oil, both of which are lighter oils high in antioxidants. The serum is light enough that I have been applying it in the morning and able to wear makeup over it. The scent is light and refreshing - mostly citrus with a hint of lavender. It's a gorgeous restorative serum that I have found to be perfect for winter use but wouldn't be surprised if I keep loving it once the weather warms.