How Our Business Uses Donations to Create Positive Change for Animals

How Our Business Uses Donations to Create Positive Change for Animals

After searching for months for the perfect charity to support, we decided on Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue, Leaping Bunny, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States. If you’ve been following our business, you know we have a sincere passion for rescuing animals. Our whole skincare and soap line was born because we were sickened by how many animals are abused and cruelly used for cosmetic testing.

Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue

This beautiful animal rescue group is run solely on volunteers. Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue specializes in the rescue and placement of abused, unwanted, and abandoned companion animals.  By involving and educating the community, Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue hopes to raise the public’s awareness of the difficulty homeless animals face, as well as realizing the benefits of adopting an animal in need. They believe that all living creatures deserve to be treated with consideration and respect, and do so by not discriminating based on age, sex, or breed. Their rescue animals are treated like family, seeking foster and adoptive homes by only the most qualified applicants. Their animals are examined, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and receive any and all medical treatment before they are placed in carefully screened homes. *We support SI Hope Animal Rescue financially – with your purchases! Each purchase you make adds to our monthly donation to this rescue group.

Leaping Bunny

Leaping Bunny is an international organization who vets and analyzes every applicant into their program before being certified. To become Leaping Bunny certified – which we are – not only must WE be cruelty-free, but all of our suppliers must ensure that each of the ingredients being sold to us are completely cruelty-free. Their rules are stringent so you can trust any company that is Leaping Bunny certified. As a special bonus, if you visit us on the Leaping Bunny website, we offer a special discount code for all Leaping Bunny shoppers! *We support Leaping Bunny by pledging a discount for all of their users.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

PETA is well-known for their support of a vegan lifestyle. We believe no animals, nor their by-products, are needed to create beautiful, natural cosmetics, which is why over 95% of our products are considered vegan, with the other 5% coming from RSPO sustainable palm oil (a plant resource). PETA offers the Beauty-Without-Bunnies program, a program for companies to apply and ensure their products are vegan and/or cruelty-free – we are members! *We support PETA by paying for using their logo and advocating cosmetic veganism.

The Humane Society of the United States

On September 2nd, you’ll find our business being supported by The Humane Society of the United States because we completely support The Humane Cosmetics Act. This act is legislation to remove all animal cosmetic testing in the United States within the next few years. We believe that you do NOT need animals to test cosmetics, ever, and we believe big companies should follow this same rule to protect the sanctity of all animals. You can support this act, too!  *We support the Humane Society through legislation.

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Friendships and Nature are Chicken Soup for the Soul

Friends and Nature are Chicken Soup for the Soul

Last weekend I got to visit Lake Placid, New York for my best friend’s (Pam) wedding. I had never been that far north in my home-state, and while I was a little intimidated by the six hour drive, with my husband and other best friend in tow, we made our way to the Adirondacks from Staten Island.

Aside from the cooler climate, and the 36 year-old homage to the 1980 Miracle-On-Ice Olympic Hockey Tournament, I noticed the purity of the air and the relaxed atmosphere of the local community. A quaint town, Lake Placid is brimming with dog-lovers, French Canadians, mountain-climbers, and an elevated respect for nature and common decency. No one forgot to say excuse me or thank you, people smiled as you passed them on the street, and asking the waiter for a recommendation came paired with a complete tale of the origination of quinoa.

The first night in town, I tried to help Pam weave baby’s breath into twig-strewn wreaths. I wasn’t much of a help, as it took me the same time to complete one as it took her to complete six, but the chance to talk with my old college roommate before the beginning of family and festivities, who now lives five hours away in Syracuse, was worth the kick to my artistic pride.

In the morning, my husband, my other best friend Jimmy, and I took a walk around the town of Lake Placid and did an impromptu, informal climb.  I had not been so active in a while, and the pounding of my heart, my missing breath, and the sweat were all so welcome to my body. I have been so unhealthy lately as I allow my stress to overcome me, just pounding the pavement and making the climb up that mountain gave me a renewed sense of self and ability. I was slow, and so out of shape, but I did it.

That afternoon was the wedding ceremony and the reception. It was absolutely beautiful, and I never understood people who cry at weddings until I was sitting there watching my friend of fifteen years marry an incredible man who loves, honors, respects, and challenges her as the tears just welled up. We celebrated, we ate, all was well.

The evening followed with a special reception at our hotel where the bride and groom hosted s’mores as we all sat around the fire pit. I had the chance to spend time with four of my closest friends and their respective significant others. We shared old stories and laughed until we couldn’t breathe. I sincerely laughed so much that my face hurt, and it was wonderful.

With all the stressors going on in my life right now, I felt a little irresponsible spending the weekend away (though I would never miss my best friend’s wedding), but despite those stressors, I allowed myself that time. I promised I wouldn’t think about moving, or preparing the new house, or the business, or school, or anything else that has been keeping me up at night. I stayed present and focused and I felt sincere joy.

The lesson to draw from this experience is to take the time for renewal. There is nothing that seems worse after spending time in nature or with your friends. Be present. Allow yourself the time to ignore challenges, stress, and discomfort. As the old adage says, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and anything you’re working towards is going to take time. In that time, you need to be your best self, and you can only do that by stepping back from the daily grind and reconnecting with the people who matter.

I made a promise to myself after this trip. I promised that I would plan a trip at least once a year with my old friends. We may all be spread out geographically, but our love for each other transcends the time and space, and to ensure that bond always stays intact, I promise to be present. After all, friends and nature are chicken soup for the soul.

Stop with the Liquid Soap Nonsense and Switch Back to Bar Soap

Stop with the Liquid Soap Nonsense and Switch Back to Bar Soap

There was a newsbreak yesterday found in Fortune, the Houston Chronicle, and the Hamilton Spectator, amongst many other news forums, explaining that there was a 2% drop in sales of bar soap in favor of liquid soap. The reasons – convenience and germs. The reality – both of those reasons are ludicrous myths.

Myth #1 – Convenience

  • Liquid soap comes in plastic packaging. When the bottle is empty, it gets thrown away (hopefully it gets recycled, but disposed of nonetheless). This is a HUGE waste. Millions of gallons of water is required to create plastic, so not only are we clogging up our landfills, but we’re wasting extra water. Not convenient for the environment.
  • Liquid soap requires some type of sponge or bath loofah, so not only are you purchasing the soap, but you’re purchasing accessories to make the soap function. How is that easier?
  • Liquid soap contains detergents, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, which is known to be a skin-irritant, and is often very drying for skin.
  • Handmade cold-process bar soap is without detergents, which means they are gentle enough and moisturizing enough to use on your face. That’s much more convenient than spending $80 on a liquid 2oz jar of face wash.
  • You use far more liquid soap in a shower than you do with a bar soap, creating extra waste and wasting your money.
  • Liquid antibacterial soaps contain triclosan, which is still under evaluation by the FDA for possible links to hormonal changes and contribution to antibiotic resistance.
  • Liquid soaps contain a much higher concentration of water, which means you’re actually buying less soap and more water!
  • If you don’t like bar soap because it’s mushy, that just means you’re not storing it correctly. Keep it out of water and your bar soap will last for weeks.
  • It may seem like you’re wasting those tiny bits of bar soap, but getting all of your liquid soap, the truth is, you can use your full bar soap. Method One – Use a Soap Saver Pouch. Method Two – Use a washcloth. Method Three* – If you’re feeling crafty, you can melt down all of your little bits of bar soap, pour it into a silicone mold (like a muffin pan), let it cool for a day, and voila, new soap. (*This method works best with handmade soap.)
  • Worried about travel and convenience? You can literally cut up a bar soap and use the tiny bits for traveling. Hey, you can even use those tiny leftover bits! Guess what, you can even put bar soap in your carry-on without setting off airport security.

Myth #2 – Germs

  • Do germs live on your bar soap? Yes, of course, but all you have to literally do is rinse the soap before you use it… which you would do to get a lather anyway.
  • Those bath loofahs you use harbor WAY more germs than a bar of soap, you know why? Those bath poufs hold water, and water is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Handmade bar soap is made of oils, and germs generally HATE oils.
  • If you’ve ever flushed the toilet without the cover on, you’ve spread over a billion more germs around your bathroom than a bar soap would ever see.  Think about your toothbrush hanging around the sink…near the toilet…and then be concerned about germs.
  • Multiple people using bar soap is gross? You’re probably only sharing a soap with your family, and really, unless someone has a compromised immune system or a flesh-eating virus, just rinse the bar. Better yet, everyone can get their own bar.
  • A door handle has millions of more germs than your bar soap does. In fact, so does your skin, which is why you’re using the soap to begin with.

In a nutshell, stop with this nonsense about liquid soap being better, because it’s not. Bar soap, especially handmade bar soap, is far more moisturizing and nourishing for your skin, it’s better for the environment, and it’s a far greater value. Get yourself a quality bar of handmade soap. I guarantee you will switch back to bar soap and fall in love with it all over again.

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Causes of and How to Moisturize Chapped Lips

Causes of and How to Moisturize Chapped Lips

Do you often find yourself with dry or chapped lips? There are more reasons to that rough skin than you realize! The layer of skin on your lips (stratum corneum) is extremely thin and transparent, which is why our lips have a rosy tone. Because the layer of skin is so thin, the large concentration of blood vessels below are creating the color. This is also why it can be so painful, and why we easily bleed, when our lips are dry and cracked.

What makes our lips chapped?

Our environment is one of the main causes of dry lips. If the air is arid or cold, we tend to lose a lot of moisture from our lips. Since our lips don’t have any sweat glands, we lose three to ten times more water from our lips, especially during harsher climates.

Our lips are super sensitive to ultraviolet rays because of the minimal skin protection. The extra absorption of UVA and UVB rays from the sun can cause lip-sunburn, even on the cloudiest of days. This damage to the thin layer can also be a major cause in dry lips.

When our lips are dry, we have a tendency to lick them. We also have a tendency to lick our lips if we use those cheap and fruity lip balms. While the lip-licking may cause temporary relief, this is actually causing more damage, as our saliva is meant for digestion. So, in essence, when we lick our lips, we’re actually “eating away” at the thin layer of skin, making our lips drier than before.

Certain medications and illnesses can also cause dry lips. If you find that you’re suffering from chronically dry lips, you may want to speak to your doctor to see if there may be some underlying causes.

How to obtain soft, supple lips?

The goal to getting soft, moisturized lips is all about maintenance. The first thing you want to do is be sure you are staying hydrated and drinking enough water. People are often more dehydrated than we realize, upping your water intake can not only aid in bringing moisture back to lips, but also help balance out other organ functions.

As a base, use a moisturizer free of parabens, formaldehyde, and artificial ingredients. The Sneak a Smooch Lip Moisturizer is made with Organic, Fair-Trade Cocoa Butter, Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Aloe Leaf Powder, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, and Vitamin E Oil. Each of the ingredients in our Sneak a Smooch Lip Moisturizer have been carefully selected for a VEGAN formulation to bring ultimate moisture.

Finally, complete your look with a lipstick or lip tints that has sunscreen included in the formula. You want to look for products that contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, as these are known natural sunscreens.

Why start with a base?

You may be wondering why you should start with a base, such as the Sneak a Smooch Lip Moisturizer, before adding lipstick or lip tints with sunscreen. The reason is because you want the first layer on your lips to be a natural coating with botanical ingredients because it’s what’s directly being applied to your lips. You’re simultaneously adding moisture to your lips and creating a base of moisture between what may be harsher ingredients.

 

What Defines Professionalism?

What Defines Professionalism?

In every workplace, whether you work in a big company, or you work for yourself, there comes a point where professionalism is challenged. Someone angers you, or just rubs you the wrong way, and you have to take a breath to take the “high road.” With respect to professionalism, I’ve had two defining experiences in my career – an example I aspire to, and an example of caution.

An Example of Caution

Very recently I was given a survey for an online program I had registered for. The survey was sent about six weeks into the use of the program; at that point, I did not feel like the program was serving me or my business well at all. I made the mistake of being honest on the survey.

The owner of the business reached out to me regarding my survey response. The owner was defensive, but also asking for clarification. I responded that I may have been a bit too harsh on the survey, but there were still a number of issues I had with my perception of what the program was supposed to be compared to what the program was actually doing. The owner replied that there wasn’t enough time to make those determinations…. yet, the owner sent the survey out only six weeks after the launch of the program? I stayed with the program to give it fair enough time to function for my business.

Well, fast forward another month or so – I started a conversation in a Facebook group in response to a number of questions many newbies had about something I knew well. The same owner of this program responded to my comment with questions that were malign and indignant, clearly trying to twist my commentary to make me seem like a fool. When I tried to privately message this person, the owner suggested I use the company website to send an email because the owner “could not receive Facebook messages.” I could see this person was not yet over my survey response.  I decided it would be best to keep my personal Facebook account personal and I blocked this person.

I received an email tonight from the owner stating that the owner had cancelled my membership to the program and that I received a refund (which I did not) as a result of me blocking the owner.

Even though I continued to pay for the service, the owner could not separate personal discrepancies between us from professional business. This is an example of a lack of professionalism. It is imperative to note the difference.

In the professional world, do not send out a survey unless you expect honest responses. Do not take the responses personally, instead, use them to build a better business – that’s the point, isn’t it? In the professional world, do not use Facebook as a public forum to denigrate or demean someone who is your customer.

An example I aspire to

About six years ago, when I first started the position as a coordinator at the school where I taught, I organized my first trip for students and I made a huge mistake in the execution of the trip (everyone was safe, it was a technical error, but a big one).

The principal at the time called me into his office and asked me what happened. He allowed me time to explain, and then he calmly explained what I did wrong. He explained how I needed to correct it, sat with me as I corrected it to ensure I was doing it right, and then explained how to avoid the same mistake in the future. After that moment, it was forgotten.

He guided me, he mentored me – He did not excuse my mistake, nor did he chastise me. He taught me.  I never made the mistake again because I learned, and because I gained an unwavering respect for him that made me want to do my absolute best at all times.

Professionalism is Leadership

Professionalism is the same as being a strong leader. A strong leader supports and advises, understands that he/she is working with people who make mistakes. Professionalism is the ability to continue to work with others despite differences in opinion.

I’m sorry to feel this way, especially as an entrepreneur, but I sometimes feel that the entrepreneurial world lacks the professionalism the regular working world embodies. There is a grave gap in understanding that to become anything, you will need others; it is impossible to become a success on your own.

That doesn’t mean every entrepreneur is unprofessional – hardly the case – but it is a lesson which needs to be driven a bit harder in that universe. With professionalism and leadership comes understanding and teamwork, and the ability to discern between the world of personal and business.

How to be Professional

It takes a bit of courage and a whole lot of discretion to be professional. You have to know when to pick and choose your battles, and you really only want to bring it to a battle to avoid a war.

Pettiness and child-like retribution is an absolute no-no. You have to kick your feelings to the curb and do what’s best for business. Sometimes that’s speaking up, but most of the time, that’s staying quiet.

You have to know that if you open up the door for opinions, there are going to be dissenting ones. But you cannot be offended by your dissenters, and you certainly should never dismiss them. If anything, your dissenters will make you stronger. Your dissenters are the open doors of opportunity for growth.

Professionalism is admitting when you’re wrong, apologizing, and moving forward. Simultaneously, professionalism is allowing others to make mistakes, showing them how to grow from it, and then moving on.

When in doubt about how to respond to a caustic email or contrived comment, just stop. Draft a response if it will make you feel better, or just hold your tongue. In either circumstance, you must take the moment to ask yourself – “Am I making myself or my business better by responding?”

Professionalism is Not a Choice

Finally, professionalism is not a choice – of course, one has the choice to behave in a professional manner or not, but if one chooses the latter, there will not be success. Once one has crossed the line of professionalism, there is no going back.

It’s the Golden Rule: Do onto others as you would have done onto you. This defines professionalism.

A Sarcastic Look at the Mortgage Process

A Sarcastic Look at the Mortgage Process

The Preface

Frank and I have been in the process of trying to buy a home for several months, and yesterday that happened. We are now officially homeowners! Our original projected closing date was supposed to be July 22, 2016, but as that date came and went, and the need to move reached boiling levels, so was my frustration.  To deal with this frustration, I was posting on Facebook (what I believe are funny) hyperbolic anecdotes of what the process was like.  I have never received more traction or likes since posting these anecdotes, and it was suggested that I share them as a blog post.

While this may not seem like it’s related to our business, intrinsically it is. One of the main reasons we bought a new home is because the home we chose will have a dedicated crafting lab AND an office – no more are the days of running between multiple locations. Unfortunately, as we have been on the “brink” of moving for the last few weeks, I’ve had to pause crafting, and thus have been selling out of products before I can remake them. I know my awesome long-standing customers completely understand, but from a business perspective, it’s frustrating to present myself in a way that is not normal. Anyone who knows me, knows I am, to the utmost degree, a type-A personality who has everything done weeks before its due.

With that said, my frustration over this process made me implode. It was nothing but a repetitive mix of duplicate information and miscommunication, and for someone who is a zealot with organization, part of me wanted to run over there and take over their offices. Now with the impending school year coming, I am rushing to try and pack and move and pack and move before I have to start planning. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to get our stuff over there for another couple of weeks while we clean and prep, so I am on the brink of a stress-breakdown. Patience has never been my strength, but as the old adage warns, I must be calm and pour the honey.

The Sarcasm

Day 2
Me: So, we’re pre-qualified, that means this process should be easy, right?
Bank: Very easy.
Me: Ok, great. What will you need from us?
Bank: [Lists everything I gave them for pre-qualification]
Me: But, you used all of that to pre-qualify us? You have it.
Bank: Now it needs to go to the qualification department.

Day 16
From the bank – We will need:
1. 2nd grade report card
2. Hair sample
3. Fingerprints
4. Last menstrual cycle
5. Food diary for 2016
6. Pants size
7. Liver biopsy
8. SAT scores
9. Wedding guest list
10. Character statement from Attorney General
11. Costco membership ID card

Day 22
Me: I was reviewing the paperwork you emailed, and my husband’s last name is incorrect.
Bank: We have it listed as Fusaro-Pizzo.
Me: That’s MY last name. I hyphenated. He’s just Pizzo.
Bank: We have it listed as Fusaro-Pizzo.
Me: No, just Pizzo, only Pizzo, he never took my last name. PIZZO.
Bank: Ok, we changed your name to Pizzo Fusaro-Pizzo.

Day 29
Bank: Where did you get your retirement funds?
Me: From working…?
Bank: Are you retired?
Me: No. You have my current pay stubs. I am still employed. My retirement is automatically deposited into my retirement account from my pay checks.
Bank: Where did you get your retirement funds?

Day 33
Me: Hi, I noticed that my husband’s first name is now spelled incorrectly.
Bank: K-R-I-S-T-E-N

Day 46
From the bank – We will need:
1. A second copy of your immunization records
2. A letter from your 3rd grade teacher outlining your behavior
3. Your bank records since 1960…again.
4. An explanation for why you purchased only a coffee with your bank card on April 10, 2002.
5. A detailed letter explaining why your parents chose your first name.
6. A copy of your AOL profile from 1997.
7. A report from your last two gynecological exams.
8. We’ll need to check up your skirt to verify #7.

Day 55
Bank: You need a binder of home insurance before we can issue a closing date.
Me: Ok, I gave you the insurance quote from my agent. I’ll follow-up.
Insurance Agent: We cannot produce a binder until a closing date has been offered.

Day 62
Email From Bank: You’ve completed underwriting – You’re Ready to Close!
Me to Frank: Yay! Did you see the email!?
Email From Bank 60 Seconds Later: You’re in the Underwriting Process!
Me: Did we just fail at life?

Day 67
Me: So, any news; how are we in the process?
Bank: We’re waiting on your paperwork, page XYZ.
Me: We sent that over a week ago.
Bank: Yes, but signed.
Me: Yes, we sent it over a week ago, by email, fax, uploaded it to your website, Hedwig, carrier pigeon, and Hermes.
Bank: So, we’ll be needing your XYZ papers.

Day 74
Bank: You’re cleared to close!
Lawyer: No, they’re not ready to move out yet.

Day 75
Lawyer: You’re cleared to close!
Bank: Here are your closing costs.
Me: But, we already paid for many of these services?
Bank: Here are your closing costs.
Me: ::face palm::

The Disclaimer

And there you have it, my perspective on the mortgage process. Now, I need to offer a disclaimer here because everyone in the process has been incredibly nice and patient with my nagging, and I am exaggerating, of course. Albeit a frustrating process, I am truly trying to stay positive that within the next three years, we will be able to move into our first house.

The Responsibility of the American Dream

The Responsibility of the American Dream

Today, Frank and I made the biggest purchase of our lives – we closed on our first home. There has been so much anticipation over this one day that the whole closing seemed anticlimactic, but the moment we stepped into our house, I felt a sweep of change come over me. As sudden as a Caribbean thunderstorm, my whole perspective has shifted.

From as far back as our first settlers, the quest to own a business and a little piece of land has been the American Dream.  Today finalized both. Today I feel the weight and pride of my grandparents. I was so flooded with emotion, I called my grandmother just to thank her for laying this foundation. Immigrating here with hope that you will build a better life for your family…I hope I made her proud. I felt a longing and wish that I could somehow contact my grandparents who passed to thank them, but I believe they’re smiling down from the other side.

For so long, Langston Hughes’ poem, “Harlem,” would linger in my heart – “What happens to a dream deferred?” was deafening.  I spent my whole life working to make my family proud; I pushed so hard to climb Olympus, but the struggle of never having enough money would push me further down – I felt like Atlas holding the world. I couldn’t go to my dream college because I couldn’t afford it, I was admitted into an ivy league graduate school, but couldn’t afford it; I wanted, wanted, wanted and worked, worked, worked, but could never afford it. As I tried to achieve the American Dream, it seemed like an iridescent illusion, a raisin in the sun.

My generation has a responsibility to the American Dream, even more than our parents did. Our parents were immigrants, whose parents brought them here for hopes of a better life. But between the oppression of acclimating to a new culture, the drug revolution, and the Vietnam War, our parents faced challenges that truly decimated their likelihood of fulfilling the hopes of their parents. Our parents transferred that hope to us. I never took that responsibility lightly.

My maternal grandmother was a child of war, whose home was literally destroyed by the bombs of World War II in Italy. My paternal grandmother had to leave Vienna because her parents were slaughtered for being Jewish. My grandfathers spent hours in factories, working, not far from indentured servitude, to bring food to the table. My parents, despite watching their friends die from Vietnam and the heroin addictions that came after, persevered in their marriage to ensure my brother and I could have that American Dream. I cannot take my responsibility lightly.

I was the first of the grandchildren to go to college, the first to get a master’s degree, the first to become a teacher, the first to be married, the first to own my own business, and now the first to own my little spot of the world.  This is freedom. This is the American Dream.

I know how much blood, sweat, and tears have been shed to bring me here. My little spot of the world has come at a price far greater than the numbers I have signed off on today – an incalculable price of my heritage, my family. I will not take this responsibility lightly.

 

*Photo credit to The Huffington Post

 

Hogwarts Houses: Which Products Would Harry Potter Choose?

Hogwarts Houses: Which Products Would Harry Potter Choose?

Every Harry Potter* fan would envision which Hogwarts House he/she belongs to. Gryffindor – the house of our main characters, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, is famed for the house of the brave and chivalrous. Slytherin – the house of our nemesis, Draco Malfoy, but also parts of Harry, is known for the members’ ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness. Ravenclaw – a house of intellect, wit, and investigation. Hufflepuff – the house of hard work, dedication, loyalty, and fair play.

So, we thought it would be fun to figure out which products would be must-haves for the Hogwarts Houses based on the personalities of each house.

Gryffindor

Handmade natural body scrubs face scrubs and soap

 

We think Gryffindor would need scrubs and soap. Since they’re so brave, they’re most likely going on quests and adventures which would get them dirty. They would need to clean up and exfoliate whatever mess they’re getting into.

Slytherin

Body and face cream, body butter

Slytherin members would definitely be walking around with Butter Me Up and Confidence face and body butter. As people who use their cunning and resourcefulness to drive their ambition, they would emit confidence and would certainly be buttering others up to get their way.

Ravenclaw

Clarity Essential Oil Aromatherapy Roll On Perfume

It can be exhausting having to be the brains of the operation all the time, Ravenclaw would carry around the essential oil blend of Clarity with the hopes that the fragrance will cosmetically transport them to a place of great insight.

Hufflepuff

Unstressed and Weekend Getaway Soy Vegan Candles

Always seeking to please and to make others feel more comfortable, Hufflepuffs would absolutely have a beautiful collection of candles, and know exactly which one to light to ensure their company is feeling safe and at ease.

Which Harry Potter house are you?

 

*Disclaimer: We have absolutely no affiliation with the Harry Potter brand, J.K. Rowling, or Universal Studios. This blog is solely for entertainment purposes, made up completely by me as an homage to Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling. They do not support, endorse, or probably even know about our products or company. Please don’t sue us.

What does your soy candle say about you?

What does your soy candle say about you?

We like to imagine our candles sitting on your coffee table, sparking a memory with its glowing light and beautiful fragrance, like an old friend.  Candles are as personal as the people who buy them. When we craft candles, we aim to match the scent with the moment they were crafted to represent. Between the moment and the scent combination, you have a defined character for you and your candle.

The scent you choose to fill your home, apartment, workspace, or to give as a gift, explains a lot about your personality. We’re going to list our top candles and explain what that choice is saying about you.
BP8A9620-EditAfter the Rain Candle
Scent: Aroma Spa

You’re smart, creative, and witty. People love being around you because you see the world from such a critical and humorous perspective. You have a unique twist, and a special artistic ability. You don’t mind being different, and you just laugh at people who pass judgement.

Beach Bumming soy candle sun sand and sea scented

Beach Bumming Candle
Scent: Sun, Sand, and Sea

You’re focused, driven, organized, ambitious, but you have a whimsical side and yearning for freedom from your responsibilities. While you thrive on deadlines and make lists to stay calm, you secretly wish you could just throw all caution to the wind and forget about life for awhile.

It's 5:00 Somewhere soy candle scented in pina colada

It’s 5:00 Somewhere Candle
Scent: Pina Colada

There’s no party until you’re there. You are sociable, with a great sense of humor. You don’t mind being slightly off-color and you believe the world would be a much better place if everybody just relaxed a bit. You can definitely be responsible, and you’ll do what you have to do, eventually.

No Place Like Home Soy Candle Scented in Warm Vanilla

No Place Like Home Candle
Scent: Warm Vanilla

You are kind, generous, and benevolent. Your nurturing nature makes you a good friend to many. You are the first person people will call when they need advice, because you offer it with your full attention and without any judgement. You fill your life with gratitude, and never forget a birthday.

Summer Break Soy Candle Scented in Ocean Mist

Summer Break Soy Candle
Scent: Ocean Mist

You are meticulous with your work and your grooming. You know everything is better when it’s in order, but you don’t dismiss people who aren’t like you, you want to guide them. You make an excellent mentor, teacher, and leader because you take life’s experiences as lessons and use it to help others. Your clean and tidy nature makes you attractive to others.

Unstressed Soy Candle Scented in Lavender and Chamomile

Unstressed Candle
Scent: Lavender and Chamomile

You are always working, whether mentally or physically; even at rest, your mind never stops. You have lots of brilliant ideas and the means to know how to turn them into reality. While you love spending time with your friends and family, you find peace and comfort when you have time alone; that’s when you do your best thinking.

Weekend Getaway Soy Candle Scented in Lavender and Sandalwood

Weekend Getaway Candle
Scent: Lavender and Sandalwood

You are extremely artistic. Whether you’re painting, drawing, crafting, writing, or designing, you always find a way to bring your beautiful ideas to life. You’re mature, poised, sophisticated, and elegant. You much rather have a glass of wine and go to a fancy restaurant than hit up a bar or a concert.

Which candle are you?

 

 

 

Helping to End Animal Testing in the United States #crueltyfree

Helping to End Animal Testing in the United States #crueltyfree

We’ve spoken about it before. This is our passion, our mission – to end all cosmetic testing on animals. We care so much about this mission, we became certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA. We partnered with Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue to donate a portion of our sales every month to rescuing animals. Now YOU can step in and do more! The Humane Society of the United States is working on legislation to END all cosmetic testing in the US.

H.R. 2858 is the Humane Cosmetics Act, a bill submitted to Congress. This bill prohibits testing cosmetics on animals, effective on the date that is one year after enactment of this Act. No cosmetic may be sold or transported if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing after such date, effective three years after enactment of this Act.

Bath, Body, and Candle Moments is proud to be a supporter of this act!

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Why is this important?

Alternatives to animal testing already exist: Humane and safe cosmetics can be made using thousands of existing ingredients, and several non-animal safety tests are already available for new ingredients. These non-animal alternatives are often cheaper, faster and more relevant to humans, and therefore more reliable predictors of safety. Animal biology is NOT equivalent to human biology.  Products do not need to be tested on animals to be deemed safe.

How do I know if my product is safe if it’s not tested on animals?

It’s all about the ingredients! When companies use safe, natural, botanical ingredients, they do not need to be tested on animals to ensure safety. Companies that create cosmetics can use volunteer human testers before bringing their products to market. People have a voice, a choice, and are often compensated for participating in this type of testing – What animal do you know asks to be tested on?

Why is Bath, Body, and Candle Moments supporting this act?

There was a time when being a vegan and cruelty-free company was posh and revolutionary. We are far beyond that time. It’s time to put our money where our mouth is, and we have from the beginning. We don’t only financially support rescuing animals, we’ve rescued two dogs of our own. But the cruelty against animals is far too much of a global issue to stop there. We simply do not need animals to create beautiful cosmetics and our company PROVES that. As the ASPCA always advocated, we are their voice. Spreading messages on social media is a great start, but it’s time to hold companies accountable.

Some companies give the excuse that to sell internationally, they need to do animal testing. For example, China requires beauty companies to do animal testing. It’s time for companies to value ethics over the almighty dollar. Of course it’s cheaper to source materials and turn a blind eye to how it’s derived, but it’s simply not worth the cost.

Why act now?

This bill has been on the table for over a year and it keeps getting pushed aside from huge companies and their expensive lobbyists. That’s why we need you. We need you to become educated, to look up companies, and stop supporting them by not purchasing their brands anymore. If companies who test on animals will only listen to money, then that’s how we need to advocate. We need to speak to our local representatives to tell them enough is enough. There are simply too many facts proving we do not need to test on animals, and more-so, we need to show that animals were not put on this Earth for exploitation. You can stop this now. Sign the act, call your local rep, share our graphics, stop shopping with cruelty-companies, join our cruelty-free beauty Facebook group.

As Ghandi said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

 

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