A to Z Candles

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone's week is going great. I got the fantastic chance to interview the lovely Amanda from A to Z Candles. Not only does she have an awesome vegan shop but is also pretty damn awesome herself. I cannot say this enough but we all need to support these amazing vegan centered shops. We the consumer are able to bring so much change to the system by using our dollar power for good. 


I even got my hands on her Man Cave candle! Which happens to be my favorite smell. I also got an incredible melt. My whole house smells absolutely fantastic. Well without further or due. Here is my interview with A to Z Candles.


Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi! My name is Amanda and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I spend most days relaxing and spending time with my husband, daughter, and my dog, Max. I enjoy going to concerts, eating lots of vegan food, and of course, making candles!

I wish we had computer smelly sense because your shop sounds divine! How did you get into candle making?
I have been a fan of home fragrance for years. But the products I was buying began to give me headaches and irritated my asthma.  After realizing the ingredients in most candles and melts, I decided to move to soy wax from paraffin. I wanted more fragrance choices with the soy, so I decided I wanted to make them myself! I started with candles, then added melts. I now also carry car air freshener (sachets) and reed diffuser kits as well. To make sure I have something for any budget, my candles come in five different sizes.

I love love love that your products are vegan and cruelty free! How did you fall into creating vegan products?
I've been vegan since September 2014, so naturally I wanted to start a vegan friendly business. I did extensive research on the wax and fragrances I use to make sure nothing was animal tested or had any trace of animal byproducts. Once I knew my supplies were vegan, it was game on!  My wax is free of genetically modified materials, pesticides, and herbicides.  My fragrance oils are made with premium ingredients without harmful chemicals. Some of my fragrance oils even have essential oils mixed into them. My wicks are 100% cotton.

What are some future plans for your shop?
My plan is to keep growing!  Adding new fragrances, and possibly new products. I'm always finding something to change or to improve on.  I hope to be able to open my own website outside of Etsy in the next year as well.

Find the shop here


Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone's week is going great. I got the fantastic chance to interview the lovely Amanda from A to Z Candles. Not only does she have an awesome vegan shop but is also pretty damn awesome herself. I cannot say this enough but we all need to support these amazing vegan centered shops. We the consumer are able to bring so much change to the system by using our dollar power for good. 


I even got my hands on her Man Cave candle! Which happens to be my favorite smell. I also got an incredible melt. My whole house smells absolutely fantastic. Well without further or due. Here is my interview with A to Z Candles.


Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi! My name is Amanda and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I spend most days relaxing and spending time with my husband, daughter, and my dog, Max. I enjoy going to concerts, eating lots of vegan food, and of course, making candles!

I wish we had computer smelly sense because your shop sounds divine! How did you get into candle making?
I have been a fan of home fragrance for years. But the products I was buying began to give me headaches and irritated my asthma.  After realizing the ingredients in most candles and melts, I decided to move to soy wax from paraffin. I wanted more fragrance choices with the soy, so I decided I wanted to make them myself! I started with candles, then added melts. I now also carry car air freshener (sachets) and reed diffuser kits as well. To make sure I have something for any budget, my candles come in five different sizes.

I love love love that your products are vegan and cruelty free! How did you fall into creating vegan products?
I've been vegan since September 2014, so naturally I wanted to start a vegan friendly business. I did extensive research on the wax and fragrances I use to make sure nothing was animal tested or had any trace of animal byproducts. Once I knew my supplies were vegan, it was game on!  My wax is free of genetically modified materials, pesticides, and herbicides.  My fragrance oils are made with premium ingredients without harmful chemicals. Some of my fragrance oils even have essential oils mixed into them. My wicks are 100% cotton.

What are some future plans for your shop?
My plan is to keep growing!  Adding new fragrances, and possibly new products. I'm always finding something to change or to improve on.  I hope to be able to open my own website outside of Etsy in the next year as well.

Find the shop here

SCHMIDT'S DEODORANT

Friday, July 22, 2016

Smell good stuff! Not gonna lie ya'll, after the past few months I feel like I am kinda obsessed with deodorants. Haha. I mean how can I not be when there are killer brands like Schmidt's Deodorant out there?!




Schmidt's Deodorants is a company on a mission, to change the status quo on deodorants. By creating effective, cruelty free, vegan, non toxic deodorants why would anyone go for anything less? Founder Jame Schmidt got started with this deodorant when she was pregnant with her son. She was always very interested in more natural body care and new the incredible benefits that they had as opposed to their conventional counterparts. She then began to formulate her own deodorants being that so many natural deodorants on the market were indeed natural, but not so effective. After tons of hard work she finally came up with a formula that not only was natural and great for you but also left you feeling fresh all day long. 


I got to test out the tub and stick versions and I have to say I love them both. Of course the stick is something we are all more familiar with so it seems more practical but I love the idea of the glass tub, which is what I will probably stick with. The smells are delightful but not overpowering. And most important they work! Natural deodorants get a bad rep because there are so many natural deodorants out there that just don't work. Schmidt's has figured out a way to make it natural and super effective.


Schmidt's also offers a recycling club!! Yes! You heard me right. This is exactly the kind of mindset that we need from brands. When you save five jars of the deodorant they will send you a jar for free. They will even pay for the shipping. By creating incentives for people to be more zero waste, we are able to realize that things shouldn't be as disposable as they are now. Big props to them for thinking of an awesome way to lower their environmental impact!



To see more awesomeness check out Schmidt's shop here!
Happy Thursday ya'll!

Smell good stuff! Not gonna lie ya'll, after the past few months I feel like I am kinda obsessed with deodorants. Haha. I mean how can I not be when there are killer brands like Schmidt's Deodorant out there?!




Schmidt's Deodorants is a company on a mission, to change the status quo on deodorants. By creating effective, cruelty free, vegan, non toxic deodorants why would anyone go for anything less? Founder Jame Schmidt got started with this deodorant when she was pregnant with her son. She was always very interested in more natural body care and new the incredible benefits that they had as opposed to their conventional counterparts. She then began to formulate her own deodorants being that so many natural deodorants on the market were indeed natural, but not so effective. After tons of hard work she finally came up with a formula that not only was natural and great for you but also left you feeling fresh all day long. 


I got to test out the tub and stick versions and I have to say I love them both. Of course the stick is something we are all more familiar with so it seems more practical but I love the idea of the glass tub, which is what I will probably stick with. The smells are delightful but not overpowering. And most important they work! Natural deodorants get a bad rep because there are so many natural deodorants out there that just don't work. Schmidt's has figured out a way to make it natural and super effective.


Schmidt's also offers a recycling club!! Yes! You heard me right. This is exactly the kind of mindset that we need from brands. When you save five jars of the deodorant they will send you a jar for free. They will even pay for the shipping. By creating incentives for people to be more zero waste, we are able to realize that things shouldn't be as disposable as they are now. Big props to them for thinking of an awesome way to lower their environmental impact!



To see more awesomeness check out Schmidt's shop here!
Happy Thursday ya'll!

Ellison Organics Nail Laquer

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Found the perfect polish ya'll.  Ellison Organics carries the most amazing polishes ever.I crave a matte black polish year around and I found one that comes right out of the bottle! To get my nails matte I would usually gave a top coat that I would apply over my polish and it was always such a mess because of how thick is usually comes out. Has anyone else had that problem? Well I don't have to worry about that anymore. This polish is a natural alternative to conventional polish but also has a beautiful formula and spectacular finish.


One of my pet peeves about painting my nails is when the formula of the polish is off. If it is too thick it is a damn mess and if it's too runny it takes days to get the correct opaqueness. This polish gave me the perfect coverage with two coats so no need to wait a million years for it to dry, which is another issue with me. I am so impatient that I usually mess my nails up on the spot. Haha.  


Carleigh is the beautiful mind behind Ellison's Organics created her shop with the mind set that she didn't want crazy ingredients in her products. She wanted to create natural, non toxic products that she would be proud to share. 


To find all of Ellison's Organics incredible products check out the shop here.
Hope ya'll are having a great Tuesday!


Found the perfect polish ya'll.  Ellison Organics carries the most amazing polishes ever.I crave a matte black polish year around and I found one that comes right out of the bottle! To get my nails matte I would usually gave a top coat that I would apply over my polish and it was always such a mess because of how thick is usually comes out. Has anyone else had that problem? Well I don't have to worry about that anymore. This polish is a natural alternative to conventional polish but also has a beautiful formula and spectacular finish.


One of my pet peeves about painting my nails is when the formula of the polish is off. If it is too thick it is a damn mess and if it's too runny it takes days to get the correct opaqueness. This polish gave me the perfect coverage with two coats so no need to wait a million years for it to dry, which is another issue with me. I am so impatient that I usually mess my nails up on the spot. Haha.  


Carleigh is the beautiful mind behind Ellison's Organics created her shop with the mind set that she didn't want crazy ingredients in her products. She wanted to create natural, non toxic products that she would be proud to share. 


To find all of Ellison's Organics incredible products check out the shop here.
Hope ya'll are having a great Tuesday!



Wild Fawn Jewelry

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
While perusing throughout Etsy I stumbled upon Wild Fawn Jewellry. I am a huge fan of minimalism the lifestyle but also of the ascetic. This beautiful shop creates some spectacular pieces that I had to share them, not to mention that the shop strives to be as eco friendly as possible. 



The beautiful pair that I got was the hammered earband. They are super comfortable in the ears and are able to be dressed up or down. Being that I don't own an abundant amount of jewelry I like to be able to have versatility with the pieces that I do own. I had also never really considered an eco side when it comes to jewelry, then I realized the terrible ecological effects that go on with conventional jewelry making. I am very glad to know that there are shops out there that strive to make environmentally conscious jewelry. And I honestly cannot get over how beautiful these pieces are and cannot wait to get my hands on a necklace. Just an over all amazing shop.



Here are some more of Wild Fawn Jewllery's work. Check out the shop here for more beautiful pieces.






And I will leave you with a few words from the shop.

Wild Fawn is a sanctuary for me; being based in London means that after the hustle and bustle of the day, I love to unwind and relax by creating beautiful pieces with beautiful materials. My favourite part of being a silversmith is the feeling when I sit down to make a piece of jewellery that's been developing and evolving in my mind - there's something very exciting about not knowing quite how an idea will turn out. 

I strive to make my jewellery as eco-friendly as possible and is handmade using eco friendly methods. These include using recycled sterling silver and chemical-free alternatives in the manufacturing process wherever possible. Before I made sterling silver jewellery, I had no idea about the detrimental impacts that mining for silver has on the environment and those living around mines which is why I use ecosilver as much as possible in my work. Ecosilver is 100% recycled sterling silver, which means that there hasn't been any negative environmental impact to extract it from the Earth. 
While perusing throughout Etsy I stumbled upon Wild Fawn Jewellry. I am a huge fan of minimalism the lifestyle but also of the ascetic. This beautiful shop creates some spectacular pieces that I had to share them, not to mention that the shop strives to be as eco friendly as possible. 



The beautiful pair that I got was the hammered earband. They are super comfortable in the ears and are able to be dressed up or down. Being that I don't own an abundant amount of jewelry I like to be able to have versatility with the pieces that I do own. I had also never really considered an eco side when it comes to jewelry, then I realized the terrible ecological effects that go on with conventional jewelry making. I am very glad to know that there are shops out there that strive to make environmentally conscious jewelry. And I honestly cannot get over how beautiful these pieces are and cannot wait to get my hands on a necklace. Just an over all amazing shop.



Here are some more of Wild Fawn Jewllery's work. Check out the shop here for more beautiful pieces.






And I will leave you with a few words from the shop.

Wild Fawn is a sanctuary for me; being based in London means that after the hustle and bustle of the day, I love to unwind and relax by creating beautiful pieces with beautiful materials. My favourite part of being a silversmith is the feeling when I sit down to make a piece of jewellery that's been developing and evolving in my mind - there's something very exciting about not knowing quite how an idea will turn out. 

I strive to make my jewellery as eco-friendly as possible and is handmade using eco friendly methods. These include using recycled sterling silver and chemical-free alternatives in the manufacturing process wherever possible. Before I made sterling silver jewellery, I had no idea about the detrimental impacts that mining for silver has on the environment and those living around mines which is why I use ecosilver as much as possible in my work. Ecosilver is 100% recycled sterling silver, which means that there hasn't been any negative environmental impact to extract it from the Earth. 

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